A New Look for Blogs of a Bookaholic!

redesigning my blogHello everyone! I have some really exciting (and somewhat scary) news. Blogs of a Bookaholic has a new look!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, over two years at least. But every time something kept stopping me from fully going through with it, and also, (being a total fusspot) I kept finding specific aspects of new themes I’d picked out that I didn’t like, which led to me changing my mind and putting it off on about six different occasions. Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #51

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

– Dr. Seuss

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Well this week I packed up all of my stuff and moved out of my university accommodation, having to leave the great people I had been living with and had become great friends with behind. I’m not going to lie, it was sad, especially as these people will be living such a big distance away from me that it will be quite hard to keep in touch, but we’re going to try.
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“What are your plans for after university”

You see, I have this problem.
I don’t know what I want to do after I leave university. I don’t even know what field I want to go into after university.
Sure, I’m studying psychology, but it’s a subject that can be applied to multiple areas.
That doesn’t exactly help me narrow it down a whole lot…

There are some people, you know those people, who seem to have had their lives planned out since playschool.
And then there’s me….

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The gaping big hole of the ‘unknown’ after university is something that I’ve come to terms with. Mostly. Occasionally I feel terror creeping in when I see people bragging on Facebook about all their amazing internships and how they’ve got their dream jobs secured before they’ve even finished, but mostly I feel curiosity and a nervous hopefulness about what’s going to come next. You see, because I don’t know what I want to do, I don’t have the pressure or fear that comes with trying to achieve it, at the moment life is all possibility. And that’s okay with me.

Unfortunately, this answer doesn’t satisfy most people.

In every direction I turn, I find myself being faced with the same question from family, lecturers, friends, acquaintances, even random people I’ve only just met.
It’s the question dreaded by students everywhere.

“So *insert name here*, what are your plans for after university?” Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #50

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“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

– Judy Garland

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I think this quote is one of the most important life lessons anyone can give you! It can be so easy to focus on following the crowd and copying what other people are doing, or to emulate someone you admire in the hopes of becoming more like them. Continue reading

In Which I Talk Optimism, Shiny Things and Fiery Vengeance

Did somebody say reading tag?

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Stand back guys, I got this! *Rolls up sleeves.*

Thank you to the lovely Emma over at She Reads Books (*Whispers* Emma’s kind of awesome, you should check out her blog.) for bestowing me with this most prestigious and trusted task of completing The Reader Problems Book Tag. I will guard it with my bookish enthusiasm and gifs! Here we go… Continue reading

How People React When I Tell Them I’m a Psychology Student.

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Having been a psychology student for three years now, I’ve noticed a somewhat amusing and at times frustrating trend to how people react when I tell them what I study. It’s gotten to the point where I can predict people’s responses pretty easily because the same ones pop up over and over again! The funny thing is, people’s immediate thoughts usually involve some kind of a common misconception about psychology, and other times they’re just down right ridiculous! After a recent stint of these reactions recently, I felt it was about time I vented my frustrations. It normally starts something like this:

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This is by far the most popular response and oh how it gets old quickly. Yes, psychology is about the study of human behaviours, but that does not mean I have a roadmap to the inside of your head! Plus, just because I study psychology, doesn’t mean I always have my psychology hat on, a girl needs a break you know! It’s not like I’m analysing everything you do. If you tell me that you don’t like cheese, I’m not silently contemplating whether you had a traumatic cheese incident in your childhood.

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The 10 Stages of Bookshelf Reorganisation

It’s a well known fact, bloggers that I’ve been in desperate need of shelf space for quite some time. So long, that I have to squint hard and knock on my head to remember when I wasn’t double stacking or trying to squish books precariously into tight spaces. Well, this summer I decided enough was enough! After spending hours assembling two kamikaze flat packs with a lack of straight edges and a missing piece or two my new bookshelves were finally welcomed into the world! Once I decided where to put my new shelves I was faced with the somewhat intimidating task of reorganising all of my books. I was totally up for the challenge, but what I didn’t expect was the surprising number of emotional stages I went through during the process! So, I thought it might be fun to present thee with a post on the 10 stages of bookshelf reorganisation. 🙂

1.) Excitement.

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At first I approached my book reorganisation task with excitement. I mean, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to spend the majority of their day hanging out with their books – staring at their pretty covers, dusting them, organising them? Continue reading

In Which I Am Interrogated About My Bookish Habits.

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When I first saw that I had been tagged in something with the word ‘test’ in the title I became a bit worried. “Test,” I thought, “does this mean I’m going to be graded?!” Bring on the hyperventilation and sweaty palms! Luckily, once I looked further at the tag, I realised it wasn’t that test-like at all, just some bookish fun. Phew.

Thank you to lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages for thinking of me! Like me, she’s a fellow book blogger, a bit of a YA addict and a major Harry Potter fan, so her blog is well worth checking out if you have the time. 🙂

So without further ado, here’s my book related interrogation, tag style!

