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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Owl Guy: A new guest post segment by Dan!

Hello, I’m Dan, Candy’s husband and I am going to be doing occasional guest posts on here to give you a slightly different insight into some of the stuff we get up to. For my first post I am going to talk about reading.

couple reading in bed

I really love reading, and I used to read quite a lot. However, as a working adult it is pretty hard to find time to do all of the things you want to do and reading was one of the first ones of these that fell away, quickly condemned to the “not enough time” pile. Fortunately this story has a happy ending. Both Candy and I were sad that we couldn’t seem to find the time to read until we came upon a great solution. In our respective childhoods we used to read a lot in bed, before going to sleep. This stopped for both of us initially due to working late during university and subsequently because browsing the web on our smartphones in bed was just so easy. We made a couple of resolutions to have a little reading slot before bed, but the instant gratification from browsing the internet usually ruined these resolutions pretty quickly. Finally however we came upon a great solution, we could read out loud to each other. This solved the problem of distractions as well being a really fun “couple activity”.

Wise Children in bed

Initially we tried alternating who read each night but it felt a bit disjointed so now we alternate by book, the person whose turn it is to read gets to choose the book. Currently Candy is reading one of her favourite books to me, Wise Children by Angela Carter. I’ve been really enjoying it, Angela Carter’s descriptive flair is mesmerising and her characters feel so alive, helped, of course by Candy’s narration. Once we’ve finished that one, I’m going to read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides out loud to her, which neither of us have read but it looks really good.

This is Dan’s first guest post on my blog, so please show him a bit of love in the comments. Not too much love though - I’ll be watching you.

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24 comments:

  1. I love Middlesex! Hope you both do too x

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    1. I loved The Virgin Suicides so I am expecting to really like Middlesex too.

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  2. You two are ridiculously adorable! That's such a nice couple-y activity :) plus that crochet blanket is lovely!

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    1. Yay! Thanks! :) The blanket is my favourite!

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  3. CUUUUUUUUTE. I've started reading before bed too, just like back in the olden days. So much funner than endlessly scrolling through Instagram!

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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    1. But instagram is so addictive! Still, so is reading, once you get back into it!

      Did I tell you how much I love your blog by the way? Perhaps... but it's worth saying again! I love your blog! :D

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  4. Cute!! I love to read too, and it's very hard to find time to this.

    XOXO!

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    1. I know! When I think about how much I used to read, and how little I read now, I feel guilty.

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  5. Soo lovely, and totally love that couple-activity :)

    www.paseandoamissreichel.com - New post <3

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    1. Yay, thanks! What I love about it is that we chat about the book once we've finished reading for the evening. :)

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  6. What a lovely and thoughtful post. I always have my current book on my bedside table, yet always seem to reach for a technological screen instead. I think it's time that changed.


    Jemma // Jemma In Words

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    1. Let me know how your journey towards being a nighttime reader goes! I agree - it is difficult!

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  7. Such a lovely idea :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Just checked out your blog - I love it, and followed you right back! :)

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  8. It's such a lovely idea to have guest posts from someone so close to you in life, my boyfriend and I are actually planning to do the same thing (it's a shared blog so it seems only fair!)

    I've had a little snoot round your blog and it's lovely, I love reading about all of the things you get up to! Your hair colour is beautiful by the way :-)

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    1. Woo! Get Greg on board - I can't wait to read more of your blog as it unfolds.

      And thanks for your lovely kind words! You've made my day! :)

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  9. How sweet! This is such a lovely idea :)

    By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award over on my blog, so if you'd like to you could check that out! :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Oh wow, that's awesome! I might just reciprocate! Thank you by the way! :)

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  10. So cute, totally reminds me of The Brady Bunch :P

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  11. This is so sweet, I think I'm going to try and convince my man to do this too x

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    1. Go for it! I can't wait to give it a read! :)

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