Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for another favourites post – this one is going to be all my non bookish favourites so films, musics, TV etc. Who doesn’t love talking about their favourite things? 2017 has been an alright year for me – I had my blogging 1 year anniversary, had my first review posted on Fantasy Faction site as a contributor, started learning to drive, passed my theory test, went to Crete for the first time and started a distance learning course about dog psychology. I know that probably doesn’t seem much to a lot of people but with my mental health I’m pretty happy with the past year. Anyway let’s get started.
Eternal Love aka Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
Final series of Orphan Black
Season 2 of Stranger Things
The Handmaid’s Tale
Siege of Jadotville
Star Wars: the Last Jedi
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
Assassins Creed: Origins (PS4)
The Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
Dua Lipa’s album – favourite song: New Rules
Don’t smile at me (album) by Billie Eilish – favourite song: Bellyache
Gashina by Sunmi
Peek-a-boo by Red Velvet
Havana by Camila Cabello
Discovery by Kailee Morgue
Wishlist by Kiiara
Fine by Tayler Buono
My bullet journal
HP sprocket (portable printer)
That’s all I have for you guys today. Overall 2017 was an alright year for me, although the anxiety of starting to learn how to drive wasn’t great :). What were your favourite things of 2017? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some books that I’ve recently picked up, one of which was sent to me by the publisher. This way you can see what books I’m adding to my tbr pile :). Personally I quite like seeing what books people have been getting, especially if we have similar tastes. It’s a good way to find new books :). Let’s get started.
Goodreads synopsis: Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.
Goodreads synopsis: The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms. The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire
Goodreads synopsis: Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age. All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
Goodreads synopsis: Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder. In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.
Goodreads synopsis: Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins, the brilliant Lady Mara of the Acoma faces the most deadly challenge she has ever known. The fearsome Black Robes see Mara as the ultimate threat to their ancient power. In search of allies who will join her against them, Mara must travel beyond civilization’s borders and even into the hives of the alien cho-ja. As those near and dear to her fall victim to many enemies, Mara cries out for vengeance. Drawing on all of her courage and guile she prepares to fight her greatest battle of all–for her life, her home, and the Empire itself.
Goodreads synopsis: Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
I’m looking forward to reading each of these books. Have you read any of these? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would do something a little different and share some things that I love doing other than reading. I don’t know if any of you are interested but this is for anyone who may want to get to know me a little better. So I guess I’ll get straight into it.
Singing – I have always loved singing, or at least as long as I can remember I have. Now I don’t think I’m any good at it but I still love it.
Baking – I remember making chocolate brownies with my mum and sister when I was younger and I have loved baking ever since. My most recent bake was a banana loaf with chocolate. I also enjoy cooking.
Watching TV/films – there are some fantastic TV shows and films out there and I love curling up on the sofa to a good show/film. Some favourite TV shows include the West Wing, NCIS and Orphan Black. Some favourite films include Howl’s Moving Castle, Don’t Say a Word and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Blogging – as much as I would love to call this my job I can’t because I’m not being paid to do it, so it’s currently just a hobby. I have loved starting this blog though and I look forward to continuing with it.
Video games – again I think I’m rubbish at these but I still enjoy playing them. We’ve always been a Playstation household and I also have a Nintendo 3DS. Some of my favourite games include Horizon: Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Pokemon games (favourite Pokemon game is probably soulsilver), Zelda games (favourite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time), Uncharted games and the Jak and Daxter games.
I had one of those times where my mind went completely blank while writing this :). Fortunately I got there in the end. I hope you guys don’t mind these more personal posts. What do you love doing other than reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys, how are you all? I hope you’ve had a nice beginning of July. I have to admit that I’m kind of impatiently waiting for the start of autumn now 🙂 – I’m not a summer person really. Anyway, today I thought I would revisit my bullet journal with you guys. At the beginning of the year I showed you my bullet journal and I thought now that I’ve been using it for around six months I would share how I’ve got on with it. Also I apologise in advance for the lighting in some of these photos but it was natural lighting so there isn’t alot I can do about it. Let’s get started.
The first two pages are pretty self explanatory – there my 2017 resolutions and a year at a glance page which contains birthdays and holiday dates. The next pages (pictured below) are all blog related. The first is a stats tracker for my blog, Instagram and twitter accounts. I know it’s not all about numbers but it’s nice to see some growth. Next I have a blog post ideas page. I like to be able to come up with new content so this is the place I come up with ideas – although I’m a little bit stuck with ideas at the moment. I then have a blog and YouTube post tracker, as you can see I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my YouTube posts – I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I also have a page set up to track my goodreads challenge and a place to note down my favourite books.
