Wednesday, 24 February 2016

6 books I AM GOING to read in 2016!

I decided to title this post 'books I'm going to read' instead of 'want to read' because it's more assertive and I am to read all these books this year, I am going to do it! *positivity* Also, I gradate from this University this summer so, you know, I probably will have quite a bit of time on my hands this summer (unemployment, crying ensues but at least I can cry into some good books)

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice 

I read the previous book in the series almost two years ago. It's time. Also how beautiful is the cover? I love Lestat and Louis and I just need more vampires in my life right now. There was a pretty dramatic scene at the end of the last book and I 1000000% need to find out what happens next.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

This book is everywhere and I really want to read it. I'm always up for motivational books and words of wisdom from people with experience. I graduate from University this year and it's scary and I'm not sure what I want to do, but I know what I don't want - to be a meaningless clog in a machine, making money for some rich white dude. Nope. It'll be interesting to read about being your own boss and better yet, a girl boss.

Am I a book blasphemer for now having read this series yet? Seen the films and I think I've been puting off the books just in case I double blaspheme and accidentally like the films better than the books !!! because I watched them first!? I'll get round to it soon!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 

SERIOUSLY HEARD SO MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS SERIES. Does anyone not love this series because I have only heard amazing reviews. I can't recall the plot of this book but sometimes that's a good thing. High fantasy, probably got some magic, elves, and ice kingdoms (judging by the cover?) Whatever it entails, I'm super pumped for some fantasy. 

I'm very political and I'm sure this follows the drama around a vacancy for a local council. I'm hella political so I'm sure I'll be intrigued. Also, I really need to read something by J.K Rowling that isn't Harry Potter. I think there's some social commentaries packed into this book and I'm always up for some good social commentary.

Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx 

As I previously stated, I am a very political human. Marx is like the the original, the great thinker for left wing nerds so I have to read the whole thing though at some point. I have read bits and pieces but I want to read it all through and be inspired (because lets be honest I really am a huge left wing nerd)

    I am envisioning myself, in December 2016, publishing a post about how I read all these books. I will be bursting with words and untamed thoughts on all these books. Yep, it's going to happen! Lookout for the post in December (or maybe sooner if I manage it!?)

    Have you read any of these books? Tell me your thoughts! Or do you want to read some of these books as well!? 

    Sunday, 21 February 2016

    8/52 // my love affair with the sky

    So I've been feeling a little bit absent minded and indecisive the last couple of days. I might just need some coffee but this week's post is hard to proving super hard to write.

    I have so many thoughts but none at the same time. Everything seems a bit contradictory and I have a ton of work (that I don't want to do) to get done today. Seriously, it might just be that I need some coffee to get my brain into gear this weekend?

    Pretty sky photos always make me feel calm and great again. My love affair with the sky has been a pretty prominent part of my life recently so I've complied some of the sky photos I've taken over the past couple of weeks. Photos can speak a thousand words and all that. Also the sky is always there for you, no matter what, even when it's grey and cloudy and spitting water at your face.

    perks of waking up early, am i right?! the clouds look so peaceful and delicate. 

    pillow clouds are my favourite, they're like rare pokemon; exciting and hard to catch. 

    this one looks so apocalyptic, dramatic and beautiful (aka me in sky form)

    that time London blew my mind on the train and I nearly cried because everything was so beautiful 

    a happy accident 

    Does anyone else have a love affair with the sky? What is your favourite time of day? 

    Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    7/52 // on being grateful

    I spend a lot of time on trains and quite frequently have to face the seemingly inevitable delays. Delays are frustrating, they throw off your timing and you might even miss your connection (this happens a lot!) I see so many other people getting visibly angry and frustrated and it kind of forces a negative energy into my life. The way I think about is yes, it's inconvenient but 1) I'm so so lucky to be in the position to be able to catch that train and 2) the view is always amazing.

     I often remind myself to look out the window and appreciate nature, the cityscape and everything in between. I've seen it before a million times before but every day I notice something different, whether it be the sky or progress on some building works. It never fails to blow my mind how beautiful the view can be. It's really calming and by being grateful and appreciative I generally feel I can navigate my day better without getting worked up over small things that are out of my control.

