Hello Towards the end of July I got really excited about my blogging and planned out three months worth of post knowing I have plenty o...

Hello

Towards the end of July I got really excited about my blogging and planned out three months worth of post knowing I have plenty of content to talk about. I thought I would do a blog a day since I have a lot of free time at the moment (it's summer and I decided not to get a job) but a few days into August, I chose otherwise. I thought it was probably better for me not to pressure myself into having to blog so much or else I will stress myself out too much. I have plenty of other things I could be doing in the meantime. Then every now and again I suddenly realise that I actually haven't blogged in a while, with or without a lot on my plate. 

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I have struggled a lot with my mental health over the past year and I suppose I'm not one to talk about it because I can't help think that people are worse off than me. That said I talk about it plenty with my boyfriend and I'm not afraid to open up and say I'm having a bad day or that I had a bad day. Back in 2016 I was diagnosed, after multiple visits to the doctor, with mild chronic depression. I don't tend to say that out loud a lot (if I do mention it, I just say I struggled in 2016 or that it was a bad year). I was in a huge slump. A lot of things happened. I suppose they were only minor but bit by bit they built up and I couldn't handle it very well. The doctor tried to prescribe me pills but I through the prescription away, refusing to add any substances to my body that would make me better. It wasn't just like having a bit of a cold. I decided it was something I would have to get out of myself and eventually I started university and things started changing. I didn't particularly enjoy it at first but the routine kept me ok and having my boyfriend around was a huge help. I also took on some big challenges (raising money to climb Kilimanjaro) which gave me goals to stick to. Around Christmas time I decided I would stop taking the contraceptive pill I was on and slowly but surely, after a few month I felt a lot better. I was having less mood swings and was overall, a lot happier. I had a holiday booked to Dominican Republic and a trip to Tanzania planned. Summer was going to be great. And it definitely was. I enjoyed every second of it. 

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I kept to my goal of raising money and I went to Tanzania!
Come second year and I felt a lot more motivated. I was living in a house with just my boyfriend and it felt like our own little place and I didn't have to worry about other people's mess. There were struggles for us to get fully used to each other living together and it was hard but we got passed it until everything fell down over Christmas. My courses were going well except one class in which I was pulling a lot of the load and it was incredibly stressful. I pushed through it though and ended up getting the highest mark in the year in one module (I got a letter congratulating me recently).

But like I said, everything fell down over Christmas and the start of the new year was one of the worst, if not the worst I can remember. I spent most days with puffy eyes from crying. Doing what I could to get out of the house, which often resorted in going to night clubs. I had essay due in but I couldn't bring myself to do them, even if I had done all the research. I ended up finishing each of them at 4am the night before it was due in when normally I'd have them done by at least 11pm the night before. Somehow I still managed to get good grades on them but that didn't make any difference to how shit I was feeling everyday. The second semester started up again and I did manage to get into a routine again but it didn't really help. The added stress of one particular module where I often had people complaining at me left, right and centre everyday and again, a large work load, did not help. I suppose no one knew what I was going through and I think most people just presumed I was ok as I turned up for everything and still did my work (that's just me though). Some people wouldn't turn up because they were tired and yet it was highly likely that I had been crying until 3/4 in the morning and then got up and ready for 9am. I was juggling a lot. 

That said, there were some nice times where I would go out for a drink with some friends, or I'd force myself to stop everything and just watch TV. It got to the point where, in an effort to make myself relax, I would make myself watch a lot of TV at night and stuff my face full of chocolate if I was feeling the slightest bit down. I got involved with some amazing things performance wise and I'm glad I did. But before and during all that, the next lot of essay came around and between a large workload and troubles at home, I was crashing. Crashing hard. There were multiple times where I decided I'd get mitigating circumstances or an extension on an essay but instead, even though I had the form ready, I'd once again stay up all night doing an entire essay. This time round I wasn't as successful in marks and my feedback said it seemed rushed but I was just glad I got it in and luckily overall I still came out with a solid first.

All this meant that when I moved back home from uni, I promised myself that for the first and last time, I would not get a job over summer. I would do a TEFL qualification so I had something to work towards. I would read. I would go outside. I would explore the local area. I would do all the things I had been wanting to do for ages. That wasn't as simple as it sounded though.

