Entertainment, Life, Lifestyle

It Has Been A Bit Hectic…

So, the last few months or so, I chose not to post. Aside from wondering what to write about, I have also been really busy experiencing life. And by that? I mean working, travelling to Barcelona, seeing friends, and catching up on my reading. And now? Well, I no longer have writers’ block and that means the blog train is on the tracks…and leaving the station. Most importantly, this month has been a good month- it seems that things are looking up! I went on my first girls trip, and my health and fitness are improving hugely, and I finished the book I have been trying to read for months… But, it has been a little hectic. All of this, and I have been working quite a bit too, but I like the chaos. I thrive in it. The chaos helps me focus. I am definitely one of those people who live in organised chaos even though my room is immaculate, and everything has a place. My head is where the organised chaos lives and functions.

We all have our own ways of coping. And I plan to write a thorough blog post about Barcelona, a book review, feeling more myself-looking forward, and seeing the world through optimistic eyes. But for now? I will summarise my last few months and later link the other blogs to this post. Now where to begin?

I know Barcelona!

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BARCELONA

So, my first girls trip. And we chose to go to Barcelona. It was beautiful. Compared to living over here, the buildings have so much more character while us? We have a lot of big tall, rectangular buildings. Truthfully, the different buildings signify the architects and builders who made them- you can see the artistry and hard work that went into designing them. Not just that, Barcelona has so many statues and monuments all over the city, it is everywhere you turn. My favourite parts of the trip included; Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium and trying a huge Spanish Paella with Muscles, Shrimp, and other fish in it. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs…that is for sure. The hostel was amazingly modern, and I would definitely stay with the chain again and it was nice to have our first official girls trip too. Going through the airport and FLYING for the first time on my own? Well, that was terrifying especially with a fear of heights… I made it though. Airport food? It was meh. I would like airports to stop assuming we all like the same fast food or just want a sandwich because that was especially annoying. I got to see what I wanted, take pictures, and have fun. Overall, it would be nice to go back for longer.

Next!

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Twisted Cedar…

The best kind of reading is a book you just cannot put down. You ever heard of those people who pick up a book and just lose time? I am one of those… On the positive side, if I cannot put it down then I must really enjoy the book but, it also means when you find a good book series you end up having to read them all. Suddenly, it is Sunday night and you have not moved except for the basic functions over the last two days. I found a free eBook on my kindle, and this is the experience I had. Written by C.J. Carmichael, the Twisted Cedar Mysteries set is a page-turner. Once I read one, I knew I needed to buy the other two and I did not see that ending coming. Not one killer but two… And you will never be able to guess who either of them is. Plus, we have a bit of romance and some genuinely nice bonding moments between brother and sister. It is that good a series, I am reading them again. If you have not read them, I suggest you do. They are named Buried, Exposed and Forgotten… I know eerie right?!

Tattoo

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I finally found my next tattoo, or should I say newest body art edition. It has just been finished off at the tattoo shop and I love it. With a lot of friend and family issues over the last few years, the all-seeing eye seemed a fitting edition. Now, I am looking to the future and the past, with positivity in mind. As my readers know, I have two others and am an advocate for people being able to express who they are, in the way they want without judgements. For me, that is my tattoos and for others, it could be piercings or new jewellery. It is all about celebrating you! Or as I love to say sometimes… DO YOU BOO! Because there is not anyone better.

Gym Membership

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I finally got back on the health and fitness horse, so to speak. Yes, I joined the gym. After experiencing injuries, illness, and a busy schedule I decided the best way to get a workout in is the gym. And my gym is amazing. For £17.99, I can get into any free classes and use all the gym equipment including the sauna. Overall, I have been feeling better since getting back to fitness and interlacing my running throughout. And finally, after a fall which resulted in a badly injured foot, some cracked ribs and damaged hand…once my tattoo heals, I will be back at it again. Just so you are clear, AIR CONDITIONING is the best thing ever invented. As a red-head, I overheat easily in the sun and so, indoor exercising is key for me.

That About Sums It Up…

So, this about sums everything up. I have been working a lot and I will not bore you with the details but, it is enjoyable for now. It means I can pay for LUNA…my little Fiat. You know what though? I am happy and positive. For me, that is all you can ask for.

