Beating The Stress

Posted on 28 May, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hi Guys!

Today I’ve got a bit of a different post for you all. I want to talk about how I deal with all of the stress in my life – and believe me there’s a lot! This isn’t a post that is going to be full of research and there’s no guarantee that these things will work for you. This is simply a post listing the things that I do when stress rears its ugly head and I realise that I don’t want to let it consume me. Stress, for me, occurs at odd moments in my life. I get stressed at work, stressed with blogging, stressed with my own personal targets and stressed with friends and family. It’s a lot to deal with and I know that it is bad for your health so I try to do a few things to keep my stress levels down.

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Read

This is probably the most obvious thing that I do when stressed. But reading helps me to step away from everything going on in my life and to only focus on the characters in the story. It allows me to momentarily put my own thoughts and stresses aside which is very helpful. It also lowers my stress because when I’m done reading, I look up and just step back into it feeling more relaxed and able to tackle to the problems I’ve been faced with.

Exercise

It is actually proven that exercise is good to do when stressed because of the adrenaline. Your body is pumping with it and it needs to go somewhere. There is a reason why, when we’re angry we feel like wanting to punch something. It’s our body’s way of asking us to release some steam. My personal stress exercise of choice is swimming but this can be expensive and a bit difficult to fit in around the pool times so I usually just strap on my trainers and go running. It doesn’t have to be a long work-out but as I put my energy into moving my body, my mind often clears. I can come up with the best ideas and problem solutions while pounding the pavement.

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Tea

If this doesn’t scream how British I am, I don’t know what will. But if I’m really stressed, I often like to just sit back and relax with a cup of tea. I don’t know why this helps – I’m no scientist! – but I do know that I often feel better after a cup of tea. Of course, this could just be because I take the time to sit still for a few minutes and focus only on my tea and nothing else but I like to think it’s because tea is magic. In my mind, tea can fix all the problems.

Organisation

This is probably a very personal thing to do but one of the things that really de-stresses me is getting myself organised. Whether that’s with blogging, at work, in my bedroom, on my bookcase, or my social life. If I’m organising anything, I am focussing on making sure that everything is in order rather than stressing about something else. And when it all fits and works and looks neat, I can’t help but feel elated and wonderful. There is that saying about a tidy kitchen and a tidy mind, right?

To-Do Lists

If the thing I am stressing over is that I am running out of time, I like to make myself a to-do list. What do I need to do in what time? What, from that list, is the priority? What NEEDS to be done before the end of the day and what can wait? Sitting down and (ironically) organising my day and the tasks I have to do can really help to focus my brain and drain the stress away. It doesn’t leave completely from this method – especially if I feel I just don’t have enough time in the day!

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Relaxing

I think the biggest thing I do when I’m stressing is to make sure that I don’t forget to take breaks to relax. When I’m stressed I know that I would really like to just keep at whatever I’m doing but I also know that this is not the most practical thing to do. By remembering to take a break, even if it is just for ten minutes, helps to re-focus the brain to the task at hand. I remember when writing essays, I would always stop to make myself a cup of tea. And just that stepping away for a few minutes to do that, would inspire me with an idea. I’d go back with my tea and only realise a few hours later that I never actually drank it. So I definitely try to keep taking small breaks every few hours to stop the stress from overwhelming me.

And that’s it. (I think).
All the various things I do when stress rears its ugly head. I know that relaxation is supposed to be very helpful but I’ve never been able to do it properly. My mind has a tendency to just continue talking to me. I’ve even done a technique where I repeat the word “no” over and over in my brain to stop my brain and have it ask me “but why no?”. Instead, one part of my brain got into the rhythm of saying “no” while the other part of my brain continued stressing. That was no help to me!

But what about you?

What do you do to beat the stress of life?

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Posted on 28 May, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; The IT Girl by Katy Birchall

Posted on 27 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

The It GirlTitle: The IT Girl
Author: Katy Birchell
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Published: 7th May 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.

3) Do not set the school’s Deputy Queen Bee mean girl’s hair on fire (again).

