Planner Girls Collective: My Desert Island Essentials…



Hey Everyone and welcome back to the Planner Girls Collective. I had to take a couple of weeks off posting due to a very poorly toddler and a lack of prior prep from me (oppsie).

Anyway I am going to approach today’s post in a slightly different manner and base it upon this question. If I was stranded on an Island what 10 things would I have to have with me. I don’t mean practical items either such as a lighter, water etc. I mean purely luxury items.

  1. Books – For me it would be a book series. Ideally more than one but in the spirit of the game I would pick a longer series like Throne of Glass.
  2. My watercolour paints – I would still want to use a creative journal.
  3. My creative journaling TN – With fresh, new inserts (6 of them)
  4. A pack of pencils – They will last longer than a pen
  5. A photo album – Full of photos of family and friends.
  6. Washi tape – Just to make everything look pretty and then I can hang my paintings in my tree house.
  7. Gingerbread t-bags – Well..why not? this is my fav type of green tea. I love how warming it is.
  8. My Book Journal – If I cannot take all the books with me I can at least take reminders of those books.
  9. My foxy blanket – I love the feel of this blanket and it’s extremely coforting to have.
  10. My wax melter and melts – Because I would miss my gingerbread and summerscoop scents lol

I would love to hear from you on your top 10 luxury items, what would you wish for if you were stuck on a deserted island?

Please don’t forget toheck out this amazing bunch and what their items are.

Planner Montannah

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

An Ocean Glimmer 

A Life Lived In Words 

Pennygate Crafts 

Ugly Bug Plans

The Scrapbook Girl

The Vintage Planner 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x



My Week #9 (Feb 27th – Mar 5th)

Hey Everyone, 

For my decor this week I am using a kit which I received from UglyBugPlans as I was the 666th customer and got the kit as a reward.

The kit was something which I would have bought anyway because’s only a Super’freakin’natural kit!  That’s right..a kit for my favourite programme.

I also got the matching magnetic clips to go with it which I am extremely grateful for.

The kit is as always extremely good quality, I’m not a stranger to Michelle’s products having been on her design team previously.
My Mini HP:) 

My Domino soft blog planner.

There are loads of stickers left which I am saving to use in the Uglydori I ordered and cannot wait to arrive! 

For more of Michelle’s products visit her shop linked above.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osbourne


Hey Everyone,

Today I have an excerpt for you from the novel Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne.


Edie had to wait another six hours, but with the resilience that had seen her through the past four years, she simply took a deep breath and endured it. She smiled at her mother, confused and wondering at the strain on her face when Florence had hoped and prayed for so long for William to come home. Sitting in the cosy warmth of the kitchen, she forced herself to play with little Lydia, filled that interminable day trying to talk to her dad, and trying to help Mum connect with this stranger in their midst. To begin with, Lydia was shy of the grey-faced man at the kitchen table, but soon her inquisitive and irrepressible nature took over and she climbed boldly up onto his lap giggling as she always did, clutching at his moustache with chubby little hands, her black curls raising a weary, delighted smile from William as he slowly, unbelievingly contemplated the new addition to his family. Then eventually the news of their father’s return must have spread through the street, and shutting up shop early the boys hurtled through the kitchen door, Reg enthusiastically pumping his dad’s hand while his more reserved younger brother, Bert, stood grinning shyly, then daringly suggesting a pint at their local pub which he had been too young to frequent when he had last seen him. ‘That’ll probably do him more good than anything,’ sighed Florence tiredly, as they left, pushing her hair away from her face. She felt exhausted from the emotional turmoil of the day, the conflict of emotions from what she remembered of her husband she loved and the new reality of the unfamiliar, broken man who had come back to her, bearing the scars of mustard gas and much, much more besides. She looked at Edie then, and her heart went out to her, the poor girl had been so brave all day waiting for news of Edward, yet she hadn’t said a word about it, had swallowed her own anxieties and fears so as not to detract from her family’s joy on her father’s return.

