Reading Can Make Us Better People

This is just one of the reasons why we should never neglect it. We’re pretty keen on reading here at A Thousand Lives. You may well have noticed. The truth is, reading isn’t just about escaping into new worlds or discovering new information. It’s about making us better people, too. The act of reading can bring comfortContinue reading “Reading Can Make Us Better People”

Working as a Bookseller Convinced me to Always Prioritize Books

At face value, books may seem like merely inanimate objects, but they are far more than that. I’ve always been a reader, but sometimes it has been more of a priority than others due to the course of life. I often tell people I didn’t read for three years whilst I was at university, butContinue reading “Working as a Bookseller Convinced me to Always Prioritize Books”

In Conversation with Debut Author Tom Bray

“The real hard work begins once the novel is complete.” Being a writer requires hard work, dedication and a certain degree of persistence. Even then, you’re never guaranteed the traditional route of getting a book deal with a publisher. That in itself can take a lifetime of persistence, which is why self-publishing is becoming moreContinue reading “In Conversation with Debut Author Tom Bray”

5 Books to Help You Live through Uncertainty

This selection of heartwarming fiction reads will give you comfort and reassurance in tough times. Uncertainty has become a dominant facet of life over the past year, and many of us have turned to books to heal our anxieties about the current state of the world. Of course, we all read for different reasons —Continue reading “5 Books to Help You Live through Uncertainty”

Audiobooks Aren’t for Me — Here’s Why

Being late to the party, I thought it was time to give them a go, but it’s safe to say I was disappointed. In 2020, audiobooks’ sales grew on average at a rate of 25–30% and made up around a third of the overall book market. As the pandemic set in, people turned to read inContinue reading “Audiobooks Aren’t for Me — Here’s Why”

‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel

This dystopian world reveals a patriarchal, repressive society that sexualizes women with a culture of compliance. Recently, it feels like it has been hard to be a woman. A few weeks ago, a YouGov poll revealed that 97% of women aged between 18–24 in the UK had experienced sexual harassment in some form. Amidst womenContinue reading “‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel”

The Value of a Good Book Recommendation

Why it matters, and how it can go a long way. When trying to kick start a new reading habit, sometimes, it can be hard to know where to look for solid recommendations. But on the other hand, the internet is full to the brim of listicles telling you about all the books you shouldContinue reading “The Value of a Good Book Recommendation”

Costanza Casati on Becoming a Debut Author

An interview with the author of THE PRESIDENT SHOW, a new feminist dystopian novel out this March. Facing rejection is a huge part of being a writer. Whether that’s submitting an article proposal to a publication you are passionate about or sending your first book off to a literary agent. Writing a novel is no easyContinue reading “Costanza Casati on Becoming a Debut Author”

“Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life

This is a beautiful story and one that contains a timely and important message. Where the Crawdads Sing, has received a lot of media attention and has become one of those books that many people recognise, regardless of whether they have read it or not. As a bookseller, I can say it went through theContinue reading ““Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life”

Everything I Read in 2020

Breaking down my year of reading month by month: including my ratings, thoughts, and recommendations. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know by now just how much reading has played a role in my life throughout the past few months. It’s pretty much been my lifeline. Yes, I’ve read more this year because I’ve had moreContinue reading “Everything I Read in 2020”