7/9

 Today was Ben’s birthday!  I gave him his presents this morning. I’ve been waiting for forever to give them to him and I think he was pretty pleased so I’m a happy bunny.  We watched Toy Story 3 this morning as well. I’d forgotten how much I love that film We headed out to a local cafe for some lunch which was nice. I had a cheese and ham toastie and some chips.  This afternoon, some of Ben’s grandparents came over for a quick drink and to wish him a happy birthday, after which we headed out to Prezzo for a birthday meal before returning home for an evening watching Happy Valley – just finished series 2, so glad I was introduced to this series and had time to finish it before the end of my week in Aylesbury. Looking forward to tomorrow and everything it has in store. instagram | twitter | goodreads

5/9

 Ben and I took a trip into Milton Keynes today to do a bit of shopping. Our little haul consisted of five new Disney films, several new notebooks and a couple of new pens from Waterstones and Paperchase and a stuffed toy Lotso from Toy Story 3. We stopped for lunch at Pret, and I had a delicious chipotle chicken toastie, chocolate mousse and a mango/passion fruit smoothie.  This evening, we spent a long time making lists. Things we want to do together, watch together, see together. It’s all very exciting. We’ve also now started series 2 of Happy Valley which we’re going to have finished by the end of the week.
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4/9

 Today was a super chilled day from start to finish.  We headed out for breakfast at a local pub called The Plough, which was absolutely delicious. During the afternoon, Ben’s grandparents came to visit which was lovely. In the evening, we order a Pizza Hut and watched the remaining four episodes of the first series of Happy Valley, one of the most gripping shows I’ve ever watched.  instagram | twitter | goodreads

3/9

Today was pretty good from start to finish. An Easter egg hunt this morning with Ben’s family was super cute, followed by a church service and some family game time. Ben and I managed to win a Disney Trivia game! Beautiful roast lunch cooked by Ben’s mum and then more games!  Spent the evening sitting on the sofa, watching Happy Valley and drinking Bailey’s while eating Easter egg.  Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a wonderful day.  instagram | twitter | goodreads

2/9

Waking up this morning in Canterbury was wonderful, even though the weather wasn’t exactly as ideal as it was yesterday. After a quick shower and some doughnuts for breakfast, Ben and I set off on an approximately two hour journey to Aylesbury, somewhere completely new to me but Ben’s hometown. After a short stop at the services for a Costa lunch and to stock up on chocolate, we were back on the road, and it wasn’t too long before we arrived here in Aylesbury. The majority of the afternoon was spent lounging on the sofa. Ben’s mum made a beautiful lasagne for dinner and we ended the evening with a glass of wine. What could be better?Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow has in store. instagram | twitter | goodreads

1/9

Today began with the knowledge that within just a matter of hours I would be back in the arms of my best friend and better half, Ben. Needless to say I woke up feeling rather chipper.  Following a very long bath and a bit of frantic tidying, my aunty and uncle arrived at my house to drop round some Easter goodies. After a cup of tea and a catch up they left, and my parents and I decided to go for a walk after lunch.  The walk wasn’t exactly picturesque, but it was nice to get out of the house and into the sunshine for an afternoon stroll. The weather was beautiful today and got me seriously in the mood for summer. I’m very excited for barbecues and cocktails this year.  At approximately quarter to five, Ben arrived in Ashford having spent all day travelling down from Aylesbury. I picked him up from the station and we headed back to mine to grab my suitcase and bags. Within half an hour we were back in my car, enroute to Canterbury for the night, listening to this weeks charts.  Arriving in Canterbury was a great feeling. Canterbury has become my home from home recently, as I seem to spend increasingly more and more time here. It’s one of my favourite places at the moment. Being here makes me so happy, particularly when I’m with Ben.  We cooked up some pasta for dinner and spent the remainder of the evening chilling and catching up. It’s insane how much I’ve missed him, even though we’ve only been apart for a matter of days. I’m so glad I get to spend the next week with him.  It was, all in all, the perfect beginning to my week off.  instagram | twitter | goodreads

What we’ve been watching: Misfits

TITLE: MisfitsRELEASE: 2009 – 2013RATED: 18NUMBER OF SERIES: 5NUMBER OF EPISODES: 37CREATOR: Howard OvermanMY RATING: 5/5BEN’S RATING: 4.5/5