‘Why don’t you go and ask his mum if she’s had any word?’ she suggested sympathetically, but just as the words left her mouth, there was a knock on the back door. Edie felt her heart miss a beat and froze, looking at her mother helplessly, her trepidation suddenly rendering her both speechless and immobile. Florence smiled at her tenderly, then straightened her apron and marched to the door, flinging it open determinedly. And in came Edward. Still in uniform, exhausted and grimy, a broad smile across his face and his arms open wide. Edie gazed at him, feeling a wave of emotion flooding through her body and threatening to swamp her, then fell into them, laughing and crying, trying to reach her arms around the bulk of him in his jacket. Then to her surprise, he let go abruptly and looked at her for a long time, drinking in the sight of the woman whose memory had kept him going during the bleak days and nights in the trenches. Then he sank down on one knee on the scrubbed kitchen floor, took her hand between his, and said in a voice hoarse with emotion, ‘Edith Rose Johnson, will you marry me?’

If this sounds like a book to your tastes then you can find a copy here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Tour: Love Them and Leave Them by Sue Shepherd {Excerpt and Author Spotlight}


Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you another wonderful book tour for the novel Love Them and Leave Them by Sue Shepherd. First I have an excerpt for you followed by the author spotlight where youc an get to know more about Sue.


Jessie ‒ Present day

Damn this weather. Proceeding slowly, Jessie ignored the toots from the cars behind and continued at a snail’s pace. The feel of the water on the road, the tyres struggling to grip, the steering wheel becoming over-sensitive to her every touch, all served to remind her just how dangerous this was. The rain became hail. As tiny, rock hard pieces of ice began bombarding the windscreen of her old Ford KA, she gave up any attempt to get to work on time and pulled over. She would simply have to be late; no job was worth dying for. Once parked, Jessie switched off the engine and scolded herself for forgetting to check the weather app on her phone. She figured she might as well listen to the radio whilst she waited for the hail to stop. Dance With My Father began playing, and Jessie felt the all too familiar pain in her chest. No matter how many years had passed, this song could always reduce her to tears. At least she was alone this time. So often they played it in her local Co-op; that song could make buying milk and bread a wholly over-emotional experience.

After five minutes, Jessie’s phone rang. She wasn’t surprised to see who was calling.

‘Hi Coco, is he mad at me?’

‘Is he mad? He’s bloody livid. You’ve got to get here, like, as quick as you can. I can’t keep him happy forever.’

‘I’m not asking you to keep him happy. Just tell him the truth. I can’t drive in this hail. It’s way too dangerous.’

‘Hun, I know it makes sense to you, I get why it scares you. Of course I do. But I’ve got to tell you … he isn’t buying it. He says if you’re late again, you’re out.’

‘Fine. Fine. I’m coming.’ Just as soon as it dies down.

‘Great. Make it quick. He is not in a good mood.’

‘When the hell is he in a good mood? I’m coming, OK?’

‘OK, love you.’

Jessie ended the call and lowered the window to check the state of play with the weather. It was slowing up a bit. Could she risk it? She was angry that Mr Rossiter found it so difficult to understand why she couldn’t drive in the rain. Had he never lost someone precious in a horrific traffic accident? Probably not, most people hadn’t.

Jessie parked her car in a side street and ran towards Luigi’s. From a distance, the restaurant didn’t look too bad; the red, white, and green signage declared it to be an Italian, and the misty windows gave it a romantic air. However, as your feet took you closer to the door, it became apparent that, over the course of many years, the colours had become faded by the sunlight, and the windows were simply filthy.

This place is about as Italian as I am! Even with her limited experience of the finer things in life, Jessie knew that simply specialising in pizza and pasta did not an Italian restaurant make.

Coco greeted her at the door and almost threw an apron at her. ‘Quick, he’s out the back.’

‘Thanks. He’s such a grumpy bugger, isn’t he? I just don’t get why he’s not more understanding.’

Coco gave her a quick squeeze and instructed, ‘You can attempt to fathom him out later. For now, get that apron on, and try to look as if you’ve been here for ages.’

Jessie had begun working at Luigi’s four years ago. Although Ed had already been gone a couple of years by that point, she remained incredibly raw from her loss. Still struggling to take in the huge changes his death had caused, she was continually stunned to find herself living a life where nothing had worked out the way she’d planned. In addition to this, of course, was the constant pain of knowing she would never see her dad again.

Now, Jessie’s grief was less intense and she had become accustomed to the hand that life had dealt her. The fact was, this restaurant and the people in it were the norm for Jessie. But she would never forget her first day here, nor her first impressions of Coco.

