Tuesday, 10 September 2013

University and Blogging Thoughts

So after my celebratory return to the blogosphere in June after a few months off for exams, I have been in a bit of a blogging break. Again. Without really telling anyone. It just kind of happened.

I haven't been sitting at home twiddling my thumbs however. I worked A LOT over the summer and in the last few weeks since my exam results, I've been preparing for university. It's incredibly weird because I have been preparing for this moment to actually GO to university yet in the whirlwind of the last month, it's clear that you can never be prepared for the experience. This time last year I was applying to university, desperately pouring over prospectuses, finding statistics and redrafting and redrafting my personal statement (which now makes me cringe when I read it).
Now, I have a mere four days until I'm packing up my room into boxes, suitcases and shoe boxes (actually so useful and FREE), piling it all into my dad's car and taking the two hour single trip to Bournemouth where I shall be living for the next 3 years. It's a weird thought to say the least. And I hadn't quite gotten it in my head that I was going to university until I was saying goodbye to one of my best friends at the weekend. It wasn't a 'bye, see you next time'. It was a heartfelt goodbye to someone who means a lot to me and I won't be seeing for months. It's a bit bizarre to say the least.
Despite all these weird feelings, I am looking forward to getting down to business and I've discovered that one of the first modules is on 'adaptation', so like literature adaptations to the big screen, which was one of the aspects I was most looking forward to. It's a scary time at the moment for so many different reasons, but it's also pretty exciting.

Blogging wise, I have been checking up on all my favourite blogs, commenting occasionally and generally hiding in the blogosphere (I think I have decided that Lucy - I know she is my blogging friend but parting that - from Queen of Contemporary has my favourite blog. I'm a bit jealous). I have been reading so much while trying to not be downhearted by the fact that Goodreads keeps reminding me that I'm 7 books behind my target for this year *shakes fist*.
I think the problem is that I keep getting distracted when writing posts. I'm literally halfway through about 4 reviews hidden in my drafts and as time goes on, I keep forgetting what I thought of the books (I'm such an old lady at times)! So I'm hoping that when things settle down and I start the term properly in two weeks time (Two weeks worth of freshers...I am going to hide), I'll get into the flow again. At the beginning of the year, I had a review every single week which is how it should be. I'm sorry guys with the turbulent times at Rebecca-Books this year, it hasn't been a good'un but I promise that, if you hang in there, everything will go back to normal SOON.
I'll leave you in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger - I'll be back. 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

On My Bookshelf (42)

This meme for originally inspired by 'In My Mailbox' created by The Story Siren
Other versions are:
Letterbox Love created by Narratively Speaking
Stacking the Shelves created by Tynga's reviews
Showcase Sunday created by Books, Biscuits and Tea

I haven't done one of these in what seems like ages. I haven't actually bought that many books this month, as I've been working so much. Although as I left Waterstones this week (and therefore, no more discount), I went on a bit of a rampage around one of my local stores (More on leaving Waterstones later in the week hopefully).


- It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - I've had this recommended to me time and time before especially for 'fans of John Green'. I think it's going to be like The Fault in our Stars 2.0 reading the blurb, although hopefully not as sad, as in 'tears-streaking-down-my-face' sad.

- LegendProdigy by Marie Lu - For those that have been followers of my blog for a while, you'll know that I was only introduced to this series this year and by an utter surprise, I was amazed by how good this series is and how under appreciated it is too. So when I spotted them on my huge book buying rampage, they went straight into my basket (I actually think they're better than The Hunger Games...)

For Review:

- Resist by Sarah Crossan - I read Breathe last year after spotting it in my library and was blown away by how good it was and how original a dystopia is was. So when I saw Resist, the sequel available on Netgalley, I requested it without a thought. This looks really good, hopefully this will be as good as it's predecessor (still desperately trying to remember what happens in Breathe as it's been so long). 

Reviews by these authors:
Legend - Marie Lu
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Breathe - Sarah Crossan

What did everyone else receive? Leave a comment with your link so I can check your out!