Twentysomething newbie writer, who is happiest when reading and writing, I also have a lot of opinions, and try to write about them coherently.

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I saw this wonderful idea from Zulie Rane and Danny Forest so I thought I would make my own too — and I would encourage everyone to do so too!

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My name is Violet Daniels. I am 23, a recent History graduate, part-time Barista/Bookseller (before the pandemic hit) and newbie writer.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and I was the Editor of a student media outlet at university, but have only been consistently writing online since January. …

Planning your life out is working against you

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In January, the world was blissfully unaware of what 2020 would bring.

The pandemic is something that couldn’t be planned for, and yet, young adults are told that the most important thing in life is to have a plan.

But the future is never set in stone. The pandemic that was unleashed across the world in 2020 should remind us all that plans are made to be broken, and the world is never going to grant you stability.

Sitting in an empty bookshop, whittling away what were to be my final working hours in a very long time, I had no idea what this pandemic would bring. And I had no idea how I would cope with being contained within the same four walls and spending endless days without a plan in sight. …

Because reading should never feel like a chore — ever

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Have you ever waited months to read a book and then found it doesn’t live up to expectations?

Whether you decide to plough through and live through weeks of disappointment or give up on the book altogether, it never feels great to fall out of love with a book.

Sure, some books are more difficult than others, but reading should never feel like a chore. It should be an activity you crave, and one you look forward to.

However you look at it — our time for reading is limited, and in a lifetime, we’ll never get close to reading all the books that are currently published, or those yet to come. …

Adopting this simple hack may soon become your go-to place for inspiration

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If you’re a writer, chances are you’re also a keen reader. Reading is a brilliant way to improve your abilities as a writer — exposing yourself to how other authors construct sentences and use prose, encourages you reflect on your own writing. Reading can expose you to a different way of expressing something — ultimately, it’s beneficial. But, retaining what we read is another battle in itself.

In an age of digital overload, we are constantly bombarded with information and if you’re a bookworm, sometimes ideas can go in one ear and out of the other within the same day of finishing a book. …

Books have gotten me through this year, in more ways than one, this is why they are so important

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Wales caused a considerable amount of controversy last week when they announced a new national lockdown that included restricting the sale of “non-essential” items, including books.

Images were floating around on Twitter of supermarkets cordoning off their book sections, preventing members of the public from browsing or buying them.

The Welsh government’s line of defence was that by preventing the sale of books in supermarkets, it was creating an element of fairness, as bookshops themselves had to close in line with lockdown restrictions. …

Because being aware of the present moment is the only antidote to coping with tumultuous change.

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You’re probably sick of hearing the word “uncertainty” coupled with “unprecedented” right now.

However, if we were to define 2020 in one word it would be one of those. Before this pandemic hit, any association with “uncertainty” would fill me with dread. As an anxiety-prone, regular insomniac who overthinks everything, a lack of certainty used to terrify me.

There were sleepless nights, afternoons spent spiralling myself into a pit of dread, and panicky messages sent to friends. But now, it fills me with excitement.

If this pandemic has taught me anything — it is to indulge in the sense of lost control. To move with the tides and to accept what I’ve got right in front of me. True, I am one of the lucky ones. I haven’t been on the frontline of this pandemic and I am incredibly, incredibly fortunate not to have lost anyone to this deadly virus. …

Kick start your new year’s reading goal with this extensive list of fiction books.

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With over 2 million books published a year, it can be hard to know where to start. If you want to roll into 2021 with some reading goals in mind, hopefully, this list will provide you with a useful starting point.

As 2020 draws to a close, I thought I’d compile an ultimate list of some of my favourite fiction books. There’s no order — I simply sat down and wrote out my favourites as they came to mind.

Here are 50 fiction books you should read, justified in just a few lines.

(Please note that links mentioned in this article are affiliate links. If you are a UK or US resident, I will receive a small commission if you buy books via these links. All links are included in the book title. is a website that supports independent bookshops.)

As long as there’s the internet, the world is always going to need your words, it just takes a bit of time and patience to seek out

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Just a few months ago, I believed that getting paid for writing online as a beginner was near impossible. Until I started actively chasing it.

I graduated in January 2020, and it was safe to say I felt a little lost. …

Because this small act of kindness can go a long way

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It was one of those days. As soon as I woke up, I knew it was going to be a bad day. Although the sun was shining and the golden haze of Autumn filtered through the window, my mood was persistently cloudy.

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is never good — but it can be remedied.

Begrudgingly, I forced myself to make a wholesome breakfast — porridge with blueberries and banana — did some editing while I let it digest, and then pushed myself to go on a run.

My relationship with running has always been up and down. I have gone through phases of loving the process, being obsessed with stats, and improving my pace every time — to now having a more relaxed approach. I don’t put pressure on myself to always be achieving more — but use it as an opportunity to move. …

Because classics should never be exempt from criticism once in a while

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It’s completely okay to not like a book, and yes, that includes ones by the ‘literary greats’ too.

I used to be afraid of voicing my opinions about books I didn’t like, especially classics. But just like other books, they don’t exist outside the realm of criticism.

Although it’s easier to rave about the books we enjoy, there’s also a place to give attention to those we didn’t. As readers, we can’t gain things from every book we read, and we’re not always going to agree with each other either.

That being said, if you do love these books, that’s okay too. …


Violet Daniels

Twenty-something graduate and newbie writer. At my happiest when writing about books, or reading them.✨

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