Hooked on pages
The story inside
Cover to cover
Hooked on pages
The story inside
Cover to cover
Watch out; there’s a positive progress post about to drop. Brace yourselves.
Yes. I did a thing. A thing that I have barely managed for YEARS.
I WENT OUT TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW 🤯😱🥳
I know. I’m just as shocked as you are right now. Mouth agape and everything. To most people this is just what a social life is, something normal that they don’t even register as a big deal. But for this little spoonie? This little spoonie who’s been ill for nearly NINE years? It’s hugeeeeeeee. I also haven’t crumbled into a heap with payback either *touches wood incessantly* 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 AND when you add into the mix that I’ve struggled with social anxiety since I was a teenager, it’s even more awesome. Both nights were fairly big group things; meals, pub, that sort of vibe. I didn’t freak out. I wasn’t nervous. I rarely felt self-conscious or worried that I wasn’t talking enough. I just let myself be me + enjoy it.
I hope you’ve done something lately that made you proud too!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday. I’m still sat in my PJs at 11:45am and it’s glorious.
So here’s something a bit different for you guys; something that I’d like your opinion on. I’ve been writing short and to the point book reviews on Goodreads for AGES now. I never write anymore than a couple of paragraphs generally as I think it’s best for everyone to read a book for themselves instead of bowing to reviews 🤷🏻♀️ ANYWAY! I was thinking of copying some of my reviews from there onto my blog as and when I finish books etc. Oh and I’ve decided to call them my In a Nutshell reviews; short, sweet and concise 👍🏻 here goes nothing!
As an avid reader of James Herbert novels, I opened the pages of Others with tangible excitement. I knew that I was likely in for a dark and disturbing nightmare of a read; and that is precisely what I got.
Some of the scenes were particularly ghoulish or violent, which is exactly what I like in my books. Call me morbid if you will, I don’t mind one bit. The ‘haunting’ scenes were especially creepy and left me feeling a wee bit edgy!
Overall a solid 4 star read and would highly recommend to anyone who loves a twisted read.
Any feedback would be awesome!
Yes I’m one of those people now: I’m starting a Bookstagram.
It’s the same link as the one I *think* is already hooked up with my blog. But in case you’ve missed it and want to check it out, here it is 😊
Just a little light-hearted, book related post for this Sunday evening…
*DISCLAIMER* I’m not shaming anyone who enjoys any of the authors or books mentioned. Everyone has their own taste and that’s what makes the world such an interesting place.
BOOK I DISLIKE: The Boy in the Attic by David Malone
BOOK I LOVE: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
BOOK I THINK IS OVERRATED: Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twilight…
BOOK I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Ritual by David Pinner. Almost unheard of but a fantastic read
BOOK I COULD READ ON REPEAT: Anything by Edgar Allan Poe, especially The Raven
BOOK THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH READING: The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence + The Measle Stubbs series by Ian Ogilvy
BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
GUILTY PLEASURE: I don’t feel remotely guilty about anything I read or have read and neither should you
MORBID CURIOSITY GENRES: Basically anything about the Holocaust, concentration camps etc. Also true crime, especially serial killers like Jack the Ripper
BOOK I SHOULD HAVE READ BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T: Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I have the trilogy in one HUGE book but find it so daunting, even though I know it contains 3 books!
LONGEST READ: My paperback copy of It by Stephen King was over 1,300 pages and it’s still the longest book I’ve read to date
BOOKS CURRENTLY OWNED: According to my Goodreads account, it’s 161, which is predominantly made up of my ‘to be read’ collection
BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 34 and almost halfway through number 35. My goal for the whole year is 70 so I’m pretty chuffed with my progress so far
A very warm welcome to you on this Monday afternoon!
So it’s confession time today. I need to get something off my chest…
But how can you spot the signs of a bibliophile, bookworm etc? Do you suspect a family member, friend, partner, or co-worker? Or maybe you think that you yourself has a penchant for bookish ways? Well, the wondering could stop right now with my extremely (not) scientific list; based on my own traits and those I recognise in other book loving folk.
I’d say that’s a pretty extensive and accurate list. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read my 9th book of the year.
New ideas to find.
Loud times too
Picky with company
Means I cherish you.
Barriers will fall
Patience is key
I leave my shell
And truly be me.
I am who I am
Quirky till the end
Some think me distant
Aloof, even rude
Untrue and false
I’m not in a mood.
Unique and myself
Those who look closer
Are the ones who’ll see.
Judge at your peril
The introvert crowd
We are what we are
Reflective and proud.
Now, I imagine you’ve all heard of introverts and plenty of you are probably reading this right now. *INTROVERTS UNITE* Ahem…anyway. For those of you who are unsure, an introvert is someone who is generally very inward focused; honing in on feelings and emotions rather than outside stimulus. They also tend to feel incredibly drained after socialising so need time alone to recuperate or ‘recharge’. It is not the same as being shy or socially anxious. Many introverts enjoy meaningful socialising. They will likely just limit it. But again every introvert is different and will have different traits and levels of introversion. This next list is basically traits and behaviours that I myself have and have experienced. Frankly they are all very common among the introvert community but I think a more personal twist on it will help it all be more informative. Commence!
This is 100% me and I can’t deny it. Whilst I generally enjoy socialising (and even meeting new people…well, one to one, still not keen on big groups), I need to rest and recharge after; time to just do my own thing. Looking back, I’ve been like that for as long as I can remember. I’ve always set aside a day or two after socialising to relax at home and bask in the glorious solitude. I see people everyday as I live at home with my mum and stepdad. But I don’t count seeing them as actually being sociable. I don’t have to be socially ‘on’ with them. I think people have a tendency to underestimate the importance of the social recharge for introverts. It’s something that we simply have to do. Whilst extroverts gain energy from being around lots of people, introverts lose it. And that’s okay. It’s just how we are.
Pretty self-explanatory really. For us introverts, activities and hobbies we can do alone are PERFECT. Personally, I adore reading, gaming, being amongst nature and around animals, writing, cooking, baking and photography. Also, these are the things that will help an introvert feel revitalised after a busy outing.
We think about ourselves and our own experiences..a lot. As a result, we know ourselves inside out. But at the same time, we’re always wanting to find out more and explore other avenues and topics.
I’ve often heard people assume that introverts outright don’t like people. This is simply not true. We are not antisocial or people haters. We just have a small circle of close friends. And we choose our friends much more carefully.
This is a trait that I’ve had since I was at nursery. Honestly I kid you not. My mum recalls times where, upon given a new task or something I hadn’t encountered before, I’d watch others until I knew what to do. I’d observe, absorb and take in all the information and cues until I was confident I could do it myself.
I don’t like phone calls. Fact. If they’re totally necessary, I have to psych myself up for it. Okay so I can phone my parents without any worries. But anyone else, I’d rather just text or email.
And also don’t take it personally. If I don’t want to see anyone for a while, it’s because I need that time to get my battery up and running again. It’s not because I don’t like you or appreciate your company. I just don’t have the energy to socialise all the time. Give me that little break in-between and I’ll be okay in a day or two.
I could probably go into way more detail and whatnot, but frankly my hands are getting tired from all the frantic typing. But I will leave you with these relevant photos and this little nugget of wisdom:
Introverts don’t seek solitude to get away from you; they seek it to get back to themselves. – Me, just now