My next pages are all monthly spreads to keep track of all things blog related. I like having it all in one place for me to see. After that I have a place to note down my monthly posts, tbrs and videos as well as a possible daily plan for my Instagram account, although I don’t always stick to it :). Blue ink indicates blog posts, green indicates a YouTube post and black indicates a personal thing. Also a orange dot shows it’s written and scheduled, and once it’s posted I’ll tick it with a red pen.
After all of my monthly spreads I have a page to keep track of my TBR books, although I haven’t been great at keeping this up to date. Then I have a couple of pages dedicated to my anticipated releases of 2017 whether it’s books, films or games. There’s a lot of great stuff coming out this year and I like to keep track of it all.
Next up I have a page to note down any new favourites, whether it’s food, skincare, games etc, for possible posts in the future. Then I have a spread for my mental health tracker. I split these pages into four for each month, so I can note down how the overall month has been for my mental health and how I’ve been feeling. After that I have a fitness tracker. I’ve been trying to be more active this year so this is a great way of keeping track of that – as you can see it is colour coded depending on activity. I also have a spread to keep track of all the films that I have seen this year.
The next page is a bucket list type page – things I want to learn, places I want to visit, things to see etc. As you can see I then have a page to note down any big moments of 2017 and opposite that a page that reminds me of a few things when you are feeling a bit down. Next I have a place to note down the dates of posting certain posts – just so I know what I’m posting and when. Opposite that I have an Instagram tracker, which is pretty self explanatory. I keep track of when I am posting on Instagram. Then I have a brain dump spread, which is again self explanatory. The next page allows me to plan for future recommendation posts and on the opposite page I’ve noted down all of the authors I’ve talked about so far on my blog in author explorations. The penultimate spread has a page dedicated to my progress on my unfinished series and a place to note down my favourite and disappointing books of 2017. Finally I have a rough packing list for Crete and on the opposite page a couple of quotes – one from J. R. R. Tolkien and the other from Aubrey Hepburn.
That is all I have to share with you guys today. I hope some of found this a little interesting. I have to say I have really enjoyed using my bullet journal and will definitely be continuing on with it. Do you guys use a bullet journal? What do you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys, so today I am doing something a little bit different. It’s spring time, which means that spring cleaning is possible happening and so I thought I would share some de-cluttering tips. I am by no means an expert on these things but I personally enjoy de-cluttering and organising my space and I wanted to share that with you guys. I have always loved organising things, although it can be quite daunting at times. Let’s get started.
You have to be a bit brutal. If you are not using or wearing an item and if you haven’t used/read/watched it or didn’t like it then it’s probably time to get rid of it – especially if it’s been around for quite some time.
When de-cluttering your wardrobe/draws, I personally like getting everything out onto the bed or floor. If you can’t do that then just go through piece by piece. Then create 3 piles – keep, maybe/try on and get rid of. Don’t hang onto things just because you feel guilty. I’ve done it quite a few times – where I’ve felt guilty of the waste of money but it’s done and someone else could be getting use out of it. There is no point in keeping it. If you are unsure I think it’s important to try it on -you may find some things you don’t think suit you anymore. Obviously throw things out that have holes, rips, stains etc.
Ask yourself some questions. Start off with do you actually need it? 🙂 Have you used or worn it in the past six months or in the last year. For clothes you can ask other questions like, does it still fit or suit me anymore? Obviously some things you will want to keep anyway e.g. sentimental things, but these questions might be a good place to start.
Find ways to utilise your space. Obviously I can’t tell you exactly what to do as I don’t know your storage situation, but if you have a small space or an awkward space then it’s important to make the most of the space you have. For example I don’t have a lot of storage space so I have two under bed storage boxes that I can use. You can get shelving units to hang in your wardrobe and shoe storage that can hang over a door etc.
It takes time, especially if you are doing the whole house or apartment. If that is the case set weekly goals to help you keep motivated. Set aside a day or weekend to do certain areas but make sure to be realistic with those goals.
It’s never going to be perfect, but it will be organised and functional. Make the best of what you have available and make the space something you are happy with.
