The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Length: 371 pages
Published: October 2009

My Week #2

The Fault In Our Stars movie tickets // Yankee Tarts for my dad's birthday present // The Maze Runner review notes // Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar // New Primark Flatforms // Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Bedroom Details

One of my favourite things in my bedroom is my Ikea Alex Bookcase. I'll probably do a post on the whole case itself when I'm 100% happy with the way it's being used, but until then I thought I'd share what I keep on top of it!  

New Bedroom Storage

One of my favourite places to scour for hidden gems is Home Bargains. The make-up selection is a bit outdated & useless, but their home décor pieces are gorgeous. I find that the best place to look (other than, obviously, the home décor section) is the kitchen section. They have all sorts of cute little dishes and plates, as well as pretty glass storage jars - which is what I'm going to show you today.

Mini Haul | Primark, Poundland & Charity Shops


Today I thought I'd share with you some of the things I've picked up recently. They were all bought on separate occasions but I thought I may as well throw them all together in one mini haul! First, I visited Primark. I did actually pick up a few clothing items which I am very happy with (I shared a pic of one on my Instagram), but I also picked up this gorgeous skull & floral design notebook and pretty little hair accessory. I don't really know what to call it - it's kind of a decorative hairband that you put around your hair when it's in a bun. If that makes any sense. It was only £2 and I thought it would be a quick and easy way to jazz up my hair for summer. Paired with shorts, a basic tee and some sunnies you're good to go! The notebook was a bit of an impulse buy - just look how pretty it is. I really didn't need another notebook, but what's a girl to do? It was £1.50 so I couldn't walk away without it. Really.
Next, on a little trip to Keynsham with my mum and sister, I picked up this cute ceramic jewellery holder in a charity shop. It was just £1.50! Bargain. The tree-like part in the middle is perfect for hanging rings, whilst the surrounding plate is now home to stud earrings. Finally, I snagged a Maybelline Baby Lips in my local Poundland! I was so happy, as it has SPF 20 which is a must for this weather. I wouldn't usually think to protect my lips from the sun, but as the skin is so fragile I'm definitely going to make an effort this year.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 278 pages
Published: 2009 (2011 UK Release)

This was one of those books that I didn't know existed and yet had been somehow surrounded with quotes from it without realising. The writing is that beautiful and lyrical in this novel that snippets can be found all over Pinterest and Tumblr. Naturally, as soon as I realised that these golden lines were actually part of a book I headed straight to my nearest Waterstones and picked it up. I couldn't wait for online delivery, I wanted it now.

My Week #1

Current TBR stack // Currently Reading: The Maze Runner by James Dashner // First attempt at drawing! // my beloved Deathly Hallows necklace // my fave Shakeaway // Primark & Lush haul
This week. It's been a bizarre one. Monday was stressful/exciting as it was my last day at college! I finally signed off my final two practical assessments and now it's official - I'm fully qualified in Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3! I'm not planning on taking much away from the course, aside from the skincare and massage which is something I'd be interested in specialising in if I ever took the beauty-route for my career. The rest of the week was quite mellow, although there were a few mental breakdowns scattered across the days. I took two trips into town which I was really proud of - my anxiety is a little temper-mental with large crowds - and I picked up a few lovely things in Primark, as well as the Comforter Bubble Bar in Lush which I frickin' adore. Probably one of my favourite Lush products. I also finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth and started The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I'm not planning on putting up a review for Insurgent as practically everyone has read it, but I must say it's a million times better than Divergent, both plot- and writing-wise. I wont say much on The Maze Runner because I'll hopefully be uploading a post on it as soon as I finish!
I hope you all had a wonderful week!
Posts this week:
- The Post Education Panic - I talked about the thoughts/feelings/pressures that accompanied my end of college milestone.
 - The Reading Habits Tag - I joined in with the Reading Habits Tag & discussed my favourite ways to read.

The Reading Habits Tag

I spotted this tag on Alice's blog AlzGalzz and thought it sounded adorable so I tagged myself. Is that awkward? I think it's so interesting to learn how other people enjoy reading so thought I'd give it a go. 
1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I read in my bedroom when I'm at home, or my dad's living room when I'm at his house. I have a 6 year old sister and two dogs so reading at home is very difficult because they're all so noisy!
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I'm one of those people who folds the corners of the page down. Don't hate me. I used to use bookmarks but they always fell out and then I would lose my page and it would drive me crazy. I have seen a few cute bookmark DIYS on Pinterest though, so might give them a go!
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?
I can literally just stop reading and then pick right back off mid-sentence.
4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
As bad as it sounds I can literally go for hours without eating or drinking if I'm reading. I just get completely immersed into it that I forget normal human things, like needing to pee or acknowledging people when they're talking to me. 
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music when reading?
Oh God, no! I need to read in dead silence. I get distracted too easily.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I currently have about four books on the go and usually am never reading just one. I like to mix and match between long and short books as when I'm reading one for the long haul, it's nice to take a step back and read something quick and easy before getting back into it again. Not only that but sometimes when I'm pushing myself to finish a book, I like to take a step back from it so I don't begin to resent it too much.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I have to read at home. I can't read in public, there are just too many distracting things around!

