Apple Pencil Review (non-artist)

For Christmas, I received an Apple Pencil, and as someone who is not an artist, I wanted to give it a little review. For those who don’t know, the Apple Pencil is basically a special stylus used only with the iPad Pro and can help digital artists and is also useful for other things.


Personally, I use it for editing my photos (as I do a lot of photography and therefore do a lot of photo editing) and for writing and I have to say that this is way better than a standard stylus you can buy for a low amount of money on somewhere online. It works with apps such as Notability to recognise the pencil (as it connects via Bluetooth) and to use it as if it were a pen on paper. It really does feel like you’re writing on paper with this which is fantastic for taking handwritten notes or annotating things and highlighting things. This means the Apple Pencil is fantastic for students who use an iPad Pro as their computer and for notetaking.

People may ask why you’d use the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro over a notebook, and to that, I say because you have much more access to different things, you could screenshot something from a textbook or the internet and annotate it, highlight it and write notes alongside it. It makes notetaking better and you have every single thing for all your subjects in one place.


The Apple Pencil itself kind of has this sort of palm recognition thing with the iPad so once the iPad recognises that you’re using the pencil, it won’t mess up if it feels your palm on the screen (especially great if you’re left-handed like me) and it’s great for notes, photo editing and for artists. A variety of people can use it for different reasons. I do however think the way to charge it is very odd and potentially dangerous as you take off the pen cap and plug it into the lightning port on the iPad. Or you can use the adapter for it so you can charge it with a cable instead of using your iPads battery to charge it. I find that plugging it into your iPad could be potentially dangerous as if someone or something knocks it, you could break your Pencil.

Overall, I do enjoy the Apple Pencil as it has a wide variety of uses, but it is very expensive, at £99, it is definitely an item you want to make sure you’re getting plenty of use out of to make it worth the money, but if you’re an artist, photographer who edits on the iPad Pro or a student who wants to use their iPad for notes for school, then I highly recommend it, but if you don’t think you’d use it much or you don’t have a specific use for it, I’d give it a pass.


How I use a Filofax-type Planner

For a few years on and off I’ve tried to be a slightly active member of the Planner community, but for some reason, I’ve just never been able to keep up with it. When using a planner as a weekly diary, I found myself often forgetting to write things down and because I was so busy with school I rarely ever had anything to write in other than Birthdays or school holidays or things like that, especially as my school provided us with our own planners to keep track of homework and exam dates and lesson cancellations.

Now that I am no longer in school, I still currently don’t have much to do and anything that needs writing down and remembering is often put into the calendar on my phone. So now I use a planner for keeping track of books and a few other things. As someone who buys a lot of books and reads a lot of books, I needed to be able to keep track of what I was reading so I thought a planner would be the best thing and I found it to be really useful.


I used to use a Personal sized Filofax (Gold Saffiano) to keep track of my books, but I have recently moved into an unbranded A5 planner which was £6.99 on eBay (where the picture comes from, I own the blue one!) and I’m using it for the same thing and even slightly more. In my planner I have the books I’ve read throughout the year (starting at 2012, when I first started using Goodreads), book goals for the year, books I have bought throughout the year (name, author, where I’ve bought it from and the price) and other things such as keeping track of my savings account, blog stats, Instagram stats and just other non-bookish things.


I enjoy colour coding things so using Procreate on my iPad pro, I have created backgrounds to print onto Filofax paper and those are what I use for inserts. They’re not the prettiest at the moment but I think over time they will look better.

Does anyone else use a Planner to keep track of books? I’d love to know!




Christmas Book Haul 2017

Christmas has been and gone and now we’re firmly into January of 2018! To begin with, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great new year. I want to also mention that this post is not for bragging. I love watching book hauls and reading posts about them so I wanted to join in with what books I got for Christmas. Only a few of these were given on the day and the others were purchased with Christmas money. So I will separate this post into 2 sections.

The books I actually got for Christmas were ‘Star Wars Made Easy’ by DK, ‘Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair’ by Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan and ‘Victoria: A Life’ by A. N. Wilson. I have already read the book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan and I gave it a full 5/5 stars.


The other books I got for Christmas were purchased with money I received and are ‘Leia, Princess of Alderaan’ by Claudia Gray, ‘Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen’ by Helen Rappaport and ‘Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag’ by Oliver Bowden. The third being part of a series I am collecting, and the first 2 being ones I am desperate to read this year. Leia actually being on my list of 10 books to read this year!


As you can probably tell, I’m very fond of the Victoria series on ITV at the moment, and have been trying to learn more about Queen Victoria, as I realised I didn’t know much about her before and I’ve always been keen on learning about the monarchy throughout history, such as I’ve been learning more about the Tudors too. What books did you get for Christmas? I’d love to know!


Book Review – Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

34187776Book: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is a book that was on my list of top 10 books to read this year and I decided I had to get round to it as quickly as possible. The book sticks with part of the film where the Beast gives Belle the library and he seems to be becoming happier. It’s about Belle finding a book she’s never seen in the library before and she’s able to go into it. She does, as it provides a sort of escape into a new world, it gives her a break from her life in the castle. It helps her discover who her friends really are and it makes her realise how much she cares for Mrs Potts, Chip and even the Beast himself. It also opens up her determination as she wants to understand this new world she’s discovered but also opens an inquisitive side to her as she discovers things that aren’t quite right with this new world and the whole story can get very tense in some places. Belle seems much more open to discussing her past with those who live in the castle and that moment where she does talk about her life before the castle is a really sweet moment. Going away from Belle and more onto the Beast, we see more of a transformation of the Beast. There are more humorous moments with him and we see how much he truly cares for Belle and that he cares more for Belle than he lets everyone see. In all, the book is really well written and interesting and is a wonderful addition to the story of Beauty and the Beast.


