The Books of Life

Halloween 2014 036I have decided to share with you my absolute books things in the whole wide world. These are the sentimental, special ones, that are definitely not just fads. They helped to shape my character as I was growing up, they each mean something very important to me, and I couldn’t live without them. If I could paint a picture of myself with words from these literary masterpieces, then I guess this is what it would look like;

“The Lord of the Rings”

This book – along with all of Tolkien’s other masterpieces – sums up life. Seriously. I can be sat there reading and suddenly burst into tears, because something he has written, however simple, just means so much. For example;

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”

Gah, I’m crying now just writing this post! This quote has got to be my absolute favourite of all time because it can mean just about anything. It could be about any of the wars in the world, the terrorist bombings, global warming, a storm, and maybe even just a really bad day. But the thing is, that it’s so true. Everything about it is so so so perfect.

When I was little, my mum used to talk to me about Middle Earth, whilst my uncle would create his own stories about the people living there. I soon became old enough to read The Hobbit, and I later read Lord of the Rings. Since then, I have probably read the trilogy about ten times… and I could probably tell you exactly when things happen and in which order. Feel free to call me a nerd; I’m proud of it.Halloween 2014 042

“The Sky is Everywhere”

So I read this book third year at high school and for some reason – unknown to me too – I became a little bit obsessed with it. I’m not sure whether it’s because of the format of the writing; pages of normal story split up by handwritten notes and poems thrown away by the main character. It might also be the message that the book holds; that grieving is good, but soon you need to carry on living your life.

Along with those serious messages, there’s a whole lot of humour and romance tangled into the plot. As I say, I’m really not sure why, but I do know that I absolutely love it and you should definitely, definitely read it.

“Harry Potter”

And next is the legend himself. I couldn’t not include my dear friend Harry because it just wouldn’t be right without him. Harry Potter made my childhood. It was the centre of most of the dressing up games I partook in as a child – whether I was playing Hermione Granger or just a princess who attended Hogwarts. JK Rowling has a way with words, you can’t deny that. And the way she has woven such a faultless and perfect story is just (excuse the pun) magical.

I could never single out a favourite character, but it is extremely easy to pick my least favourite. Umbridge. How can you not hate the woman? She reminds me so much of a teacher I used to have at high school and she’s just horrible. If anyone is the Devil’s Spawn, it’s Dolores Umbridge.

JK Rowling has been criticized for copying Tolkien, and I used to believe this. But over the past couple of months I have re-read both and come to conclusions that they are both works of art, and they are different. Yep, I love Harry Potter.

“Where Rainbows End”

This has got to be one of the best heartbreaking, feel-good, beautiful, funny books I have ever read. As I want to move to Dublin when I’m older, having a book set there is just perfect. The jokes are even funnier when you imagine them in the Irish accent.

I know that this book has recently been made into the film, Love, Rosie, and I’m not sorry to say that I will not be watching it. My sister went to see it and she says it’s very different from the book and INEXCUSABLY not set in Ireland!

However, I’m not going to talk about the film. This book is the story of life. It’s about how a pair of people so in love can go all the way through their lives without coming together in harmony. It’s about raising a child at a young age, seeing the beauty of a life, having your heart broken many times over. And yes, it makes you cry. And yes, it makes you laugh. And yes, it times I wanted to punch both of the characters. But I also wanted to kiss them.

Ahern is a wonderful, wonderful writer, and I like all of the books she has written (I would have them all in this list if I could) but Where Rainbows End has got to be the best one of all. Truly, it is brilliant.

“I Capture the Castle”

This probably seems an odd title to have in this modern list. It’s true; I don’t actually read many of the old classics, because the language is outdated. However, from the moment I picked up this book I literally couldn’t put it down. This is another one of those that stays with you for a long time.

It is about a girl growing up in an old castle with a father who has gone slightly crazy. At the beginning, they have very little money, but as the story progresses, they become steadily richer. You start to see what effect money can have on your life, but also how people can be lulled into a false sense of love by money.