Because of how I've been over the past year. I've still been really struggling with my mental health. It has left me feeling incredibly unmotivated and dreary for days straight. I often don't want to get out of bed. Or in a lot of case, I genuinely struggle to get up. Instead I find myself stuck in yet another anxiety dream where I'm lost, or I'm fighting to be heard, or people closest to me don't like me, etc. I can't help it. I've tried everything. Not eating before going to sleep, drinking water, drinking tea, reading a book, you name it! I also often struggle to get to sleep for hours on end. I will lie there tossing and turning, finding aches I didn't know I had. I don't think it's particularly anything I can help. I have no real routine at the moment and I know that doesn't help. I have been trying to make an effort to exercise, play my guitar or piano, work on my TEFL, read fiction and non-fiction books. Some days it's great. I found myself just the other day clearly out the attic, completely tidying and sorting it out, ready to be redecorated. Then the next day I got a load of my TEFL done. The day after that though, the second I woke up I felt down. I couldn't explain it. I just felt on edge and that I was about the cry but I didn't know what about. I kind of just wanted to curl up in a ball and let the day go by. And that happens more than I'd probably like the say. I get shouted at quite a lot because I get up late but often I can't help it and really I'm just thankful I woke up at all, especially if I manage to get something done during the day.

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I have explored a little this summer. Maybe not as much as I would have liked. This photo was taken on our recent trip to Settle and surrounding areas. A very nosey cow!
I don't know what more I can say about it all. It's important for people to take note that though someone may appear entirely happy when you're with them, they may be the complete opposite elsewhere. Sometimes I just put on the smiley face so no one will talk to me about it. Other times I am actually genuinely happy. I'm the sort of person that no matter how I am feeling, if I have something important to attend, I'll be there. It's very rare that I will miss a seminar and if I do it's because I've had no sleep, and I feel like crap mentally. Physically, I could be full of a cold, but as long as my head is straight, then I'll be there.

I really wanted to write this as I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Obviously it's so important to talk about mental health but sometimes we forget that the people closest to you may be suffering. Or that someone may be suffering in a different way to you. Or that the smallest thing you do to a person could affect there whole day. It's so different from person to person! I hate feeling that what I'm going through is nothing really and so I always bottle it up. 

I recently had a panic attack just as I was about to leave a busy car park, I had already paid so I had to leave as soon as possible, I was trying to control myself whilst driving and it lead me to not trust myself. I was struggling to see the road clearly through my tears and I could barely breathe. I was one of the most terrifying things as I was alone and didn't know what to do. Luckily I was able to park in a short stay car park of the train station next door to where I was. Eventually I calmed down enough to drive home. I didn't feel right for the rest of the day and the day after. Almost felt like I was on a come down or something. Constantly feeling knackered from all the energy I'd used up during it all. It is never nice. I do wish it would stop but I know it probably won't for a long time. Until then all I can keep doing what I can to make myself happy and know that when my bad days do come around, I shouldn't be annoyed at myself. It is not my fault. Something everyone should remember!

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It's coming up to the end of summer and I'm still working on my goals but I know that the second I get back to uni, some things are going to change to prevent any of the past year repeating itself.
  • I'm going to get myself a gym membership and work out regularly. Every day if I have to. From all the stuffing myself throughout the past six months, and the fact that I badly twisted my ankle in January so I've been out of sports, I have put on quite a bit of weight. Although I still don't think I'm fat or anything, I am my heaviest I've ever been and I do hate to look at myself in the mirror. Trying on clothes has just been a nightmare and I have never felt so self-conscious. It's time I start doing something about it. I know how good it feels to exercise and feel good about yourself so I want to get back to that. I've been having such bad months that I haven't felt motivated to exercise at all. I've been scouring twitter and instagram for fitness motivation and I think I'm finally ready. I'm trying to keep to a decent routine at home but it is always difficult but I know that as soon as I'm back at uni I will work it into my routine. I made my own fitness instagram just to share my fitness journey to keep me motivated! Hopefully by Christmas when I go on holiday, I will feel confident in my own body once again!
  • Continuing from that, I am going to make myself a proper routine. One where I give myself time to study, exercise, go out, relax, etc. It will be difficult because I know my uni timetable changes a lot but if I can work out my morning routines at least, it will be a start.
  • Get myself an easy part-time job. It is necessary if I want to go on to do my masters degree. I need to start earning and saving up money. I did have a job at the beginning of last year but it was hard work and often late nights. It was never a permanent routine either so hopefully I will find a job where I know I will be working every Saturday, for example, 9 to 5. I'd happily work in retail or something. I just want to avoid shift work. On top of everything else, it can often get too stressful.

