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Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: My year in review

As always, 2015 will have been a wildly different year for every one of us. And as with every year, it will have brought a variety of things, some good, some bad, and some you're not quite sure about just yet.

It's impossible to forget some of the terrible things that have happened over the last year. But when things like these happen, it's important to remember the good as well as the bad.


Even if you have had a bad year, there must have been glimmers of good in there too. That's why I think it's important to remember all the good things that have happened over the past year. Whether it's big things like getting married or having a baby, or something as small as someone giving up their seat for you on the train, they're all important.

This year I've been fortunate to have had a good year. 2015 brought a lot of changes for me, but on the whole it's been pretty good.

These are just a few of the highlights from my year:

  • I graduated from university. Three years of hard work finally paid off!
  • I stopped putting it off and finally started driving lessons.
  • I saw my favourite band live, twice.
  • I completed my dissertation, and got a grade I was proud of for it.
  • I took part in my 3rd gishwhes.
  • I passed my driving theory test.
  • I went on holiday with my boyfriend for the first time.
  • I got an internship in the industry I hope to work in.
  • I became deputy editor of Kettle Magazine.
  • I was lucky enough to go to numerous gigs, shows and events.
  • I started my first 'real' job.
  • I completed (and surpassed) my goal of reading 50 books during the year.
  • I took on my first paid client as a professional editor.
  • I went to my first NFL American football game.
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As you can see, 2015 has been pretty good to me, and I hope you can say the same. Here's to 2016 - happy new year!

If you're reading this, take a moment to remember some of the best bits of your year. Then, why not share them in the comments below? I'd love to hear them! 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Book Review: Traces Of Me by Tracy Kiss

Traces of Me by Tracy Kiss book cover

AD* | As April approaches her thirtieth birthday she finally meets the love of her life but it comes at a cost. Traces Of Me is an artisanal and honest open-hearted tongue-in-cheek account of finding true love in a world now overruled by beauty, social media and selfies.

From ugly duckling to elegant swan, infused with orgasms, arguments and endearment, this is a journey to captivate and consume men and women alike. Stir your soul and hold on tight for a modern day Bridget Jones meets Fifty Shades rendition that is not for the faint-hearted.

A tale to both bless and haunt you forever.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Book Review: Beyond The Rest Of Us by Andrew Man

Beyond the Rest of Us by Andrew Man book cover

AD* | Beyond The Rest Of Us is a thrilling journey of the contemporary human heart, intimate, magical, and subtly architected. A retired Swiss banker is kidnapped at a Geneva hotel for crimes he doesn't understand. An Italian cruise ship crashes into rocks in the Tyrrhenian Sea. A respected American scientist disappears into thin air. And a British secret agent follows a trail of corrupt power in this gripping third book featuring Andrew Man's ageing male protagonist James Pollack.