Saturday, 3 March 2018

Snow days

Outfit: vintage

So...it's snowy, huh? Honestly I'm pretty fed up with it. Not the snow itself, but rather the British reaction. It's embarrassing that the entire country has to shut down because of a few inches on the ground, it's rather pathetic. I'm also disappointed that the signs of spring have been nipped in the bud - quite literally in the case of the beautiful crocuses that were just starting to appear through the grass. Before the storm I bought some in a pot from Aldi to cheer up my flat, so at least they've survived.



I've been in class a total of 20 minutes this week due to all the cancellations, so I've been trying to fill my time with as much as possible. I know I won't have free time like this very often so I'm making the most of it. And when crafts are your hobby, I don't think there's really such a thing as boredom! Between sewing up a new dress, crocheting a blanket for my double bed, and drawing and painting, I've also been editing YouTube videos, and trying to squeeze in a bit of reading.



It occurred to me earlier in the year that I never read any more, I average about 1 book a year if that. If asked 'why?' I'd reply that I don't have the time, but that's a lie. I do have time, but I waste it mindlessly scrolling through social media or staring at my phone. I hate to think how many hours I waste! So I've set up a Goodreads account so I can set myself a goal for the year and check my progress (a paltry 5 books this year, but that's 4 more than last!) and I've been buying a few books as I think reading through the Kindle app on my iPad is half the problem - I begin with the best of intentions, but get distracted when I know Instagram or Tumblr are just a mere click away. I have George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four which has been sitting unread on my bookshelf for over a year (Animal Farm is the one book I read last year and I loved it so much it instantly became a favourite), as well as Lord of the Flies and a collection of adult short stories by Roald Dahl of which Tales of the Unexpected were based on. I also want to read more of John Steinbeck's short stories as I'm one of the few English students who enjoyed Of Mice And Men. I'm hoping short stories will help ease me back into the habit of reading. I used to devour absolutely huge books within a couple of days, so it's quite sad having to admit to myself that I don't have the attention span anymore which is why I'm so desperate to fix it.

What are you're favourite books? Is reading a priority for you? I'm trying to read before bed as I don't use public transport or anything, so I'd love to hear how you fit it into your day.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a similar reading preference as my husband! Lots of classics! I am trying to convince him to sign up for Goodreads, mostly because of the giveaways (if you make a book as "want to read" they will email you if they are doing a giveaway) and because at the end of they year they give a summary of what all you read. It is very satisfying I think to see a bunch of numbers such as how many books, longest vs shortest book, how many pages you read, etc.

    Anyways, I loved Of Mice and Men! I remember reading it for school because it was shorter than Lord of the Flies. haha. As an adult looking at Lord of the Flies it is definitely not long. But I am glad about my decision, though I feel like I should pick that book up again. I am currently reading Wool, which is under the genre cyber-punk (aka dystopian sci-fi) and it is really cool. Everyone lives in this huge building the size of a city that is very tall. So far it features one character in each chapter, and the story kind-of travels with each new character. I hope that made sense.

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    1. That's really interesting, I don't really know much about Goodreads other than using it to keep track so it's good to know what I can expect from it :) I got stuck in a rut with only reading one author before, and trying to read everything they'd written which I think is what made me fall out of love with reading as I didn't have enough variety so I'm trying to make sure I get that now. Your book sounds really interesting!

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  2. Your crochet and your outfit are both colourful and fabulous, just the ticket on such a grey day.
    I can understand why our country doesn't invest in the equipment for heavy snow, it's not like it happens very often and there's better things to spend our money on. I just get frustrated by people whingeing about bins not being collected, public transport being delayed and deliveries taking ages to get to them - so selfish and pathetic when people are dying.
    xxx

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    1. Thank you!
      Oh absolutely, I wouldn't want the government or councils to waste a single penny on the snow as it's just not worth it, and I don't think anybody should get in their car if they don't have snow tires. It's the exact same things that frustrate me, on the one hand they refuse to leave their house because of it, but they still expect everything to be operating it's a double standard. I just wish we didn't have to make such a song and dance about it in this country, it's just a few days and people act like it's the end of the world, we had fair warning and knew it was coming yet people loose all common sense.

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  3. I do find it quite a bit silly when people lose their minds over snow. It happens a few times here each, year but it's always the same freak out every time. Speaking of snow, it's in the forecast here for next week! Even though I love snow, I am sad to see all the flowers get covered by it. I do adore cozy snow days tucked away inside though :)


    I used to read all the time, but really haven't in years. Which is sad because I love collecting books. I also enjoy reading before bed, when I do manage to remember to pick up a book!

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    1. Yes, I feel the same! I just don't see snow as anything to loose your mind over, dealing with it is just common sense really which people seem to loose all sight of. It's due again this weekend, I'm hoping it stays away!

      I'm the same, I love collecting books and have quite a stack I haven't read which is terrible!

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  4. Hi Sydney, I love your navy dress. I love reading too and have made more of an effort to read books this year as I also spend too much time on technology. I read before bed or while eating breakfast. I also keep a written list of the books I've read throughout the year, which has made me realise how many books I read on old bands and musicians, I really enjoy those types of books. ☺

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    1. Thank you!
      I have a few books on musicians I've bought a while ago and not gotten round to reading yet, it's terrible! I need to be more strict with myself and stop buying them!

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