Sunday, 24 June 2018

I'M DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL, EXAMS ARE OVER AND I AM BACK



GUYS, I'M BACK AND I'M DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL!!!

Yes, you read that correctly. I'M DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL. I am happy, proud and also slightly terrified, because now I have to be an adult, I guess. How does one adult? Tips will be appreciated. It feels SO GOOD to be back! I disappeared off the face of the Earth (or, at least, the book blogosphere) for a couple of months while I prepared for my A-level exams. They are finally over. I had a long, gruelling six week exam period, but it is finished. I had my last A-level exam on Friday the 22nd of June, and I'm utterly ecstatic that I'm finally on summer holidays.

It's been tough, the past few months. I'm home-educated, and I've pretty much taught myself since I started home-education when I was thirteen. I got tutors for my A-levels this year, but I only saw them a couple of times when I got stuck on something. It's been hard work, but it's finally over. And I'm so happy! A little bit anxious though, because it's been a stressful time, so I'm still feeling a bit meh, but I know I'll feel right as rain soon!

I'm also going to be taking a gap year. I haven't applied to university yet, as I wasn't sure what I wanted to study. I thought I'd wanted to study physics for the longest time, but then I wasn't so sure. Then I had to complete a week of physics practicals at Bristol university in April and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. So then I was like, “Yep, this is what I want to do”. I need to apply this year, and hopefully I'll have the grades that are required. During my gap year, I want to get a job (at a book store, preferably – hoping to apply to several soon!), do a little bit of travelling around the UK/Europe, read a lot, blog a lot and volunteer. I also want to prioritise my mental health this year. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you'll know I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, and I feel like a break from school will really help me to focus on healing my anxiety a bit more.

So, that's where I've been (in the library, studying), but I'm back. And I don't need to study, so I'm looking forward to writing blog posts, reading books and reading your blog posts. I've missed you guys! Man, I'm glad it's holidays. I DON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY TO STUDY. OR WORRY IF I'VE STUDIED ENOUGH. I CAN SOCIALISE AGAIN.

LET'S CHAT!!! Has anything interesting happened in your life lately? Have you read good books? What are your plans for the summer?

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Easter Readathon Wrap-Up


I read three books this weekend! YAY ME! Although I didn't manage to compete ALL my reading goals, I'm incredibly pleased that I managed to finish THREE whole books.

The books I read were...
  1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  2. "...And then he ate my boy entrancers" (which are eyelashes, if you were wondering) by Louise Rennison
  3. Startled by His Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison
I absolutely adored An Enchantment of Ravens. It made me laugh, cry, scream...I felt all the feels, which is what I wanted. I'm not sure if it's a standalone or part of a series, but if it were part of a series, that would make me a verrrrryyyyy happy lil nerd.


I then proceeded to read the next two books in the Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison. In the one, I laughed. A lot. The other one...not so much. I've read the first 6 books, and I'm not sure if I should bother reading the rest. I have only got four more books to read, and I've come SO FAR I feel like I might as well finish it. BUT, here's the thing, they're so repetitive, and the main character is quite awful (but quite endearing too). I just want her to grow up and stop being so self-centered, but I don't know if that's going to happen?! If you've read this series, is it worth finishing or nah?


I was also hoping to finish The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, but when I picked up my Kindle to read it, I saw the battery was completely depleted. Oh, the trials and perils of e-readers. I'm hoping to get to it this week, but I have so much school stuff to sort out, I doubt I'll be able to. Oh well - hopefully soon!

What books did you read during the Easter weekend? If you celebrate Easter, did you have a good day? How much chocolate did you eat?

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

March Wrap-Up and April TBR (or lack thereof because EXAMS!!)


HI everyone!


Happy April! It's the month of warmer weather, little lambs and CHOCOLATE - all wonderful things! You guys won't believe it, but I actually have Easter Chocolate left. I know, who knew such a thing could even occur.  *EDIT: I did when I wrote this post. A week later? Nada.*


March wasn't a great month for me. I heard some bad news about a mutual friend, and my anxiety was super bad. I'm quite nervous for April, as I have to attend a week-long physics thing to do practicals from 8:30-17:00. FOR FIVE DAYS. I haven't done a practical in 8 years, and I'm very nervous that I'll completely mess everything up. I know it's not a big deal to most people, but I'm not sure how I'll handle it with my anxiety. 


