Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I figured I hadn’t done a more personal post in a while so that is what I am doing today. I saw this over on Jenny in Neverland and thought that I would give it a go. From what I understand you come up with something that is important to you or something that you like for each letter of the alphabet. In other news, I passed my driving test this morning and I am so happy about it :). Let’s get started.
A is for animals – I have always been an animal lover and would love to work with them in the future. My favourite animal is probably a wolf but I have a few other favourites as well. I’ve had dogs’ in my life since I was 4 years old and we currently have 2 border collies.
B is for Brighton – I was actually born in Brighton, but we moved to Devon when I was four years old. Unfortunately I don’t remember much but I still love Brighton.
C is for cynical – I would say that I have quite a cynical view of things.
D is for dyslexia – I was told when I was 8 years old that I have dyslexia with elements of dyspraxia and have been dealing with it ever since then. The main way it affects me is my processing speeds so it takes me a little longer to process things.
E is for eating – I love food, although I am a bit of a picky eater. Some of my favourite food includes pasta, sushi and Chinese food.
F is for family – I am very close to my immediate family and they are my support centre, so of course they are important to me.
G is for Ghibli (Studio Ghibli) – to be honest I couldn’t really think of anything else for this one but Studio Ghibli have produced some of my favourite films and I always look forward to any new releases from them. Two of my favourites are Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke.
H is for history – my favourite subject at school and the subject I would study if I choose to try University again. I have always loved this subject and I had some great teachers at my secondary school.
I is for introvert – I definitely identify more as an introvert. I am quite a quiet person, unless I am completely comfortable around you. I much prefer staying home to going out and I need to recharge after being in most social situations.
J is for Japan – one country that I would love to visit.
K is for kindness – because it’s good to show kindness to each other
L is for little – Not only am I a short person (5’2), I also have small hands and feet.
M is for mental health – I’ve had issues with my mental health for years now and I think it is such an important issue to be vocal about. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was 12 and I was recently told that I am on the Asperger’s Syndrome scale.
N is for Netflix – because I like it and I couldn’t think of anything else for this letter.
O is for organised – I am quite an organised person and I actually really enjoy organising things.
P is for Philippa – which is my full first name, but most people call me Pippa.
Q is for quiet – As I’ve mentioned I am quite a quiet person and I don’t like loud noises. To this day I have to cover my ears if I go to a fireworks display.
R is for reading – no surprise that I love reading. I didn’t actually start loving reading until my mid to late teens but now I love it. Obviously my favourite genre is fantasy but I like to read other books from different genres too.
S is for sarcasm – my sister and me are quite sarcastic people.
T is for travelling – I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit over the years. Some of my favourite places I’ve been are Prague (Czech Republic), Italy, New York (USA) and Hong Kong.
U is for the UK – the country I was born in… I couldn’t think of anything else for u.
V is for video games – I love play video games, either on the Playstation or my Nintendo 3DS. Some of my favourite games include Horizon: Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, Uncharted and Assassins Creed.
W is for Winter – my favourite season, although I do also love autumn.
X is for X-ray – once again I couldn’t think of anything else and I’ve had a few X-rays… I’ve also had two MRIs which were kind of traumatic.
Y is for Year of the Birth – 1994 which is the Year of the Dog in Chinese Zodiac. I find this quite fitting since I love dogs.
Z is for zzz – because I love sleep.
It was actually quite tricky coming up with all of these… but I got there in the end :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys I hope you are all well. I know we are now well into the new year but a new year meant a new bullet journal set up and I wanted to share that with you guys today. I had my first bullet journal last year and found it really useful so decided to continue with it this year. I hope that’s alright with you guys.
Once again I’ve started this bullet journal with my goals for the year. These include some personal, blogging and bookish goals. Then I have a year in review spread over four pages. I didn’t use this last time but I think it’s quite useful to see the year in 6 month sections with space to note down any events. After that I have a spread of a stats tracker for the year as well as a blog post tracker. I know it’s not all about numbers here on my blog but I quite like having a view of the activity of my blog and how it’s doing. Next I have a page to keep track of my goodreads challenge for this year and a space to note down my favourite books of the year. On the opposite page I have a page dedicated to my reading statistics for the year ahead. I didn’t do this last year but I thought I’d try it out. I’ve split it into three sections; gender, star rating and nationality. I was thinking of also adding a space for the page numbers of books but I decided to just keep it at those three. After that I have an Instagram tracker which is pretty self explanatory; I use it to keep track of the days I post.
The next pages are all taken up with my monthly blog schedule, as well as a page to note down anything each month, such as TBRs, monthly favourites etc. All my blog posts are written down in blue and everything else such as any blog tours I’m involved with or my contribution to the Fantasy Faction site are noted down in black. An orange dot means that a post is finished and scheduled. I tend to note down in pencil first while I’m still planning out a month and then once the schedule is finalised I’ll write down in pen.