    What I'm saying is there's a silver lining to everything and being grateful for what you do have can ease some of those everyday frustrations. I'm not one to invalidate problems by suggesting other people have it worse than you, but sometimes it really is good to remember how lucky (#blessed) you are, despite these everyday frustrations. Write down the things you're grateful for and appreciate the small joys in life. Gratefulness and changing your mindset is really pretty amazing.

    What are you guys grateful for? Write it in the comments and embrace the feeling it gives you! 

    Saturday, 13 February 2016

    6/52 // on social media and procrastination

    I'm a super procrastinator. A super super procrastinator. Some days it seems like all I've done is procrastinate. 

    And my main form of procrastination is mindlessly surfing the interest, because according to my brain, picking up random and largely useless information is better and perhaps easier than doing something meaningful. I would have used the word productive but I've realised meaningful is a much more appropriate (and meaningful) word to me. I want to spend my time usefully, doing the things I love and that are important and worthwhile to me.

    It's so easy for me to procrastinate and accidentally spend two hours mindlessly scrolling through social media, being neither social nor creating any form of media. After all that is why it's called social media. Absent-mindedly browsing and not engaging with inspiring content just isn't what social media is there for.

    So I've been taking a bit of a social media detox and man it feels great. I've made the rule to only use social media if 1) I have something meaningful to share or create, or 2) if i'm going to engage with content I admire, appreciate or find inspiring. I want to make the most of my time and that means leaving absent minded browsing behind. I'm starting to use social media with a purpose. Alongside creating a day to day schedule which I've mostly been keeping to (yay) and doing a little bit of meditation every morning, I'm starting to feel like I can make time for the things I want to do. I used to feel rushed, restless and a bit claustrophobic in my own mind because I had so many things to do and was so unorganised, as well as having the aforementioned procrastination habit. Sometimes I'll slip up and indulge in some good old procrastination, but that's only to be expected from a long time procrastinator.

    My days feel more meaningful, I'm getting more done and overall I feel a bit more content and relaxed during the most stressful period of my life so far (last term of university!)

    Do you guys find yourself absent-mindedly scrolling though social media? facebook, twitter, tumblr? How do you guys feel about the social media and procrastination? 

    Thursday, 11 February 2016

    favourite albums released in 2015

    I love music. The older I've gotten the more I appreciate each element of music, the instruments, the vocals, the lyrics. All of it combines into a sonic adventure I keep returning to. These are the albums released last year that I kept returning to. Give it a listen and hopefully you will find something pleasing to your ears. 

    Behind The Devil's Back by Fightstar

    Fightstar are one of my favourite bands, I saw them twice last year and they released this amazing album in the autumn! It's a bit heavier than their previous albums and the album art is amazing, as usual! I've been a casual fan since their last album (released five years ago!!) but over the past two years I've found myself listening to Fightstar more and more. For me, they're definitely a band I can listen to over and over.
    Recommended listening: Sharpe Tongue, Sink With The Snakes, and Behind The Devil's Back 

    Life's Not Out To Get You by Neck Deep

    I started listening to Neck Deep last year and this album has definitely made me a fan. They're a self proclaimed 'generic pop punk' band and their sound is very pop punk but not to the extent that you can't tell their songs apart! I really love the lyrics and again, the album art is very unique and the design is visibly hand drawn! 
    Recommended listening: Gold Steps, Kali Ma, and Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors. 

    American Candy by The Maine

    One, this album was released on my birthday (so obviously I was going to like it!?) But I really fell in love with this album over summer. The Maine are a band that has a song for every mood you could possibly have. This album has a lot of quite uplifting and positive songs but also some deceptively sad and deep tracks. That's my favourite kind of album though, so American Candy is a definite winner for me. 
    Recommended listening: (Un)Lost, Same Suit, Different Tie, and My Hair. 

    Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez

    I forget how I came across Melanie Martinez, (maybe her style?) but this album kinda blew me away. It's a concept album which I think is quite rare but something I love! The lyrics are really quite clever, pairing quite mature and controversial themes with words and sounds from childhood. Pity Party is also inspired by Lesley Gore's, 'It's My Party' and that's kinda my jam. Melanie Martinez has such a cutesy aesthetic or style and it makes me love her as an artist even more. 
    Recommended listening: Pity Party, Mad Hatter, and Mrs Potato Head. 

