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DESK TOUR

Admittedly I've not been using this desk much in June. But through the last two years, this desk has seen a lot of coursework action. 


My physical desk is a second-hand dining table. No idea where it's from, I got it out of someone's garage a couple of years ago. I wanted a large desk, because a) I own a lot of crap, and b) I like to spread my crap out. Desks are expensive, and you can pick up dining tables cheap (or in this case, for free!) You can fold the sides down and turn it into a side table, or have just half up, it's got options. 



On my desk I have some IKEA storage draws (here) and I've labelled what's in them with my label maker (here). On top, I keep my pens in an old plant pot and a cactus mug. My lamp is from Argos (similar here). And then I have some misc drawing pencils & watercolours. I have an acrylic paper holder which has some notebooks/weekly planners (Cactus planner is from Ohh Deer (here))/iPad mini. Then below I have an old Jo Malone box where I keep washi tape/double sided tape/etc. And the white metal pencil holder is from Amazon (here) and was originally blue but I painted it (poorly) white. 


The pinboard is from Argos (here), and I keep misc postcards/tickets/etc and my wall calendar (PetsAtHome). On the main space, I keep my MacBook and bullet journal. 



The desk goes partly across the window, and in the space, under the window, I have my main bookshelf from Argos (here), which is currently double stacked but I'm too cheap to buy another bookcase! On top of the bookshelf, I keep my printer (HP4500 Envy, I think), a pegboard from B&M, and some ornaments, my speaker (here), and a basket full of electrical tidbits. And in the window, I have a deep windowsill, I have a few plants! 

Wall Prints & Postcards: Museums, Sighh.co, Lola Hoad Designs (I believe Lola has shut down her shop though - sorry!), everything is fine.

And that's my desk! 

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CURRENT READING LIST

Some books will never leave your 'to be read' list. And that's OK.


I have to read EIGHT books before I'm allowed to buy any more. My 'to read' shelf, is ridiculous right now and I haven't finished any books in 2018... yet. 

Here is what's left on my shelf:

01. the princess saves herself in this one - Amanda Lovelace
I have read a couple of poems from this. And, honestly, one made me cry while flicking through the book in the bookshop. I keep putting off this book, because I'm not always in the mood to bring up past emotions.

02. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

03. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
I have to read this before I watch the series - especially now they're onto series two!

04. The Danish Girl - David Ebershoff 
I have started this one. Just not finished it.

05. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 
I'm sure this has been on my 'to read' shelf for a couple of years now.

06. Emma - Jane Austen 
Again, this has been on the shelf for a while.

07. the sun and her flowers - Rupi Kaur
I'm a poetry fan. And, trust me, 14-year-old is not pleased about this fact. But, when I read poetry, I like to really dedicate my time to it.

08. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
I have started this one too.

09. The Perks of being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky 
I have started this one. And if you have read my past reviews (here, here and here) you'll know that I just can't get along with this book, but I refuse to move it from the 'to read' shelf. 

10. A Christmas Carol 
I feel that I should wait until Winter to read this?

11. Everything Everything - Nicole Yoon
I'm currently on page 101 of this book, and I'm hoping (at the time of writing this post) to finish reading this book TONIGHT!

12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday

13. Paddington a short story - Michael Bond
Mum bought this to me because I love Paddington Bear!

14. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

15. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
OBSESSED WITH THE COVER OF THIS GORGEOUS BOOK.

16. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
I don't know how long this has been on my shelf for.

17. The Power - Naomi Alderman

18. Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews
I have started this one.



Is it just me who has a separate bookshelf for their unread books?
What book(s) do you think I have to read from this list asap? 

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REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

First things first (i'm a realist), this is my first book review of 2018... in June!


Synopsis: "Live life in a bubble? Or risk everything for love? Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn't left her house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He's determined to find a way to reach her. Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love."

I have given this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

I really enjoyed it. I didn't see the twist though, until two pages before it happened. For a YA novel, I can see why it didn't go too deep into the topics it discusses. However, I would've loved to have had a more in-depth and background on Olly's story and home life, it felt slightly lacking for me - but the story is meant to be about Maddy, so it makes sense. 

Also, I would really like a small chapter at the end to give some details on what Maddy does after the story. I'm trying not to write any spoilers, or give too much away, but I would love to know how everything that happened changed her life and how she dealt with it all in the long run. 

It's really nice to see a YA novel with a decent and actually considerate (looking at all YA 'boyfriends', they're dicks. Don't fight me on this one.) boyfriend figure. And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, a woman (girl, she was 17 at the start of the novel) of colour as the protagonist of the story! 

