Wednesday, 27 September 2017

What I Read This Quarter [July - September]


I was doing so well guys!! Dang it. If you haven't been here for the previous 'What I Read This Quarter' posts, I decided to document everything I read this year as last year I only read 4 books total. My goal was 10 and by the start of June I'd hit 20! I thought if that was the case I'd easily reach 40 or even (at a stretch) 50 by the end of the year, but as you'll see below I hit a bit of a block. If you read my previous post you'll know why.
Still, I'm not mad at my current total nor the awesome books I have read. Here's what I managed to get through in July, August and September!


July

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this actually. The thing is, I'm a fan of film and especially the early days of film, so obviously admired  Georges Méliès. I had no idea, however, that the movie Hugo existed and likewise for it's graphic novel counterpart. After I ordered the DVD online I became enthralled and got a hold of the book too, which is not only an incredible story but a stunning piece of art in itself.


Room 13 by Robert Swindells
⭐️⭐️⭐️
After the previous book I had no idea what to read. So instead of something new, went back to a book from my collection as a child/teen. It wasn't as 'cool' as I remember but I still enjoyed the fact it's set in a place I have been and can therefore picture!


Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindells
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The copy of the book mentioned above is a double version, with two books in one and of course this is the other. Weirdly, compared to my thoughts of Room 13, Nightmare Stairs was a bit better than I remembered it...typical eh? haha


The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 In my town we had a book seller than set up a market type thing on certain days but recently he has opened a proper store and I had to go in and have a nose. This was one of the books that I ended up going home with and I'm really happy I did.
Yes, before anyone says, these days it includes a lot of problematic language and thoughts. You have to remember it was 1899 when it was first published though and just understand that when reading. I will admit I gasped out loud at one or two moments due to being so caught aback, the story on a whole is a fun one, despite that fact.


A Forge of Valor by Morgan Rice
⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book 4 of this series and it's dragging a little at this point to be fair. Still enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I kind of feel that it's being dragged out into more books than it needed to be if that makes sense. They keep me reading though 'cause I wanna know what happens!



August

Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota's
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You know when you preorder something, then forget all about it until there is a cardboard envelope on your door mat and  you're like 'yesssssss!'? That's what happened here and I read it almost immediately. It's obviously not hard hitting literature or anything but I loved it even more than the first one.


Call of the Herald (The Dawning of Power #1) by Brian Rathbone
⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a random 'purchase' that I actually picked up for free while browsing the Google Play Book store thingy and I rather enjoyed it. Like the Morgan Rice series, these too are kind of similar to Game of Thrones but like a tame kid-friendly adventure version.



September

Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power #2) by Brian Rathbone
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As above! Though this one has the story move at a much better pace. A fan!


8 books over 3 months, including around 4 weeks total of downtime with no reading where I kind of lived in a ball of just work and haze, makes 31 books overall. More than 3 times my goal and still just as shocking to me as it was when I passed the 10 marker. My favorites were obviously 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret', 'Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume II', and 'Inherited Danger' and I can't wait to read more.
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Check out my revious posts in this series -
What I Read This Quarter [April - June]
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016





Sunday, 24 September 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 35


Sup Yo?!  For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.


What are you looking forward to in the upcoming week?
So I'm a little off timeing with these posts now, seeing as I have taken a weird kind of break thing so I'm going to answer this two ways.
If we're talking the upcoming week after this should have originally gone up it would have been my tattoo! (See it by clicking here.)
And as I am prewriting, still unsure when this will actually go up, I'll say what I am looking forward to next month because October is an awesome month! Halloween decs can offically go up on the 1st, my birthday is on the 12th (though that doesn't really bother me), the 23rd is Claire and I's Halloween night at Beamish (!!!) and then on the 26th Mam and I travel to London, meet Kerri and visit the Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhbition at the British Library before staying over night and getting to go back to the WB Studio Tour again - this time for the Dark Arts feature...ooohh!!
Ah and obviously Halloween in general :)

Who is your mentor and what have you learned from them?
Mother Nature. A lot.

What are you uncertain about?
Life. People. Politics. A lot.

What do you think about when you lie awake in bed?
Oh different things, ya know. It depends on what I've been doing before bed. So a lot of the time it's about what I have been reading or watching. Occasionally, if there is something out the ordinary happening the next day I think about that. To be fair I don't really 'lie awake' in bed - I sleep!

What's something most people don't know about you?
Only things that I don't really want them to know...

When you have a random hour of free time, what do you usually do?
It depends how I'm feeling I guess. In the mornings between jobs I often have an hours nap on the sofa with the dog haha. But if it's after work in the afternoon, when I have more time, I'll most likely watch a movie while doing some sort of work on the laptop.

What makes you weird?
What makes you normal? How are normal and weird even things? If that makes sense... I've never understood or apreciated those words when used to describe people etc.
To give a proper answer to this: I am weird, and others are weird, because we're not sheep like the majority of the world. And that description is offensive to actual sheep. :)


Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Monday, 18 September 2017

A Day in My Life // August...But Not Really


It's already the 17th of September and I'm desperately trying to grab a hold of things to keep them together so I don't slip too far behind.

On the 25th of August 2017 I took a big step for me and decided to stop blogging for a while. It was a big step because since November 2011 this blog has been my main source of stability, my main outlet and my main hobby. I keep to a set schedule not for anyone else but for me and although I heard plenty of times from Jake 'it doesn't have to go up by then', for me it did. My obsessiveness took over and I was set in my ways. Originally, I would pre-write posts and have at the very least the next two weeks (8 posts) fully complete - though often up to a month+ - however, upon starting 2 new jobs in May things were getting on top of me.

