Book Review: Believe In Yourself by Jasmin Kirkbride

32068289Edition: Hardcover, 163 pages
Published by: Vie, 12th August 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 22nd April 2017

Do you ever wish you had more confidence in your abilities? Do you sometimes have negative thoughts, comparing yourself to others? Have you ever been afraid to speak up because you don’t think your opinion is valid?

You are not alone, and there is a way to tackle your low self-esteem. Packed with tips, suggestions and quotes, this book will help give you the strength to turn negatives into positives and BECOME MORE CONFIDENT EVERY DAY.


Believe In Yourself is a self-help book about self-esteem and confidence. It’s packed with highly motivating quotes, suggestions and tips on how to become more confident, especially turn negative thoughts into positive ones. This book is separated into eight parts, which is a helpful guide towards overcoming low self-esteem and becoming confident.

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Wreck This Journal Entries #3

This is the next five entries of my Wreck This Journal 😊

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DRAW LINES WHILE IN MOTION ON THE BUS, ON A TRAIN WHILE WALKING

I did started this page with drawing lines whilst on the bus but decided the tube map of the London Underground would be interesting. Stuck down magazine pages, illustrated the map inaccurately and writing some of the well known places in London.

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DO SOME RUBBINGS WITH A PENCIL

This is another one of my ‘pages that went wrong, so I did it again‘ I originally shaded over my  plastic laser cuttings but that didn’t go so well 🙊 Then the idea of books with embossed fronts came to mind 😊 I found that I don’t have many books with an embossed title.

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PRESS LEAVES AND OTHER FOUND THINGS

Probably one of my favourites I’ve done in this journal 😊 I started this page quite early on but it has taken me ages to fully finish it because it involved being bothered to pick leaves off the ground. The purple orchids were the last bits to finish this.

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PRETEND YOU ARE DOODLING ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE WHILE ON THE PHONE

Another one of my old pages. Colourful with black and white inspired Zentangle patterns.

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COVER THIS PAGE WITH WHITE THINGS

This was a easy and simple page to do 😊 I mostly stuck down my plastic laser cuttings, which I did at Uni. I didn’t end up using any of these pieces for my projects for Uni, so now this was a good opportunity to make use of them.

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If you have a Wreck This Journal, how did you wreck these pages? I’d love to know 🙂

Wreck This Journal Entries #2

This is part two of my Wreck This Journal pages. These entries were some of the first pages I did and also some of my favourite pages to complete; thats why it looks more neat than wrecked, which defeats the purpose. Need to do more wrecking! XD

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TEAR STRIPS RIP IT UP!

This page was a lot of fun. I looked on Pinterest mostly for zentangle inspiration, as there is much ideas for inspiration! I went for colourful zentangles on the strips and on the left side black and white zentangle patterns 🙂

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FILL THIS PAGE WITH CIRCLES

This is the first page I did in WTJ. I was inspired by this pattern I saw on Pinterest, which is similar to what I’ve done here. One would say that I haven’t worked outside the box but oh well XD

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WRITE ONE WORD OVER AND OVER

It was hard to pick which word, as there are so many great words in the dictionary! But in the end I went with ‘Wanderlust’ because it reminds me of myself; I do have this desire to travel the world. This page took longer than expected T_T

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PLACE STICKY THINGS HERE

This page was so much fun! When I was younger, I had this obsession with stickers, I have no idea why, I just loved them! The thing is that I’d never use them, I would just stick them in my sticker album or just leave it in the packet for it to look pretty XD This page was the opportunity for me to actually use my stickers! I still have a lot of stickers left over but glad that some of them went to great use. As you can see, I loved Winnie the Pooh! It looks very garnish with the colours 🙂 I will probably cover the whole of this journal with stickers!

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COLLECT THE STAMPS OFF ALL YOUR MAIL

I found a envelope filled of Vietnamese stamps and it was a good idea to stick them on this page 🙂

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Wreck This Journal Entries #1

I brought Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith over 2 years ago (I think). I only brought it because I burned out from my nightmarish fashion degree and I really wanted something to get me back into drawing. To begin with I did really enjoy starting Wreck This Journal but I only managed a couple of pages before I lost motivation to do more pages because I got busy with other things. I guess I prefer to do a serious drawing rather than doing Wreck This Journal pages. I’m hoping by posting 5 entries per post, it will motivate me to finish more pages and to finally complete it!

