I’m Moving!🚆

So as you’re reading this, I’ll have moved house to another part of the UK! Those of you who know me probably also know that I’ve moved a lot these past 5 years due to university and now being a graduate (hopefully for the second time as I am still waiting for my MA results… been waiting since December…) it is time to move again.

Though I love living where I am and I will be sad to leave, I’m also super excited to move somewhere new and experience a new city life! For some of you who read my blog, may have also noticed that I haven’t been posting as regularly as normal. For the past 14 months, I have posted once a week sometimes twice or three times but this month is the first time that I haven’t. There is a lot of reasons but the main one is due to the this move and it may still be the same throughout April as I settle in to my new home and new job. Everything should be back to normal in May though so do not worry!

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Books Read (So Far) In 2018 & Update On Book Reading Challenges 📚

My 2018 booklist (so far): 

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So I made a list of my book reading challenges I set for 2018. So here are what I’ve completely so far. For the list which shows them not crossed out scroll through to a previous blog post of mine from 2 months ago: 

  1. A book that you read in school. (Two of a Kind: Winner Take All)
  2. A book published last year in 2017. (Roar)
  3. A book that became a film. (Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone)
  4. A book with a name in the title.
  5. A book with a number in the title.
  6. A book based on a true story. (The Secret Life of Cows)
  7. A book someone else recommended. (Elric of Melnibone)
  8. A book with 500+ pages.
  9. A book you can finish in one day. (Poor Unfortunate Soul)
  10. An award winning book.
  11. A book with a character with your name.
  12. A book set in the future.
  13. A trilogy or series. (Crown of Midnight)
  14. A book you own but haven’t read. (Crown of Midnight)
  15. A book with an appealing cover. (Sisters Red)
  16. A graphic novel. (W.I.T.C.H)
  17. A book about a villain or an anti-hero. (Poor Unfortunate Soul)
  18. A book about death or grief. (One of Us is Lying)
  19. A book published this year in 2018. (The Hazel Wood)
  20. A book with a woman on the cover. (Roar)

February Favourites ❤ (TV Shows & Books)

2017 Past Favourite Blog Posts:

  1. December (TV Edition)
  2. September
  3. June
  4. May
  5. March
  6. January (Vegan Edition)

1. Riverdale

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I am completely obsessed! I have to admit though that it took me a few episodes to actually really start liking it, I didn’t dislike it but I just thought it was okay. I think it was due to Betty and Veronica’s friendship and Bughead that made me fall in love with the show! Also even though she is crazy, she has a good heart and I really want to be as pretty as Cheryl! If you don’t know what Riverdale as about then here is a brief overview:

The story focuses on a small town called Riverdale after a murder is committed. This tragic event spirals a trend of darkness in the town and a teenage friendship group are the ones that are usually involved in finding out all these hidden secrets. Archibald “Archie” Andrews is a high school football player who has a passion for music and also happens to be best friend with the girl next door Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper, a smart girl with a longtime crush on Archie and later best friends of new girl Veronica Lodge. Also refered to as V and B, Veronica is a former socialite from New York who moves to Riverdale after her father is in prison. Forsythe “Jughead” Jones III is a philosophically inclined social outcast who is Archie’s best friend, after a summer of them not being friends, he becomes close again to Archie and then later to Betty.  Kevin Keller is also close friends to Betty and Veronica and is the son of Riverdale’s sheriff and then there is Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl isn’t in the inner circle but she is known to be a wealthy, entitled and manipulative girl who is a classmate of Archie and his friends and also twin sister to Jason who is murdered in the first episode of season one.

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2. Teen Wolf

So I know what you are thinking… Oh what a surprise!! Another TV show!! BUT I am also obsessed with this show too. It has werewolves amongst other supernatural creatures, a love story and also Dylan O’Brien… so what’s not to like? Also there is 6 seasons so yay!

