Monday, 19 January 2015

20 Ways To Pratice Self Care & Why It Is So Important | My Life in Lists

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tray & pretty bowls, the other duckling*

One of the most important things that I have learnt over the last few years is the importance of self-care. Living with physical and mental illness can be a strain, particularly when I'm also living independently, so I have had to make a conscious effort to allocate time in my schedule for me. Whilst self-care should be something that we do naturally, it's not always that easy due to a multitude of constraints. However, I am here to remind you to factor in a little time in your day / week / month to just taking a step back, even if it's just for five or ten minutes. I'm taking the rest of the evening off to eat a nice meal and watch some television and I can't wait. 


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 take five minutes out to browse THE OTHER DUCKLING* because browsing pretty homeware = self care

Self-care, funnily enough, is a highly personal thing and it really comes down to the things that you enjoy doing. If you want to create your own list, think about all the things that you would like to do to unwind, and then work on fitting them in somewhere. For me, it can sometimes be about doing specific things and sometimes it can be about avoiding certain situations or groups of people. Here are a few of the things that I like to do when practicing self-care!


1| listen to a playlist of my favourite songs  
2| take a day off from going outdoors & nest & organise my things
3| take a long scolding hot bath
4| go second hand or charity shopping 
5| write twitterfiction
6| marathon a show on netflix
7| take selfies or photographs {trust me, they're a great self-care tool!}
8| plan projects that i want to find time for in the near future 
9| have an indoor picnic of sorts, aka cuddle up in my armchair and eat snacks
10| write letters to loved ones 
11| read quietly 
12| make myself a tall drink and some food that i fancy
13| take a little nap 
14| write some lists
15| move around: stretch or meditate or go for a little walk into town
16| put really comfy clothes on
17| sit by my window and let the sunshine hit my skin
18| take time to appreciate the positive things i have been doing lately 
19| read through @here2pep's timeline  
20| mute or unfollow social media accounts that make me feel bad or anxious and completely avoid clickbait articles and my facebook feed


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How do you feel about self care? Do you dedicate enough time to yourself? If you would like someone to talk to, don't be afraid to email me. I have lots of email pals that I chat to and it's so nice to be part of such a supportive community. If  you feel like you need to reach out to a professional, please don't feel anxious to do so. I'm off to eat snacks and watch re-runs of shows that I've seen a billion times! 

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Friday, 16 January 2015

January Playlist | Music

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I have spent my day working away on things for my poetry class that begins next week, namely writing my own response poem and reading lots and lots of contemporary poems to get me clued up on the subject. I've decided to take a five minute break to re-cooperate and have a look at the music on today's played list, because sometimes I am doing so many things at once that I don't really pay full attention to the choices I am making. Christ, that sounds quite dark doesn't it?! I thought I would go ahead and share the songs on my most recently played because it might make a fun little playlist for those of you that are working away on things this evening. 

It's kind of eclectic but kind of nice too, I think. 

1| milk and black spiders by foals 
2| no cities to love by sleater-kinney 
3| stay awhile by she & him 
4| she by dodie clark
5| this must be the place by talking heads
6| go your own way by fleetwood mac 
7| heart of glass by blondie 
8| huddle formation by the go! team
9| sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains) by arcade fire 
10| a walk by tycho 


What songs do you like to listen to whilst you study / work / watch funny cat videos? I may do some more of these in the future, because I tend to switch it up daily  


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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Secondhand Book Haul | Books

We are only a week or so into 2015 and I've already managed to buy 8 incredible secondhand books. I'm scared that one day I will have so many books that I won't be able to read them all and they'll get fed up waiting and revolt. I can picture them slowly caving in on me until I'm smothered by Romantic poetry and snowed under by short story collections.

There was a note on my Mum's noticeboard not too long ago that spoke of a bookshop full to the brim with £1 secondhand books and homemade cake, so the other day Dad and I decided to take a detour through the winding country roads in search of said haven. After getting quite lost and nearly vomiting down myself, we made it there in one piece! Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed by the advert. There was cake and a ton of beautiful books to peruse. There were almost too many books but, then again, I'm not sure such a thing exists. I also happened to have some Amazon gift cards to use, and despite it being the last place you should probably buy books, I used my gift card to pick up a couple of secondhand books from their marketplace sellers. I would love to know what books you've bought so far this year because I'm always looking for new books to read and new characters to meet.  

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lets pretend this photograph is in focus!!

The legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. 

Just Kids has always been one of those books that I knew I wanted to save for a time when I could sit and devour it free from the stresses of studying and life in general. However, I got tired of waiting to own it and subsequently bought this ridiculously beautiful edition with my gift card.

