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!
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).
Harley Quinn, also known as Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel is definitely one of my new favourite fictional characters.
My first full introduction to her was when she was portrayed by Margot Robbie in the ‘Suicide Squad’ film. Since then I have read a full comic bind up of hers (DC Comics Collection Knock Knock Jokes & Preludes) and seen a few bits and pieces from other comics on the internet. I have also seen a few episodes of the cartoons with her in and I absolutely love her. I love the multiple styles that she has and her silly behaviour.
As we all know, she’s not had the best relationship with the Joker, and her relationship is very abusive and I’ve seen many complaints about this, but when you think about it properly, do you really expect the Joker to treat anyone right? They’re both completely and utterly insane, even if the feelings are there, Harley will go back because she’s crazy and crazy in love with him and the Joker will continue to treat her how he does because he’s completely mad as well! I’d be shocked if anyone takes their relationship seriously and continues to complain honestly. It’s fictional, people will not take them as ‘relationship goals’ and want a relationship like that. It’s common sense surely?
Anyway. I will admit that I am beginning to develop a want for all things Harley. The purse I use on a daily basis is actually an official DC Comics Harley Quinn purse! I also have the build a bear of her (and the Joker) and an itty bitty. But I want to start collecting the comics. I know I want the Bombshell ones, as I have heard good things about it and there are other Harley comics that I want as well, but I just don’t know where to start! If anyone has advice on where to begin with just Harley, please let me know as a comment.
Overall, my introduction to Harley Quinn has not involved much, but I really enjoy her character and I want to learn more and read/watch more to do with her. I’d like to also know other people’s views on Harley’s character.
On the 17th of August 2017, I collected my A-level results. I’m not going to go into what I got because some of it I’m proud of and some I am a little disappointed in but never mind. I’m not going to university so I didn’t have as much riding on these results as other people but for me, it was still a very nerve-wracking day, or well, a portion of a day.
A lot of my friends and I did not sleep the previous night because of nerves and although this is something that a lot of people experience and it’s something I’ve experienced before with AS results and GCSE results, it still made me feel rubbish on the day. Mix lack of sleep with sickness from stress & nervousness, and I felt so so ill! However, the minute we got into school and collected and opened those envelopes we all suddenly felt better. Even if we did or didn’t get the grades we wanted/hoped for/needed, the initial relief of knowing what you got was there. For me, that was the end of the stress and I suddenly felt so much better.
For me, results day is actually more stressful than taking the exams. At my school, we did so many practice ones and homework tasks to prefer for certain types of questions that the initial idea of doing an exam wasn’t that stressful anymore. Of course, I’ve always been a little nervous about taking exams, I mean who doesn’t get nervous? But it’s the dreaded waiting to discover how you did which affects the majority a lot more.
In all, I have finished with education and I am happy about it. I may one day want to try to go to university but for now, I am fine with not having to do exams or wait for results ever again. For those who are awaiting results or just got them, I hope everything went well. For those who are still in any form of education, good luck for the future with learning and exams.
The second doll I own from the ‘A Girl for All Time’ series is Lydia Peyton, who is from the Georgian era and comes from the same family that began with Matilda Marchmont. If you haven’t read my review of Matilda then please do so, but for anyone that hasn’t, the A Girl for All Time company has both dolls and books to do with historical eras of the UK and starts off with the Tudor era. The base line of dolls all come from the same family, but the company is working on expanding their range.
Lydia Peyton is from the Georgian era (as previously mentioned) but instead of being a full UK girl, she goes to Boston. She doesn’t have a book out yet, although I hope soon she will have one so I do not really know as much about her history, but as a doll she is lovely. She’s a 16 inch doll with somewhat articulated joints and shes amazing for play and photography (although I only do the latter option) and she also makes appearances on my photography Instagram. I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago, but on the website she is £89.99 which I know seems like a lot but both she and her clothes are very well made and designed with such detail. Her clothes are all very detailed and beautiful and I own both the outfit she comes in and her riding outfit, both very high quality.
I definitely recommend this line for anyone who is into collecting or photography or history and even the books are wonderful and although they are more expensive I have seen that they are great for kids and they’re beautiful little things as well. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
As a kid I adored Tamagotchis and even into my early teens I was just amazed by these weird little egg-shaped virtual pets. They were cute, some were in colour (only available in Japanese) and they were all different sizes and some did different things and to me they were just a fun thing to collect. Seeing the evolution from the 90’s ones which didn’t do much and there wasn’t much variety in terms of characters into these slightly more complex ones (still in greyscale) and into coloured ones was just amazing to me.
Since I was a child I collected a fair few. Mostly tamagotchi branded ones but one was a vmigo and one is a pikachu one it means I managed to get a total of 18. Most of them do very similar things but there are 6 which stand out to me in terms of my collection. These being that of the v4.5 (the first one I got), the vmigo, the P’s, the v5, angel and the school version.
The v4.5 stands out to me because it was the first one I got and I’ve always loved it. The vmigo is very unique as it isn’t a branded one and you look after a dog instead of a fictionally designed creature. The P’s is interesting because of the pierces you can collect to get different content (I found this a little annoying though as the pierces seem quite expensive, especially now). The v5 is unique because you take care of a family instead of 1 single creature. The angel is special because it’s actually in English (rarer) and it’s so old and tiny and cute and the school one (I have no idea what the actual name is) is so special because of it’s unique shape and you take care of a school, not 1 single tamagotchi!
In all I find these to be something that I’m still interested in looking at, even now and I probably would consider trying to find more pierces for cheap if I can. I do love my little collection and they hold a lot of memories for me and I will continue to love them for a long time.
I’ve previously written about the books, and now it is time for me to write about the dolls themselves. For those of you who do not know about this brand, ‘A Girl for All Time’ is a brand of books and dolls based in the UK that represent historical eras, and the main line of dolls all come from the same family, starting off with the beautiful Matilda Marchmont, a lovely little girl from the Tudor era, who is also the cousin of Katherine Howard (the 5th wife of King Henry VIII).
Now I’m someone who is really interested in Tudor history, and I also do love photography a lot so these 16 inch dolls were perfect. The usual website price for Matilda is £69.99 and I managed to get her on Amazon for £25! All of their dolls and clothes are very specially made and designed and I think are more towards adult collectors even though children are definitely able to play with these dolls as they are such high quality, but I will also admit now, for adult collectors or photographers, this line of dolls are fantastic. They have such a lovely expression on their faces and are very very beautiful and with each doll you can see that they are related in some way.
Matilda is definitely my favourite because of where she comes from and she honestly has such a lovely little face and is amazing to take photos of (she makes a few appearances on my photography Instagram) and her outfits (she comes with her basic Tudor outfit but others are available) her so high quality. My favourite I think is her ballgown and mask, she looks so beautiful and the mask can make her look very mysterious.
If you are a collector/photographer/history enthusiast then I would definitely recommend looking into the brand, or even just reading the books. I think they’d be a great way of getting children more into history as well although they’re a lot more expensive than other brands of dolls, but I believe that they are well and truly worth every penny!