So University Is Finally Over

I've waited for so long to write this post, three years ago I was halfway through my A-Levels and I was ready to start preparing for University. It feels weird now to say that it's all over, and I can relax for a month before starting my new job. When I finished my exam I expected to have this uplifting ecstatic feeling, and I did but I was also left with this weird feeling that it's all over and that's it. It's weird when you've spent so long writing your dissertation and preparing for exams for it to just all be done, everyone finishes at different times and it's just generally weird.

But it makes me more than excited to start my new job and not to get all soppy but start a new chapter, I have a lot of good and bad memories from University. I made friends for life and also experienced parts of life I never thought I would, I always used to cringe when people said that University helped them change as a person. But I do genuinely believe it does something, …

Why I'm Getting Back Into Reading

I've been taking more time to focus on me and my wellbeing, I'd become so focused on everything and I struggled so much to make time purely for me, I struggle to sit down and just focus on something without my mind racing thinking about everything I have to do. I used to read so much during college and when there was coursework, exams, and general life mounting up it was good to shift my attention to something.

But for me, I have to be deep into the book for it to really help. I love a story that grips you the whole way through, i'm a major lover of crime and drama books or any book that leaves you unexpecting what will happen next. I have a stack at home of some of my favourite books that the minute I started reading them, I couldn't put them down at all.

At the moment, I'm reading I am I am I am by Maggie O'Farrell I'm not going to give much away but each chapter focuses on her life, and the experiences she mentions really does make you put life into perspective. I have to fight myself every night not to just read it all in one go, i'm allowing myself about 2 chapters a night but at this rate I will be done in a couple of days but it honestly is so good.

I'm also bad for going on my phone, i'm always connected or on my phone in some sort of way. Whether it's watching something on youtube or netflix, or twitter, or just reading a news article I feel like I am connected to my phone. And although it's good to be connected, you can't beat staying off your phone for half an hour and get your head fixated on a book. It's helped me make my time on my phone more efficient, avoiding to some extent the pointless 40 minute scrolling.

But where can you get the good books? If you love a good bookshop (which come on everyone should) then traditional Waterstones is a good one to check out, but if you want to sway from the crowd and pop into somewhere new, and if you're Manchester based then Fopp and Paramount are the places to check out.

Fopp is one of those all round places, with books and music and dvd's it really has a range of things. Or Paramount across from the arndale is great for a weekend trip

Until next time,Chloe!


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