The first spread after my monthly spread is focused on my TBR. These are all the books I own but haven’t read yet at the start of the year. I’m hoping by the end of the year I will have most of these books read. Next I have a spread to keep track of the series I’m currently reading. All of the series listed are series I want to finish at some point. At this point I have over 20 series I am currently in the middle of so I thought this spread would be useful to track my progress with each series.
After that I have my most anticipated books noted down, as well as a page with some of my anticipated film releases for the year ahead. Speaking of films the next spread I have is films I’ve seen in 2018 page. I did this last year and wanted to continue with it this year. I love watching films and I liked keeping track of what I’ve seen. Next I have a page to note down any new favourites throughout the year – pretty self explanatory :). After that I have my mental health tracker. Again this is one I had last year and I think it’s a good idea for me to note down how my mental health is doing each month. Next I have a fitness tracker, which is colour coded by activity. I’m not a very active person but I’m hoping this year to get into the flow of exercising regularly. Hopefully this will help motivate me as well as allow me to keep track of things. As you can see January wasn’t a great month for exercise but I’m hoping to do better next month.
After that I have a page to note down any milestones that may happen in 2018, such as 500 followers on my blog, as well as space to note down any events that happen in my life, such as travelling somewhere for the first time. Next I’m currently taking an online course about dog psychology so I have a page to keep track of my progress with that. The next spread is all about book requests of 2018. This is split into three months where I can note down the books I’ve requested, whether it was accepted and whether I’m reviewing it. After that I have two pages to plan for future recommendations post. The penultimate page I have is a list of 18 new authors I want to try out this year. Lastly I have a page to write down my favourite books of the year, separated into a two columns for my 5 star and 4 star books. I also have a space to note down any disappointing reads.
That’s all I have for you guys for now. I’ve found the bullet journal to be really useful, especially when it comes to keeping organised with my blog. Have you tried a bullet journal? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys I hope you are all well. As it is the start of a new year I thought I would do a post about my reading resolutions and blogging goals for the year ahead. February will mark 2 years of blogging for me, which went quite quickly really, and I am so happy to have stuck with it. While I definitely plan to remain primarily a book blogger I would love to expand my blog a bit this year and do a more wide range of posts. I will still be posting a lot of bookish content and Fridays will always be reviews but expect to see other stuff too like posts about films, travel, baking, music etc. Basically I want to blog about everything I love – I hope that’s OK with you all. Don’t worry though, this is still very much a book blog. Let’s get onto my other goals.
Read 100 books – I may or may not lessen this but for now I want to keep it at 100 books. I only just managed it in 2017 though so we’ll see what happens.
Read 12 classics and 5 non fiction books.
Reach 500 followers – I would love to grow this blog even more and reach new followers.
Improve photography – I want to improve my photos and possibly try new ways to showcase books to you guys.
Keep consistent with my posting and come up with new post ideas.
I am looking forward to another year of blogging, although thinking about a years worth of blog posts is a little daunting. Hopefully 2018 will be a fantastic blogging and reading year. Have you got any goals for 2018? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
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 am going to do a non bookish post, as you can probably tell from the title. I wanted to share some of the places that I would love to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit through my life but there are quite a few places I really want to visit but haven’t yet. To be honest I’m an anxious traveller (or just person really) but I still love visiting new places. Let’s get started.
Places I’ve never been to:
San Francisco and Washington, USA
Places to revisit:
Prague, Czech Republic
Hopefully I’ll slowly become more confidant with travelling as I do it more. Where do you guys want to go? Or where is your favourite place you’ve been? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Hi guys, I thought I would do something a little different post today. I’m fortunate to have travelled a fair bit in my life so far and I wanted to share some of my favourite places I’ve been. Now I’m by no means a travelling expert – these are just some places I like that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I would love to travel more but it also makes me very anxious. I’ve never travelled on my own before (always with family or on a school trip) so maybe that is something to work towards in the future. All photos are my own. Let’s get started.
Prague, Czech Republic – I’ve been here twice now and I have loved it both times. It is such a lovely place and it’s a great place to just wander around.
Hong Kong – I’ve only been here once and not for very long but I absolutely loved it. It was such a great place and the food was amazing. The flight there is pretty bad but it’s worth it once you get there.
Italy – I’ve been to a few places in Italy and I’ve loved all of them but one of my favourites is Siena – I also love Rome and Venice. I can’t seem to find my photos of Siena so I’ll show some other places I’ve been instead.
New York, America – the only place I’ve been to in America. I’ve been there twice now and I have loved it both times.
I hope to travel more in the future – I would love to go back to Hong Kong, see more of America, see more of Italy, visit Japan, visit China, visit Germany etc. Looking back at some of these photos I’m kind of annoyed that I didn’t take me photos. Anyway I hope in the future I will have the confidence to travel on my own but at the moment I think my anxiety would get the better of me. What is your favourite place you’ve visited? And what’s on your travel wishlist? 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.