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Pride and Prejudice Book Review

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

This book is the perfect example and mix of enemies to lovers. One could only wish to write something as perfect as the two main characters that is of course, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. I will admit, when I first started this book, during Volume One, I found it incredibly hard to get into the process of reading the book. The tone of how it was written and how they spoke in these times, was all new to me. However, I will thank the Netflix series, Bridgerton, as after watching the entire series in under a full day; I was able to understand the language more clearly.
Once I got myself into a routine of how the story was going and understanding the tone of the book, I found myself very addicted to the storyline, to see how it would end. The change of character that is Mr Darcy, as something I really enjoyed and was actually surprised when - spoiler alert - he asked Elizabeth to marry him. (I feel like I'm writing in the tone of the book. However, I've just finished it and wanted to write my review at once).
If it wasn't for watching Bridgerton, I do believe I would've given the book 3 or 4 out of 5 stars. Nonetheless, I really concentrated on the tone of voice and got my head into the correct year that it was set in. As soon as I got to Volume Two, the desire to finish it had begun. It took me longer than I wished it had, but now I'm excited to finally watch the film. Through an Instagram poll, I've decided to watch the 2005 version.
Do let me know your thoughts on this book. If you're considering it, I will warn you that you really need to be in the mindset of understanding an old way of writing. However, it's amazing, so make sure you persevere. 

Do Not Disturb: I'm Writing A Book! || 03

Friday, 15 January 2021

Hello everyone and welcome back! It's January and I'm feeling super motivated! I'm onto Chapter 6 of my book and it's scary how quick it's being written! I have a notebook, where each chapter has a small briefing, of what each chapter should include.Something else I've done, is put together mood boards for my main characters. If anyone is interested, I made them on Canva. These won't give much away, so enjoy the mood boards!Once I get to Chapter 10, I might give you guys a synopsis on the book, and do a brief overview of the characters. If you're interested, let me know in the comments.

There's just something about this story, that's really excited me. I've also created a writing plan and have been trying to keep up to the plan. I wrote 2 chapters in a week, which I'm shocked about. I'm excited to write constantly.If you're writing a book, please let me know how you structure it, etc. I'm tempted to upload TikToks every once in a while, to update my progress too. 

It's 2021 and I want a tidy life. || Organisation Diaries #1

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

 Hello everyone and welcome back. Slowly easing myself back into blogging for 2021, and this was supposed to be live on Thursday (7th), and then yesterday, however stuff happens and I was unable to get it written and published in time. Hey ho! This post was supposed to be live months ago, however I decided to make it a 2021 Blog Series instead. It's a New Year, and I need a cleaner room and a cleaner mind.So this was the original before picture, that was the original mess. Thankfully, it's not as bad as this now, but it's still a mess nonetheless. For some reason, the new thing I get in my room, becomes the dumping ground. Which is something I've noticed recently. For example, it's a toss between my desk and my bookcase, which it gets left on. And to be honest, it's really annoying.

This was the most relieved I ever was. I need this back. And I realise how dramatic I'm sounding, however I'm kinda a clean freak. I'm all for Stacey Solomon's "Tap To Tidy's" on Instagram. And at the minute, it's not organised, but I'm going to sort it again.

I'll be doing an organisation series, with different sections of my room, and potentially house too. I just need to plan and organise the blog posts throughout the year. Lucky you!So on Thursday, one of the reasons I didn't originally post this, is how my bookcase looked. And for me, it's a case of accepting what I need ad what I'm just hoarding. Because I am a massive hoarder, I'll admit. But I get it from my dad. (Later on in the year, when I've tidied my room, you'll soon see why.)How do you guys reorganise? Do you have a system you like to use or is it just a case of aimlessly throwing shite away you know you no longer need? I'd love to hear in the comments below, because I deffo need tips! 

Why 2021 is when my Fitness Journey REALLY begins.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Hello everyone - hope you're well! Happy 2021 and hope the New Year's celebrations were as good as could be! Did we make it all the way to midnight this year, before falling asleep? Yes!

