General: Happy 2017!

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Happy New Year everybody!

So last year, I managed to balance reading a couple of books while slogging through my final full year of being on probation in my job- I have literally just submitted my last piece of coursework (hopefully, fingers crossed!) That being all done with- I finally have time for my social life and my reading time to come back!

Sum up of 2016:

Trip to London, 2 friend’s  and family baby showers/weddings, 1 x colour run (raising £300 for the Newborn Baby appeal charity!),  disneyland paris trip with my sister, an almost solid year working with the same amazing team in work. Passed my driving test (FINALLY) and completed most of my probation without incident.

 

I’m so excited to finally get “me” time back- and by that I mean “Book time”.

 

Hello book blogging world- after 2 years- I’M BACK.

General: Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

It has been a long, difficult year for a lot of people but we have managed to get through it. My thoughts of with those who have sadly lost someone throughout the course of the year or have suffered in other ways.

I’ve managed to somehow wrangle an entire week back home with my family and friends starting tomorrow after I finish my shift, so I’ll be home in the late hours of Christmas Eve which is amazing. I’m also in an amazing mood because I finally passed my driving test today!

To those working over Christmas, especially my colleagues in the emergency services: stay safe out there- be safe, look after each other at incidents and make sure you get home to your loved ones at the end of your shift.

I hope you all get lovely presents (books books books), and have a lovely few days filled with good food and good company.

Andie x

 

 

 

2016: Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s time for my resolutions post for the year, these won’t just be bookish either.

2015 was an amazing year for me. I moved to a new city, started my dream job, and moved house twice, once into a house share with strangers, and now into my own flat. It has been a massive year for me personally, and developmentally. I’ve started to find out how much I can handle, and how much I rely on my friends and family despite living in a different city. not so much for books and reading.

In 2015, I read a total of thirty three books- a total I am not entirely unhappy with. It’s a massive drop from 2014’s 100+, but it is necessary. I had to cut back forcing myself to read to make sure I still enjoy it when I do get to.

2016 New Year Resolutions:

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General: Another apology- kind of.

I know I’ve been absent this year a lot and I just want to apologise- life has been chaotic. Which to be honest, is great for me, but not so great for this blog- or my reading life.

I miss reading. Don’t get me wrong. I miss reading 5 books a week and devouring them and posting multiple reviews in a month and getting involved with you guys on your posts and challenges.I’ve been reading The Final Empire (1)- Brandon Sanderson since July!! … But when I weigh up all I do in my day job, it just doesn’t compare and I can’t feel too bad about it if I’m honest. I guess you could say it’s a sacrifice I’m definitely willing to make.  It’s just one of those jobs you can’t find anywhere else! I’m stressed beyond belief- but loving every second of it.No day is the same and there are constant challenges.  And just for fun, I’ve been living in a house share since march but I’m now looking at moving into my own little flat in November- because why not, right?

I miss the fandoms and books, I’m so behind on my TBR it is unreal never mind this year’s releases! (SARAH J MAAS I’M LOOKING AT YOU ;.; )- but trust me when I tell you, it is entirely worth it!

General Temporary Hiatus Announcement!

I feel this has been inevitable over the last few weeks, I’ve struggled to make posts and I’ve hardly gotten any reading done due to rushing around to and from work constantly. I feel I best just announce a brief hiatus and then get back into the swing of things once I’m settled in my new home. I’ll still be reading all your posts and doing my best to comment on them, but for now, I will probably not be posting on thebookheap until  the end of february.

This means that I hope to have two or three books read by the time I am posting again so I can give you ALL OF THE REVIEWS and set a comfortable reading pattern for myself while getting settled, but for now, I just need to focus on real life at the moment!

But until then my dears, keep reading and I’ll see you all shortly!

General: Merry Christmas Everyone!

I’m a lot behind on reading due to being in work, (sadly only halfway through my second Netgalley xmas book!) but to be honest, I’m not too worried since I reached my 100 books of 2014 goal!

I just wanted to post and wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you all enjoy the final days of the year 🙂 Have a lovely time and I hope you are all loved and spoiled rotten by your friends and family. x

General: Dream Job!!

I’ve not really been buying any books, so I can’t do a stacking the shelves this week. But what I can tell you is some excellent news I got this week!

So in my bio it tells you that I “work in retail but dream of being a first responder”- I currently work as a voluntary first responder in my spare time.

Well, after a long six month process of exams, tests, physical fitness etc- I found out on Thursday that I GOT THE JOB!! 

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(that gif was literally me in work thursday night when I got the e-mail, I basically ran from the staff room full of people out into the locker room and spent the next 15 minutes squealing down the phone to my family and best friends, people in work are/were very confused!) I’m just waiting for the papers and contracts to be sent to me, but I’ve accepted the offer via e-mail already.

It requires moving away from home to another city for the training for 5 months, and then moving again when I am posted to the area, but hey, you do what you have to do for the job you want and it will be a little like the uni experience I never had! It’s terrifying but exciting. I will be leaving the safety of my parents home for the first time, my retail job in the cinema and my current voluntary station (which I’m gutted about because I’m so attached to them all there), but I have to move forward in life and this is a  great opportunity to do what I have wanted to do since I was thirteen years old!

I still have some time left in Liverpool though because the intake isn’t until either february or march, so I get to spend one last christmas at home and stay in my retail job to save up all of the money, so that’s nice! I’m just so excited you guys!

General: Bloglovin’ and blog graphics?

I just thought I’d post a quick update and a little bit of a shout out for help- I’ve just decided to create a Bloglovin’ account for this blog, since so many people have their own domain or blogspot, and I can’t follow them via wordpress… I’m trying to figure out how to make sure my posts from here show up on my page, so in a way, this is a tester post. Just incase this doesn’t work and it doesn’t sync up- any advice?

 

Also, while on the subject of advice. I really want to change my blog’s icon/banner for something more specific/individual to the blog itself. The banner is a stock image I found on pinterest and the icon is one I cropped and coloured back in my icon-making days on livejournal. So I’d really like something more unique…hmmm, any advice on that front?

 

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General: Graduation 2014!

I’m not doing “top ten tuesday” this week. Instead, I will be doing a quick post to what this entire day has been about for me.

I was Class of 2012 from Liverpool John Moores University, with a 2:1 BA Hons in Criminology.

 

Now I am Class of 2014 from LJMU, with a Masters with Merit in Criminal Justice.

 

AWWWWH YEAH.

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It’s been an absolutely brilliant day, which is exactly what I needed after a rubbish weekend.

Also: Doctor Who graduated with me (8th Doctor, Paul McGann, was honoured by the uni),

and the Vice Chancellor quoted J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it“, which entertained my bookish side a lot!

I hope anyone else who is graduating this summer fully enjoys their day because after all the blood, sweat and tears, and in my case, many, MANY cups of tea, this day makes it worth it.

(No but really, I nearly dedicated my dissertation to Yorkshire Tea. They fueled me every day for 8 months).