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Talking is hard, so instead I write.

Welcome to my blog. I am Erin (short for Catherine, call me either) and my life is a confusion of books, tea, school and travel. Here is where I review the books, spill the tea and document the travel.

When my head is not stuck in a book, you will find me bullet journalling, practising my cello or travelling. I am heavily influenced by the adventures of my life and am always seeking new ones!

I started this blog because I am an introvert and a creative. Blogging is a good way to channel my thoughts without speaking to people. Speaking can cause a lot of misunderstanding. For me in particular, I tend to get words wrong or be silent in the wrong places. I’m not even going to try and cure my awkwardness because I love to be quiet. Through various social media platforms, I promote positive messages that mean a lot to me, and share my love for literature.

Thank you for stopping by. I will always be writing for those of you that stay!

Summer Playlist + Some Weird One Direction (Fangirl) Confessions

This summer is going to be packed full of trips and I will want a playlist to listen to on the many road trips between destinations. I tried to keep it short? šŸ˜‚

Most of these songs have a backstory on how they came to be part of my life (yep, you can cringe. Music is just so awesome though). Some of them I have discussed, but some are too weird and personal to share – but I do write about a few embarrassing ones.

Amarillo Tony Christie

This song holds a special place in my heart. I can’t remember the first time I listened to this song, so it must have been a while ago. With me going to Menorca (a Spanish speaking island) I think it would be quite fitting!

Late Nite – The Strokes

Breakfast At Tiffany’sDeep Blue Something

I can’t really explain how many memories this song gives me. I’ve only listened to it in good parts of my life, so there’s no nostalgia held to its name!

Hall Of FameThe Script

Rain – The Script

ParklifeBlur.

This song is so… British. I love the dialogue used in the beginning.

Pretty Shining People and ParadiseGeorge Ezra

Ezra’s new (not so new anymore) album: Staying At Tamara’s is a hit for me. I love every single song in it, though my favourites are these two.

TroublemakerOlly Murs

Somebody Told Me – The Killers

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Not only is this an indie anthem, it is also a song that was played on repeat at my summer Scout camp last year. There was this open-air stage that was emitting music from 9:00am until 23:00 every day. I am so blessed. Some of this was live music as well!

ImagineJohn Lennon

Great message. Great man.

Are You Gonna be My Girl – Jet

Mr. Blue SkyElectronic Light Orchestra

I wasn’t one of those people who got obsessed with this song after its participation in Guardians of the Galaxy. I have always had a connection with this song. Maybe I was in primary school when I heard for the first time? Maybe even before that?

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What Iā€™m Up To This Summer | Ft. A Lot Of Rambling

It’s now official, I’ve ended school for the summer! I would like to share with you some plans I have for the future of this blog, my plans for the holidays and other random things you need to know.

Blog

This summer I’ll be redesigning my blog. There will be no change to the name or site address, though the layout with go through a few rearrangements. This is due to my post topics changing. I used to blog all about philosophy and poems. There will still be some of that, but less often. I feel like voicing my opinions takes a lot to try and make it less controversial. I don’t like creating drama!

Most readers are aware that I am now blogging more about books and travel. This topic has reached a broader audience and I’ve made some really good blogging friends through the subject.

Another thing I would like to cover in this post is Bookstagram. I’m not sure how I feel about restarting my Instagram feed because I have some really successful posts. What I may do is private my account for a week whilst I create a new theme and start posting. I currently have lots of landscapes in my feed and I wonder if I should post them just on my blog, and not through another platform. I’ve experimented with bookstagram this past month and the community is so lovely! I do not want to give it up but I do need some more practise.

I find it hard to keep up with my story sometimes, though. Some days I have a lot to show but some days I have nothing. This means I have lack of engagement. Though statistics don’t bother me, I love reaching out to other people.

Edit: my Bookstagram is up and running! I have a new theme that I have been posting to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Travel

  • At the end of July I will be going on camp with my Scout group. This camp lasts for a week.
  • I’ll also be going to Llandudno again. I went earlier in the year and I have a record of it here!
  • In August I will be going to Menorca, and island at the south of Spain.

All of my travel will be recorded and posted on this blog a couple of weeks after the trip šŸ˜Š I’m looking forward to be writing a travel diary again. I haven’t travelled much in this last month so there have been no records for a while…

Books

I haven’t set any book reading goals for the holidays though I have nearly reached my yearly target! I set a goal of fifty books and never knew I’d get quite so far through it. This year has sparked a new motivation for reading a lot more!

My Bucketlist

I have a post for my bucket list here and am hoping to achieve most of them. It would be really rewarding to have them all ticked off by the end of August!

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Bookish Rambles | Mini Reviews on Suffragette Books, Romance and YA Novels

I’m sitting here wondering what books to review… I’ve read so many this year!