So I've been thinking about this for a while, and think I've cracked the code on why 2021 is going to be the year when my Fitness Journey really begins. It's because I'm finally ready mentally to actually start the journey fully. My body dysmorphia isn't as bad and I'm starting to have a more positive mindset on most things as well as myself. 

This is a picture I took from May 2018, when my mum and I went to see Ed Sheeran in Manchester. And I was very positive about my body. I'm wearing a lace bodysuit underneath my blazer, which isn't something I'd do at the moment. And yes, I really did curl my hair to look old-school. 

However, I do also have to say that 8 months before, I did put this Instagram post on:
@blnx3: So sad that my holiday is over. But I bloody loved every second and 
I was truly honoured to be the maid of honour in such a beautiful wedding.
Here’s a picture of me feeling happy and confident with no care in the world. πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸ€΅πŸ»πŸ’πŸ’•

It's very ironic because I was actually really self-conscious throughout the entire holiday.And my cousin took a picture of me at the beach and ugh. One day, I'll release it. I was going to add it under this section, but honestly, I'm not mentally 100% there yet. But when the end of 2021 hits, I'll consider it.

But I'm going to be using my Fitness Instagram more this year, as well as this blog. I'm going to be posting a blog post once a week, or maybe twice, because I have a lot of different post ideas, but they do need separating because they're quite similar.

My 2021 New Year Resolutions, that I posted on my Instagram last week are:

And I'm adamant to ensure that I get these done this year. Because I am sick and tired of always putting myself down for no goddamn reason.

So Happy New Year and let's hope this year is a lot better than last year's shitshow! Let me know in the comments below, what your 2021 New Year Resolutions/Goals are!

Mini Book Haul!

Monday, 28 December 2020

Hello everyone and welcome back to my page! I've decided that for my last post of 2020, the god-awful year, I'd do a wholesome haul, on some new books I've purchased. Not an ad, but these were purchased from Waterstones. Joanne did tell me about a website called Books2door, however they didn't have one of the books in store and I was desperate to start reading it. I only got 3 books this time around, because I'm also getting books for Christmas. (I'm a nerd yes. And technically, two of them are baking books, but still!) So I thought I'd show you everything I bought this haul and then explain why. Here we go!

How cute is this bookmark?! So in typical Brogan-fashion, I added this bookmark, just because I wanted free delivery. And then I added a discount code thanks to Honey. And then still had to pay delivery, so that was an epic fail! But I'm glad I got this, because look how cute it is!

There's a theme to the purchases. However, thanks to Booktok, I've finally decided to buy Little Women. I've never seen the film, but I'll consider it after reading this book. I'm going to do a review on all the books, so keep an eye out for that.

I'M SO EXCITED TO READ THIS!!!! Ever since people have been recommending this on Booktok, I've been dying to read this book. I know it's shocking, but I've never read it, nor seen either film. And when I finally read this, I'll watch the Colin Firth version, because let's be real. He's a babe. I'll be reading this first in 2021.

So this one didn't match the theme - aka not an older book, but this has been shown several times that I just had to buy it. It sounds a bit depressing and now I'm worried I'm going to be emosh. I'll be sure to post a review on this one as well.

Let me know your thoughts on these books if you've read/watched them. 2021, I'll be more active here and will be posting reviews on these three books!! Byeeeee :)

Harry Potter Studios Tour: A Celebration Of Slytherin!

Monday, 19 October 2020

Hello and welcome back to my blog, with my annual fangirl about the Harry Potter Studios Tour. Especially due to the coronavirus and the entire shitshow that is 2020, it's really cheered me up. My mental health has been so up and down lately - as I think loads of other people’s has been - so having this to look forward to, has been a great distraction for me.

Picture credit: Joanne

So, of course, I went with Joanne again. To be honest, I don’t think anyone else could handle me when I’m lost in Harry Potter. So Joanne, hats off to ya! We travelled down the day before - so I drove to Joanne’s house, left my car there, and Joanne drove us down to Watford. She’s only been passed for just under a year, so understandably, she was feeling a little nervous for the drive. 

