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Playlists for: Revision

Studying is hard.

It’s just you, sitting at a desk, trying to learn stuff that you feel like you should’ve learnt weeks ago. And so it can be really hard to motivate yourself to actually sit down and study. One thing I find that helps is to have some music on in the background, or just some kind of noise. I sometimes really struggle with sitting in a silent room if I’m trying to study. It sounds weird, I know, but I like some sort of sound, be it music or coffee shop chatter or just my housemates walking around the house.

I know studying to music definitely isn’t for everyone – there are times when I don’t take anything in if I have music on. But I definitely find that it motivates me to get going if I’ve hit that afternoon lull.

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Sunny Days and Summer Feelings

Okay, so the weather we’re having in the UK right now? It’s the best! Sure, technically I should be doing uni work and revising, but how can I not make the most of this beautiful weather? I’m really loving the fact that I’m already wearing summer dresses (even if we are going back to normal temperatures next week). Also, the fact that I can just go for a walk along the river with ice cream – literally living the dream.

And the best thing about this week: guess who just submitted her final year project! I still have a presentation to do on it, but honestly, I feel so happy right now. Submitting that project was such a great feeling. I’m so grateful to my friends for being fab the past couple of weeks – they’ve been so supportive. And most of all, I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to trust in God throughout the past month – knowing that He’s in control no matter what happens has been such a relief.

However, it feels so weird to have turned in my project, because it means I only have 35 days left of university. In just over a month, I’ll have finished my last exam, and I’ll be finished with university! I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been doing this degree for four years already, and I’m not sure how I feel about it being over. But hey, I still have a month to make the most of, plus I have some stuff lined up in the summer that I’m really excited about.

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I made it to The Room Where It Happens!

Take a moment to think back to January 2017. What were you up to? Me, I was in the middle of my exam period, but more importantly, I was planning how I was going to get tickets for Hamilton. They were being released half an hour after one of my exams finished, which meant I’d have to rush to the SU, set up my laptop, and get my friend on the phone pretty quickly. It was stressful, but I got four tickets for the 3rd of March 2018. I was ecstatic, but also, it was so far away!!

Fast forward to the end of February, 2018 – Hamilton was so, so close. I’d been waiting for so long, it almost felt like it was never going to happen. And then, the most ridiculous thing happened.

It snowed.

In March.

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Things Are Changing A Little

How’s everyone’s summer been? (Or your winter, if you’re in that part of the world?) I haven’t been posting very much (or at all since June…) I guess I’ve gotten a bit uninspired with my blog – I haven’t felt like writing reviews, or discussion posts, or anything really. Soooo, I’ve realised that I need to change direction with The Dragon Reader. Like I said, changes are coming! (But they’re not too scary, I promise).

First off, my blogging schedule is changing. I used to post several times a week but that’s pretty much impossible for me nowadays. Instead, I’ll be posting once a week, but they’ll probably be slightly longer blog posts!

Also, the blog’s content might be changing a bit. First and foremost, it’s still a book blog – my obsession is still going strong! But I do want to branch out a little by sometimes writing about uni, about journalling, about bookstagram etc. I want to share more of my interests with you guys!

Let me know what you think of the changes – I’m pretty excited about them!

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Best Reads of 2017 So Far

We’re almost half way through 2017! (Which is insane because I honestly don’t feel like I’ve done that much the past six months.) I thought I’d share my favourite reads of 2017 so far, because honestly you should all go and read them right now

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When Dimple Met Rishi

Let’s start off with some contemporary reads, shall we? When Dimple Met Rishi is one of the cutest books I’ve read, and I may have accidentally read it in a day… If you’re wanting a summer romcom, look no further.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora // Review

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I love a fantasy book about missing royalty and princesses and dragons and politics and wars between countries, but the fantasy books I love even more are the ones about small groups of thieves/criminals/rebels who pull off incredible heists and run rings around the people who are trying to stop them. The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely the second type of book.

I’ve had it on my shelf since forever, and finally got around to reading it recently. If it’s on your TBR, please bump it up to the top because it’s FANTASTIC. As in one of my favourite reads of 2017 fantastic. And I’ve read some fab books this year.

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Hamilton Book Tag

I originally came across this tag at The Lovely Pages Reviews, and then I got tagged by Victoria at Carton-Manette-Darnay a couple of days later, so I couldn’t resist doing taking part (because I am way too obsessed with Hamilton).

However, I got sidetracked and delayed writing this post for a few months… But we’re not going to talk about that! Instead, let’s talk about Hamilton. If you have yet to hear about this wonderful musical, all you need to know is that it tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, it’s hip-hop, and it’s written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, an absolute genius. Seriously, just go and listen to the soundtrack right now.

Anyway, on with the tag!

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Credit goes to UponThePages

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Looking Back: May

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I’m done with my third year of university! Honestly, I’m still not used to being able to say that. I can’t believe that I’ve only got one year left! (Well, unless I failed this year and have to retake or something….) Anyway, May for me was filled with revision and exams. However, I did get to do some fun stuff – I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (it was fabulous), went to a Eurovision party (of course), and helped out at a bike race. So May actually ended up being pretty good, considering all the exams that happened!
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May 2017 Part 1

May 2017 Part 2

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My Anticipated Releases of 2017

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an absolutely wonderful bookish tag which involves making lists(!) of books(!), and is hosted by fabulous blog The Broke and the Bookish.

Unsurprisingly, I am in love with this topic. (And I already know it’s going to lead me to adding plenty of books to my tbr once I start visiting other blogs). And let’s be honest, there are so many exciting books coming out so there was no way I was going with only ten. So there is a slight risk of your tbr exploding if you read on. But hey, don’t blame me!

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