It’s a coming of age book, and I honestly wouldn’t just disregard it because it is old. Sometimes the most beautiful pieces can be as old as the hills.

“The Perks of being a Wallflower”

The final book on my list is the book that I feel really changed me as a person. I had hit a low. I’m not going to go into the details, but I was really at the point where my confidence was so low that I just didn’t want to talk to people. I would keep myself to myself and try to avoid eye contact. But then, whilst on holiday with the family, I came across this book in the airport. I’m not really sure why I bought it, but I did, and from that moment on I changed a little.

You see, it’s about a boy who has been through hell and back. He’s quiet and doesn’t have any friends. But then suddenly he’s in high school and he wants to start to ‘participate’. The book is about his journey. He slowly comes out of his shell more and more, until he is really able to speak to people. He sees things in a way that other people are just too ignorant to notice. He has a way with words, and he can sum up situations perfectly. Woven in with this is a story of love, and friendship, and family, and downright disturbingly saddening material. But it is so wonderful, I can’t quite put it into words.

After I had read the book, I just kind of sat there. Tears were streaming down my face and I couldn’t speak to anyone, but I had changed. I had decided that I was no longer going to be the wallflower. I was going to involve myself in life and not just stand on the sidelines anymore.

And so I changed.

.: Emily :.
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Airport Shenanigans

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Waking up to a 3:45 alarm and a freezing cold room wasn’t exactly the most pleasant start to the day. Think banging headache (probably from last nights Baileys), crusty eyes, and shivering. But I can’t very well complain. No, that would just be far too unreasonable – because this is the day that I finally got to go on holiday.

After rolling out of bed the chaos began; checking the list of last-minute items over and over again, trying to shut the cases without them bursting open again, and ensuring that my passport was definitely in my bag (for about the twentieth time). Yes, it was chaos, but in a good kind of way. Going on holiday is supposed to be stressful, right until you pass into the duty-free part of the airport. That’s when you can relax… for a little while.

Duty-free is my favourite part of the flying experience. Not only because you save money, but because everything is together and it’s easy to browse. Today was a good day for purchases as I managed to get; YSL bronzer, YSL foundation, and a Dior lipstick for my friend’s eighteenth – all for reduced prices. I wanted to spend more time there, but it was time to board and (of course) my sister was panicking because the final boarding call had just been announced.

Once on the plane, I called dibs on the window seat and relaxed with an issue of Elle. As I’ve had an ear infection for the last two weeks, I was a little worried about take off and landing, but it was actually alright, thank God. The flight was four hours and was very pretty – see picture of fluffy clouds. We arrived in Heraklion, Crete at about 12pm UK time and then set off for the villa.

Although I would love to tell you that the sun was beating down on us and i sunbathed all day, it is a pretty different story. Rain clouds lingered overhead, threatening to spill at any moment. And of course, this did nothing good to our spirits. My heart sank and, to make things even worse, the dinner we ate on the first night (the most expensive of the week, €60!), was horrible.

So maybe I’m complaining a little too much? You think? Well, did I mention the fact that there was centipedes all over the villa and, to top things off, in my bed?! Lovely…

.: Emily :.
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The Bag Search

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It suddenly dawned on me today that in a little under three months, I will be turning eighteen. For a few minutes I just kind of sat there, thinking about how weird it would be to finally be classed as an adult; about how I would be able to drink legally; and about how I would suddenly be free to do whatever I wanted. But then my sister was asking what I wanted for my birthday, what brilliant gift I wanted on my special day. And the dilemma commenced.

Did I want a car? Some wonderfully designer clothes? Just boring money? Oooh, or maybe a pretty piece of jewelry? The list was endless, but to be truthful, I didn’t really want any of those things. So I gave up, telling her that I just wanted a surprise.

However, later on that day, my sister came up with the perfect suggestion. A handbag. It was the perfect idea – something luxurious yet an essential part of everyday life. So I hugged her and, of course, told her what a wonderful sister she is sometimes. And then The Bag Search began.