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Life

6 Things I Regret Not Doing

You may be thinking she is only in her twenties, what would she regret in her life? Well, the truth is no matter how old you are there is always going to be something you look back on and think you could have done it differently. If you don’t, then you have had a very lucky life. Not that I have had a bad life, it has been really good but, there are things I would change.

Youth is blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old age a regret

– Benjamin Disrach

Here is my list of six things I regret not doing:

 1. Telling People What I Really Think- 

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Sometimes I have kept my mouth shut to my benefit, whether to avoid a confrontation or simply because I didn’t want to get involved in the first place. Opposingly, there have been times I’ve opened my mouth and would love to keep it shut now…not many but some. But I do regret not always telling people what I think because maybe I would have avoided dramas, or could be in a completely different place to what I am now. For me, this realisation socially only came a few years ago but, I wish it would have happened earlier.

 2. A Smaller Social Circle- 

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I know most people probably wanted a larger social circle but, I always wonder now if I hadn’t coasted through school and had a larger social group, if would be close to people from secondary now. You see my close friends are a small group from university of about five people. And it is drama-free and pretty chilled group of people. I wish I had that earlier on.

3. Healthier Routines & Habits Earlier On-

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My Running Time

If I had only gotten healthier habits and routines earlier like less fizzy pop and sweets and exercised a little bit more, I think it would have been easier to get into it later on. Currently, I am on a little hiatus whilst I get my health fixed but I wonder if I had kept on with athletics and running what I would be doing now? What I would have took at university?

4. Buying More Books…

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I own around seventy already but, I would definitely buy more if I could. And expand my reading circle even more. Instead of reading a few classics such as Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray or Bram Stoker’s Dracula alongside my supernatural favourites and fantasy books, I would read more classics or expand my reading circle even more. But, I would definitely buy more.

 5. Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone-

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Had I gotten out of my comfort zone earlier on, I would have probably taken more chances much earlier in my life. This could be in applying for jobs, sticking with a club or sport, taken a year out before university or even going on holiday more. It may have led to a completely different life path than now but, I don’t think so. This is because I’m relatively happy with life now.

 6. Getting Rid Of My Junk Earlier-

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I collected a lot when I was younger and I didn’t get rid of it. When it came to sorting my room out for a new bed, it took a week to sort through the stuff and TWO people. That is a lot of stuff. Truthfully, I wish I had been cleaner and organised earlier. It would have been a lot less stress, and a simpler life.

 

Entertainment, Life

Head in the Clouds… Actually Books 📚

Anyone who loves to read, loves the world’s in their favourite books. You imagine what it looks like, smells like, and how the characters would be with you- if it was in fact reality. This is the life of a book worm! We can’t help it. These books provide us escapes, adventure, support, love etc. Authors are truly gifted. And the best authors make the world come to life around you. So, we all have our favourite places (fictional world) to visit. Today, my post is about that. My favourite worlds. I just believe that reading is important and the best time to introduce it into a person’s life is when you are a child.

I have a little story. Recently, I was at the doctors and in our waiting room there are books. Yes! It’s good because it encourages a child to read. This little boy picked up a book, asking his mum to help him read. Unfortunately she proceeded to berate him for picking a book up and he sat there upset while his mum played a game on her phone… we could hear the music. As I headed to my own appointment, I couldn’t help but wonder how this would affect him later in life. Would he enjoy reading? Would he grow up with his face in his phone? You see, our behaviour is learned from what we see. And would she complain when he was older that he was to busy on his tech instead of his head in books?

Will he ever have favourite fictional worlds?

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Now, put your reading glasses on because we are about to go on an epic adventure. To begin;

Morganville

Off to Texas we go, with 16-year-old Claire Danvers- a girl with a big brain, big dreams and overprotective parents who sent her to a smaller University till she got ‘older’. With sun shining regularly, she sure had to grow-up fast when you find out the town is owned and run by VAMPIRES…not her parents best decision. This is why you should always research where you attend school.

