Frank(er) thoughts.

I Haven’t Disappeared!

Sherlock I'm not dead

Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. As you read this, I’ll probably be in the middle of nowhere with no WiFi, crying over Blood of Olympus. (Not really.)

I may in fact have WiFi, but I’m trying to take some time off for the moment. Hence, I might not be as quick as usual to reply to comments and stuff!

I’ll see you guys again in the near future – I have some bookish things planned. ;-)

A Wish, Crumpled Up and Thrown Into the Bin

Oh, hello, poetry. I haven’t seen you in a while, have I? I’m getting a bit rusty.
I was almost tempted to write ‘I am not even Leo Valdez,’ but then I decided against it. Not everyone likes some Percy Jackson with their poetry. (God, that was some bad alliteration.)
This isn’t the best poem that I’ve written in recent times, but it helped me to get some feelings out. Better for me than for you, I think.

A Wish, Crumpled Up and Thrown Into the Bin

I am the third wheel when there is
not even
a couple.
I am the one who walks two steps ahead of the twins on a tricycle.
I am the shoes that try desperately to fall into step,
pace
after
pace
after
pace.

I am the one who prefers to talk to imaginary people,
because
fictional characters
don’t judge,
or
at least
don’t
care.

I am the one who tiptoes around the dragon and tries not to wake it.
And I am not ever allowed to be that dragon,
not once,
not even for a moment.

I am the one who finds salvation in secrets
and wonder in words.

I am the one who lies to herself
until
her nose builds a ladder to the moon and
her tongue is twisted into a thousand knots.

I wish were not that person.
I wish I were someone else.
Sometimes, I wish I were no one at all.

First Blogiversary + 200 Followers Giveaway!

Followers Blogiversary giveaway

Whoop! Today’s the first anniversary of my blog! :-D As it happens, it’s also coincided with me getting my 200th follower. (What’s a few days here or there?)

Some of you might be thinking ‘This gal has been blogging for a year and she only has 200 followers?!’ but it’s more of a ceremonious occasion than a true representation of when my blog began. It’s had many, many rebirths. I’ve met many, many cool bloggers. Let’s recap the last twelve months:

How has my blog evolved since I started it one year ago on this day?

- it’s been from beauty blog to humour to general writing stuff to poetry to bookish things and then to there we are now.

Where is my blog going to be going in the future?

- it’s sort of become like a book blog, but I’m not going to be posting reviews. There are TONS of reviews out there and I don’t think that it’s a field I’d be helpful in. I still hope to post bookish stuff, and in addition to that my musings, photos, quotes, even the occasional poem/story. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Mail's not deadSo, on we go to the aforementioned giveaway. I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for a while, but I don’t have a lot of money so I thought that instead, we’d BRING BACK MAIL!
Yes, if you win I will be sending you a (hopefully) amusing card in the post, perhaps with a few badly drawn cartoons and a sticker or two. I’ll try and surprise you.

The giveaway is open internationally, but to receive the card you must be comfortable with sharing your address with me. I won’t be sharing either your address or your email with anyone. If you want to enter but don’t want to share your address, then let me know and if you win I’ll send you a cool e-mail card instead. (Though I’ll still pick another winner to send the real-life card to.)

Thank you all for your support, comments, inspiration and general awesomeness. It sounds clichéd, but it really does mean a lot to me.

Clicky-click for le giveaway!

 

What do I love?

Appletaile:

*applauds*

Originally posted on Questions That I Ask:

I was watching Jacksgap on youtube recently and saw this video.

It made me question: What do I love?

So me, being me, searched up the definition of “love” (thanks again to dictionary.com) and it said:

verb 
(15)tohaveloveoraffectionfor
And it also said:
(17) tohaveastronglikingfor;takegreatpleasurein
Well those are the two definitions I took to be the most useful in this question. So what do I have “love or affection for” or “have a strong liking for” and “take great pleasure in”? Well the answer is: LIFE!
Well I don’t just love life, because it is life, but because we all have our own story in it. I love looking around when in a populated area and see all these people living their own story. Seeing everyone living their own life. Knowing life is…

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“There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”

“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, “Why god? Why me?” and the thundering voice of God answered, “There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”

-Stephen King

I’ve just started to read a book by Meg Rossoff entitled There is No Dog. It’s based on the scenario ‘What if God were a teenage boy?’ and, as you might imagine, it’s already very funny.

The quote above was written in the front of the book. I don’t usually pay much attention to those sorts of quotes, but this one caught my eye.

Looking All the Way Down a Train

Train

I’ve just started to take a new route on the Underground and, lo and behold: the train doesn’t have any interconnecting doors. There are different carriages, sure, but there aren’t any actual doors between them. This means that you can see right the way down the train, technically. Usually there are some people in the way, and it’s hard to stand inconspicuously in the middle of the carriage whilst your friends are sitting down on the empty seats.

You can’t really feel when the train turns on the Underground, but when there are no interconnecting doors you can see when the carriages before you turn. It can give you a headache if you look for too long, but otherwise it’s pretty awesome.

Have you ever been on a train like this one? I didn’t know they existed until a few weeks ago!

The Liebster Award (in two parts)

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the liebster award title 2

I was recently nominated for The Liebster Award by Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too and also Laura @ No More Than Books. Thank you both! actually have been nominated for this before, but it was months and months and months ago and I still haven’t done it, so I decided that this time I would actually write the thing. It’s in two parts, starting with Anna’s questions.

Like Anna, I’m following the rules set down by 52lettersinthealphabet, but I’m changing the last one because a) I don’t know enough blogs to nominate 11 people and b) I have LOADS of other tags to be getting on with and I don’t want to overload you guys with nominations. So, if you want to nominate someone for me or just do it straight from here as a reader, please do go ahead.