4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.

5) Go to Africa and give out rice.

6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.

7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard…


It’s Time To

At a blogger event I was given the opportunity to listen to an extract of this book and it had me giggling very quickly – along with many other bloggers and thus I knew it was one that I would inevitably pick up and read all the way through. While this book was entertaining and it did make me laugh throughout, it still felt like there was just something missing. The plot was quite predictable and it was a story line that has been done a fair few times before but there wasn’t anything new about it. However, I still enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

Learn Who

If you’ve read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot then you are very likely to enjoy this story. Just like Mia, Anna is a nobody at her school, she is clumsy, a little bit crazy and not very well liked. Then one day she is seen as royalty. (Though not literally in this one!). While I did like how the book played out, I couldn’t help but feel that there wasn’t enough uniqueness to this story to keep me captivated throughout. To be honest, the plot really lets this story down.

To Be

On the other hand, I found the characters to be a breath of fresh air. With characters that are fun, full of flair and interesting to hoot, it is the main reason I continued reading until the very end. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that Anna was like a little mini Bridget Jones – in that she was constantly making a fool of herself and pining over the wrong guy. She definitely makes this book shine. On top of that I loved Marianne, Jess, Danny and Connor. I thought they were all fantastic characters that I very much enjoyed reading about.

In The World

It was the characters in this story that really made it for me. They were just so great to read about and made it easier to overlook the predictable storyline. I did love that the book was a mix between Bridget Jones and Princess Diaries and love that it celebrates being yourself over being someone else – even if you are essentially crazy and over the top. After all, if you are that way, you make us laugh and we think you’re wonderful because you’re passionate and sensitive and fun. This book could have been better but it does work the way it is. I know that this review may have seemed negative but I promise that I did enjoy reading it and am very glad I did. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and if you’re looking for an easy and fun read, then you should give this book a try!

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 27 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review; The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter

Posted on 26 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

The Happy Ever After of Rosie PotterTitle: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Publisher: Sphere
Published: May 21st 2015
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you’re dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter’s afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).


If You Die

If you know me at all, you will know that I have a little soft spot for ghost stories and I’ve been in a big chick lit mood recently so when I stumbled across this book, I simply could not resist picking it up. I quickly fell into this story, it was light, easy to read and the main character had a very fun and loud personality that I just loved completely. I found myself often laughing out loud during moments at the book and by the end of it, I ended up crying myself to sleep over it. It was a great book that I very much enjoyed, fully connected with and am incredibly glad that I decided to read.

Very Suddenly

There’s often a predictability that comes with chick lit novels because the girl hates the guy and then eventually falls in love with the guy and everything is happily ever after. But what I liked about this book is that it put everything on its head. The plot of this book was clever, interesting and definitely kept me interested. It was full of fun but also full of seriousness, it was moving and heart-warming all at the same time as well. If the plot had fallen flat, I definitely don’t think I would have enjoyed this book so much but Kate Winter has really managed to write a very captivating story.

How Do You

One of the best things, by far, was Rosie Potter. Her character was so lively – in the most ironic sense seeing as she was dead. She had this fun flair about her that made me laugh and I just loved her narration and commentary throughout the entire novel. I really enjoyed getting to know more about her and her life and by the end of it, I felt so much for her and I just felt so sad about what happened to her. Alongside Rosie, I also fell very much head over hells for Charles. He was such a gentleman. He was protective, loyal, strong, caring and just so loving. I loved how he acted throughout the novel and I loved just everything about his character so much. He was just so perfect.

Say Goodbye

Overall, this was book that I very much enjoyed. It made me feel lots of emotions, made me think and made me really look at my life too. It was an easy read but one that really sticks with you. I loved that this book was also set in Ireland and such a small town too. I thought it was all wonderfully done and brilliantly written and I will definitely be keeping my eye on Kate Winter for her next book. If you’re looking for an emotional, lovely and fun read then I would highly recommend The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter. It is such a lovely and enjoyable read and I am certain that you won’t regret it!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 26 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Readathon Goals & Updates!