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I love this world. Rachel Caine is a genius. I bought these books when I needed a new set to read. And now I own them all. What drew me in? That was the complex, beautiful world she constructed. It’s an adrenaline rush for the reader, so imagine living there. I always wonder if I were there, would I be able to survive? Would Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane take me under their wing? Or would I find my own way. Mostly set in Morganville, I can picture the town in my mind- the Founder’s Houses, the university campus, Myrnin’s Lab, Common Grounds etc. And the characters- Amelie and Sam, Oliver, Hannah and Richard…even Monica. Rachel is that good. 

Hogwarts

*Crack* Whew, thank god I haven’t splinched. That would have been messy. I’ve just arrived in Hogsmeade and I’m on my way to the school. Hope Hagrid kept my cuppa warm. Harry and his friends go on many an adventure. From travelling the world in book seven, to fighting in the Ministry of Magic, to the great many battles faced by all the wizarding world. J.K Rowling is amazing. She wrote the first books by hand, and she keeps the world alive today. I don’t have to imagine what this world is like because we all went to Hogwarts when Harry did. 

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This world is my childhood. My mum started reading the books to myself as a kid but, I had no patience and finished reading them all myself. Aside from the constant fear of death, Harry is a pretty well-adapted kid. He has a homicidal, psychopath who craves power constantly trying to kill him, to deal with being raised in an emotionally abusive household, being bullied at school and going from having no sort of family to a huge support system…it is a lot. Especially for an eleven-year-old. I’m surprised he didn’t have a breakdown.

Camp Half-Blood

A killer summer camp anyone? Or maybe the feeling you are constantly being watched and chased by various mythological creatures? If you want that, or experience that then you are probably a demigod with one of your true parentage being a Greek God. Not only that, but you can also attend a Roman camp wherein your parent was probably in his Roman form. Percy, Annabeth and Grover will guide you through this world. And as they meet friends on their way, you’ll get to know them too. 

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This is one of my favourite fictional worlds because I see it being so much fun. In my head, the campers are laughing, forming familial bonds with their half-siblings and planning the next prank. Also, you get to meet Gods! If you are lucky. Although, it has become much better now Percy won the battle of Olympus. It is one huge dysfunctional family from the jealous cousins (Ares) to the scheming Aunts (Hera). You have to love it!

My point is that reading is important. All of these books provide myself with an escape, they enable me to relax and become a part of their world. I go on adventures with Percy, fight vampires with Claire and experience a world of magic with Harry. And everyone should get that feeling. This is what reading provides. Alongside, the ability to comprehend words better and advancing your child’s’ literacy skills. What are you waiting for? Go and find yourself a book now. We all have different tastes. What is your favourite fictional world to visit?

Life

Who Are You?

Who am I? It is the question we all ask ourselves throughout life. But do we truly know who we are? What part of yourself do you show to the world, exposing society to certain personality traits and what part of yourself do you choose to hide? Are you the secret bookworm? chick flick lover? sports fan? One Direction fan?

You see, there are people who choose to live their life out on social media- every event a photo opportunity, every holiday a chance to show people where you have ventured off too. And there are people who enjoy privacy, keeping some of their more favourite memories to themselves and the people who were there. And then, you have the people somewhere in the middle whom enjoy both a sense of privacy but, also reveal some part of themselves to the world. I think those people are the hardest to identify. Basically, we live our life based on the identity we create for ourselves and that identity is made up of a  lot of different events, memories, genetics and so forth. It is that identity that even we don’t truly understand. So, just sit for a minute and ask…

WHO AM I?

I’ll tell you what comes to mind for myself. Well, first off I’m a graduate from University. So for myself, this signals the academic part of my identity- the person whom spent hours studying to get a degree. This further shows I’m a determined, smart individual who likes a challenge but this is the same part of myself that I choose to expose to the world and use to my advantage. It also shows my love of learning, you wouldn’t go to Uni and incur the debt if you didn’t like learning new things, if you didn’t want the challenge.

I’m a runner. I enjoy going for a run, it is a chance for an adventure and to explore. Again, I post my runs on social media so this is another part I choose to expose to the world. Why? Because I’m proud? Because I want to share my route with others who may want to go for a run? Yes, to both. I don’t however stop in the middle of a run to take a picture of myself because that defeats the purpose of my exercise. Yet, others do choose to do it. You see, that is a hidden part of who I am. The annoyance for those who stop in the middle of a run just to take a picture of themselves running, it is like when people exercise with a full face of makeup. Girl, if your makeup hasn’t moved at all while you exercise then you clearly haven’t done enough. It ain’t a beauty competition.