I'm more than likely going to wait until I have finished university to read this but I'm really happy to have such a pristine secondhand copy of it waiting for me! I sneakily read a chapter when it arrived and it was just wonderful. 

Matthew from WeLiveForBooks recommended Borges to me not too long ago so I was very happy to find this copy on one of the many shelves at the secondhand bookshop. 

It's not in the best condition, as some of the pages are held in by tape, but it was only £1 and it sort of adds to the beauty of it. I'm looking forward to exploring Borges' writing! 

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3| once by alice walker 
The Color Purple is an incredible book, so it was safe to say I had high hopes for this collection of poetry. I sat down with it the other morning and devoured it within an hour. It was absolutely beautiful and so clever. Keep your eyes peeled for my review at the end of the month. 

The Restoration Court knows Lady Dona St Columb to be ripe for any folly, anything to alter the tedium of her days. But there is another Dona who longs for a life of honest love -- even if it is spiced with danger. It is this Dona who flees London for remote Navron, finding there a hunted pirate.

I'm just going to ask for a two minute silence for this cover art, please.

....Holy lord. Isn't it just so ridiculously kitsch and beautiful?! I have quite the collection of unread Du Maurier so I couldn't leave this beauty on the shelf. I think I'll read this one once I've read Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel. I've only read one book by Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn, but I absolutely adore her work so far. 

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5| the minerva book of short stories v4 ed. by giles gordon and david hughes 
As you may know, I got really into short story collections towards the end of 2014 due to a particularly enthralling module that I was taking at university. I want to find some seriously good collections during 2015 and this little anthology seemed like a good place to start as it included stories from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. It's a pretty odd cover, yes, but at £1 all is forgiven! 


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6| will you please be quiet, please? by raymond carver 
I have a huge soft spot for Carver, as I'm sure you guys know, so it only seemed right to buy another of his short story collections to kick off 2015 with. This was actually Carver's first collection so it should be interesting to see how his writing developed as he gained in skill and experience. I'm about half way through it so far so you should see a review for it at the end of the month! 


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7| white oleander by janet fitch  
White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes -- each its own universe with its own laws, its own dangers, and its own hard lessons to be learned -- becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery. 

Goodreads tells me that I have had this on my wishlist since the 7th July 2012 so I was rather chuffed to find this in one of my local charity shops yesterday for a mere £1.25! I have heard nothing but really great things about this book so I have extremely high hopes. 


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8| the happiness project by gretchen rubin
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realised. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. 

This book has been on my radar for a long time but I had resisted buying it til now because I was well aware that it could quite easily get on my tits. However, seeing as I managed to find a brand new copy for £1.25 in the charity shop, I thought I'd test it out. To be honest, I was swayed by the inscription someone had written inside: 'Dear Sneffers. Wishing you all the happiness you deserve, love Elli xxx'. Sneffers quite clearly found Elli to be extremely condescending! I'll see how this goes but I'm not feeling too hopeful, just because I'm not one for non-fiction books like it. 

I'm hoping to read all of these over the next twelve months so you should see reviews for them all in the not too distant future! Have you bought any books yet this year? Do you buy second hand books?  


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Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Books I Read In 2014 | Books

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2014 is well and truly over but I couldn't truly settle into the new year without sharing all of the books that I read last year in one place. I
f you'd like to keep a close eye on my reading habits, you can follow me on Goodreads or search my hashtags on Instagram: #beesreads #bees52books. Yes, I will be using the latter hashtag even though my goal is to read 30 books because it keeps all my reading together and who knows I may even up my goal to 52 post-uni! Of course, my monthly book reviews will still be around on Vivatramp over the next twelve months so you can monitor my reading over here too! Let me know if you've read any of these books this year and also feel free to let me know what you thought of them, whether or not we agree! 

THE KEY: 
★★★★ LOVED IT! ★★★★ REALLY LIKED IT! ★★ LIKED IT! ★★ IT WAS OKAY★ DIDN'T LIKE IT! 


JANUARY reads {JANUARY BOOK REVIEWS: PART ONE | PART TWO}     

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1. PETER PAN BY J.M.BARRIE ★★ 
                                                                             (01/01/14)

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2. THE PIGEON BY PATRICK SUSKIND ★★★★ 
(02/01/14) 

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3. THE ASK AND THE ANSWER BY PATRICK NESS ★★★★ 
(05/01/14) 

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4. DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD BY ROALD DAHL ★★
 (08/01/14) 

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5. LIGHT BOXES BY SHANE JONES ★★★★
(10/01/14)

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6. LOOKING FOR ALASKA* BY JOHN GREEN 
(11/01/14) 

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7. SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 BY KURT VONNEGUT ★★★★
 (13/01/14) 

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8. BLACK BEAUTY BY ANNA SEWELL ★★
(16/01/14)

