I’ll be back.

Having a new job and everything that goes along with it, moving house, getting myself into a routine means that blogging has fallen by the wayside, especially now that I don’t have internet.

I will be back, I promise. I have updated my posting schedule to something that I think I’ll be able to do, and I’ll probably start that on Thursday. One good thing that has come from me not having internet, I have been reading so much more, and falling in love with books again.

I hope you’ll stick by me as I hash out my life and what I need to do to make sure I stay sane, I have missed you all. I’ve missed my blog and all of you wonderful people.

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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!

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!

favourite book [crime]

I admittedly don’t read a lot of this genre, I never seem to be in the mood, and I find that the majority of the time I guess who did it and it ruins the whole feel of the book for me.

I am cheating on this though, and using a trilogy. I couldn’t just choose one of the books because they’re all the same story and whatnot, so I think it should be allowed.

I have chosen for this genre the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I adored these books when I read, I physically had a problem putting them down, they were addictive.

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I won’t spoil the entire series, so I’ll just give you a super quick rundown of the first book. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tells the story of a journalist who is given the task of tracking down what happened to a scion of a wealthy family, all with the help of a young tattooed girl.

I love how dark these books are and the fact that the characters are so interesting. It was really well written especially in the term that they were so unpredictable. I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen, and it kept me on my toes, I didn’t know what the answer was until it was told to me which made a huge difference and a nice change.

These books won’t be for everybody, seeing as they are exceptionally dark in places and there is definitely a sense of gore. If you don’t mind that and you haven’t already, pick up these books – you won’t regret it.

An Update

I have taken a little time off from this blog, and not because I didn’t want to be here, but because I was struggling with my own motivation and I had to reassess my life and what was actually going on with me.

I have a lot going on emotionally, and I might have to write a blog post all about it, and probably will do. I think that with this blog, I put too much pressure on myself, and it wasn’t fun anymore, in fact it became overwhelming. I know that for ‘normal’ people the schedule I was running wouldn’t be a problem, but coupled with my anxiety and other things my attention was drawn and I found myself panicking about the blog posts instead of enjoying them. So I took some time off and began to think about the direction I wanted to go in and what I want to write about.

I have decided on a whole new plan for my blog, in terms of a schedule, and posting material. I think that I need to get back to myself and my personality that seems to have been lost in the repetitive ‘I have failed’ posts. I have so much passion for books and the world around me, that I am truly failing myself and you guys by carrying on with these posts. I want myself to be so intrigued in what I’m writing that it becomes a pleasure again.

Onto what I will actually be writing about, I will be doing book recommendations, favourite books in certain genres, writing tips and progress, debates on current events mixed in with personal things about me and what I’m loving for that week. I feel as though these posts will better reflect me and what I want to achieve.

I will be posting book reviews, but they’ll be more sporadic than a set day in which I worry about reading in time for and whatnot. Plus I don’t think that all the books I read warrant a book review, so it may be that there will be a rating on Goodreads rather than here.

So that’s it, there may be some theme changes and whatnot before this whole process is done, but hopefully, I will be on my new schedule for tomorrow.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

I have been gone for a week. I haven’t posted and I really should have, but there was no motivation. I feel as though I have lost sight of what I wanted to do with this blog. I think I’m repeating myself over and over again, and its becoming a chore. Which I never wanted it to be, I think I will be scrapping the weekly routine… for now. I need to come up with what I want this blog to me. I want to inject more fun and my personality into the posts.

One thing that I’m certain will be up within a couple of days is my book review of All The Light We Cannot See. As for everything else, who knows, for now.

An Apology.

This weekend caught up on me and I missed posting what I was supposed to. I have been exceptionally busy looking after a toddler and I just didn’t get the time to write down my thoughts and my writing progress, which has been zilch.

I hope that this week will be better in terms of my postings, and I am endeavouring to do so much better. All I can say is that I am sorry about the lack of me, and I will be back with a vengeance!

Real Book and E-reader

As a reader of both and as a supporter of both. I thought I would go over the pros and cons, and what my personal experience with each of them has been.

Real Books.

Pros

I think the obvious one is the experience of a real book, there is the smell and then the walking through a bookstore, running your fingers along spines and trying to decide which one you want to add to your collection.

A real book offers you the chance to add truly beautiful books to your collection and being able to admire the truly gorgeous covers that publishers come out with and design.

Also compared to an e-reader, books are easily replaceable, if one gets wet or bent out of shape, it is fairly cheap to pick up another one.

Cons

Holding a book up with your arms whilst trying to find a comfortable position in bed is one of the banes of being a book reader. I love a good hardback or a 600 page paperback, but they sure aren’t easy to hold up in bed.

Travelling with three or four (or so many more) is a nightmare, they take up so much room in your bags. Thats not to mention the weight and the indentation in your shoulder from carrying them all.

The worst things of all, the cost and space. I have two rooms overflowing with books, because I physically don’t have anymore space for them. When I look at them all, it’s mind-boggling how much money I must have spent on them all. Not good.

E-Readers

I have a Kindle Paperwhite so that is what my experience will be based off.

Pros

The amount of books that you can fit onto a tablet the size of your hand is completely astounding. Living on a small island, my Kindle was a lifesaver and I was so thankful that I wasn’t having to drag all the books I wanted to read back and forth.

One thing that really impresses me about the Kindle and the way that the whole system works is the syncing feature. I could lose or restore my Kindle but all of my books would be safe on the cloud for me to redownload.

I have to say one of the best features of the Kindle is the fact that I can lie in whatever position I want to and still be able to read, without my arm hurting. Its wonderful. Especially my model of the Kindle means that I can read in the dark whilst my partner sleeps.

The price of books for the Kindle are lower than those in print, meaning I can experience a large amount of books for the lower price. It gives me the freedom to try things I wouldn’t usually without the risk.

Cons

Damage. The one thing about my Kindle is that I had to have two replaced because of faults. I mean Amazon were wonderful about everything and there was no question about replacing the item. It was an inconvenience though.

Battery. The fact that I have to remember to place my Kindle on charge is a little annoying. I tend to forget and there is nothing worse than getting half way through a journey and the battery running out.

No pretty covers, which I think is the real shame. There really isn’t anything like having the matching covers and spines sitting on your shelf.


So thats my take on e-readers and real books. I really want to get this out there. There is so much judgement on the internet about people reading e-readers instead of real books and vice versa and I think it crazy, we should support people reading regardless of how they achieve that. Reading is good no matter what way you do it!

My Bucket List.

I don’t have a book review for you guys, because I haven’t finished a book, so I thought that maybe it was time for me to tell you a little about my goals as a person. It won’t be my full list because that could go on for pages.

  1. Have a published novel on Waterstones’ shelves
  2. Be a bestseller
  3. Meet J K Rowling
  4. Own my own house
  5. Make my fortune
  6. Be happy within myself
  7. Travel the world
  8. Go to New York
  9. Holiday in Disney
  10. Have a family

Supposed to be a book review.

I know it is book review day, and I will be getting back to that come next week, but this is the time where I tell you all a Merry Christmas. I will be posting my QOTD and that will be it.

I want to spend some quality time with my friends and family, without having to worry about updating my blog at all times, so this is goodbye until Monday. Hopefully by then I will have read something to review and tell you all about, so back to schedule next week.

Merry Christmas, and I hope that you all have a wonderful day. Sending out love and hugs.