So you see, as you begin to think about who you are, using the exposed part of your identity you can begin to see the person underneath. And from my annoyance, you can dig deeper. Am I annoyed because they stop or put on the makeup? No. Or am I annoyed because they feel the need to tell the world what they are doing right in that minute? No. It annoys me, because it’s nonsensical. Some of these people, are the same ones who criticise others for doing it or complain when they aren’t getting stronger and healthier and fitter. It makes no sense. It’s nonsense.

I like the hidden parts of myself. I know them. It’s the me, I know. The one no one else can understand apart from myself. It allows for you to retreat into a version of yourself, for your eyes only. It gives you a freedom. Despite the fact that I can come off rather social, I’m truthfully not an extrovert. I’m an introvert. But, the identity I have out in society may not signal that as much as if you observed my true identity.

I just think it’s interesting to think about who you are? So, if you have some downtime just ask yourself who am I? Maybe you’ll reveal something you didn’t realise.

WHO ARE YOU? WHO AM I?…..IDENTITY.

Life, Student Life

An Open Letter To Myself

It is a fact of life- when we were younger, less experienced and innocent- a child we all imagined what life would be like. Who we would be when we grow up, who would stay in our lives and who would disappear. And nine times out of ten we all wished we could grow up faster. I’m 22, an adult-in-training and if I could go back to my younger self now there are things I would tell her. So, I’ve decided to write an open letter to myself. And maybe we should all do this. Is there anything you would have done differently or people you wished you’d have given more time too. The open letter is one way to get all of that out. Here goes…

To a redhead, blue eyed, freckled care-free yougster,

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Oh the innocent days

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I’m here to tell you a few things. First off, that attitude you’re sporting at home is not impressive and in about a years time you’ll suddenly mellow out and wonder what all the fuss was about. If I could go back, I’d still push the same boundaries but not so loudly. However, I would thank you for this because without learning from that attitude I wouldn’t be able to harness the same confidence for job interviews, getting through university and meeting some amazing people. But we could have toned it down a bit.

Secondly, you’ll eventually get your own room at eight/nine so just put up with sharing for a little longer…He’s not that bad. Although, the trick of dumping his mess in his bed was the best thing ever because he always tidied up and it still works now. Maybe you could have gotten rid of some of the clutter before hand though because it took myself and mum a week to do when we finally sorted through everything. It was a pain and at heart we were all ready into the simplistic look so do yourself a favour and keep on top of the clutter instead of getting stressed.

And finally, embrace your hair. We are stuck with this for life so, just embrace it. The colour, the curls because now people try and dye their hair this colour and can’t. So, when someone teases you about your hair simply reply with “And? Your issue is…” That puts off the kids if they don’t know it bothers you. Also you are currently growing it out so you can wear you long, thick curly hair down more…so maybe tell mum you don’t want it cutting short that would have helped a lot. It’s a pain to grow now. Also, you are going to start to straighten it in secondary school so, it isn’t all bad. And when you start putting lowlights in and straightening it- nan does complain but you’ll carry on doing it regardless and she liked it actually once you didn’t put as many in.

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Okay, so we’ve just started really getting into secondary school and focusing on studying. The first thing I’m going to tell you is that it is alright not to know what you want to do in life. As a kid, we wanted to be a load of things;

Nurse: Mum and dad can attest to the fact that this should not be your career choice. They had the bruises to prove it.

Teacher: You don’t have the patience for it. I remember getting bored every five minutes and wanting to do something else. Well you have more patience but if you do teach it would probably be at college level because you’ve now turned into one of those adults who can’t believe the mouth on young kids these days. 

Athlete: So you fell down some stairs and that put a stop to that. But it’s all good because we like to go for a run now as it is a great de-stressing tool. Plus, by stopping the athletics you got to try out new things. For a start, you became more girly for a while. But, it’s all good because you’ve now settled on somewhere in between a girly girl and a tomboy.

And many other careers… But, at 22 we’ve finally made a decision. So it’s time to start trying to get into that. However, rest assured that you are young, we are still young and can try as many things out as possible. Life is not about money, it is about experiencing things, memory making and having fun.

