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Ever read a book and feel you need more? More input, more information, more discussion? When I finally read George Orwell's 1984 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic I had an overwhelming desire to be amongst other readers. I wanted to go out into the world and discuss the ideas in the novel and how, over seventy years later, it felt more like a prediction rather than simply a work of futuristic fantasy. 

That feeling was the first step towards creating The Lazy Day Reader. I tried writing my ideas down, but they never went further than my own interpretation. I took to creating my own literature, small intricate pieces that were for my eyes only, but every new read brought out an increased need in me to share what I was going through in those experiences.

And so The Lazy Day Reader was born. I finished my undergraduate degree a matter of weeks ago, and found myself reading at an astonishing rate for a mother-of-two who should have so much more to do. So here I am, at the end of my degree, at a loss for what to do next, creating a blog to share my ideas around reading, writing and everything in between! 

I can only hope you can take something away from my humble little outlet, think of it as a little online book club - whether you are reader or writer, everyone is welcome!

Thanks for visiting, and happy reading!



About The Blogger

My Story

Why should you care what I think? Well, honestly - maybe you shouldn't. Or maybe you just won't, but here I want to tell you a bit about me  -the person behind the ideas, so that you can make that decision for yourself.

My name is Stacey, and not to sound like a boring cliché, but I've always loved reading. In fact, I've always loved everything about books - the feel, the smell, the weight of them, the little numbers at the bottom of the pages, the anticipation at the beginning and the sense of loss when you finish - I love it all! I had my first crush on a character in a book, it was one of my mother's Danielle Steel novels, and I couldn't resist that stereotypical moody-turned sensitive lover whose only purpose (in my mind) was to support his sometimes impossible love interest!

Coming from a working class family in a North Wales town, I didn't have the luxury of setting off around the world to experience new things, so I did it in the pages of any book I could get hold of. I learned about religion, racial inequality, sexuality and so much more, often losing myself entirely and wishing I could just jump inside and join in. 

So, when I decided at the age of thirty-three to finally go to university for my undergraduate degree, there was never any question what my subject would be. In fact, I only applied to one course - Ba Hons English Literature with English Language at The University of Wales, Bangor. It never occurred to me to put some back-up courses on my application.  I'd left education in my teens because, despite good grades, I hadn't truly engaged with most of it - I wasn't about to let that happen with my degree.

Something I find amusing now is how many people see me reading a book and say they thought I'd have had enough of reading for a while! I can't imagine a world where that is possible, but I do get it - I have spent the last three years reading, reading and reading some more. But honestly, I still can't get enough. 

So here I am, sharing my reading with anyone who might be interested. My degree opened me up to the idea of reading outside my usual genre, era, or form and I want to do the same for others. I hope that by sharing my reading, I can bring literature to people's attention that they otherwise may have overlooked.

My only goal here is to be open and honest in the hope of sharing a part of the world inside my head with others, that they might take something away for themselves.

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