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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Currently #04


Reading :: I've just finished The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer. I thought it was such a well-written and poignant book that left me with a lot to think about - definitely my kind of book. I feel like the topic of mental illness in a book and in general is one that needs to be handled with care and respect and, for me, Filer did an impeccable job. I've seen a lot of people talking about this so I won't go on, but I would definitely recommend it if you're considering picking it up! Since finishing that I've picked up Allegiant by Veronica Roth and am almost halfway through it, two days later. I read the first two books in the Divergent trilogy when they came out a couple of years ago and loved them and the world Roth creates. Having almost completely forgotten the plot, however, I decided to read the first two again before starting the last one so I would be up to speed. I won't say more than that their concept has and does intrigue me and I'll be sad to come to the end of the trilogy, especially as my friend Lucy has warned me it's a little heartbreaking! It's safe to say that since my last 'currently' post, I have definitely been making the most of reading just for myself again and it's been really great.

Eating :: Porridge. And apples with sultanas. And cookies. (Not all at the same time.) I think I'll probably be dedicating a post to my current love affair with porridge soon, it's just the perfect autumn/winter breakfast and is the only thing that will get me out of bed in the mornings at the moment. Also my favourite thing to snack on at the moment, when I actually manage to avoid chocolate and cake, are apples and sultanas. They're just a really nice combination and quick fix when I'm a bit peckish and want something to tide me over. Similarly, cookies do just as good a job, and are good literally whenever, wherever, whatever my mood. They may not be quite as healthy as apples but nevertheless when I feel like I deserve a treat which I seem to a lot lately, they do just the job.

Thinking about :: Change and growing. I've been quite reflective of late, I think it's coming up to that time of year again where I endlessly think about the year passing and what I've achieved/what I've loved and what I hope to do in the next year. I really get the sense that I'm growing as a person a lot at the moment, which I know sounds like an odd thing to say, and I can't quite put my finger on what I mean by that myself yet, it's just what I feel. I think I'm becoming more 'myself', if that makes any sense, and am actually enjoying the process of learning a little more about who that is.

Watching :: The Downton Abbey series finale and Made in Chelsea. Downton always seems to go far too quickly for my liking but I think it's been another great series, that forever makes me want to grow up/live in the 1920s! Made in Chelsea is the perfect 'fix' when I'm exhausted and want to switch off a bit and get lost in whether or not Louise has cheated on Alik... or the other way round, what do people think?!

Loving :: The feeling that Christmas isn't too far off. For some reason I'm feeling extra excited this year, and as soon as Halloween was over I felt like Christmas was just around the corner. I'm loving all the Christmas adverts coming out, Costa and Starbucks' festive drinks, and thinking about visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park again, it's such a lovely time of year. Mind you, I've only bought one present so far so I need to get a move on if I want to be organised!

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