January 23, 2013

Puppy Face

Yes this is my puppy face. I am using it on you all right now because I’m handing in all my monies on Saturday morning and I could really use a bit of help on the donations front. For those of you who don’t know, it’s for World Horse Welfare (not just for me) and I’d really like to reach 300 pounds which could pay for all of their work after my 100 book challenge this year. If you’re unsure, look at the pug’s face. It’ll help you decide. JustGive.

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January 9, 2013

Currently Reading

I have officially started my ‘read 20 books’ in 2012 challenge with a Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. What are you reading?storm

January 4, 2013

Resolutions 2013

I’m a little wary of New Years Resolutions. It’s took me about 22 years to realise that ultimately I never keep my New Years Resolutions let alone actually even remember what they are by the time the following January comes around. I mean honestly, how many of you actually remember what you resolved to do at the start of 2012? These all important resolutions seem to slip into nothingness within the space of a month or two and soon enough we are all preoccupied with some first world problems. But  three days into the New Year, as I realise that for the first time in my life I haven’t actually resolved to do anything it makes me quite sad. New Years Resolutions are really about hope- the idea that you can change something in your life if you really want to, and that this new year brings with it a world of possibility- and if I don’t make any, then I loose that all important symbol of hope for the coming year. So, here are my 2013 resolutions-

10. Blog- As in, I should do it more often. I have missed blogging a great deal and whilst I may be drowning in a world of essays, dissertations and exams, blogging is very rewarding and it makes me spelling lyk, so mch btr.

9.  Read 20 books- I don’t have the time for 100 but last year’s challenge made me realise just how much I have missed making reading a part of my life- and I want to keep it that way.

8. Count my pennies- Cause every penny counts.

7. Treat my hair better- I have long curly hair that I’m trying to grow even longer (I’m pretty sure I wanted to be Rupunzel as a child and I can’t seem to let this go) however this requires me to invest a bit more time in loving my locks.

6. Water – I’ve been trying to un-addict myself from diet coke for the past 2 years- 3rd time lucky?

5. Eat better- Because cookies are nice but so is celery.

4. Exercise 5-6 times a week- because I’ll probably end up eating cookies instead of celery.

3. Talk more with friends and family- I’m terrible at staying in contact with all my nearest and dearest- which needs to change.

2. Pray more- Whatever your beliefs, prayer, meditation or just reflection is a great way to re-centre at the beginning or end of every day.

1. Prioritize my degree- because in the next 150 days I have to somehow gain the one major qualification that will determine a large portion of my future. No pressure.

What are you, my lovely readers, resolving to do in this lovely new year in which the world has not ended?

January 4, 2013

Frivolous Friday

My first one in a long long while- inject some colour into your life 🙂Image

January 3, 2013

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

January 3, 2013

Just so you know….I haven’t died….

Hello Hello my lovely readers! Happy New Year!

Yes, I can see you looking at me in that judgemental fashion, raising your eyebrows. I can almost hear the offended tone of ‘Where HAVE you been’. I apologise. Unfortunately, the final year of university is something akin to being tortured with a phenomenal lack of sleep and the creeping fear that the work may, in fact, never end and thus, no time for blogging. However, I am back (cough…to ask for your money) because I have genuinely missed blogging but also…because….I HAVE FINISHED MY CHALLENGE!! woo! Yes, I have finished 100 books. I kind of feel like I’ve been on a mental marathon, and there were times I was fairly certain I wouldn’t manage to finish but I have!

I shall be writing a few blog posts on varying aspects of finishing the challenge but would like to take this opportunity to ask…welll…for your money. It’s not for me! As those of you who have been following for a while know, I started my blog and my challenge hoping to raise money for the charity World Horse Welfare (info all over my blog). So far I’ve raised 251 pounds, but I would greatly appreciate it if you would contribute anything on my justgiving page. Horse welfare might not be high on your priority list but here are some reasons its high on mine:

1. Horses are still needed to support people’s livelihoods in many countries. Unfortunately many of these people do not know a great deal about proper horse care and this leads not only to bad conditions for the horses but ultimately, to a much less capable working animal for the person. World Horse Welfare supports these communities and animals in their work.

2. The lack of high profile is precisely why I wanted to raise money for World Horse Welfare in the first place. Horses are often associated with the very wealthy and it is assumed that horses are usually animals that benefit from this wealth. However, this is not always so, as there are many cases of serious mistreatment of horses within the UK. Dogs and cats that end up on the streets are quickly picked up and cared for. A horse in a lonely field that very few pass will often go unnoticed for a very long time, and this is why we need World Horse Welfare.

3. They’re cute! Cummon!

I would also like to thank those of you who have commented and not stopped following despite a 6 month long absence and those who have joined more recently!

With a big hug for you all!

BookBimbo

June 27, 2012

The Reader Appreciation Award

Hello Hello my lovely readers! I haven’t posted in almost a month and I have missed you all! Well, my return to actually posting cannot be better announced than by an award I was nominated for by my most loyal blogger the lovely fellow over at Wanton Creation. The award is pretty simply for being a loyal and regular regular reading of his blog which is really not a difficult job considering his content is so awesome.

Anyways, as always the rules are to link back to the blog which nominated you, to nominate some loyal leaders and also to say what you’ve been up to recently.

Well, what have been up to? In a word- studying. And when I was done with that I studied some more. Then I went to sleep, woke up, studied. Ate some ice cream. Studied some more. Once I finished my exams I spent quite a large amount of time doing nothing much other than sleeping which was most excellent. Last week I also competed in a riding competition which was incredibly fun though utterly exhausting and after spending some time catching up with friends and organizing my summer plans I can happily say that I have been looking forward to blogging and reading again 🙂

Anyway, now to nominate some loyal readers, whose blogs I also highly recommend! (If I haven’t mentioned you, it’s just because there are so many of you! who to pick?!)

1. Wanton Creation

2. Akephalon Muse

3. Persephone

4. Literary Tiger

5. Thoughts on my Bookshelf

6. Books and Bowel Movements

June 1, 2012

Frivolous Friday

Some choice quotes

 

June 1, 2012

The end of the tunnel

I’m almost finished with my exams. Which means I am almost back to blogging regularly. Something which makes me distinctly happy. I have missed the blogosphere. I hope you’re all cheery and well, hopefully in a week or so I shall be posting regularly once more. Before I get back, what do you think I should write about?

May 30, 2012

Jodi Picoult- Part 2

So this is another post about Jodi Picoult, as promised, this time about the novel- ‘My Sister’s Keeper’.
Goodreads Synopsis: Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this novel is about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is.
When I wrote about The Pact recently, the other book I’ve read by Picoult, I stated that Picoult had a habit of making the extrodinary ordinary. My Sister’s Keeper is definitely the better book, possibly because it deals with something which, sadly, is prevalent in our world- cancer, and is thus much easier to relate to. The book is deeply moving- it honestly makes you cry. It looks deeply into the effect of cancer and into the nature of right and wrong. When faced with unusual circumstances and life and death choices. What is actually the ‘right’ thing to do- as a parent, as a sister, as a a friend. This is life at it’s extreme- and reading it is beyond excellent.
Reading Picoult is a bit like watching Opra- a guilty pleasure you can’t quite seem to tear your eyes from, because the people’s stories make you re-examine your judgements of other’s decisions and make you realize just how easy your life is. And also because it’s kinda like a soap opera. And now it’s a film. Enjoy.