The Return

I’ve started posts like this many times, ‘hello again’, ‘it’s been so long’, ‘I’ve been so neglectful of my blog’ etc. But goddamn it THIS TIME I MEAN IT. This year started off pretty hectic for me, I was approaching the last year of my Open University English Literature & Language degree, as well as working full time, which meant I have had next to no time to read at all.

However, that chapter has closed, and I am NO LONGER A STUDENT. It feels odd, that after three years of solid study that I don’t have to feel guilty about wanting to read a book for pleasure rather than one of the often mundane course books I’ve been drowning in since September 2016. But I have tasted freedom, and I am very much ready for this new bookish chapter (I’m so sorry, that pun was in no way intended).

It is now truly time for me to fall back in love with reading, and chatting about books again on here as well as my Youtube channel . I’m going to start updating this here blog a lot more, and creating videos about the books I’m going to be reading, because I have ACTUALLY BEEN READING SOME THINGS THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT.

I’m very much excited to burst out of the shackles of studenthood and be able to dive into all the hundreds of books I’ve been pining for over the last three years.

I haven’t updated this blog since January, so I’ll leave a quick list of the books I’ve read since then, and the ratings I gave them. Some of these are due to have full length posts of their once I’ve processed my feelings about them because I have read some incredible work already this month.

2017 so far..

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – 3 Stars

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saens – 5 Stars

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, J.K Rowling & Jack Thorne – 4 Stars

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K Rowling – 4 Stars

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl – 2 Stars

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl – 2 Stars

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – 4 Stars

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur – 5 Stars

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – 3 Stars

The Pendle Witches by Walter Bennett – Unrated

All We Know by Donal Ryan – 2 Stars

Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry – Unrated

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – 5 Stars

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – 3 Stars

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket – 3 Stars

Through The Woods by Emily Caroll – 4 Stars

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – 5 Stars

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – 5 Stars

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag – 5 Stars

 

As you can see I’ve had very much a mixed bag of luck with the books I’ve chosen this year, but since finishing uni (from A Little Life on wards) I have had tremendous book fortune and read some absolutely beautiful works of writing. I’m hoping to keep this momentum going, and I’m really really enjoying getting back into reading between February and May I barely read a thing, now in the past three days I’ve finished one novel and read two others. I’m now 20 books into my 50 book goal for the year (not that that matters at all because who needs that kind of pressure) but if I finish the month off with another five books I’m half way through at the half year mark which is bang on track.

I’ll leave it here for now, so just an update and the usual I’M BACK NOW I PROMISE post, but I am back (for now), and I feel really happy about it. I hope you’re all having wonderful reading days, and I look forward to seeing you much more.

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My watch hasn’t ended 

Catch the Game of Thrones pun there? I am honestly so beyond happy that the series is back..anyway..as I was saying.

I haven’t abandoned you all, nor have I abandoned books. I am currently in the last couple of weeks of my second year with university and I have ALOT to get done/revise at the moment. But rest assured I shall be back to my old blogging self once it is all over for the summer.

Quick update though – I am currently, slowly but surely, when I get a few spare moments, reading Stone Matteress by Margaret Atwood, I have two short stories left to go and I’m really enjoying her work. I am also in such a fantasy mood thanks to the return of Game of Thrones so I will have to drive straight into the genre as soon as I have reading time!

Until then, happy reading one and all 🙂 

Thou shall not neglect thy blog..

Hi guys!

Just a quick post to say that I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, I haven’t run off and joined the circus, and I haven’t forgotten about my blog so that it seeps into the cyber void where most blogs go to die.

I’ve been horrendously busy with university exams, my second year with uni starting up and trying to get organised with that, not to mention work as well.

I am currently reading A Clash of Kings, the second installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is pretty lengthy at almost 900 pages on top of all this chaos so it’ll take me a while to get a review going for that as well but I do have a few post ideas I’ll be executing very soon!

Also I would like to take this opportunity to reach out and say hello to anyone else studying with my university, I’ll use all the relevant tags and hopefully find some of you out there.

Thanks for sticking around guys and I’ll be back with a vengeance very soon!

Uni Pre-October Reading

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As I mentioned in my previous post (Game of Thrones – 25% so far) I have quite a few books to read beore my second year of university starts in October. Most of them are classics, and I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever read a classic book in my life outside of high school/college.

These are just the books I have bought already, there are, I think, three more I still need to get, so the pile is ever growing!

I have ready two of these books already in the past few months, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Oroonoko by Aphra Benn. I was quite shocked at how much I enjoyed Wuthering Heights, and I’ll probably do a little review about it soon. Oroonoko was a little bit challenging though. Although it is short (only 77 pages not including the introduction and notes) I found it quite hard to follow and get into. Again, I’ll probably make a post about that one as well, purely to vent my frustrations about it no doubt.

The other books I’ll probably read in between my ‘Reading for Pleasure’ to-read list, and I’ll post reviews etc about them as I go through them. I’m really looking forward to Doyle’s The Sign of Four, which is the second book of the Sherlock Holmes series, hopefully it’ll spur me on to read the full collection! A couple of the books in there are plays, which I’ve never read outside of school either so it’ll be interesting to see how I find those.

I’ll keep updating my blog with my university reading and other reading adventures as I make my way through my lists. Until then, I have a lot of reading to do! Wish me luck!