By Our Bedsides is a new evening series in which we share the books, beauty products, and whatever else it may be that we’re winding down with at the moment. In this edition, Raquel talks us through the items on her nightstand that support her […]
As our Lifestyle Editor, Lee Clark said back in October, autumn is our season here at The Attic on Eighth. We’d be sad to see it unofficially go now that most of the leaves have fallen to the ground, but December brings such seasonal joy with it that […]
Spending a lot of required time on classic literature and literary theory, contemporary fiction and recent releases have become my literary haven. I turn to them when I need to cleanse my mind, when I need a break, and maybe most importantly of all, when I need to remind myself that reading is my favorite activity.
I’ve consequently learned to show far less restraint around the recent releases tables in bookshops. When, once upon a time, I used to pick out titles to keep in mind for when their American paperbacks would come out (an entire year later!), I now pick out the brand new international copies as soon as I see them. They’re big in format, have lovely covers, and are beautifully printed. (For someone who now hates tiny print, this makes all the difference.) I take them home, and instead of adding them to my TBR pile to be left alone for months, I read them within a matter of weeks or even days. Sourdough – a purchase from this month – was brought home, read, and filed away within thirty-six hours.
Being a person who’s gone through academic exhaustion in the past few years, this new attitude towards reading has been healing. It’s expensive and indulgent, but it’s allowed me to blissfully lose myself in the written word for hours at a time, without anguishing over what to productively do with what I’ve read, and it’s restored the enthusiasm and excitement I had towards new books prior to university.
What, then, are the books that have inspired this reparation?
Everyone and their mother has a go-to favorite cranberry recipe, or they (shudder) use canned. I realize that if what you know of cranberry sauce is canned then you’d easily overlook it every single year. But here I am imploring you to pay some attention […]
Here at The Attic on Eighth, autumn is our season. We love everything about it, from the spooky to the traditional, and that all comes together in the media we consume and atmospheres we create throughout the season. Here is an eclectic playlist of what we’re […]
As an eternal student, autumn reading – to me – means heading back to university and ploughing through stacks of books for all of my different classes. It means French poetry collections, gothic tales, plays about angsty princes, and Russian novels. It means boarding school campuses and buffalo checked hats and nights spent reading about the devil coming to life. Now that I’m done with the coursework portion of my graduate degree though, autumn reading means picking and choosing my favorite bits and mixing campus novels with unsettling short stories and the fantastic.
Some of my favorite reads for the season:
After a busy offline period, The Attic Digest is back with a round-up of our (and your!) favorite posts of the past six (!!) weeks, highlighted together and split by activity for your weekend enjoyment. READ: Author M.L. Rio shares a list of campus novels to get […]
Last week September came rushing into our lives. To me it felt like some kind of drowsy spell had broken and I was finally motivated to do all the things I had told myself I would do over the summer months. While I doubt there is a witch casting spells on my productivity levels – although I would be thrilled if it were the case – there is some magic in the season of autumn.
There’s something seductive about the campus novel. Even those of us who have made careers of academia are attracted to the esoteric, cabalistic worlds contained between its pages. There are the obvious examples—A Separate Peace, The Secret History, even Harry Potter—but the genre is much […]