I can also officially say that my exams are next month. *internal screaming* 
I feel very under prepared for them, as I still have so much work to do. April and May are going to be months of intense revision, so I'm going to finalise my revision plan and keep my head down the next couple of months. I just need to push through all the stress and work until I'm FINALLY free on the 22nd of June. Then I'm on my gap year, and I can breathe again. I feel like since IGCSES it's been nonstop stress, so I'm looking forward to a break from education! 


Ok, venting aside, I READ 13 BOOKS IN MARCH!!! Who even am I?! Admittedly, 2 of them were really tiny books (under 100 pages), but I'm still very pleased with myself!
  1. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers (those are false eyelashes in the book, btw. Just thought I'd clarify 🤣)
My church had a book sale last month, so I ended up buying quite a few books AND actually reading them instead of hoarding them for five years!? 👏 I really enjoyed all of them, particularly True Love and Why I Believe. They're quick reads, but very informative! 


I also read The Storyspinner and An Enchantment of Ravens (both free reads on Simon & Schuster's Riveted website for March). I really enjoyed both these books, although I did feel like both of them were missing that extra something to make them FAVESSSSS. 

I've also taken over my mom's old iPad as she got a new one last month, and I saw she had our library's e-book lending app installed, so naturally I was like "Ooooh". 😻 I saw they had the entire collection of The Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison. I read the first book agggessss ago (I think 10 years ago!), and I was interested to see how I'd find it now. It's also those books I ALWAYS see in libraries/charity stores etc, so I thought "Let's give it a go!". They are ridiculous but hilarious, and I'm not sure I even like them but they are highly entertaining. I read the first 5 in March, and I've finished the 6th this month. Should I continue them or not?

I also read It's Not Me, It's You. I needed a quick, lighthearted read and this SO delivered. It was told in interview form, the concept was cute, as were the characters. If you want a super fluffy read, you should read it!

For once I'm not setting an actual TBR pile (the horror!), because I doubt I'll be reading much the next 2.5 months. I would like to finish The Hazel Wood and read some of the books I have out from the library, particularly All the Crooked Saints and Satellite. 


What books are you hoping to read this month? What books did you get to last month?
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

My Easter Weekend Reading Plan!



It's almost Easter! I have a large amount of chocolate and an even larger amount of books to get through this weekend which is very exciting, right?!

I'm hoping it rains or snows this weekend so that I can spend the next four days curled up in bed with a good book and a hot cross bun. 

To make my weekend reading plan even MORE fun, I thought I'd participate in a readathon, because I LOVE READATHONS. Surprisingly, I only came across one being hosted this weekend! Kate from Reading Through Infinity is hosting a four day long readathon, from tomorrow (Friday the 31st of March) until Monday the 2nd of April. The goal is to just read - that's it!

I have quite a few books I'd like to get through this weekend, and seeing as I'm not doing any revision, I'm hoping to get a fair amount of reading in. 

These are the books I'd like to read this weekend...

This book has been one of the FREE reads of the month on Simon & Schuster's Riveted Lit website. I'm about 40% through, so I need to try to power my way through the remaining 60% before Saturday! I'm really enjoying it, by the way. 


I started this book a week or two ago, made it a few pages, then realised it had to be back at the library that day. Oh, the sadness. LUCKILY (because I'm a terrible blogger), I still have an old ARC of it on my Kindle. Happy days! I think it's also a fairly short book so FINGERS CROSSED. 

I read 2.5 of this series in one day last week, so I'd like to read more of them this weekend. HOWEVER, because they're super quick and super easy to read, I may keep them for May/June when I have exams, because I doubt I'll have much brain power for proper reading. My brain will be too filled with physics formulas.

4. One of my library books

I'm thinking either The Cruel Prince, The Last Namsara or All the Crooked Saints. Fairies, dragons or miracles...what will it be?!


Hopefully I can update you on Tuesday with several completed books! 

Are you going to join me in having a BOOKED Easter weekend?! If you are, what would you hoping to read?
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