Ashton Hall

Writer | Reader | Book collector Creating bits of magical bookish content

Does anyone else have a go-to writing spot? Mine is typically at my desk beside a large window that looks out onto the porch, but it’s felt a little uninspiring lately, so naturally I set up shop on the kitchen table. - I also wanted to pop in and say I haven’t been as active on here these days because I’m trying to be more intentional with my writing and make more time for it. I’m currently making my way through @jencarrington_ “Write The Damn Thing” workshop and I love it. I went into it wanting to get back into the habit of writing everyday, even if it was just a few hundred words, and that’s exactly what I’m doing! I’m slowly finding time to take photos and edit along with that, so please wish me luck with my time management!👩🏻‍💻✍🏼
What learning style works best for you? - I’m definitely more of a visual-linguistic learner. That means it’s much easier for me to learn and study through written language like reading and writing. If I write something down, I know I won’t forget it. It’s definitely not the most convenient form of learning, but it really helped me to effectively study throughout college. 📖 #WHPstudy
Don’t mind me, just balancing a few books on my head because I have officially decided that learning by osmosis is much more efficient than studying. #WHPstudy - Don’t worry, I’m just kidding! I actually really loved to study in college. After classes I would head straight for the Newsroom to get some editing and studying out of the way. I truly hated schoolwork in high school but, for whatever reason, I didn’t mind it one bit in college. Did anyone else love studying during their college years too? Please tell me I’m not the only freak who enjoyed it. 📚
I just want to hide away and read my book in peace. It’s totally normal to achieve that by wearing a lampshade in public, right? I’ve never been the most social person, so I’m thinking of adding my newfound reading cone to my everyday wardrobe. 🤫📚 #WHPhidden
What would stepping into your perfect world look like? - Mine would look a lot like this, except when I stepped through my magic book and into my dream-like forest I wouldn’t have to worry about tics, horseflies or mosquitos. Is there anything you’d like to temporarily get rid of in your perfect world? 🏰🙅🏻‍♀️
I love picking up a book and being reminded of my childhood. Dirty hands, messy hair, wearing fairy wings over your mismatched outfit out in public without second thought. Everything seems more magical when you’re a kid. - What book reminds you of your childhood? For me, it’s Lost Lake. I’m so happy I picked this up – it was a little reminder that I don’t always have to be so serious. - “The thought of hovering above the earth, weightless in a lilac sky, appealed to her, in the same way imaginary friends appealed to her, or talking alligators.” - Sarah Addison Allen 🐊👩🏻‍🎨
I had a dream that I was in a book I recently finished – “The Bookshop on the Corner” by Jenny Colgan. It was a quick and fun read and the entire time I kept thinking how envious I was of the main character, Nina. Nina has a gift for finding the perfect book for absolutely anyone, basically like a bookish matchmaker. She works as a librarian in Birmingham, so after losing her job she decides to up and move (with hundreds upon hundreds of her books in tow) to a small, sleepy town in Scotland where she plans to turn her van into her own traveling bookshop. I know it may not sound enticing to everyone, but come on! That would be absolute bliss for me! I was so sad when I woke up from this amazing dreamland that I actually tried to make myself fall back asleep in hopes of getting back to my perfect dream. - Do you ever dream about the books you have read? 🚌📚💭
It’s only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea. - I would much rather read under the cool light of a full moon than the sun. Plus, I’d never have to worry about getting sunburned, and I’m honestly more of a night owl anyway. Are you a nighttime reader, or do you prefer to read while it’s still light out? 🌖📖
I pulled out The Sorcerer’s Stone today and thought of the first time I read about Harry and the magical home J.K. Rowling created for him. I was 8 years old when the first book came out and was well into high school by the time The Deathly Hallows was released, but every year I still find myself reaching for one of the books with an urge to revisit one of my favorite worlds. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is. Happy birthday, Harry! - Is anyone else nerding it up with a HP reunion today? - “Yeh’ll get yer firs’ sight o’ Hogwarts in a sec,” Hagrid called over his shoulder. The narrow path had opened suddenly onto the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers. - J.K. Rowling 🚂⚡️🍺
