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Poem: The Little Fox

There once was a fox Who collected old socks And slept near some rocks There was just one problem For this little fox People were afraid of him And he was alone Other animals had families He had none No friends, no acquaintances, not even one The fox wanted a friend So dearly he wished For someone to like him And to put on his birthday party list They could play in the day And talk in the night And he would not give them a fright The little fox Almost gave up After a long time of waiting And trying to make friends He sat in his pile of socks Collected from the bins Then one day When he did not expect Another fox moved to town Wanting to make friends They shared some food And told of their lives The other fox was not frightened Not even a bit And slept near the rocks That had once belonged only to the little fox
Lucy Ann Smith

The Anything but Books Tag

Time for another tag! This one is a series of questions that are not about books.
1.Name a cartoon that you love
I haven’t really been watching cartoons but I do watch Spongebob Squarepants sometimes. I feel that as an adult there are more things that I pick up and I still find it funny.

2.What is your favourite song right now?
I heard Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus the other day and it has been in my head ever since.

3.What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Watching drama boxsets.

4.What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I don’t know, I am quite an open book. I love reading, writing, gaming, blogging, navigating social media and collecting plushies and collectables.

5.What is your favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I would love to learn scriptwriting but I don’t really intend on going into screenwriting. It would be amazing writing for a sci-fi show or turning my books into films. I am also trying to learn Japanese, Italian and…

The Try a Chapter Tag #1

The online book community often do ‘tags’ which are usually a series of questions around a particular bookish topic. The try a chapter tag is when you read a chapter of a few different books before deciding which one to read.

I recently reorganised my bookshelf and ordered books in terms of those that I have read and those that I have yet to read and the order that I might read them in. I had some books left and I wasn’t sure whether I was going to read them or not so I decided to try a chapter of each book to decide whether I want to read them.

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
I won this book in a giveaway and it was one of the books that I didn’t know much about. When I read the blurb I wasn’t sure about the book. It features a princess who makes a love potion and accidentally drinks it herself and another girl who works with potions and tries to help the princess. There is a possible love interest and social media. The only thing that really interested me was the apothecary part. I r…

Going Back on Wattpad and Getting Back to Writing my Novel

Hello! So for a while I have been going through a creative writing slump. I have been writing blog posts and working on social media and brand relations for my blog but I just haven’t felt the motivation or inspiration to write my book. Earlier this year I started posting my current work in progress, Through the Portal, on Wattpad. This is a novel that I have been working on, on and off for two years. I have almost half of the novel written and I was editing those chapters and uploading them regularly on Wattpad. However, I got to a point where I seemed to have lost my writing muse. It was as if the writer in me had hibernated.
However, lately I have been seeing others publish their work and working on their novels and it has helped me to recollect the love I have always had for writing novels.
I am hoping to start editing chapters again and to keep going. I would like to keep posting on Wattpad. I will be focusing on Through the Portal in order to give it the attention that it deserv…

Avoiding The Sale Of A False Hope

The very first time a product comes off the manufacturing line is a cause for celebration. So many companies that have made it and become worldwide recognised names have had a small party when they had this moment. Little did they know they would reach the stars and have such massive acclaim with consumers from all over the world. It's only right that you expect yourself to one day, be just like them so have yourself a small huzzah. They got to where they are now because the made sure to tread carefully. Although they believed in their product, the knew that they couldn’t oversell it and give customers any false hope. The marketing campaigns could be hugely expensive and make the product and brand look like the saviour of the customers’ dreams. Yet when every person bought the product they were left in no doubt about what it could and could not do. Avoiding selling a product that promises more than it delivers could cast no doubt over your reputation as a trustworthy business and …

What I Have Been Up To #3

Hi everyone! Today I am going to be talking about what I have been up to lately, let me know what you have been up to in the comments!

1. Education: I am hoping to do a masters in creative writing! I have been writing for years, I started with poetry and then also began writing short stories and potential novels. I have been thinking about doing a masters for a while and if I can that will be amazing. I would love to develop my writing skills, learn more about writing and get a masters (hopefully I could pass!).

2. Blogging:
I have been spending a lot of time on my blog. I love blogging and I have been posting every other day. I have been posting more on Instagram, you can follow my social media accounts by clicking on the names in the sidebar.

3. Gaming:
I really want to start gaming more again. I haven't had much time to play at the moment but I am hoping to fit more gaming in to my schedule. What are your favourite games?
Overall, I have had a busy time lately but I am excited for po…

My Favourite Pokemon Games and What Is Currently Missing from the Franchise

I want to talk about my favourite Pokemon games and what I feel is currently wrong with the Pokemon games that have been coming out. Here are my top 3 Pokemon games:


1.Pokemon LeafGreen 

This was the first Pokemon game that I ever played and it will always be my favourite. If I could only play one Pokemon game it would be this one.