I'm really glad that I read this book to get back into reading. It's the first book I've managed to finish in 2018 (only 29 more and I've reached my reading goal for 2018). I specifically chose a YA because they're easier to read. And, I could've flown through this book. The chapters aren't conventional, some are just illustrations or word meanings, which I didn't love to start with (it meant I could've read one chapter before bed, but had to pick a number of pages instead - I'm being fussy), but in the end, I love the structure. It doesn't give you ALL of the details either, but you don't feel like you're missing out on a storyline. 

Have you read this book or any others by Nicola Yoon? I think I'm going to read another YA novel next, just to keep the reading pace going before getting into some big reads again. 

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GRADUATE SHOW '18

PSA: Before the main bulk of this post. Just a reminder the Graduate Show '18 is taking place at Plymouth University until 15th June (my work is on display in Scott Building, Top Floor! If you're coming, let me know and I'll come in and see you!) There's a link (here) to the Facebook event for more details, free admission, and lots of posters/postcards/books/etc available from photographers - illustrators - graphic designers - everything else in the art & design world! Thanks. 

Back to regular scheduling...

This is a post to collect a few images I've got from the past weekend. Admittedly, not many. But in fear that I'll accidentally delete them, or lose them in the vortex of social media - here are some memories...








I'm going to be in London as from next week, send me any place I HAVE to go and recommendations! I'm there for the rest of the month, so have some time to kill between shows.

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JUNE | BULLET JOURNAL


Finishing uni, tied into when I finish my A5 Leuchturrm bujo. Because I'm not going to be in uni or starting any teaching qualifications for a few years, I've decided to go for a smaller bujo. I've sized down to the A6 Leuchturrm in Navy Blue (here). 

The basics of my spreads have stayed the same. But there are some changes, and it'll be interesting to see wherever or not the size of my bujo changes the way I use it. 

01. June 2018 Front Page
02. Monthly Spread
03. Habit Tracker
04. Monthly List & Instagram Trackers
05. Blog Planning






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TAKING A BREAK FROM THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

*insert drumroll, please*

I'VE FINISHED UNI!


Four years, two degrees, two universities, one dissertation, SO many projects, and I'm done! I have finished university. Here's the dreaded question: what's next for you, Kayleigh? Honestly, nothing. I am going to be a teacher, in the future, but after 20 years in education - I could do with a break. Which is really difficult to tell people, that you aren't going to go straight into your 'career' after finishing uni. But I'm desperate to have days off as actual days off and not for catching up on uni work or going to work.

The main point in this post is to confirm that I'm going back to writing twice a week! (Wednesday & Sunday)

BOOK HAUL


Some of these books I bought myself, others were kindly donated by friends.


"If you loved Hazel and Augustus, Violet and Finch, and Mia and Adam, get ready to fall again for Maddy and Olly - the girl who lives in a bubble, and the boy next door...
This is the story of the thrill and heartbreak that ensues when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love. 
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world.  So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. 

But when Olly moves in next door and wants to talk to Maddy, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. 

Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. 
Maddy is certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster."

I got this off a friend before I see the film... eventually. It has been on 'to read' list for a good year or so, hopefully, I'll get around the reading it before Summer is over!



"Dominika Egorov, a former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, as the twists and turns of a betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel.
American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information.
Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?"


I picked this up while on holiday because I forgot to bring a book with me. I have started reading Red Sparrow, and my initial thoughts are: you can tell it's written by a male and it's heavily descriptive based. I'm about halfway through, and it's an easy book to put down and pick up a few days later.




"Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because, in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, the money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…"

I've been meaning to pick up this books for ages and after the rise of the TV show, I want to read the book before going onto the programme. 



"All over the world women are discovering they have the power. 

With a flick of the fingers, they can inflict terrible pain - even death. 

Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control.

The Day of the Girls has arrived - but where will it end?"
I have seen this book floating around the land of booktube and blogs for a little while now, and in a rash, a decision to 'treat myself' this book ended up in my bag and out the shop with me. 


05. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


"A mysterious island. 

 An abandoned orphanage. 
 A strange collection of very curious photographs. 
 It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows."

I didn't buy this book and it isn't my book. I'm not sure if I would buy this book myself, I had been interested in it though. This was loaned to me, long-term - since January because I'm so bad at reading right now.

What are your most recent book purchases? Or do you have any of these on your tbr list?