DESCRIPTION:After a freak storm hits the estate, a group of teenagers on community service discover that they’ve developed strange superpowers. As the gang try to come to terms with their powers they soon realise they weren’t the only ones to be effected by the storm…  But our gang of Misfits don’t swap their mobile phone and ankle tags for capes and tights. Instead, they discover just how tough life can be when you’re all that stands between good and evil.  NOTABLE QUOTES:“The only thing worse than being lonely is other people knowing you’re lonely.” “You can’t live life for yourself, you gotta think about other people. It’s like, you know High School Musical? We’re All in This Together. I’d never understood that song until now.” “It’s much easier to humiliate, degrade and just generally shit all over someone than it is to admit that you love them.” “You’re scared that if you let them in and they get to know the real you, you know, then they might reject you. So you reject them before they get a chance.” “I did eenie, meenie, miney, mo, and you lost but I still chose you.” “In this world of intolerance and prejudice, who are we to judge somebody else?”  MY THOUGHTS:Perhaps one of my favourite TV series, Misfits has been a huge part of my life for years now. This isn’t the first time I’ve watched it from start to finish and I doubt it’ll be the last. I just adore it, so much so that I chose to do an in depth study of it last year for my A2 media coursework. I was so shocked when I found out Ben hadn’t seen it that I knew I had to make him to sit through it with me.  There are many reasons I love Misfits. The concept is quite genius. I like the way that ‘ordinary’ characters become something truly extraordinary (definitely gives me a sense of hope for my future).  I definitely preferred the earlier series characters, although after a couple of episodes the later characters really did grow on me. They’re all hilarious at times with real hidden depths, and they all work so well together as a group, each one bringing something new and individual to the party.  The storylines work so well together. Each episode is different from the one before, but the overarching plot line pulls them all together and they’re truly gripping to watch. There are jumpy moments and some very cute romantic moments. There really is something for everyone in this little series.  BEN’S THOUGHTS:Misfits has been something I have been meaning to watch for a very long while! When Beverley suggested working through a selection of boxsets together, Misfits was one of the first that came to mind.  I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait! I enjoyed every second that it was on the screen and it has been one of the most enjoyable series I have ever watched. I thoroughly enjoyed every episode and was not bored once (which is hard with an attention span as short as mine!). The way the characters are built up and develop throughout the show is done to perfection, and the spectacle is never short of excitement.  The show was astounding from series one to series five and, in my opinion, was almost flawless. The only slight issue I had with it was how we got to know and love one set of characters, and then they leave and are replaced by new characters for the remaining couple of series. Having said that, however, the moving-on of some of these characters added extra twists and surprises to the storyline, which is why I do not see this as a major motive for protest. On the whole, I would highly recommend Misfits to anyone and everyone without hesitation!

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Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

TITLE: Reasons To Stay AliveAUTHOR: Matt HaigTYPE: PaperbackGENRE: Non-fiction, mental health, autobiographyMY RATING: 5/5  BLURB: What does it mean to feel truly alive?This is the true story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over mental illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.  NOTABLE QUOTES:“How to stop time: kiss.How to travel in time: read.How to escape time: music.How to feel time: write.How to release time: breathe.” “Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” “Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with.” “There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.” “To other people, it sometimes seems like nothing at all. You are walking around with your head on fire and no one can see the flames.”  MY REVIEW:Found by complete chance while perusing the shelves at a local Tesco with Ben, this book has come to be one of the most important texts I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a day. It is one of the most incredibly written summaries of what it feels like to suffer with a mental illness. Haig, who was a sufferer of both depression and anxiety, talks in a very open and honest way about the pain he experienced during his life, offering ideas, thoughts and feelings to readers and reminding those who can relate to his story that there is hope.  If you are a sufferer, or if you know someone who is a sufferer of a depression or anxiety, or if you are simply just intrigued and want to know more, I urge you to read this book.  instagram | twitter | goodreads

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

TITLE: Girl Online On TourAUTHOR: Zoe SuggSERIES: Girl Online #2TYPE: HardbackGENRE: YA, contemporary, romanceMY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: Penny’s bags are packed. When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tactic boyfriend.  But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot… and her blog, Girl Online. Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, to will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?  NOTABLE QUOTES:“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.” “We all have one life and we can choose how we want to live it. It’s important you realise that, no matter what anyone else says or how people may try to influence things it’s ultimately down to you… only YOU can live for you. You can’t live in someone else’s shadow or permanently try to please someone else, then what do you have to show for it? You won’t have any of your own accomplishments, you won’t reach your personal goals, and you’ll only be ticking someone else’s boxes for them. If there is something in life that you really want to do, then do it. You’ll only ever live this day once in your lifetime, so start now.”

REVIEW:
It took me a while to read, but with a sudden surge in motivation, I was thrilled to finally finish this book. A simple love story that covers all the trials and tribulations of couples with busy lifestyles and different goals, this book is a must-read for Zoella fans. Merging elements of mystery into a contemporary novel help to drive the book forward, and covering issues including mental health helps to make this book an important one for raising awareness of topics that should matter more to society.

All-in-all, this simple story, with all its twists and turns, allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the feelings of the main characters. I’d have given it five stars but due to the length of time it took me to read it, I had to knock it down to four.

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