A LITTLE PSA FOR YOU GUYS // A BLOGGING & LIFE UPDATE (Hint: I’m stressed)

Hey Guys, today I’m coming at you with a life update. I don’t think there will be many exclamation points in this post, and this will also be pretty short because I’m trying to write some other posts later tonight too.

Also, did you know PSA means public service update because up until 5 minutes ago, I didn’t!

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A LIFE UPDATE

So, as of lately I have started Uni for the first time and I am also currently five weeks into my first Trimester.  So far, I am going pretty well with classes and attendance. But, lately, I have had some pretty intense family drama, including one of my brothers being hospitalised and a lot of parental problems.

I’ve been having a lot of issues concentrating lately and the only thing keeping me going is my anxiety and Uni. I know I’m going to collapse soon but, I don’t know when hence this post.

A BLOG UPDATE

Because I’ve been feeling so anxious lately and my life is such a mess, I feel like my life is also a mess by default. I haven’t replied to comments from some of last month’s blog posts and my stats have completely gone out the window.

If I’m being honest with you guys, I would kill to go on a blogging hiatus right now, but I’m actually really excited to get to all of the blog posts I have scheduled for this month. I have a bunch of big recommendations posts, some fun How To advice posts and some interesting discussions too. I am really excited for all of these and I really want to write them for all of you guys, but realistically I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it. I know I need to take a break but in terms of posts, I already have scheduled I don’t want to have to re-route them into drafts because I really want to write them! Ugh!  don’t know if any of that made sense, but please tell me you sort of understood that??

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So, basically what this whole post comes down to is this. I am super stressed and anxious right now and all I want to do is go to Uni and work on my blog. But, I go to write a post and I just freeze up, it’s not working for me.

I might end up taking a hiatus but, I’m really not sure how this month is going to turn out because as we all know, anxiety is unpredictable af.

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ANXIETY AND BLOGGING PRESSURES?

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BLOGGING UPDATES

THE QCS TEST (AKA. MY DOOM)

Okay, I just want to cut to it because I’m supposed to be studying right now (even though all I want to do is watch ncis la). The point of this post is to basically pre-warn you guys that this could be a pretty shaky month for me. Not only is this term 3 of my last year in high school, but this month my grade also takes the QCS test.

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It’s a pretty big deal because it basically determines my future in only 2 days worth of tests.

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WILL I BE AROUND?

Yeah, so anyway. the point of this catch up post is just to let you guys know that I really don’t know how this month is going to go. I’m writing this back in May (I am prepping for August so to de-stress myself as much as possible) so I expect all I’ll be doing is stressing about my 3 social science assignments, exam block and the QCS.

Basically what I’m trying to say, is that I really don’t know if I’m going to be around the blogging community much. August is probably going to be the worst school month of my life so far and I just don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it in between classes and studying.

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ALL UP

Anyway, all up – I’m sorry if it takes me ages to get back to you with comments or check out your blogs. It’s not anything wrong on your part it’s just all down to the fact that I won’t have time or I’ll be absolutely too exhausted.

SEND ME GOOD VIBES + I’LL SEE YOU ON THE FLIP SIDE!

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I’M CHANGING MY BLOG LOOK

A couple of months ago Mikaela over at the well-thumbed reader did a total blog re-do and it got me into a blog frenzy. Naturally, I then had to do a total re-do also. I’m pretty happy with it, and I had a hell of a lot of fun doing it.

MONTHLY TBR AND WRAP UP

TBR NEW LOOK

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Initially I wasn’t going to change anything about my tbr or wrap up look but then as I was writing my May TBR and my April wrap up I started getting really tired of the set out. So this is what I came up with  , I’m really happy with it and I much prefer the set out to what I used to have.

WRAP UP NEW LOOK

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I’m also really happy with my new wrap up style – I’m really enjoying the TBR Check In feature which helps me keep track up how well I actually did tbr wise for the month.

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY NEW FEATURES

In the past few weeks I have made all new features for my blog posts, they’re all really floral which is kind of nuts for me but oh well, I think they look cool.

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NO LONGER PUSS IN BOOTS?

When I first made my blog I needed to have an icon picture but I didn’t really have anything prepared so I just used a random pictue from my laptop however, it’s been over a year so I thought it was time for a change!

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A NEW ADDITION TO MY POSTS

I’ve seen these on soo many different posts and I love them so I decided to add my own versions. I will also have a few other little aditions to some posts but these are what I’m most excited about.

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SOCIAL MEDIA ICONS

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Reading Slump? | 20.01.2017

What’s Up With Me? What a wonderful question, let me tell you. 

For the last week or so I have been in a reading slump. I know, ew. At the begining od the month I binge-read the Steelheart trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and as with all Sanderson novels, it was amazing. And from then on I didn’t have the motivation to read, I wasn’t watching TV, I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t doing much of anything to be honest.

But then, all of a sudden a few days ago I has the sudden urge to finish my re read of the Percy Jackson series and boy, did I run through those last three books. I read them in three days!

Other than randomly picking up PJO I have read 100 pages of A Darker Shade of Magic, which I am trudging through, I mean I love it but I am reading it a word a minute.

MUSIC

Roughly an hour before I started writing this post I got myself obsessed with Waitress the Musical. The soundtrack is amazing and I love it. So far, my favourite songs from the suondtrack are Door Number Three, When He Sees Me & She Used To Be Mine.

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MOVIES

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The other day I saw Rogue One and I LOVED IT! Cassian Andor was definitely my favourite and I can’t wait to get the Funko Pop of him!

I would like to see Moana while it’s at the cinema, if I can. I’ve heard amazing things about this film and I can’t wait to see it!

TV SHOWS

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Pushing Daisies

I started watching this show for the first time a few weeks ago and although I have only watched three episodes I already love it!

Class 

I have not yet started this show but I am incredibly excited! I love this show already and I barely know the names of the characters. Class is a Doctor Who spinoff but without too much Doctor Who stuf – thank god because lately Doctor Who has been pretty subpar.

Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters season 2 just started a few weeks ago and I am definitely enjoying it! I love this show and I have heard that the show is h=going to deviate a lot from the books a lot towards the second half of the season.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I bingewatched this show on Netflix as soon as it came out. I loved it and honestly I can’t wait to review it! NPH was amazing as Count Olaf and I am already highly anticipating season 2.

REVIEWS

I plan on writing reviews for the Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events and Rogue One. I should be coming later this month or early February.

Other than that, the reviews I have already posted this month are:

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Another Castle: Grimoire

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Heartless

CURRENTLY READING

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

I am roughly 220 pages into this and while I am loving it, I am reading it a page per minute. I am hoping I can finish this by Sunday but at the rate I’m going I may not even finish it by the end of the month.

Ms Marvel Vol 2

I am half way through this volume and I really enjoyed it while I was reading this but honestly I don’t really have any motivation to finish this series.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #2)

After I binge-read PJO last week I randomly decided to also re read The Heroes of Olympus because it’s been a while and hey, why not?

TO BE READ

These are the latest five books that I have added to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. Some of these books will be coming out later on in the year so I’ll be talking about them in my Autumn anticipated releases. Although, the others are already out and have been for a while.

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I bought this earlier in the month and I’m pretty excited about this one. I really don’t like reading blurbs so like a lot of the books on my TBR I really couldn’t tell you what this one is about either.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Breakfast Club with a criminal twist. Sign me the hell up!

This ounds amazing and I haven’t heard anything negative so I have high hopes!

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

A retelling of You’ve Got Mail. I am so ready for this book.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Do I even need to tell you why I want to read this? I love learning about the Greeks (even though I already know this story) so this is certainly up my alley!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I can’t say I actually know what this books is about, all I know is this is an important read and will make me bawl.

What’s Up With Me // 25.09.2016

Hey you guys, I’ve never written a blog post that didn’t revolve completely around books but I thought it would be fun to give you an update on the other things that I’m looking forward to.

TV Shows:

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  • This Is Us

I’ve only seen the pilot episode but it’s the new Parenthood so I am very excited about the show! (plus Milo Ventimiglia is in it so duh I’m watching it)

  • Gilmore Girls

Over the past few months I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls (for the first time, I know, what’s wrong with me!) I actually only finished the last episode yesterday, and let me just say that I am very happy about the revival because that last season was terrible and left me with no closure.

  • Heroes 

I watched season 1 of this a few years back but never stated the next season. Recently I started rewatching it and am hoping to finish the show! (Have you noticed a theme with these shows yet?)

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The show just came back in the past week and honestly, guys I am living!

Movies:

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  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to see this movie but some of my friends really want to see the film so I guess I am going after all.

  • Bridget Jones’s Baby

I have actually seen this one and oh my gosh guys, IT WAS HILARIOUS! I seriously recommend it.

  • Storks

I’ve also seen this film and guys holy cow this was also hilarious! I really thought this was going to be pretty meh but it was amazing!

 

What I'm Currently Reading:

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• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I started this at the beginning of the month because I’m rereading the books. I’m roughly 200 pages in and am, of course loving it but I keep forgetting I’m reading it.

• Not Another Happy Ending

I saw this book at the library last month and thought it sounded awesome. I am really enjoying it and also really love the movie!

• Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

One of my friends and I are going to see the movie at some point so I figured now was a good time to read it. I’m 100 pages in and honestly I am not enjoying it at all. Have you guys read this? Should I continue?

• Amulet Book 5

I’m 80% of the way through this one but, like with Harry Potter I keep forgetting that I’m reading it.