Top Four Books To Read This Halloween

Halloween is nearly here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to read some spooky books!

Obviously Halloween means other exciting things too like scary movies, lots of sweets and trick or treating, but the best part of it all is books, so let’s focus on that.

I’m an absolute wuss. This doesn’t change when it comes to the books I read either. But when Halloween comes around, I’m always inclined to pick up something that’s a little bit more on the creepy side than my usual book choices.

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to dive head first into the horror section.

This post will only have one true horror book. I could have gone wild and added more, but that’s just not my thing. I like a spooky book that will put me in the Halloween mood, not a book that will give me nightmares for the next year.

So, if you’re into extremely scary books, this probably isn’t the post for you and I’m sure another blogger will have written a great post more suitable for you. But if you’re into mildly creepy books, then read on..

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6 Creative Uses For Label Makers

Since buying a Dymo Label Maker, I’ve been feeling the need to label absolutely everything. At first I was just enjoying labelling everything with what they are but then I started to wonder if the Dymo label maker (or any label maker really) had more uses.

I love to get creative so when I started to think of uses for my label maker, I wanted to think of some ideas that weren’t just labeling things. Of course, labelling things will always but fun. But sometimes, you’ve just got to get creative and try some new things.

That’s how I came up with some creative uses for a label maker.

So, here’re some ways that you can great creative with a label maker…

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Is It Too Early To Start Planning For Christmas? I Think Not

I know what you’re thinking… it’s only September, why am I already chatting about Christmas..? Well my friends, Christmas is only 3 months away and whether you like it or not, it’ll be here before you know it.

Suddenly it’ll be December and you’ll be rushing around the shops trying to get those last minute gifts and worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough food and drinks. And that is exactly why I’ve decided that September is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas!

I love Christmas. I look forward to watching all the cosy Christmas films, singing cheesy songs, and eating so much food that you feel like you’ll burst. I know that it’s just one day of the year, but honestly, life is way too hard to not say “f**k it!” and have the greatest day ever.

In saying that, I know that Christmas can be a stressful and chaotic time of year, so let’s get planning now to make it easier..

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Why September Is The New January

Now, in late summer, it feels like a strange limbo. We set goals in the new year but so many of them have been forgotten. Our self care routines and healthy habits have been forgotten throughout the year.

Typically people see January as a fresh start. January is a time for setting goals and reassessing our lives. But I would say that September is a great time for that too.

September is the start of the academic year. Young people are gathering their stationery, readying their uniforms, and organising their planners. Even if you aren’t in education, you can’t help but get swept up in the fresh start of it all.

The back-to-school feeling that comes with September offers us a new opportunity to slow down and reassess. We can work out what got lost along the way and change whatever we need to.

Setting goals in September is a whole different thing. You know that you only have four months left until the year is over so you don’t have too much time before you start the new year and wonder what you did all of this one.

Luckily for us, September still has longer days with plenty of sun for us to enjoy. With the longer days, we have more time to live our lives purposefully and work on our goals. We get to enjoy the sunshine while reading or walking around the local park. This is the main difference for me when it comes to setting goals in September instead of (or as well as) January.

Days in January are short and dark. The night arrives too quickly and we find ourselves living more of the hygge lifestyle. But September days are longer and warmer. There’s more time in the days. Use this time to work on yourself and your goals.

September is the perfect time to work on you. Take some time to reflect and see how you’re feeling. If you’re burned out, then try to see if you can slow down or take a break. If you have goals or tasks that you want to complete, then take some small steps towards the end goal.

September is a new start and it’s time for you to work on making yourself happy.

No matter how your year has been so far, September is the perfect time to take a step back and a deep breath. You don’t need to wait until January to start again. September is the new January.

Mini Book Reviews #2

My current love of reading is still going strong. I’m still cautious not to push myself so I don’t end up in a reading slump again, but I’m feeling happy that I’m still going with my reading.

