Friday, 30 September 2016

Billy And Me & Always With Love Book Review

I bought this book in The Works in April and was really eager to read it.  After reading another Giovanna Fletcher book I was excited to see more of what she has to offer.

As soon as I read the first page of the book I was hooked and couldn't put it. I became that addicted I read it in less than 24 hours. The book was beautifully written and I soon fell in love with the two main characters, Sophie and Billy, and their love story. Even though I found it predictable as times, it still managed to surprise me throughout and didn't want the story to end. Safe to say this is one of my favourite reads of 2016. 

I was also super excited to here that the sequel was going to be released shortly after I finished this book.

After reading Billy And Me, I was left wanting more, so when I saw the announcement for the sequel I was so excited. I got so excited that I instantly ordered it on Amazon and wanted to devour it right there and then.

It follows the relationship of Sophie May and Billy Buskin. When they go to LA to visit Billy's family they only expected to stay for two weeks. But Billy ends up taking a job, leaving Sophie to go home alone. And so their long distance relationship begins.

I absolutely loved this book! And was so glad that it became a sequel. I was so excited that I read it in three days, but I could have devoured it in one. Whilst reading it, I fell in love with the main characters all over again. I need more!

This book quickly became one of my favourite reads of 2016! 

Have you read any Giovanna Fletcher books?

Friday, 23 September 2016

What I Do For A Bit Of 'Me Time'

Everyone knows how important a bit of 'me time' is. Just an amount of time to just concentrate on you and to escape from the world. So, I wanted to share what I do to escape from everything and chill.

One of the things I do is read. Reading and books are a passion of mine and I just love delving into a book and diving into a world of fiction. With a really good book, I could spend a whole day just huddled up with a book. To see the reasons why I love reading, check this post out. I also love adult colouring books and have spent many days just sat colouring design after design in my colouring book. I find it so calming and helps me forget about all the stress. 

Another thing I do for me time is sit and watch YouTube videos. I have actually spent a weekend in bed just binge-watching booktube videos. Also, I watch tv shows which gets me invested in the plot of the story rather than thinking about work etc. Furthermore, I usually sit and watch a film or several films which just lets me chill out for an hour or two before going back to the real world.

What do you do for 'me time'?

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Summer At The Lake Book Review

I am sorry for the delayed post... I was quite busy yesterday and didn't have time to publish this post. Anyways...... enjoy

I really enjoy reading Erica James' books, so when I saw Summer At The Lake in The Works, I instantly grabbed it. 

It follows the story of three people and how Lake Como changes their lives. For Esme, it is where she fell in love sixty years ago. For Floriana, it is where the love of her life is getting married. And for Adam, it is where he falls in love. 

At first I found the book really hard to get into because of the switch to each of three characters stories. However, once all the characters were linked together, I found it easier to follow. 
I loved reading about Esme's past because it was romantic, sad and a little dramatic. Whenever Lake Como was described in the book, I could picture is so clearly, which doesn't happen that often. 

It had great humour throughout and ended too quickly, but I still loved it.

Have you read this book?

Friday, 9 September 2016

How I Got Through My First Year Of College...

When looking at other blogs/youtube videos, I see a lot of content on how that person got through a year of university but never college. So since I have just finished my first year of studying at college, I thought it was a relevant post to do.

This is something I learnt when I was in Year 10 of school, that attending everyday or at least catching up with what you have missed out on is key to passing, and I have carried it on through my first year of college. I have not missed a day and that has helped me keep track of what is happening in class.

Keeping Track of Important Dates
I made it a thing for this academic to have a diary so I can write in deadlines, holidays and key things to remember and it has helped me track how long I have to complete a certain task and to manage my time efficiently. 

Asking For Help 
I used to never ask for help with work and would just sit there like a lemon. However, whenever I am stuck with work I always asked my friends or teacher for help. That way I wasn't wasting time sat like a lemon, and instead I got on with my work.

Spending The Occasional Day Off/Weekend Working
With my course I have been timetabled two days off and with those days I either have a me day, work on my blog, or do college work. I mainly get my college work done at college, so my days off are spent doing the former two of the three, but I occasionally spend those days doing theory work for my course or tweaking pieces. By doing this, it has saved me so much class time where I can be getting on with important pieces of work.

Surrounding Myself With A Good Group Of People
Three of my closest friends are what I have made whilst being on this course, so they understand what I am doing and know, most of the time, how to help. By having friends that are on my course it makes me feel like I'm not alone in stressful situations and means that when projects are set we can work together, like in photoshoots/videoshoots. 
I also have a friend doing A Levels, so we both understand if the other can't do something one weekend etc.

Spending Time With Family
I made it a thing this year to spend every Saturday I can at my nan's. This has helped me tremendously in not losing my mind and drowning in stressful college stuff. It just gives me time to forget about the stress and focus on something else.

Friday, 2 September 2016

You're The One That I Want Book Review

I had never read a Giovanna Fletcher book before, but when I saw two of her books in The Works, I knew I had to have them. One of these books was You're The One That I Want which follows the lives of three best friends from the age of nine. Maddie is best friends with Ben and Rob and she loves them both, but on her wedding day she has to decide whether she should marry Rob or choose Ben.

Once I got into this book, I was addicted and it only took me a short amount of time to read. I loved how it was told from Maddie and Ben's perspective, but would have liked to have Rob's perspective as well. Whilst reading the book, I found myself predicting the ending. However, I still loved it and would say it is one of my favourite reads of 2016. After reading and loving this book so much, it made me super excited to read more Giovanna Fletcher books.

Have you read this?