Mixtape #8

9:00 am

Time for a brand new mixtape post, and this time it's just a little selection of songs I've been loving at the moment. As always, it includes some Haim, and also some tracks from Gerard Way's solo album which I haven't stopped listening to throughout October. I hope you find something you enjoy in this selection! M x


October Favourites

5:11 pm

October has been a good month, and I'm sad to see it end. October was the month I officially started my masters degree and I've got to say so far I'm absolutely loving it. The classes have been such a surprise to me as I've enjoyed every piece of reading material, every discussion we've had, and I'm fortunate to have some amazing, passionate tutors who have gotten me more excited about my studies than I ever deemed possible. Every doubt I ever had about starting this degree have gone straight out of the window and I can only look forward to everything I've got to come.

As part of the MA love, I've fallen in love with Thomas Pynchon's writing. I won't go into too much detail as I covered it in my previous post which you can find here!

Naturally after studying hard all week, I've been partial to some hardcore relaxation. My favourite candle this month is really an old favourite of mine from the Copenhagen Candle Company in the scent Sweet Orange and Amber. It's such a huge candle, I feel like I've been burning it for years, but I'm going to be so upset when it runs out. The only place I've seen selling these candles is TK Maxx, so it's definitely worth a look, plus the candles they sell there are always so well priced for the quality you get. Teamed up with my cosy New Look slippers I treated myself to a few weekends ago, I've been pretty chilled out.

And of course, who could forget...

I hope you've all had a wonderful October, and happy November!
M x


Tiny Book Haul

10:00 am

Being on a budget doesn't mean you can't buy books, right? As a literature student I feel like I can get away with buying books whenever the book strikes, and yesterday was one of those days where the mood...struck. I've called this a 'tiny book haul' not because the haul itself is tiny, but because three of the four books are, in fact, really adorably small. I was wandering past Hatchards Bookshop in St Pancras when this mood struck and decided to take my first peek in there. I've got to say I was amazed. Gorgeous reprints of rare books, signed copies, publications from small presses. It was a dream, and when I saw an enormous selection of tiny books along the counter I knew I had to pick up a few: Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own as part of the Penguin Great Ideas series, a print of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech We Should All Be Feminists, and Mark Forsyth's The Unknown Unknown that I had seen featured in many a Booktuber's 'Books Are My Bag' video. These three ranged in price between £1.99 and £5.

After emerging from Hatchards victorious, I continued on my way to classes via The British Library, which I pop into most days I study to have a look at their 'Treasures' collection room. I love looking at all of the original manuscripts and trying to get myself to understand that these works were in the hands of the very writers themselves. There's a definite air in that room of something that can't be comprehended. On my way out I popped into the bookshop and grabbed myself a copy of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. I've recently studied Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 which I fell in love with, as well as the mystery of Pynchon himself. He's worth reading up about if you don't know anything about him. After reading that and knowing that Paul Thomas Anderson is soon releasing his adaptation of Inherent Vice, I decided this should be my next of Pynchon's masterpieces to delve into. I can't wait.

Have you picked yourself up any books recently, and do any of you have a particular Pynchon work that you'd recommend to a new fan?

M x


Taking Stock

12:00 pm

First of all, if you're not following Holly in Your Pocket, you should. I'm always excited for the next funny and inspiring post she's going to put up. Now this is something I've been meaning to do for a while after I saw her post Taking Stock and absolutely fell in love with the idea. The lovely Kelly from Tea. Books. Eyeliner also did her own version of the post, so I thought I'd join in with all the fun and give it a go myself! Simply put, it's a fun way of seeing all of the things you're doing, thinking, and feeling at the moment and, well, taking stock of it all. As someone who's incredibly busy at the moment (hello, masters degree) it's important to get back to the present and give yourself a moment of focus. So here we go, taking stock!

Making: a mess with all of the books I have to read.
Drinking: the dregs of a cold cup of tea!
Reading: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.
Looking: at new, exciting ways to procrastinate.
Playing: Lego Batman 2 to 100% completion.
Enjoying: the sunlight coming through my window.
Waiting: for the motivation to get up and make a snack!
Liking: my degree so far, thank goodness.
Wishing: I had some inspiration for my assignment.
Wondering: what the photo for this post should be.
Loving: being surrounded by family.
Hoping: this initial assessment for my degree doesn't go too badly!
Marveling: at the amount of work I'm actually doing.
Needing: food.
Wearing: a new soft black jumper, pyjama bottoms, and slippers.
Following: a lot of lovely ladies on Twitter.
Noticing: that it's nearly lunchtime and I'm still hungry.
Knowing: a lot more than I did four weeks ago at the start of my course.
Thinking: about the exciting opportunities my friends and family are getting.
Feeling: chirpy.
Bookmarking: things I need to watch!

M x