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Five Things I Learnt From My Internet Detox

I just finished doing 48 hours without internet in aid of Cancer Research UK. Here are the things that I learnt during this time.

1.It is ok to use the internet sometimes 

I often feel bad that I use the internet as much as I do. I think that I should be doing other things instead. However, I have realised that it is ok to use the internet. It is ok to spend time on social media, post things and talk to others, as long as you are not spending too long on there or spending time on social media or accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.

2.Without internet you can relive some good old times
Not having access to internet 24/7 reminded me of when I was younger and we literally did not have access to internet 24/7. We had to spend our time in other ways. The one activity that I spent most of my time doing was playing video games. I used to love spending time playing the same game over and over again and a lot of the games I never even completed because they were too difficult for me bu…

Rapid Fire Book Tag

This is a book tag created by Kate from GirlReading (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-46EzDWdSY). There are a series of book related questions to answer so let’s go:
Q: E-Book or Physical Book?  A: E-book, I know this is a controversial answer but I love my kindle so much! It is light to hold, keeps my page open and tells me an estimate of how much longer I have left in the book which helps motivate me to keep reading.
Q: Paperback or Hardback?  A: I don’t really have a preference!
Q: Online or In-Store Book Shopping?  A: I love shopping in a book store. Being surrounded by books is one of my favourite places. I can look at all of the different books available and choose whichever is available at the time. I often find books that I wasn’t originally planning on buying!
Q: Trilogies or Series? A: I love series because then there are more books to read, as long as the books still continue to be great and there is enough story to last across more books.
Q: Heroes or Villains? A: Heroes but I do l…

Book Buddy Read with Eleanor May

I have wanted to buddy read with someone for a while. Buddy reading is where you and someone else read the same book around the same time and discuss it. However, I didn’t really have anyone who had the same reading tastes as me. I have become good friends with Eleanor from http://www.eleaanormay.com/ and we decided to buddy read!
I am so excited to read a book with her and if any of you want to join in please feel free to. The book we are reading is: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare!
Neither of us have read the Mortal Instruments series before and it is such a popular series. From what I know of this series, it follows teenagers who hunt demons. I was accidentally spoiled with one plot point that occurs later in the story but I am hoping it won’t affect my reading of this book very much. I am really looking forward to discovering this series with a friend.
Have any of you ever done a buddy read?
You can buy City of Bones here: Amazon UK, Audible UK, Amazon US, Audible US, Book Depositor…

Guest Post: The Psychology of Writer's Block by Kim from writersideoflife.com

I want to talk about the dreaded realm of the tortured artist: Writer's Block. Anyone who calls themselves a writer has experienced it. Your coffee is hot and your fingers are poised over the keyboard. The cursor flashes black in a sea of white. All those ideas that were rushing around while you were trying to get to sleep are gone. Your mind is completely blank.


What is writer's block?

Writer's Block is defined as the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. I love the quote by Thomas Mann; “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” So what makes it harder for us writers?

Fear of criticism

Writers are inherently sensitive people. They have to feel things deeply to be able to write about them in a way that feels relatable to other people. It follows that they will think deeply about others' attitudes towards their work.

In my experience, it is not a lack of inspiration or creativity that …

April/May Goals

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Hello! I have been spending a lot of time blogging and working on social media in relation to this. I love doing this but in between I am spending a lot of time just scrolling through social media and I am not getting other things done that I want to do. So here is a list of my goals to achieve over the next month or so:
Read
I really want to finish more books a week and I have been experiencing a reading slump in April! So my goal is to try to read even more. I need to actively make sure that I am fitting in reading time where possible because I love reading and there are so many more books that I want to read! My 48 hours of no internet is this weekend (28th-29th April) so I am hoping that will help kickstart some more reading (this is for Cancer Research UK and you can donate here).
Art
I have always wanted to be good at art and over the years I have experimented with different arts and crafts. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to obtain a drawing tablet …