We finally got that bookshelf and the double bed after years of asking. So it pays off. However, that book shelf is nearly full so the dream of owning a home with a library in one day may become a reality because we won’t be throwing away books anytime soon. The only thing we would probably change now is not asking for two colours in our room because as much as I still like blue and purple, turquoise was then and still is our favourite colour. And would probably match the curtains, carpet and bedding much better. Also, don’t put posters up…you get bored after a few months and now both the walls and doors are bare except for the faint marks of blue tack.

Thirdly, embrace the clumsiness. You not only fell down some stair aged 14 which resulted in a trip to the hospital, eight-twelve weeks of recovery and causing your mum stress on her day off but, the falling is going to happen a lot and you’ll always have bruises to prove it. Just last year, you damaged your ankle again which resulted in some very good friends convincing me to go to the hospital again but the year before that you couldn’t run for four weeks after hurting your knee while running. I’d say don’t push things when it comes to injury, don’t be stubborn but we still are now which gave mum and dad a lot of stress last summer.

Finally, you are now and were then a huge geek. With a love of action adventure films, marvel films, Doctor Who and many other sci-fi/ fantasy books, films and tv shows you aren’t exactly into the girly love films. You will sit and watch a few but they really aren’t your cup of tea. So, when you were putting on all that makeup, straightening your hair and attempting to fit in…well that is what sets you apart from others now. Basically, you should embrace your uniqueness because it’ll be much easier down the line and you’ll meet some amazing friends with the some of the same and different tastes as you.

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You know when your parents tell you- you don’t stay friends with everyone in life? You should have listened much earlier. All the stress could have been avoided. In life, we don’t get on with everyone and if you’d have realised that sooner well a lot could have been avoided. Overall, if you hadn’t have gone through this though well, I don’t think I’d be the person I am now. It reminded me of myself, the person I liked who exuded confidence, embraced challenges and loved life and well, we are that person and more now. This doesn’t go without saying that some of the people you meet over these few years won’t still be in your life, and other still are and these are the people who are there for you no matter what. Just remember there are still those childhood friends who you still talk to, and even when you are busy know you will still be there. A click away.

You’ve applied for university and are waiting to get in. Well, you do. And we’ve just graduated with a 1.1 class honours degree so, we did something right. It is something to be proud of so as you make those difficult decisions, expel the negative energy and start to see your grades rise? Well you made the right decision. Be proud of getting an offer from all five universities, be proud of improving with your overall grade every year and be proud of achieving such an amazing result because it’s all us. We did it!

And finally, at 22 we are still an adult in training. We moved out for university which was the best decision in the end. At 22, we are still growing so don’t feel at 18+ that this is now the time you need to know everything in life. Because all that pressure isn’t good for anyone. Achieve the goals you set for yourself like you have so far. We’ve lost that weight, we run regularly, we eat healthily, we have some amazing friends and we are well on our way to becoming an amazing adult. Although, the best adults are those who never really grew up, the one with their inner child still joking about and laughing.

With Love

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We graduated

Still a redhead, blue eyed, freckled, but experienced slightly older youngster….

Entertainment

How To Make The Most of Your Christmas Reading?

Sitting in your corner, the fire on, a glass of wine on the speaker and a good book in your hand. That is the dream- for us bookworms. But, when you’re working all year round, get busy over the year it can sometimes be impossible to find time to read your favourite books. So, while Christmas is upon us and you have some time off maybe you should pick up those books you’ve been meaning to read and settle in for a relaxed night of fun and simplicity.

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Of course, we all have our own list of books we want to read over Christmas and as a bookworm- I have my own. So here is the list.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I saw the film earlier this year and absolutely loved it. And now, I would like to read the books to compare the similarities and differences between the stories. I’ve been looking in the book shops and once I get paid this week, I think I’ll be investing in the books for myself.

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Harry Potter Series- Including Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child

I got these books this year, and added onto the original set I would love to be able to read the entire set all the way through. I’ve heard great reviews of both books and so, I have high hopes. Especially as I’m such a fan of the original series. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint me.

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I’m a Gryffindor- On Pottermore. What House Are You?