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently, although during fangirl moments I do embarrassingly start giggling/squealing at random.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
 If there's a huge secret in the story, or a massive plot twist, I do read ahead to find out what's going to happen. I honestly can't enjoy a book if I'm constantly trying to work something out! Occasionally I'll even Google it! Oh God it's so bad. I have been known to skip pages/paragraphs if I find something boring though.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I hate breaking the spines of my books. I do tend to do it if they're massive though because I find them really uncomfortable to hold otherwise.

11. Do you write in your books? 
No! I wish I could though, I would highlight the quotes that I like. But I just can't bring myself to do it. I did see one of my favourite YouTubers ABookUtopia stick post-it notes into the book to mark interesting/favourite parts, so I might try that the next time I want to review something.
12. What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, a few snippets of The Fellowship Of The Ring by JRR Tolkien and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I really want to start The Maze Runner soon, too!
I tag anyone who reads this!

The Post-Education Panic

Yesterday marked my last official day in education. For those of you who didn't know, I studied Beauty Therapy for two years starting September 2012, using up my last two free education years. I didn't have much of an interest in the beauty side of things - I chose the course as I'd be put into situations dealing with the general public and I thought it would help me battle my anxiety issues. Two years later, I've finally finally finished the course and I was overwhelmed by the sheer fact that I'd completed it whilst dealing with those issues that still cling to me today.
So yes, at first, I was ecstatic. But as the night crept on, the question of 'what am I going to do with my life?' well and truly began to circulate. And I have to admit, it's giving me some problems.
All around me, people my age are getting jobs and cars and going on group holidays with their friends. My anxiety doesn't allow me to get into a car without some panic and I wouldn't even dream of going abroad with just a few girlfriends, so it's making me feel really unsettled that everyone else seems to be carrying on with all the things I'm told I should be doing. But I know what my limits are and I know what I can handle, so why should I, when I'm already trying my best, push myself too hard for things I don't even want?
I saw this quote on Pinterest that made me think of things a different way:
And it made me realise that I shouldn't really care what other people think and expect me to do. It's my life. And no, I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. And I don't know where I want to work and I don't know where I want to be. But I'm only 19 years old and I only have one official day of non-education life behind me. And I'm thinking (and hoping) that I'll have some time to figure things out before I'm pushed into adulthood. There are things I need to work out - my anxiety being one of them - but I'm taking one step at a time and as one of my favourite quotes from JRR Tolkien says "Little by little, one travels far." Trying to figure everything out at once is confusing and overwhelming, so I think it's best to just work out the things that can be sorted and then go from there. And in the meantime, troll Pinterest for inspirational quotes.
What are your guys' thoughts on this topic? Do you ever feel pressured to do things other people are doing? I'd love to hear your views!

Daily Objects #1

I am so so close to finishing Insurgent by Veronica Roth and let me tell you, it is intense. I didn't get on too well with Divergent which is the reason it took me so long to pick up this sequel, but I'm completely amazed. I'm about five or six chapters from the end. Thoughts will be up soon!
Aside from reading and doing a few doodles, I've spent the day watching Disney Princess movies on Netflix and going on an excessive cleaning binge. I can now see myself in my kitchen worktops. Due to the lack of social interaction, my make-up routine was kept very simple today: a touch of the Collection Cover Up Stick beneath my eyes, a few coats of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara on my lashes, a slick of the M&S Mango Lip Balm and filled in my brows with the Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. I also painted my nails with the Avon nail varnish in Perfectly Flesh. It's gorgeous.

What's On My Bookshelf #1

As a nod to the classic 'What's In My Bag' post that is always making the rounds in the fashion and beauty blogging community, I thought I'd do a little 'What's On My Bookshelf' post. This shelf is part of my tiny Ikea Alex unit that I keep next to my bed and is where I keep all of my current TBR books, along with five of my favourites for a re-read. The books on this shelf rotate regularly, depending on what I am reading/want to read next.