Even now, I have no idea what type of bag I would like. There’s just so many factors to consider; shape, size, type, brand… Again, the list goes on.

But up to now, I have a short list to share with you;

Kate Spade
Mulberry
Dune
Ted Baker
Jack Wills

So now all I have to do is choose… a harder decision that I first thought.

.: Emily :.
xxx

The leaves are falling – November Purchases

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I’m going to let you into the world of Emily’s purchases. I’ve not actually contained all of the things I bought this month in this post because there’s a lot (I was going back to college so I had an excuse!). But the pictures show some of my favourites.

First we have my Amazon purchases of the month. As you’ll probably come to learn, Amazon is my go-to place for books and DVDs. It’s super cheap, you hardly ever have to pay delivery, and who doesn’t want books delivered in the post?! It’s like Christmas has come early every time I open the parcels.
104 Things to Photograph is my kind of project for over this year. As its my last year in college – and next year I’ll be off to uni – I want to make some memories and I hope I’ll be inspired by some of the things in there. The second thing is Her Dark Curiosity, and that’s a sequel to this really great book called The Madman’s Daughter. It’s set in the past, and it’s everything a book needs to be; a mystery on an island, a beautiful romance, and a dangerous pursuit. I would definitely recommend! Finally, we have The Rehearsal, and to be honest, I don’t really have a clue what it’s about. One of my friends recommended it so I said I’d give it a go. I’ll let you know how it went.

In terms of fashion, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Next this month. Now, when I say obsessed… almost all of the clothes you see below are from there…

1 – This Black Playsuit is – yes, you guessed it – from Next. It’s a really nice fit and looks gorgeous with the silver Ted Baker belt and some heels I had bought for me for prom. I’ve bought it for my 18th; it’s comfortable, looks pretty good, and won’t fly up in the wind after I’ve had too much to drink!

2 – I’ve bought the Black and White Jumper, again from Next, as you can never have too much knitwear for cold Autumn days. It’s cosy without being too heavy and it looks really great with jeans or tucked into a skirt. The necklace I put with it is actually about three years old, but places like Topshop have got some that are really similar.

3 – This Red Lace Top (cough, Next again, cough) is my guilty pleasure of a purchase this month. I just couldn’t resist. It goes really well with any trousers and the lace feels really good quality. The Black and White Trousers are from Dorothy Perkins and were a bit of a risky buy – I don’t usually wear printed trousers because I HATE my legs – but I actually really like them. Paired with loafers and a thick coat, this outfit if perfect for a nippy Autumn day.

Thanks to everyone reading my blog! If you’d like to see more then please click to follow it and leave a comment below. What are your favourite buys this month? Any good new books out?

.: Emily :.
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Fairytales

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So yesterday I went on a walk with the dogs and my childhood dream was finally fulfilled. I finally found a toadstool like the ones in all of the fairytales. Not only one, but a big cluster of them! Now that I’m writing about it, it doesn’t really make a very exciting post, but I was so over the moon.

Okay, so I’m going to go all mythological on you now; fairy rings (not quite what I saw, but close enough) are said to be the result of a fairies and elves dancing, leaving behind toadstools in their stead. Some other myths say that it’s where the devil laid his milk churn, but I definitely prefer the fairy one.

On another note, this morning I woke up to be greeted with Autumn. A true October day blustered around outside my window and a shiver rattled through my body. I really really hate cold weather – the wind, the rain, the snow, the ice – and Autumn is just the start of Winter. However, there are some fun things that come with it. Here is my list of what I’m looking forward to this winter;

Cable-knit jumpers
Cosy bed-socks
Cups of tea
Crackling fires
Bonfire night
Halloween
Comfy trousers
Boots
Gloves and scarves
Snow
Walking in the snow
Sledging
More snow
My holiday to Crete (eeeeek!!)

.: Emily :.
xxx