Posted on 25 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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IT HAS STARTED!

Yaay! Today marks the beginning of the LGBT Readathon! This week will be devoted to reading as many LGBT themed books as I possibly can with a fair few others doing the same and I am just really excited that it has all finally kicked off!

If you want to join in, you can find all the information and how to sign up by clicking here.

In this post I will list my goals, my book choices and will also update thoughout the week with how I am progressing!


The Goals

I’m going to be at work all week and probably going to be busy in the evenings too BUT I am still aiming to read at least two books but I am hoping to actually finish three.

I very rarely meet my goals during readathons but I’m hoping I’ll stick to it this week as I’ve got some SUPER exciting books to read!

I also want to keep updating twitter, to interact lots on twitter and to just enjoy the week!


The Books

So I have the two books I REALLY want to read first. These are;

gracefully grayson this is not a love story

Then this a list of all the books that are high on my TBR that I’d also REALLY like to read…

Read Me Like A Book unspeakable Simon Vs The Homosapians
The Art of Being Normal A Kiss in the Dark Darkest Part of The Forest 4 1

Which book would you recommend I read?


Updates

To come…


And if you’ve made a goal post and want to share it with us all, you can add it to the linky below! (Don’t worry a TBR/Goal Post is not necessary for the readathon!)

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Posted on 25 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights; The Late Edition

Posted on 24 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

weekly highlights
Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.
In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

I’ve had a busy week on the blog this week and, fortunately, since changing my blog up a bit, I’ve been feeling far more motivated and happy with blogging again. I’ve had SO MANY ideas and this has just made me feel very happy about my blogging. I cannot wait to share with you all everything going on in my head!

So, this week;

I posted ONE review;
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) (FOUR HEARTS)

I told you all that I’m running the race for life in June and asked if you would be nice enough to sponsor me. You can read my story about that here.

And I posted a recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms. I love them SO MUCH. But I also just LOVE mushrooms so that would make sense. Anyway, find out how to make stuffed mushrooms that make your mouth water by clicking here.


LGBT Readathon

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The LGBT Readathon starts TOMORROW.

I am SO EXCITED.

I will also be posting up my goals tomorrow and the books that I have to select from, but really, I just cannot wait to dive into these books.

With that in mind, this week I posted my top ten LGBT reads. Find out what they are here.

And, if you haven’t signed up for the readathon yet, you can do so here.


Blogger Spotlight

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I also had the lovely Sofia on the blog again this week. She wrote a wonderful guest post about five-star reads. You should make sure you check that out here.


Letterbox Love

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I got a few books this week. Two review copies, one library book and I bought three books on kindle too. One of these days I will learn how to stop…

The Lost and the Found P.S I Still Love You The Last Summer of Us

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clark; I am very much looking forward to this book, it sounds incredible and I really enjoyed Torn so I’m looking forward to what else this author has in store. Many thanks to Hachette for this review copy.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han; I actually haven’t read the first one in this series but I do have it to read so I’ll probably get to that soon. Many thanks to Scholastic for this review copy.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt; I’ve been dying to read this one so I was very happy when this finally arrived at the library! I started reading the first chapter and got hooked instantly. Cannot wait to finish the rest of it.

All Fall Down Skullduggery Pleasant The Last Telegram

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner; This book caught my eye in the library. It sounds like the perfect book for me so when I saw it was on Kindle for less than £2 I couldn’t resist. Cannot wait to see what this book is all about.

Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; This is another book that was on Kindle for less than £2. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read for AGES so maybe I might now get around to it. Maybe?

The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow; This one was another book that caught my eye in the library. The synopsis was read and it sounded like a very ME book. Add in another kindle deal and you know you have a girl who just couldn’t stay away. Looking forward to seeing if this is as good as it sounds.


Currently Reading

The It Girl The Greatest Love Story of All Time Switched


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 24 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted on 23 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

One Stuffed Mushroom

(*Please note* I do not like food that has too much flavour and thus my recipes are likely to be more bland/basic to some recipes you see but trust me when I say they still taste amazing.)