 

What Are Your Top 3 Book Hates

1.) Cracked spines: This is THE worst offender in my eyes. I never crack any and will even go to the lengths of reading my novel though a tiny gap between the pages to prevent it from bending. I know it’s a bit ridiculous but I’ve always been that way. It doesn’t offend me as much buying second-hand books with cracked spines because it was someone else’s doing and it’s already done, but if I see it happening before my eyes? I go a bit crazy, it’s like nails down a chalkboard! Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #34

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“I don’t care if it’s Twilight or Fifty Shades or War and Peace; never let someone make you ashamed of what you love to read.”

– Rae Carson

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There’s been a lot of talk in the YA book community lately, well, there’s always been talk about it but a recent article especially has said that adults should be ashamed of reading YA when they no longer fit into that bracket. It’s been suggested that these kind of stories are too simple, too nice, too happily ever after and that adults should be reading more literary, thought-provoking books suited to their demographic.
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Freedom from the Institution that is University, Huzzar!

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I’m Freeeeeeeeee!!! *Waves Hands Energetically.*

I felt like it was about time I did another one of these update rambly post thingies. As of last week I handed in the last of my coursework, grumbled and complained through torturous exams (in my head of course, or I would have been disqualified) and packed up the last of my things and headed for home. My second year of university is officially over and I can for the most part, breathe a sigh of relief! At least until I get my results or start having to think about my dissertation (gulp).
I’m currently in denial.
To say work has been full on the last few months would be an understatement, but as a reward I now have a long, hopefully hot summer of reading and home comforts ahead. Woohoo! Most importantly, my cat will no longer have to make complex, life changing decisions without me like whether to go for the fish or chicken chunks in jelly.
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Quoting the Quill #30

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“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”

– H.P. Lovecraft

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I am a night owl, so this quote instantly resonated with me. I always find myself  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #29

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‘Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.’

– Dr Seuss

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First off, how is it fair that Dr Seuss has such an unlimited amount of wisdom? Everywhere I go on the internet I find fabulous quotes by him and frantically write them down. I wonder what it would be like to live in his head where all these thoughts form, and whether it would be liberating or tiring. I’ve never read any of his books so if anyone out there in virtual space has any recommendations for me, fire away!

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic this week, in a good way. I’ve found myself flicking back through old photos,  Continue reading

Wednesday Madness and the Ultimate Reading Experience

Hello wonderful WordPress people, hope you’re having an awesome Wednesday, one thing’s for sure, it must be going better than mine!

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I spent seven hours of my life today staring at a screen full of statistics transferring, sorting and analysing data. Woohoo! Isn’t student life fun? Unfortunately a lot of the work didn’t go to plan so what should have been a tough three hours turned into a seven hour grueling and unrelenting slog. Luckily it was part of a group project so at least we were all in it together. I’m pretty sure every one of us left the room with an awful headache. You know it’s bad when the lecturer’s are having trouble working out why your statistics aren’t working, it’s the equivalent to that feeling when even spell check doesn’t understand what the heck you’re on about, AND SPELL CHECK KNOWS EVERYTHING.

Gah.

Anyhooows, before I ramble on for too long and send you guys to sleep, believe it or not there is a purpose to the madness in this post!  Continue reading

Blog 10: The Greatest Service

I don’t normally reblog people’s posts, (unless I am linked to it in some way e.g. a readalong) but when I saw this fantastic one I knew I had to make an exception! It’s about the importance of listening to other people’s stories, and really spoke to me on a personal level; I hope it will to many of you too. Please take the time to check out kokkieh’s awesome post over at The Book Notes Project!

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Last time I wrote about how each one of us is a story, that you are the author of your story and that you have to make the choices that will determine whether or not your story will be a good one.

But that made me think of something else: we all have an innate need to tell our stories.  And more importantly, we all have a need to have our stories listened to.

That’s probably one of my biggest frustrations in life: I can’t find anyone to listen to my story.  See, I’m a natural listener.  If I sit next to someone on a bus or stand behind someone in a queue, they just start talking to me.  Nothing too personal…at first.  But I can’t help listening – I’m naturally good at it and I’ve been trained as a counsellor which merely honed my existing skills – and…

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The Psychology of Book Abandonment

What Makes You Abandom a Book
There is only one thing book readers like myself enjoy as much as reading…and that’s reading statistics about reading! *Looks incredibly nerdy*.
I was participating in my regular skim of the Huffington Post books section when I came across an article on ‘The Psychology of Abandonment’. As a reader and aspiring psychologist I couldn’t let that title go. I clicked and discovered a beautiful infographic created by Goodreads (click here to view it and the article) that was a culmination of statistics attempting to explain when readers decide to give up on a book.

The findings show the top five novels Goodreads users have labeled as unfinished:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. (Not necessarily in that order.)

The first thing I noticed was that they were all incredibly well known or popular titles. It’s always interesting to see that just because something is a bestseller doesn’t mean everybody likes it! In fact, I think that is half the problem.  Continue reading