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All in all, I just want to keep myself as motivated as possible. I want to feel good in my own body and know that I'm financially stable, that will then be at least a few things check of the list and less to worry about. Then I can look forward to my holiday and not worry so much about getting things done. Right now I feel incredibly motivated to do all that, though I still have about a month until I start back at uni. Not going to lie, I am scared that I won't manage it, but that makes me even more motivated at this point. Until then, all I can do is keep going with my summer goals and do a little bit at a time to feel that bit better, and make the most out of my free time.

I know this is quite a long post but I suppose it's nice to get it off my chest. I encourage everyone to find a way they can get things off their chest. Mine just happens to be my blog!

See you later,
- KC xx


*Disclaimer: There are probably plenty of spelling or grammar mistakes in this but I don't really fancy reading it back through to proof read it because of the subject. Maybe some other time. In the meantime, please forgive my quick typing skills.

Hello! I recently visited the lovely town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, most commonly known for being the town in which the famous William Sh...

Hello!

I recently visited the lovely town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, most commonly known for being the town in which the famous William Shakespeare was born. If you're planning on being the typical tourist then it seems obvious that you'd visit all of the Shakespeare museums but surprisingly we (I went with my mum and dad) didn't actually do much of that. Instead we spent our time seeing more of what S-u-A has to offer.

After arriving and checking in at the Best Western Grosvenor Hotel, we went for a stroll into town to get our bearings and some lunch, because I was starving. 

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After a lovely, refreshing pint of cider and an extremely cheesy toastie, we continued to wander around wondering what we might find. We made our way into some quieter areas where it seemed less tourists visited. It was either that or it was getting a bit late in the afternoon. Walking back toward the park and canal we were invited to look around some gardens which we found out later were the gardens of the Hall's Croft buildings. As part of the 4th of July celebrations, there had been a barbecue and some live music. Unfortunately we missed it but it was still a lovely place to walk around. The staff there were so friendly and I got some gorgeous photos of all the flowers. Some people had gone to lounge and fallen asleep. Clearly the hot sun was too much for them.

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The first day was pretty relaxed and, I'm not going to lie, basically a big pub crawl. Heading back through the park, finding our next place for a pint, we met some swans! They were everywhere! I don't think I've ever met so many swans in one place. Especially ones that are so comfortable to be around people. There were plenty of people taking photographs and the swans really didn't seem to care!

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Stratford-Upon-Avon is such a lovely place to visit (I realise I've used the word 'lovely' a lot in this post but it just shows how much I associate that would with everything there). This of course was only day one of a two day break away and the plan was to find where we could visit the following day but still spend plenty of time walking around and seeing the sights. We decided on the plan for the second day whilst sat in the Dirty Duck pub, famous for being the place where many actors have a pint after a show, it was also the inspiration for the pub in the BBC TV show Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators. The plan was to have a nosy around the RSC building and take a river boat tour. During the rest of the time we'd do some more wandering and see what we could find!

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Look out for my post on day 2!

Until then...
- KC xx

THE DARKNESS AROUND HER      - Published 9th August 2018 by Neil White Rating: ***** *Going to try my best to avoid spoilers but b...

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THE DARKNESS AROUND HER
     - Published 9th August 2018

by Neil White

Rating: *****

*Going to try my best to avoid spoilers but be warned just in case I slip up!*

Story: 

The plot follows criminal defence lawyer Dan Grant in his attempt to bring forth his client's innocence. On New Year's Eve, a young woman was murdered by the side of the canal as she was running away from her abusive boyfriend. Months later, a trial is about to begin with Peter Box being accused of her murder. Forensics found traces of his blood on her shoe and he had been to the hospital for a gash in his head the same size as her shoe. All the evidence is pointing towards him, although that is all the evidence. They can only assume that whilst Peter was trying to kill her, she put up a struggle and hit him with her shoe. Dan Grant doesn't believe that is the end of it. He can't think that as he needs to do his job and defend Peter Box. When Dan's boss comes to him to suggest there might be a link with an old case, the hunt for answers begin.