2.Pokemon White/Black 2

I loved the Pokemon Black and White games and their sequels. It was the first time I felt like I had seen a lot of new Pokemon and the story definitely picked up. Furthermore, there was an amazing feature of seeing how many Pokemon are available to catch on each route which made catching many different Pokemon a lot easier and more fun.


3.Pokemon X/Y

This felt like a relaunch of Pokemon with a brand new French inspired region and a new Pokedex. I enjoyed this game so much. I remember spending a long time hatching Pokemon and it was the first time that I could globally trade, including wonder trade (trading random Pokemon with trainers from…

Why I Want to Listen to Audiobooks More

I haven’t listened to many audiobooks in the past. I absolutely loved the Pride and Prejudice audiobook, having wanted to read this book for a long time but I was put off by the writing style as I had read a sample during my studies that I did not like. The audiobook was a great way to go.
I’ve been in a reading slump for a while and I have realised that I am almost always doing something else. If I have spare time I try to work on my blog. I want to start fitting in gaming again and I thought that it would be a great idea to listen to audiobooks whilst I play games (not when there are big dialogue scenes in the game). This would also mean that I am reading more and I can listen to audiobooks whilst doing social media which I spend a lot of time doing.
My library doesn’t have that many audiobooks which is why I love that Audible can give me access to so many great audiobooks. I am planning on listening to some books that I have wanted to read for a while and hopefully this will enable…

Getting a Replacement Birth Certificate

Recently, I went for a job interview that required me to produce a birth certificate. However, my birth certificate had unfortunately been lost. I looked at how to order a replacement birth certificate. Ordering a replacement birth certificate through my local registry meant that the birth certificate would not be sent for 14 working days and that it would get to me even later. This would have taken too long as I needed the birth certificate much sooner.
I found https://www.uk-birth-certificates.co.uk/ who can send you a birth certificate within 10 working days. With over 40,000 certificates sent out to date, I knew that this was a website that I could trust.
Additionally, if you make an error through the registry website, your certificate can be delayed but UK Certificates are experts in birth, death and marriage certificates and they make sure that all your information is correct during the application process.
If you need to order a replacement birth, death or marriage certificate, …

So Shape: Healthy Meals and Snacks on the Go

So Shape sell shakes that are not only good for you in terms of nutrients but that can also help you to lose weight. There are three different challenges which cover either 5 days, 14 days or 28 days. They offer both snacks/desserts and meals. I opted for the 14 day challenge and 6 different flavours: chocolate, brownie, stracciatella, mint chocolate, vanilla and white chocolate and caramel. So basically all of the chocolate related flavours. In my package I received a shaker, an instruction manual and 30 different powdered flavours. You pour some water into your shake, add the powder and shake. The shake also comes with a diffuser which you can put fruit in and have a fruit flavoured water.
I had some friends try a bit of each flavour to do a taste test. The majority of people loved the flavours! If you are a picky eater you might not like these but if not then you may love this. The chocolate definitely shone through and you could have it cold or heated. Having it heated was like ha…

Why I Love Going to the Beach

With the weather warming up, I’ve been longing to spend days at the beach. I absolutely love going to the beach. Here are four reasons why:

The sea
I have always loved being near the sea: the sound of the waves, the water hitting the shore, the calmness in its retreat. I enjoy walking in it and paddling in it. One time I even saw a seal up close! I think there is part of me that still hopes to find a mermaid or a loch ness like creature, that would be so cool. 

The air
I love the sea air. It always smells so fresh and it makes me sleep better at night.
The adventure

Going to the beach is always an adventure: packing up what is needed, taking food and drinks. Walking to the beach and then across the sand or stones, finding a perfect place to sit and exploring rockpools and watching the tide.


The quality time Going to the beach can also mean time spent from loved ones without distractions. There is no internet or television or work to do. Even just sitting near the people you love is so nice …

Disney Loungefly Bags UK

I previously wrote a post all about the Pokémon Loungefly collection. Today I am going to discuss the Disney Loungefly products!

This is a really cute Toy Story Loungefly bag. I have recently discovered a new love for Toy Story and this bag is so cute!

This is an Alice in Wonderland crossbody Loungefly bag. I love how the blue strap fits in with the design.
This bag features Stitch, one of my favourite Disney characters! This Lilo & Stitch makeup bag is gorgeous.
This Mickey Mouse backpack is so stylish, I would love to own one of these.

And finally, this little mermaid bag is just perfect. It features Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian.

What do you think of these bags? Which one is your favourite?

May TBR

Hello! So I thought I would do this month's TBR post a bit differently. Above are some books that I have either been sent to review or have had on my shelf for a while that I would like to try to read this month. I don't usually end up reading all of my TBR books but it is nice to have an idea of what I might feel like reading! I am also doing a buddy read of City of Bones.

I have been in a reading slump lately but I am hoping that I will read at least one book this month! I am really looking forward to most of these books so wish me luck!
If you would like more information on these books, just click the corresponding picture.


What are you planning on reading in May?