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

Today I’m going to pick a book I’ve read this past fortnight and review it! In two weeks I’ve read this many books:

Shell – Paula Rawsthorne

This books was so much better than expected! From the blurb I was expecting it to be sci- fi, but it was sort of believable. Set last year, it was based on a girl whose brain was transplanted into another body. Later in the book you understood how the body was donated, or stolen. The main protagonist: Lucy, was trying to discover who she was and whose body she was living in. Lucy had to go under Fake ID and she found it hard that her family thought she was dead. I don’t want to spoil it for you because the suspense is the most enjoyable part! Surprisingly, it was in the Younger Teen section and I enjoyed more than most ‘older teen’ books I’ve read this year.

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

After studying ‘Out Of The Blue’ (a poem based on 9/11) I though this book would be a great read. Though it doesn’t focus much on the events of September 11th, it did show the discrimination a Muslim girl had to face. It was written in the perspective of Shirin who wore a Hijjab and kept getting told to ‘take it off to make less trouble for yourself’. It was a romance (which is a genre I can’t get away from šŸ˜‚) but nonetheless, still a good one!

The Upside Of Unrequited

This book didn’t interest me at all, though I still decided to finish it. It focused on a girl who couldn’t find a boyfriend and felt pressured by her twin sisterwho ‘had it all’. By the end of the book she found someone. Hip hip horray. The plot wasn’t interesting and just generally boring and stereotypical…

I don’t like moaning at books because they are my favourite thing in the world, though we do find bad ones sometimes…

Things A Bright Girl Can Do

This one might just be my favourite this year! It had a good balance of romance and action, with the narrator switching between three girls lives. All of whom were suffragettes or suffragists (the difference is suffragists aren’t violent when they protest, they wrote letters to authorities rather than jumping in front of horses!)

If any of you like a historical novel, this is for you. It was actually based on real events which I didn’t know until the end!


And here I end the post! I hope you enjoyed my mini reviews of books, I certainly enjoy doing it. Have you read any of the books I have mentioned? Do you think will check any out?

Have a great day,

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July Bullet Journal Set-Up 2019

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

July is officially the start of summer. Some would argue May or June, but not for Britain. July is when we begin to get reliably good and warm weather. Though this theme isn’t summery, I’m looking forward to sharing my bullet journal with you. My accent colour is a reddish pink (salmon) that I’ve wanted to use for a while!

Here’s my cover page. I tried to keep it very simple but I wanted to try out a little bit of ‘fake’ calligraphy. I think it turned out okay! On the other side is a bit of journaling, so I’ve blurred that out. It may not look as aesthetic anymore, but we all have our offline lives!

I decided to combine the rest of my set up into one spread. In the top left corner you can see my habit trackers. The first one tracks how much I practise me cello, and the second is a record of how many days I read more than 100 pages of my book! My goal for last month was 50, but it was so easy. I ended up reading 200 pages on some days, even a whole book!

‘-45’ means less than 45 minutes on my phone. I’ve been keeping under an hour on most days, so I want a more difficult goal. My phone holds most of my distracting social media. If I don’t have my phone, I won’t be on it. I work mainly from my iPad and I don’t want a limit on that. Blogging and keeping up with Instagram is productive for me, because writing is my hobby and passion.

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Answering Your Questions About Books | Ft. Instagram

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

Today I will be answering some questions that you asked me on my Instagram story: all about books and reading. I found them all very good, but only picked ten! I hope you enjoy šŸ˜Š

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Usually my bedroom where I can block out any noises, though the garden can be nice. My bed is very comfy and no-one can disturb me there!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

You may have seen my cute beaded bookmark in my Instagram photos. I will always use that one, but if I don’t have it with me I’ll use a random piece of paper.

Can you stop reading at any point in time or do you have to stop at a certain point, page or chapter?

I try to read until a page ending in 00 (like 100, 200) though sometimes I have to put my book down at the end of a paragraph.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I sometimes have chewing gum, or a glass of water. Though when I am drinking, I get a bit distracted from the book because I’m concentrating on two things.

Can you read whilst listening to music or watching TV?

I can read on the bus or train, though most of the conversation is blurred over eachother. However, at home, I can’t read with music or TV in the background. Music is too distracting and even ‘calm’ music is too much for me šŸ˜‚

One book at a time, or several at once?

Just one at a time. I means I can finish them faster, usually.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Wherever I can! Library, train, social occasions even…

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I do read very fast and miss things sometimes but I never skip pages!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Always silently, I don’t want people hearing the context of some of the books I read…

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Most of the books I read are borrowed from the library so I have to keep them in good condition! If it’s my own, I read it comfortably. If that breaks the spine then it’s just unfortunate. Though I try to keep them new so that I can give them to a charity shop with it looking nice.


Thank you for reading! I would love to hear your answers to these questions in the comments below.

I hope you have a lovely day!

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