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New Year, New Reading Resolutions

So according to Goodreads I have reached my 2014 reading challenge goal of reading of 50 books. However this was a difficult year when I came to reading new books, mostly due to university obligations and a tightening of the purse strings following my big move to Edinburgh. The main result of all these changes was that I feel back on old favourites, re-reading series or titles that I love and therefore feel no pressure to complete the book or my discovery of audiobooks. I currently only own a few audiobooks, the most important being my Harry Potter audios which have renewed my love for the books as the movie adaptations make it easy to forget the details that were lost in the films. For example Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite Harry Potter film, however it is one of favourites when it comes to the audio books as Gilderoy Lockhart is hilarious in audio, the true extent of his narcissism can really be enjoyed.

Back to books – while I love participating in these reading challenges I am awful at maintaining my reading-to read-read lists. Therefore I have decided to maintain the same reading challenge for 2015, 50 new books. However I wanted to add a new challenge to broaden my reading appetite.

I recently discovered the BookRiot Read Harder challenge. The rules are simple and designed to expand your reading through suggested topics. & I’m hoping to use these suggestions to help me complete a personal challenge – Finish my physical To-Be-Read pile ( this is no where as extensive as my digital To-Be-Read list & therefore much more achievable) as well as discover some new reads/authors. There are 24 suggestive reading topics, optimally 2 a month. Personally I think I will select 12 of them, the full list of options is available at the link above.


This is the start of a new year and it is full of opportunities for change and growth. I started of the year by cutting 5 inches off my hair, inspired by YouTube beauty guru Essie Button’s hair style.And I plan to continue my job hunt or possibly return to education, however overall I will continue to grow as a person.

If you are taking part in the Read Harder Challenge I would love to hear what you are reading and you New Years plans.



New Year and Resolutions for 2014

As seems to be becoming a recurring pattern during my masters – I have time then I have none! So I’m here, apologising again for my extended silence on my poor blog but a New Year means a New opportunity to prioritise and re-motivate myself!

2013 has been a monumental year universally with the death of one of the worlds greatest Peace advocates and Humanitarians, Nelson Mandela through to the scientific developments seen with the lunar landing of Curiosity on Mars and the discoveries which have came from its successful landing through to the nerd-tastic developments with the growth of comic-con in the UK and ALL the BOOKS!!

But it has a huge year for me personally. And I feel that I have grown so much as a person and I feel that I have gotten braver and broaden my experiences so much and made myself proud!
As in July I graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Bachelors in History despite having a mild panic attack during my dissertation, panic induced more from a fear from leaving education for the first time and having to decide what I was going to do with my life.

It was this fear which caused my to finally pursue my Publishing dreams and applied to a Publishing Masters programme at Edinburgh Napier University. Investing in my future, I moved country and entered an entirely new course which has been an interesting and enjoyable experience despite my introduction to the Mac which has been an experience to say the least. As historians tend to fear computers in favour of text books which is definitely still my comfort zone πŸ˜€ but I have been able to adapt surprising myself and even influencing my future career aspirations.

I know in comparison to some people, even some of the lovely girls I have met and befriended in my course, who have travelled miles further and committed to a larger move etc. (Kudos ladies). But for myself I know I have been sheltered by my family. Especially by my dad who turned me into a little bit of a bubble wrap child. And I love my family and appreciate how much they have helped me throughout my education but I realised I needed to make a change for the better and allow myself to grow and become more independent. And in regards to my comment about becoming Braver, I know I have always been a little bit of a Bambi in a rather loud and boisterous family. And moving away has shocked a lot of people and “staying away” has surprised even more. But I didn’t want to become another member of my family who has been born, raised and stayed in my town all their lives, I want to see the world and experience new cultures and simply learn as much as I can.

So my resolutions for this year are quite simple and I am focusing more on just enjoying where I am right now and making the most of the opportunities in front of me in definition:
Carpe Diem!
Which translated from Latin means “Seize the Day!” Which is basically the Renaissance way of saying Yolo which I hope is a term which dies in 2014 πŸ˜€
Instead of focusing on my fears and allowing my anxiety which I rarely talk about to anyone, take over I am going to focus on making the most of the present because as Eleanor Roosevelt said,

“Today is a gift that’s why we call it the Present.”

This means living my life to the full but also simply being happy because it is the things we don’t do which we will regret later in life and if I have some of this moments I regret missing now at 21 – I simply don’t want to add to this list!

Okay this is getting wayyyy too deep so ill finish here with my book/blog resolution. I cant promise to read a new book every month but I aim to post a blog bi-monthly. And have a book review every other month! fingers crossed!!

Finishing with the man who always says these things best….
neil gaiman

Love you all and be happy
And please let me know what your resolutions are or if you do resolutions?

Maebhe x