I read Past Bedtime



Hello, I'm Isobel!



Welcome to I Read Past Bedtime, a blog for 20-somethings finding their way in the world.


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6 Tips to Help You Stay Positive While Job Hunting

We've all been there. You spend every day at your dead-end job (or parent's sofa) furiously refreshing your emails for news of that grad scheme you did a video interview with six months ago. Your tiny heart does a somersault when you see that long-awaited email in your inbox, only to open it and find...

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How I Saved Three Quarters of My Salary (Without Kicking My Brunch Habit)

How often have you started a sentence with "If I had enough money...." then put whatever idea came next to the back of your mind, without giving it another moment's thought? So many young people have goals that can only be met with cold hard cash (be it travelling, paying off debts or cobbling together a house deposit), yet only a handful of us have enough disposable income to make those dreams a reality.

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The 20-Something Bucket List: 101 Things to Do Before You're 30

Being 20-something is an odd experience.

You’re an adult, but most likely living at home or still dependent on your parents in some way. You have a job, but it probably isn’t your dream one. And you’re desperately trying to stay in touch with school and university friends while wanting to appear friendly and sociable to your new housemates and colleagues.

Frankly, it’s exhausting, and all too easy for the things we really want to do in our twenties to get lost in the business of just existing as a functioning adult.

So, I decided to make a list of all the things I’d like to do this decade, from adventures I’d like to have to career goals. Alongside these, I’ve put everything that I probably should be able to do (like my washing).

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Review: Groove Aerobics

I don't know about you, but to say I overindulged over Summer is a rather large understatement. End of term celebrations were enjoyed in earnest (prompting concerned nearest and dearest to question how I'd got to the age of 23 without knowing my limits), and a few well-placed August holidays were enough to throw me well and truly off the health wagon. 

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6 Underestimated Folk Songs that Will Give You All the Feels

I've never been to a proper festival. You know, the ones where girls flatten each other to be in the front row for One Direction and you'd give your right arm just to be one of the stewards.

If you ask me, teeny festivals are where it's at. You spend 80% of your time at the food tent or drinking cider and the rest of it listening to folk in a drunken haze.

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Straight Up Answers to the Questions Literally Every Millennial is Asking

Being a millennial is tough. We're expected to stand on our own two feet, but we still have so many questions that need answering. How do I set the washing machine to delicates? Do I have to floss AND use mouthwash or just commit to one? If Tesco opens at 10am on Sunday, does that mean it shuts at midnight on Saturday?

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10 ways to feel like you've had a holiday when you're too broke to go abroad

As much as I am massive fan of all things Great Britain (see my recent holiday to Yorkshire), I was somewhat dismayed upon checking my bank balance to realise that, even if I wanted to, I haven’t the funds to go abroad this summer. I blame Dominoes.

Still, the universe loves an enthusiast, so I set about finding ways that I could create that ‘ooh yeah ah’m on holiday’ vibe from the comfort of my own home.

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