That Bookish Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got plenty of books to start reading in 2020!! I received The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett from my brother, and it’s in the Barnes and Nobles Leatherbound collection; it is truly gorgeous!! It’s full of illustrations, and it’s embossed with gold 😍😍 (pic below of the edition I have)

I am eagerly awaiting my first ever FairyLoot Book Box for January! I can’t wait to see what’s inside😍 FairyLoot is a monthly subscription service that send you a box full of bookish goodies! It is for lovers of YA fiction/fantasy, and is based around a monthly theme. January’s theme is Moon and Stars and has bookish items inspired by our night sky. I purchased this box as a one-off purchase and not a monthly subscription (because I can’t afford that sadly 😫😅), but it was my birthday treat to myself and I will be sure to share with you the items I receive on a blog post, as well as on my instagram, @youaremynewbook.

I was meant to post weeks ago with the pictures from my trip to London and ‘Booksellers Row’ but me being super unorganised, didn’t get round to posting it! So, please see below the pictures of Cecil Court in London!

This shop was mainly made up of different editions of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ – it was magical.
This is a picture of the front of the bookshop filled with the children’s fiction and Alice in Wonderland collection!

I held a book worth £500.00, so I soon realised I couldn’t afford anything from this place but I was enchanted and just in constant awe of how many gorgeous books there were.

A few weeks ago, I went to watch Last Christmas at the cinema, and realised that it was mostly filmed in Cecil Court! So it felt even more special to have visited such a famous street!!

If you’re ever in London, I would definitely recommend the trip, because I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It was just floor to ceiling of first edition, limited edition and super expensive books – and although I couldn’t afford any, I just fully appreciated being in such a wonderful place and surrounded by such art as I’m sure you all would too!

On another note, you may have noticed that I have started a blog post called ‘Bookish Question of the Week’ (BQW). If you haven’t checked it out please see here for the first post, but basically, as I’ve been writing stuff for this blog, there have been many questions that have arisen (from my momentary bouts of imagination that is), that has made me stop and think about what other peoples’ opinions are on the topic. They are posts that allow you to get involved and share your own perspective/ideas/experience with myself and others, so I do hope some of you will participate 😍☺️

My first post was the question ‘Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?’ And as I’ve been reading over the Christmas period, I have decided to NOT set a target of books to read in 2020 on Goodreads (I’m a rebel!). You’ll understand why once you have given the first BQW a little read.

Well, I hope you have a smashing New Years Eve, and all the best to everyone for 2020! I can’t wait for another whole year of reading books and visiting new book shops around the world!

What are your New Years Resolutions, if you have any? 🍾🎊🎆

Bookish Question of the Week

I’d like to introduce you to Bookish Question of the Week!

As I’ve been writing all of my blog posts, I’ve come across a few questions that made me think ‘I wonder if anyone else thinks/feels the same?’ So I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask you all your thoughts.

Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?

So far, I have read 21 books this year. I should be proud of that right?

But because my goal was to read 30, I feel unaccomplished. Which made me raise the question, is a reading goal restrictive or de-motivating?

I think reading as much as you want, when you want and what you want to read is the most important.

I’m a fast reader but finding the time to read can be difficult sometimes, between work and my social life. But when I do find the time, I enjoy every moment. That is what reading is about 😍

Is a goal necessary? Should we perhaps keep a list of the books we have read and total it up at the end of the year and see how much each one of us have accomplished? What are your thoughts?

That Bookish Monday

Between illness, work, and my social life, I’ve had no time to write. It’s not until I stopped writing my weekly blog posts I realised how much I have missed it! But don’t worry, I’m hoping it won’t happen again (and I even bought myself a new planner just to ensure I always make time to be creative!!).

I just finished Bone China by Laura Purcell…and was unfortunately disappointed by it.

I can’t fault Purcell’s great writing, but the timeline of it didn’t flow as seamlessly as The Corset. The book was split into different parts and some of it was set 40 years ago, and it just made the storyline a little more confusing than it needed to be. I’m not a lover of a story jumping back and forth between characters or timelines, and this story reminded me of why I dislike it so much 🙈 However, I just bought The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell so I haven’t given up on her!

