A change is gonna come…

Over the past few months I’ve returned to this blog time and time again, opening a new word document, staring blankly at the screen and wondering what to type. When I first started this blog back in March 2013, I did so at the suggestion of a friend who already had her own blog. I was passionate about books, literature and movies – topics I actively wrote about.

However, in the three years since, my passions, motivations and circumstances have changed significantly and this is something I want to share on this platform! Whilst I’ll continue to write about all of the above, I would to share all the places I’ve been and seen.

Hopefully over the next few months, you’ll get to see a different side to me (and this blog)

So stay tuned and I really hope you like the new direction of this blog! Any feedback in the comments section is always welcome!

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Looking back on 2015…

As we say farewell to another year and enter a new one, I always like to humour myself and look back (often over-analysing) what went on in the past 12 months.

Similar to 2014, 2015 was a huge year for my family and career. Whilst it didn’t offer huge lifestyle changes like 2014 which saw me transition from student life to entering real life, it did include several key achievements and events. These included, moving on from my (unpaid) internship and bagging a full-time (paid!) job within marketing, travelling to India , voting for the very first time and attending the Harry Potter Studio Tour! On another note, my gorgeous older sister got married this year. What did I learn from this? Indian weddings are huge, horrifying and stressful and not something I plan on going through any time soon. However the year definitely helped me to battle with some personal demons and I would like to think I’ve learnt a lot! Here are some snaps from my 2015…

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You may also recall that I made several “Bookish Resolutions” in 2015 which you can read here so let’s briefly review them and tick off what I managed to stick to

  1. To read more often – Nope, my reading routine is as sporadic as it’s ever been, but you know what? I actually don’t mind – we should not to limit ourselves by setting quota for the number of books read. It’s quality, not quantity and I’ve learnt to just enjoy being able to indulge in whichever books I chose, when I want. That’s the beauty of not being in school anymore!
  2. To read different genres – Yes!!! I’ve moved on from YA and fiction to reading several biographies including Mindy Kaling’s, Amy Poelher’s and Alan Cummings memoirs, which is so refreshing!
  3. To write a review on every book I read – Sadly, no – I have no excuses for this
  4. To vary the content on my blog – Yes – this post counts doesn’t it?!

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realised it’s not the resolutions you make for the new year that necessarily that make a difference, but rather the things you learnt from the previous an how you apply it not only to the new year, but your life in general!

So there are my highlights from 2015 and what I’m looking forward to doing in 2015. What did you enjoy most about last year and what you planning to do in the next year? Let me know in the comments below

B xx

Sabbatical Is Over! 

Quite frankly, I’m absolutely disgusted with myself.

As you may remember, I previously posted a blog titled “Looking Back on 2014 & Bookish Resolutions for 2015“. This post included fanciful promises such as “I will post more frequently”. We’re almost halfway through the year and unfortunately, I haven’t managed to stick to any of my resolutions.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a valid excuse. In fact I’ve been pretty busy over the past few months, including leaving my internship and bagging myself a new (and paid) job. As you can imagine, this new role has taken up quite a lot of time and energy, hence my recent absence from this very blog. What I can say is that I’m extremely proud to be doing something I really enjoy and it gives me a great sense of achievement. If you would like to find out more about me professionally and what I do, don’t be afraid to head over to my LinkedIn and get in touch.

In other news, I also travelled to India. We spent the first couple of nights in the capital, Mumbai before heading off to my home state, Gujarat. Whilst I have visited the country before it was still a huge culture shock. Mumbai sees a constant hustle and bustle, drivers driving like maniacs and constant smog in the air. Despite this, I found it to be an exceptionally vibrant city, and particularly enjoyed myself after visiting Juhu Beach and the Gateway to India.

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Juhu Beach and The Taj Hotel, Mumbai

 

Gujarat also has its subjective charm. Having not had the best experience in my previous visit to the country, I particularly enjoyed myself this time around, perhaps because I knew what to expect.

