TBR Thursdays [1]

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TBR Thursday is a bookish event hosted by Kimberlyfaye Reads that I am going to begin. The aim is that I tell you what book is on my to-be-read list, and hopefully you will comment whether or not you would recommend that I read it.

One of th12476820e books that has been sat on my kindle for ages is Partials by Dan Wells.

“Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view.”

What do you think?

Should I read this book?

Have any of you read it?

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Summer Reading List

It’s that time of the year again, I have finished University and I can pick up a book to read for pleasure. I am currently reading The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman, which is the second in The Invisible Library series. So far it is really good, a review will follow, but just to start my blog up again I would like to share my to-read list with everyone:

Charlie N. Holmberg – The Paper Magician

Jodi Taylor – Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

Katie Kacvinsky – Awaken

George R. R. Martin – A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Happy Birthday To Me!

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So last week I celebrated my 21st birthday. I had a lovely Tiffany’s cake to match my new Tiffany’s ring, and I think I could become a Pandora model with all of my new charms, a necklace and a ring that I received. I was truly spoilt. I do have to say, I really like this picture of myself, so I felt like sharing it 🙂

Compliments

I was walking to my hairdressers today and an elderly lady stopped me by my arm and pulled me close to her. She looked me straight in the eyes and said “you are absolutely stunning, you’re so pretty, never forget that”, and this one random act of kindness literally made my day!

That has never happened to me before and I’ve not really heard of it happening to anyone else either. So that made me think, people spend more time putting others down rather than building them up. But what is there to gain from this? It doesn’t make us feel better to upset people, or rather, it shouldn’t. So why can’t we make an effort to go out of our way and make other people feel good about themselves? It doesn’t take much, that literally took a few minutes out of that lady’s day but it made mine so much brighter. So from now on I am going to take note of what this lady did today, and I am going to try and pass on her kindness.

Summer

So today I broke up from work ready to move back to Liverpool and start my third year of university. I just wanted to reflect on my summer, although I haven’t actually achieved a great deal.

This summer I moved back home and transferred back to my ASDA home store. I figured that working in Liverpool wasn’t ideal for me, mainly because my university studies hadn’t always come first, and they needed to for my final year. I also felt that if I don’t fall into a job straight away after university, which lets face it, there are high chances I won’t, then surely it would be a lot more convenient to be a colleague at my home store so that I can move back into my parents house and hopefully live rent free for a bit.

My previous years at ASDA I have always been a bit too shy to make friends. I always sort of hoped that people would come to me, not the other way around. But since working in Liverpool, I have gained skills and training that I was never offered before, and this massively boosted my confidence. I was a lot more flexible this summer and from what I have gathered, my section leaders have really appreciated the hours that I have put in. Countless split shifts, 12 hour days and working more than 5 consecutive days. I am shattered. Where has my summer gone? I haven’t been abroad, like most people. Instead, I have spent the majority of my time either working or kitten-sitting when they were babies. But I have to say, I have had one of the best summers in a long time. I feel very happy. I feel like my job is secure for whenever I come home. I have spent plenty of time with my family. And I have caught up with all of my friends. It is safe to say that I am entering a new chapter of my life (turning 21), with a smile on my face.

My summer may not have been the most interesting, but after a tough year and ahead of what I presume to be one of the most difficult years I may ever experience, I do feel quite refreshed and ready to get back into my education. I am seriously going to miss my kittens though. Here’s a picture so you can all appreciate just how lovely they are, definitely the highlight of my summer 🙂

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I write because…

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Why do I write? Why does anybody write? When I write, I release and express all of my inner sarcasm and thoughts. I feel better when I write. I have always aspired to write something like Bridget Jones, weekly snippets of a story, and I will focus on this a lot more when I have finished university. The writing that I do for my course is always so factual and critical, I never really get to express myself. I also don’t really have any friends who share the same sort of interest, which is why I am reaching out through my blog.

I am a very inquisitive person, but at the same time I am also very opinionated. My opinions sometimes get me into trouble, especially at work where the customer is always right. They’re not by the way. They barely ever are. This isn’t because I think I am better than them, as they seem to think, but purely because some of the things I can get asked on a day to day basis really make me question how humanity has got so far.

When you watch the Jeremy Kyle show for instance. I am not the most attractive person in the world, I definitely have a lot of flaws. But I don’t do drugs, I have all of my teeth and I use shampoo on a regular basis. Yet there are some people in the world who don’t, and they have more than one man chasing after them – hence being on the JK show. Yet, I can’t even maintain one mans interest. It is opinions like these, that I never ever get to express. But there are also other opinions, when I read a book that I’ve enjoyed, I want to talk about it. When I go to see a film that was pants, I want to discuss it. If I discover a new recipe that I really enjoy, I want to share it. I write to discuss. Debate. Analyse. 

My University Experience is possibly the only post on here that is really about my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It felt good to write about it. Maybe one of my readers is considering going to university, it’s never how the students at the open day describe it – don’t forget they will be getting paid to sell you the uni. I don’t want to be the next Zoella. But I do want to blog. And I want to enjoy doing so. That, is why I write.