Book Quotes: The Carrie Diaries

Books, confessions, Quotations, Quotes, Young Adult

The Internet is full of quotes, many of which are from books, and many of which are inspirational. I am one of those crazy people, who refuses to highlight or write in a hard copy of a book, because I just feel like books should be given more respect than that. Therefore, one of the things that I like most about my Kindle, is the fact that I can highlight things without physically marking them and damaging them.

A lot of the time, the quotes that I highlight aren’t necessarily inspirational, but more things that I find easy to relate to, so I felt that I wanted to share of few of those with you.

The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries

Page 9.

“What if I’m a Princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?” That question still kind of blows me away. I mean, isn’t it the truth? Whoever we are here, we might be princesses somewhere else.

I love this quote because it reminds me of a story that I read in a magazine years ago about a guy who spent all of his childhood being bullied for the fact that he has ginger hair. On his travels, the guy visited a country (I can’t remember what country it was) where ginger hair is unknown and his unique hair colouring made him very popular with the ladies. In fact, he ended up staying and marrying a local girl.

The moral of the story – for me, atleast – being that just because people don’t “get you”, doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t people who will – you just haven’t met them yet.

Page 17.

I highlight an equation in yellow, thinking about how useless it is to highlight. It makes you think you’re learning, but all you’re really learning is how to use a highlighter.

When I was studying History at school, we had a teacher who had the idea that just getting us to read entire chapters from Text Books and making notes on each of those chapters was the best way of learning. I don’t agree, because I spent all my time thinking that it was all important. At that age, I just was not very good at knowing which bits to write, so in my naive wisdom I decided to just write out the entire chapters, occasionally missing out paragraphs that I knew were irrelevant. I was absolutely convinced that my teacher would realise what I was doing, when we had to hand in our exercise books to check that we were making adequate notes. However, my exercise book came back with red inking stating how good I was at taking notes! I’d love to know if she really read them, or if she just looked at the sheer volume of how much I had written!

Either way, looking back – I learnt nothing from this exercise, because all it taught me – in my opinion – was how to copy things. I think that I learnt more from answering the questions at the end of the chapter, when I had to prove that I had read it!

Page 78.

“Because life happens to people. Life is bigger than people. It’s all about nature. The life cycle…It’s out of our control!”

This quote scares me a little, because it represents the realisation that whether we like it or not, there are just some things that are going to happen that we will never be able to control. People will get sick, people will die, people will leave us and none of that is their fault, because it’s no ones fault and that is really scary.

Page 201.

“You don’t want to peak in high school. If you do, the rest of your life is a disaster.”

When you watch films or TV shows, or read books about school, the chances are that the unpopular kids are always trying to fit in with the popular kids; to fit in and get invited to all of the cool parties and have everyone realise how awesome they are. When I was at school, I was definitely not popular or cool and I definitely did not get invited to any parties. At the time, that sucked – a lot. However, looking back, I’m really glad, because imagine if life had been awesome back them, and I mean really awesome without any worries or problems, then I’d probably spend the rest of my life looking back and wishing for those five short years of my life. And that is the point: we spend five years trying to be cool and popular among people who won’t even matter at the end of those five years. School seems important, then, but in the grand scheme of things, being unpopular for those five years, is far better than spending the rest of your life wishing to be young again, instead of living it.

Page 384.

I have this theory: If you forgive someone, they can’t hurt you anymore.”

I think that everyone can relate to this. Forgiving someone who has hurt you is one of the toughest things that we have to face. However, being able to forgive them means that we are able to move on, and let go of those festering feelings of anger towards them.

It doesn’t mean that you have to let them back into your life. It just means that you no long dwell on the hurt.


 What are your favourite book quotes,

and why do you love them?


2013: A Year in Blog Posts

Blogging, confessions, Writing

2013“The Time has come, the Walrus said” to look back on the year that has been 2013. It has been such a weird year in both my work and personal life, with plenty of travels, ups and down and twisty bits in the middle. But, as we reach the final day of the year 2013, I thought that I would share some of the blog posts that I’ve written over the past twelve months.

Perhaps you missed them, perhaps you remember them, but here is my Year in Blog Posts:


The first month of 2013 was – as per usual – quite a thoughtful month for my blogging, but the two posts that stand out for me, are a Writing Inspiration post, as well as a Nail of the Day from the beauty side of things:

NOTD: Dark Skies

Pictures 002I’ve fallen a little off the tracks when it comes to nail art, and actually wearing nail polish over the past couple of months, so it is nice to look back and remind myself what I love so much about nail polish – as well as why I own so much of the stuff.

Writing Inspiration: Will Grayson, Will Grayson


As both a writer and an avid reader, I have a keen love for cherishing every part of a novel, even after I have finished it. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was not one of my favourite reads of 2013, but that’s not to say that it’s not possible to take inspiration from it.


February seems to have been another month of thought – obviously January wasn’t enough for thinking – as I questioned my moral grounding with regards to the fact that I own a Kindle, MP3 player etc, but still feel obliged to purchase books and CDs to support struggling shops:

Books, Downloads and Buyer Morals


It’s funny, because I’m still not really sure how I stand on this. I moved house recently, carting a large number of CDs, books and DVDs along for the ride, despite the fact that I have an ever growing download collection on my phone, a Kindle full of books and a subscription to LoveFilm.

NOTD: Metallic Green Grass

Metallic nails

My love for funky nail polish continued also, into February with a Nail of the Day featuring one of the Barry M Magnetic polishes that I’m still quite fond of. I love how simple they are to use, and how easy it is to create really lovely nail art, with very little effort.


March and April seem to have been quiet points in the life of personal blogging – as often happens when work-life takes over – but  I did still manage to write a Nail of the Day post in April:

NOTD: Ethereal Girl


Ethereal Girl is such a lovely Spring-type shade of polish. However, I will add that I did eventually find the White Orchid nail polish that I had originally been looking for (now found in Rimmel’s pricier nail polish range!).


May was an intriguing month, as I discovered the most random book:

Books in Real Life: Tanks


I really do love the idea behind this book – not that I can imagine that many people own a tank – but I can imagine that it could be quite interesting, to people who are interested in mechanics etc, to discover how Tanks were constructed. I think I would probably have found it even more appealing if I had found it whilst studying the First World War for GCSE History!

Random Scribblings: Memories

Random Scribblings is something that I don’t do enough of, but in May I unearthed a piece that I had written back in 2007, but had sadly never finished. I wish that I had written more relating to gig experiences, because they are always memorable events, and sometimes photos just aren’t enough at capturing the raw emotion of going.


June saw the beginnings of my ongoing fight against jargon – if you didn’t know, I absolutely detest unnecessary jargon – with a post relating to the sometimes baffling world of HTML.

Jargon Busting HTML

In my opinion, HTML is a form of jargon that definitely has its place in the world, because it is like a universal language of the internet, that allows us to create and do things that we want with websites/blog posts etc. The problem is that learning HTML is just like learning a typical language, so I wanted to help explain a few of the very basics.

Most people will only ever need the basics, anyway.

Writing Inspiration: Looking for Alaska

June’s writing inspiration came from yet another John Green novel – 2013 has definitely been the year of John Green – this time in the form of Looking for Alaska. This book is probably my second favourite Green book, behind Paper Towns.

But it wasn’t just books that inspired my writing in June:

Writing Inspiration: Cha-Ching (Til We Grow Older)



Quite a few bands have been popular on my playlists throughout 2013, but I don’t think any have had the impact that Imagine Dragons have had, in terms of writing inspiration. I just think that their lyrics are incredibly powerful, and for a writer lyrics are what makes a good song – although a kickass melody works well too 😉

First Impressions: Primark Eyeshadow Palette

Palette Open Edited

It’s easy to get a little “nose-in-air” about Primark cosmetics, particularly because they’re so darn cheap. However, I’ve been a fan of their oil-free facial wipes for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before I decided to test out one of the palettes, and I was not disappointed.


After a slow and snowy start, the lovely weather of July obviously revived the blogger in me as I seemed to really pick up the pace with a whole catalogue of various delights:

5 Ways to Conquer SEO

nghien-cuu-tu-khoaSEO is the Internets obsession, and whether you love it or hate it – I don’t hate SEO, because I can see its purpose, I just hate the obsession with it – and this guide was designed to help people to conquer SEO, before SEO has had the chance to conquer you.

Camp NaNoWriMo

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July also saw another writing quest, in the form of Camp NaNoWriMo. I only opted for a small word count for this challenge, but I was proud of myself for completing the task, no less!

Word of the Week: Internet

The writing buzz of Camp NaNoWriMo evidently inspired several writing-related posts, including various Words of the Week, including Internet, Miasma and Myth

Several writing inspirations also appeared, including:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Oblivion (theme from the film)

But the writing side wasn’t the only area to get a real boost, as the beauty blog also bloomed, with a look at what size we really are and returning to the topic of What is Beauty? (2013 Edition) as part of my Positive Beauty series.

Eos and Vaseline Lip Balms

The hot weather also inspired a post about my hot weather make up survival kit, which was very much needed throughout this years glorious summer months. I also reviewed the Yves Saint Laurent Black Eyeliner, as well as shared some bargain hunting from T.K. Maxx (everybody loves a good bargain, afterall!).


August was quite a personal thirty one days, as I dedicated a series of letters to my favourite month of the year. I don’t typically share a great deal about my personal life on the blogs, but I enjoyed the therapeutic nature of my Dear August Series, and I’m pondering whether I should dedicate the August of 2014 to the same task, or perhaps even set myself the challenge throughout the entire year of 2014 – would that be too much?


September was a quiet front on this writing lark, but it wasn’t completely dead as I managed to write two reviews of two very different beauty products:

Lush Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner

Lush Emotional Brilliance Eyeliner in Motivation

This was an eyeliner that I wasn’t expecting a great deal from, but I was overall quite impressed with. I love when a product proves my first impressions wrong, which is why I think that it is so important for bloggers to really try a product before they blog about them. You really need to put a product through its paces to get to the core of how you feel about it. I’ve made the mistake of reviewing things too early, in the past, and finding that my opinion has substantially altered since I wrote the original review.

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

I still can’t quite decide if I love or hate the smell of this product, which I no longer think smells like lemons, but as a once-a-week product, I think this is great and highly recommend it.

October / November

October was a quiet month due mainly to the great deal of upheaval that occurred in my private life, with moving house and various other things going on.

Whilst I did prepare to do NaNoWriMo towards the end of October, with two articles:

NaNoWriMo 2013 Checklist

Five NaNoWriMo Tips for When Life Throws You Lemons

I was unfortunately unable to take my own advice as house moving meant that my NaNoWriMo adventure for 2013 ended half way through the month, which is a huge shame. However, I will not let this beat me. For this reason, I have designated January 2014 to be the month when I complete my NaNoWriMo challenge, with the intention of finally reaching that 50,000-word goal! I will not be beaten!


And finally, we reach good ol’ December, which seems weird since as I am writing this, it is still December. However, post-move has given me the time to finally sit down and get back into regular blogging, so there have been a fair few posts over the past thirty days.

In the creative categories we had a word of the week, and a little help with staying creative:

Word of the Week: Nous

How to Stay Creative

20130902_095153There was also a review of Body Shop’s White Musk Gift Set, including their Smoky Rose Body Lotion – which is absolutely divine!

For the business pages we had quite a few posts, so I was obviously feeling quite motivated this month:

How to Kick Jargon in the Butt saw my quest against unnecessary jargon continue, whilst I sought business guidance from those lovely folks across the big pond, in Canada with Three Things the Canadians Can Teach Us About Business.

So, as you can see it has been a busy time in 2013. The blogs have often played second fiddle to earning money – as is life – but I’m hoping to bring the blogs back to life epic style in 2014.

Happy New Year everyone,

and wishing you all a groovy 2014 😉

Confessions of a Bookaholic #14 Scare Yourself


Be CourageousWhen I first started working on my story “Felicity”, I remember wondering to myself whether or not I was right to write a story about people coping with the loss of someone close. It’s not an area that I’m entirely familiar with, especially not under the circumstances of what the friends experience.

Was I scared about writing about death?

Hell yeah, I was!

I think there’s this idea that is bandied around all over the place that you have to write about “what you know”. I think I agree with this to a degree, but not entirely. On the one hand, no, I don’t (thankfully) have any experience with death of this manner. However, death isn’t really what “Felicity” was ever meant to be about. It was (and still is) about friendship, dealing with problems, running away from problems and the general emotional challenges that all of us face every single day.

As a whole, I think that writing will always scare me – just a little bit – because words are potentially so powerful. They can be soul destroying. They can make something ugly, appear to be beautiful. Words are a much sharper tool than any sword, or knife. The idea of having all of those words in my hands – no matter what it is that I’m working on, is really darn scary!

Confessions of a Bookaholic #13 Libraries

Books, confessions


As a kid, I spent most of my Saturday’s in the local Library, and have quite a few fond memories. My only issue with Libraries is this determination to fill the shelves with hardback books over paperback – maybe this is just my Library, and I’m sure there’s a reason for it, but surely paperback would be cheaper for the already stretched department that funds the books?

I still have a huge fondness for Libraries, but can’t help being a right old fuddy duddy in the way that they seem to have changed. I’m not referring to the introduction of PCs, CDs and DVDs, or even replacing staff (to a degree) with technology, because that’s progress and I’m a full supporter of progress.

What I don’t like is the way that Libraries no longer seem to be places of solitude. No longer are people hissed at for speaking louder than a tiny whisper. Now people have loud phone conversations, they listen to music without headphones, children run around like animals, and all the while, Library Assistants no longer bat an eye lid.

Libraries are changing. Both for the good, and for the bad.

Confessions of a Bookaholic #12


Source: via Kat on Pinterest


As creatives, I wonder how many of us do end up going down the same paths as our friends? Sometimes, I have to confess (since that’s what these “Confessions of a Bookaholic” posts are all about) I wonder if I’ve been living my life all wrong, as I watch so many of my friends get married, have children and buy their own homes. I don’t have any of those things. Yeah, I have the boyfriend, who I have been with for over seven years, but both being creative to the core, neither of us has really felt any kind of desire to get married.

I was recently asked if my lack of desire to get married was a spiritual thing, and y’know, I’ve never thought of it that way, but maybe it is. Or maybe I just fail to see what marriage will really do for me personally. For me, marriage is nothing more than a legality. It’s not going to change me, and not being married doesn’t mean that my other half means any less to me than he would if I was married.

Marriage, in my opinion, is a personal thing and whilst it’s perfect for a lot of couples, I choose not to do it.

Confessions of a Bookaholic #11

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It’s been way too long since I updated this blog, and that has got to change! So, I thought that I would get back into the flow of things with an easy blog post thanks to the wondrous powers of Pinterest – which I might just be a little addicted to!

This is a guide that most of us should be “apparently” be paying attention to:

And, now that you have read these so-called Writing Rules, please feel free to completely ignore them – even the well-intentioned ones 😉

Confessions of a Bookaholic #11 Rules

confessions, Writing

It’s been way too long since I updated this blog, and that has got to change! So, I thought that I would get back into the flow of things with an easy blog post thanks to the wondrous powers of Pinterest – which I might just be a little addicted to!

This is a guide that most of us should be “apparently” be paying attention to:

And, now that you have read these so-called Writing Rules, please feel free to completely ignore them – even the well-intentioned ones 😉