Sunday, 19 February 2017

Glasgow Photo Diary

A few days ago I went on a trip to Glasgow for the very first time! It was freezing and I ate my body weight in steak, but I managed to take a lot of photos! 

I found out that this is the first House of Fraser ever and it is huge! It's even bigger than the shopping center in the city I live in. 

Went to the Willow Tea Rooms, where I had afternoon tea for the first time ever! 

As you can see I ate a lot.

Obviously can't visit Scotland without drinking Iron Bru.

Also got to go to a comedy club where a heckler who was about five foot got really agro and smashed his glasses on the floor.
This is also apparently a thing. This statue has a traffic cone on its head and whenever it falls off or gets taken down, someone always puts it back up.
We took the train home, and our train managed to get delayed for like 4 hours. But I got this pretty photo of my last glimpse of Scotland! 

What I learned about Glasgow:

  • People in Glasgow are really friendly! Everyone I met there was so nice (apart from that heckler).
  • Iron Bru is a lot more popular over there than I expected.
  • Deep-fried Mars bars are impossible to find. Apparently you have to go to Edinburgh for that.
  • Deep-fried pizzas are a thing though.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goodbye 2016

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to say goodbye to 2016! It's been a year a lot of people are happy to see the back of. It's been a pretty morbid year, but there have been some good points.

2016 Highlights

• I got to finally go on my dream trip to Disneyland Paris! I never thought I would be able to go, but my boyfriend took me for my birthday!

• I graduated university with a 2:1 degree! After my first two years of getting 2:2s overall, I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to get a 2:1 and I was so happy that I actually managed to achieve it!

• My boyfriend and I moved in together! In June we moved into our own cute little house!

Goals for 2017

• I really want to get my motivation back, as I lost it pretty much halfway through 2016.

• Blog more often. I lost to motivation to blog halfway through 2016, which is why my posts are so few and far between. This year I'm going to attempt to make a schedule and stick to it!

• Travel more. Never thought I'd be saying that, as I had have an intense fear of travelling, but my travel posts are the ones I tend to be the most proud of!

• READ MORE! I barely read anything in 2016! I also want to write more posts about books!

• Have a huge clear out and make the house more homely.

• Obligatory eat more healthy and drink more water goal.

Can't say I've spent the first day of 2017 making a start on these goals. I've been cleaning up, watching Peep Show, and trying to get rid of a hangover headache.

Let me know your New Year resolutions/goals!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

The 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

This year I decided to take part in the 2016 Goodreads reading challenge. If you don't know what Goodreads is, it's basically Facebook, but for books. Each year they set a challenge where you get to choose however many books you want to try and read over the course of the year. I chose to read 22 books, since this year I turned 22, myself.


I completed the challenge! (But barely!)

This year I have not been on the ball. I only just managed to complete the challenge, and only because some of the things I chose to read weren't full-on novels. I'll try not to spoil any of them!

The Full List:

1. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
2. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
3. As They Rise (The Eva Series #1) by J.M. Wilde
4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
5. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
6. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
7. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
10. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
11. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran.
12. Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry
13. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
14. Online (Vol. 1) by Midori Amagaeru (Manga)
15. The Walking Dead (Compendium #2) by Robert Kirkman
16. Guts by Chuck Palahniuk
17. Gakuen Babysitters (Vol. 1) by Tokeino Hari
18. Battle Royale (Vol. 1) by Takami Koushun
19. Battle Royale (Vol. 2) by Takami Koushun
20. Battle Royale (Vol. 3) by Takami Koushun
21. Battle Royale (Vol. 4) by Takami Koushun
22. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

As an extra, I also read One Day by David Nicholls. I've read this a few times before, but I wanted to read it again, when I graduated, since its about two characters and what they get up to in their years after their own graduations.

As you can see there are quite a few short stories and mangas in there to bump the list up. I loved Gakuen Babysitters, which my boyfriend recommended I should read; it's so CUTE, and I really need to get back to reading it! I read Peter Pan while I was in Disneyland Paris (where I've always wanted to go) and so that will have a special place in my heart now. I also read The Diary of a Young Girl while in Amsterdam, because I'm a basic bitch.

There weren't many books that I outright hated. My friend told me I should read Guts and it was DISGUSTING, but I love telling people about it, because it was the weirdest thing I've ever read. If you read it let me know. I love seeing people's reactions to it! The Girl on the Train was very hyped up, and I guessed who the killer was pretty early on. I also had some problems with Alice, but I might end up writing a full review on that book, but I'll see!

I've wrote very brief reviews for all these books on my Goodreads profile which is here!

Let me know if you've read any of these books, and let me know if you've done this challenge yourself!

Thanks for reading!