Cauldron's Bubble by Amber Elby Book Review

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cauldron’s Bubble follows Alda, a young woman who has just lost her grandmother and Dreng, a cabin boy. Alda discovers a magical sphere that transports her across time and space. She discovers witches and Dreng meets Hamlet.
This is a YA fantasy book combined with Shakespeare’s characters. Amber Elby wrote this to help readers understand Shakespeare and encourage them to read his works. Having not read the specific works that Amber refers to in this book; Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest, I found that this book made me more excited to read the source material.
As the book is written like a fantasy novel, it is easy to understand. Shakespeare’s characters speak in the playwright’s language and it is a lovely mix between two points of time.
Each chapter alternates between Alda and Dreng’s points of views. They were both intriguing characters because not much information was really given awa…

Guest Post: Mental Health & Creativity by Hannah from thedysfunctionaldamsel.com

Today’s guest post is by Hannah from http://thedysfunctionaldamsel.com/ I am honoured that she wrote a post discussing dealing with her mental health issues to share with you all. 


Hannah often writes about mental health and trying to navigate through life while making weird metaphors, pretending to be dinosaurs with her toddler and ranting about her obese dog.
My relationship with mental illness and creativity has been evolutionary. I was diagnosed with depression when I was merely 11 years old. I can remember feeling like an outsider even then, and not in the cute “no one gets my preteen angst” sort of way. Instead it was insidious self-hatred. I always felt as if I was stuck behind a glass pane, with my nose pressed against the window while I voyeuristically watched others enjoying their lives. I wanted so badly to have effortless joy, but had no idea how to find it or if I was even meant to have it. My acceptance of what I felt, of what I was, and just of myself truly started with …

48 Hour Internet Detox for Cancer Research UK

I am doing a 48 hour internet detox to raise money for Cancer Research UK between 28th-29th April! This was inspired by Eleanor May who is doing an internet detox for WWF in May.
Cancer is something that any one of us could get at any time and I have always wanted to fundraise for Cancer Research. I am constantly on the internet, from the moment I wake up to the moment I try to sleep. Not having access to the internet will be difficult for me because I am so used to picking up my phone and going online. I will be turning off Wi-Fi and might even give my devices to someone else to look after. During this time I won’t be doing my usual updates on Twitter or posting any blog posts.
It will be strange but I am going to spend the time doing other things (or just staring at the wall). If you would like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucyinternetdetox
Thank you.

Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey Review

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Trigger Warnings: OCD, Suicide
This is essentially a biography of the author, Lily Bailey’s life with OCD. Each chapter follows a different topic in her life. She talks about her experience with OCD from when she was a child until now. I felt really sad reading about her dealing with OCD as a child. The last chapter was my favourite as it was a positive outlook on the future and there was a particular quote that I felt inspiring for those with OCD.
This book is unlike other books that I have read that feature OCD. It is not fiction and it is not a book of advice. It is very much a biography and the advice in this book is limited so if you’re looking for a book on dealing with OCD, this book may not be for you.
The writing was repetitive, however that is the nature of OCD and I felt like the writing style complemented the topic.

The title originally seems confusing but it makes sense once y…

Deciding what to do with your life

Finding what you want to spend your time doing- both for a career and for your free time, is something that can be really difficult to do. You may feel lost or you may have an idea. However, this idea can change as you grow older and that is okay. Even if you feel lost now, don’t worry, you will find your way. Here are some tips that may help:
What do you already enjoy? I have a passion for books, I love writing and reading and so it seems natural for me to hope for a career in this industry. You can always think of subjects that you enjoyed at school or people that you look up to.
What jobs stand out to you? It is okay to try different jobs, take work experience or internships or temporary jobs. Research related careers on job websites. For UK graduates, I would recommend Prospects.
For a long time I have wanted to be a published author and after starting this blog I have found that I really enjoy blogging and I would love to blog as a career too. I have so many different interests and…

Manga Classics: Jane Eyre Book Review

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jane Eyre is a classic that I have wanted to read for a while. When I saw that there was a manga version of it, I was so excited. I love reading manga and I wanted to see what it would be like to read a manga adaptation of a classic. I haven’t read the original so I don’t know how faithful the manga was but I will give my opinion of this book. Jane Eyre follows a young woman from a child to an adult. She is an orphan brought up by her auntie who does not treat her well. She is then sent to a school for orphans, there she meets further bullying and sadness. When she is older she is employed as a governess, education a young girl in the care of Mr Rochester, a man living in mysterious circumstances. Throughout this book I felt a variety of emotions; empathy, sadness, happiness, sadness again, hope and cheerfulness. I feel as though the manga read a lot faster than reading the original clas…