It would be fair to say they hadn’t exactly had an instant rapport. Mr Rossiter had introduced them and asked Coco to show Jessie how everything worked. Knowing she looked dowdy, with her hair scraped back into a ponytail, Jessie had been completely overwhelmed by the extremely exotic Coco. Even though Jessie had a perfectly good figure herself, Coco’s remarkable curves left her feeling somewhat inadequate. All this hadn’t been helped by the fact that Coco had been pissed off with Mr Rossiter for shouting at one of the waitresses, causing her to leave only days after the daft cow had finally gotten the hang of the job.

‘I’m not being funny but you are planning on staying, right?’ Coco had been chewing gum. She’d stood with her head on one side and an extremely judgemental look on her face.

Jessie had wanted to run for the hills, at that point in time she certainly hadn’t needed any more negativity in her life. ‘Well … um … as far as I know … yes, I’m going to stay. I need this job.’

Coco had continued to chew and judge. ‘It’s just, well, I’m not being funny but … I can’t be bothered with all the hassle of training you and explaining where everything goes and all that, and then he shouts at you, and you run off like a frightened little mouse.’

Jessie’s hackles had begun to rise. ‘I’m pretty sure he won’t be able to frighten me. I’m not an actual child.’

‘Yeah, but I’m not bei…’

‘Being funny. Yeah, so you keep saying. And you know what? You’re absolutely right, you’re not funny! Look, why don’t you just tell me what I have to do, and I’ll try my hardest not to let everybody down. How difficult can it be?’

Taking a step backwards, Coco had rather dramatically ceased chewing. Jessie, surprised at her own candour, wondered if she’d been slightly too forward. That split second, right there, had been make or break for any friendship they may have forged.

Thankfully, Coco had thrown back her beautiful head and snorted. ‘You’ll do fine, hun. You definitely won’t let the old bastard scare you off!’

They’d both laughed, that uncontrollable giggle that gets harder and harder to stop and takes all the air from your body. One of them would manage to get control, only to catch the other’s eye and, once again, the sniggering began. Mr Rossiter had not been impressed and had demanded Coco show Jessie how the ordering system worked, or he’d get one of the other girls to do it.

From that day forward, Coco and Jessie had been the best of friends. In actual fact, before working at Luigi’s, Jessie had always been known as Jessica, and it was Coco who’d decided to shorten her name. The newly titled Jessie had been delighted with the nickname, finding it a refreshing change. So it had stuck, and as new waitresses came to Luigi’s, she always introduced herself as Jessie. Until, eventually, there was hardly anyone left to call her Jessica. Perhaps just her mum, although she tended to opt for ‘darling’. Even Jessie’s little brother, Tom, had embraced the change.

‘So, Coco, who have we got tonight?’ Jessie scanned the tables, hopeful of something entertaining.

‘Nothing much. The Colonel and his good lady wife.’ Coco gestured towards a couple who were gazing out of the dirty windows.

‘Don’t tell me – Mixed Grill for him and Tagliatelle al Forno for her?’

‘Psychic Sally!’

‘I will never understand how they can eat the same food every time they come here.’

‘There’s just no displeasing some people, I guess.’ Glancing around the room, Coco drew in her breath. ‘Oh yes, I nearly forgot. We have a blind date.’ Using her eyebrows, she subtly pointed to a couple who were sat in the middle of the room, doing their best to politely keep eye contact with each other and hugely over-compensating by grinning like a couple of morons.

‘Brilliant. Who gets to guess first?’ Jessie asked.

‘Well you won last time so … it’s my turn, and I’m going to say “yes”.’

‘That leaves me with “no”. A little unfair when I haven’t even met them yet. But what the hell – I’ll go with it.’

‘Great, I’ll let you know.’

‘So anyway,’ ventured Jessie, ‘dare I ask which tables I’ve been allocated?’

‘You were last in, hun. Do you really need to ask?’

Jessie sighed. ‘So I’m covering the alcoves?’

‘Sorry. But you know how it works.’