Top 10 books I want to read in 2018

Like most book lovers, my tbr is huge, and there are always some books we want to read more than others on our tbr piles. So here are my top 10 books I want to read this year! Most of these I own but some I don’t yet but will do. This is in no particular order…

1. Still Me – Jojo Moyes

2. Beauty & the Beast: Lost in a Book – Jennifer Donnelly

3. Victoria: A Life – A.N Wilson

4. Leia, Princess of Alderaan – Claudia Gray

5. Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

6. Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance – Oliver Bowden (a reread because I want to finish the series)

7. Fallen – Lauren Kate (as I want to read the whole series)

8. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII – David Starkey

9. Saucy Jack: The Elusive Ripper – Paul Woods & Gavin Baddeley

10. Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tails – Justin Richards

Those are my top 10 although I want to read so many more books than that. As you can tell I like history and I’m weirdly fascinated by Jack the Ripper (and love Victoria & the Tudors) and there are 2 series in particular that I do really want to complete. What books do you really want to read this year? Please let me know!


Top 5 books of 2017

In 2017 I read 27 books, and my average rating for the year was 4.3/5 stars and I read some seriously incredible books. Here, I wanted to let you guys know my top 5 books of 2017. These are in no particular order, except number 5 was my favourite of the year! The list is summarised and below will be explanations with accompanying book covers.

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline:

12279616I read this book fairly early on in the year but I just found it really interesting. It takes place in the future and everyone pretty much lives their lives in this virtual world called the Oasis and they’re all involved in this contest. There is action and there’s friendship and it’s a seriously interesting book that I recommend to anyone, especially if you like more sci-fi, kinda techy books.


Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn:


This was a book I’d been meaning to read for ages and I’ve even done a full review of it and I found it to be incredible. It’s dual perspective and can be quite emotional and shocking in some places, it really messes with the reader. It can be a bit violent and there is some bad language so it’s definitelty not for younger readers but overall it was really interesting and enjoyable and again, it’s highly recommended.


The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness:

6043848I’ve kind of included this to represent the entire trilogy. I’ve owned this trilogy for a while and just never got around to reading it (the 3rd book being over 600 pages was a tad intimidating) but once I found out that there’s gonna be a film in 2019 with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in it, I got a bit excited and read the entire trilogy as quickly as possible. It’s an interesting concept of peoples thoughts always being able to be heard and it was also another very action-packed book and was really fun to read. I think pretty much everyone has read this at this point but in case you’re very late to it like I was, please do read it! You won’t regret it.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo:

34443972I love love love Wonder Woman! The film came out in 2017 as well so I got to watch that and I adored the film and knew I had to read this book too and it was sooooo good! It’s to do with teenage Diana Prince trying to help the human world because of this Warbringer, who she must either cure or kill to get rid of the curse. Diana is as lovely and wonderful and powerful as she was in the film and this is one of those books you need to read if you love Wonder Woman.


The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher:

28585312This is actually the first book I read in 2017. At the end of 2016, Carrie unfortunately died due to a heart attack and as a fan of her as Princess Leia while growing up, I was very upset by her death. I loved her and Princess Leia and I really wanted to dedicate the beginning of the year to reading her autobiographical books. This was the first one I read, which was a late Christmas present from my father (a lot of her books sold out pretty much the minute she died, so getting this was a pain) and I took the time to read it and appreciate it. This book is more about her when she was first becoming Princess Leia and involves a lot of diary extracts and discusses the affair she had with her co-star and on-screen lover, Harrison Ford. This book was lovely and sad to read and it lead me on to reading Schockaholic and Wishful Drinking, both books I also adored.


So those are my top 5 for the year of 2017, let me know what your top 5 books were!


Possible blog changes

So during my time on this blog I have attempted and tried to post at least once a week and for the most part I’ve been quite successful with that, but with the new year there may be some changes.

I’ll hopefully be doing open uni for photography soon (if I haven’t started already, as I’m writing this in late December) so I’m gonna be spending a lot of time on that and not every book I read will be something I want to review. I was trying to review every book I read but sometimes that just isn’t possible. I don’t particularly like reviewing non-fiction or classics, so I won’t be doing that and sometimes I just won’t be able to read that much anyway.

What I do want to do however is still try to post once a week, but it may not always be possible but I will try to post as close to once a week as I can. I have a few reviews of tech stuff I want to do soon, and I will most likely try to do some book hauls or bookish related tags or things along those lines and maybe even branch out to posting things that aren’t just tech or books. It’ll just take time for me to think of things and write and post but I guess that’ll be okay. I want to enjoy the content I’m posting and I probably won’t enjoy it as much if I’m forcing myself to come out with certain things just to try to stick to a particular schedule. It’s a place to write my thoughts and feelings on things and share experiences of things I enjoy.

I hope you guys will stick around though and I look forward to posting new content soon (I already have some more posts scheduled ready).