Stuffed Mushrooms

If there is one food item that I love, it is mushrooms. If I could, I would very happily eat mushrooms in every single meal but that probably wouldn’t be the healthiest diet in the world. Thus, due to my overwhelming love of this vegetable, I am always on the lookout for brilliant recipes that include them. Then one day I stumbled across this recipe for stuffed mushrooms. I knew it was something that had to be created. I changed the cheese for regular cheddar and I used just plain large mushrooms instead of portobello ones. I also didn’t add many of the spices. So the first time I made this, it was okay but a little plain – even for me!

I also wanted to try out a vegetarian stuffed mushroom recipe and so I jumped for glee when I stumbled across this recipe. I used different vegetables and sort of did a mix between the above recipe and this recipe. Below I will tell you how to make both the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian stuffed mushrooms.


Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Mushroom

Ingredients

(Cooking for one)
Olive Oil
3 Large Mushrooms
1 Rasher of Bacon
1/2 Onion
50g (roughly) grated cheddar
Breadcrumbs (homemade or storebought)
1 Clove of Garlic
Dried Parsley

What You’ll Need

1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Frying Pan
1 Fishslice
1 Plate
1 Bowl
1 Blender (for breadcrumbs)
1 Garlic Crusher (not necessary)
1 Spoon
1 Grater
1 Baking Tray


Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. First of all you should de-stalk two of the large mushrooms and if you want to de-skin them as well. Then leave to one side.
  3. Then peel the skin off the third mushroom and chop them into slices, then half the slices.
  4. Peel the onion and dice into rough squares
  5. Add the bacon to the frying pan and cook. (For this I don’t add any oil as the fat from the bacon usually fries it up nicely.)
  6. Once the bacon is cooked, place it onto the chopping board.
  7. Add a little olive oil to the frying pan and add the onions
  8. Cook the onions for about five minutes, then add the cut up mushrooms and cook for a further five minutes.
  9. Remove from the frying pan and place onto a plate for the time being
  10. Now you want to add a little more olive oil to the frying pan and place the large mushrooms into the pan.
  11. Cook on one side for 5 minutes, before turning them over and cooking for a further five minutes.
  12. While the mushrooms are cooking, cut up the cooked bacon into small bite-size pieces.
  13. You can also use this time to grate your cheese, if it’s not already been grated
  14. Cover your baking tray with tin foil and then place the two mushrooms on top so that they are open upwards.
  15. Return the chopped mushrooms, onions and bacon to the frying pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  16. With the heat on low, mix the filling together until it is a cheesy mess.
  17. Now put the filling in/on top of your mushrooms on the baking tray.
  18. Blend one slice of bread to make breadcrumbs, or add a few teaspoons of ready-made breadcrumbs into a bowl.
  19. Chop or crush your garlic clove and add it to the breadcrumbs
  20. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of dried parsley to the breadcrumbs and mix well.
  21. Sprinkle the mixture generously on top of the mushrooms.
  22. Place the baking tray into the pre-heated oven for about 8 minutes until they’re golden and delicious – and don’t worry about any spilling onto the foil.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushroom

Ingredients

(Cooking for one)
Olive Oil
3 Large Mushrooms
Half a small tin of sweetcorn
1/2 Onion
1/2 Red/Yellow/Green Pepper
50g (roughly) grated cheddar
Breadcrumbs (homemade or storebought)
1 Clove of Garlic
Dried Parsley

What You’ll Need

1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Frying Pan
1 Fishslice
1 Plate
1 Bowl
1 Blender (for breadcrumbs)
1 Garlic Crusher (not necessary)
1 Spoon
1 Grater
1 Baking Tray


Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. First of all you should de-stalk two of the large mushrooms and if you want to, de-skin them as well. Then leave to one side.
  3. Then peel the skin off the third mushroom and chop them into slices, then half the slices.
  4. Peel the onion and dice into rough squares
  5. Wash the pepper and then dice this into rough squares too.
  6. Add a little olive oil to the frying pan and add the onions
  7. Cook the onions for about five minutes, then add the cut up mushrooms and peppers and cook for a further five minutes.
  8. Remove from the frying pan and place onto a plate for the time being.
  9. Now you want to add a little more olive oil to the frying pan and place the large mushrooms into the pan.
  10. Cook on one side for 5 minutes, before turning them over and cooking for a further five minutes.
  11. While the mushrooms are cooking, use this time to grate your cheese, if it’s not already been grated.
  12. Cover your baking tray with tin foil and then place the two mushrooms on top so that they are open upwards.
  13. Return the chopped mushrooms, onions and pepper to the frying pan. Also add the sweetcorn. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  14. With the heat on low, mix the filling together until it is a cheesy mess.
  15. Now put the filling in/on top of your mushrooms on the baking tray.
  16. Blend one slice of bread to make breadcrumbs, or add a few teaspoons of ready-made breadcrumbs into a bowl.
  17. Chop or crush your garlic clove and add it to the breadcrumbs
  18. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of dried parsley to the breadcrumbs and mix well.
  19. Sprinkle the mixture generously on top of the mushrooms.
  20. Place the baking tray into the pre-heated oven for about 8 minutes until they’re golden and delicious – and don’t worry about any spilling onto the foil.

Voila!
That is how I make these yummy and moorish stuffed mushrooms. I personally love making them both ways but I think I might actually prefer the vegetarian ones (shhh, don’t tell!).
I hope you love these as much as I do and if you do make some, I’d love to hear how it goes!

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Posted on 23 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Blogger Spotlight; Guest Post!

Posted on 22 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

SofiaSpotlight

Hi Guys!
Today I have a brilliant guest post from the lovely Sofia to share with you all. She’s here today to talk about five star reads.


Earlier today, I was thinking about all the books I have given 5 stars. Most of them have absolutely nothing in common and they could not be any more different from one another. So why do they all get the same rating in my opinion? Why do I love them equally?

Different people want different things from books at different times. I’m most definitely a mood reader so sometimes I want to read a fantasy novel and sometimes I want to read a fluffy romance novel(this happens more often than I care to admit). Therefore, this means I enjoy various different types of books along with most readers. I am yet to meet someone who only reads one specific genre because I think in a way we all like to read a wide range.

Some of the books I’ve given 5 stars.

So why do I give some books 5 stars? My main reason is always enjoyment. If I don’t enjoy reading a book, why would I give it 5 stars? Even if the writing is fantastic, the plot is amazing and the characters are diverse, if I didn’t enjoy reading the book I can’t give it 5 stars. This happened most recently with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. Everything about this book was great yet for some reason, I didn’t enjoy reading it. I still don’t know why but because I didn’t, I couldn’t give it 5 stars.

Writing also plays a big role in my overall rating. If something about the writing is off, it doesn’t deserve a 5 star rating from me. Whether it’s because of how it flows or because of the words picked, I won’t give it 5 stars if it’s slacking in the writing department. I can think of a few books where I personally think the writing wasn’t good enough for the plot but the most recent one is probably Still Falling by Sheena Wilkinson. This was a good book and the plot was amazing but it didn’t flow correctly for me so I couldn’t give it 5 stars.

Now obviously characters also play an important role too. If the characters are incredibly annoying, I can’t give it 5 stars. If I feel like punching them constantly or throwing my book across the room, then it wasn’t a perfect book for me(unless I was meant to feel that way because they are meant to be villains).
How fast I read the book also always plays an important role in it too because if I devour a book quickly, it generally means I love it. I can devour many different books quickly. For example, I read all of Stephanie Perkins’ novels in a day and I also could not put down The Sin Eater’s Daughter and those two are completely different from one another.

So those are some of the reasons that I need to consider before giving a book 5 out of 5 stars. What are some of your reasons? Are there some books that you wanted to give 5 stars but something about it stopped you?


What a fantastic post!
You can read more of her wonderful posts on her blog and you can follow her on twitter.

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Posted on 22 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Race For Life; Why I’m Running 10k in June

Posted on 21 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

Hi Guys!