Games that I am finding relaxing right now

I have always been a gamer. However, when my mental health dipped I found it harder to focus on video games and I haven’t really played them as much as I used to but I do want to change this. I am trying to relax more and here are two games that I am finding relaxing at the moment. I am focusing on these as these are what I feel like playing at the moment!
Kingdom Hearts Unchained X

I recently restarted this game after losing the account when my phone broke. This is a free mobile game based on the Kingdom Hearts series. You play as your own custom character and you go through levels finding items, opening treasure chests and fighting heartless (the creatures in some of the Kingdom Hearts games). You don’t need to have played Kingdom Hearts before to play this. The game is separated into short levels which is relaxing and fun.
For those of you that do play Kingdom Hearts, this game is a prequel to the original game and I think that it connects to Kingdom Hearts 3!
Let me know if you play…

Renewing focus: keeping those dreams alive

Lately I have been in a bit of a slump. I had a terrible cold and my mental health dipped. I didn’t really feel like reading or writing which made me feel worse. However, I tried to finish editing a chapter of my book for Wattpad and I did it! After feeling like I had fallen out of love with writing fiction, it was a relief to actually finish a chapter and feel good about it. After being unwell, I finally got back to the gym and I felt a bit better in myself after exercising.
I have been able to finally renew my focus on activities that I love and want to pursue further: writing, reading and blogging. I aim to continue writing chapters of my book, to read a lot more and of course to keep blogging. I intend to keep posting book reviews and discussing reading, writing and mental health so subscribe if you want to keep updated as to when I post! 
I still feel anxious but I am glad that I have reached this realisation of the things that I really need to and want to focus on. These are the …

What I Have Been Up To #2

Hi everyone, so the plan was to read a lot and post more book reviews. However, my health had other ideas and I have had a terrible cold for over a week so I’m a little behind with what I wanted to do. However, I wanted to update you on what I have been doing and some of my future plans.


1.I decided to provide some of my focus to photography:
I love looking at beautiful scenes and I want to share that with others. It is nice having another artistic outlet and it would be amazing to be able to sell some of my photos.


2.I started a survey for my blog:
I created a survey to discover your views and to improve my blog. If you haven’t participated and would like to, you can still enter here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3N6QY7L


3.I couldn’t decide what to read:
I have some books that I have been sent to review and others that I want to read from my shelves. I kept wanting to read so many different books that I spent more time thinking and carrying books around than actually reading! So now I …

Feeling Lost in Your 20s

I don’t know about you but I always thought that once I finished school and university, I would find the perfect career, start in it straight away and scale the corporate ladder. Well, now I am past the university stage, I can tell you that this has not happened for me.
I took a Criminology degree, intending to go into the police and write novels on the side. I ended up changing my mind about the police service; it just wasn’t for me as I grew up. I realised that I wanted to write more so I worked part-time and tried to focus on writing. However, mental health got in the way. Fast forward to some time later and I am still working on the same novel. I started my blog this year. In the previous couple of years I had started a bookstagram (posting book photos on Instagram), moved to booktube (book videos on YouTube) and finally settled onto book blogging. To my surprise, I even started discussing lifestyle topics. I feel like someone who is really not qualified to do so!
Lately, I have be…

Now We Rise Book Tag

This book tag was created by Rebecca at https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/ and is inspired by Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I have yet to read this fantasy book but it is getting a lot of praise and I would like to read it soon. Here is the tag:


Iku Clan, Maji of Life and Death: What's a trope you'd love to see die, and one you'd love to see live, or flourish more often?
A trope I would love to see die is a love interest 'curing' another character's mental health. I would love to see more slow burn organic romances. Emi Clan, Maji of Mind, Spirit, Dreams: What do you immediately connect with when it comes to a book? A character who writes, reads or has anxiety or OCD. Omi Clan, Maji of Water: If you could push a book on someone, what would you immediately recommend? I have two! Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
Ina Clan, Maji of Fire: If your house was on fire and you could only save one book, what would it be? The first Harr…