1. Link to and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

anna's questions

Why did you create your blog? Do you have any other blogs?
I initially created my blog because I suddenly became very interested in beauty, but now I blog about books, writing, and thoughts. I don’t have any other blogs at the moment, but I have started a few blogs in the past that quickly became obsolete!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flight. To be able to fly would be awesome.
I used to have a dream in which I woke up and could fly, and it was like swimming through air…

Do your family and friends follow your blog, or do you keep it a secret?
My family know, but I haven’t given them the link, and some of my friends follow me but not all.

Are you cautious of what you write on your blog? Do you worry about offending people?
Sometimes I start to write a post and then half way through I get too embarrassed to post it. I have a lot of unfinished drafts, and a lot of terrible posts as well. It’s not really that I’m worried about offending other people – it’s that I’m afraid I’ll let myself down.

If you had to recommend one book to a friend right now, what would it be?
Well, I just got my best friend to read Legend, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, so I’ll go for The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m feeling the love for it right now.

Your top 3 book crushes – don’t be shy! ;)
Every Rainbow Rowell character Every TMI/TID character THRONE OF GLASS The Grisha Legend EVERY YA BOOK I LIKE what what what

Do you read books from many different genres? What genre would you never read?
I am SO guilty of not branching out into different genres, but the genre that I don’t really read at all is mystery. I don’t have anything against it, but I just never seem to end up reading any. :-/

What book/series do you want to be turned into a TV series/movie the most?
I personally think that after you’ve read the book, the movie adaptation is simply just not that good, although sometimes the movie stands on its own apart from the book (like with Howl’s Moving Castle). But I think it would be pretty cool if a Legend movie came into existence – or, to be honest, any Studio Ghibli adaptation of a half-decent YA book. That collaboration would be mind blowing.

Who is your favourite female character and why?
Oh, gosh. How do I even begin to choose this? Naturally, I love Celaena, who is strong enough to get through anything, but I also admire Eleanor from Eleanor & Park, (I’ve made too many Rainbow Rowell references in this post), Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, Anya from The Birthright Trilogy, Alina from The Grisha…

 How many books do you read a week?
In the holidays, I can read a book a day but during school time I usually read around three per week.

 When a book is really hyped up, does it make you want to read it more or less?
It depends on the book. When I hear about a book, I immediately go and research Goodreads and other reviews for it so that gives me a better idea. It also depends on who’s excited about it. I trust my friends and people who know my taste more.

laura's questions
Paperback or hardback? Which do you prefer, and why?
It depends on the cover and the book, but when I read I prefer paperbacks. Hardbacks are better for display purposes.

Where do you get the majority of the books you read? Do you buy them? Get them from Netgalley (or another similar source)? Do you receive them directly from the publisher?
One of my two local libraries, or my school library. When I go on holiday, I buy books for my Kindle. I don’t get any books for review purposes, since I don’t really review books!

What is your favourite item of book related merchandise? Please post a picture!
Probably my Carry On, Simon t-shirt from Fangirl. I’m wearing it right now.

Carry On, Simon t-shirt With so many libraries shutting down and more and more people using E-readers, what effect do you think this is happening on people’s reading habits?

Ebooks make it easier to self-publish, so there are more unedited and not so great books out there. (Although I know that there are many excellent self-published books out there.)
Although, myself, I like the convenience of ereaders, if I have an eBook I really like the I have to go and buy a hard copy. They’re much more lasting. I do hope that paper books don’t die out.

What was the first blog post you posted?
You can find it here. It doesn’t say much, other than a welcome.

How many books have you read so far this year?
I have no idea! Too many to count!

What is your favourite quote from a book?
Why are you doing this to me Rainbow Rowell writes very quote-worthy lines – just look up ‘Rainbow Rowell quote collage’ – but I’d have to choose “I will not be afraid,” from Throne of Glass. It doesn’t sound like much out of context, but if you’ve read the books then you’ll know how much it stands for.

What book are you currently reading now? Are you enjoying it?
I’m currently reading Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. It took a while to get into, but I’m enjoying it now!

Do you have a favourite bookstore?
I like the little independent bookshops around the corner from my house, but I also like Foyles. I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought anything from there, but they have a very different selection to other bookshops and it gives me great ideas. And, they introduced me to Ruta Sepetys and Holly Bourne. How could that be a bad thing?

What is the last book you bought?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, when it came out in early September. The aforementioned local bookshop actually got it a few days early, for some reason. I went into major fangirl mode and had to rush home from school to get some money.

Do you have a favourite bookmark?
Not really. I get paper bookmarks from the school library with quotes like ‘Lose yourself in a book,’ and ‘No brain, no gain: READ’. I lose them very quickly and find them in the bottom of my bag a year later.

my questions
Here are my questions! Just as a heads-up, I have two other awards on the go so I’ll be re-using some of these questions then.
1. Do you dog-ear the corners of pages in the books you read, or does the idea make you scream?
2. When you eat, do you save the tastiest food until last or eat it first?
3. Do you prefer fountain pens, gel pens, biros, or felt tips?
4. Do you watch any long-standing TV programmes?
5. If you were having a surprise party tomorrow, what cake or dessert would you make?
6. Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it?
7. What’s your typing style? Can you touch type?
8. Do you like to buy aesthetically pleasing products? Do book covers affect the books you buy?
9. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
10. Which season do you like best, and why?
11. What would you summarise the meaning of life to be, in less than 3 sentences?

I’m nominating:
Not That Different
The Paper Ship
Infinite Reads
And YOU, my friend! :-P


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