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Here is a brief overview: In season one, Scott is bitten and becomes a werewolf. Then someone starts going on a killing spree. Scott and his human best friend “Stiles” Stilinski begin to encounter other characters with a connection to the supernatural goings-on in Beacon Hills. New girl Allison Argent becomes friends with both boys and has secrets of her own, she comes from a family of werewolf hunters. Her best friend is popular girl and genius Lydia Martin who Stiles has had a crush on since forever and in season one  Scott and Stiles clash with Lydia’s aggressive boyfriend, local jock Jackson. The question of who bit Scott leads them to Derek Hale, a mysterious werewolf with a dark past. As the show progresses, Scott is joined by new friends in season three Malia Tate and Kira Yukimura and then in season five Liam Dunbar, a young werewolf with anger issues.

3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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This is definitely the best book I have read in 2018 so far! Here is the blurb according to Goodreads: 

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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I honestly loved this fairytale retelling and having such strong female characters! It’s a tad bit predictable but then again most fairytales are! The blurb according to goodreads: 

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris — the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend — but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

5. Gilmore Girls

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So I’ve only just started watching this and I’m only on season one but I really like it so far! The show is about mother Lorelai Gilmore, a thirty two year old who is a manager of a small hotel and her academic teenage daughter Lorelai also known as Rory. Lorelai grew up in Hartford with her old money parents, Richard and Emily, but after getting pregnant at sixteen she decided to escape the life that was being mapped out for her. Lorelai and Rory have a very close relationship, living like best friends. Until Lorelai has to ask her parents for money to send Rory to a very expensive private school called Chilton…

Adventures in Edinburgh✨

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Do you ever just want to go on really big adventures? or even just little weekend ones? If the answer is yes, they what’s stopping you? Buy that train ticket, book that hotel or even book that plane ticket!

At the beginning of February me and my boyfriend decided to take a little trip to Edinburgh and stay overnight! We went during the week as I had recently left one of my jobs and therefore I had a bit more free time (as due to Christmas and Sales I was super busy in December and January.) So we booked our train tickets and a BnB in Leith (which is about a 40 minute walk from the train station and a 20 minute bus trip) and went!

Places we visited:

  • Old Town
  • New Town
  • Carlton Hill
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia (owned by the Royal Family and used for over 44 years, travelling over one million miles. Lasted used in 1997 on a farewell tour around the UK.)
  • Parliament Building
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Greyfriar’s Bobby Statue
  • Pubs: Tolbooth Tavarn and The World’s End.

 

We had such a lovely time even though we were only there for a day and a night! I also got to try some veggie haggis for the first time! 🌟

2017 Scrapbook: A Summary 🌟

With 2017 over, I thought I’d write about my favourite memories of last year as well as what I got up to! So I hope that you enjoy it and reflect on the past year yourself! 😊🎉 I also thank you for taking the time to read this post, especially if you’ve read my blog regularly this past year! So here is a breakdown of my year and what I got up to!

So here is a little summary of what I got up to this year:

January 2017: At the start of the year I read my first Sarah J Maas book which led me down a rabbit hole of her books as well as bringing back my love for reading! It took me 6 days to read which actually was pretty fast because I had just started the second semester of my Masters course! I got offered a permanent contract in my part time job. At the end of the month my parents visited as they were on route to Scotland and Ireland. I also made this blog!

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February 2017: I visited my friend in Plymouth which was long overdue and ate way too much vegan junk food! Celebrated Valentines Day and bought too many books at Waterstones as they had a 20% student discount evening. My boyfriend’s friends from home visited and stayed with us. It was really cool as we got to visit some historical places such as the Yorkshire Moors, Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. (Photos are below)

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March & April 2017: March and April was a month full of stress with two exams, a dissertation proposal and two essays! I tried to de-stress and booked to see some trainee guide dogs and retired ones at my university! At the end of the month and beginning of April I visited Sicily which was amazing! My friend also booked to come and see me in June and a snap election was announced by the UK government.

