October 2017 TBR (Including Yearathon TBR)

Welcome back to my blog after another year-long hiatus because uni always takes up more time than I expect, meaning that I tend to stop blogging or just post sporadically. However,  I wanted to start it up again this year and actually try to stick to it by using the blog as an aid to my uni course. I felt like that would be useful and allow me to keep updating my blog without feeling bad that I’m not doing uni work, so a lot of the books on this blog will be ones that I am studying on my Masters course.

Therefore, this month’s to-be-read list is mostly uni books and I am going to take part in just one readathon as I haven’t done any for so long.

The Yearathon is taking place in this first week of October and therefore I am planning to read a bunch of uni books as I would like to get ahead before term gets busy. This means that I’m not sticking to the theme of the readathon but I will be participating in the challenge. The October Yearathon can be found here and the theme this month is LGBTQ+, while the challenge is to read poetry or short stories.

First off I want to finish reading Findings by Kathleen Jamie which I am really enjoying so far and I am counting as part of the challenge because it’s a collection of short essays (basically the same as reading a bunch of short stories right?). Another course book that I want to get through this week is Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Robert Deakin although I only need to read a few small sections so I am also going to count this as part of the challenge. Lastly, I just need to read a section of Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, and At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe which is a short book so I am actually counting all of these as part of the challenge.

I am also currently reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman as a non-uni book so would like to finish that this month but it depends if I am sick of reading after my uni books.

Then the rest of my uni reading for the month will be:

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • And finally some poems by Robinson Jeffers

I’ll do a wrap-up of my Yearathon reading at the end of the week and then a monthly wrap-up at the end of the month, along with possibly doing some posts about specific books if I have time.

Thanks for reading and see you next time, comment and tell me if you are reading any of the same books this month or if you’re participating in the Yearathon this month too!


Back to Blogging

I think that it is safe to say that I am incredibly bad at blogging. I leave this blog without any posts for large amounts of time, and frankly, a lot of the posts on here aren’t very good. I am, however, hoping that one day I will be able to look back at this blog and see how far I will have come from it.

The last time that I posted was before I started my second year of university which will now be coming to an end in about 2 months and has involved a lot of stress and work, but also a lot of fun. The reason that I am starting this blog back up again is in a hope to ease some of that stress through getting it all down and out of my head, but also, just because I enjoy writing, I’m bad at it and never really stick to it, but, regardless, I do find it fun.

Hopefully, I shall be able to stick to blogging regularly this time, but I just wanted to do a short post today for starting up the blog again, and to make it feel like a fresh start.

My next post will probably be up in about a week, if not earlier, it will depend on how many ideas I have or how many other things I have going on, but feel free to comment anything that you would like to hear about from me 🙂

Hello Again

Once again, it has been a really long time since I have posted on here.

I am really into self-improvement, though; blogs, documentaries, books, all of it, I just find it so interesting, and so hopefully, part of my recent changes and the changes I have planned will help me keep motivated to post on here. My issue is just getting started, once I start writing I love it, and once I have posted a few times I just want to post again, but then I won’t post for a while and just lose all interest in starting again.

I’m hoping at the moment that I’ll be able to post about things which I am more enthusiastic about than I was posting about before: rather than just books, films, and games (although I will still post about these a little). I want to also post about the ways in which I am changing my lifestyle, things that are happening in my life, and the things that I am learning about.

That’s actually all I’m going to say in this post because this is just a sort of re-introduction and a comment on what I am thinking right now, and then I want to now start writing a post on the documentary that I just watched called Cowspiracy. I may not post that tonight, though, but soon as I really do want to get more into blogging.

Starting University and Comic-Con

I’ve only done the one post since starting uni; https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-year-of-the-flood-by-margaret-atwood/ but that was just a book post and I haven’t posted since because its all been so busy and different so I thought I would do a post about that. I’ve been here for over a month now and I admit I have been freaking out just a little, I love it here I really do but it is pretty daunting to suddenly be all on your own.

Basically this is just my little update post to try and get back into blogging as I’ve been pretty busy with all the work I have to do as the thing with a literature course is that there isn’t many actual class hours but there is lots to do out of class as I have to read at least 2 books a week which is pretty intense. As well as that, I’ve been pretty ill, just lots of coughing and feeling crappy but it kinda gets you down. Then of course there is all that cool stuff that I’ve been up to such as meeting people, joining societies, going to the bars etc which is all so amazing. I miss my family and boyfriend lots but me and him went to comic-con in London recently as it was his birthday present from me, and we absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend going to anyone who is on the fence about it, although you should know that for the main part it is just merch stalls, which is good but it does make you want to spend a lot of money. We did get to play a few of the games which were there though such as the new Borderlands and Assassins Creed which was pretty cool to do, and there are talks which go in the the theaters, and the food there is amazing too. The cosplays are awesome to see as well, I would love to do one next year although it would probably be pretty basic as I have never attempted one before.

I’m back at uni now though and actually have a few essays due in quite soon which is pretty scary and that I need to start thinking about, so that will probably be taking up a lot of my time pretty soon as well. The lectures and everything are quite easy to keep up with as the content isn’t that different to A-level, what is different is the amount of independent work as there is all the reading to do and rather than spend ages focusing on one book, I am looking at a different one each week in the classes.

Anyone reading this just started uni too? Or got some awesome tips? Hopefully I will be able to do another post pretty soon, so see you then!