Excuses, Social Media, Books and more

Hey Guys!

It has been a while since I last posted something on my blog, and it’s completely my fault. I’ve been meaning to get back into writing book reviews and other posts – but I just couldn’t bring myself to writing anything. Honestly, I started this blog so that I could share my opinions on books and what not – but I haven’t been doing much of that lately. I think it’s because I feel like maybe it was a mistake for me to start a blog reviewing books – because I read for the pleasure of reading, but then I also want to share my opinion and I am very conflicted!

But anyway, I think I may be back for good now – I may be writing more content (and this time I mean it!) and sharing more things rather than just books!

And if I’m not back for good – I’m also in tumblr and Instagram, here are my social media profiles:

  • Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/iamallabout
    • here you can see all the stuff that I like, and all the things that I am about. I just tend to share other people’s blog posts so not much of my own content there hehe
  • 2nd Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/studiousgirl97
    • my 2nd tumblr blog, which mostly consists of study posts and stuff relating to school – because I’m a bod like that. But here you will see one of the things I am most passionate about – studying!
  • Instagram: @studiousteenreads
    • I mostly post pictures of books – because I’m all about the books, I’ve been posting almost everyday the past week – so if you actually want updates from me, then you will be able to reach me here! So follow me!

I am more likely to be updating and using these accounts since I’ve got the apps on my phone, sadly I don’t have enough memory space to download wordpress on my phone – so yea, I will be updating you guys mainly on these three sites.

I have been quite busy, and am still quite busy up to now – since I’ve managed to get a part-time job (which I am currently loving and although it means I don’t have much free time anymore, I think its okay because working where I work I really do love it there although I’ve only been there for like a week – but I work with lovely people and the customers are very nice and lovely) and school is going to be a pain as well since I’ve been given  a lot of work to do! But that’s fine because I’ve been managing it and having made plans and schedules means that I should be able to stay on top of my workload.

Well, that is the end of the excuses (I think) and now we are onto books!

So over the past two weeks (or so, I can’t remember the last time I posted something) I have been reading more books, and these books I either love completely or got bored not even a quarter through and just dropped it on the floor never to be picked up again. So I’ll quickly go through the books that I’ve read recently!

More Than This by Patrick Ness

First up is this lovely, lovely book. I really enjoyed reading it (I read it at night so it resulted in me staying up until one in the morning, but that is fine) and I loved everything about the book. More Than This is a book about Seth Wearing who died from drowning – but then woke up in what he believes is his personal hell, since he woke up in the English town he grew up in, where bad memories that he’d rather forget happened.

There’s quite a few philosophical questions thrown in there too – mainly about the big questions – like existentialism and reality… I love it!!!!!!!!!!

Ah! I can’t write a summary of the story without giving everything away, because once I start talking about it I don’t think I’ll be able to stop – I’ll just a word vomit and I’ll spoil it for you! So as John Green said “JUST READ IT” – because it’s that good – in my opinion.

There’s one thing I know for sure though, I will be buying other works by Patrick Ness soon and reading more of his work  because I really loved More Than This!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Now here is a book that I can totally relate too. It’s about Cath who is a fangirl and she’s an introvert and would rather stay inside her dorm room writing fanfiction about Simon and Baz!

I too once wrote fanfictions, and still read quite a few of them, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. There’s just something about finishing a book and not quite being satisfied with the ending – or you are satisfied with the ending but you want to read more about these characters you have become so attached with. So, I can completely understand Cath!

What I really loved about this book is how it seems unrealistic, but when you know that you’re somewhat like the main character – you can completely relate to it and understand everything about it! I mean I know I was like that at some point. There’s also the bonus contents from the fanfiction that Cath is writing – but, there’s also a drawback of that – it doesn’t really add much to the story apart from Cath’s dedication in writing the her fanfic and also reading it out to Levi (her roommates ex-boyfriend/friends/and later on her boyfriend).

Ah, I just loved the book! I’m looking forward to read more from Rainbow Rowell (I just need to make sure that I save up enough money to buy me some more books)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

It’s a classic children’s book – what can I say, I love classics and Alice in Wonderland was one of my favourite childhood Disney film, so I decided on a whim to buy the book at TK Maxx (which cost me only £3.99 by the way compared to the RRP of £10) and started reading it once I got on the bus.

Need I say more?

And last on my “read” list is…

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This has been a wonderful read as well, it’s about a teenager who is suffering from depression, which has led him to want to commit suicide just to get away from the pressure and stress he is experiencing from the school he is in. As a result he admits himself into a Psychiatric Hospital where he stay for four days, and there he starts to get better – but not fully but at least he want to “live, live, live, live, live”.

I think this has been one of the best reads I’ve had so far, since it is something truly amazing – it openly talks about depression and how it can lead to suicidal thoughts and how there is always help and hope in everything! That you shouldn’t give up and keep on living because you have to think about the future, and you have to think about yourself – but also think about the other people around you who will be affected.

It’s not like any other books I’ve read – I don’t think I’ve read a book that depicts what it’s really like for a teenager – with school, and social expectations – the stress of it all, and how it can take a toll on us. Then there’s also the hope that it represents – how there is hope in everything!

But… the author sadly died in 2012 from the disease that Craig managed to survive – depression.

On that note, I would also like to share something that I will be taking part in in the near future. My school have taken the initiative to raise awareness about mental health amongst teenagers and its importance, and a month ago a lady came to talk to us about the initiative in an assembly. So as a result, she asked people in my school if they wanted to volunteer – and I, feeling strongly about this (because although I may not suffer from mental health issues, I know people out there are) volunteered – sadly, I missed the first meeting today – but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up soon though because I think that this is a great opportunity to be a part of.

Mental Health issues, like depression, anxiety and even stress (and other much more severe diseases) are being taken lightly or even stigmatised as something that shouldn’t be spoken out loud in public, that it should be something to be ashamed of. But I really think that by stigmatising this topic, we are not helping anyone – and we are just keeping many, many people from becoming aware and less ignorant of the importance of mental health.

In two weeks time, there will be another meeting and I hope that I will be able to go then. Hopefully I will be able to share with you what is happening and what the plan is – and soon I hope that more people have considered more the importance of mental health and that it is something that we should be talking about and not avoiding – because it makes a difference to a person who is suffering from any form of mental health issue.

So that’s something that I wanted to share with you guys.

On a different note, I think I’ve mentioned this several times in my previous posts – but I may be posting some school series stuff for all you students out there! so look out for those (if I ever get around to them)

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my rambles and what not.

See you soon,

‘nielle

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