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden

It’s a book by an author I love. Another one of his books ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared’ is a favourite of mine. I find a particular scene hilarious which entails a dog’s disappointment from being shut away from the drama ensuing in this woman’s kitchen until he realises he has been shut in the pantry with the FOOD. It is how I imagine most dogs think actually. The author- Jonas Jonasson is a genius. And so, I’m expecting big things from this book but I am utterly sure I’ll love it.

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Birthdays For The Dead

I got this book on O2 priorities cheap book deal with WH Smith. I had to repeatedly visit the shop as they kept running out of stock. Must be a good sign. Or the bookworms of the world couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get a really cheap book. Stuart MacBride is said to be an extremely talented writer and I do love a good crime book.

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Game of Thrones Set

I’ve been trying to track down the last couple books I need to complete my set. Aside from the fact I’ve had to buy the out of order depending on when I see these books in the charity shops or on market stalls which has not helped my OCD nature of wanting to do things in order, I’m hoping someone has bought me one of the books I’m looking for. And then, I can pour over my books and follow it by re-watching Game of Thrones because you can never see it too many times.

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I’m aware that in reality this is a lot of books and it would be impossible to read them all. However, I do know I’ll be able to make a start on my little Christmas wishlist and carry on reading into the New Year. There is always time to sit down with a good book. I’m going to leave you with a very good quote, written by an amazingly talented man which rings true.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”- George R R Martin

Entertainment

American Gods: Book Review

Normally I’m a pretty fast reader. Ask anyone who knows me. I completed two Game of Thrones books in a weekend, the entire Harry Potter Series over four days and both The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings within a week and that is a long book. This was only 600+ pages. For me, that is child’s play but, I took my time with this book. Not because I love it more than some of my favourite series, or because I absolutely hated it. I took my time with this book because from the very first page I realised, this book needs to be read slowly, re-read and savoured.

*Disclaimer- the book is completely different to what I have seen of the show*

Firstly, I am going to talk about the overall story, then the characters and finally recommend ten times over that this is a book you should all read.

I did not see the story ending how it did. It was magnificent. With some books, the ending has a twist but then it isn’t explained, or it comes too late in the book instead of building from the beginning, or the twist is so damn predictable you could have written a better ending. And those are the most disappointing kind. I won’t tell you how the book ends because that would ruin the surprise for anyone reading it however, I just had to begin with the ending because as you can see I’m still in a state of shock and awe.

The book begins with Shadow facing a personal tragedy resulting in his early prison release. What the follows is mystery, action, adventure, myths and legends coming to life, a little bit of love, family, betrayal and renewal. And most of the time, these kind of books aren’t good because there are just too many elements however, Neil Gaiman is a magician and has managed to sow these elements together to create a wonderfully, original story wherein you don’t always realise a new clue to the overall mystery has been identified within the story. Furthermore, the characters as there are so many names and descriptions to remember all bring an individual piece of the puzzle with them. Some openly know what bearing their knowledge has whilst others simply trade on it assuming it useless to Shadow.

So, with all those characters I’ll rattle off the few which stuck in my head.

Shadow- We discover the mystery through him, and only when he finally understands a part of the puzzle then so does the audience. Lost and angry, Shadow is the key to the whole picture with obstacles always thrown in his direction whilst grieving for his wife and friend. He is every gods pawn until he realises the true power he holds. Your classic protagonist who is rough around the edges and broken deals with identity issues stemming to his childhood. Overall an amazingly complex character who is great to follow within the story and provides the reader with a relatively normal character to follow the story through.

Wednesday- A man in disguise. A mystery. A scared god who uses Shadow to complete his true plan. However, you constantly get the feeling he is trying to tell Shadow all along who he is and what he needs. Wednesday demonstrates that the biggest conman in the world are the gods within this story, they’ve lost themselves and stooped to the level of humans (a travesty to them) to survive. He just admits this fear. He plays the bad guy trying to be the good guy. Or does he?

Low Key- I never actually got this until the end. A very good ploy by the author to disguise one of the many antagonists in plain sight. Introduced to this character as Shadow’s mentor in prison, the man who helped him cope and gave pearls of wisdom to him, it is hard to understand how I missed his true godly identity. It was smacking over the head the entire time. This is why I love this character because you think someone so minor was just to set up the story but, instead he plays a major role. The author brilliantly hid this character till the perfect time for which he revealed himself cementing the entire con.

