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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?

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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.

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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….

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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!”