Thursday, 16 May 2019

Book Feature: Poetry by Spencer Adika!

About Spencer Adika

Spencer Adika is an Author, Poet and a multi-discipline Creative. Using the pen and paper to spread INSPIRATION and my voice for CHANGE.

* Poetry - Life Lessons, 2015
* Embrace Poetry - The Heart Cure, 2016
* Unheard Minds - The Third Voice, 2017
* Lost Souls - Covering Forgotten Thoughts, 2018

Twitter: @spenceradika

A summary of his works to date:

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Putting my Mental Health First (Even with Reading)

I have come so far in regards to my mental health and my general wellbeing. However, I still get times when my mental health dips. Whether that be my anxiety, depression or OCD. At times like these, I can easily become trapped in my whirlwind of over-thinking. There is always so much that I feel like I should be doing and things that I worry about that probably do not even need to be worried about. Through therapy, I have learnt that my brain can tell me irrational things and I have to not let my thoughts spiral. When I start to feel bad, the best thing for me to do is fight my instinct of either laying under my duvet, or obsessively thinking and to stop. Just pick up something and distract myself, whether that be with music, an audiobook, a physical book or a game. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski Release Day Celebration!

Title: You, Me, & Letting Go 
Author: Katie Kaleski 
Publication Date: May 14, 2019 
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Number of pages: 286

Synopsis:

Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like. Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer. After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

All of my unread books!

I asked on Twitter whether anyone would like to read an updated TBR shelf post and people said yes! I wanted to do an updated post because I have become much pickier with my reading- I have been DNFing books I don't enjoy and unhauling books that I don't like. This makes me feel so much better rather than trudging through a book that I am not enjoying. Here is a list of all the books I currently own that I have yet to read:

Below is a list version and underneath that is a graphic version :)

Historical Fiction:


The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (Translator)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Mysteries:


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My Top 5 Goals Right Now

I love goal setting. I have so much that I want to do but I have to be careful not to overwhelm myself with too many! I wanted to create a post about my goals right now. Some are ongoing, others to focus on now and others to work on a bit later on.

1. Study for my dream job


 I said in an earlier post about wanting to get into teaching. I am currently working in education and I find it so fulfilling. My dream is to teach English as a foreign language (EFL). To do so, I need to study a variety of things. One very important thing is grammar. Typically in English schools we learn a lot less about grammar terminology. I remember learning very little about grammar when I was at school. So the first part of my first goal is to study grammatical techniques and learn the vocabulary. Secondly, I am going to be doing a relevant qualification to gain more knowledge, experience and to boost my CV. I am planning on doing a series of posts about my journey!