The alcoves were at the rear of the restaurant. In an effort to disguise the dampness, Mr Rossiter had used bulbs with the lowest wattage possible. Unfortunately, he’d also chosen ones with a slight red tinge. Add to this the interesting combination of smells produced by an assortment of plug-in air fresheners and pot pourri, and you had what was known amongst the waiting staff as the amorous alcoves.

These tables sat only two people each and were therefore frequented by couples. Rumour had it that many years ago, a waitress had returned to one of the alcove tables carrying an oversized prawn cocktail and a bowl of tepid gazpacho (yes, yes, I know it, and you know it, but the chef had been chosen for his cheap hourly rate, and he didn’t know it). As she approached them, this waitress was deeply shocked to see one half of the couple had ducked down under the table and was ‘pleasuring’ the other. Of course, that particular waitress had long since left to pursue a more meaningful career in Poundland. Nevertheless, the rumour continued. Jessie often wondered if it was actually a case of Chinese whispers, perhaps the couple were simply holding hands or kissing, and, over the years, as waitresses had left and handed down their skills, knowledge and folk tales, it’d become embellished, until it was the graphic story now shared with all newcomers.

Whatever. However real it was, the fact remained that no one liked covering the alcoves. It was dark and damp, which is great if you’re a mushroom, but it’s far from ideal if you’re a waitress.

Jessie was pleased to see only two of her tables were currently occupied. There was a couple, who appeared thoroughly bored with each other (no chance of a good old noshing there), and a middle-aged gentleman, who sat alone. Many of the waitresses feared a lone man in the amorous alcoves almost as much as they feared a couple, but that was mostly due to a highly unsubstantiated rumour started by Carly last summer.

The couple were looking at their menus, which Jessie assumed had been given to them by Coco, bless her for covering. They were clearly still trying to decide what they wanted and didn’t seem ready to order. The gentleman was quietly waiting. His menu, also provided by Coco, no doubt, was closed, and he had the look of a man who was ready to eat.

‘Good evening.’ Jessie gave a warm smile. ‘Can I take your order, please?’

He turned to face her and there was a flash of recognition. He looked for all the world like her dad. Not a carbon copy, of course, but extremely similar. When Ed had first died, she’d seen him everywhere, as one does. He’d driven the buses she passed, and served her in a variety of shops. But he’d been gone a while now, and she’d stopped spotting him so much. Seeing such a close likeness to his face was a pleasant surprise.

‘I … um … sorry. Oh my goodness, you look so much like someone I used to know.’

‘I get that a lot. I have one of those faces.’

Jessie didn’t understand what he meant. It was a funny expression: one of those faces that what?

Laughing anyway, she asked, ‘So, what can I get you?’

He replied, ‘Actually, I’ve forgotten my reading glasses, but I’m only after a quick main course. What would you recommend?’

The words, ‘Eat anywhere but here’ were almost out of her mouth, but she managed to suck them back in, responding instead with, ‘The steaks aren’t bad, and one of our regulars swears by the Tagliatelle al Forno.’

Agreeing to the Tagliatelle, the customer handed back his unread menu.

On her way to place his order in the kitchen, Jessie passed Coco and couldn’t resist requesting an update. ‘Well? The blind date, how’s it going?’

Even though she was busy, Coco had just enough time to say, ‘He’s keen, but possibly only as a casual thing. She’s not too impressed, she doesn’t like his shoes.’

‘How the heck …?’

‘I just know, OK?’ Coco winked.

Jessie continued on her way to the kitchen. If the girl didn’t like the guy’s shoes, maybe she could win the bet after all.

