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!

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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Silence can speak louder than words.

10 Things To Do In Autumn | Collaboration With Girl Online

Happy autumn everyone!

I’m pretty late to announce my top 10 things to do in autumn but Halloween is not yet upon us so you definitely have time to check these off your list! Today’s post I have written in conjunction with Girl Online. I was pretty excited to work with one of my most loved book characters. Though the real Penny Porter does not exist, Girl Online’s blog is just as good! Because she has only just started blogging I’m sure she would heavily appreciate your support. 

The first five things on this list are written by Girl Online and the last five are mine. I hope you do get a chance to do some of these things because they are really enjoyable! In late October some of my family friends come around and that’s always an opportunity to make pumpkin spice lattes or go and collect the beautiful autumn leaves. 

Apple Picking

Of course, you can’t not go apple picking during autumn. This time is when the trees leave us natural goodness……for free. On top of that, it’s a really exciting and time consuming thing to do. Once you have done it you will think: why have I never done this before? 

Go For a Hike + Have a Picnic

Honestly, my favourite outdoor memories would have to be hiking, especially in forests, full of cool, crispy air. It’s amazing and so satisfying. Plus, you get to run away from life for a few hours. After that, maybe on the same site, just set up a little picnic spot. You definitely cannot go alone.

Trust me, it’s not regrettable. I actually am going hiking later this week!

Collect Colourful Leaves + Listen To The Sound of Crunching Leaves

This is one of my favourites. It’s incredibly satisfying and beautiful to watch leaves falling. While you do this, you’re also going to be enjoying the cool autumn breeze. It’s also really healthy to go for an evening walk in autumn, so that’s definitely a to do.

Note from Erin: I went for a walk after school the other day. It was incredibly stress relieving and I managed to pick up a few conkers on the way!

Attend a Fall Festival

Getting together with family, friends and neighbours is one of the best things about autumn because you can attend, or even host a fall festival. This activity will bring so many people together and I can bet that everyone will have a great time – in so many different ways! You’ll have lots of happy memories to take back with you. 

Make Autumn Goodies

Everyone knows you can’t go through autumn without having some autumn treats, as I call them. You can make these at home with your family or friends.

Some ideas for autumn treats are: candy apples, caramel apples, all sorts of pies, pumpkin bread, cider doughnuts, and many more. 

Blackberry Picking

Early September is the perfect time for blackberry picking. Autumn is the time of foraging and you will always see an insane amount of conkers in my house. I recommend you go blackberry picking during the golden hour – it is a beautiful experience and such a lovely walk! Come back and bake yourself a lovely crumble, for autumn is the pie season! I have recipe for a blackberry and apple crumble on my blog here. 

Pumpkin Patch

I have never gone to a pumpkin patch but I would love to! When it comes closer to Halloween, it would be amazing to pick your own pumpkin to carve. Look for some pumpkin farms near you and go out with your friends! It may be an expensive ordeal but, from what I have heard, it is worth it. 

Chai Lattes

A great part of autumn is when the coffee shops start introducing their pumpkin spice lattes and gingerbread hot chocolates. However, you could have a go at home! I rarely go out for a coffee so my special treats are when I make them myself. Chai lattes are quite complex but well worth it. I always use Zoella’s recipe (which, for copyright reasons, I cannot share). 

Candles

The absence of candles in the summer only makes you more hungry for them by the time autumn comes around! I enjoy pumpkin or cinnamon scented candles for this time of year. Not only do they smell delicious, but they leave everything in the room with a spiced layer of scent. 

Attend A Local Fireworks Display

By the time we get to November, everyone is wrapped up in scarfs from head to toe! It’s so crazy how fast this year has gone, and we’re already back to autumn. November 5th is high time for celebration and I love going to a bonfire night in the closest village! Though bad for the environment, it is truly a wonder to see a firework display. I always go with my family and meet up with my closest friends.

Thank you all for reading! I hope that you leave your computer screens for a bit and go outside to appreciate the beauties autumn has to hold. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind season. 

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We Were Liars | E.Lockhart

I have not written a book review in a such a long time that it almost feels alien to me. In advance I apologise that the following review may be all over the place and make no logical sense. The reading slump I have been in was so bad that I didn’t finish a single book in October until the 7th. There we so many good books in front of me but I could focus and enjoy any of them. For that reason I have also run short of blog posts but very quickly I have managed to write a few poems! Now the reading momentum has kicked in again, I think the motivation to write again will too.

Blurb:

We are liars.

We are beautiful and privileged.

We are cracked and broken.

A tale of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which are truth?

You decide.

We Were Liars is an astonishing book full of very deep themes and dark metaphors. It completely surprised me, for when I saw reviews on bookstagram I very much expected it to be a soppy romance. I suppose that was an element, but the incredible writing overshadowed it. My favourite quote from the novel is “Silence is a protective coating over pain”. I am quite a silent person and I notice that a main reason for my silence is because so much goes on inside my brain. Sometimes this chronic overthinking becomes so painful that we can’t handle it anymore.

The family drama in this book made it stand out from the normal YA contemporary. Through the perspective of Cady we can see what a large effect strong family bonds can have on people. In this book it was hugely negative. Relationships were broken and never mended, abused and never apologised for. 

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

I have deducted one star because I think the plot too quickly jumps to the dilemma. There is no time to feel attached to the characters before disaster strikes. The character’s problems in this book are incredibly serious but I could not cry at any point because I had no time to resonate with them. On Goodreads I have rated it a 4 star but really it was only 3.5. I think that this book was amazing but something about it did not make me feel that emotional! 

An amazing feature of this book was the short stories Cady wrote. They cleverly reflected what was going on in her life but retold as a fairytale (although they weren’t that magical). A quote I can clearly remember is this: “If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces”. Obviously this demands context but I would not like to spoil it for you! As the book is only 225 pages long, it wouldn’t be a burden to go and read it for yourself. I 100% recommend you read it, even though it wasn’t 5/5 stars for me!

Have a great day,

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Wet concrete under the glistening sun.

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The silky softeners of her fur against the back of my hand;

Rich feathers swimming through my fingers.

Her purrs so deep that they vibrate through my body,

From the split ends of my hair to the tips of my toes.

To appreciate the stillness of sitting requires patience.

A patience that the world lacks,

Because it moves too fast for the purring of a cat.

And the way fingers stroke her back.


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