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My Return to Pottermore

When Pottermore was first launched in 2011, I immediately set up an account. At the time, although it was cool to be sorted into a house (I got Slytherin), there wasn’t actually a lot of information on there that wasn’t available anywhere else, and I considered the ‘potion making’ game a little childish for my liking. Ergo, I ended up abandoning my account. Over the years, I caught snatches of Pottermore updates – more unique content, improved user experiences, etc. At some point I can’t exactly place (but it must have been between 3-4 years ago), I remember creating a new Pottermore account, this time being sorted into Ravenclaw. But, again, I ended up abandoning it. I don’t really remember why. I think I really wanted to be into it, but for some reason, it just didn’t really have much of a hold on me. However, when I discovered that users could identify…

Book Blogging: What I’ve Learnt So Far

When I first started this blog, it wasn’t for the ‘likes’. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and my friends and families often come to me for book recommendations. I decided to start writing and documenting my own book reviews, as I thought other people might also be interested in discovering more books. Somewhat naively, I didn’t think there would be many book bloggers out there. Obviously, I was wrong. There are a LOT of extremely talented book bloggers, who do it a lot better than me. They read more books, they write more posts, and they know more about the industry than I ever have. But I didn’t let this deter me. I have a full-time digital marketing job and knew from the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to dedicate enough time on my blog to make it more than just a hobby. But, as a digital marketer, I know all the…

Why We’re Moving Back In With The Parents

After three years of living independently in our flat, my boyfriend and I have made the hard decision to move in with his (very generous) parents. I first moved into our current flat in 2014, after graduating from University and suddenly finding myself back in my childhood home, squeezed into a box-shaped room sharing a bunk bed with my 16-year-old sister. After three years of independent living at University, you can imagine how frustrated I felt to be in that situation. I vowed to move out as soon as I could, and after securing a job I moved into a 2 bedroom flat with one of my best friends, Lisa, who had also recently graduated and had found herself in a similar position to myself (minus the bunk beds!). We lived together for a year before Lisa decided to go travelling. She made the decision to go back to her…

Thanks to My Mum

Happy Mother’s Day, Mum. Without your books in the house I would never have learned to love reading. I remember being in school, struggling to make sense of the words on the page. It was frustrating – my friend was already a level ahead of me, and I could tell at times you got frustrated with me too. But you stuck with me. Both you and Dad encouraged me to keep reading. When I was old enough, you gave me your Enid Blyton books – The Famous Five, The Faraway Tree and The Naughtiest Girl in the School. It was these stories that sparked my imagination and ignited my love for both reading and writing. It was you, who made sure I had a library card. You remembered which days the Mobile Library would come to our village, just so I could have new reading material through the long summer holidays.…

Walking the Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail

Over the weekend, I went to visit one of my close friends. We used to go to school together and remained close friends through our university years. Now she lives in Sheffield, and I in Bedfordshire, so we don’t get to see each other as much as we used to. However, this weekend was her birthday, so I drove up with some of our other friends to spend the weekend celebrating together. On the Friday evening, we decided we would walk the Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail the next morning. Located in the Peak District, it’s a 8km walk up to Stanage Edge and back across the moors. Not too challenging, but offering beautiful views and the locations visited by Charlotte Bronte that appear in Jane Eyre. The trail also includes the location of the famous scene in Pride & Prejudice (2005) where Keira Knightly stands and looks wistfully over the…

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