Author Spotlight

  • Years Ago – I recently had a big birthday, and I mean BIG! Turning 50 feels very odd. I can’t possibly be a middle-aged woman, can I? Of course, being this age means that I have many memories. If you say the words ‘years ago’ to me, I’m transported back to somewhere around the 1980s. The music was excellent. I was young, I was slim and I had absolutely no confidence in myself. What a waste! If I had that time again, I’d wear whatever I damn well pleased and I’d be bloody proud of my fit and healthy body (frizzy perm aside). ‘Years ago’ also brings to mind my childhood, a very happy one. Spent with my sister and my wonderful parents. Although neither my mum nor my dad are with us now, I only need to close my eyes to be transported back to our house in Harrow. My childhood was a standard pre-smartphone one. We rode bikes, we played in the street, we went to the park and we were always home by the time it got dark.
  • Family – I have a wonderful husband and two teenage sons. All three are immensely proud of my achievements. I’m grateful to my husband for supporting me in the leaner months. Our relationship is the classic – can’t live with him, wouldn’t want to live without him. I love him to bits, but he drives me crazy. You get the idea. I adore my children and do far too much for them, which will mean their future partners will no doubt hate me. Both my boys have vowed never to read any of my books because they contain occasional sex scenes – this decision suits me just fine!
  • Work – I’m amazingly lucky that at the moment my job title is full time author. To be able to do the thing you love all day, every day is awesome. However, this is a recent career move, and I had many jobs prior to it. Until 2015, I was a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, I did many years of customer service work on the telephone, which was … let’s say, less enjoyable, but fitted well around my children. If you go back far enough, you’ll find me dressed all in pink, and going by the name of ‘Stinky Pinky’ as a Children’s Party Entertainer in the 90s.
  • Hobbies – Until I gave up working at the school, I would always list creative writing as my main hobby. But now it’s my job, so I suppose I need to put something else. Umm … the truth is I’m always writing. I write almost every day and if too much time goes past without me getting to my laptop, I feel deprived. However, I’m not supposed to be talking about writing … so, let’s not forget that I live on a small island, which has glorious beaches and beautiful countryside, therefore I would also list walking our dog, Forrest (named after Mr Gump) as a hobby. Now our sons are older, my husband and I are starting to find that more and more often when we go out for walks on the weekend, it’s just us, so Forrest is very much our constant companion and in many ways, our third child.
  • Future – There is one thing that I really hope will happen in my future and I don’t think anyone who knows me in real life will fail to guess it. My husband and I bought a small detached bungalow a couple of years ago, and our plan has always been to knock it down and re-build on the land. It’s an ongoing project which mostly involves watching endless episodes of Grand Designs and The £100K House. My greatest wish is that we can accomplish the build soon and stop living in ‘The Old Lady Bungalow’.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Love Them and Leave Them you can do so on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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Life Documented 2017

Hey Everyone, 

I have posted previously about creative journaling that I do. Up until recently it was something I did to celebrate or mark an occasion or memory. This meant that I could go weeks without doing a page.

I had seen the lovely Geraldine mention on her BlogYouTube and Instagram something called The Documented Life project. Unfortunately the original project doesn’t run anymore however there is a Facebook group set up for a 2017 similar version.

Each week on the Life Documented 2017 Facebook group and blog a Prompt and Quote are posted for you to follow. There is also a monthly overall theme. Of course you don’t have to stick to the themes and you can do use your own ideas.

I didn’t start this journey until February but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I really like the prompts and quotes as they force me to be more creative and think out of the box.

I will be posting regular updates on this project. 

Right, let me go through the spreads so far I have undertaken which are all in my Webster’s Traveler’s Notebook. 

My first week was Week 5.

Challenge: to incorporate a Zentangle or doodle in my journal.

Prompt: “Do not fear mistakes – there are none.” Miles Davis

Week 6

Challenge: Layers

Quote: “I love Layers” Alexander Wang

For this spread I actually did the ballons and tree’s as fold up flaps so I could write within them as you can see on the 2nd picture.

Week 7

Prompt: Valentine’s

Quote: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “Look you owe me” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky – Hãfiz 

For this spread I chose to do heart ballons for the week days amongst a night sky. Using quote on the tag.

And that is me up to date. This week’s spread is something that has taken me completely out of my comfort zone and made my inner perfectionist cry, but that’s a good thing! 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

My Week #8 (20th-26th Feb)

Hey Everyone, 

This week I got some new inserts from the lovely Kirstyanne over at BugzPlanning for my Domino blog planner so I’ve had them to decorate and as usual also my HP mini.

For the mini I have used a lovely kit from LGD Designs on Facebook. Laura makes these kits in various sizes including the mini and they are extremely good value.

In my blog planner I have used some of the kit from Royal Planner that I got for February. Other stickers are from NotesandClips and MischiefManagedCo

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Blitz: Stuck With Me by Cassandra Piat {Review}


Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book blitz tour for you. The book is Stuck With Me by Cassandra Pait.


Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and trust.


