Flashback Friday #1

flashback friday

On alternative weeks to the meme A Trip Through Time, I will be doing Flashback Fridays to cover everything that has happened in the past couple of weeks. This week I got a little bit behind on the blogging world, but I have been very busy.

From the past couple of weeks here are a few of the highlights from my life:

  • I got pink highlights in my hair, and cut my fringe back in, after living without it for a few months, I found that I missed it too much.
  • Got my scaffolding/industrial piercing which hurt quite a bit, but thankfully the whole process was fairly quick. However, I am really happy with the end result, despite the fact it has taken me a year to build up the courage to finally get it done – yes I am a utter wuss, I realise.
  • Went walking in the Peak District which turned into a 10 hour hike up and down hills, getting lost because the family I went with refused to listen to my impeccable sense of direction ;)! I visited Lady Bower and the surrounding lakes, where they have the amazing dam on the Derwent, and some stunning scenery.

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I have managed to read quite a bit in the past couple of weeks too, and I am thoroughly happy with the books I’ve managed to read, since I feel like I have read quite a selection of genres.

A Clash of KingsIsla and the Happily Ever AFterThe Walled CityUnbroken TiesUpFromGraveCOV

Click on the cover to link to Goodreads.

Finally, here are some of the books I have managed to purchase/received for review in the last couple of weeks and I am looking forward to reading!

cure for dreamingIf I stayThe Empress Chroniclesthis is where I leave youThe Woodcutter

Click on the cover to link to Goodreads.

Finally, I picked up a few new history books this week, which will hopefully be interesting/help in my next year of study to some degree. Although whilst Matilda and Bess of Hardwick are not necessarily in the time periods I am studying since I am looking at Russian History (civilisation of the tsars), the Crusades, Christian Kings of France (1500-1700) and China 1949-present, they looked really interesting and I cannot resist reading about epic women in history! photo 1

Then a few blogging highlights of the past couple of weeks. Here I’ll be highlighting some of my favourite blogger posts from the past couple of weeks.

Β And on my own blog, if you have missed it,

What have you been reading/doing this week?


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18 responses to “Flashback Friday #1

  1. Cait

    Eeeeh! YAY I HAVE CONVINCED YOU FOR THE BOOK THIEF. I hope you like it. (But I will not run at you with scary small sharp objects if you don’t. I promise.) XD Comforting aren’t I? πŸ˜‰

    Ohhh, I would really like to read If I Stay. Just because of the movie. And the cellist-ing. But my tbr is too big at the moment, so I’m avoiding reserving anything from the library for a while. *Sigh* Your hair looks so nice! My sister tried to convince me to get blue highlights once but…I’ve never ever dyed my hair and I’m such a wuss for change. XD I like everything to stay the same. But it does look intensely awesome with the pink!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      You have almost certainly! And I hope I like it too.. haha. So very comforting, I might have to find myself some protective gear if I do not like it! πŸ˜‰

      Blue might be fun! I totally encourage everybody to go dye their hair a crazy colour every now and again! It is always fun! And thank you! πŸ˜€

  2. The Cure for Dreaming and If I Stay are really great reads! I think you would like them, especially The Cure for Dreaming. I don’t know, just a feeling. πŸ˜› Alos, ooooh, I love those pink highlights!! I’ve always wanted some but, after doing blonde highlights and having to wait 2 years before my hair went all brown again, I kinda don’t want to dye them again. XD

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      The Cure for Dreaming I really enjoyed, I finished it just recently actually. And yeah, I had to go blonde to then do pink, but it was quite fun to be such a bright pink! πŸ™‚

  3. Ooh I love your hair! Lovely cut and color. I need to make time for a salon visit soon. Hope you enjoy If I Stay and This is Where I Leave You. You’ll be all set to see the movies! You have read a lot of variety lately- keeps things interesting, doesn’t it?
    Have a great weekend!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Thanks, Lucy! And I hope you find your time for your salon visit soon! Yes indeed I will. This Is Where I Leave You I am following up on your recommendation after reading your review and liking the sound of it! And it certainly does keep things interesting, but I like to do that! πŸ™‚

  4. Faye M.

    I like the pink highlights! I died my hair a few days ago to a brown mahogany and it looks okay so far… haha. I do miss the deep black that I used to have before, but I think the added colors give it some dimension it used to lack. And yay for good books! I spot Cure for Dreaming πŸ˜‰ Which I’m supposed to read very soon as well.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Ahh changing colours always takes a while to get used to, but it is fun to change now and again to spice things up. It sounds like a very nice colour. Ahh, hope you enjoy The Cure for Dreaming, I just finished it and loved it! πŸ™‚

  5. Your hair looks gorgeous!!! And I love the piercing too πŸ˜€ You’ve managed to read through a fair few books, hope you enjoyed Isla and the Happily Ever After πŸ˜‰
    Seen a lot of hype about TCFD so keep us posted when you read it!

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      I LOVED Isla and the Happily Ever After. Easily one of my favourite contemporaries. And I just finished TCFD and really enjoyed that too, I was very impressed!

  6. Love your hair πŸ™‚ I love the cover for the cure for dreaming! πŸ™‚

  7. Love the pink highlights! I’m too much of a chicken to have a piercing like you, the pain makes it a “hell no” for me, lol! Looks like you visited some beautiful countryside even if you did get a bit lost. πŸ™‚

    I still need to read Isla! I’ve been waiting for so long for that book and now that it’s out I keep putting it off. Can’t wait to see your thoughts. πŸ™‚

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Thanks, Rachel. I guess the pain is quite bad, but its for a very short period of time, and then afterwards its not nearly as bad, just more of a dull ache for a little bit, and occasionally if you hit the piercing aha!

      Isla was amazing! Definitely my favourite in the series, so I hope you enjoy it just as much! πŸ™‚

  8. Ooh- you got If I Stay! I always liked that cover best, although I also quite like the movie tie-in cover, too. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on Isla and the Happily Ever After; I thought it was a very sweet end to the series. πŸ™‚

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Yeah, I do like the movie tie-in cover, although I always prefer to have original covers to movie ones for some reason, I think they look nicer when they are on your shelf. And oh I simply adored Isla, I really need to get around to writing my review!

    ISLA ISLA ISLA. What did you think?
    Also oooooooooooooooh If I Stay was good, I'm so excited for the film! and I really LOVED The Cure for Dreaming!
    WOAH WAIT I JUST SAW MY BLOG LINK. Awwh thank you πŸ™‚
    Happy Reading. πŸ˜€

    • Livvy @The Absent Historian

      Awwww thank you. And I simply adored everything about ISLA! I have to say it is probably my favourite book in the whole series, I just related to so many of Isla’s problems and I really liked that about her.
      I really enjoyed The Cure for Dreaming, just having finished it recently. And no problem, it was such a great post, I loved it! πŸ™‚

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