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9. TEN THINGS I'VE LEARNT ABOUT LOVE* BY SARAH BUTLER ★★
(19/01/14)

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10. THE ROSIE PROJECT BY GRAEME SIMSION ★★
(22/01/14)

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11. ANIMAL FARM BY GEORGE ORWELL ★★ 
(23/01/14)


FEBRUARY reads {FEBRUARY BOOK REVIEWS: PART ONE | PART TWO}


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12. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S BY TRUMAN CAPOTE ★★
 (06/02/14)

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13. LOLITA BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV ★★
 (07/02/14)


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14. CORALINE (AND OTHER STORIES) BY NEIL GAIMAN ★★
(10/02/14)


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15. THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND... BY CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE ★★
 (14/02/14) 

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16. THE SHOCK OF THE FALL BY NATHAN FILER ★★
 (15/02/14)

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17. THE INSUFFERABLE GAUCHO* BY ROBERTO BOLANO 
(16/02/14)

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18. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE BY SHIRLEY JACKSON ★★
(20/02/14)

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19. THE WITCHES BY ROALD DAHL ★★
(22/02/14)

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20. FAHRENHEIT 451 BY RAY BRADBURY ★★
(23/02/14)

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21. HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ★★
 (23/02/14) 

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22. SHARP OBJECTS BY GILLIAN FLYNN ★★
(25/02/14)

MARCH reads {MARCH BOOK REVIEWS

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23. MONSTERS OF MEN BY PATRICK NESS ★★ 
(16/03/14)

APRIL reads
 {APRIL BOOK REVIEWS}

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24. DARK PLACES BY GILLIAN FLYNN ★★
 (16/04/14)

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25. WILD ABANDON BY JOE DUNTHORNE 
 (23/04/14)

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26. HAM ON RYE BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI 
 (26/04/14)

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27. BOOKS VS. CIGARETTES BY GEORGE ORWELL 
 (26/04/14)


MAY reads  {MAY BOOK REVIEWS}

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28. LIFE DRAWING* BY ROBIN BLACK 
 (04/05/14)

JUNE reads  {JUNE BOOK REVIEWS}

(05/06/14)

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30. THE HUMANS BY MATT HAIG 
 (07/06/14)

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31. GONE GIRL BY GILLIAN FLYNN 
 (09/06/14)

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32. ON THE ROAD BY JACK KEROUAC 
 (10/06/14)

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33. BRAVE NEW WORLD BY ALDOUS HUXLEY 
 (21/06/14)

JULY reads {JULY BOOK REVIEWS}

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34. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH BY ISABEL GREENBERG 
 (06/07/14)

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35. VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE BY KATIE COYLE 
 (08/07/14) 

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36. PRETTY DEADLY VOL 1 BY DECONNICK, RIOS AND BELLAIRE 
 (08/07/14)

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37. ELEANOR & PARK BY RAINBOW ROWELL 
 (09/07/14)

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38. ARIEL BY SYLVIA PLATH 
(27/07/14)

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39. ORYX AND CRAKE  BY MARGARET ATWOOD 
 (30/07/14)

AUGUST reads {AUGUST BOOK REVIEWS}

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40. THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR...* BY ROMAIN PUÉRTOLAS 
 (04/08/14)

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41. SCORCH ATLAS BY BLAKE BUTLER 
(05/08/14)

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                                                   42. JAMAICA INN BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER 
(09/08/14)

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43. MORE THAN THIS BY PATRICK NESS 
(25/08/14)

SEPTEMBER reads {SEPTEMBER BOOK REVIEWS}

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44. RAGE AGAINST THE DYING BY BECKY MASTERMAN 
 (08/09/14)

NOVEMBER reads {november book reviews}

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44. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF  W. B. YEATS BY W.B. YEATS 
 (27/11/14)


december reads {DECEMBER BOOK REVIEWS}

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        45. yes please by amy poehler 
                                                                            (03/12/14)


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47. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE BY RAYMOND CARVER 
(05/12/14)

(22/12/14)

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49. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING BY JOAN DIDION 
(24/12/14)

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50. THE TINY BOOK OF TINY STORIES BY JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT & CONTRIBUTORS 
(25/12/14)

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51. ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 1 BY RYAN NORTH 
(26/12/14)


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52. the walking dead vol. 1 by robert kirkman 
(27/12/14)

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DISCLAIMER:
The majority of the books I read this year were bought by myself. However, those that were sent to me for review purposes are signposted with a *. All reviews are honest and my own. The links above are affiliate links.  If you buy the books via the links, I will earn a teeny tiny commission that I will then save up and use to take over the world buy books to review for you guys in the future. Used the link? Thank you. You're a good egg. The best kind of egg. Maybe. Poached eggs are pretty good.