Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Little Things

Whenever I have exams or university work, the things that I miss the most are always the smaller things. I miss being able to sit with Figgy in the garden, I miss baking and having the time spare to do whatever I like. Mainly, I miss reading, which is odd considering that I'm a literature student, but I certainly miss the freedom of being able to dictate what I'm reading and also being able to read at my own pace. I'm currently working through my rather extensive summer reading list.

Unfortunately, I have really got to try and part with some of books, as I am running out of room for new books and attempting to stop buying books is not an option. I have now filled a giant box full of unloved and ignored books that I think I will be able to part with. Unfortunately I've almost filled the space that these freed up. My latest book purchase is the Barnes and Noble edition of Dracula. I've been wanting a new version of Dracula for ages, the one I bought for my A-Level studies five years ago is incredibly worn and I never liked the cover. There's another edition by Barnes and Noble, but I don't think it is anywhere near as nice as this one!



It's a beautiful, sturdy and well made edition. My complaint about the Barnes of Noble edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (you can find that post here) was that the paper quality was quite poor, and that the pages felt thin and flimsy. Fortunately, this is not a problem with this one and I can finally donate my old edition (books should never be thrown away). I wouldn't be worried about damaging this one whilst reading.

Aside from books, I've also purchased a couple of items from Brighid's Jewellery on Etsy. It's quite rare to find Etsy shops located in the UK as everything I like seems to be overseas! I ordered a pentacle hair slide and a pair of earrings as I am lacking in the earring department.



Both of these items are beautiful. The clip is on the small side, but it is eye-catching regardless. The earrings are lovely too, but I do find that they itch on me (my ears are quite sensitive with jewellery). Luckily they aren't too heavy either. I am saving the earrings for graduation so I'll post some photos of them in use then!

One of the main things I miss when I'm at university is having the freedom to go out and visit places (especially in winter and summer, which are my busiest times). The weather has been incredibly warm recently, so most of these expeditions have been short because the weather is so uncomfortable. I did take a long walk around what may be my university campus at the end  of this year. It is incredibly beautiful, but it takes a long time to walk anywhere which was particularly difficult in hot weather (wearing black jeans did not help).



Aside from sorting out my thesis for my masters degree, reading and filling out job applications, my life is actually rather quiet at the moment. It was nice at first but now I'm starting to really miss university and having something to think about. I'm not going away anywhere either, but I'm hoping to go to maybe York and London for the day at some point just to make my summer a little more interesting and have something to look forward to.

Do you have anything planned for the summer?

Disclosure: I bought everything featured in this post myself.

16 comments:

  1. Ha, I have the same problem with books :D But I can't get rid off even of the unloved ones, neither can my dad (and both of us are unable to stop buying new ones too) :D I started outsourcing my library to my brother's room where is still some spare space:D
    And that particular edition is on my wishlist too, I will never stop adoring (and wanting) the whole collection!! :D I only regret that bookdepository doesn't offer the whole range, I know that there is a Star Wars one and I really need it :D

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    1. Haha at least you have somewhere to outsource to! I can only start piling them up on my floor. I need a house with a spare room to use as a library!

      Me neither! They are so pretty. I'm glad this one a little more durable than my others though. I buy mine from Waterstones as they seem to offer quite a few of them.

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    1. It really is. It's so much nicer than my old edition!

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  3. During my undergrad I developed a hatred for books, we of course were overloaded with some thirty texts per class. Admittedly, there were some books I skipped entirely but still managed to pass my courses. I used to enjoy reading for leisure but when I became a student the idea repulsed me, now as a graduate I'm coming back around. I've been collecting used hardcover books for my library. I picked up a nice hardcover copy of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems at a garage sale and I love it!

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    1. I certainly developed a hatred for certain types of books during my degree, especially in my first year as we weren't allowed to choose our modules and so had to read whatever they wanted us to and most of it was definitely not to my liking! I studied Frankenstein for my entire second year for one of my modules and it will be a long time before I can pick that one up again! I also got my Edgar Allan Poe book from a book sale, it was only 50p and I'm so pleased with it!

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  4. I've started the second Ken Follett book (World Without End), since I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth so much! Have you read them? I feel like you would, since the first one was about the building of a cathedral in 11th century England!

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    1. Ooh I haven't but they sound great! I'm still looking for things to read in the summer so I'll add it to my list, thank you!

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  5. That book looks gorgeous as does the jewelry! I especially love that hair pin :)

    My plan for the summer is to find a job closer to my dream job. I just graduated from University on Saturday and am ready to start working on my career. I also plan to swim with my daughters a lot...lol

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    1. The hair pin is a favourite of mine too! It's really small but still very beautiful.

      Congratulations on graduating, that's fantastic! I bet it's a relief to have finally finished. I get my university results on Friday and it feels like this week is dragging because I'm terrified but at the same time I want to know my results! I hope you find your dream job! I'm also planning on swimming a lot too. It's the only form of exercise that I enjoy, but unfortunately our local pool is always full so I can only go once a week for adult swim.

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    2. Thank you! It is such a relief to be done. I am sure your results on Friday will be what your expecting. Does this mean you will be done as well?

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    3. I hope so! The week before results day is always the worst. Yes it will! I'm continuing onto postgraduate study but it will be the end of my undergraduate degree. My graduation ceremony is on the 23rd July. I'll be glad when it is over!

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    4. Oh good! It's so exciting to be moving on. I will look forward to a graduation post...

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  6. I totally feel you! For me it´s very hard not to procrastinate when academic work must be completed. Usually I must use all my will power, and even so it does not work always :P
    I am really sure you will find the next stage of your life equally exciting, just let it flow, dear.
    Lots of love!

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    1. Absolutely! And yet when my academic work is over and I can do whatever I like, I miss it. I am enjoying being able to work through my reading list now though! Thank you, I hope so!

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  7. Those earrings are lovely! They reminds me of an emerald pair my auntie owns, they are almost identical! She let me wear them sometimes when I was a kid... Ahhh, memories. :)

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