Sunday, 17 August 2014

Currently #03

Source

Reading: Democracy by Ross Harrison. At the moment my priority for what I'm picking up to read are books that I'm hoping to write about in my personal statement (which I still haven't gotten around to re-drafting nearly two months after having written the first draft, but let's pretend that's not true ;)) so this is one of those books. I'm finding it really interesting. It's a book on political philosophy and, unsurprisingly by looking at its title, has a focus around democracy and questions whether it's really the good thing we assume it to be. It's great in that it lightly takes you through all of the main philosophers' ideas, and then begins to use all of the main theories in a discussion to answer this question. I'm spending longer reading it than I would most books because it takes a lot more focus to really digest what Harrison is writing about; that and I end up re-reading parts when I have a highlighter on me so that I can easily flick back to the best parts at a later point!


Eating: Mum's delicious birthday cake (as pictured above). And other, slightly healthier things. But I mean, really, look at that thing. It has chocolate-covered strawberries on it! Every year Mum goes a little overboard on ordering a birthday cake. It was her birthday on Thursday and that evening we went out for dinner with lots of her friends but there was much too much for it to be finished at that sitting, the thing was giant! So I've been *helping* out by eating some of it, although Mum took most of what was left of it into work so it's not incredibly unhealthy.

Thinking about: How sad it is that good things must eventually come to an end. And how great it is that we get to experience these things. My summer holiday's nearly over and it feels like it's gone so so quickly. I love the freedom of having a break and finding the time to spend with people that I don't get to see as much as I'd like. I'm grateful for this time to recuperate and really appreciate my life and everyone in it. (Excuse the cheesiness, I'm feeling a little sentimental today).

Watching: Gossip Girl. Again. I finished House of Cards a couple of weeks ago, which I LOVED, and since then, instead of watching a new series, I've fallen back into the trap of Chuck and Blair and can't seem to stop myself from watching the next episode. It's the perfect series to get wrapped up in and to switch off a little. I'm also loving this year's Great British Bake Off already and can't believe how amazing Martha is!

Loving: That I bought three new books today and an audio book, which I think I'll write about very soon. I haven't bought any books in ages and I can't wait to read something that isn't for academic purposes if I'm honest. Like I said, I am enjoying Democracy but it's not something I can just read before bed when I'm exhausted like I usually do and I've been missing that so these books are keeping me energised to finish Democracy and get on to them!                                                                                                                

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