Something you may not know about me is that I am an avid charity runner. I love pushing myself to run just a little bit further or faster each year and raising money for charity while I do it. It’s great motivation to just keep going and it just feels good to know that I’m doing something good with my life; something worthwhile.

Normally I run 5K, and when I say run, I mean jog, walk, jog, walk. But this year I asked my little sister if she would join me in running the Race for Life in support of Breast Cancer and Cancer Research UK. She agreed but on one condition; we run 10k. This is because she’s run a half-marathon and 5k was a puny amount to her.

I was a little nervous but knowing that I like to push myself for running, I decided to agree. Thus, on June 20th I will strapping on the trainers and running 10k. I am putting emphasis on running because this year, not only am I going a longer distance but I actually want to run without stopping for the entirety of it. This is, obviously, not going to be easy.

So far I have finally surpassed the 5k barrier and have actually managed to run 5.6k without stopping. I have, admittedly, slowed my running down during the distance but I never stopped or started walking and that, for me, is already an achievement. Now all I need to do is continue training until I can keep going all the way to 10k.

But aside from just telling you how I’m doing and what I’m doing, this post is also a small plea to ask if you will be so kind as to…

Sponsor Me

I’m hoping to raise anywhere between £50 and £100 but I can’t do that alone. All donations are welcome but, unfortunately, on the JustGiving website you have to donate at least £2. If you’re someone I will likely bump into at a bookish event in London and wish to donate less than that, let me know and we’ll sort something out!

But why should you sponsor me?

You may know what I’m doing and that I love running for charity, but is that enough for you to pull out your wallet? Probably not. So now I want to tell you why I am specifically running the Race for Life this year and why I would truly appreciate every single penny that I get sponsored.

Breast Cancer is something that, unfortunately, runs in my family. So far it has been found in my lovely and wonderful Nan, and in my Great Aunt. I am very fortunate that both of these courageous and strong women are still around to tell the tale but this might not always be the case. I am also very aware that the reason they’re still here is very likely to be due to the fantastic work that Cancer Research has already done.

I have also had two colleagues be diagnosed with Breast Cancer too. They are both young, vibrant and wonderful women who both, fortunately, fought the battle and won. But it is the kind of thing that makes you remember how vulnerable we all are and how important it is to have someone backing us and being there for us.

It is for these four women that I run but also for the millions of other women who have had or will one day have cancer. I would very much like to be sponsored to run the Race for Life because I think it is a great and worthy cause. I know that cancer is a very visible illness now and that there are other illnesses that aren’t that need our support (and one day I am certain I will run for these) but this year I want to support Cancer Research and I really hope you’ll help me.

You can sponsor me on my JustGiving Page by clicking here.

Even if you end up just cheering me on from the “sidelines”, I very much appreciate your support.

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Posted on 21 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Film Review; Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Posted on 20 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Title: Pitch Perfect 2
Director(s): Elizabeth Banks
Writer(s): Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin
Main Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Country:: US
Release Date: 15th May 2015
Source: Cinema
More Info: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

Summary:
The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an International competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams once again.


When You’re Faced

Pitch Perfect is one of those films that I could watch over and over and over again (and I do). So when it was announced that there was going to be Pitch Perfect 2, I was overjoyed. Naturally I had my doubts but essentially, I didn’t care. I loved the first film so much that nothing was going to stop me from watching the sequel. While, as I did expect, the second wasn’t anywhere near as amazing and brilliant as the first, Pitch Perfect 2 was a film that I thoroughly enjoyed and is one that I would easily be able to watch over and over and over again.

With A Battle

After years of success, the Bardon Bellas start the film with the honour of performing live in front of President Obama before it all goes wrong. This film is the story of how they plan to get back to the top and re-instate their reputation. But underneath that, it is also a story of friendship, the terrifying last year of university and not backing down when life continues to kick your backside. I loved the storyline of the film. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me feel hopeful. I loved that it showed all of the scary things we go through, and how strong true friendships can be. I think it had a solid plot, even when you knew exactly how it was all going to turn out in the end.

