Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Currently #11

Well, somehow it's been three months since I wrote my last currently post. It feels like all I did was blink and yet here we are; a new season, shorter days, and the sense of a fresh start I find I always feel at the start of Autumn. And so, with all these changes, I thought it was about time I checked in again and let you know what's been happening recently.

(Taken in Cornwall, August 2016)

Reading :: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I don't know how to describe how much I am loving this. I've loved Jodi Picoult ever since I read Nineteen Minutes at the age of fourteen and have since devoured every book by her that I've picked up. In my opinion she's one of the greatest writers of the twenty-first century. Her meticulous research into the issues she explores in every one of her novels is nothing short of admirable and completely evident in how much detail she gives in her books. And Small Great Things is no exception. I'm not going to write too much about it now because I want to write a full review when I finish it and closer to the date of its publication in November (I was lucky enough to be allowed to take a proof copy home when on my work placement at Hodder) but, when it comes out, I really urge you to pick it up. This book couldn't be more important in this day and age and I think it's crucial reading for everyone. (Also, as a side note, isn't it just great to read a book that you can't for the life of you put down because it's so engaging?? It's a really rare occurrence and I'm loving it at the moment!)

Eating :: Chilli. I've just moved into a house in Exeter in the past few days and, as I was in catered halls last year, this is the first time I'm cooking and budgeting how much I can spend on food for myself. I'm enjoying it so far and have loved cooking at home over the summer as well but my absolute favourite thing to make at the moment is chilli. Partly because it's easy to make (and in big portions so it lasts longer) and partly because it's so darn tasty, I can't get enough of it and may have had it for dinner three nights in a row last week when I was still at home...

Thinking about :: New opportunities and whether to take them. The great thing about being at uni is that you have the chance at the start of every year to join so many clubs or societies and try out a whole range of things which will probably never be as accessible or easy to do at any other point in your life. The hard thing is when it involves going outside of your comfort zone. As important as it is to do that and as much as I know from past experiences that it pays off, it's still a little daunting. But I know there's no point in sitting back and not trying new things just because I'm a little unsure about them. And now that I've written that I basically have to go for it because otherwise I'll look back at this in a few months and wonder why I didn't just go for it - currently posts really do keep me in check you see!

Watching :: EVERYTHING. All of the good TV comes back around this time of year and it's the only time I find myself watching around six shows at the same time. From The Great British Bake Off to Our Girl to Victoria, TV is pretty good at the moment and I'm hugely enjoying all three of those. Oh, and I've also become completely addicted to Gilmore Girls. Yes, I know I'm about ten years (or more) late to this party but I've only just started watching it on Netflix and I'm obsessed

Listening to :: As I said in my last post, I can't get enough of Lauren Aquilina's new album 'Isn't It Strange?' so that's what I'm listening to, pretty much non-stop!

Loving :: Being back in Exeter. This summer was incredible and I really had the time of my life but four months off was definitely long enough and, as much as I'm sure I'm going to be taking back saying this once lectures start next week, I feel really ready to study and get stuck into my new modules. Who am I kidding, this feeling will probably last all of a day come Monday, but for now I'm looking forward to it!

And that's my mind dump done! I hope it was mildly interesting and that you're all having a wonderful week!

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