It got to the point where most posts in August were written the night before. Staying up later than I would have liked to meaning I was extra tired (on top of my normal fatigue due to blood issues) getting up at 5.30 for my first job. I'd get home at 7.30 and have a nap before my 2nd job at 11.30 and once I got home at 2.30 (or 3rd job at 16.30 on certain days) it was time to take care of my own house work, the dog, Jake...etc..etc. The blog was sadly taking a backseat through no choice of my own and I was feeling rubbish, not only struggling with all that but other demons too. 

Anyway, the whole point of this post was that I worked through my main posts that go up each month like What I Watched in August and Project 365 // August Summary , then got to the 'A Day in My Life' post and realized I hadn't actually taken photos for one :( So this is it.


A day in my life in August was busy.
I got up early, walked to work, worked, walked home.
I got Baker up, out for the toilet, fed and played with. Then we had a nap together.
I woke up, had a bite to eat, put make up on and put Baker in his bed with Netflix on.
I walked to work, worked, walked home.
I got home, took Baker for the toilet, fed and played with him and had a seat.
I did some housework, fed myself and Jake, tidied a little more, then could sit down again.
I got a little work done on the laptop and by that time it was bedtime.

x that by 31 days.

I'm a bit gutted that it's the 2nd of these posts I've missed this year as I love to look back on them but I guess I just had no time and my head wasn't in the right place. Good news is I'm feeling a bit better and I'm really working on managing time so I can get back into posting. The plan is to use the next couple of weeks wisely and start back with my regular schedule in October. I may even drop a day...ya never know!

Hope everyone is well :)


Monday, 11 September 2017

Project 365 // August Summary




Top 3 Photos -

Top 5 Moments -
Meeting my best pals new partner & our day out at Eyemouth.
A full month of binge watching RPDR.
As always, a lot of time spent with the birds.
Baker turned 5!!!
Getting my eye issues rectified.

This Month in Previous Years -

Pop on over to Underland 2 Wonderland to keep up with my daily photo project. New posts go up there every Tuesday! (Although what with my absesnse from blogging just now, they have been a little sporadic). Link your photography projects in the comments so I can check them out too :)





Monday, 4 September 2017

What I Watched in August


I'm not going to say much this month, so here is the list of everything I watched througout August.

Key
❤ Loved
⭐️ Liked
☁️ Indifferent
⚡️ Disliked
💔 Hated


August 1st.
The Curse of Downers Grove [2015] ⭐️
The Circle [2017] ⭐️

August 2nd.
David Blaine: Real or Magic? [2013] ⭐️
Houdini [1953] ❤

August 3rd.
Autumn Dreams [2015] ⭐️

August 4th.
Nerve [2016] ❤
Ghosts of the Abyss [2003] ☁️

August 5th.
Gotta Kick It Up [2002] ☁️
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [2008] ⭐️

August 6th.
Groundhog Day [1993] ❤
Catch and Release [2006] ☁️

August 7th.
Letters to Juliet [2010] ⭐️
Chain Reaction [1996] ⚡️

August 8th.
In My Dreams [2014] ❤
Lizzie Mcguire S1E1 - 5 [2001] ❤

August 10th.
Lizzie Mcguire S1E6 - 10 [2001] ❤

August 11th.
The Way We Were [1973] ⭐️
Killing Oswald [2013] ⚡️
Rocketman [1997] ⭐️

August 12th.
The Country Bears [2002] ❤

August 13th.
The Railway Children [1970] ❤
The African Lion [1955] ⭐️

August 15th.
PS. I Love You [2007] ⭐️

August 16th.
All Hallows' Eve [2016] ⭐️
A Guy Thing [2003] ⭐️

August 17th.
Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket [2016] ⭐️
Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [2015] ❤
Ru Paul's Drag Race S6E1-3 [2014] ❤

August 18th.
Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool [2016] ☁️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S6E4 -14 [2014] ❤

August 19th.
Date with Love [2016] ☁️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S4E1-2 [2012] ❤

August 20th.
The Saint [2017] ⚡️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S4E3-8 [2012] ❤

August 21st.
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion [2016] ❤

August 22nd.
Naked [2017] ❤

August 23rd.
Ricki and the Flash [2015] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S4E9-14 [2012] ❤
Ru Paul's Drag Race S7E1-2 [2015] ❤

August 24th.
Ru Paul's Drag Race S7E3-12 [2015] ❤

August 25th.
The Love Punch [2013] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S7E13-14 [2015] ❤
Chalk It Up [2016] ⚡️

August 26th.
On the Waterfront [1954] ☁️

August 27th.
The Box [2009] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S5E1-14 [2013] ❤

August 28th.
A Family Man [2016] ❤

August 29th.
Other People [2016] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S8E1-4 [2016] ❤

August 30th.
Envy [2004] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S8E5-8 [2016] ❤
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004] ❤
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2005] ❤

August 31st.
The Outcasts [2017] ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S8E9-10 [2016] ❤
Gold [2014] ☁️



Overall Movie total - 42
Previously Unseen total - 40
Cinema total - 0
Disney total - 5
TV Series total - 6

Yearly total so far - 327
Yearly unseen - 196

Top 5 Fave Movies of the Month
- Houdini
- Nerve
- The Railway Children
- Naked
- A Family Man


As you can see I had a bit of a Drag Race marathon month. It's all I've really done to be fair and I needed it. Somehow I still managed to watch 42 movies too which is cool...I'm now 173 away from my goal and have 4 months to get there, that means I need to watched around 43 per month. Doable? We'll try!


Previous ' What I Watched' lists can be found here -
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017