“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” - It was a beautiful and drizzly overcast weekend and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind if the sun stayed away for a bit longer. On days like that I like to pull out a few of my favorite classics and sit around on the floor reading certain passages before picking up another, but my go-to is always Charlotte Brontë’s “Villette.” The cover is old and worn and the binding is getting a little weak, but it always makes me smile. - If you had to choose your favorite classic, which would it be and why? 📚🌥
How to grow and bloom in the unlikeliest of places. - That’s my alternative (and really long) title for this book. The Forbidden Garden has been with me through a lot. Driving to Washington and keeping me company as I tried to navigate my new world. I was only there for a few months before coming home, but the months felt like years and this book was one of the only familiar things I had; one tiny slice of home. Oddly enough, the main character in this book, Sorrel Sparrow, also left behind her sleepy seaside town, her sisters, her garden and the only life she’s ever known. Although I didn’t travel all the way to England to work my green thumb magic on a famously cursed garden, I still felt the same longing for home. - Is there a certain book that you have felt truly connected to? Or am I just crazy? 😅🌱
Slowly but surely I am making my way through my summer TBR pile, but I should admit that I have a horrible tendency to skip around from book to book sometimes. I definitely don’t do this with all of my reads, but it happens quite a bit whenever I’m taking on something that’s a little slow to start. Right now it’s a mixture of magical realism (my absolute favorite) and one classic. - Is anyone else guilty of this as well? I think of it as a bad habit, but sometimes I just get so excited about a new book purchase that I can’t wait. 🕰📚
If you were given the chance to be miniature-sized for just a day, would you do it? I think I would! I was always so obsessed with the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” films when I was younger, but I can tell you right now I would be even more terrified of bugs than I already am. On the bright side, how cool would it be to actually sleep on your bed of books instead of just photographing them for a change? 🔎 📖
“Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.” - Ann Patchett I really adore this quote, especially because it got me thinking about my writing, my favorite authors, and then my favorite characters and which one of them I would want to sit down and have a cup of tea with. My invite would definitely go to Ignatius J. Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces and I’m sure those who know me aren’t surprised by that answer at all. I read it for the first time when I was 17 years old and to this day it still sticks with me and is my absolute favorite book, so much so that I named my cat after Ignatius, the main character. So, if you got the chance to have tea with your favorite fictional character, who would it be? 📖☕️ #WHPlookup
Do you ever give yourself a list of things to do and then expect all of them to be done in an unrealistic amount of time? I know I do, which is why I’m currently hiding in my bed of books. I know I can’t hide forever, because I’m actually pretty excited about most of the things on my to-do list, but in the future I’d like to remember that I’m only human and I need to be a little more realistic with my standards. Let’s all try to not be so hard on ourselves today! 📖🛏
Waiting for a breath of fresh air. Sometimes I can work on my writing while creating photographs that I’m really proud of, but other times I have to choose between the two for the sake of my sanity and energy. Unfortunately, it’s been the latter for the past two weeks. I have been working on something that is near and dear to my little heart, and I’m so excited about it, but it’s taking up quite a bit of space in my head. In addition to that, I’ve been trying to get a blog up and running. It’s weird and it feels a little embarrassing to say, but I love writing and I love reading, so I’m turning that love into something a little more productive with a space dedicated to book reviews. Bear with me while I awkwardly try to figure all of this out, and if you’ve made it this far into this novel of a caption you deserve an award. 🖤📖
Dear best guy I know, 365 days have passed since we stood on this green patch of grass thousands of miles away from home and said our vows. Thank you for guiding me, creating with me and being the most truly patient man I have ever known. Life with you is an adventure beyond my wildest dreams. I love you, Bagel. 🌿🏔
Where is my mind? I’ve only just started reading Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, but it has already conjured up images like this in my head. I can’t imagine experiencing something like that for myself – not being able to trust my own thoughts. It’s absolutely terrifying, but it’s such a good read so far and I was immediately roped in. I’m going to try to watch the film adaptation on Netflix after I finish the book, so I hope it does her story justice. Has anyone else read Brain on Fire? 🧠
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