Coming Back

Hi everyone! Since finishing my undergraduate degree in May I’ve taken time off of my blog. Writing felt too much like uni work and the though of keeping to a schedule was stressful. So I’ve had 4 and a bit months off, with one less thing to worry about. At first I felt guilty that I was leaving my blog. Each time I got a notification I felt as though I was abandoning my blog. However, eventually I realised that my break was a good thing. Instead of keeping up with content and plans for blog posts I just got on with reading and my life off of social media. I’ve decided that now is the time to come back to my blog and start again. I love the little community I have created on the internet, and today is the one year anniversary of my Twitter account. My life has changed a lot in a year but I would say the months I took off of this platform have been the most changeable. Here is a little run down of everything I have been up to and some of the things you can expect to see on my blog for the rest of the year!

What I’ve Done:

  • Got my Degree: I finished my dissertation and final university modules. I graduated with First Class Honours in my BA English Literature course. My graduation was unfortunately postponed due to Coronavirus restrictions so hopefully that will be happening in Spring 2022.
  • Visited Hay-on-Wye: My family and I visited the amazing ‘Town of Books.’ I was pretty overwhelmed by the vast number of books I saw but it was great day. I bought a couple of lovely second-hand hardbacks as well as some new paperbacks. One highlight for me though was the delicious vanilla fudge I purchased from The Fudge Shop at The Craft Centre. (Give them a quick look if you like – http://www.thefudgeshop.co.uk ).
  • Confirmed my Place on a PGCE Course: I am one step closer to becoming an English teacher. My course begins in September and I am so excited. I’m looking forward to meeting new people on my course as well as going on placement.
  • Signed up to the Gym: After having Covid-19 in late 2020 I was experiencing Long Covid symptoms which was affecting my overall health, especially my stamina when just walking. I started going to the gym in July and I’m enjoying a new addition to my weekly routine and I definitely feel a lot fitter than when I started.
  • Alton Towers Visit: The pandemic put a lot of things on hold. One of the more personal was my annual trip to Alton Towers. My boyfriend had arranged for us to spend a weekend there over Christmas but it was delayed to May. We had a wonderful two days and it was fun to feel like we were heading towards normalcy.

What I’m Going to Do:

  • The Start of my PGCE: expect some more academic content. Whether it be a day or week in-the-life of a trainee teacher or how I’m balancing my work and home life whilst I do remote learning. I’m looking forward to the next step in my journey and I want to share it with you!
  • Readathons: One way I’m going to attempt to keep some time for myself once my course starts is to took into Readathons so I feel like I’m part of a reading community over the next few months. I’m particularly looking forward to October as although I won’t be doing a Blogtober challenge this year I hope to read some interesting ghost/horror novels to share. If you have heard of any Readathons please let me know! I want to involved with as many as I feel like I’ll have time for.
  • Start Reading my BIG Books: This year, thanks to the amazing graphs provided by TheStoryGraph, I’ve noticed that I rarely read books over 500 pages. Despite this I do own a lot of books over 500 pages so I’ve decided to tackle some of these over the next four months. This way I’ll be tackling my TBR as well as adding a higher number of pages read to my yearly stats!

My Reading Stats for April-July:

APRIL: 5 books – MAY: 3 books – JUNE: 2 books – JULY: 5 books

I did experience a Reading Slump in May and June. At the end of my degree I was shattered and the thought of picking up any book felt like a chore. However I have two books I have to thank for pulling me out of the slump: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

So this was just a quick update and a big Hello to you! I’m excited to get back into my blog and would love to hear about anything you’ve done over the past couple of months!

Published by Allie About English

I am a 21 year old student who loves reading books which helps because my degree consists of reading books and writing essays.

4 thoughts on “Coming Back

  1. Welcome back, and congratulations on your degree 🥳🥳 I completely relate to the struggle with combining uni stress with blogging & reading – even really enjoyable things can start feel like chores 😩 Nice that you’re back though, hope you enjoyed your break!

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    1. Thank you! Had a great break, it was nice not thinking about the blog but I do love it so much so I’m glad that I’m ready to be back!

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  2. Welcome back – i just stumbled upon your blog. 🙂 I don’t blame you for taking a break and focusing on school. Juggling both can feel like too much. I’ll be doing Blogtober for the first time this year – any advice? I hope it’s not as daunting as it’s seeming to be. haha

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    1. Hi! Yes a little break was definitely needed! In terms of Blogtober advice I would say one word- plan. I missed one today in October last year (Covid stress, uni stress etc) so I hadn’t planned or scheduled a blog for that day. I would definitely outline a general theme for the blogs and write out a sentence describing what each blog will be before you start, that way you know roughly what you’ll be writing each day. Also, just have fun and if it starts to feel like too much then definitely take a step back and relax!

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