That is all I'm saying because I don't want to ruin the twists and turns that happen throughout!

Thoughts:

Holy ****! It's not very often I read thrillers but when I do, I seem to always enjoy them. I won this book on the Reader's First weekly draw and was very excited to read it after I'd read the first impression intro. The first chapter alone had me gripped and wanting to read more so I knew that was a good start. White was able to build up the tension in a perfect manner, making me feel like I was walking along the canal and through the dark streets with the girl.

Reading the rest of the book was no different. It was full of subtle twists everywhere. You're faced with the obvious answer to the case but with no evidence or thorough theory of how is all happened. I say subtle twist because there wasn't really a single moment where I was utterly shocked but there were smaller moments where I found myself say "Ahhh" out loud as things in my head began to click. There were other moments, however, where I guess you could tell what was about to happen but it was still a shock when it actually does as you spend most of the time hoping that someone else will be there or the police will come, or things will get figured out. I think that was down to the brilliant pacing of the story, nothing felt rushed and the shorts jumps of point of view allowed for the time to pass slowly, yet in hind sight, things all happen pretty fast.

There is a dash of romance but nothing like other thrillers or crime novels I've read recently. There was little mention of it but you knew it was there which was a nice touch and almost allowed you to believe you were leaving those characters to their own business. Although I was marginally gutted in the end for their relationship. Though I don't believe that was the end.

I found myself second-guessing all the time. Knowing the facts and trying to figure out the answers, when it was staring right at me. Trying to figure out alternatives just in case there was a big change yet still wanting the original answers I had come up with to be true. It was almost like they were too. The initial answers in my head that I had at the start of the book were nicely concluded with that little bit of a twist that gradually grew throughout the book. Much appreciated!

The whole story was set around the canals that run through Lancashire towards West Yorkshire. The Liverpool-Leeds canal being one that is most frequently mentioned and the one that is closest to me and the one I have walked along many times. It was slightly worrying reading something so close to home yet it also made it that bit more exciting. The familiarity of the location brought it to life even more. In the beginning I kept reminding myself it was all fiction but it did really make you think about the dangers of walking along the water at night time and who could be living on the boats. There have been many times where I've walked past a canal boats and thought about who might live there or own it. Now I won't be able to help thinking about what might have happened on it or be happening. d



I thoroughly enjoyed this book and since I've never read a Neil White book before, I started having a look at what other ones he has done. Looks like this is technically the second one in a series of Dan Grant, though it is easily a stand alone. I definitely need to check out some more of his books and then hopefully White will do another Dan Grant book to conclude the touch of romance with another thrilling story!

Until the next book...
-KC xx

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*I received this book in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Reader's First and Zaffre for the book! 

July, you have been wonderful. The weather has been great. I listened to some great live music, seen some lovely places, and best of al...

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July, you have been wonderful. The weather has been great. I listened to some great live music, seen some lovely places, and best of all, read some amazing books! I have explored the world of book reviewing and bookstagramming and have loved every minute of it. I bought plenty of books and found myself itching to buy even more. I no longer have any shelf space. I have been inspired to write and research more than ever before, and I'm now just genuinely excited for the years ahead.

To continue expressing my love of books, I wanted to do a quick July round up of all the books I've read (I suppose it won't be so quick since I've read or listened to quite a few). Hopefully you'll find something you'd like to read or have already read!

BOOKS READ IN JULY 2018
(In no particular order!)

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Hollow Earth - John and Carole E. Barrowman
Audiobook

I have a new obsession with BorrowBox. You can use it for free as long as you are signed up to your local library (providing your library use it, which I'm sure most do) and there is a whole selection of eBooks and audiobooks you can loan out. Hollow Earth was recommended to me by my mum so I thought I'd give it ago! I quite enjoyed it! Full review coming soon!


Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard
Paperback

I struggled to get into this and have actually been reading it for a long time. In the end I quite enjoyed it though! Read my full review here.