Do You Fight

One of the reasons I love Pitch Perfect is because I loved the vast majority of characters. It has a great ensemble cast and the major characters all go through really life-affirming journey’s. Pitch Perfect 2 is no different. The characters are all just at a different stage of their lives with something else to confront and overcome. I thought this was all done really well and I very much enjoyed watching it. My favourite character, in both films was Becca. I just think she is such a solid and sound character and I would so want to be her friend. I also adore Benji. He is super cute and I think he is incredible in this film, I was definitely having a mini-cheer just for him.

Or Back Down?

Both the Pitch Perfect films have a tendency to go a little OTT but I think what makes both of them so incredible is the story and characters. The films make you laugh, cringe, snort and cry and I think it’s wonderful that a film manages to evoke all of these emotions. I love that you get so emotionally invested in the story and the characters, even going so far as to feel victorious for the characters when things go there way. It is for this reason that I highly recommend both of these films. They’re fun, full of flair, and not ashamed to just let themselves go. If you want a film that is essentially cheesy but also full of heart, definitely watch Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

Four Stars

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Posted on 20 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; LGBT Reads

Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is a freebie so I have chosen LGBT Reads


With my LGBT Readathon starting next week, I thought today was the perfect day to tell you about my top ten favourite LGBT Reads. These are all wonderfully written and entertaining books that I would highly recommend. I am also (sneakily) going to let you know the top three LGBT reads that I cannot wait to read.

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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; This book blew me away. It was really well-written, fun, interesting and just a book that I really enjoyed. I loved the way it portrayed many different sexualities (even if they were slightly stereotypical!)

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan; I have to admit, when I saw the US cover of this book, I wasn’t so sure it was one I wanted to read. Not because of the two boys kissing, but simply because I hate text on faces. So when the UK version was released, I was very happy. I ended up reading this book in a day. It was incredibly good, incredibly moving and just a fantastic book.

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; I love Malorie Blackman SO MUCH. Thus, it was inevitable that as soon as I heard about this book, I was going to read it. And I loved it. It is beautifully written, incredibly realistic, and very emotional. Really, really well done.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam; This book is so incredible. It is guaranteed to blow you away. I loved everything about this book and I am so glad that Laura recently announced that it has found a new publisher in Tor. If you haven’t read this book, you should rectify that soon!

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton; This is such a lovely book. I only read it recently but I just fell in love with it. It’s short, wonderful and holds such a cute and lovely story in the middle of it. You are definitely missing out if you haven’t read this book.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; I finished this book quickly because I loved it so much. It was a wonderful story that I just really enjoyed and couldn’t help but squee over a little.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green; This one wasn’t my favourite LGBT book ever as it did get a bit confusing at times BUT it was still very entertaining, very enjoyable and I did, ultimately love it. When I look back on it, I do look back with sentimental and lovely feelings.

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; It is no secret that I love everything Brigid Kemmerer writes but this book is probably my favourite book she has ever written. It’s so emotional, so powerful and ultimately, incredibly wonderful and heart-warming. I would suggest reading the whole series but if not this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer; Alongside Secret, we have this novella. It is the beginning of Nick’s journey and it is such a cute and wonderful story. If you’re looking for a beautiful and heart-warming romance novella, definitely read this book.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; I got hooked onto this book very soon into it. It’s a very Perks of Being a Wallflower but SO much better. It’s relatable, emotional and just such a wonderful book. I know there have been some people not enjoying it but I loved it and would highly recommend it.

To-Read

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This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David; I loved Salvage and so when I heard about this book, I was dying to read it. Then finding out it had a bi character in it too, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it even more. I have heard brilliant things about this book and I so expect to love it.

Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler; I am dying to read this book. It has an amazing cover, an incredible sounding synopsis and I just cannot wait to finally dive into it.

Unspeakable by Abby Rushton; I heard about this book a year before it was released and could not wait to get my hands on it. It sounds incredible. I will definitely be making sure that I read this book soon because it sounds like the perfect book for me!


What LGBT books would you recommend?

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Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments