Why I didn’t take photography at school…

At my school you’re able to take photography at higher, last year many of my friends took photography, but I didn’t. I love love love photography, as most of you all know. But the school course just wasn’t for me.

I might be wrong in what I’m saying but as far as I know, you basically have six or eight shoots ( eg. Street, food,landscape,animals,light, colour etc… ) So its basically six or eight different topics in which you take pictures for & then you get some of the photos printed out, stick them into a photography book & write about each photo. You say the different techniques you used to capture each picture and so on.

Last year, there was no written exam for photography you’re photography book was just sent away and that what was what determined you’re exam result. Apparently they judged you on whether you’re pictures were glued in right, how you stuck them down etc etc.

Although I love photography, I didn’t want to take it. This is because I knew it would suck all the fun out of it, I love it as a hobby & if I was to do it then I don’t think I’d ever enjoy as much. It would start to feel like a chore & I would lose interest.

I didn’t want to get graded on something I find enjoyable, be compared to other people. Feel like I wasn’t as good as others, feel like I wasn’t good enough.

So that’s it, I’m sorry if I just utterly bored you all to sleep. I just felt like posting about this, it may even help any of you make a choice if you’re indecisive. Thankyou for reading if you got to the end, somehow.

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33 Books | Recommended reads

Back in July I tweeted out asking what everyone’s favourite books are. So I constructed a list of all the books everybody recommended, obviously everybody has different taste in books but if somebody loves these books maybe you will too.

1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

2. Leah on the off beat – Becky Albertally

3. Perks of being a wallflower – Stephan Chbosky

4. I’ll give you the sun – Jandy Nelson

5. The lovely bones – Alice Sebold

6. Billy and me – Giovanna Fletcher

7. My life next year – Huntley Fitzpatrick

8. All the bright places – Jennifer Niven

9. The lunar chronicles – Marisa Meyer

10. Slammed – Colleen hoover

11. To kill a mocking bird – Harper Lee

12. The book thief – Marcus Zusak

13. Girl on a train – Paula Hawkins

14. The poison wood bible – Barbra King solver

15. The girl before – JP Delaney

16. More than this – Patrick ness

17. Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan

18. Heroes of Olympus series – Rick Riordan

19. Carry on – Rainbow Rowell

20. Alex Rider series – Anthony Horowitz

21. Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

22. Simon vs the homo sapions agenda – Becky Albertali

23. Looking for Alaska – John Green

24. The art of being normal – Lisa Williams

25. Big little lies – Liane Moriarty

26. Signs of attraction – laura brown

27. Exo – Fanda Lee

28. Jade city – Fanda Lee

29. Pride and prejudice – Jane Austen

30. Ready player one – Ernest Cline

31. The island – Victoria Hislop

32. The fault in our stars – John green

33. Beautiful broken things – Sara Barnard

Thank you for reading, leave a comment below with some of you’re favourite books / books which you recommend.

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Summer photography faves | Photography focus

As most of you all know, i love taking pictures. I love photography, so of course throughout summer i took many many photos, a lot of which you have seen. However, i thought i would compile a few of my favourites and show you which ones i am most proud of. Let me know what you think and also comment down below you’re favourite destination for the perfect picture.

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Book Review | My heart goes bang by Keris stainton 4.5 / 5

Author – Keris Stainton

Pages – 320

Published – 28/06/18

Publisher – Hot key books

Genre – Romance and Relationships

Stars I give – 4.5 / 5

Amazon | Good reads | Waterstones

Good reads summary – Ella, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige are determined to make the most of this second year at uni. They want to have fun, but they want to focus on work. There’s no time for relationships. Except with each other. And even that’s not guaranteed. Ella and Lou have always been close, but there’s tension between Issey and Liane, and none of them even knows Paige all that well.
But when Ella finds a magazine article with a list of men they should date before they’re 21 (someone who’s been on telly? Check; someone who’s got tattoos? Check;) they vow to complete the list before finishing university and set about it with a lot more enthusiasm than they do their studies … but will any of them end up with a full house? And when a secret from their first year comes out, it looks as if some of them might not be completing university, never mind the list …
MY HEART GOES BANG is about lectures, essays, hangovers, and flatmates; it’s about found families, finding yourself, and falling in love with people you never expected to fall in love with.

My thoughts –

At the beginning of the book I got really confused between each of the characters as there are five main characters but I gave it s few chapters then I began to understand who was who.

I love how all of the girls were different and had their own struggles which they were coping with & helping each other go through. So many different topics were highlighted through each different character. Financial troubles, family issues, coming to terms with sexuality, love and loss.

Friendship and female empowerment was a huge aspect of this book. All five girls always had each others backs and were always there for each other which was such a nice thing to read about because a good friendship is so important.

I could not put this down & finished this completely in two days. I haven’t read a book this fast in so long. I give this 4.5 stars because I loved it so much & defiantly recommend it.

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What I’ve been listening to recently | Summer playlist 2018

Although its pretty much the end of Sumner, I thought I would share song of the songs that I’ve been loving listening to recently. This isn’t in order because that would be way to hard because I have a lot of favourites.

1. Only you – Little mix & cheat codes

2. Born to be yours – Imagine dragons

3. 2002 – Anne-Marie

4. Shotgun – George Ezra

5. Flames – David guetta & sia

6. God Is a women – Ariana grande

7. Young blood – 5 sos

8. High five – Sigrid

9. Delicate – Taylor swift

10. Trigger – Anne Marie

11. Like to be you – Shawn mendes ft Julia Michaels

12. Lullaby – Sigala

13. Rise – Jonas blue, jack & jack

14. If you’re over me – years & years

15. We don’t care – Sigala & the vamps

16. Audio – Sia, labrinth

17. Back to you – Selena Gomez

18. Natural – Imagine dragons

19. Girls like you – Maroon 5, Cardi B

20. Connection – One republic

21. Dance to this – Troye Sivan & Ariana grande

22. Leave a light on – Tom Walker

23. Sick boy – The chainsmokers

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Summer photography 2018 | Weekend away

At the very beginning of summer I went away with my best friends for a weekend to go to a festival. While I was away I took a bunch of photos that I decided I wanted to share. Some of these you might have already seen on my Instagram ( rubycapturesx ) but if you have not then I hope you like them.

The last photo was actually taken by one of my friends but I thought it was way to pretty to not include ( how nice is it?! )

Thankyou for reading 🙂 did you go anywhere this summer? Did you take any photos? Let me know!

Book Review | Attachments by rainbow rowell 5/5

Author – Rainbow Rowell

Pages – 368

Published – 2011

Publisher – Orion

Stars I give – 5/5

Amazon | Good reads | Water stones

Good reads summary –
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained and captivated by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?

My thoughts –

I love the author so I knew that I would love this book too. I have read all of her books apart from landline & have loved them all and it’s actually really difficult to choose which one I love the most because they are just… So. Good.

I love how the story was told from a male perspective because its something you don’t see a lot. Also that it flicked from Lincolns perspective to the emails that beth & Jennifer were sending each other. This helps you get the jist of the story & also is something different.

I think this is aimed more at adult readers & think a lot of people could relate to it compared to the other books by rainbow which are more aimed at younger readers so its nice to see a variety.

There was a proper conclusion given, all the loose ends were tied up which is pleasing and there was no cliffhangers where as in some of her other books there are cliffhangers.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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