There you have it – six de-cluttering tips for you guys. Depending on your preference, you can either do this alone or bring in a friend or family member to help out. As I’ve said I personally love organising stuff so it was quite fun doing this post. Let me know if you have any other tips to share. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys, it is day 12 of blogmas and I am definitely getting into the festive spirit. As it is getting ever closer to Christmas day I thought I would share my favourite Christmas music. Listening to Christmas music is a big part of getting into the festive mood for me. Some of the music I very much associate from my children as we would always listen to it when decorating the tree etc. Now there are two Christmas albums we listen to every year – Phil Spector’s album and Michael Buble’s album. For this post I will be picking my favourites to share with you guys and I may add in some other songs as well. I will link to all these songs on youtube, so you can listen to them all as well :). Let’s get onto the music.
I am a huge fan of Christmas music so I had to make a post of all of my favourites. I know there is quite alot of Michael Buble and the Phil Spector album but that is all we really listen to in our house. What are some of your favourite Christmas music? I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for me :). I can’t believe it is so close to Christmas now. I am definitely getting into a very festive mood. I made the almond paste/marzipan for the Christmas cake yesterday, so that is now drying out. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and that you are all feeling festive :). I will see you next time.
Hi guys, it is day 1 of blogmas. If you have no idea what blogmas is, it basically means I will be posting everyday until Christmas day. So expect alot of post from me this month :). I thought I would start this off with some non bookish Christmas gift ideas. I’ve already posted some bookish ideas. Now these are just some ideas of gifts that I personally really like so I will have missed some things – for example I am not a big make up person so I haven’t included any in this post. These are things that I personally would like and would get other people as well.
T2 Tea for one set (one shown is £20) – I think this is a great present for a tea lover! I wouldn’t mind getting one myself 🙂 T2 have so many possibilities of presents – there are some great gift packs and a wide range of tea-wares. Check out there website here.
Origins Super Star Minis (£30) is a great choice for someone who likes skincare or is just getting into skincare. I am a huge fan of this brand and received this gift set last year. I also highly recommend the Gloomaway range – the souffle and body wash are my two favourites and they smell incredible. Obviously most skincare/body care brands will have there own gift sets so you can choose whatever works best for the person and your budget.
Stationary such as the picture notebooks from the etsy store Nikkistrange. I am a huge fan of stationary and love getting new notebooks etc. Stationary makes a great little gift or as a stocking filler. I really love these notebook designs, but you can get stationary from anyway. Paperchase is also a great place to look for stationary stuff. A nice diary for the new year is another great gift.
Pyjamas – I personally think getting someone new pyjamas is a great gift idea. Obviously this will probably be a family member or someone you are very close to as you will need to know what size to get, but as I say I think it is a great idea. Slippers are also a great gift idea. The pyjamas pictured are from Fat Face and cost £42, and the slippers are £20.
Candles or diffusers. Now to be entirely honest I am not a huge candle user – I personally prefer using diffusers, but either way I think they make quite good presents. I love the White company candles and diffusers – they aren’t the cheapest but they smell amazing. The winter scent is so nice. There is a mini diffuser set of the four season scents (£40) that I think would make a great gift. So many different brands will have candles and diffusers so you can work it to your budget.
Nail polish gift set, such as this essie set or this OPI set, for anyone who loves nail polish. This would also make a good stocking filler.
Pokemon Sun or Moon – I grew up with Pokemon and love it to this day, so of course I think this would make a great Christmas gift. I hope to get it myself :).
A classic black bag – I am a bit bag obsessed so if you know someone who also loves bag than you can never really go wrong with a simple/classic black bag. The one I’ve chosen to share is from asos and is £25 – sorry there is no picture but you can check it out through the link. I am currently a little bit in love with this grey bag from Zara as well (picture below).
A good set of earphones. Some pretty affordable ones are Sennheiser MX375 In-Ear Headphones – I currently use these and I have no issues with them. You can get them here and they are only £12.99.
Jumpers and scarves are also a great gift idea, but again that depends on knowing their size as well as their taste/style. The ones pictured are all from mango – colourful scarf, nude scarf and grey jumper. Obviously you can get these from a variety of places and make it suit you budget.
I have to admit that I am not the greatest at getting presents – I find it kind of stressful 🙂 because I what to get the present right. Anyway I am excited for the start of blogmas, although I did find it a little tricky coming up with all those blog posts. I got there in the end though, so I hope are all excited as well. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.