Books I bought this half term (27/03/15 – 12/04/15)

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So as you can see, I’ve bought a lot of books this half term. I’ve recently been visiting charity shops quite often and their books are not only extremely cheap but most of them are in good condition. I added up the price of these books and it came to £12.44 and with that money I could only buy one book and there wouldn’t be enough left for me to buy another one and out of all of these 18 books; 3 weren’t bought from charity shops, 3 have cracked spines and most of them look new. I decided that I would stock up on books before the summer as I’m, sadly, not going anywhere which means 6 weeks of staying at home along with some exercise. I’ve basically planned out what I’ll be doing this summer, read read and ever more reading. I’m kidding, I’ll probably be doing some exercise as well since I need it. I’ll probably also be painting as that’s one of my other hobbies. Anyhow I decided to buy a ton of books to read this summer and I am so excited for it! The reading, that is.

In order from left to right and top to bottom.

Empress Orchid – Anchee Min (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones – Alexander McCall Smith (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (I had a gift voucher from prize giving that I attended recently so it went from £7.99 to £1.99, Waterstones)

Lucy in the Sky – Paige Toon (£1.99, Amazon)

Cherry Tree Lane – Anna Jacobs (It was originally £2 and I thought that was cheap but then when I actually bought it, on the receipt it said £0.06 because they were doing discounts as the shop was closing down, Budgens)

The First Time I Saw Your Face – Hazel Osmond (80p, Charity shop)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling (I got this to complete my set of Harry Potter books that my cousin gave me, it was missing the first book. £1, Charity)

The Haunted – Jessica Verday (80p, Charity)

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Man and Boy – Tony Parsons (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Bared to You – Sylvia Day (80p, Charity)

Alice in Exile – Piers Paul Read (80p, Charity)

Some Day I’ll find You – Richard Madeley (80p, Charity)

Eats, Shoots and Leaves – Lynne Truss (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Girls’ book, How to be the best at everything – No Author (Given to me)

Since you’ve been Gone – Anouska Knight (80p, Charity)

The Girl you left Behind – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

the Last Letter from your Lover – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

And that was a total of 18 books, I have a lot to do this summer. I may start a new line of blog posts Book reviews. Maybe once every month maybe? I shall think about it.

~ H.E

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Exams.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid person in this world, only lazy people.”

– My Father

When I think how close exam season is, my heart pounds. I’ve never been a stupid child but nor have I ever been a genius and I think that’s a blessing because it’s taught me that I have to work hard to achieve what I want. Sometimes, I do feel like the most stupid child in the world because I give up because I think about how I can’t do it and how I’m going to fail. Then I think how lucky I am to be able to have the access to education and an especially good one where there are wide range of resources that I can easily access and I feel motivated again because at the end I believe if I tried my very best and come out with a average grades, I still gave it all I had and that would make me content because I know I went into the exam knowing I completed the exam paper to the best of my ability and there was nothing else that I could do.

But, you see, that’s the problem I will never be able to go into an exam knowing that I completed it to the best of my ability because I know I could always do more. The times that I checked my phone for a few minutes, the mornings where I laid in for five more minutes could’ve been spent to do that tiny bit more revision and obviously the time that I use to type my thoughts up. I’ve even decided to restrain myself from reading because I know once I start reading my mind would be entrapped in that book that I wouldn’t be able to revise.

But all this is futile if I don’t get the grades that I want, that I so desperately need even if I was to spend that five more minutes revising or go into the exam fully prepared and do everything to the best of my ability if I were to come out of the hall on results day with my results in hand without grades that seem passable to my parents everything I’d done beforehand would be an utter and complete waste. I would never be able to bear the look on my parents face when they expected so much of me; the times where they’ve made me laugh and smile and feel the warmth that only they could give me, give me the love that I don’t even deserve and the least that they wanted in return was the grades that I produce to be good ones. It would put me in utter despair seeing that look on my parents and knowing that I was responsible for it. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself, and that’s why I tell myself that I have to do it, get the grades I want because I can and I’m not stupid, I can get the grades I want and I will get the grades I want. That is currently my biggest motivation.

~ H.E

Intro to my thoughts.

I thought I’d start my account with a introduction. I am well aware that my page looks like I’ll be talking about books but I won’t. Well actually I will be talking about books but, not just books. I’ll be posting a mixture of things, I may just talk about my thoughts on a particular day that I would randomly love to share with you or it may be a piece that I’ve worked really long on discussing about something completely out of the blue. If you haven’t read about me, go on and click on the link that leads you to tell you about me. But what I’m trying to say is that I love books and it will be inevitable that there will be something about books here.

– H.E