In the past few weeks I've spent countless hours reading about Henry VII.
I practically breathe early Tudor history.
Becoming familiar with secondary sources on the topic you plan to write your dissertation on is essential.
Although my love for Henry VII and Elizabeth of York grows with every book, I do find myself occasionally reading a page only to realize I hadn't really paid any attention to the words.
I've discovered the environment in which you read is almost as important as the reading itself. Changing the scenery every now and then helps you focus and, well, keeps you sane.
The weather is
slightly warming up, meaning reading outside is an option. I find myself on Brandon Hill or College Green often, but never really ventured far from Park Street for my afternoon reading.
Growing bored of my regular spots, I decided to finally give Queen Square a go.
Stepping into Queen Square is like stepping into 18th century England. I had walked through Queen Square on many occasions, but never really stopped to sit on one of it's many benches. It's beautiful, green, and most importantly, quiet. The perfect reading spot.
Needless to say, I had a very productive afternoon.