I've been a bit bored of my content recently, I don't have the time to write big long posts and the rest just hasn't been up to the standard I want it to be. So I'm introducing a new Sunday post (I know lots of people do this) where I can ramble and talk about what ever my heart desires. It is going to be a mix up of what I've been up to lately, and my Happy Things post, which quite frankly I'm a little bored of. This just gives me more freedom I think! It won't be every week, because lets be honest, I don't have the commitment for that! But Sundays are usually the day where I have time to write, so it should fit in easily.
I baked some cookies yesterday, hence the photograph, my boyfriend has had a bit of a crappy week so I thought I'd make them for him. It definitely wasn't inspired by the Bake Off or anything... That has caused a lot of drama this week, but I'm so glad Mel, Sue and Mary have stuck to their principles. We all knew that Paul would side with the money, but realistically I don't see the new version doing very well! It'll just never be as good! Anyway my cookies were delicious, if I do say so myself...
It has been a bit of an expensive week for my bank account, because pay day happened and then a trip to the shops happened soon after. I bought a few shirts in Primark, who have the best stuff at the moment. Primark is always a struggle for me, my local one usually looks like a jumble sale, and they never have anything I want to buy, so I was pleasantly surprised! I might even go back see if they have anything else... The other thing I bought was the biggest, warmest dressing gown I could find. Our flat gets cold, and I wasn't prepared last year so now I'm completely ready for the cold months!
Today is just a chill day, where I'm planning to get some posts written for the week and maybe watch some of the films I have my eye on on Netflix. I think I'm going to start with Brooklyn...
What I've been reading:My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
What I'm listening to:Future Present Past EP by The Strokes
I'm trying to ignore how far behind I am with reviewing the books I've read this year. My last update was in May... I didn't actually realise it was that long ago, and I feel a bit overwhelmed with how many books I have to write about! Book reviews are some of my favourite posts to put together, but they are also the most time consuming. I don't often have several hours to sit down and write so they keep being put on the back burner. This weekend I'm determined to get some done, I miss writing about books regularly and it needs to change!
For now I thought I'd share with you the books I'm planning on reading this Autumn. I'm not going to be buying many new books because I already have way too many to read as it is. There is a real mixture, from new releases, a few from NetGalley that I'm particularly excited about and some old classics.
Both Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G Wells are books I'm determined to read this year. I've mentioned it before, but I really struggle with Jane Austen for some reason. I know she is well loved by so many people but I just can't seem to feel the same. I'm hoping Sense and Sensibility might change my mind! The Island of Doctor Moreau is a book I've been recommended countless times, and as I'm getting quite into science fiction these days, I think I'll enjoy it!
I'm already a big Michel Faber fan so I think it is about time I read his short story collection Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories. I have high hopes for this, but I've read mixed reviews. Another new-ish release is Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks, I bought this on a whim and have no idea what it's about but sometimes it is nice to go into books like that. I've read one other books by Faulks, Birdsong, which is actually one of my all time favourites so we'll see if this one lives up to it!
Finally I have a few NetGalley books on my kindle to read, notably Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer which I have been waiting for for literally years! I love Safran Foer's writing so I have my fingers crossed that this new novel has been worth the wait. From what I've read it is about a Jewish Families life during a lot of traumatic events in the Middle East. I also have Swing Time by Zadie Smith, which is highly anticipated. I've read a lot of incredible reviews so I'm thinking it might be really special...
Sorry that wasn't more detailed, but I figured I'd just link the Goodreads page of each book rather than struggle to write my own synopsis! There are a lot of books here I am really excited about and I think the next few months are going to be pretty good for reading. Or at least I hope so!
I'm proud of myself. That always feels like something you shouldn't say, and that you should stay modest. But I do think it's important to realise your achievements, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to other people. Sometimes you just need to big yourself up!
My boyfriend and I got back from Rome about a week ago now, it's a trip we had planned for a while and somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I was excited but also unbelievably anxious about the whole thing. Travelling is easy nowadays, there are airports everywhere and planes go to pretty much anywhere you can think of. It makes the world seem a lot smaller to me knowing that these places are so accessible. That doesn't make it any less scary though.
I've travelled a little bit, but it has always been with my parents or someone who has done a lot of travelling. I basically just followed, arriving at the destination without much idea of what had just happened! This was the first trip I had booked, planned and had to do everything myself. The idea was a little overwhelming to say the least!
A few weeks before I was convinced something was going to go wrong; the hotel would cancel, the flight wouldn't have been booked properly or something else stupid. These are all things that could have happened, but everything ended up running smoothly. We didn't get lost in the airport, we managed to manoeuvre both the train and the metro in Rome and the hotel we booked was really nice. I was also scared that because it wasn't an English speaking country we'd find it difficult to order food etc. But we tried not to act like rude tourists, and luckily everyone was lovely and friendly.
It might seem like something so easy to all you well travelled people, but I'm so proud of myself for managing to successfully visit a foreign city. It has made me feel more confident and like I can do anything I put my mind to. I always avoid leaving my comfort zone but this just went to show how actually pushing yourself can be the best thing. I had the best time and I can't wait to visit more places!