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Taylor Swift and the Lucky Golden Ticket

Reading has always been one of my most cherished past-times: as a child I spent hours flicking through the pages of Enid Blyton, J.K Rowling and Roald Dahl, drinking in their words. I was with Charlie, hoping to find a Wonka bar that contained that lucky, golden ticket. I was stood next to Matilda as she defeated Miss Trunchbull and finally found the love she always craved; I wasn’t alone. Any problems I had suddenly seemed superfluous and all that remained was the story and the characters of the book: my friends.

Whilst the words created by my most loved authors captured my imagination as a child, nowadays, the sounds of Taylor Swift and the sweet accompaniment of a bottle of red wine are far more likely to entice me on a Monday night. So earlier this year I made it my mission to read 25 books before I turn 25; the concept is adorable and I need to create goals for myself so I foolishly believe that my life has meaning.

Unfortunately, as someone with commitment issues,  I intend to follow through with everything I set my mind to but the execution isn’t quite there yet. Couple that with a love for binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I’ve fallen off the reading bandwagon, and picked up a few library fines along the way.

I’m not a child anymore, I don’t have imaginary friends or climb into my wardrobe hoping to find Narnia: I can watch the film on Netflix instead, but isn’t that a crying shame? It’s about time I turned off my laptop and reconnected with some old friends: I think they’ve missed me.

Is there anything you’ve read lately that you’d recommend to spice up my bookshelf? 


Passive-aggressive, be, be aggressive

Constructing the perfect tweet is a tricky, tricky business. I have spent copious amounts of time perfecting 140 character passages that will make my followers sides split. That being said, generally I’m accepting of most tweets, tell me how you’re late for work, go for it I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the public transportation system and how it’s falling to pieces. Tell me about how you just ate the most delicious sausage roll; in fact let me know where you got it so I can have one myself. However, there’s one thing that really grinds my gears: the passive-aggressive, vague, bitchy tweets. This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular before I become accused of passively-aggressively complaining about people being passive-aggressive.

Honestly though, telling the world how much you “hate negative people” or are “so angry at people causing drama” or even a sad or angry face emoticon is really not what I signed up for. Even if I was remotely interested in how much anger you have because “people are so immature,” not giving out any names isn’t entertaining at all. If you’re going to put these things on the internet at least give us some more information, I love Jeremy Kyle just as much as the next person! It’s like passing me a bottle of wine and finding out I can’t drink it ‘cause I don’t have a bottle opener. Of course, it’s also pointless, only paints you in a bad light and makes you seem petty and immature yourself, the exact thing you were previously complaining about. We’re hungry for information though, it’s the reason why celebrity gossip websites and magazines are so popular, we want to know about Justin Bieber attacking the paparazzi and Taylor Swift dissing Harry Styles, it might be pretty vulgar but it’s true. Lesson to be learnt: if you’re going to be a dick at least be interesting while you’re at it.