I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, charming and had a good story. I could really relate to the main characters Molly and Adam.

The chapters are split from each of their persepctives which is great to get a handle on how they both think and how their relationship develops.

The story is overall quite lighthearted however there are a few more serious bits in regards to Molly’s mother but it adds an extra depth to the storyline as a whole.

Anyone who loves reading a bit of romance and comedy should really give this a go I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x



Study Tips Series: Accurate and Clear Information

Hey Everyone and welcome to week 3 of the study series.
Previously we have looked at reading for a purpose and identifying and extracting information.

Today however we will look at how to Provide Written Information Accurately and Clearly.

  1. It is always best to keep your sentence fairly short, around approximately 20 words. The main principles of sentence building should be to focus on a main point and one related point.
  2. It is best to use plain English wherever possible so everyone can understand the reading and in many cases  it is better to use shorter rather than longer words.
  3. When writing it is advsed that using active words is preferable to using passive words unless you are trying to soften the sentence.
  4. Try to use ‘you’ or ‘we’ rather than I.
  5. Always use words the reader will understand, if you are discussing something which you know may be complex for some then always explain the meaning in the Glossery section.
  6. Using positive language is more preferable to your work than negative language unless the concept requires this.
  7. Don’t be afraid to write lists or use bullet points where necessary. Numbers and letters can be a distraction for the reader.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Study Tips Series: Identifying and Extracting Information

Hey Everyone and welcome to my study tips series.
Last week we discussed Reading For A Purpose and today we will look at Identifying And Extracting The Information You Need.

Once you have gathered all of your notes the next step is to go through them and extract and identify all the main points that you need.

Start by skim reading all of the information you have collected and list your findings in note form. Once this is complete you can check your lists against the original document/question to ensure all the important and relevant information is there.

Next you should start collating the information and bringing it together so that pieces all concerning the same topics are together, then re-list the information under common headings.

Now you can start drafting your first edit document from the notes collected.

Important things to check as you do this are;

  1. Accuracy – Always make a note of sources and reference where necessary
  2. Relevance – Does it have a point?
  3. Completeness – Has the aim been achieved? Have all points been covered?
  4. Grammatical correctness – Many schools, colleges and universities will know important marks off a piece of work if the grammar and spalling are incorret.
  5. Logical Order – Is the writing easy to follow?
  6. Length – Is the piece too long? too short? does more need adding? Most pieces will have a required word length to check against.

As we progress through this series you will find the posts become more in depth but for now I’m just running over some basics.

Thank you for reading and if there is anything you’d like me to include in this series please leave a comment below.

The Stationery Geekette x

Study Tips Series: Reading For A Purpose

Hey Everyone and welcome to my new blog series. This series will focus on studying and offer some tips and tricks for those undergoing educational courses at any level. This series will cover things such as reading tips, note-making, source checking, referencing and everything inbetween.

To start with the first post will be tips on How To Read For A Purpose.

Reading for a purpose is an entirely different thing to reading for leisure. The information you need to absorb isn’t part of telling a story and quite often you will need to make notes and disengage from your reading as you write.

When reading for a purpose it is an important factor to write down exactly what it is you are wanting to know, the aim and purpose of the reading.

After that it is best to look into which sources you will want to use and to check all the relevant information is up to date.

When looking at these sources do not forget to check who wrote them and to ensure the source is credible , sources such as wikipedia are often frowned upon as the information can be changed and altered by anyone.

Make a note of any relevant chapters, sections or page numbers which are specific to your needs. Don’t forget to check the index or keywords sections.

Scan or skim read the sections which you have note and highlight any relevant information that may be of importance, also note the page number and book details for your bibliography.

Once this is done you can now assess the selected information.

Firstly check whether it answers your questions and helps to prepare your document.

Secondly photocopy and relevant sections and highlight the neccessary parts.

Every so often so and go through and review what you have got. Reviewing will help you maintain focus and direction and then you can disguard anything that you have noted off track or irrelevant to your purpose.

Doing the basic things that are listed above will help to set the foundations for your projects and essays and make going forward with them much smoother.

Next week we will take a look at Identifying and Extracting information when doing your research.

If there is anything you would like to ask or see discussed in a future post please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below or contact me via email at or alternatively message me via my Facebook page.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x