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Autumn Tag | Dungarees, Stormy Nights & Chai Lattes

After seeing this post on Zoe Ware’s blog, it put me in an autumnal mood so I wanted to participate in it! Though I am quiet person I find questions are a great ice-breaker. It is much easier to answer a question than hold a normal conversation. Being normal is a challenge in itself XD

Silent nights or windy ones?

Though I love silence, windy nights are my favourite. They make me feel super cosy. The sound of rain is really soothing and nothing helps me get to sleep better than its pitter patter on the windows.

Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?

Heavy fog in the morning is beautiful! I went for a run the other week and it was so foggy that I could hardly see my hand in front of my face.

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My First Impressions of Germany — The Book Mermaid

Marta has always been a lovely support on this blog. Her lengthy comments make my day and it means so much to me that you spend valuable time replying to my posts. I’d like you to pay Marta’s website a visit today while I think of some blog post ideas because I’m running out…

Hello, friends! I hope everyone is having a great day! Welcome to the new feature of my blog, Mermaid Pages * – totally inspired by Holly’s blog series, Holly Goes Abroad, that I absolutely loved reading. ❤ For those of you who don’t know yet – which seems impossible because I never shut up about this, […]

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5 Tips To Get You Out of a Reading Slump

The end of October is approaching and I’ve not embraced this month in the slightest. While stuck in a reading slump I did nothing to help myself to get out of it. Instead I let the storm go on and grow in intensity. So much in fact that I haven’t read a single book this month. Not one. What was going on inside my head at that time? How did I get out my slump? Here are a few tips and tricks to help ease you out of a reading slump (because I have recovered!)

Was there a certain book that got you into reading? Read it again.

I 100% believe in rereading. For every slump I have been in, rereads have picked me out of it. One book that really inspired me to begin book blogging was The Hawkweed Prophecy. It opened up a whole new genre of reading which made me create a bookstagram account. I was then sucked into the aesthetically-pleasing-book-photo rabbit hole and decided to start talking about my new love for books. If I had my own copy then I would read it again and try to pinpoint what made it so special to me!

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I read The Hawkweed Prophecy in April on Llandudno Pier, Wales

Read a children’s book.

As a child I was obsessed with anything Jaqueline Wilson. To relight that childhood imagination within me I decided to read one of her books again! I realised what made it so special to me and felt like a book obsessed child again. That really motivated me to seek out more stories but with mature themes in them.

Listen to audiobooks.

I am not blessed with the beauty of audible but BBC Sounds has occasional audiobooks on there. In the past few months there have been Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” and Magaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”. They seem to always be new releases which can be beneficial to book bloggers (if that is what you are). Listening to an audiobook means that you have no excuse for being unable to get through books. Sometimes there is not enough time for sitting down to read so you can listen instead while completing tasks like housework or when you are on the daily commute to work/school.

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Pick up something short and easy.

I would not recommend classics when I say this. They take such a long time to trudge though so it can be quite demotivating. Go for something like a contemporary or a children’s novel (as I have mentioned above). A big reason for reading slumps is when you expect too much of yourself. I foolishly set a reading goal of 100 pages a day. That could be easy if I’m reading a contemporary but when I’m reading fantasy it is hardly achievable.

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Don’t set a reading goal.

Because when you do and fail to meet it then you’ll never want to read again. It’s a stupid idea and I can tell you that from experience.


Thank you for reading today’s very short and sweet post! I hope that you can take some advice from it and work your way out of your reading slump but please remember that it does take time. If you don’t feel like reading then don’t do it, because obviously you don’t have passion in it anymore! I fell out of love with drawing about half a year ago and I don’t miss it at all and that’s completely normal. Everyone has their phases, but I know that books will always call me home.

Happy reading – or whatever else you like doing!

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Back From The Dead!

Though for you it may look like I’ve not been away, I have actually taken a break from blogging. Thanks to my very clever past self, I still had three posts every week and never missed a beat. However, I have had a considerable long break from actually writing so that’s why this post is a bit of a jumble. Just like I used to, I’m going to use my blog for rambling today. If that’s not what you would like to see then I totally understand – I will get back to the normal lifestyle posts in the next few days.

Last week was so hectic. I’m going to provide a little itinerary for you (this post is mainly for my benefit, to get things out of my head but you may find enjoyment in it anyway):

Monday 14th October

I visited BBC Media City and The Imperial War Museum in Manchester. There will be a travel diary for it! I got back quite late (about 18:30) when I was estimated to get back at 17:00 – so quite a few tasks were unfinished! I have a tendency to beat myself up when there is an unfinished task on my to-do list. This put me under minor stress and pressure.

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Tuesday 15th October

Auditions for Beauty & The Beast production! I didn’t want a main part but I was still really anxious about it. Turns out I did alright but I had to stay 2 hours after I’d normally be back from school. This cut out a lot of my dedicated homework time. Additionally, at break times that day, I was running a cake sale to fundraise for a camp with Scouts. There was hardly any time to chill that day but I managed to watch Bake Off in the evening which was relaxing.

Wednesday 16th October

I continued doing the cake sale in my break times. Interacting with people takes a lot of energy from me so the tiredness was really adding up. I usually have a Scout meeting on a Wednesday evening but I couldn’t make it because I had an English essay to complete. I was also feeling a little bit ill because of the stress was piling on top of me and I also had three teeth taken out at the dentist. I’ll be getting a brace soon. I can hold myself accountable for watching too much Gavin & Stacey that evening but it did cheer me up a bit!

Thursday 17th October

Cake sales, auditions and English essays were all completed so I could finally chill out. It felt amazing to spend an evening with family and just doing what I like best – reading. Still not finished a book this week which is mildly disappointing but I still have the weekend ahead of me!

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Friday 18th October  (the day that I am writing this)

Once again I am being a lazy asshole and doing nothing. I finished my homework as soon as I got through the door so by five o’clock the evening was mine. Writing this post has really helped relieve the stress from my system so thank you very much for reading it. I hope that this post helped distract you from your personal worries because that is what I aim to do.

Have you had a hectic week? Feel free to dump your brain in the comments below if it isn’t co-operating. I completely understand!

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