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    Snowed in on World Book Day

    Ireland has been hit by what we’re being told are some of the worst snow conditions since the 1980s. The buses have stopped running, the schools are closed, most people are home from work. The queue in my local shop snakes the whole way through the aisles and out the front door as everyone tries to find the few ‘essentials’ they need before the shops close up. Everyone is in a panic over having enough bread, and supermarket and local shop aisles have been swiped clear of anything resembling a sliced pan. Meanwhile, we’re left stuck inside looking for things to do. That’s okay though – because today is World Book Day.

    The perfect day to sit back with a cup of tea and read.

    World Book Day

    It’s a shame the kids are off school today because I truly found World Book Day one of the most exciting days of the school year. I loved books, and when the mobile book store came to our school in the week of World Book Day, I couldn’t wait to see what I could find. Armed with my free book token, maybe even a little extra money if I wanted more than one book, I would scan over everything they had, almost dizzy with the amount to choose from. I still feel the same now in every bookshop I go into. Being surrounded by so many stories, the endless possibilities that exist within the pages of a book, brings me so much joy I don’t know how to explain it. Inside the bookshop or the library, I feel at peace, like I’m at home.

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    A snow day makes the best reading day

    Yesterday, I took a short walk down to the library to pick up a book I had put on hold the week before. I had been checking for updates every day waiting for it to arrive so I could pick it up. The snowy conditions threatened to keep me waiting another week more, but the staff at the library braved the cold to open for a few hours and I could go and get it. So now I’m at home on World Book Day, with nowhere to go and two books sitting next to me. One is waiting to be finished, and the other is patiently waiting for me to begin. What better time is there to curl up by the fire and get lost in the pages of a good book?

    A snow day is the perfect day to finish my current book. I’m so grateful to be at home today, inside in a warm house. A snow day calls for a book day. Go to your shelf and find that book you never finished, pick up something from your to-be-read pile, or return to an old favourite and read the hours away. Happy World Book Day. Make the most of it.

    Read about how I fell in love with reading again in New York.

    How are you spending your snow day? Are you reading a good book right now? Let me know in the comments! I’m snowed in, so I’ve got plenty of time to chat.’


    What We Do Now: Standing up for your Values in Trump’s America Book Review

    Book Review What we do now standing up for you values in trump's america

    Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, I stepped into one of my favourite bookstores in Dublin, Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, to take refuge from the January cold. I started browsing through the tables of books on display and found one with a collection of books around the theme of the new American presidency, including It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, and this book that particularly caught my eye – What We Do Now – Standing up for your values in Trump’s America, edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians. Read more


    Life lessons from Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

    satellite view of dublin

    I first discovered Chris Hadfield around the same time as just about everyone else. I had seen some of his pictures of Dublin and Ireland from space, and I began following him online and kept track of what he was posting. He shared some incredible things with us, from pictures of his view of the world from space to youtube videos on how to brush your teeth in zero gravity. I found him very interesting, and so did everyone else, which is why he remains so popular even back on earth. Read more