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!

Book Haul #2, Personal Update and Christmas Blues

Apologies for the lack of posts thus far, I have been drowning in deadlines and exam revision.  Being in my third and final year at university is proving to be extremely stressful. One of my New Years Resolutions is most definitely to write more for this blog because I enjoy it so much when I do finally get a chance to sit down and write a pos

Here is my latest book haul that I’ve accumulated since September. I’ve not even completed all the books from my last haul!

Book Haul 2

1. Severed Heads and Broken Hearts –  Robyn Schneider
2. Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop – Abby Clements
3. The Night Rainbow – Claire King (£1.58 in Tesco! What a bargain)
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
5. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – Alan Stillitoe
6. Lucky Jim– Kingsley Amis
7. Complete Plays of Sarah Kane – Sarah Kane
8. The Birthday Party – Harold Pinter
9. The Homecoming  – Harold Pinter
10. Money – Martin Amis

Kindle Purchases
11. Look Back in Anger – John Osbourne

The majority of these are actually university books and I have to say I’m really enjoying these modules. One of these modules includes British Writing since 1945 which is one of the most difficult modules and definitely out of my comfort zone. But I really enjoyed Harold Pinter and Sarah Kane which are texts that are included on the module and I hope my passion for them really shines through in my assessments. Other books such as The Night Rainbow have been bought on a whim or because they were on offer and I’m so excited to have added these into my book collection.

In other news, Christmas is finally upon us. Hasn’t the year just flown by? However, I’m honestly not feeling in the Christmas mood, perhaps because I’ve not had a chance to relax and enjoy one of the most wonderful times of the year. Anybody got any Christmas spirit to spare and lend me?

In the hopes that it will put me in a more festive mood, I’m going to listen to “All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey. If, like me, you’re struggling to be festive, listen to this and hopefully we can all enjoy Christmas.

B  xx

Book Haul & Personal Update

I thought I would do a little update of what’s going on with me and the books I’mBook haul #1 currently reading as I haven’t given too much of an insight into my personal life.

So, I’ve basically finished my second (and penultimate) year at university. Admittedly, it was incredibly difficult and I’m so thankful it’s over. I cannot believe that this time next year I’ll be graduating and entering the big bad world of reality, and will no longer have the protective bubble of education.

Ironically, during university, I always manage to find things to distract myself or use as an excuse for procrastination, but now that I am actually free for summer, I seriously don’t know what to do with myself.

One thing I do know is that I’m able to finally read something for pleasure and just take my time with it. Woo! I went a little crazy in Waterstones over the last couple of months which is a little out of character as I’m more of a library kid than a book buying one, but here are the books I’ve purchased recently and I cannot wait to get stuck into them!

B x