Gaming | the unspoken love of my life…


Considering I do love wasting spending time playing video games, I really don’t talk about them on this blog, or Twitter, which baffles me slightly. I go through phases of spending a serious amount of time at my laptop playing a game and some months, I spend hardly any time gaming.So, I thought I’d write what is probably going to be a rambly post about video games and me.

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2019 Goals | books, history and some other stuff…


I feel like this post is going to be very similar to my list of 2018 goals. Largely due to the fact that I am going to be referring to it as I write this one, but also because I think there are going to be some similarities in the lists with perhaps some more specifics.

As I did last year, I’m going to split these goals into book related and not book related goals. So, here we go.

Bookish Goals


  • Read 60 books – As I write this, I have read 71 books in 2018 (with about a week to go until 2019) so I did smash through this goal last year. I don’t want to push myself to the point of reading being a chore so I don’t think I’ll increase that goal. It’s relatively ambitious, but not unrealistic for me. However, I don’t think I’m going to put it into Goodreads because last year I found it unnecessarily stressful. Let’s keep reading enjoyable!
  • Read audiobooks/ebooks – I do love reading physical books but I do enjoy listening to audiobooks and I do own a kindle. I just want to expand the ways in which I consume books. In 2018, I finally found and understood the joy of audiobooks so I definitely want to listen to more. It may also allow me to read multiple books at once.
  • Try to balance out uni reading and my own – Ever since starting my second year at uni, I’ve come to realise that there really aren’t enough hours in the day. I have so much I need/want to do, and often my own casual reading just doesn’t happen. I think I need to allocate my time wisely so I can fit in all the reading I want to get done.
  • Read more Short Stories – As I have mentioned in recent blog posts, I am desperate to read more collections of short stories. So, I need to pick some collections up (please leave any recommendations in the comments) and get them read. I have a few on my little TBR but I need to actually buy them.
  • Read with little knowledge – In 2018, I went into bookshops and picked up books without really knowing much about them and I want to do this more. I want to come across books which may pleasantly surprise me. I want to wander into bookshops and possibly find a new favourite.


Other Goals


  • Travel (to) more (U.K. cities) – Something I’ve learnt to love in 2018 is trains. I quite enjoy the occasional train journey. I’ve also come to realise that there are so many amazing places I have either never visited, or haven’t visited since I was a child. I want to go and explore, especially places with a lot of history. I don’t know whether I’ll drag my friends/family along, or whether I’ll do some solo trips, but I do have a few places on my list. Part of me really doubts this will happen, but if it does I’ll be sure to write blog posts about my adventures.
  • Keep expanding my love of history  From around July 2018, I have been throwing myself into rediscovering history mainly through books and documentaries. I want to keep doing this. I have plenty of unread non-fiction books on my shelves which remain unread, and I have my eye on a few more. I would also love to write some blog posts about things I read/watch which I find particularly interesting… I just need some time.
  • Blog about gaming (just a little bit) – Coming at some point soon should be a post about video games and how they are kind of important to me. There are games and franchises I want to talk about more than just a passing mention in a blog post. I want to treat gaming like I do musical theatre on this blog. Just occasionally I’ll write a post about a game or discuss something because I just feel as though I have things to say. Don’t expect anything incredibly informed. I just want to talk about the things I love.
  • Write more update posts – I thoroughly enjoy writing updates posts. Especially over the summer where I wrote posts at the end of each month with the things I got done. Obviously university will also play a large part in these posts. I think this will encourage me to get out and do stuff, or at least find things to write about.


I think this about wraps this post up. I’m interested to check in later in the year to see how I do with these. Please let me know your goals – I’m super interested to see what you’re planning for the following 12 months.

Best Books I Read in 2018 | a very predictable list

Putting this list together was more difficult than I had anticipated it to be. I went to my Goodreads Page with all the books I read in 2018 and looked at those with 4 or 5 star ratings. When it comes to 5 star ratings, there are a select few books which got there. With 4 star ratings, whilst I enjoyed them at the time and couldn’t particularly fault them, they don’t stand out as the “best books I read this year”, but there are still great books so I will list a few of them at the end of this blog post.

But as for favourite/best books of 2018, I have a rather concise list of 4 books.

(Just so you’re aware, this list includes books I read in 2018, not necessarily books which were published in 2018. This list excludes any rereads)

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The Jingle Bell Book Tag | partially a desperate attempt to feel Christmas-y

A few days ago Ashleigh – A Frolic Through Fiction – tagged me (thank you!) in The Jingle Bell Book Tag which was originally created by Richard over at The Humpo Show. Due to a great variety of reasons, I am just not feeling that festive this year and usually I am the one who is enthusiastically wrapping presents and watching all the Christmas time TV, but I’m hoping this little tag will get me into the spirit of things a bit.

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The Best of Second Year Uni Reading | Semester One


Yes. This first term of uni has gone super quickly. I genuinely cannot believe that I’m already home for winter break. I keep saying to everyone that I don’t quite know how I am going to cope without going to uni for three weeks, but I’m sure my brain will appreciate the break. At some point I will do an update on my experiences of my second year of uni so look out for that.

Now, when it comes to uni reading I tend not to read texts that really stick with me very long. I just read them, think they’re alright, discuss them, maybe write about them and that’s it? I definitely found this last year. This year, however, I have had a few texts which I have really engaged with and really enjoyed so I decided to dedicate a blog post to them.

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