Rapture - Lauren Kate
Mixture of audiobook and paperback

I can't believe it has taken me so long to actually read this book. I read the first three years ago (including Fallen in Love) and for some reason just never got round to the final book even though it's been sat on my shelves this whole time. Thanks to BorrowBox, I finally started it and finished it. I kind of wish I had read it when I read the others as reading it now made it feel a little childish but I still really enjoyed the story.

Cupid's Bow - Brenda Jackson
Audiobook

This was just a short audiobook I chose to be able to listen to on a long drive down to Stratford-Upon-Avon. It's a cute love story kind of thing. Listening to the audiobook felt like I was watching a heartwarming romcom on TV or something. Exactly what I needed!

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Lost for Words - Stephanie Butland
Audiobook

I found out about this book through Readers First and thought it would be a good idea to try and listen to it and luckily it was on Borrow Box. I must admit, it was not what I expected at all. I guess you could say I was expecting a love story again but that wasn't exactly what I got. You can read my full review here!


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Paperback

If you're a book lover like me then I'm sure I don't need to tell you how good Harry Potter is. Of course this was a reread and I loved every minute of it. I'm itching to pick up the sixth book now but trying to hold off while I get some other books read. I'm sure it won't be long until I can't resist any longer!


The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski
Paperback

This was a reread as I was going to finish the series but then realised I couldn't remember what had happened in the last two books. I remember really enjoying the book so what harm would it do to pick it up once again! I thoroughly enjoy it a second time round! You can read my full review here!

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The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima
The Crimson Crown  - Cinda Williams Chima
Paperback

I can't seem to stop singing praises for this series. I finished the last two in early July and hate that it is finished. I was so glad to hear that Cinda Williams Chima has brought out a new series that follows on from the event that happen in these and I can't wait to buy them and read them all! You can read my review of the Seven Realms series here!

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TOTAL BOOKS READ/LISTENED TO: 9

It has been so nice properly getting back into reading after so long. Now I'm even more eager to keep on reading more and more every day! So many books in my TBR list and so many more that keep getting added!

Look out for more reviews!

Until the next book...
- KC xx

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July has been one hell of a book for me book wise. It's the month where I read a decent amount for the first time in years since pr...

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July has been one hell of a book for me book wise. It's the month where I read a decent amount for the first time in years since previously I've been working and too busy. I decided that this year would probably be the only chance I got at having an actual summer off so I've definitely made the most of it. I have been focusing a lot on my bookstagram (@kcbookshelf), taking plenty of photos of my shelves and all the books I own. I have also ended up obtaining quite a few and since it's in the end of the month, it is about time I do a little book haul, especially since I haven't exactly spent that much! (In no particular order - mainly because I forgot what order I bought them in!)

FICTION BOOKS

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Don Quixote - Cervantes
Price - £2
Where from - The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop, Stratford-Upon-Avon

I am hoping to continue my degree on to masters and possibly PhD specialising in Early Modern Latin American theatre and the influences from Spanish Golden Age theatre. Throughout all my current research and reading it is obvious that many writers were influences by Cervantes, and in particular Don Quixote. I didn't have it already so when browsing this lovely bookshop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, I got it! The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop was so lovely. It was nice to see a bookshop that sells plays of all kinds of playwrights, and there were a number of critical literature books too. Perfect for a drama student! There was also a little tea room in the back. I wish I could have stayed for longer!

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The First Horseman - D.K. Wilson
Price - £1
Where from - Charity book stall at my local doctors

I bough this purely and simply because I was looking to buy and read some books that are different to what I already have and when I was trying to find another book I'd seen at the stall this one caught my eye. Since it was only £1, I bought it! By the looks of things it's a crime set sure the Tudor time. I do love anything set around that time (hence my hopeful masters degree).

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The Darkness Around Her - Neil White
Price - Free (in return for a review)
Where from - Readers First

If you're interesting in reviewing books and getting free books then definitely check out Readers First (only UK residents can receive books)! I found the site just over a week ago and have been obsessed ever since. You can get point from writing reviews and first impressions of new books, then every week there is a draw for one of the books that is due to release. I won The Darkness Around Her last week and it arrived on Friday so it is next on my tbr! Look out for a review sometime between now and the 9th August!