With almost over 15 hours of travelling to and from India, it was certainly an excellent opportunity to catch up with my reading!  There are plenty of books that I bought and read during my time. Here is just a small selection of the books I’ve acquired over the past few months.

  1. book haulThe Alchemist  – Paulo Coelho
  2. The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  4. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  5. Outlander: Cross Stitch – Diana Gabaldon
  6. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  7. The Elites –Natasha Ngan
  8. Frankenstein  – Mary Shelley
  9. The War of the Worlds  – H.G. Wells

Kindle Purchases:

  1. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  2. The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams – Fiona Harper
  3. Enchantress (The Evermen Saga, Book 1) – James Maxwell
  4. Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein

So now, I have decided to take a break from short blogosphere sabbatical and I’m back, with the determination to keep this blog going!

Looking Back On 2014 & Bookish Resolutions for 2015 

Yep, we finally waved goodbye to 2014 and said welcomed 2015 with open arms (or in my case, lying hungover on a friend’s sofa.)

2014 was such a momentous year for me in my professional career; I stretched myself thin with University  assignments, quit my part time job, graduated with a 2:1 in English, managed  to get another part-time job which I despised, and then left that too for a marketing internship which I am currently doing.

Personally, 2014 was also a massive year with plenty of heartbreak, blood, sweat and tears, but let’s not get into that! Here are some snaps of my 2014….

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As a New Year dawns, we always aim to let go of the previous year and make the new one better through resolutions. Whilst I have PLENTY of personal resolutions, I thought I would share my bookish resolutions with you all! In a year’s time, I’ll hopefully be able to come back to this post and review what I have or haven’t managed to stick to.

  1. To read more often – I’ve just completed an English degree and to be quite honest, I was so sick of being forced to read books I just wasn’t enjoying them and took a short sabbatical from reading all together. Now, I want to get back to the pace I was at reading BEFORE uni and read a book for pleasure each week
  2. To read different genres – I think with music, movies and books, we always stick to the same genres, simply because we don’t like change. However, I’m determined to change by branching out to different genres rather than being constantly glued to YA. I really want to try other narratives, like thrillers, mysteries and even short stories. There’s a whole load of amazing literature out there so why imprison myself in just one genre?
  3. To write a review on every book I read – I love writing the reviews that I post on here, mainly because it makes me think about every aspect of what made that narrative so compelling. This year I have read so many amazing novels and plays yet I haven’t even reviewed them! So I’m determined to make sure I share my thoughts on all of the books I read!
  4. To vary the content on my blog – I’ve realised that a lot of the content on my blog is mainly reviews, whether it is of books or movie adaptations. I’ve recently been playing around with a couple of new memes etc but if you have any other ideas, let me know in the comments!

So there are my highlights from 2014 and the bookish things I’m looking forward to doing in 2015. What did you enjoy most about last year and what you planning to do in the next year?

B xx

Quote of the Day: “It struck him that how you spent Christmas…

“It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life”

– Nick Hornby, About A Boy 

Merry Christmas everyone! Yep, it’s Christmas day is finally here and I hope you enjoy it no matter what you’re doing whether it’s stuffing your face with Turkey, watching Christmas movies, or snuggling in a blanket! Enjoy!

 

Quote of the Day: “There are only the pursued, the pursuing…”

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is one of my absolute favourite novels. It contains so many incredible passages so don’t be surprised if another line from this amazing novel pops up on my Quote of the Day. But for now, I want to focus on this short yet very effective line.

Having just recently graduated from university, I’m in the midst of pursuing a career, one in which I simply wish to be happy in. It got me thinking that at times we are all of these things, pursuing our dreams, whether it is a job, wealth or even love.  Whether we ever reach those dreams is another question. And from pursuing these dreams we become busy and tired. So what’s the point in it all? I’ll leave that up to you to decide, my dear readers…

And that concludes todays session of reflection and pessimism.

B xx