The best intentions

Despite the fact that I said I would be uploading new posts still I haven’t managed to stick to it.

I got a job over the summer and so was working a lot and not reading as much and then I came back to uni and it was hard enough just to read the books let alone review them.

But depending on how I feel I may start posting again.

Probably just for the books that I really like.

Just thought I’d let you know.

A New Start

After the rather depressing post that I uploaded this time last year I decided that I couldn’t let this completely go down the drain.

I always knew that it would be hard for me to keep it up so there had to be a point where I broke and couldn’t carry on as I had because I always found it hard to find things to say for the books.

I have a few posts that I will be uploading that I had already written before my year away from this blog but once they have all been posted my reviews will be Very different.

I’ve decided that for me the easiest thing to do is basically what I do on Goodreads.

I add a book as I’m reading it or when I’ve finished reading it and I never add any comments but I always fill in the 5 star rating.

Therefore I’ve decided that I my posts will be very basic with the image of the book cover and the 5 star rating at the least. I will try to add a few words but if I have the intention of not having any words to support my rating the pressure will be less but I will try to write a sentence or two explain why I liked or didn’t like the book.

I will also include any quotes from the book that stood out to me. There may be a lot of quotes or there might not be any, it just depends what the book is about and if anything means anything to me at the time I read it.

1 Year Ago Today

Ok, so it turns out that I made this blog one whole year ago today.
And no I did not remember that, WordPress just told me.

Although I know more what I am posting on this blog I don’t know if anything else has really gotten better. To start with I had no idea what I was going to be posting on here but I was kidding myself when I said that because what else would this be other than a book blog?! I read way too much for it not to be and with a couple of other things chucked in every now and again.

The thing is I was hoping that the reviews of the books I read would get better. I don’t think I ever really manage to get across what I want to say about the books and I don’t think I would fair much better if I was talking to you about it either. So maybe that’s just how I am when it comes to books.

I probably do set myself up for a little failure as I compare myself to my friend, Becky over at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic and she has pretty good and Long reviews which make mine not so good in comparison.

Over the past year I have done my A-Levels and started my first year of uni. I now have 4 months off for summer so hopefully things will be a little better over the next 4 months as I have neglected my blog a lot recently. I have loads of posts to write and loads that are written and need to be posted as well. Hopefully if I manage to get it all sorted I can do a better job when I go back to uni in September.

Within the year I have done 66 posts and have had 80 comments on the blog. Pretty much all of those are between me and Becky though but I don’t mind about that.

My blog has had 1,023 views within the year. I’m not sure what to think about that. It means that people are actually looking at what I write and I don’t know if I really expected that.

I realise that this isn’t an especially happy post and I’m not looking for anyone to come along and tell me that what I write is good because it could be better. I’m just saying what I think.

Hopefully next year will be better than the year just gone

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Quoting the Quill

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You must know… Surely you must know it was all for you

– Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

I love the film Pride and Prejudice and also the book so I decided I would post this quote from Mr Darcy.

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Quoting the Quill is an every other week meme created by Becky at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. It runs every other Wednesday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Beautiful Blogger Award!

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That’s pretty much me at the moment. I can’t believe I’ve managed to get any blogging award!

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The rules of the award:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.

2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

3. Tell 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

I would like to say a massive thank you to http://classyasfuckbookreviews.wordpress.com/ for this award!

So, 7 things about myself…

1. I read loads of books and one day I would like to have a house with a library.

2. I am nearing the end of my first year at university which is crazy! The time has flown by.

3. My favourite colours are blue and green.

4. I don’t drink tea or coffee, the hot beverage of my choice is hot chocolate.

5. Recently I have discovered the wonderful shop CeX which sells cheap DVDs and whenever I go in the shop I end up buying more DVDs that I don’t really need to buy.

6. I have green eyes.

7. I have a book that I’m writing that I may try to publish one day, if I’m brave enough.

Blogs I am nominating for the award:

1. http://hikingphoto.com/

2. http://maggieflynn49.wordpress.com/

3. http://hollybee42.wordpress.com/

4. http://lifeintheblueridges.wordpress.com/

5. http://katiehickey.wordpress.com/

6. http://vincentmars.com/

7. http://beckysblogs.wordpress.com/

University Life

So three months ago now I moved to uni!

It’s amazing that it’s been that long already!

The first couple of days were rather emotional but I managed to get through it and now I think I can say that I am very happy where I am.

I have met a couple of lovely people in the kitchen I share with 10 other people and there are some nice people on my course as well which is great!

I have not been going out every night with people but that suits me just fine. I’m not the kind of person that goes out loads and I can quite happily sit in my room all evening watching TV or reading books Smile

My routine hasn’t changed much from when I was living at home and if I was like this at home, why can’t I be like this here?

I am just across the road from a big fenced off area of grass and so I have taken books with me and been and sat there for a change of scenery and to get out of my small room. Although it is getting much colder now and I can’t really sit for very long. I’m able to sit in my room and read now. To start with I was going to the park to get out and do something different but now I don’t need that.

When my course started the work was surprisingly easy and I am thankful that I managed to understand it otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten off to a very good start. As the weeks have gone on and the work has gotten ever so slightly harder I am still able to understand and keep up with what we are meant to be doing so I am glad about that. I do like most of the work for my course which is a plus.

I have been missing my friends that are off in other parts of the country and who are also back home still so if they could move here then I think I would be perfectly happy. Of course with them being happy here as well rather than just moving here for me and then hating it here.

Having just explained the ease of how I’ve settled into uni life so quickly I do feel bad as other friends I have aren’t liking it as much as me. They aren’t happy and I feel bad telling them how well it’s going for me right now. I know at least 3 separate people who aren’t liking it with varying degrees of unhappiness. I wish I could do something to help them and find the contentment that I have, just so they can last out the year at least if not the full 3 years so they can finish the course they initially thought they would love and get a good job because of it.

I am now back home for Christmas and unfortunately I do have work to complete over the holidays. 😦

The Big Wide World

In a couple of days independence is going to take on a whole new meaning for me.

About a month ago I went into school, received an envelope and hesitantly open it up to reveal my exam result that decided my fate for the coming school year.

Luckily my grades were just good enough for my selected application which means that I managed to get into University on my desired course!

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