This is just a small taste of the book but I recommend you all pick it up and give it a go. Without trying to give too much away, I hope I’ve told you why I love this book. And I’ll say it again; there is shock and awe, the characters are brilliantly written and developed and you never understand the full picture of the book till the end. This is because the author wants it like this to pull in the audience. It is definitely worth the read.

Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it! Read it!

Life

Hello Old Friend!

It’s been a while since my last blog post…around eight weeks and normally I produce AT least a post a month if not two. But the last eight weeks have been absolutely bonkers! Where do I start? Well, I had a short stay in the hospital for a week followed by four more weeks of recovery so I wasn’t really up for blogging at the time. Next, I got really busy looking for a job, catching up with old friends, spending time with my family and getting back into running. And I got a Xmas Temp job at Tesco’s as a picker. So, I pick your food if you order online for the next 8 weeks or so. But, I’m hoping to get a full time job and begin my career. I’m interested in HR or Communications/Media. Yes, I finally feel like I’m getting my life on track which includes getting a Masters if I haven’t found a full time position before next September.

So, as you can see it has been a pretty drama filled eight weeks. And it makes you reflect especially when you get hit out of the blue with illness that later turned into a small operation. So, here is what I’ve reflected on or thought about over the last eight weeks.

Life likes to throw obstacles every now and again- I didn’t plan on getting ill, I asked everyday if I could go home yet and when I was home I had to recover. It wasn’t expected but, sometimes life throws an obstacle and its how you deal with it that defines YOU. It hurt, and I couldn’t stand up straight for a week but I got through it with the support of my parents and friends and it allowed myself to stop, take a breath and really think about what I want. In hindsight, it really helped to have six weeks of a breather. And dealing with this obstacle has really helped me to grow stronger as a person. I know I can deal with more now, after dealing with this!

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End of my stay- I was feeling much better

Try, try, try again- We’ve all seen the advert on TV with famous sports stars and kids saying this phrase. Every time it comes on, I sit there and enjoy the advert because it’s good advice! So when the time can two weeks ago, when I could begin running again- I ran twice in one week. I completed six and a half miles overall which is one mile for every week of illness. Also, to continue running I’ve signed up for the Santa Run at my local leisure centre which gives me a goal to aim for, in terms of peaking in fitness again. So, my motto is ‘try, try, try again’. If at first you do not succeed continue trying because you’ve only failed if you stop and give in. 

 

Let it go- If there is anything in life that still bugs you, if you still feel angry or sad or whatever about any situation that has ever happened in your life just let it go! I’m a positive person, and I have been for the last few years and that is because the only way to get through life is to keep on smiling and think positively. And there isn’t always a lot to do when you can’ really move or lift stuff so you get bored after a while and your mind wonders. But, I put a smile on my face and thought positively and that helped and that is because whatever has happened in your past ever, if you work on letting it go- happiness, a positive optimistic attitude and just smiling comes easier. So, as that annoying Frozen song goes- Let it go.

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Make a list- While I was bored, I made a list in my head of books I wanted to read and I’m aiming to get through them by Christmas so, I’ve started with the largest book on my list: American Gods. And let me tell you, I’m coming to the end now of this book so it has took me a lot longer than usual. Next, I would like to read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings- also big books, and finally Game of Thrones- if I can complete my set in the next eight weeks as I’m missing ‘A Feast for Crows’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust’. You see I have never paid full price for any of them so, I have been searching charity shops and market stalls for them. This list helped me keep focused on doing something, it gave me a goal and I think making a list of something you want to do is great. It is simply something personal for you and no one else. Why don’t you try now?

I also had some really random thoughts as well, just stuff I’m not sure about such as;

  1. Why do bumblebees fly into your windows?
  2. What do you call a baby pigeon? Is it something specific or just baby pigeon…
  3.  How do you get rid of old pairs of glasses?
  4. I wonder what films the Harry Potter Cast like?-I watched them while I had time
  5. Afternoon naps- I miss them! 

And many more thoughts too. These are just a few. Well, I feel like I’ve caught you up on life at the moment for myself. Now, I’m going to plan a few blog posts and try and post once a week up till Christmas. Expect a Christmas song post at the beginning of December guys!

