11 Oct 2018

life update

So...I got into university. This genuinely came as a surprise for me since I was fully convinced that I wouldn't get accepted but I'm so thankful that I did. Results day was honestly one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I've ever had and I'm just glad I won't have to experience that anymore. 

Although I love blogging, reading, photography and personal style, I wanted to study Paramedic Science. Before, I was confused about what I wanted to do as a career, but I always knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare profession. Watching the BBC documentary series "Ambulance" really spoke to me. I had a fascination with emergency healthcare and the role of the paramedic so I really wanted to be part of that profession. That's how I knew I wanted to study paramedic science (in a nutshell).

So what does this mean for my blog? Not much will change. I'll still post bookish and lifestyle posts. Maybe I will have some posts about my experiences at my university as a paramedic student too. I also now have a different set up for outfit photos (as you could probably tell with the photos in this post). My passion for blogging is still very dear to my heart. I don't know what will happen in the future, but I hope it looks bright.

T-Shirt - Romwe // Cord Trousers - Pull & Bear // Trainers - Nike Air Force 1

Have you recently had a big change in your life recently? Feel free to comment below!

8 Oct 2018

book club book review: the tattooist of auschwitz

Book Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: January 11th 2018
Rating: 5 stars

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of T├Ątowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. 

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
If I could say one thing to summarise how I feel about The Tattooist of Auschwitz, it would be that it was beautifully written

What I love most about The Tattooist is how much we see the relationship between Lale and Gita (the main characters) grow as well as their own relationships with the friends they made. It's incredible how Lale and Gita had so much faith in their love! You could really tell that they truly cared about each other. Also, the friendships they made, especially Gita's friendship with 3 women really made this book heartwarming. 
Lale's character also shines in this story. While reading this book I was thinking throughout that Lale had a lovely heart and it's such a shame that he was put in such an awful situation to survive (as he was a Jew himself). He had the job of tattooing people who entered the concentration camps. It's interesting that he feared to tell his story because he thought people would perceive him as a Nazi collaborator. From hearing his story, I think he must have been terrified and distraught during his time as the T├Ątowierer because he either had to survive by doing that job or die. You could tell his guilt drove him to try and help other prisoners to survive too

Reading this book was difficult at some points because of the reality of the atrocities committed. Sometimes I have moments where I think about horrible times in history and I think "I can't believe this monstrosity actually happened" and even horrific acts that are being committed right now just has me in a sense of confusion, hurt and anger. Reading the events that happened in this story took quite a lot of energy since it actually happened to a LOT of innocent people.

It's important that we carry on telling survivor's stories in order to remember them, learn from them and not allow governments and people in power to EVER allow anything as atrocious as the Holocaust happen again. I'm happy that Lale was able to tell his story before he passed and I hope more stories of survivors of ANY awful situation are able to have that strength to tell their own stories too.

24 Sep 2018

book review: how to build a girl

Book Title: How to Build a Girl
Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: April 9th, 2015
(First published: September 23rd, 2014)
Rating: 1 star

My name’s Johanna Morrigan. I’m fourteen, and I’ve just decided to kill myself.

I don’t really want to die, of course! I just need to kill Johanna, and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming-of-age stories, it doesn’t exactly go to plan…

The brilliant Number One bestselling novel from Caitlin Moran, the award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman.

19 Sep 2018

16 Sep 2018

recent hauled books

This past month, I got into the habit of buying books literally every time I go out. This is the only month that I have bought MANY books, so I thought, why not turn this into a haul. So, here lies a blog post about the time I bought so many books in the span of a month. 

12 Sep 2018

how to take outfit photos by yourself

Shirt // Marks and Spencer
Trousers // Pull and Bear
Trainers // Nike Air Force 1

8 Sep 2018

book review: always and forever, Lara Jean

Book Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: May 4th, 2017
(First published: May 2nd, 2017)
Rating: 3 stars

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Before I start this review, I'd just like to take a moment to comprehend that this is the first EVER book series I've completed! Seriously! I haven't even finished the Harry Potter series (I still gotta read the last book) but after so many years of reading, I've finally been able to finish a book series, yay me! 

Now on to the review!
Overall I thought this book was decent. I know many people think that this book wasn't really needed and quite irrelevant, however, I think it was still a cute ending to the To All the Boys I Loved Before series. I found with this book that there wasn't really a conflict. For example, in book 1, the conflict was the letters getting sent out which resulting in Lara Jean making sure that Josh doesn't find out that she Lara Jean still loved him. In book 2, John Ambrose McClaren gets the letter and turns up to Lara Jean's house which stirs the pot in her and Peter's relationship. With this book, there wasn't really a conflict. I guess you could say it was the question of "are Lara Jean and Peter going to stay together when they finish high school and go off to university/college" but it wasn't enough for me. 

I won't lie, this book is basically full of cute moments between Lara Jean, her family and Peter. It may not be for everyone but for me, I just wanted to see how the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series ended. One aspect I loved about this book more than the others is that we see more family interactions with Lara Jean, her sisters, and her dad. I just adored seeing how much they all value each other and it was really nice to see. 

I have the same opinions on some characters. Basically, I think Peter Kavinsky is most definitely still a sweetheart and Margot is a character that I'm still not fond of. 
I'm sure after watching To All the Boys I Loved Before on Netflix had everyone crushing on Peter Kavinsky but if you read the whole trilogy that crush will definitely grow! 
With Margot, I just didn't like her character. I understand that she's overprotective when it comes to her family but the way she goes about it just rubbed me the wrong way. At some points, she was also disrespectful to her dad, which he did NOT deserve and her demeanor screams passive aggressive.  

Other than the fact that I have issues with Margot's character it didn't ruin the whole book for me. I gave it 3 stars because I wasn't bored while reading it but at the same time, the story wasn't amazing. 
But this was a nice ending to the To All the Boys I Loved Before trilogy. No doubt!

Haven't read the previous 2 books? Feel free to check out my review for To All the Boys I've Loved Before here and my review for P.S. I Love You here!

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