    Froot by Marina and the Diamonds

    I got into Marina and the Diamonds a few years ago and I've always loved the complexity of her albums. She takes a different approach and style to each of her albums and Froot, her most recent album did not disappoint. Froot has a more mature sound to her previous albums which isn't unexpected. It has quite a unique sound and her voice is amazing! 
    Recommended listening: Blue, Solitaire, and Froot. 

    Ones and Zeros by Young Guns

    I've been a fan since I was a teenager and I love everything Young Guns create! This year I finally saw them live and it was amazing! Ones and Zeros has a bit more of an electronic sounds to their previous albums and is definitely less heavy but they still retain their Young Guns sound. I think they're quite an underrated band so check them out! 
    Recommended listening: Speaking In Tongues, Daylight, and Lullaby. 

    Future Hearts by All Time Low

    I've been such an All Time Low fan since I was a young teen! They always give me pop punk nostalgia and are such a throwback! With the exception of one album, I've always been super pumped about All Time Low albums and Future Hearts definitely delivered! It's a solid pop punk All Time Low album and I highly recommend watching the music video for Something's Gotta Give! 
    Recommended listening: Something's Gotta Give, Missing You, and Kids In The Dark. 

    The Mindsweep by Enter Shikari

    I've mostly only listening to their newest albums but I've become quite a big Enter Shikari fan. I love the political nature of their lyrics and the way their albums always seen to bend genres and incorporate all different kinds of music styles into one album! 
    Recommended listening: One True Colour, The Last Garrison, and Anaesthetist. 

    I even complied a playlist of all my recommended listening! 

    What are your favourite songs or albums released last year? (or recently, the first month of the year is nearly over!) 

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016

    january 2016 in review

    -insert obligatory 'it's already February this year is going too fast' comment -

    I'm not even going to comment further on how fast January went and how unprepared I am for February!! (mostly university stress gah)


    On the topic of University, I successfully submitted my essays on time and got the results for both and one previous essay! (two great and one disappointing) I'm cool with the disappointing grade and the other two were great so yay! I put more effort than I have before into those essays so I'm really pleased and should never doubt myself again!  -pats self on head-

    This month I saw Panic! At The Disco and it blew me away. Although there is only one original member left in the band Brendon Urie is an amazing musician and vocalist and everything was perfect. I had high expectations and they did not disappoint! Kinda inspired to drop out of uni (or just finish uni, I've only got four months left!) pick up and instrument and join a band!


    I didn't finish a single book in January. I've been avoiding reading like the plague because I have so much university reading to do and I'm a terrible terrible procrastinator. For some reason I like to make my life more difficult?

    I am however going to make an effort to schedule time to do my reading and actually try to stick to that schedule. Does anyone have tips on  how to stay motivated and disciplined enough to stick to a schedule? Because I definitely need some!!


    Life Is Strange - This game stole the month for me. I loved the characters, the story, the setting, the music. Everything about this game was amazing (although the lip-syncing wasn't too amazing) I love this game so much that I even wrote a post about it! 

    Fallout 4 - I'm having fun in the ranks of the Railroad and I've been working on my settlements! Fallout is my ultimate procrastination game though, the moment I have any university work to do I always seem to get a really intense craving to play for an hour or five.


    I created seven posts this month! I even started a series of posts, which I aim to publish every Sunday, just detailing some of the random thoughts nd musings that float through my mind.
    1. On hobbies and passions
    2. Today is never too late to be brand new
    3. Saviour songs, January edition
    4. On unconventionality
    5. On Life is Strange 
    6. Top five books I read in 2015!
    7. Some good things 
    I've also been prolifically journalling this month. I've been doing some particularly artsy pages as well as the usual wall of words which is a lot of fun and also a good stress reliever!


    I managed to break my favourite mug which isn't the kind of destroying I intended to be writing about. 

    I was supposed to destroy (or make progress on) my abundance of procrastination, and instead attempt to manage my time better. I'm good at organising time and making schedules, I just don't seem to have the discipline to stick to it! frustrating!!! February will be the month! I will make it the month!
    Thanks for reading! How was your January? Any tips on how to be more motivated or disciplined enough to stick to a schedule?? plz and thanks!