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’!
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!
You may or may not know this but almost a month ago now Conservative MPs voted against plans to make SRE (sex and relationship education) compulsory in schools. In other words they voted against making teaching pupils about LGBT+ issues, the importance of consent, online sexual content, as well as the emotional and social aspects of sex and relationships compulsory. I know all schools tackle SRE differently; some cover a wide range of topics in an inclusive manner regarding religion and the LGBT+ spectrum. But at the same time some schools will only teach it from a biological point of view.
I myself experienced the latter. In year 6 all the girls in my year sat together in a small room with our head of year and the biology teacher; we discussed (and when I say discussed I mean they spoke, we listened and were too embarrassed to ask any questions) periods, body changes, and how we might start “seeing boys differently”. That was it until year 9, when we had one lesson in which we were shown a presentation showing symptoms of different STDs, shown how to put on a condom, then given condoms which were promptly taken off us. Honestly, I still don’t know why they bothered giving them out in the first place. In fact, there is a lot I still don’t know regarding SRE full stop!
1st – 4th December 🎄
So I decided, very spontaneously, that this year I wanted to do Vlogmas!
For those who haven’t heard of Vlogmas it’s just uploading vlogs everyday in December or up to the 25th of the month; however I’ll only be uploading weekly vlogs every Monday because my life is far from interesting enough to warrant daily vlogs!
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney
Now I’m not the fastest reader, I enjoy taking in everything the book has to offer and so am inadvertently slower than some. I did mange to read 7 books in the month of August, two books less than July but I was exceedingly more busy! I read some really incredible books and there’s quite a variety: crime, high-fantasy, contemporary, lgbt, graphic novels and more! It’s nice to have a disparity in the themes and genres of books. So here is everything I read with links to my reviews of them:
1. A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
2. Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
4. Eeny Meeny by M.J.Arlidge
5. Deep Water by Lu Hersey
6. The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
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I will be posting reviews for them all, just give me time!
Also I thought that I’d use these wrap ups (which I may or may not do every month) as an opportunity to let you know a little about my life because I don’t just want to be that mysterious anonymous blogger (although that does sound pretty cool!)
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So as I said last month was pretty hectic for me. I had two sets of work experience – one at the brilliant Booka Bookshop which was so much fun and so interesting, the other was at a local newspaper and resulted in getting some stuff published! GCSE results were given out and I was absolutely thrilled with my own. I celebrated my 16th birthday by going down to London to go to the Electric Cinema and see Hamlet (ahhhhh). Of course I received a LOT of books too! Oh, yeh, I moved house too! Now my books (comics, DVD’s, notebooks and records) are all squished onto one much smaller shelving unit and are so very near to falling over completely. I’ll also be starting a new school next week and that just scares me so much. Well I guess I’ll just have to cross my fingers and hope for the best!