I feel like it’s about time I did another one of these random life update posts. A few weeks ago I packed up all my stuff AGAIN and headed back to the student world for my final year of university. Can you say scary? The fact that this is my final year is really messing with my head. What I do in the next 9 months will count towards two thirds of my degree. It’s where the real work starts. EEEP. Right now everything feels a little bizarre because it’s like the calm before the storm, I know all of these deadlines are looming but the impact is yet to hit. At the moment it seems like I’m having too much fun! I know it can’t last and the stress factor will soon kick in but for now all is good in Becky world. I’m feeling oddly hopeful about my final year. Even though it will probably be mind numbing and intense I’m ready to face the challenge (no doubt this entire train of thought will reverse within a month, you wait and see :P). I’ve even gotten into the spirit of things with my new bag:
What’s great about this year is everything feels more familiar. I’m living in the same house as I did previously and this is also the first time I’ve returned and known some of the people I’m living with which is such a relief! There’s one girl in the house who is new (currently she’s still an alien life form I must get to know better) but she seems really nice. We’ve already had a few house cocktail and movie nights with takeout which has been fun, and this week some of us went shopping on a hunt to find onesies and the perfect fantasy-esk cloak! Because seriously, all the cool people in the fantasy world have epic, velvet, shimmery cloaks. 😉 I also went to go and see The Riot Club with a friend at the cinema last week (a film about some privileged Oxford students getting super drunk and committing a crime, it was gritty and somewhat sickening but interesting). We then stopped off at Little Italy restaurant on the way back where I ordered spaghetti (to add to all the other additional pasta I’ve been consuming excessively since I’ve been back because yay student food). I’m also hoping to go and see The Maze Runner and Love, Rosie some time this month. Has anyone else seen/or is planning to see these? 🙂
In fact, I have yet to write a single essay since I’ve been back, which is probably why things have been going so well. There’s been no crippling stress or starting at a word document trying to will words to magically appear on the screen. My dissertation also feels semi under control. However, I think when November hits I will be drowning under a pile of deadlines, so as per usual expect less blogging activity here as university gets into full swing!
On top of this I’ve also treated myself to a couple of new books lately. Why? I can’t even justify it. I JUST WANTED THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE PRETTY AND SHINY AND THEY WERE CALLING TO ME. Never mind all the other unread books I own, these ones needed me. THEY WERE LONELY WAITING AROUND IN THEIR WAREHOUSES AND I WAS ONLY TRYING TO HELP.
My first purchase was The Maze Runner Trilogy + it’s prequel The Kill Order for £7 from The Works. After reading the first book which my friend let me borrow, I was desperate to know what happened next in Thomas’s adventures. I decided that acquiring all the books was essential if I could get them for a decent price, so when I found them all for under £10 I couldn’t resist and ordered them immediately! I’ve already read The Scorch Trials so hopefully there will be a review of that up sometime soon but I’m still really behind on reviews. 🙂
Next up we have Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares which was a pure impulse buy. While I remember being curious about the novel when it first came out my main reason for buying it was because I spotted it for £1.99 on The Works while I was browsing. A bargain like that cannot be resisted! I’ve never read anything by David Levithan or Rachel Cohn so I’m not sure what to expect, but the story sounds like a really cute romance of the treasure hunt variety!
The Last Unicorn was my next purchase, but this one was a careful decision with much deliberation behind it! Some of you may remember my post from a while back where I ranted on about how much I desperately wanted this book because I loved the animated film version of it when I was younger. I’ve been trying to get hold of it for years but the trouble was (being a pernickety bookworm) I wanted a specific cover which was very difficult to get hold of! Well, I finally managed to buy the cover I wanted through The Book Depository, WOHOO! *Dorky dances round and round in a circle*. I can’t wait to read it! 😀 It’s got so many quotes on it by famous fantasy writers so hopefully that’s a good sign. Now I just have to try to separate the film from the book in my head!
Finally we have We Were Liars. This book has been receiving a lot of praise lately for it’s unusual writing style and tricksy plot, and as far as I can gather it’s about a group of privileged teens and their rich families and all the secrets hiding behind their facade. I had actually planned on skipping this one because the marketing campaign for it seemed so full on that I wondered if they were overcompensating, but one of my uni friends recommended it to me as a must-read, and we usually have very similar taste in books!
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So that’s a wrap. 🙂 Thanks for listening to my babble. What have you guys been up to lately? Read any particularly awesome books?
My own, please do not reuse.