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Books I read in May 2022

24 July, 2022

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As you'll see from the books this month, I've been on a bit of a Second World War kick.

I can't really explain why, I'm not normally much of a recent history fan. And actually the second one, about the Home Guard, was read this month because I borrowed it from my local library so needed to read it before returning it. Had it been a book I'd bought it would no doubt still be sitting unread on the bookcase.

I did cheat a tiny bit and still write it in my "to be read" section in my planner, just so I could have the pleasure of ticking it off. I also returned it to the library before taking a photo for the blog.

Becoming a Women's Institute Speaker

13 June, 2022

In a recent post about my side hustles I mentioned that one of my main earning streams was doing talks for the Women's Institute.

I really enjoy my talks as an alternative side hustle, and I know that WIs need a good diversity of speakers. So I thought I would write a little guide on how I became a speaker, and a few things you need to keep in mind if you want to become one yourself.

Books I read in April 2022

26 May, 2022

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In case you haven't picked up on it from my previous posts about books, I am a bit of a history fan. Most of the books I read tend to be history non-fiction, with the occasional foray into fiction when I need a bit of a break.

This month it's all European history! And it's covering pretty broad periods of time too.

Side Hustle Total - January to April 2022

01 May, 2022

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I don't have a huge number of side hustles, especially compared to others in the FIRE world. I tend to fall in and out of them as my attention waxes and wanes. And some of them (such as YouGov) have a high total to reach before payout so there are quite a few that are slow burners.

Despite that, this year I decided to finally start tracking my side hustles and the amount I'm earning from them. When it's a slow drip of £2 here and £5 there it can feel like you're not getting much out of it. But totalling it all up makes you more aware of how much you've actually earned over 12 months and can help with motivation. 

Books I read in March 2022

20 April, 2022

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I thought I would manage to hit 4 books this month as we started off March with a little holiday at Center Parcs and took a pile of books with me.

But typically the first week back at work absorbed so much time that I ended up reading a lot less for the rest of the month.

As with previous posts, these were all books on my "to be read" list in my planner, and this time they were all new reads!

Starting my steps towards FIRE

06 April, 2022

In the past year I've started to read up more on FIRE. This personal finance programme, which appears to have started in the USA, has crept in to British personal finance circles over the years.

In my round up of books I read in December I mentioned one about financial independence and promised to post more about why I had picked this book up.

I will admit that I've had some doubts about putting this post out while my country is going through a cost of living crisis as it looks incredibly tone deaf. However, I've been sitting on this post, tweaking it and editing it and rewriting chunks of it, for the past 6 months. This is simply bad timing.

But the fact that I can still post this comes from a position of privilege. It is absolutely not right that people are having to choose between heating and eating. We are one of the wealthiest countries in the 21st century and the way things are right now is an absolute disgrace.

For me at least the current situation has made me more determined to save and be careful in the coming months and years. And it is balanced with donations to charities including my local food bank, which does excellent work under very difficult circumstances. It's also going to be a very slow process as I'm nowhere near being a higher-rate taxpayer and that seems to be what most FIRE people are.

Books I read in February 2022

21 March, 2022

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As I mentioned in my post about books read in January, I am on a self-imposed book buying ban until I work my way through a good chunk of my "to be read" list.

I've made myself a list in the back of my planner and the opportunity to tick things off is proving to be a decent motivator. Some of the books are re-reads as I'm not sure if I want to keep them and at the very least I'm finding that this is a good way to make me read the new ones I haven't touched yet!

Despite this there is one re-read that wasn't done for decluttering purposes, but purely because I felt a need to have a little brain reset. Sometimes after reading a bunch of new books I need to read something familiar and that I enjoy in order to dive back into the pile of the unknown!

Books I read in January 2022

23 February, 2022

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Like many people my December featured a pile of new books for Christmas. My "to be read" list is now so big that I'm on a self-imposed book buying ban until I get through a good chunk of the list.

Naturally with a week off in January I managed to get through several, but as you'll see - one of them was so big it took me most of the month to wade my way through it!

Review: Salted caramel and blondie cheesecake

02 February, 2022

A box of sliced cheesecakes with "English cheesecake company" on the label.

For months now I've been drooling over the English Cheesecake Company cheesecake slices on the dessert shelves in Waitrose. I'm a huge cheesecake fan and for years all we've had in supermarkets is the standard New York cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and strawberry cheesecake, sometimes with a lemon one if you're lucky.

Total mortgage overpayments in 2021

21 January, 2022

Back in July I looked at the mortgage overpayments me and my husband had made in the first half of the year. 

In that post I mentioned that our aim was to overpay £1000 a year. In the past few years we have missed this target.

 
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