Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Life Update: Books, Films, Blogging Struggles and Rambling

Consider this a recap of everything bookish, because I've been slacking with the blog recently. There are a few reasons for this: A Levels, job hunting, volunteering for a couple of places, revising for my driving tests... and, as I mentioned on Instagram, it's hard to think of new and exciting content when you've pretty much done everything. It doesn't help that I haven't had much time to read.

That doesn't mean I haven't read anything at all, though - I've read a handful of books over the last couple of months, and whilst I'm unable to review them fully right now, I couldn't not mention them here. The first book on this list is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, and everyone has been talking about it. It's a phenomenal little book of raw and honest poetry, with simple but completely perfect line drawings. I also love that it's split into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. I LOVE good poetry, the kind you find yourself connecting with, the kind that feels like the words are wrapping around you like a blanket and taking on new meanings to find a place in your own life story. You probably didn't know that about me because, to be honest, I always forget how much I love poems. *shrug*

Dem rings tho.

In addition, I finally got my hands on the second book in C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld's The Alchemist Chronicles. I've been waiting for this since before the first book even came out (proof copies are both a blessing and a curse) and it didn't disappoint. The characters are so ridiculously strong and I'm constantly rooting for them.

Now, I have to mention something I don't really talk about: TV. The only TV show I watch religiously is EastEnders, but when the leaves start changing colour and the air gets crisper, I find the telly people seriously up their game. At the moment I am loving Humans - the first series, because I saw adverts for the second one and it looked awesome so I'm catching up. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a realistic look at what our future could be like, and focuses on robots - or 'synths' - who are extremely similar to humans, except they can't feel emotion or think for themselves. Well, they shouldn't be able to. A select few can... Elsewhere, I've been enjoying the second series of both Scream Queens and The Missing, and I'm hoping to catch up with National Treasure at some point. Which reminds me: I watched all of the Psycho films recently and they were so bad they were good. I'm not usually one for black and white films - this might have been my first - but I actually found myself preferring it to colour.

In regards to more modern stuff, I've seen some other pretty great films recently, too, including Bad Moms (so funny, so heartwarming) and Bridget Jones's Baby. Kinda disappointed with the ending of that one but I get why the film-y people made that decision...

I recently went to Waterstones Cambridge for a talk and signing by Paige Toon, author of the Jessie Jefferson books which are so good for escapism. And, when it got to the audience Q&A, I PUT MY HAND UP AND ASKED A QUESTION IN FRONT OF A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE. I always want to ask questions but I'm too scared to talk in front of so many people, yet this time I did it. I asked Paige how she knows when she's written the end of a novel, because I keep typing and typing, and the perfect last line never comes. I think it's because in so many of my essays at school, way back in Year 7 and right now in Year 13, I'm often told that the ending is too sudden, so I physically can't end my novel in case it's too blunt. Sigh. (Also, I look rank in that picture but I'd rather have gross photos in a post than none at all, so... and it was a nice moment.)

And finally, in terms of blogging, two rather epic things have happened recently. Firstly... I GOT VERIFIED ON TWITTER. WTAF. This has been one of my goals for a while now - y'know, one of those goals you're kind of ashamed to admit to having because it's literally an arrangement of pixels on a website. I thought if I achieved that, it would mean I'd reached a certain level of success. And then this blue tick appeared out of nowhere, sooner than I thought it would, and... nope. I thought it would come when I had a six-figure book deal (I wish), not when I'm still that seventeen-year-old who can't finish her (probably not very good) novel and doesn't have that many followers. Still cool though - I'm working towards getting a response from Queen Rowling with my new VIP access to her mentions. What if she ignores me though? *strokes Harry Potter books worriedly*

The second thing? I've only gone and been nominated for a UKYABA for the second year in a row! Last year I was nominated for Blogger's Blogger and Champion Teen Blogger, and I won the latter to my amazement and surprise. This year, I'm up for Champion of YA along with Debbie and Viv. I won't win but it made me so happy to be thought of because, as I said, I've struggled so much with blogging this year.

Soooo... there's your recap of all the things I wanted to write separate posts on but didn't. Maybe in half-term I'll have some time to read so I can schedule a bunch of kickass posts. Don't worry though, I might be struggling to come up with ideas but I've always got stuff in the pipeline and, having blogged through my GCSEs and AS exams, I'm definitely not giving up now.

Oh crap. Was that a blunt ending? *types for the rest of time*

Tell me what's been going on in your life recently!


  1. That instagram photo is so right! I definitely find that people that have had to personally deal with other people being horrible to them etc, tend to treat everyone else nicer. 'Treat others as you would like to be treated' really has a meaning. As someone who also knows what it's like to not be treated nicely, knows that it's a lot easier to treat someone with respect because you know how they would feel if you didn't. I love it!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

  2. I actual really won't to watch Humans it sounds interesting , I actual have a fear of robots. Don't trust them.
    Jaden x