patience pays off. [all me]

I have been finished uni for nearly a year and work opportunities have been thin on the ground, and it has been hard going. Applying for anything and everything without receiving replies has been a hard one to take and move on from, there have been so many times where it seemed as though it would never happen. I was so close to giving up and resigning myself to working somewhere I wasn’t interested in and doing something I hated.

But I took a chance, and applied for a job that I wanted and knew that I could do, but because of everything else I never thought I would get. I am so proud to say that after two interviews and a 500 word creative piece I managed to get the job!

I am officially employed, and its paid which makes it even better.

Not to worry, I will be utilising the schedule feature on this blog, so there will still be regular posts going up!


lovin’ it; it’s all coming back.

Reading is back on the top of my list, the sun has been high in the sky and I have been sunning myself with a book, and life has been good. Don’t worry its not all books I have been loving.

1. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

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I have just reread The Bone Season and read The Mime Order for the first time, and I am so in love with this series I can’t even put it into words. If you haven’t read this series and you like YA fantasy, pick it up, you really won’t regret it!

2. The sunshine

I know, I know what a generic thing to write, but I really believe that along with the brilliant writing of Samantha Shannon it has brought me out of my slump, and I’m finally enjoying reading again. So thank you sunshine!

3. Charity shop finds

I found this exact collection in a little shop for a grand total of £2.25, and I squealed I was that excited. I have often picked up little bargains here and there, but this really made me happy and has put me in a really good for the entirety of this week.

That’s it folks!

last minute worries.

Never leave anything until the last moment.

I say this while writing this post with 30 minutes until I need this to go live. Nothing you write in a rush will ever be your best, and I’m leaving this post short and sweet. Many of my earlier work were written without planning, quickly and without editing and quite frankly they were rubbish. You need time to reflect on your work and time to edit without unending pressure.

book recommendations: series I love.

I thought that this would be an interesting one to do, because it isn’t restricted by genre, in fact I have fallen in love with series right across the board, and really want to pass them on to you guys.

A disclaimer on this post, I may not have finished a series but unless it gets really horrific in a short amount of time, it belongs here.

And on that note, lets get into it.

1. Harry Potter

This should come as no surprise, I adore these books, and believe it or not, they helped me become the person I am today. For those who have been living under a rock, the series follows an 11 year old boy as he finds out he’s a wizard and through all the danger that seems to come with this. What makes these books so wondrous is the world that they are set in, it is so well done, and as a writer it sets the bar high for me.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This is another fantasy book, but is a little more sarcastic and witty than Harry Potter. It is a series based on Greek mythology and the children of the Gods living in the modern world, it centres on a young boy who is whisked of to a camp for his own safety and away from the monsters that threaten his life. Quests and prophecies ensue from then on. I love this series because of how well the modern and ancient are mixed, there is never a doubt that these worlds shouldn’t be together.

3. The Heroes of Olympus

If you haven’t guessed by the covers, this series is a follow on from Percy Jackson. It sees the introduction to new characters, and above all an incident has left Camp Half-Blood in chaos and a new prophecy threatens them further. I love the fact that I got to see more of my favourite characters and the way that the series progressed with the danger and the events, it was well done, and kept me hooked right to the very end.

4. The Bone Season

I love this book, I’ve just finished re-reading it in time to read the sequel, and I loved it even more on the second reading. This book tells the story of Paige who is clairvoyant, which in her alternate London is illegal, joining the crime syndicate, she thinks that’s the most danger her life will have to handle. However as she soon discovers there is something deeper going on behind the mask of the government. I adore the characters in this book, and the way they are represented, I love the world and the classification of clairvoyants, it has been well done.

5. Dorothy Must Die 

I love the concept of this book, I was a big fan of the film when I was a kid (I haven’t got around to reading the books yet). It follows a young girl living in a modern day trailer park, who when a tornado hits is transported to Oz where, everything has been turned upside down. This reversed idea in this book leads to the reader not knowing who to trust and having to guess at times.

There are so many more that I might have to do a part two, but that’s it for now.

favourite book [historical]

I’m going to cheat with this one, and so this one will be my favourite standalone historical novel, at this present moment. I love this genre, so I may be updating this one in the near future.

I still haven’t managed to finish this review for this book, but it is one of my favourites of 2015. I love the beautiful writing and the way that the book is structured, you follow the life of both Marie and Werner, during WWII. You get two different perspectives and it’s so well written and done that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and the story.

30 things about me. [all me]

  1. I hate feet, they totally gross me out.
  2. I love the Cadbury Button yoghurt pot things.
  3. I am super phobic of bats, the flying kind, not the wooden kind.
  4. I suffer from anxiety.
  5. I find it hard to like poetry, even though I like to write it.
  6. I love musicals.
  7. I love singing at the top of my voice when no one is in.
  8. I love to dance when I cook.
  9. I am in love with someone 14 years my senior.
  10. I am asthmatic and will have to take a steroid inhaler for the rest of my life.
  11. I love to crack a book’s spine.
  12. I love Severus Snape.
  13. I want to be a published writer one day.
  14. Harry Potter is my all time favourite series.
  15. I put too much pressure on myself at times.
  16. I wish that I could draw.
  17. I was the first person in my class at primary school to be a ‘free reader’.
  18. I desperately want a cat or dog, I’m not fussy.
  19. I can dislocate my thumb.
  20. I am not a morning person.
  21. I always arrive way too early when I’m travelling somewhere.
  22. I love a good McDonalds.
  23. I love to read in the sun.
  24. I really want to meet Emma Watson.
  25. I love to be organised.
  26. I like to knit.
  27. I want to grow my own food.
  28. I love Frozen.
  29. I name all my pets after Harry Potter characters.
  30. I really hate washing my hair.

Hope you enjoy learning about me!