Monday, 28 July 2014

Books, Dreams, Music and Being Happy | Q & A

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Oh, hai! I've just got back from my little break away in Scotland so I thought I'd chill out, pop on some music and answer these questions that I found in my drafts folder. Kudos if you actually remember asking these questions - it has been a while since they were asked. I am a top class blogger, I know. I thought I'd share some photographs that I took of Woody on one of our many walks through the meadow alongside the questions because he is just absolutely adorable. Enjoy! 


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@sirensandbells asks
what's your dream career path? 
I'm not entirely sure, you know. I thought I had all of that figured out but I'm still a little bit clueless. I'd love to write and work with books so we'll see where that takes me.  I could quite happily be a writer or a bookseller. I wanted to write when I was younger too but I also went through a stage of wanting to be an archaeologist...I can't really see that happening now. 

@lovelystrumpet asks
where's your happy place? 
Good question! I'd probably have to say Somerset, aka my home. You just can't beat that feeling of driving home after a spell away somewhere, I don't think. I just feel happy and incredibly safe in this teeny part of the world.

@lovelystrumpet asks
what's your favourite line / passage from a book?
This is an incredibly tough question! I'm going to go with one of my favourite lines of poetry instead because I just can't be tamed: 

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, 
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. 

hannah asks 
what do you do with your books once you've read them? do you keep them or give them away? 
If I really enjoy them, I keep them on my big bookcase to refer back to. However, I do go through my bookshelves frequently in order to pick out a few books at a time to either donate to charity or to give to friends who will get more enjoyment out of them. I like to keep an organised bookcase!

@benjaminald (IG) asks
who are your top 5 booktubers that you'd recommend? 
I wrote a post about my favourite booktube channels a while ago now which you should totally check out if you haven't already. However, I've gained many more favourites since then! Here are five others that I'd recommend you check out: 

stephaniespinesandtim
thereadables
readsusieread
bazpierce 
chonceyboddington

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@jamieeelaing (ig) asks
what's your favourite radio station?
I don't listen to a lot of radio these days but I do have a soft spot for I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue on Radio 4. If you've got any radio recommendations, feel free to send them my way!  

@theapollo (IG) asks
what's your current favourite song? 
I'm currently really enjoying Dye The Water Green by Bibio. It's like listening to a really insightful lullaby. 

@sheandlife_ asks
when life throws you curveballs with your illness or otherwise, how do you stay positive?
Good question! This could, and should, probably be a whole blog post in itself! I think one of the most important things for me is my support network. My family, close friends and readers are hugely important to me because they understand what I go through and they can easily talk me round. I wouldn't be anywhere near as positive without them. 

@jaydeemily_ (IG) asks
what's your motto? 
I tend to live by 'Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences', as said by the extremely talented poet Sylvia Plath. I think it encompasses everything I want to achieve and everything I value in life.


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Aaaaaaaaaaand there you have it. I should probably answer questions a lot more promptly in future. Woops! Hope you like the meadow snaps - Woody is so photogenic! Feel free to leave any burning questions that you may have below and I shall reply to you all  

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mini Garden Tour & How To Create A Bee-Friendly Garden | Gardening

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Oh hai, fellow planet dwellers. As a Bee myself, it sort of unnerves me to know that the bee population is really suffering at the moment. I'm sure you're all very aware of how dire the situation is but how many of us actually do something about it? Of course, I'm not here to shame anyone. I'm just as bad. However, I am here to use my blogging powers for good and help my bee bretherin out in the form of an informative blog post. Yes, that's right - useful information that you can actually take away with you on Vivatramp! There's a first for everything. I thought I'd share a few little things that you can stock up on to keep the bees buzzing, along with a few tips to get you started and a miniature garden tour to boot!  Please note: this is Luke's Mum's garden so divert all appreciation to her rather than me!


Monday, 21 July 2014

How To Read More & How To Become An Avid Reader | Books

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As you already know, I really like to read and review books on Vivatramp. However, reviewing books on the internet comes with great responsibility and I often get messages from people who have fallen out of love with reading that want to know how I keep on top of it all and how I became a certified bookworm in the first place. With that in mind, I thought I would compile a little guide on how to read more and how to become an avid reader. These steps are all tried and tested by my fine self so hopefully they'll be of use to lots of you. I imagine they'd also be pretty useful for those of you that struggle to get all of your academic reading done on time...but don't quote me on that because I'm terrible at that too! Feel free to share your own tips in the comment below. Huzzah!


Friday, 18 July 2014

On My Shelf #3 | Books

It's that time of the month again where I give you a further peek around my bookshelves. Every month, you guys give me numbers that coincide with a book on my shelf. I scour my shelves for the number and then explain a little bit about the book in question. Understand? I swear to God, one day I will be able to eloquently define things for you. Until then, we'll muddle through. Lets see what's on my shelf this month... 

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Toru is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman. 

I own three Murakami books and I've yet to read any of them. Yikes! In my defence, they were like 50p each at the charity shop and I've always wanted to try a bit of Murakami so I thought it was a great deal. Nearly all of my Goodreads friends have given this book a 5* rating so I've got really high hopes for Norwegian Wood, despite the fact that it's not something I'd go for based on the blurb alone. Lets just hope I like it as much as everyone else seems to! If I do end up liking it, I'm going to invest in the really colourful Murakami editions because I think they're beautiful.