I have a confession to make…I don’t like/watch TV that much…

Because when I do, I end up binge watching, like I have done with the Netflix series, Chesapeake Shores.

So it’s incredibly cheesy, yet beautiful and poetic, and it’s so scenic. I wanted an easy watch and that is exactly what I got. But it also encouraged me to realise that life is more important than rushing around, overthinking and worrying, but actually to take it slow, be prepared, but follow your dreams. A lovely sentiment I think.

It was also a dream come true to see Christina Aguilera in concert!! She merged Burlesque with Moulin Rouge which was EPIC, and sang every song so beautifully and from the heart. I do wish there wasn’t as many costume changes though; it kind of broke the flow of the show up if you get me?

Excitingly, my birthday is on Saturday, and I’m off shopping in London for the day. My friends and I will be going to Cecil Court and if you haven’t heard of Cecil Court, it’s supposedly the ‘Diagon Alley’ for booklovers. If you click on the link, it’ll take you to a page about it. It’s basically a place with lots of antique and secondhand bookshops!! I’ve always wanted to go so I’m super excited and I’l post pics on another blog post once I’ve visited so you can all enjoy it with me.

I hope you enjoy your week, and I’m going to leave you with a very motivational quote until next time 😍

Once Upon a Time…

was a student – for 18 years in fact. And the day came when I completed my last ever university exam, and I felt relief.

I would say something cliche, like “I had so many plans for the future”, and that I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Well, if you knew what you wanted to do in life after uni or otherwise – that’s fab, good for you – but I hadn’t got a scooby; a clue…and all the other words you can think of for NO FRICKIN’ IDEA.

I started university as a musician (I still am), but I was studying Popular Music Performance and after a few weeks on the course, I knew I didn’t fit in.

But this was difficult for me.

Music was all I ever knew. I poured my heart and soul into it; all my spare time was filled with singing, playing piano, practicing, exams…etc. So to make the life changing decision to change course was shocking, even for me. I might have even said that it was a really hard decision to make, but surprisingly, it wasn’t. It was the easiest choice I ever made. I realised I wanted a book in my hand to read; criticise; analyse, and discuss.

I mean, I shall always be a musician – that’s my hobby, but I knew that it was time for me to choose a different path. 

I had a rocky first year, not quite sure what I was doing and my grades were all over the place, but nevertheless, I persisted. I went to all my lecturers for feedback and guidance so I could go start second year with a BANG. Which surprisingly, I did. 

No one said that I wasn’t confident enough like they drilled into me at school. No one told me I wasn’t capable of getting my English Literature degree despite being late onto the course and not having a clue on how to write an essay. But just like learning how to ride a bike, I learned how to write. I learned how to convince people that my argument was right (or that they should at least hear me out). 

The reason why I’m sharing this with you is because education/university and the journey it took me on was all I knew. I’m still struggling with a life that is without lectures or deadlines, without essays and seminars. It sounds silly, I know, but learning was my hobby. I didn’t realise just how much it meant to me until I moved back home from university.

I miss doing an all-nighter in the library because I only worked well at night with no distractions. I miss all the rants with family, friends and lecturers when I had a writer’s block and needed inspiration.

I even wrote this blog post at 10:30pm because my brain is still wired to my university body clock…a year later. You know, the first time I ever wrote a book review for this blog and my bookstagram, I wrote a full blown 1,500 word essay on language, structure (and also chucked in a few theorists for fun).

Just writing this really cheesy ‘About Me’ section, and preparing book reviews and posts for this blog has been a learning curve. To be able to write in a completely informal style has been scary; there’s so much freedom in it which I didn’t know existed! 

I am excited to be sharing this all with you and I am hoping this blog will be a platform for all of you to share your opinions, start a conversation and be as nerdy as I – please don’t hold back!

Speak soon xoxo