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STAND HERE

I did stand on this page (in my slippers) but then thought ohh I’d like to draw it! So I drew brogues by Clarks and a Mulberry Alexa bag 😀

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POUR, SPILL, DRIP, SPIT, FLING YOUR COFFEE HERE

I’m not really a coffee drinker, so I spilt English tea on it. Illustrated a tea of cup and some of my favourite books.

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DRAW FAT LINES AND THIN

One of my favourite pages to draw 🙂 these patterns are called Zentangles and they are so relaxing and therapeutic and looks effective! Highly recommend drawing zentangles if you’ve got time to spare 😉

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HANDPRINTS

I’ve got a confession to make: I redid this page. I know I know, it defeats the whole purpose of Wreck This Journal! But it just went a bit wrong. I am a perfectionist, so I couldn’t help myself O_O I originally painted a tree with finger prints.

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THROW SOMETHING

When I saw the target, it just reminded me so much of Katniss from the Hunger Games! So I decided to illustrate Katniss with her bow and arrow shooting her target 🙂

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I do recommend Wreck This Journal, even though it does take time (like reading). It is a really fun and original creative idea that lots of people have been inspired by. I think it brings out the creativity in everyone! When I saw it at Urban Outfitters, I thought it was a bit naff but that was until I actually saw all the amazing creations online. And most importantly, if your a perfectionist, then this book was designed for you 🙂

Alfie Deyes aka Pointless Blog on YouTube published a book called the Pointless Book which is very similar to Wreck This Journal, so I’m not sure where he was inspired that or its just one BIG coincidence.

Have you brought Wreck This Journal? And did you enjoy it?

Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

27879068Edition: Paperback, 272 pages
Published by: Indigo, 2nd October 2015
Genre: Cultural, Family, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Social Issues, War
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 27th December 2015

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

Film tie-in edition with HE NAMED ME MALALA, released 6th November, which tells Malala’s story from Nobel Peace Prize to netball courts. The film has now been shortlisted for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category.

Malala is the most significant teenager of the twenty first century. She was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on 9 October, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. She was shot point-blank on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive.
Now she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

This is the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world-and did. It will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the determination of one person to inspire change.

‘It’s a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference’ PW


I don’t watch the BBC News anymore (when I should do!) I have to excuse myself for being behind on the loop. So the first time I heard about Malala Yousafzai was on Teens React. All I knew from the video was that it was about a girl who got shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ right to an education. She survived the shot and since then has continued her campaign and won many prestigious prizes including the Noble Peace Prize.

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Review: The Universe In Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond by Christophe Galfard

26145707Edition: Hardcover, 436 pages
Published by: MacMillan, 28th August 2015
Genre: Science, Non-fiction
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 19th October 2015 

An instant popular science classic that explains the mysteries of physics for readers of all ages

Imagine if The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe…

The Universe In Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from Quantum Mechanics to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

Through brilliant storytelling and humour rather than headache-inducing graphs and equations, internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard has written an instant classic that brings the astonishing beauty of the universe to life – and takes us deep into questions about the existence of God, the beginning of time and the future of humanity.

If you’re like me and you are really fascinated by the universe and how it was created (The Big Bang Theory), then you’re going to want to pick this one up! I was browsing in Waterstones, (like I usually do) checking out the new releases when I saw this book, picked it up and thought, ‘I need to read this!’ I’ve had an interest in astronomy ever since I studied a small module of it in Science, but my knowledge of it has not progressed since then, so this book was the perfect opportunity for me to find out more about the universe.

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Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

18143905Edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Short Stories
Rating: 3 feathers

Call me shallow but the only reason why I even picked up this book was because Emma Watson tweeted it.

I saw this book in Waterstones and I didn’t exactly know what it was about. At a first glance, (this was a theory on judging a book by its cover) I thought it was about a street style photographer who went around the city and asking well dressed individuals about their opinions on ‘The Opposite of Loneliness.’

“Do you wanna leave soon?
No, I want to enough time to be in love with everything…
And I cry because everything is so beautiful and so short.”
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