Call for Submissions

The stories we are looking for throughout July and August. Calling all readers, writers and reader-writers! A Thousand Lives has enjoyed a lot of success since we started back in December 2020, and it’s been a joy to watch this bookish space grow over that period.  I have learned so much from editing and reading articlesContinue reading “Call for Submissions”

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”

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”

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”

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”