I did vlog it, but I decided not to post it. No particular reason, other than I didn’t trunk it was interesting enough! I would’ve had to have edited out a big chunk of it, as Joanne and me then decided we wanted to do a video on a big part of the vlog. (Might get filmed and uploaded at some point in 2021!)

The hotel. Jesus, what to say? To be fair, the staff and actual hotel room were lovely. It was the guests! So for some reason - potentially an internal excitement I wasn’t aware of - I was already having trouble sleeping. We were getting up at 6am, to checkout at 8; and then at 4am, some woman decided go have an argument in the corridor!! All in all, I had around 3 hours sleep. I wish I was joking. 

Picture credit: Joanne

Pretty sure this was my 3rd outfit change, but this one stuck! (Not of the day - just when planning!) Not gonna lie, I was super nervous about this outfit. I’m a pretty self-conscious person, so drawing attention to myself isn’t something I aim to do. But I’m so happy that I listened to Joanne and went out of my comfort zone. 

This bit mesmerises me every time, that I wanted it to have its moment for a sec, because of course it was the

Celebration Of Slytherin. 

Picture credit: Joanne

As a fellow Gryffindor that is currently obsessing over Draco Malfoy on TikTok, I was extremely happy to see that Slytherin were finally getting their moment. And because out of luck, Joanne and I chose the 9am tour slot; IT WAS SO EMPTY! We was the first group and it was amazing! If you’re thinking about going to the tour; try your best to get the 9am slot. You won’t be sorry!!

The first time I went last year, we went at noon; and as you can imagine, it was busy af. So the idea of using all the interactive sections and the “photo ops” bits, was a big no for me. However, this time around - I went for it. I thought, “fuck it! I’m walking around in robes - let your hair down!” And I did. Enjoy the footage/pictures below!

Picture credit: Joanne

If you’ve made it to the end - Gold star for you! For a more in-depth view of the tour, my vlog is below, as well as my haul of what I purchased whilst I was there. 

Robe - Platform 9 3/4 Shop
Mask - Platform 9 3/4 Shop

Why Draco Malfoy deserved a redemption arc!

Monday, 5 October 2020

Well lads, I've been meaning to do this as a video. However, I think it would be better to sit down and really think about how I wanted to get my point across.

I firstly want to state that I, Brogan, am a Gryffindor. I'm a proud Gryffindor and my favourite characters have always and always will be Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. However, if you're like me and have been currently stuck on Draco TikTok, you know that your love for Draco has suddenly come out of nowhere. Well, I say this; I've always thought Draco was attractive. We all love a bad boy, don't we? (Insert the Gogglebox hilarious reference there)

Draco Malfoy deserved the redemption arc over Severus Snape, mainly because he was The Boy Who Had No Choice. Yes, he was a spoilt brat and yes he hated anything other than Pure Bloods, however he was taught that from his parents who were death eaters. So overall, that's expected from him, when you really think about it. 

If you've read the books, you'll know that Harry actually meets Draco in Diagon Alley, when shopping to buy his robes. He asks Harry if he's off to Hogwarts as well, and can we please just point out; that Draco willingly spoke to Harry without knowing anything. Because as we know, Slytherin's are all about purebloods and being the most superior; however Draco spoke to Harry without knowing who he was, what his blood status was, etc. It wasn't until Harry rejected his friendship that Draco decided to be a dick. Why? Because he wanted to be different to his dad and how he treated people. But Harry had rejected his friendship, and he felt there was no need to be nice anymore. Thus, Bully Draco happened.

First of all I just want to point out that I hate that I'm using this picture. Why? Because I don't ship Draco and Hermione. It doesn't make sense as a ship!!!! However, it's this scene that the theory begins. Just before this part of the scene, we see Draco ripping up a piece of paper out of a book. (The Hermione in me could never forgive this!) And as we know, Lucius replaces the school book to Tom Riddle's diary in Ginny's bucket. It's said that Draco was aware of what Lucius/The Dark Lord was plotting to do, and because of the fact Harry hates Draco, he wanted to let them know somehow. 