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One Day - David Nicholls
Price - £1.25 
Where from - Trinity Hospice charity shop, Lytham

I bought Starter for 10 a while ago so I was excited to start a mini David Nicholls collection and when I saw One Day in the charity shop, I couldn't not buy it!

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The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory
Price - £1
Where from - Charity book stall at my local doctors

I had been wanting to buy some Philippa Gregory books for a long time but didn't know were to start. So when I saw this I thought I might as well start buying them when I see them! Only to find out that this is one of the last ones in one of the Tudor Court series. Typical. Better start looking out for the others now!

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Legend (series) - Marie Lu
Price - 3 for £3
Where from - Trinity Hospice charity shop, Lytham

I've known about these book for ages and since I've heard such good things I've been really wanting to read them but of course I didn't have them until now. I was amazed at how perfect the condition of this set was, and that I was able to buy them all together. Summer TBR is ever growing!

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Three Great Novels by The Brontes
Price - 25p
Where from - Car boot stall, Blackpool

I was actually looking for some old looking books to use as props for bookstagram and this was 20p so my mum bought it for me! I haven't read much classical literature but I really need to!

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The Understudy - David Nicholls
Price - £1.20
Where from - Cancer Research charity shop, Chorley

More of a recent buy (literally yesterday) and technically it was a gift (as payment for petrol from my boyfriend as I gave him a lift home). Again, I was adding to my David Nicholls collection! I love the covers of these!

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The Spy of Venice - Benet Brandreth
Price - £1.30
Where from - Cancer Research Charity Shop, Chorley

Whilst browsing the books on Readers First I spotted one that looked quite interesting and went on BorrowBox to see if there was an audiobook I could listen to. There was amazingly! Then I realised it was the second one in the series so I was on the search for this one. I love anything to do with Shakespeare (bloody drama student that I am) so fiction or not, I was obviously going to pick this book up. I believe its crime and mystery mixed with typical Shakespearean love and tragedy. I hope so anyway, look forward to it!

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Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Price - 99p
Where from - Charity shop, Chorley

Impulse buy not going to lie. Again, it was technically a gift from my boyfriend in return for driving him back home. I've been wanting to read a lot more crime and mystery lately and since this was one of the best selling books around the same time as The Da Vinci Code then it can only be good right?! I'm intrigued by the locations and time periods in this book. Once I've read it I'll probably be wanting to watch the TV series so we'll see!

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The Inca Prophecy - Adrian d'Hage
Price - Free
Where from - Boyfriend gifted it from a bunch of books his family were sending to the charity shop.

I may have very subtly begged for this book considering the series is about areas of ancient history that I have the most interest in. It is a later book in the series but I don't mind being on the look out for them, especially since one is about Mexico and the Mayans!

NON-FICTION BOOKS

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Alan Turing: The Enigma - Andrew Hodges
Price - £1
Where from - Charity book stall at my local doctors

I am yet to see The Imitation Game but find everything about it so interesting, so to be able to read the book that explains the truths behind it is fascinating! I've heard there's a lot of talk about the maths and physics behind it all which is actually something I love but since I'm a drama student, I don't get to do so much. Definitely excited about this one!

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English Renaissance Drama - A.R Braunmuller & Michael Hattaway (eds)
Price - £2.50
Where from - The Shakespeare Hospice charity book shop, Stratford-Upon-Avon

I feel like this one speaks for itself, being a drama student and all (how may times have I mentioned that in this post?!). I use these Cambridge Companions quite a lot in my studies and I can guarantee that this book, and the articles within it, will get used quite a few time throughout the next couple of years. I was amazed at the price. It is in brilliant condition and usually they cost a fortune. To buy new on Amazon it is £25.99 so I definitely got a bargain there! It was technically also a gift from my parents when we went to Stratford-Upon-Avon.


TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT ON BOOKS: £15.49
(Not counting that some were gifts)

NUMBER OF BOOK GAINED: 15

An average of £1.03 per book - I think that's pretty damn good!

Just goes to show that you really can get plenty of books cheaply enough... and thank goodness because I always want to keep buying them and my bank account can't handle it!

I think I need to give myself a book buying ban for August so I can stop adding to my TBR list. I officially have no more shelves to fill either so that's probably the next thing I need to look at. I definitely have plenty to read!

Look out for a July round up post and plenty more reviews coming your way!

Until then...
- KC xx

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