The Lake District || A Family Holiday

15 / 7 / 17 – 22 / 7 / 17

Part of my A-Level English Lit. course required researching literary critics to find quotes for essays. Once when I was doing some said research I came across John Muir and a number of his quotes, many of which ended up in my essays. But there was one in particular that I thought was so beautiful although I never really understood personally until this holiday, and that quote was:

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 

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96 Hours in Paris

9/07/ 17 – 12/ 07/ 17

There’s an unspoken truth about the end of A-Levels: as soon as you and your friends have finished all your exams you pack a bag, board a plane, and head off somewhere exciting. For many that’s to Magaluf or Ibiza – but that’s never really been my kind of thing. So my friend and I instead decided to grab a different ticket and to explore La Ville-Lumière!

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Current Favourites and a Catch Up

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It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote about what’s going on with me at the moment and what things I’ve really been enjoying recently, so that’s exactly what I’m doing now!

Time has flown by so quickly that two weeks ago I finished my A-Levels! On Friday the 7th of July I had my Leaver’s Ball (that’s where I am in the photo on the left) and it was my last chance to say goodbye to so many fantastic people. That major part of my life is (hopefully) now over, and honestly it’s been weird. After my last exam on the 22nd of June I came home and just enjoyed doing nothing except watching TV shows, movies, and playing video games.

Since then I’ve found a number of other things to spend my time on, including writing and some online courses. I didn’t know how I was going to feel when everything was all over but I don’t feel that much different, just a lot less bored. The monotonous life of revision and light TV watching is over, now everyday can be and is different!

Other than that, not much is happening in my life. By the time this post is up I’ll be in Paris with a friend of mine – my first holiday in which the only responsible adult is myself – so you can expect to see some footage of that soon.

Now let’s look at some of my current favourites. I’m talking films and TV, games, and the much loved ‘other’!

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A Catch Up || 3/5/17

Do excuse my two week absence, life has been getting busy!

I thought I’d again try something a little bit different and just have a chat with you guys about what’s been happening with me recently! The short answer is A-Levels, which have slowly been taking over my life for a while now as you might have been able to tell as it seems to be a sort of recurring theme in my videos and posts. But other than school and A-Levels I’m also talking about life in general, books, and films, so enjoy!

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Brexit Storytelling Competition

 

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I mentioned in my ‘New Years Resolutions’ post that I wanted to use my blog as a sort of diary – a place to share thoughts, reviews, stories, recommendations and more – and so that is what I’m doing! This isn’t going to be an especially long, interesting, or inspirational post but I thought it would be nice to talk about my experience with the Met Film School as winner of the Brexit Storytelling competition!


So I guess it all began on the 23rd of June when Britain voted to leave the EU. Personally, as I wanted to stay, I was disappointed by this. But something that especially struck me was that the government had refused to lower the voting age to 16, despite the importance of this Referendum and the fact that we wouldn’t be able to just wait another 4 years to express our views and potentially change the outcome. Some of my friends wanted to stay, some to leave, but we all wished we could have had a say in the matter. All we could do to show our frustration and our views was to retweet and share posts. Then, around two months later, when I was in Paris for my birthday I found out about the Brexit Storytelling Competition run by the Met Film School; immediately I thought Continue reading

New Years Resolutions

Before you say anything, I know this is fairly late in the month to start talking about New Years Resolutions but better late than never right?

I have always been someone who sets resolutions for the New Year, in fact I’ve published blog posts about my resolutions for 2015 and for 2016. I find that if I tell the internet I have to hold myself to them!  And I will be doing the same today and probably for years to come.

I briefly want to look back at my resolutions for 2016 and I think, on the whole, I did quite good:

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

 

I thought I would jump on the proverbial booktube bandwagon and share with you guys 25 bookish facts about myself! These are just a random selection – it was surprisingly hard thinking of 25 – but I hope you enjoy hearing a little bit more about me.

Let me know some facts about you in the comments below!

My New Year Resolutions for 2016

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One of my favourite photos from my holiday to Bruges

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Spending a day at Wenlock Books was honestly such a highlight for me!

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Me and my best friend at our prom!

I’m feeling very nostalgic as I write this with a large hot chocolate close to hand and Star Wars: A New Hope on in the background. I can clearly remember writing my resolutions for 2015 – which I actually stuck to really well. I was sat in my old school hall in a study session during my GCSE mocks; specifically I can remember a friend of mine who was sat diagonally across from me turning around and giving me a glare for typing so much as she was actually doing her PE mock! It’s baffling to think how much has changed since then; I completed my GCSE’s with results that I was incredibly pleased with, I started book blogging here, I began #ukyachat-ing, I turned 16 (and saw Hamlet ahh!), I moved house, I started a new school and I’ve made some wonderful new friends. I’m really hoping for a bit of a breather this year!

Anyway, onto my actual resolutions:

1. Read 50 books

Last year I said I wanted to read 25 books and I actually managed to double that so this year I want to see if I can keep that up and potentially exceed it. But I won’t be pressuring myself, I want to remember that reading is my passion and hobby!

2. Cut down on sugary food & drink

I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I know it’s not particularly good for me so this year I really want to strive to be better; I think I’ll be starting by buying a nice new water bottle.

3. Condense my TBR pile

I’ve somehow accumulated a tonne of unread books recently. They’re overflowing! I have one entire shelf dedicated to TBRs, two stacks beneath my dressing table from the floor upwards, and one stack on my bedside table. It’s getting ridiculous. My plan is to hold back on buying books – hence my asking for book vouchers for Christmas – and to just work my way through what I already have.

4. Continue working on my French, Latin and Italian

In my last year’s resolutions I mentioned continuing with some languages and starting a new one. I’m taking both French and Latin at A Levels and although I definitely think I’ve improved in both since last year but I always want to get better; I’ll be reading, writing and YouTube-ing in French a lot more this year. I also began learning Italian, which I’m really enjoying, and again I’d like to improve in this!

5. Cut down on meat

Also if you can remember my resolutions last year then you’ll know that I decided to give up red meat for at least a year – which I did and will continue to do! This year I want to eat even less meat; I’ll be investing in a good vegetarian cookbook and shall try not to kill anybody whilst attempting the recipes!

And there we have it! I’m not going into this year with exceedingly high hopes or dreams but with an open mind instead.  I wish you all an incredible 2016 and I hope that it’s filled with everything you desire.

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Sorry Mum, I know you’ll hate this but I absolutely adore this photo from our trip to Nice!

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Going to the Olivier Awards for the second time this year was so much fun!