Friday, 10 November 2017

Five Years of Lost in a Library





Five years have passed and this blog is still here.

Once upon a time there was a girl who was very very ill. Instead of getting the education she so desperately craved and the happiness she so longed for, she was confined to the walls of her house, and the closing borders of her mind. She didn't hate life, but she didn't want this one to be hers anymore. She knew about blogging from a girl called Catriona who ran a blog that had recently featured in an edition of Shout. Little did she know that soon that girl would become a great friend. So she went onto Blogger, filled out the details, and created A Day Dreamer's Thoughts. It was merely a place to put everything she thought nobody would listen to. That was all.

Two years later and after much blogger confusion with another site, A Day Dreamer's Thoughts became Lost in a Library. Over time it matured from lifestyle to solely books, and then once again, has developed into books and occasionally lifestyle too, because though I may be an English Literature student, over time I have exceeded to be more than just books. Books mean so much to me, but over the years I have become more than that: I love to travel, literally and metaphorically, and we cannot forget my obsession with Harry Potter

This isn't going to be the soliloquy-like post that I'd planned, because reality is hitting and life sometimes gets in the way. Though I may not be as active on here as I once was, and though I'm not even certain if anyone is here, reading what I write anymore, I am still here. This year I haven't posted on here nearly as much as I did last, or in 2015, despite having 93 draft posts - numerous of which are fully written and ready to go, but in terms of care, that means nothing. I still love this blog and the place I have created here on the internet for myself, my Hobbit hole of sorts, but I'm just not as active as I used to be. Nevertheless, I feel less nowadays like I write posts for the sake of posting but rather because I actually want to share them, and share them when I want to share them. 

I wouldn't say I've changed in the past five years, but I - like Lost in a Library - have evolved. The person who created this blog on 10 November 2012 is a shell of the person who sits in the same spot in 2017. The people I knew back then are now bad memories that I bottle up and push out to water every so often; the friends I have now were still future acquaintances. Now instead of being too ill to go to school, I am in the first semester of my first year pursuing a bachelor's degree. I am the girl who was back then, and more, and that feels so rewarding, to be able to look back over five years of hard work, archiving of my life, and say that I'm still here, still writing, and still following the dreams that I had back then. A lot can change in five years, and it certainly has. 

Where this blog will be in five years is currently a mystery to me. I've always said that I have no intention of ceasing blogging, and whilst that remains true to this day, things continue to change in my world. In the past two months since starting university, I've barely had any time to write here, let alone on any of my other projects outside of academia. I review books and do my Waterstones work, and work as a Lead Editorialist for MuggleNet, but those elements alone are hard to balance as we speak, and it's only going to get harder as the workload of my degree increases. If my plan for the next half decade goes as I hope, then when this blog is ten years old, I will have graduated from my undergraduate, and hopefully will have done a masters, too. In 2022, I should be hunting for jobs, which is... terrifying. I don't know where I will be with Lost in a Library in 2022, or 2020, or you know, even on this day in 2018, but I wholly intend to continue working at this little place, regardless of how sporadic the posts get.

To those of you who read Lost in a Library occasionally; to those of you who have followed for a long time or stumbled across this website today; to the friends I've made over these past five years and just know, thank you. Thank you for being here, because that was all I ever wanted.

Mischief Managed,

Holly

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Autumn Reading Tag -- Fall[ing] into Autumn










1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

Honestly, right now, 90% of the books I intend to read throughout Autumn are my course texts and textbooks for wider reading. As I write this, I've just finished my second week of Semester 1 and already it's complete chaos in which I have little to no time to read anything none degree-related, which is okay by me. However, that being said, I wholeheartedly intend to read A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers in October. Last October I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - the sort of prequel to this - and for very sentimental reasons, I want to crack book 2 this month. Whether that will happen, who knows, but I enter October with full intentions of making this occur. 


2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects? 


My favourite book I enjoyed studying over prior to commencing my Degree was Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Out of all the texts I studied in High School and Sixth Form College, this one from my AS year of Sixth Form College was by far the best and most interesting; and perhaps this was aided by the fact that I was studying Sociology at the time and was bubbling with opinions on capitalism. Aside from this, I also really adored Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, and Othello. I'd initially started out dreading studying the play, preferring to study Hamlet or King Lear, but once we'd gotten through the political warfare, Antony and Cleopatra was fascinating to analyse (Also we had a fantastic question on the exam paper which is what I believe got me an A at AS.)

My favourite subject has always been English Literature - hence doing a degree in it. As for my least favourite, that would probably be Science. I had terrible teachers and not so great fellow pupils, and aside from Biology, it just wasn't a subject that I ever fully got my head around. 


3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I've never enjoyed horror and media that aims to induce fear. Some people get an adrenaline rush out of it, whereas I develop intense paranoia. So no... nothing to recommend here.






4) With November it's time for bonfire night & firework displays. What's the most exciting book you've read that really kept you gripped?

Just read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Just read it. Inhale it. Allow it to consume you whole. Space opera, LGBTQ+ aliens, and a character who is basically Space!Tonks. Just read it.


5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read? 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favourite book. I never fail to find comfort in its pages. There may be countless deaths, scenes of torture, possession, and of course a war that acts as a parallel to World War Two, but to me, this book is cosy.


6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Hot chocolate or a strong fruit tea - with the teabag left in. 







7) Any plans you're looking forward to over the next few months?

I'm turn 19 in December... so that's happening. I'm starting to feel my age. Currently I'm ambling my way through the first semester of the first year of my degree - that in itself is incredibly exciting. The latter quarter of the year is always my favourite, and I'm aiming to fully embrace Christmas, especially with heading to the History of Magic exhibit just before Christmas Day...