Now let's be honest here: Would Hermione Jean Granger; lover of books and all things learning, rip out part of a book? No. But who did? Draco. Which means that somehow he managed to pass this information over to Hermione without her knowing. (Because let's be honest, after someone called you a "filthy little mudblood", you're not going to want to accept their help, are you? Another reason why the ship doesn't make sense, fyi).

I just want to point out that this is a theory I've found and might not actually be true. But it's something I believe he'd do, because he wasn't actually that bad underneath his father's controlling ways and beliefs. 

Throughout Half Blood Prince, we see Draco Malfoy and Tom Felton get the screentime he deserves. We see Draco fighting against his internal struggle to please The Dark Lord, and help redeem the Malfoy name after the whole Ministry incident. He's got the Dark Mark and he's been assigned a task: Kill Dumbledore. Now, in my head, I always think that both Harry and Draco are quite similar in the fact that Hogwarts felt like their home. 

Draco wasn't constantly being belittled by his dad, and he didn't have to really pretend he had to be someone he didn't want to be. He could pretty much be himself, even if he was Bully Draco every once in a while. (When your pride is hurt, you make stupid decisions, okay!!!!)

Part of the reason Hogwarts felt like home to Draco, is because of his headmaster: Albus Dumbledore. And that man, as much of an abuser as he was to Harry; he knew that this was a task assigned to Draco, that he couldn't handle. So he set up his own plan: Make Snape do it instead. And Narcissa knew the same as well. Why should her boy have to suffer for something his dad did? Why should he be the one to sort out this mess?

At the end of Half Blood Prince, we see Hermione ask Harry if Draco would've done it. Harry replies that he was already lowering his wand, because he didn't want to kill him. Imagine not having the unbreakable vow and Dumbledore creating his own plan with Snape. Draco would've suffered consequences with The Dark Lord, and he's very aware of that. Bellatrix tries to help him out and encourages him; however, he can't find it inside himself to actually kill the man that made this place feel like home.

You and I both know that Draco Malfoy knew that it was in fact Harry Potter sitting in front of him. And he couldn't be sure. Or so he says. Just like Half Blood Prince, Draco is struggling. Because you can tell every time he's on the screen in either of the Deathly Hallows films, he's torn. Hogwarts is his home and his friends are there. Yet his family need him to help make the Malfoy name great again.

However, here's the boy that he met all those years ago, and wanted to be friends with. His face looks mashed up for some reason he can't decide why, and he's being asked to identify this man as Harry Potter, so they can call The Dark Lord to finally finish him once and for all. And something inside Draco is torn with that. He believes the same thing he does: Harry needs to kill him.

Hermione and Ron are there with him and there's no jinx on their faces. It's obvious it's him. But he simply says, "I can't be sure", stands up and walks away. Leaving Lucius and Bellatrix to decide if it's worth the risk.

He stands with the Hogwarts side. Has this never occurred to you? He has the Dark Mark on his arm, and when The Dark Lord arrives back from the forbidden forest to declare that Harry Potter is dead, he's standing with his classmates. Because he never wanted this. He didn't want to be chosen to be on The Dark Lord's side. He agreed with his classmates and he wanted to help them.

One part of this moment above that really irks me; is that as Lucius calls Draco over to their side - HE LOOKS AROUND! He wants someone on the Hogwarts side to tell him to stay. That he belongs on their side. That he shouldn't go back to The Dark Lord. But they don't. They let him go. And I've always said to Joanne, why didn't anyone stop him? And it's probably because he knows. He knows he doesn't have a choice and that he has to choose The Dark Lord. But I would've loved to have seen someone tell him to stay where he is and to stand with his peers.

And don't get me started on that deleted scene.

So those are my reasons why I feel Draco Malfoy deserved a redemption arc. Let me know in the comments below what you think.

I've also got two videos Draco/Harry Potter related below. Enjoy :)