Hello World

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!

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The Little Book Of Lykke (book review linked here)

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!

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Easy & Yummy Oaty Cookies Recipe | Perfect Alternative To High Calorie Snacks

Happy Friday!

Here’s another baking post for you. Today I’ll be sharing my no-longer secret oaty cookie recipe. They’re really easy to make (similar procedure to flapjack but with a few more ingredients) and taste amazing! An extra five minutes in oven makes them lovely and crisp, whereas ‘under’ baking them gives a lovely doughy texture. They’re not too unhealthy so I would really recommend them as an alternative to the packaged chocolate bars (it reduces your plastic waste as well). On to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 50g caster sugar 
  • 75g butter 
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup 
  • 2 tbsp milk

Method:

  • Sift flour into a bowl. Mix in baking powder, porridge oats and sugar. You could also use self-raising flour if that’s what you already have at home (saving you a trip to the shops!)

  • Melt the butter, syrup and milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave and stir. It should look like this:

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. It should look similar  to flapjack mixture!

  • Now preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. If you do this now then your oven will have heated enough before you have to put them in. Doing it right at the start (as most recipes recommend) is a waste of energy! It saves you money in the long-run too. 

  • Spoon onto a lined baking tray and shape into rounds, leaving space between each biscuit as they will spread whilst cooking. The recipe makes roughly 15 medium sized cookies. 

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. They taste really amazing when they are straight from the oven – and even better with a cup of tea!


Thank you for reading today’s post! If you do try out this recipe (it’s super easy, you don’t need to be skilled in order to do it) then I would love to see your recreations! Send me photos through Instagram or email me. 

What are your favourite cookies? Rich chocolate or light vanilla?

Stay tuned for my takeover on Neve Franks’s Positivity Blog tomorrow! Over on Instagram I will be doing the stories for the day and sharing my message of positivity. Go and give it a follow!

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Walking by light of the dark.

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The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Today’s post is going to be a very light-hearted tag because it’s Monday and I doubt either you or me wishes to read something heavier. I’ve seen this tag circulating the book blogging community over recent days and thank you so much Marta for nominating me! Please go and check out her Fall Bucket List Book Tag after this one 🙂 I’m only going to use books that I have read for these prompts so I’m sorry if the genres aren’t too broad!

The Rules

  1. Link back to the original creator in your post.
  2. Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  3. Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them (I’m really bad at letting people know so please excuse me if I have nominated you later in the post but forgot to let you know…)

 

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Lara Jean

Who else would it be? Lara Jean is an amazing chef and every part of the book where it described food my mouth was almost watering. It sounded that good. I don’t have Netflix therefore I haven’t watched the film but I’m sure it looks as good as it sounds!

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Wonder

A book has never made me physically ‘jump for joy’ though Wonder did leave me in happy tears. For some reason I find Middle Grade books really cute! SPOILER ALERT: there was nothing sad about this book which is what I really enjoyed. After reading some really dark and depressing stories, this really was the light at the end of the tunnel. I immensely enjoyed it.

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Undercover Princess

There are so many books I could choose for this one but for me Undercover Princess particularly stands out. This book was full of some really cute romances but also had a bit of a dark side too. The main protagonist throughout the book was a princess-obsessed teenager with blonde curly hair, a bubbly personality and she kept her favourite teddy with her! If you don’t think that’s cute, then I don’t know what is. It warms my heart in a retrospective sort of way because I was princess obsessed when I was little. Sadly I’ve grown of that phase but I’m still excited for Frozen II in December 🙃

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The Book Thief

Liesel and Rudy are the best friendship I’ve read all year (apart for maybe Six Of Crows – but the banter made it less sweet). Though SPOILER ALERT there was a tiny bit of childish romance throughout the book it was mainly a friendship and that’s what I love. When best friends develop feelings for each other it usually all goes horribly wrong (Jacob & Bella for example).

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

This book is definitely worth the hype, don’t get me wrong, though some parts of it didn’t seem very realistic to me. I know that it was set in America so maybe that’s part of the reason. Most of the books I read are only hyped up though bookstagram so for this prompt I tried to use a quite well-known title. Have you read this book? Do you also think circumstances change between different countries for teenagers?

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928 Miles From Home

I read this book in a day for that single reason. It was really light-hearted and though the protagonist’s pasts weren’t all happy the storyline didn’t have any dark themes. I found it in the Older Teen section of the library though I’m not sure why because to me it felt a lot like a children’s book! If you want a book to pick you out of a reading slump then this is definitely one to choose.

I Nominate:

Have you read any of these titles? What did you think of them?

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BLOG RELAUNCH?!

One of my favourite YouTubers has just relaunched her blog! The rise of YouTube has meant that blogging has become less popular for teenagers but it excites me that the hype is not all lost and forgotten. Please go and check out Grace’s first blog post and, while your at it, take a look at her Instagram and YouTube! They all have a similar positive aesthetic and the hard work definitely shows.
I hope you have a relaxing Sunday,
Erin x

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Hey everyone, welcome back to the blog. WOW! It’s been a very long time since I last wrote that! I ended my blog to launch and focus on my YouTube channel at the beginning of July, and now I’m back? You’re as shocked as I am….

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Wonder | The Best Character Development I Have Seen In Middle Grade | Book Review

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Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Number Of Pages: 410

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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My Review

This book has been on my TBR for such a long time. A few days ago I was talking to a friend about how much I wanted to read it and she offered to give me her copy! Within the space of 24 hours I read this book from cover to cover. I must admit there were tears… but only of happiness! I didn’t look into the context much before reading. All I was aware of was that the main character was called August and he had a facial deformity. Throughout the book I did discover the different perspectives which was really interesting. It’s really odd how one-sided a book can get without having the perspective of the ‘so-called’ bad guy.

The overall book was a pleasure to read. The growth of the characters from the start to the finish was really beautiful. Though the book’s main focus was on character development, the plot was also interesting! It’s really hard to express my love for this book without giving spoilers. You really need to read it and then we can chat about it in the comments! The morals of this story are really important: even you don’t think that you need a reminder.

Have you read Wonder? What books have been on your TBR for a long time?

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