Mini Book Reviews #2

Mini Book Reviews #2

It is a few months in to the year and I am making sure to remind myself that there is no hard and fast rule to reading. Obviously. Take it at my own pace, admit if there is a book I am not enjoying, move on, maybe come back to it later, maybe not. I think that rather than trying to reach a seemingly impossible number, it is way more valuable to spend time on books I really feel a connection to. That being said, I feel that in the spirit of all things social distancing, my pile of finished books will grow exponentially over the next few weeks.

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February’s Holy Trinity of Feelings, Food and Music

February’s Holy Trinity of Feelings, Food and Music

First things first – she has a job, she has a job, she has a job! True, it was only three weeks of being unemployed, but it felt so much longer, dear lord. Funnily enough, it is another hospitality based job, despite me apparently wanting absolutely nothing to do with that line of work ever again. Things change though don’t they? Sure, perhaps that thing can be sheer desperation, but I prefer to look at it as determination. Why cut off one whole industry just because one job in particular wasn’t for me? So here I am giving it another go, and so far, so good. It certainly helps that I am not having to get the train to work or consider moving to a different town.

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Mini Book Reviews #1

Mini Book Reviews #1

You know it, new year – new goal to read more books. Predictable as ever. Regardless, we are just over one month in and I am three (and a bit) books deep. Two were Christmas presents and another was a charity shop find on a cool and crisp Sunday day out in Romsey. Cute, I know. When it comes to a winning novel, for me it’s either going to be a thriller or something deeply rooted in relationships – platonic, romantic or family orientated. To give you a rough idea, my current lasting favourites are A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara) and The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern). The first, truly heartbreaking, spanning years of the relationship between four friends in New York; the latter somewhat based in a world of fantasy, but it’s the relationship between the two protagonists that I found particularly compelling.

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January Favourites, and then some

January Favourites, and then some

Boy, oh boy, January blues are a real thing huh? Still, ignoring the unemployment, January was a pretty sweet month. Of course it was my birthday, so any excuse for people to be me food and drinks as well as cute little gifts – I’m all for that, but it wasn’t just the material things. It was also the moments, the experiences and even the little life lessons that were my favourite things about this month.

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Figuring it all out in the name of new year clichés

Figuring it all out in the name of new year clichés

Well sod the lot of ya with your January blues, it’s my goddamn birthday month, get it together will ya? Alright, I admit as much as I would love to ignore the downer of a month that January can be, I have to agree, it can indeed be a sucky old month, and you know what? It is okay to feel that way.

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My Favourite Albums of 2019

My Favourite Albums of 2019

Ah, the December lull, when in between all the Christmas leftovers and not knowing one day from the next, we all look back on the year just passed, thinking about all the things we loved the most. For me that relates a lot to the music I have listened to this year. After a poor show of albums that I had actually listened to last year, I was determined to explore further in 2019 and judging by my some of my top picks, I would say that I succeeded. Armed with a list of upcoming releases, the beginning of 2019 was non stop checking out new albums as they come out. By the time Summer had rolled around I had slowed down somewhat, retiring to my usual favourites. Although I’m much happier with my scope of albums, I would definitely like to take it even further next year.

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What I learnt about living on my own

What I learnt about living on my own

It has been seven years since I left my home in Kent to start life at university in Southampton. Yet, I have never exactly acknowledged the act of “moving out”. It feels way more like I left one day and never returned. I didn’t move out to try living on my own, or with friends. It was all for uni, which in turn lead me to living with friends, in house shares and at one point living entirely on my own.

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Change, change and more change

Change, change and more change

I am only just starting this post and already it feels very familiar. A return to the blog after a fair bit of silence on this page to talk about changes and admitting defeat in my bid to upload weekly music posts etc etc. Ah, life.

It has been a mad couple of months and not in the exciting ‘Oh I’ve been up to so much!’ way. No, much more along the lines of ‘Oh life is soooo draining right now’. Cor, don’t I sound like a ray of sunshine? In all seriousness, a lot has happened recently and it is only now that I have managed to sit down and reflect on it all.

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Music Diary No. 7 || Revisiting Recommendations

Music Diary No. 7 || Revisiting Recommendations

A little while ago I bought a new notebook to encourage a new music project I wanted to do. Something to do with looking in to certain historical or monumental moments in music that I had previously ignored. It wasn’t long however before I decided that I just simply could not be bothered. Said notebook is still dedicated to writing projects and ideas, although not so organised as intended, but that’s okay!

Recently I picked up said book and found some brief notes on a random selection of artists. I have a handful of people I turn to for new music recommendations, and it seems on one occasion, (perhaps because I was given a whole bunch of artists at once) I actually took the time to make notes as I listened, cute huh? It would be even cuter if I could actually make out my scribbling, but hey, guess I was just majorly into it. That being said apart from one or two of the artists, I never went back after that evening, so without further ado, here I go to revisit those recommendations.

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