Required Reading – The Bloggers in the Attic

The Bloggers in the Attic is a discussion chain created by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic. She has set up a group of bloggers who post about a topic every other month. This way throughout the whole month there will be different unique views in each topic!

If you want to take part let Cam know by commenting under her origin post that you are interested!

I am the last stop in this tour! It’s been a great experience seeing everyone’s lives with required reading. I have been out of high school education for quite some time so I’ll share a memory I had of high school reading and an idea for required reading for adults!


I have quite a negative memory with required reading, not because of the books but lack of. Our English class would have a reading challenge were you had to read books and write about them in different formats. My English teacher would only let me do Bronze (ten books in the year) as I wasn’t the best at essays.

Even when I talked about how many books I read each week. I wasn’t allowed to take any of the classics from the room as they were for people who wrote better.

I rebelled in the most book nerd fashion. I took Macbeth and read it in a night, I took Oliver Twist the next week and devoured it. Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, I snuck them all out and back in. Yes, yes I am a badass!

This experience could leave a person thinking they aren’t smart enough to read classics. That they will not understand the concepts in them.

I hope English teachers these days foster a love for reading no matter if you can write in fantastic prose. Not every book lover wants to write, sometimes we just want to be immersed in another world.

The Dream

My dream is that in schools or adulthood that there is a system almost like required reading. Were no one is judged to be not well-written enough to enjoy a classic or a genre not judged in a low light because it’s not deemed literary fiction.

I propose a reading program in which each month there is a keyword. The reader then gets to choose a book based on the keyword, examples being:

  • LGBT+
  • Immigration
  • WW2
  • Other Worlds
  • Culture unknown to you

So the books can be used as a portal to learn about other cultures and diversity. Fostering open-mindedness and showing us other peoples experiences both positive and difficult. Then we talk about it and learn from each other.

A fantasy can talk about a difficult topic that removes us enough that we realise that what is happening in the world. Historical fiction can teach us about difficult topics in the past and how they shouldn’t be repeated. Every genre can teach you something.

That is pretty much my dream plan for required reading!

If you have any experiences with required reading let me know! The blog schedule is below, you should totally check out all the other amazing bloggers!

Blog Schedule

2nd – Camilla @Reader in the Attic
4th – Kal @Reader Voracious
6th – Lara @Naija Book Bae
8th – Isabelle @Bookwyrm Bites
10th – Sam @Fictionally Sam
12th – Dany @Ambivert Words
14th – Ben @Ben’s Reads
16th – Kerys @The Everlasting Library
18th – Clo @Book Dragons 24/7
20th – Lauren @Northern Plunder
22nd – Nora @Papertea and Bookflower
24th – Lili @Lili Star Reads

Music Shuffle Tag

Music Shuffle Tag

The Music Shuffle Tag was created by Becca Leighanne and I was tagged by the amazing Esmoogle reads.

All you have to do is have whatever streaming service is your poison on shuffle and use what song comes on. You can use the song to describe a book, character or ship.

I slightly changed it up a wee bit as I find it hard to relate songs to books. I related the songs to different reader situations I found myself in.

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Kindle Unlimited Picks

Kindle Unlimited Picks

I have finally got my reading groove back! I’ve read a couple books the last two weeks and have fallen in love with reading again. At Christmas I got the deal of 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for £2. The dream for someone who’s 2019 goal is to try more lesser known authors.

I’ve tried a good few Kindle Unlimited books. Some I returned after ten pages or so, others I’ve devoured as soon as I’ve set down to read it. So today I’m recommending 5 books I read and loved from Kindle Unlimited:

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hyped books I own and never read

Hyped books I own and never read

We have all been there, we have been watching booktube flat out or reading a lot of blogs and they are all talking about one book. That one book now seems amazing and you must own it! Your must know what is inside to make it so beloved!

So you buy it. It comes in the post/ out book shop/ downloaded. It is shiny, new and full of promise. Do you read it straight away? You bet your sweet nelly you don’t. Wait don’t?

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