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Uni reading Module 2 - mini reviews!!

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  hi everyone!  A few months ago I posted my Uni Reading Module 1 mini reviews  after it was requested on my Instagram poll. I promised to be back with Module 2 and I've only just now gotten round to it - sorry about that!  If you don't already know or haven't read many of my other posts - I am a BA English Literature student and I have a really varied reading list, with some personal favourites of mine and some brand new reads too! Module 2 - The Gothic: Transgressive to Shock >The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole (1764) This is hailed as the first gothic novel and it has such an interesting back story which I definitely encourage you to look into.  This is a very typical novel of incest, secret passages, tyranny and death. Spooky paintings and a curse, a damsel chased around a castle. Reading it nowadays it's quite amusing  - I liked it! 3  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ >Dracula - Bram Stoker (1897) This is a really exciting gothic read. It's a little slow to start I must admit

🍂MY COSY AUTUMN FILMS🍂

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 Hello, long time no see! If you are new here and you don't already know - I am at university and my time is spread very thin! I haven't posted since moving here in September and it really is about time.  I popped a poll up on my Instagram story last night and I had a huge response with most people wanting to see this post so I sat down today and had a big think about movies that make me feel cosy and autumnal.  If you voted for the other post option which was a rundown of my reads for Module 2 of my degree then that will be up next Sunday! I had hoped to go out and take some nice autumnal photos for this post but late last night I was told to isolate by NHS track & trace for the next 10 days so we will have to make do with slightly less impressive photos :(  1) Pocahontas     There is just so much autumnal imagery in this film. Swirling leaves, campfires, sunsets. It's one of Disney's most gorgeous animations in my opinion. 2) You've Got Mail         Slightly o

❤️ Moving out at 19 - info, thoughts & feelings (inspired by Jared Davies)❤️

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  Hello everyone!! Firstly I would like to say that this post is inspired by Jared Davies post 'MOVING OUT AT 18' which you can read here  - he is a fellow blogger who is also moving into student accommodation this month and I definitely recommend you give his post a read!! He has lots of different lifestyle blogs that I always really enjoy, and like me is going to be blogging about his experiences through university so maybe consider going over and following him if you like that sort of content. ❤️ A few days ago I moved into my accommodation at BGU (Lincoln) ready to begin my first year as a first year BA English Literature student.   I've had my heart set on BGU from the first open day that I attended and I was so lucky to have been awarded an unconditional offer to study with them.  I have chosen to live slightly off campus as  I was keen to have as much independence as possible whilst still enjoying the fun parts of communal living. I wanted some distance between study

🧩 Hardback TBR 🧩

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    Hi, you there! Yes, you! Thank you for visiting my post - this was chosen by poll by my followers and I hope you find something here to add to your own TBR!  My Hardback TBR 1. The Red Daughter - John Burnham Schwartz   This story follows Svetlana Alliluyeva - daughter of Joseph Stalin - as she is smuggled into America. She has to adapt to her new society after her radically different life in Russia; however, she spends time reverting back to her previous lifestyle - joining a cult-like community, and travelling back to the Soviet Union.  Burnham Schwartz's father was the lawyer who escorted Alliluyeva to the US and he has used the collection of documents and research he has to write this extraordinary novel.  2. Call Me Evie - J. P. Pomare This is quite a dark, psychological thriller that definitely isn't for the faint-hearted.  17 year-old Kate Bennett, is being held against her will in an isolated beach hut having been put there by a mysterious man named Bill. He tells h

Uni Reading Module 1 - mini reviews!!

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hi everyone!  A few weeks ago I held an Instagram poll asking whether people would be interested in seeing mini reviews of the books on my first year university reading list. I am starting my degree in September and have been enjoying reading the books in preparation to start!  Lots of people were interested, so here is the first part!! Part 2 will be up very soon - I have 1 more book to finish.  Module 1 - Intro to Literary Studies > Girl Meets Boy - Ali Smith (2007) This book is a modern retelling of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', re telling the myth of Iphis and Ianthe, through Anthea and her gender queer partner Robin.  Everything in this book is about challenging normal expectations and the wonder of fluidity, from the characters to the unique style of narration. There are many important themes such as feminism, activism, gender identity, sexuality, sexual harassment and homophobia.  The water motif that runs through the book is a really beautiful portrayal of fluidity and

🧡Top tips for when you're 'too busy' to read🧡

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Hi all! Back with another book/lifestyle post today all about fitting reading into your life. This was chosen from a poll by my Instagram followers as today's post - I hope you enjoy!! ✈️ USE YOUR JOURNEY OR COMMUTE 🚎 Personally I used to get the bus to work several times a week, and I don't drive, so I also had to get the bus into the city centre or get lifts everywhere! This is a golden opportunity for reading. Pop a book or kindle into your bag and you're all set. A great chance to squeeze in 10 minutes or even an hour depending on the length of your journey. I hope I don't need to point this out - but obviously do not do this if you are the driver! 🛏️ BEFORE BEDTIME 🧸 The hour or so before bed is an ideal time to sneak in some reading. Put your phone down/away/onto night mode and fit in a few chapters before you sleep. It will make you feel more relaxed and cosy, and stop the disruptive stimulation from your phone. You could also try doing this first thing in the

🩸RED STACK & RUMPS🩸 (WARNING... PERIODS, BLOOD, AND LONG POST!!)

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  Hi everyone! Welcome to my first lifestyle related post! Today's post is going to be a very different one to my usual content and whilst being loosely tied in with books, I've decided to use this challenge to talk about something I'm very passionate about and introduce some awareness and lifestyle to my page. I have also made the decision that from now on, my blog will not be solely focused on books and reading, as I have so many other interests and hobbies I am keen to share; but there will still be bookish content!!! Firstly, if you aren't comfortable with discussions around blood, periods etc then this might not be the post for you; but if you're willing to stick around then hopefully you will enjoy this post and you might even learn something along the way!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A short while ago, the #BloodyBrilliantBookStack  challenge was started on Instagram by a creator called Chloe Salisbury - with the aim to raise awareness of Period P