Book Gift Guide

If you’re starting to panic about Christmas presents – or, more accurately, lack of – don’t worry! I’ve compiled a few of my personal recommendations for some of the people in your life…

For the amateur detective:

A classic, but definitely worth the read! Every page brings a new turn to the story and the ending is still unexpected. This is the sort of book that you could easily tear through if you had a few (blissful) hours to yourself. And, maybe this is superficial but I still think it’s important 😉, you can get copies with beautiful covers!

For the feminist/dystopian fan:

If you (or someone you know) enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love this. The world has been flipped upside down; women discover they have the ultimate power and are able to hurt, even kill, men with a flick of the fingers. A fast-paced, gripping novel, this is sure to go down well as a Christmas present.

For the “I-don’t-read-fiction” friend:

I’m going to be studying English literature and linguistics at uni hopefully, so this was a really interesting read for me. Even if you have no knowledge of linguistics or no plans to study it in future, you’ll enjoy this. Linguistics probably isn’t the first choice of non-fiction for many readers but as language is crucial to everyday life, the topic is intriguing and I guarantee readers will be hooked.

For the young adult:

This is probably in the top 10 books I’ve read in 2018. Being set in a high school makes it all the more appealing; McManus so accurately depicts the different cliques in high schools. It genuinely feels like you could be living in the story. I love how the narration is from different viewpoints as well – you truly get to know the characters (and yet, you also don’t know who to believe!)

For the traveller:

“Us” follows the holiday of a scientist, an artist and their son, an attempt to save their failing family. If you love travel and art, you’ll enjoy this. Several famous galleries and landmarks feature, along with the adventures of each character – for a lighthearted read for anyone, I’d recommend.

For the teenage comedian:

An oldie but a goldie. Need I say more? Everyone loves Adrian Mole and his teenage struggles – a fabuloso Christmas gift, if you ask me 😉

Thanks to my friend for the inspo to write this post 😉 if you buy any of the books I’ve recommended (for yourself or for someone else) let me know what you think!

2017 year review

Since this is ~probably~ going to be my last post of the year (or at least, one of the last posts) a summary of 2017 seemed like a good way to end another year of blogging.

I don’t think there’s ever been a year with such massive highs and such huge lows, however cringey and cliche that sounds. I started my Instagram account on the 19th December 2016 and this now has 765 followers, which is insane – who knew that amount of people were interested in what I post?! I restarted my blog, the one you’re looking at right now, and this is already more successful in the 3 months or so that I’ve had it than any other blog of mine so far. Some of the people I’ve made contact with online are amazing and so inspirational, and when they notice your account that feels pretty damn good too!! James Gulliver Hancock, whose beautiful illustrated architecture books make up 70% of my feed liked and commented on one of my photos, and I fangirled. A lot.

I also took my GCSEs this year, and wow. I was very worried about these for a big part of the year but, as things have a habit of doing, everything worked out in the end and I was beyond happy with my results. Getting these results meant that I could study my 4 favourite subjects for A Levels, and I couldn’t be much happier at school. And speaking of education, I recently went on a masterclass in Cambridge?! Cambridge?!!

I’ve started work this year! I’m on my second Saturday job now, the first being in an ice cream kiosk and my current one working in a retail shop. I love it! I’ve also done lots of volunteering this year, particularly with children who have special educational needs and disabilities, and I find it so rewarding to see them smiling and happy.

Of course, 2017 was a long way from perfect. In March, a friend of mine died. She was only 16 and she was one of the first friends I made at high school. I miss her a lot but it showed me how precious and short life is which makes me appreciate also how beautiful life actually is.

On a cheerier note, I’ve done so much travelling this year that I’ve not been at home for more than 3 months at a time and HOW COOL is that?! ✨ all the places that I’ve visited this year (Edinburgh, London, Spain, Holland and New York) have been so memorable for different reasons and I’m forever grateful to my parents for enabling us to visit them and experience different cultures and ways of life.

I’ve realised this year that some people are not who you think they are, and that’s okay. The best thing you can do is think, ‘if they’re not bringing me any happiness, why should I be with them?’ Your self worth is an extremely valuable thing.

At the start of the year, I used to wash my hands a lot (as in, a lot), but the long summer holiday we had after completing GCSEs gave me time to really work on this problem. Now I’m much more relaxed and I wouldn’t describe myself as a germophobe anymore; compared to this time last year that’s a huge step!! My self confidence has grown massively this year too, partly due to this and also due to starting work and sixth form, which require you to be sociable and engaged. Generally though, I’m just happier in my own skin and next year, I want to spread this message of positivity on all of the social media platforms I own.

I really hope your 2017 has been lovely and filled with positivity 🤗 the bad times are inevitable but they do make you stronger, which is another thing I’ve learnt this year. Thank you for reading this, your support means the world to me, and if I don’t post on here again this year, have an absolutely wonderful Christmas if you celebrate and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Cara xxxx