30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 9

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Day 9 – Something You Think “What If?” About

This is one I think about quite frequently actually. It doesn’t do good to constantly dwell on a life of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ but sometimes it is interesting to think. A big “what if?” for me revolves around my move from Glasgow to Aberdeen four years ago. I spent most of my life in the central belt of Scotland, I went to school there and its where most of my immediate family all stay. When I finished high school, due to a number of difficulties with life and my family, I made the conscious decision to move away for university. Read More

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 8

dsc_00552282574373208556273.jpgDay 8 – Five Items That You Lust After

Nice easy one for today but enjoyable to write nonetheless! Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 7

Day 7 – Your Opinion On Your Body & How Comfortable You Are With It

I like this one because it is a challenge to write about. I feel like accepting of our bodies is something that a lot of us deal with and I am definitely among those who struggle to love it.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – Things you want to say to your ex

I’m not too excited about this one given where I am in life it seems like a rather unnecessary feat but a challenge is a challenge. I suppose anyone who knew a much younger me will know who this is aimed towards, but the effect will be the same for any reader. A lot of issues I now deal with in my adult life stem from the hell I put myself through when I was younger and this is actually something that was suggested to me by my counselor a while ago. I guess now I have the chance to do it. Let’s make it like a letter, because how else would you do this?

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 5

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Day 5 – The Reason You Love Books

I tweaked this one a bit to suit. The prompt was originally “a book you love” and that’s just such a loaded question, being a bibliophile, and I could spend forever trying to pick something just to use for the prompt (which I 100% do not have time for). So this works better for its purposes.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 – Bullet Your Day

This is a good one for today because I actually had a really nice day. I was worried I wouldn’t have the time to post something today but I’m writing now furiously because I’m 100% ready for bed.

So today:

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 3

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Day 3 – 10 things that make you happy

Today hasn’t been a great day so I’m pleased about this challenge because I need it. I need to think about the little things that make everything worth it.

  1. Beautiful books and bookshelves; nothing is quite so satisfying as some beautiful books well presented on some lovely hardwood bookshelves. It’s one of the best parts of being in a bookshop because even if you’re not in to get something, you can always appreciate being surrounded by such comforts. Barnes & Nobles leather-bound classics will always have a special place in my heart.
  2.  Happy people; not smug people but genuinely happy people. I love seeing people wandering about, getting on with their day but who also take that extra effort to remember to smile and share a nice word with another person. The world needs so much more of that. It’s so refreshing to know that the world isn’t always so dark, that there is good in places if you know where to look.
  3. Neatly coloured in mosaics; it’s such great way to destress yourself. Get some nice fine-tipped pens, some Johanna Basford colouring sheets and a quiet space. My project each year is to colour in the Johanna Basford calendars, which have a colouring sheet for each day of the year. One year I’ll manage to complete a whole set. Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 2

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Day 2 – Write About Something You Feel Strongly About

Y’know when you put these things so bluntly, they are actually rather hard to think about suitable answers. My brain goes off in such strange direction sometimes that is sometimes hard to keep up with what I’m focused on. But okay, okay, serious stuff;

  1. Clean energy and recycling; it’s the 21st century, why are these such difficult concepts to grasp? Recycling, for me, is a no-brainer. I don’t even have to think about it because it’s a fundamental part of my life now as it should be for us all. We waste a finite resource (the keyword here being ‘finite’) so why don’t we reuse it? I’ve worked in enough places to have an idea of how much paper, packaging and food we have the capacity to waste and it makes me ill. Imagine the impact we could make if we made more of an effort with recycling. An extra few minutes out of our life each day… Imagine what we could do. Clean energy is another. Being in Aberdeen and seeing them build the new offshore wind farm with Vattenfall is so exciting. We have so many amazing opportunities for clean, renewable energy and we are slowly branching into these areas and switching from fossil fuels. Google the Hornsea project. (Amazing) Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 1

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So I need to get into the swing of writing things daily again if I ever have any hope of writing a book, my best friend nudged me to my starting point; “Write like you’ve never written before.” I decided a writing challenge will be a fun way to start and will help you all learn a little more about me.
Day 1 – Five Ways to win your heart (Or Five Ways My Fiance managed to)

I had to think about this one more than was probably necessary. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be serious or not with this one. I decided not to be (well, not too serious at least) and made it a little more suited to my situation. My fiance and I have been together for three and a half years now and we got engaged this year in Berlin. So, five ways my fiance won my heart.

