Posted in Blogmas, Book reviews, Christmas, Life

My Reads of 2016

Well, as the year comes to an end (and before I start to consider my New Years Resolutions) I thought I’d share with you the list of books I’ve read this year, all in the one place with their review where appropriate.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • The Freedom Writers’ Diary (review found here)
  • Carol by Patricia Highsmith (review found here)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (review found here)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (review found here)
  • The Housewife Assassin’s Vacation to Die For by Josie Brown
  • The Housewife Assassin’s Recipes for Disaster by Josie Brown
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Dog Who Dared To Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang (review coming in the new year)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Original Screenplay) by J. K. Rowling

Now I’ve to try and plan my books for the new year. Did you read anything you would recommend? Or did you read any of those books above – if so, what did you think of them?
I can’t wait to see what books 2017 will bring into my life!

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Life

Edinburgh Napier

Some of you may be thinking “Wait a minute, doesn’t Katie go to University of Glasgow?” and you would be correct! However, it’s Rachel’s last year in school and so she’s currently deciding which university she wants to go to. This, of course, meant a road trip for me as this past weekend we took Rachel to explore Edinburgh Napier!
Anyone who has me on Snapchat will have seen me starting out and coming home again, however I managed to forget to keep going the rest of the day… So I decided to write up a little about our day!
After an extremely disturbed night’s sleep, I left the flat and made my way to Buchanan bus station. It was so cold! My first thought was to buy a coffee and so I managed to burn my tongue off on the most unpleasant coffee I’ve had to date. On the bus, I listened to the bus driver make some semi homophobic comments and just generally be a bit rude to other passengers.

However I was on my way and that was all that mattered. It was so foggy! October really brought the autumnal weather in. On arriving at the airport, where I was meeting Mum and Rachel, I decided to treat myself to my second ever Pumpkin Spice Latte! Felt like a real blogger then… They took forever to get to me after the plane landed and so we practically sprinted to the taxis to get in on time for Rachel, who had her plan of the day all worked out but she hadn’t factored in that their flight could be delayed.
We got to the reception area of Sitehill Campus of Edinburgh Napier, and it’s a lovely new (or relatively new) building – anything’s new compared to Glasgow’s main building! We got her registered and went to a talk on applying to Edinburgh Napier. At this point, Rachel realised just how helpful school has been as so many of the other applicants had no idea about the application process! One interesting thing she learnt in that talk was that she won’t be allowed to apply for accommodation until she has an unconditional firm offer from the university – something she won’t have until a level results day, either the 10th or 17th of August. Not great but then again at least a lot of the applicants will be in the same position!
We then went to a talk on midwifery and what to expect from the course and I had to laugh out loud – her holidays would be 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks at Easter, and 3 weeks in the Summer! Again, there was a lot of useful information for her but I won’t bore you all with it. The lecture theatre seemed nice though, and it was definitely big and warm enough!
We then had an hour to kill before getting the bus to the accommodation so had a quick lunch from the canteen in the main building. For a sandwich, drink and snack it was £3.35 – not too bad! However it wasn’t labelled very well and we ended up having to swap so many different things that in the end it was very stressful. We ate outside in the sun as it had warmed up a bit, and then jumped on the bus to what I’m assuming is the main accommodation block. We had a quick tour of it and it was actually quite nicely done up! I certainly wouldn’t have minded spending first year in one of those bedrooms! Although I’m not sure how I would’ve liked having so many people all in the one complex… 
We quickly got a taxi back to the airport and parted ways, and I jumped on a bus back to Glasgow. It really was just a flying visit and a brief day away for me but at least I got out and about for a day! 
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Films, Life

My Must Sees

Since it’s now officially my summer and I can stop revising for resits, I can lie in bed watching as many films as I want! Or at least as many as possible when I’m not doing family based things. So before I go any further, let’s take a second to appreciate that my summer has officially started! And I’ll be back in Glasgow in less than 4 weeks! Who knows what the plan is at this stage but I’m working on it.

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Posted in Book reviews, Life

Which Main Characters Annoy You?

We all know them. They’re the whiny, moaning lead characters in a book, film or tv show. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, you’ll always manage to find one of those books and you’ll resent yourself for it. Here’s my list of books with annoying main characters!

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TV Shows – Student Life

So I’m currently sitting here eating chilli heatwave doritos and watching Orange is the New Black which I’ve only recently started. I’m on episode 8 and really finding it intriguing 🙂 for those of you who aren’t sure what it’s about, to be honest I wasn’t when I started, the story follows the main character (who’s name I still haven’t caught if anyone wants to fill me in?) who’s been put in prison and her life there. Most of the fellow inmates are lesbians or bi which makes it quite funny in parts! In all honesty, it isn’t my all time favourite show that I can’t stand missing but it’s good enough to keep me wanting more. Even my dog watches it with me!

Since it’s summer and my first year of not having a clue about what’ll hit me in September, I’ve decided to try and watch a few new series over the next couple of months. My family and I recently started watching 24 from the start. Now that is a show I hate not getting to watch! It’s exciting, tense and there’s a new twist in every episode. Jack Bower, whilst not being my type, is a fantastic character and Kiefer Sutherland is brilliant at acting him. Personally I don’t like his wife in the series, she seems to be too annoying for me to warm to. Really, if you enjoy thrillers and action packed shows, this is a must see. I didn’t think I would enjoy it, having watched Spooks for years on BBC 1 (now that I certainly couldn’t and can’t live without) I thought 24 would be too American and not my style of viewing. However, they manage to perfectly balance the different parts of the storyline without confusing anyone.

I’m about to go on holiday for a while and dreading not seeing my favourite programmes but the sun and sand of Ibiza is calling to me. Unfortunately so are the galaxy bars in my fridge. Maybe in the future they’ll find a pill that lets us eat whatever we want without getting fat? Fingers crossed!

ktkinnes x