October Favourites | Arthurian legends, dandelions and vanilla pumpkins

october favourites

I’ve been eagerly anticipating my write-up of this post for a few weeks now, because the second October started, I seemed to find a whole load of things to love in everyday life. Maybe the general autumn atmosphere caught me – people tend to appreciate the small things when the world naturally takes on a warmer hue, right? Either way, I’ve been longing to babble about these things somewhere for a small while now, and so here we are!

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The Little Book Of Lykke by Meik Wiking | A small book of happiness

The Little Book of Lykke

After reading The Little Book of Hygge, I dove straight into this one with high expectations. I wanted more of that beautiful little book, so I was very glad to have this one at hand to jump into right away!

spoiler free

Let’s dive right in!

The Little book of lykke

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Reading Update: How could this possibly be more sporadic?

sporadic reading

The last couple of months or so have been odd for my reading routine. Usually, things run pretty smoothly. I read one or two books per week, either morning or evening – sometimes both, if things are especially slow. I trundle through each month at the same pace, very happily so.

But the exact opposite seems to have happened through August and September. And since my “update/random” blog posts have been more general life based lately, I figured it was time for a reading update. And the sporadic pacing only makes a fab story, I suppose *shrugs*

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Why I chose to stay at home for uni (& all the worries that go with it)

staying at home for uni

It’s funny, really, how people seem so shocked to hear that you decided to stay at home while attending university, rather than moving out to the accommodation.

You’d think it wouldn’t be a big deal, but when people constantly hit you with “WHY?!” in that really demanding, disparaging tone of voice,  it can raise hackles after a while.

There’s absolutely no problem in asking – it’s an interesting conversation. I myself love hearing why people chose to move out or stay at home. But there’s a difference. Asking out of interest is fine. Basically demanding why as if that person made an idiotic decision? Well, that’s another matter. Especially when it’s constantly followed with “but you’ll not get the full uni experience!”

This is how it goes here in England, at least. Or maybe it’s even just the small part I live in. But either way, my brain has gone back and forth over this topic for months…and so I’m going to babble about it.

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An Update: The way reviews are done around these parts

review update

So. Another update.

As you might have seen in my most recent Sunday Status post, I’ve been gradually converting this blog into something more relaxed, more personal. As I said there, I’m not going to post if I don’t have anything worth writing about – I’m not going to keep myself on a schedule. Especially with the looming event of university starting.

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Why I Don’t Want To Work In Journalism

journalism

You’d think that having spent the last two years of my life studying Journalism, I’d be set on my way towards the industry. But umm, yeah about that…things didn’t quite work out that way.

In my college experience post, I discussed how I never actually wanted to study journalism – my life just took a detour that I wasn’t OK with. Granted, I wasn’t entirely *against* journalism to begin with, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone down that path in the first place. But it didn’t take me long to realise that actually, I really, really don’t want to work in journalism.

And so we have another ramble of a post, in which I try to explain my reasons why.

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The basics of my college life (that’s English college, by the way)

college

Hi everyone!

If you saw last week’s babble, you’ll know that I’m making a few changes to this blog, the main one being I post more “personal” blog posts alongside the bookish ones. Well, here’s the first.

When mentioning college or university, I always feel like I have to explain why I’m a year older than I “ought” to be – why I stayed behind a year. The English education system pretty much sets your path out for you – GCSE’s → A Levels → University – and it seems odd when people start straying off and doing their own thing. With my mentioning of so many subjects on social media, it’s just a whole mash of confusion I feel I ought to clear up. And so, here we are.

This is going to be quite a babble, I’ll warn you of that right now. I’ll condense it as much as I can, but I’ll be explaining how I did A Levels and BTEC, comparing the two, and also writing a bit on how I still struggle to come to terms with the stigma and having to give up A Levels. So it might take a while. But, if you’re interested…here’s the basics!

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Mid Year Reading Progress & Favourites so far!

mid year reading progress

So this post kind of links with last week’s resolutions update, because the second it hits mid year I wonder to myself HOW AM I DOING WITH MY READING CHALLENGES? I don’t know why, it’s just satisfying to see. Plus I can use it to totally justify any book buying I’m about to do…maybe…

shh.

Let’s have a peep at my reading progress!

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Reading Resolution: An Update | Ohhhhh, we’re halfway there…

resolutions update

SO. We’ve reached the halfway point guys. 2017 is whizzing right past faster than we can blink. Where does that leave us?

Well, I don’t know about you, it’s left me stranded in a random month wondering where the other months went. It’s rather bewildering.

But at the start of the year, I set myself some reading resolutions. And while it seemed to be going well at the start, they might have just…fizzled out a bit. As resolutions tend to do. Maybe.

Shall we find out?

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In the few minutes it takes

in the few minutes it takes

So…here’s a little something new. Recently, I’ve been yearning to write. Which never happens. Because I’m rubbish at creating stories.

BUT I absolutely adore writing characters and describing little scenes/settings. And I thought…well why not do that? I don’t have to write a book. Or poetry. I can just write a little something.

I am by no means a writer. Very little editing went into this, but I thought I’d share anyway. Try not to judge too harshly. And so here we have…

In The Few Minutes It Takes

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