Since I started reading again after my year long reading slump, my reading has definitely slowed down a little. It’s still at a pace that I like but I don’t feel like reading is the main focus in my life now. I’m trying to find the balance between reading loads and not getting burned out. If this is something that you’ve been through then please let me know any tips of advice that you have. I’m doing everything I can to avoid another super long reading slump.

I really enjoyed sharing my mini book reviews last time so I figured I’d share some more.

Now, onto the mini book reviews…

Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer

This was a relatively quick book but I felt like it took me forever to read. It just didn’t grab my attention and reading it felt a little tedious. It had some fun moments and wasn’t all bad, but it’s not a book that I would recommend. I do recommend the Netflix film version though.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I don’t even know where to start with sharing my opinion on this book. Even thinking about book now makes my heart hurt. It’s such a well-written book that I didn’t want to put it down. It’s definitely worth a read no matter what kind of books you usually read. Just make sure you’ve got some tissues at the read.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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A Slow-Living Playlist To Help You Relax

A Slow-Living Playlist To Help You Relax

In such a fast paced world, it can be nice to just slow down sometimes.

Music can be an important part of the slow living lifestyle. It gives us a way to escape into a peaceful mindset for a bit, and it can give us clarity. Different music genres can make you feel different kinds of ways and that’s what I love about having a slow living playlist.

My favourite time of day to list to my slow-living playlist is in the morning. But that doesn’t meant that it’s the only time I’ll listen to it. I love to hit play when I need to calm myself or relax for a bit. Sometimes days can be challenging and some calming songs are the perfect way to help.

Whether you start the morning with a slow living playlist and follow your morning routine while enjoying the moment, or you listen to the playlist at the end of the day to help you relax just before bed, slow music is perfect to help you be in the moment.

Check out my Slow Living Spotify Playlist…

Related post: Slow Living 101: A Beginner’s Guide To Living Slowly

How and Why I Track My Reading

One of my favourite things is collecting and organising information. When it comes to my books, this is no different.

There’s so many options out there for reading tracking and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of them. Over the years I’ve managed to find a few that I prefer and I found some apps that I’ll never go near again.

I’ve pretty much always logged my reading and I feel like I’d miss it if I stopped now, but I do know that not everyone likes to track their reading.

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18 Quotes That Make Me Feel Excited To Be Alive

Life can be hard sometimes but I’m a firm believer that if you appreciate the smaller moments then you’ll find a lot more beauty in life.

Even though some days can be a challenge, it’s always worth trying to make yourself feel happy and excited to face the day. One way that you can do that is by reading quotes that inspire you to live your best life.

Since I have some quotes on my phone that I can look back on whenever I need to feel uplifted, I figured I would share those quotes here too so they can maybe help someone else too.

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14 Simple Life-Changing Habits To Apply To Your Life

Whether we realise it or not, some of our daily habits can hold us back in life. I’m not trying to say that everything you do needs to help you better yourself. Sometimes we do things just because we want to and that’s okay. However, it’s always good to incorporate some new daily habits into your life.

Here’re some daily habits that you could incorporate into your life to make your life happier and more productive..

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I Tried Reading Audiobooks ♡ Here’s How It Went..

I want to start this off by saying that I have never been a fan of audiobooks. In the past, I would even have gone as far as to say that listening to an audiobook isn’t reading. But oh how wrong I was.

At the start of June, I challenged myself to read more books. I usually read a chapter or two a day of a book and I just found that I’d never be able to read all the books on my ever-growing tbr list if I didn’t read quicker.

Instead of this sending me into a downward spiral that would lead to a reading slump, I headed over to my good friend, Google and looking into how I could read quicker but still enjoy what I was reading and still be able to actually understand what was happening in the books that I was reading.

Google had plenty of ideas and I won’t go diving into all of them in this post but I did want to talk about something that I tried… audiobooks.

Yes, that’s right. I listened to some audiobooks…

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