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May & June 2017: A Court of Wings and Ruin came out so I spent the first week of May  reading it! I dyed my hair brown after it being blonde for a year and then made the decision to dye it red in June. My friend who I visited in January came down to visit at the end of May which was nice as I hadn’t seen him since then! On the 8th of June I voted in the general election and then I stayed up all night and watched the results! Another friend visited and we spent that time playing games, watching films, going to a vegan BBQ, a 1920s ball, a day trip to Scarborough and visiting the Harry Potter shop on the shambles! A few days after she left, I had two exams.

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July & August 2017: I was quite ill in July as I had an infection which led me to be on antibiotics for two weeks! I also went back to my hometown to celebrate my sister’s baby shower and met up with my friend who had visited me the month before. At the end of July I went to Nottingham to celebrate a friends birthday. My parents visited in August and in between writing my dissertation, I also moved house.

September 2017: My new baby niece was born at the start of September so I went back to my hometown to meet her! My boyfriend handed in his dissertation and I carried on writing mine. I started applying for a new job in between dissertation writing. At the end of the month, I went on a solo adventure to Newcastle for the day which was so lovely!

October 2017: I had an interview for a job and the next day I got offered it! I celebrated turning 23 by going pumpkin picking with my boyfriend. I attended another student lock in at Waterstones, and a few days later a lot of my friends came down to visit. It was that weekend that me and my best friend got matching tattoos! At the end of the month I visited New York with my mam, sister, two nephews and boyfriend, we flew back to the UK on Halloween.

November 2017: I came back to the UK from New York and had my last shift in my old job and then two days later, I started my new job! I then had an interview for another job for a Christmas temporary position. I attended my first ever book event which was Sarah J Maas Tower of Dawn Tour in Manchester! My friend then came to visit and I was still frantically writing dissertation which was due at the start of December.

December 2017: My parents visited at the start of December and while they were visiting, I handed in my dissertation and then celebrated (and my mams birthday) with an afternoon tea! As it was Christmas month, I worked a lot but also went to some Christmassy events such as the panto and a light show. I celebrated my first Christmas without any parents and then worked Boxing Day.

And that was basically my year in a nutshell. How was your 2017? Did you have adventures and goals?

Mornings Are For Coffee And Contemplation 🌟

My body aches for adventure, my skin wants to feel the warmth of the sun upon it and for the freckles which are hidden away to come out. I want my bare feet to feel the sand and for the sea to jump up towards my knees. I want to search for shells and for the ocean sea salt to kiss my hair. My legs want to find adventures and aches in hikes to discover new places, to unravel hidden secrets and jewels given by mother nature. I want the freedom to roam, for 7am tiredness, for running to train stations, to take long naps after a day full of adventure. To discover the world which is vast and desires to be explored. To be stuck in a place lacking adventure seems dull to me. To cage ourselves away like a bird desperate to escape.

We are not birds. We are humans. We are explorers and wanderers.

Spring Playlist #2 ☀

So last year I created a post called 25 Songs For Your Spring Playlist. As I love making playlists I thought that I would create another for 2018! It helps me remember songs that I love as well as listening to new songs! As Spring is shortly approaching on March 1st,  this will hopefully get you in the mood to enjoy Spring! I hope you give a few of them a listen and let me know what songs you have been loving lately!✨

  1. Kettering – The Antlers
  2. Zombie – The Cranberries
  3. Wildfire – SYML
  4. We’re Going Home – Vance Joy
  5. Digital Love – Digital Farm Animals
  6. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
  7. Knocking on Heavens Door – RAIGN
  8. The Last Of The Real Ones – Fall Out Boy
  9. Cash Machine – Hard-FI
  10. Find Me – Sigma and Birdy
  11. World Gone Mad – Bastille
  12. Midnight River – Vaults
  13. Us Against The World – Play
  14. Island In The Sun – Empty Trash
  15. IDGAF – Dua Lipa
  16. Fall – Sasha Sloan
  17. Sweat – RY X
  18. Feel It Still – Portugal ft The Man
  19. Bringing The House Down – CLOVES
  20. Running Underwater – Harper