30 August 2016

Uprooted | Naomi Novik

Last night, I finished reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik, This book comes highly recommended wherever you go for reviews so I couldn't wait to get stuck in and let me say, it did not disappoint.

The (rather long) synopsis is, as taken from Goodreads;

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

It has been a long time since I have read a book that consumed every spare thought I had and made me ensure a quiet weekend in order to maximise my time spend reading, but this did exactly that (sorry anyone who tried to make plans with me this weekend just gone). I don't want to give any more of the plot away than is in the synopsis above because I would hate to give you any expectations on what you think will happen, because even as I was reading and predicting, the storyline constantly subverted my expectations. 

Part of me hopes for a sequel, as while the book wraps up the story in a satisfying way, I would love to dive into the world head first again. The other part of me wants it to stay the standalone little piece of perfection that it is. 

I fell in love with this book, absolutely head over heels and I think you will find it hard not too. 



NB. If anyone wants to talk to me about how beautifully The Wood is described, or just run off to a forest for a while - let me know! 

26 August 2016

The R Word

The R word.

Responsibility.

Getting older comes with so many benefits, for example see my post Why Turning 26 is Such a Big Deal For Me, however one thing that is becoming more and more apparent in my life is the amount of responsibility that comes with getting older. You've probably all seen the quote that did the rounds online about when you look around for an adult, realise you are an adult, then look for an adultier adult to help you with your problem, but as you grow, you realise that more and more questions you can be answering yourself.

Which is terrifying and exciting in equal measure.

22 August 2016

Insta Love

It's Monday. It's raining outside. It's August. It's dreary.

So with all that positivity in mind, I have decided that since I have fallen out with my Instagram fairly spectacularly, I am going to share some of my favourites in order to not only put the spotlight on some pretty great Instagram accounts, but also to try and get some inspiration! Comment with all your Insta Loves x

@boundlove






@me_and_orla





@cups_are_love






@blueeyedbiblio


16 August 2016

Dear (Photo) Diary: Alcumlow Hall Farm

Alcumlow Hall Farm is a little gem of a place in Congleton (Cheshire). I strongly suggest strolling here on a hot day to come and have a mooch around the small shops (albeit limited - don't come here just for shopping) and grabbing an ice cream (definitely come here just for the ice cream), although it is Snugbury's so while this place doesn't get packed to the rafters, be prepared that there may be a bit of a queue. There is also a small play area for children, a seating area around a fountain and a pilates studio (which I am yet to try but dying to go).

This weekend we headed over for an ice cream and a relax and here are the pictures!

10 August 2016

A Sense of Home




You may have heard me talk about the fact that there has been a bit of stress in my life recently. By no means is all of that done with, but I woke up this morning with this overwhelming sense of home. I am surrounded by people who love me and support me, I have a job that I enjoy turning up to every day and I am fulfilling some of the things I have been saying I will get round to forever.

By no means I am saying that my life is perfect, I still have stresses and troubles and all of that, I am just looking around me and seeing that all these amazing things in my life need recognition every now and again, I can never express how grateful I am to the people that have been there for me over the last year as it has been relatively difficult personally and professionally. So I am going to leave this article short(ish) and say a BIG thank you and a BIGGER love you to everyone and everything that makes me feel at home.

What makes you feel at home? x

9 August 2016

Dear Diary: Lytham Festival

Lytham, Lytham Saint Annes FY8, UK
Happy Tuesday!

How was your weekend? In theory I'd have liked to get this post out yesterday but hey ho, these things happen.

The main event of my weekend was Lytham Festival up in Lytham St Annes and seeing the one and only Mr Bryan Adams.

And boy, he did not disappoint.

4 August 2016

Let's Catch Up

Hello everyone!

It seems like a good time for a bit of a catch up, don't you think?

The last few weeks have been a little bit hectic for me, but it is safe to say as the dust finally is starting to settle, I am more content than I have been in a while. I am picking back up my hobbies, most prominently photography for which I have just signed up for a course to improve my skills, I am also finding time to read which is a big thing for me and getting healthy eating (mostly) back on track (minus a few celebratory cakes). 

I have also been spending as much time as I can with family and friends as there are a few of them who are off to new and exciting things, namely other countries, so I am trying to get in as much time with them before they leave. 

There is also the newest responsibility in my life, little Benny, who has been teaching me things (see 15 Things I Have Learnt Since Getting A Puppy) and generally being an adorable little bundle of chaos in my life. 

As well as that there is trying to get back into the gym! Which I must say, has been more successful than I expected. Raver Fit and Spinning tend to be what is keeping me going back there at the moment. 

The house hunt has actually been put on hold for a little while, myself and my boyfriend are both pretty crazy at the moment, so we have given ourselves until Christmas to get ourselves together, get our finances in the strongest position we can (at Christmas - hahaha, sometimes I make myself laugh) and also, just to kind of see what the market does to be honest. 

hey there dewdrop is still incredibly important to me, this little place is my therapy where I can create content purely because I want to create, and hope that I am creating content that is interesting for other people to read. It is my little corner of the internet and I love it.

I think that about sums me up for now, I have a few things in the pipeline for my blog that I am hoping to implement soon, the biggest two being getting Honest Conversations off the ground and getting a book club going.

What are you up to? And what books would anyone like in the book club? xx




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