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Entertainment

Letter: from a page folder with love <3

Dear page-folders, book markers and book lovers…

As I talked about in my previous post about the book marker or page turner, I am in fact a page turner! I can’t help it, there is something to love about a worn book with a page turned over. It looks used! In my opinion, a book should look worn not the pristine condition it was bought in? A book is shown love by the crack of a spine, or the pages turned although I don’t dismiss the book-markers (my mum is one). 

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Left: Me-Page Folder Right: Mum-Book Marker. She may be a rare species!!

 

Turning the pages over to mark your position demonstrates how loved the book is. You can mark a page without finding or buying a bookmark, what do you have to lose? It’s a way of life. And I’ve seen and heard people in the past talking about how it’s disrespectful to turn over a little page! Well I’m here too tell you that each and every book worm is different and should not be judged by how they mark a page. 

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In a few other posts, I’ve talked about my love of books but, in the past I’ve also heard a disdain in the voices of those who bookmark and don’t page fold. But, every person is different! While yes, it could ruin a book to an extent…the page fold in my eyes is the mark of a well worn-popular book. And I love that about books. However, that is not to say the book marker doesn’t love their book just the same. We all have a way of leaving our mark on a book and that’s what shows our individuality!

 

The bookworm is a rare species, we love to nest and could read books forever if that were even possible. We love to smell books, and just because a book is new should not mean it isn’t marked in our own way. To be completely honest…some people use a page fold and others bookmark to leave their history on a book and that’s OK! So, be yourself and don’t be afraid! To the bookworm who page-folds I don’t judge and no one else should and to the book marker- I have no judgement on you either and you shouldn’t either. 

A love is books is magical, it transports you to another time, world…life! It’s a distraction and more people should get involved. So, next time you kids ask for something buy them a book instead of the newest craze, download the kindle apps to their phones? Books are for life and let the new generation leave their mark on a book.

“BOOKWORMS UNITE!”

Entertainment

Once Upon a Time…

…in a far off land, there lived  a princess…

We all grew up listening to the same, old fairy tales. And of course, for those who are a little more obsessed they will know that these are not how the original fairy tales went…

Written by the brothers Grimm, lets just say these tales are not completely appropriate for a four-year-old unless blood, horror, mental unstability etc is something you want to subject them too. Yet, these are the fairy tales kids heard (once upon a time) and now, we are told of the beautiful lands, good versus evil without too much blood. So, why?

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As a kid, I loved fairy tales and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland! Honestly I still love them to this day. With television shows such as Once Upon a Time or Grimm I’ve kept up my interest as well as owning a brothers Grimm fairy tale book… And had I known about the real folk tales as a child, I definitely believe until I reached around 11 they would have grossed me out so, maybe the should be introduced during some point of our childhood?

But, I’m not discounting the flouncy, moralistic and happy fairy tales we were brought up on…many of them adaptions on the original story I just don’t believe a ‘dumbing-down’ should take place. Not everyone is aware that the stories we grew up with in modern society, are not the originals. Perhaps, we should provide a child with the knowledge of a more gruesome version of beloved classic fairy tales and give them the opportunity to read them once they are able to independently read, making the choice themselves?

I’m an avid reader, and I have been since I was little. My mum often speaks of times when she sent me upstairs as a child and she’d wonder why I wasn’t making more noise-I was reading so I didn’t mind being upstairs- and after that she used to make me sit on the sofa away from my books. Or the time when I was reading Harry Potter and my brother got that upset with me for some reason he hid my book…I slept with it for the next couple days so he couldn’t get his hands on it? My point: I independently read from the age of four/five and would not necessarily have been old enough to understand the brothers Grimm fairy tales but, as I grew older had I been given the choice at 8/9 I probably would have read them instead of 11.

I was lucky growing up because I had two parents who saw how much I loved reading and encouraged me to do so. So, I did know about the darker tales yet, many of my friends had no clue?

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I have loved books all my life and will continue to do so! I wanted to blog about this because I love fairy tales and having recently stumbled upon an article about fairy tales thought I would blog. If you have an interest now in the brothers Grimm fairy tales then read them…or while it may not be factually correct watch GRIMM or Once Upon a Time and enjoy them. It’ll be a piece of your childhood!