Hope you’re all doing really well and enjoying the best that May has to offer. I’ve reached half term! What a massive relief.
Anyway, today I received a really exciting notification.
I can’t believe my little blog is three years old! I’m quite shocked at how my little space on the web has evolved over the last three years. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of and I’m proud of being a part of this amazing community.
There’s so many bloggers I’d like to thank but I hope you know how important you are to me. We’re like a family on here and the support is overwhelming. Some of you have been with me since my first day and I’ll never forget that. To my newer followers, I can’t wait to get to know you better and join in with your journey too.
To mark the three years, I thought I would share three facts about me and blogging with you all.
- I’ve only ever reviewed about books I’ve bought myself. I take great enjoyment from visiting bookshops, feeling the books in my hand and buying them. There’s nothing better!
- I never follow a blogging schedule. I blog when I can and when I feel like it. There’s been times when life gets in the way and I just don’t seem to have the ability to find the words I need, so I’ve left it. That’s completely normal.
- I will always aspire to do better: to see more, to read more, to do something outside of my ordinary world. That’s why I started to blog about different places I’ve visited. I really enjoyed seeing beautiful photos from all around the world from many blogs on here. There isn’t enough time to see everything so I really appreciate those posts. I hope my posts about little visits give you an opportunity to see somewhere new. Just think about the beauty we can share together.
Lastly, my heartfelt thanks. Thank you for accepting me and my little space on the internet with open arms. You’re all wonderful.
Big love xxx
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Just a quick post for you this morning because it’s my birthday and I wanted to share this with you! I always feel incredibly lucky and overwhelmed because it’s a time where I feel so loved and accepted.
It’s my second birthday away from my family which is always difficult. I’m a real home bird but I love where I work and where I work is a fair few miles away. Moving away gave me such independence; I wouldn’t be who I am now if I hadn’t done that. But that’s why weekends like the London weekend really matter and days like birthdays are special.
So, being as you lovely bloggers are a part of my life, I wanted to share this with you. It seemed fairly appropriate, not just for myself. Time to make my 27th year on this earth count!
So whilst I’m surrounded by my wonderful students today and marking GCSE exams, I’m going to be thinking what my next dream is.
Have an amazing day everyone! Eat lots of cake!!
Big love xx
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published? I know I’ve mentioned this in a previous post (here) but today is the big day. I’m so excited. I can remember reading them as a child; being transported into another world – a world where the extraordinary is possible, the magic made real and where friends really could conquer anything. It was bliss.
My friend tagged me in something really cool today. Facebook have celebrated by creating their own little bit of magic. Confession: I let out a little squeal when I saw this! I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve clicked on this about 100 times. Also, Twitter has had the #HarryPotter20. Yet again, Potter fever is taking over!
The world is a very different place now. However, these novels are the same. They provide a world for young people to get lost and dare I say it, adults too..? I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have quotes from the novels all around my classroom. I promote the books to all my students. I genuinely could not live without it.
Books are life. These books in particular are a part of millions of people’s lives. It’s wonderful to know that Rowling feels it too. We must focus on the next generation now. Let’s keep the magic alive.
Happy birthday Harry!
Big love xxx
Can you believe it’s June?! 2017 is absolutely flying by; I can barely keep up. However, this month holds a special anniversary. On June 26, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will turn 20 years old. I genuinely cannot believe that this life changing book was published 20 years ago.
I remember being 7 years old and when I first read this book. As soon as I started it, I wanted to be a part of it. I was a geeky little kid who wished so much to be able to go to Hogwarts. I wanted to be in Gryffindor, I wanted to learn spells and be best friends with Hermoine.
I loved reading anyway as a child but this showed me at quite a young age how special books are. It’s something I try and promote every day in my classroom.
To mark this occasion, Bloomsbury have published amazing versions of The Philosopher’s Stone in house colours. If you’re an avid fan you would have been sorted on the Pottermore website, I know for sure I have! It was this house I brought today: Gryffindor.
I absolutely love it. In fact, I have no embarrassment in saying just how excited I was to see them. VERY EXCITED indeed.
Growing up with this book, like millions others, means that I feel it is a part of me. It shaped me as a child. It taught me to be tolerant and dream big. Anything is possible of course.
The Gryffindor copy is lovely. It’s black with the red crest on the front with the key characteristics of those in this house: courage, bravery, determination. The edging matches the house colours. Very fetching for any bookshelf indeed!
I love it. I absolutely will have to get the other houses. You can’t just have the one can you?! Ah Ms Rowling, what a fabulous lady you are indeed. What an indescribable thing you have created.
Big love xx
I hope you’re well. I’ve had a crazy busy week with the two English Literature GCSE exams so I missed the fact that it was my blogs 2nd birthday on the 25th. I’m only 2 days late…
I can’t believe I’ve been on here for two years now. Unbelievable. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. I’ve communicated with some fascinating people. Without you, my experience wouldn’t have been as amazing!
I feel like a bit of a fraud… I don’t read as much as I used to and I definitely don’t bake as much as I used to. But, I blog when I can. I like to think my blog has become more than that anyway. Thank you for being so accepting of that fact! I’m sorry I miss posts and discussions. I do try and catch up. The love and support from the blogging community is wonderful. With summer approaching, I will try and increase my time with you all.
To celebrate this little birthday I’m currently reading Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. I’m very excited about this I have to say. LOVED The Girl on the Train so I have high hopes! My plan for this half term is to read as much as I can, preferably in the sunshine (if it stays).
My (hopeful) reading list:
- Finish Into The Water
- The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan
- Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
- Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce (a work related read!)
It’s small and humble, but realistic. I get really saddened because I’m usually too tired to read. I know that my aim of reading 100 books a year is slightly optimstic. I’ve only done it once out of two years. So, I think this list is a good way of not being overwhelmed or frustrated with myself.
Thanks for sticking around for the past two years. Here’s to the future!
Big love xx
Hope you’re all having a great week. Just a little post because today is my birthday! I’m really excited, just like a child. But, who cares?!
It’s a strange birthday because it’s my first one without my family. I’ve always been lucky that since I’ve been away from home it’s fallen on a weekend. Last year, I was at home because my school has closed down. Nevertheless, we celebrated at the weekend though and that’s good enough for me.
This years birthday is spent at school with classes all day and a chapel visit in between. I’m hopeful for a great day.
So I’m wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday! You all deserve to feel as happy as I do right now. AND don’t forget this:
Big love to you all x
So, I woke up to two amazing notifications this morning….
Firstly, my little blog now has 500 followers!! What?! That’s crazy! Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and just being a huge part of my blogging experience. I can honestly say that this platform is so supportive and welcoming. It’s just a lovely community. I’m so lucky to be a part of it.
Secondly, yesterday was my little blogs birthday! A whole year on WordPress. I can’t really believe that either! I can’t believe I was asleep when these notifications came through. Nevermind. Happy birthday (and 1 day) to my little space on the internet. I have big hopes for the future and I really hope you will all stick with me to see it happen.
I started this blog to keep track of what I’ve been reading and doing, a little online diary as it were. But, I never expected to learn so much from different people, from all walks of life. I’ve seen photos of places I’ll probably never get to experience. I’ve heard about books that we are all passionate about, shared our memories and experiences of them, as well as our dislikes.
Finally, I just need to say…
Big love x