Inner Reader

Hooked on pages

The story inside

World within

Teleportation

Printed beauty

Escapism first

Cover to cover

Transportation

Sentences flow

Paragraphs born

Coming together

Exhilaration

Something unusual happened

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 🀯😱πŸ₯³

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!

Kelsey x

In a Nutshell – Others by James Herbert

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 πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 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 πŸ‘πŸ» 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!

Kelsey x

Bookish News!

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 😊

http://www.instagram.com/thosedarkpages

Bookworm Q&A

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

How to Spot a Bookaholic

A very warm welcome to you on this Monday afternoon!

So it’s confession time today. I need to get something off my chest…

I am a bookaholic

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.

  1. Buying new books when you already have mountains of unread ones at home
  2. Struggling to walk past any bookshop without at least browsing the selection on offer
  3. Owning more bookmarks than you can possibly use at any one time
  4. Staying up late to read ‘just one more chapter’
  5. Being overjoyed when receiving bookshop gift cards for a birthday, Christmas etc
  6. Scouring through charity/thrift shops and claiming it would be rude not to buy anything at such low prices
  7. Feeling irritated when people try to converse with you whilst immersed in a book
  8. Moaning that you don’t have enough space in your bookcase but continuing to buy more regardless
  9. Trying to convert a non-reader
  10. Getting mildly high off the smell of books, bookshops and print
  11. Using apps such as Goodreads to overwhelm yourself with all the beautiful novels you want to read
  12. Having a reading routine/ritual, such as burning a specific candle, sitting in a certain place, drinking or eating something in particular
  13. Putting off starting a new book as you’re still emotionally attached to the last one
  14. Feeling utterly heartbroken and personally offended when someone folds the corners instead of using a bookmark
  15. Stalking authors online
  16. Signing up to every book giveaway site you can find
  17. Remarking on the differences between the book + film adaptation, much to the annoyance of those non-readers around you
  18. Feeling exhilarated when discovering a new author + immediately yearning to read everything they’ve ever written
  19. Going to the library regularly
  20. Telling anyone + everyone that they must read this book, this author, this genre

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.

TTFN

Kelsey xxx

Just Me

Whirring thoughts

Busy mind

Imagination

New ideas to find.

Quiet times

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

Introvert girl

Immature friend.

Some think me distant

Aloof, even rude

Untrue and false

I’m not in a mood.

Unique and myself

Perfectly me

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.

Understanding an Introvert

Howdy folks!

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!

The Social Recharge

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.

We enjoy solitude

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.

Self awareness

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.

Quality over quantity

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.

Learning by observing

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.

Just text instead

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.

Don’t mistake it for rudeness

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

Kelsey x