  1. Agree to sit through all three Hobbit movies with me; I suppose it was the first moment I realised that my fiance was the one for me. Anyone that knows me at all knows that I love all things Lord of the Rings, books and movies. So when my fiance went to the midnight showing for The Battle of the Five Armies in the cinema with the first two movies been shown before then I should have known that I had to marry the man. My heart was as good as his. Read More

Bookshops – A dwindling necessity

Hey guys,

So I find myself with a free bit of time for once and I thought this is something I would talk about.

If you’re like me and you find nothing more comforting than physical books, browsing in bookshops and libraries and spending as much time as is humanly possible surrounded by shelves overflowing (but well organised!) books, then you will understand that online giants like Amazon are killing our beloved bookshops. Of course, it is understandable why people prefer to buy books from places such as Amazon, it’s usually always cheaper to buy books and easier to find box sets and, let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t want to interact with people. And that’s great because Amazon and ebooks and audiobooks give us access to literature literally anywhere in the world, the world needs more books, but it impacts the bookshops, our high street stores, and worst of all, our libraries.

Growing up in Scotland, I’ve become accustomed to Waterstones being only of the biggest chain bookshops that are readily available in all major cities, with just a few standalone stores. Where I can, I will always buy my books from there and I tend to take any excuse to go into my nearest Waterstones to buy them, rather than online. (Except they have started to refurbish Waterstones stores and make them all fancy and modern and it makes me quite sad. It’s not quite so cosy there anymore). Read More

When the TBR pile is getting out of hand

Hey guys,

Just a short one for you all tonight. So I’ve been trying to organise our flat because the place is getting a little out of hand with our junk (mostly mine) and I thought that I would take the opportunity to start organising my bookshelves. Basically, the books are taking over the living room and while I don’t mind that at all, my fiance does. Anyway, while doing this I realised just how massive my TBR pile actually is. I’ve a terrible habit of buying more books when there is still a pile as tall as me, and so I decided it’s time to do something about that. I decided to make a TBR jar.

I bought these Lego storage heads a few years back, a pumpkin one and a skeleton one (they’re cute as hell), but I never really found a suitable use for them until now. I made a note of ALL of the books currently in my possession (even the ones I’ve read because I’m in a reading slump I need to break out of) and wrote down all the titles on strips of different coloured paper, founded them up neatly and put them into my pumpkin Lego head. The operation took the better part of my evening, cutting and folding, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. The idea of the project is that I no longer have to spend so long picking a book to read, I just need to pick at random and the jar does all the decision making for me. It’ll be great because it will help me to tear through my TBR pile while also pushing me to read new books rather than the same titles over and over again. I’m very excited to get stuck in. I’ll keep you posted.

The first pick from my jar was The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale so that’s up next. Have any of you read it before? It’s a beautiful book. A post on the book to follow.

Until next time,

Louise

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Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days

Hey guys,

So I decided to re-read some of my old favourites, sifting through my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to write about this but the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy by Susan EE is so underrated and never seems to get the recognition that it deserves. The first book was released back in 2011 and from there I followed the release of the books, addicted in the same way I now am with Maas books. This is the first post of three and we’re starting with book 1, Angelfall.

The book starts with a family together, fighting off starvation in a world reduced to rubble by invading angels. The angel’s arrival on earth ripped the world apart and initially, there seems to be no motive behind the invasion other than to torment and kill humans. Penryn, her sister, and her unhinged mother have survived the initial few months and managed to stay together unlike many others. However, things very quickly take a turn for the worst when the family finds themselves in the middle of an execution of an archangel. A group of angels brutalise an injured angel before severing the angels’ wings and continuing to fight with the wounded angel. Read More