Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My Favourite Things: November

Hi everyone!

I'm not going to lie, I had a really hard time coming up with my favourites this month. I'm the sort of person who really loves the same things over and over, so I can pretty much guarantee that I still love everything in my previous favourites posts and wanted to talk about them again. But I have got a small list of things I loved during the month of November so I hope you enjoy!

I definitely think I'm the ultimate Granny right now, but I have been absolutely loving watching Escape to the Country. If you don't know what it is, the show is basically about people (usually relatively wealthy) who are living in the city and want to make a move to the English countryside. This show takes you around an option of houses that the buyers look out, adds some history of the area, and you basically get to just bask in how beautiful the countryside is. As a result, I kind of want to move there (it would never work out I'm not very good at being cold) and I love it. Highly recommend!

I've only read one book in the month of November (I know I know - I've been on holidays for two weeks, I'm being ridiculous!) and that was Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin. I've definitely mentioned the first book Wolf by Wolf before. I don't want to spoil it for you as it is a sequel. but I will say it was a fantastic conclusion to the duology even if it ripped my heart out a little bit. The first book is basically about an alternative wold where Hitler and Japan won the Second World War, and every year there is a motorcycle race in honour of Hitler. A girl, who can change her appearance at will, enters the race disguised as someone else in a plot to kill Hitler. It's dramatic and it's absolutely amazing.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

20 Facts About Me

Hi everyone!

I have no idea if any of you are frequent readers or if you are just popping over for the first time. Either way, I thought it might be nice for you all to get to know me a little bit as it has been a very long time since I last wrote a post like this. So I hope you enjoy learning 20 random facts about me!

This is me, for reference

1. I can play two instruments: the flute and piccolo. I would like to think I'm not too bad at them either, but I'm definitely better at the flute.

2. I can say with 98% certainty that I have misophonia - I get so intensely frustrated and annoyed by repetitive sounds that I could literally strangle someone at times. The worst ones include nail picking, loud eating, the dripping of a tap, whispering in the back of a lecture theater... I could honestly go on and on.

3. While it is ridiculously hard to pick a favourite book, if I had to choose it would for sure be Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's a childhood favourite of mine and I still adore it to this day.

4. History was my favourite subject at school, and I'm loving learning about it at university. It's so fascinating learning about different cultures and different times. If I could do my whole degree in it I would. (not even going to lie, I'm seriously considering it but it doesn't really give me a lot of job prospects).

5. I don't like the food and drinks everyone else seems to love - coffee, tea, avocado, and coke being the main ones.

6. Much to my constant consternation, I am a very clumsy person. There's not a day that goes by where I don't trip or drop something or spill my drink!

7. I don't wear make-up

8. It is my dream in life to be able to travel the world - I've started a whole list on my phone and some of my favourites are the Swiss Alps, Cornwall in England, the Scottish Highlands, London, Paris... I might to a whole blog post on this actually because there are so many places I want to see.

Me having the time of my life in Italy 2013 - the trip that started it all (just search Italy in the search bar and you can read all about it)

9. If I could have any job, I would love to work in the publishing and editing industry, specifically for books.

10. Downton Abbey is possibly my favourite TV show of all time

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Holiday TBR Pile

Hi all!

I have some exciting news (for me) to tell you today: I am officially on holidays! I had my last exam on the 16th (at 8am - it was torturous) and I feel so free. Most of my friends went out to celebrate finishing but I was so not in the mood - although I never am to be honest. So after a little cry on the walk to the train station I had a really lovely, chilled out evening eating pizza and ice cream and watching Game of Thrones with one of my good friends which I really enjoyed.

Finishing my first year of university has left me, to be perfectly honest, a little unsure as to what my future holds. At this point I don't even know if I want to continue journalism. I loved my history this semester and I wish I could do a whole degree with it but I'm just not sure that is practical.

I'm choosing to ignore that for the moment and am instead focusing on something I love to do - read. I never usually do a TBR for a month or anything like that, but it was a photo idea Kiara and I had for her bookstagram, mazesofpages. It made me think about what I want to read over the holidays (and there's a lot, this is just a selection of 10) and so I thought it would be fun to share with all of you my picks.

I didn't mean to pick this picture but just roll with Kiara's closed eyes... you can see the better one on her instagram!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Book Tag: Intergalacitc

Hi all!

I've written down so many book tags now that I actually had trouble choosing which one I would do this month. But we got there and I have chosen to do the Intergalactic Book Tag - I found it at SophietheBookworm. As usual I am procrastinating (it's so ridiculous, literally one more exam and then I'm free for three months) and as I cannot bring myself to do any uni work right now, I decided to do the tag post for you all.

Space: name a book that is out of this world - that takes place in a world different to our own
I honestly had a little bit of trouble with this question because there are so many books to choose from, but I've deiced to go a little unconventional with my answer. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is set in a world where Hitler (and Japan) won World War 2 and it was such a fantastic book I just needed another excuse to talk about it. I think it qualifies though.

Black Hole: name a book that completely sucked you in
Thinking back over what I have read this year, so far, I think the one that really grabbed my attention and refused to let go was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I started reading it on the way to uni one morning, and I literally could not put it down. Between lectures, during lunch, at the train station - I could not let go of it. It was so gripping (but not in the thriller book way) and I was so into it that whole day it took me to finish the book. Not gonna lie, I cried in public reading this one.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

What's In My University Bag

Hi all!

This won't come as a shock to you but I am very seriously procrastinating a uni assignment (an important one too! Literally what am I doing) so I thought it was time to change the pointless late nights of nothing to something productive.

So hi, I'm procrastinating uni by writing about uni (???) but it's a little different today. We're looking at what is in my bag! I apologise if this is a boring topic for you but I love watching these videos on YouTube, so it might work out here too. I hope.

The lightning isn't the best (It's almost 11pm) but this is the bag I use when I go to uni for the day (if I'm staying the night with friends I take a back pack). If I am being honest, it isn't big enough. It doesn't close half the time because my book sticks out too much and I carry around too much for it to be comfortable. But bag shopping stresses me out a little so we're sticking with it. (It's from Boohoo, and I've just gone through my order history and it says it's not available anymore. Sorry!)
Also yes, that is a jumper - in summer (almost). But I absolutely freeze in air-conditioning so jeans and a jumper is a must to uni.
Most importantly, I have my phone and wallet (if you were wondering where my phone is, the case is magnetic which is actually amazing). In the phone case I carry around the important things like my gocard (for the public transport in South East Queensland) my bank card, uni ID and driving license. My bigger wallet contains all my loyalty cards and cash, a train timetable and things like that - just the things I don't need as much.

I obviously take actual supplies to do my work in. One notebook which I use for all my classes and then spare paper for making pretty notes and then pens (I'm very particular with my pens, black only, these specific ones and red is only used for the pretty notes - blue is never an option. I don't use the sharpie).

This is when you think I'm nuts because yes, there are two books in my bag. There's always one for my English Literature plus sticky tabs in case I need them while reading and then a for fun reading book. (I'm not reading anything at the moment and I chose this one just because I don't think I've ever mentioned it and it is amazing. Just think - motorcycle race, just after a World War 2 where Hitler wins, pretending to be other people, and an assassin to kill Hitler. It's great and the sequel comes out this month and I'm so keen. Actually, it could be out already I don't really know).