Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Recently...

Reading: Heavier literature. I'm currently reading 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouc. I recently discovered a new favourite novel in 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt which ties together absolutely beautiful prose, emotion and the raw strings of life itself. It won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and took 11 years in the making. I congratulate Donna Tartt on so many levels. I have also just finished the astoundingly beautiful 'The Virgin Suicides' by Jeffrey Eugenides and I adored it. The way the entire plot is conducted is ingenious, and it's a book that despite its sombre topic, you feel yourself relating to on a kind of murky level. On my to-read pile lay 'The Luminaries', 'The Great Gatsby', 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'Lolita'. 



Listening: To everything by 'The Wombats'. Particularly 1996Walking DisastersLet's Dance To Joy Division, Girls/Fast Cars and Kill the Director. 'Everything Everything' are also another new find of mine, band-wise. Nasa is on your sideSuffragette Suffragette and Come Alive Diana are my top picks from their earlier album, 'Man Alive'. Actually, scrap that. They're all fantastic. As is every single track from the band 'PEACE'.

Feeling: Fairly content. Despite turning 15, and entering year 11 at school which should supposedly be the most stressful year of my schooling as of yet, everything is pretty good at the moment. I feel as though particularly in school, we've all finally found our place and after 4 years as a year-group, we've all fallen into a sustainable rhythm amongst ourselves. I quote, simply to depict how satisfying this feels, "Finally, Girl World was at peace." Nothing like a Mean Girls quote to top everything off.


Photographing: A roll of double exposure film for Nora Lilly and I's film swap. I have one exposure left. How exciting.

Writing: (*Attempting to write) and start another plot about a nostalgic coming of age road-trip. I decided that I didn't like my other novel idea about social confinement.

Watching: A ridiculous numbers of films. Recently watched includes, 'Palo Alto' (Brilliant, despite an anti-climatic ending), 'Nowhere Boy' (An incentive to travel back in time to 1955, if only to meet Aaron Johnson), 'About Time' (Even better in French), 'Endless Love' (Somewhat wonderfully awful) and 'Shutter Island' (It's Leonardo Dicaprio-must I say more? It's actually an incredibly insightful film exploring the depths of sanity.)

Using: The fabulous La Roche Posay Anti-Blemish Kit*. I've only used it a few times, but I have full faith in La Roche-Posay to re-fulfil my already sizeable love for the brand. The kit includes the Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser, the Effaclar Clarifying toner and the renowned Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream. Retailing at £32.50 (here), I suppose it's not the cheapest kit on the market but if it works, it works. Then there is the fact that if you purchase between now and December, you are guaranteed your money back if your skin does not appear visibly clearer in 4 weeks. Fabulous.


Learning: How to cope with the new pressures of year 11. My thoughts? 'AGHHH'

Reminiscing: Over my belated-birthday picnic on the last weekend of summer. It was brilliant. (The next day I travelled up to London to see Les Misérables in production as a surprise for one of my best friends who was 15 in July, and the day was even more brilliant)


Thinking: About the summer and in reflection, how it was actually pretty great.

Reflecting Upon: Exam grades!! I sat my English Literature, English Language and ICT GCSE's a year early and I received my results on the 21st of August. Despite believing in somewhat likely case that the examiner made a typo, I achieved an A* in all three subjects!! Rather shockingly though, I supposedly achieved 198/200 UMS marks in English Literature, considering this piece that I wrote in a post a week after the actual exams. My Mum cried when she found out about my results and I am over the moon to have made everybody happy and proud. I put in a lot of work and despite shaking in the exam because I felt so under-prepared, everything turned out better than it could be.


What have you been reading, listening to, feeling, photographing, writing, watching, using, learning, reminiscing upon, thinking, reflecting on and otherwise doing recently?


I feel as though I've neglected social media and the internet in general for the past week whilst I've been back at school and so I deemed it appropriate to re-enter with a catch up post in slightly quirky format. What do you think? I'm rather liking it myself. Talk soon,


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