Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Notice (#4): Bloglovin!

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Review: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

Name: Someone Else's Life
Author: Katie Dale
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Date published: 2012
Number of pages: 478
Rating: 3/5
Someone Else's Life was incredibly dramatic, with many, many plot twists. Although I understood why it was so dramatic, as it dealt with a couple of very serious topics, I'm not sure if I liked how some parts were done and how there were a couple of questions that were still unanswered by the end. Seeing as the main point of the story was for Rosie to go on this journey to find out the truth about her life and the lives of the people around her, I felt it strange that I still had questions when it was over. Surely all my questions should have been answered?
At some points I did enjoy reading the book, it wasn't all bad, far from it, but there were some points when I really did not enjoy it. I especially didn't enjoy it between the middle and end of the book, when some of the characters' actions frustrated me and annoyed me slightly, so I couldn't relate to them because I didn't understand them.
Overall, I'd say that this was a good book, but it could have been better with some more realistic actions and reactions from the characters and with an ending that didn't feel as unsettling as it did.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Rambles (#2): On Ambition

I suppose I could be called ambitious, after all, not only do I want to be a writer (something which recently I've become very determined to be) but I've also found that I'm also quite ambitious in everyday terms. I always want to do at least one productive thing every day and I hate waking up late (mostly I aim to be up by 10 o' clock) because I feel like I'm wasting the day away sleeping when I could be getting stuff done (plus I don't like missing the oppurtunity to have breakfast, I like my food). Most people my age that I've come across find this quite strange and look at me weirdly when I say I've never slept later than 11am. But I'm most productive in the mornings and early afternoons, I think, so I might as well be awake when I'm most productive.
So, I like to do at least one productive thing a day. And it's not just that I like to do it, I also feel like I have to if I want to achieve my goals and go through with my plans, of which I have a lot. I do plan a lot, but (most of the time) I manage to not plan so much that I don't actually get any of what I'm planning done. Obviously I do have days when I feel incredibly tired or just utterly lazy and then I don't get anything done apart from watching television and YouTube videos. If I'm ahead on my plans or if I've been working hard and I feel like I deserve a day off then I don't feel bad about having a lazy day, but if that's not the case and I don't feel like I deserve a rest then I feel pretty bad if I do have a lazy day.  And that's why I get stuff done, because it stops me from feeling bad and actually makes me feel happy. And I suppose that contributes to making me pretty ambitious.
I am not too sure why I'm writing this and putting it out there, but perhaps I just really needed to explain it to myself, and writing is always a good way to make things clearer in your mind. I do find that, quite a lot of the time, I'm writing because I need to sort out my thoughts.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Life (#6): Resolutions

So, back in January, like many other people, I made some resolutions, basically a list of things I want to do this year, and since we're now into the second month of the year, I thought I would look back on the past month to see how I've been progressing with those resolutions.
Firstly, I decided I wanted to be more experimental with cooking; I wanted to try new recipes and make a meal plan for each week to keep track of what I was going to eat (which makes it easier to make shopping lists, as well as to keep track of how I'm doing with my resolution). I decided to do this because last term, which was my first term at university, I mainly survived on rice, pasta, and soup (although I am happy to say that I barely touched a ready meal and went nowhere near the pot noodles). And I have to say, I think I'm doing quite well with this resolution. I mean, I still make quite basic meals, and there is a lot of pasta and rice involved, but I think I am becoming more varied in what I'm eating. Today I even made chicken with curry sauce and rice, which I'd never tried making myself before, and it turned out pretty well.
Now, my second resolution was to take up running and my aim was to be going on regular runs, probably twice a week, by the end of the year, but I have changed that resolution since I made it. I've found it difficult to make time for running, so I've decided instead to simply do more exercise. I know it's vague, which might make it more difficult for me to stick by, but I have ideas for how I'm going to do that. I'm going to take the stairs up more often (I live on the thirteenth floor of my building, so I think that'll help), and then when I move off-campus in September, I'm going to try and walk into campus when I can (it's about a forty-minute walk). And when I can, I'm going to go on walks.
Finally, I've resolved to learn to drive this year. I'm 19, so I've had two years to start learning already, but I've just never gotten around to it, so I want to get it done this year. I'm planning to do it in the summer, when I'll have a few months off from university, and hopefully I'll be able to learn, take my test, and get my licence!
Hopefully, I will manage to do these resolutions, and hopefully this post has been interesting to you! I'm not sure how interesting it is to read someone else ramble on about their resolutions, but there we go. Comment below what your resolutions were, if you made any, and if you've managed to stick to them or not, I'd love to hear (or rather read) from you!