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”

I’m Not Racist — But I’m Not Sure I’m Anti-Racist

What ‘Me and White Supremacy’ taught me about racism and anti-racism. White supremacy brings to mind images of the Ku KLUX Klan. I am not a member of the KKK. I am not racist. Then I read Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. And I had to ask myself if I AM part of the problem, partContinue reading “I’m Not Racist — But I’m Not Sure I’m Anti-Racist”

The Books on my Table Make Me Think About Life

Books are wonderful because they make me think. The book pile on my table is there for a reason. They want me to think. Actually, no, I should not say that. The books are there to challenge how I think about myself. Every title sitting on my working desk suggests one thing to me. IContinue reading “The Books on my Table Make Me Think About Life”

Why I Read the Last Line of a Book Before I Finish It, and Why You Should Too

A new and fun challenge to spice up your reading and writing habit. When you pick up a book at the store, the first thing you probably do is read the first few lines to get a feel of the story. Your mind does not even consider reading the last line because it probably contains spoilers,Continue reading “Why I Read the Last Line of a Book Before I Finish It, and Why You Should Too”

Books That Would Be on Rory Gilmore’s Reading List in 2021

What pop culture’s favourite reader would have on her TBR today. Along with Hermoine and Belle, Rory Gilmore is one of the most-loved fictional characters obsessed with reading. Rory constantly has a book nearby, and even when she isn’t reading, someone else on Gilmore Girls is probably referencing a book. The original show mentioned over 300 booksContinue reading “Books That Would Be on Rory Gilmore’s Reading List in 2021”

84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the publication of what may be the most unlikely New York Times bestseller ever: Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road. It is not even a book in the conventional sense, but rather a collection of letters exchanged by Ms Hanff and London bookseller Frank Doel between 1949 and 1969. The factContinue reading “84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era”

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”

An Update for Writers

For existing and prospective writers, things are changing (slightly) Hello, I’m writing this on a sunny, Easter Sunday morning. For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend. Things are progressing with A Thousand Lives in the right direction, and I’m very pleased that so many writers have chosen to publishContinue reading “An Update for Writers”