End of the Year TBR | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

The end of the year is approaching rather too quickly, with Halloween now out of the way, if you aren’t American, the next big holiday is Christmas, and then…BAM, it’s New Year. Although I’ve been very happy with what I’ve read so far this year, I love a good old list, so here are the books I really want to get around to before midnight strikes on the 31st of December.


> Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks 
If you didn’t know by now, I’m a major Tom Hanks fan, he is my favourite actor if you didn’t know, so when I heard he was releasing a book, I had to have my hands on it. I’ll be ashamed of myself if I don’t get to his book by the end of the year. I heard the audiobook is really good as Tom Hanks reads it, and plus my physical book is signed so it’s looking likely I’ll give the audiobook a try.
> Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling 
The most annoying thing about this book is I started my reread way back in the summer. I got about halfway through and just put it down. I won’t be restarting this book, as I already know the story so I’ll just pick up where I left off. But I’ve had enough of it sitting on my bedside table, it isn’t a small book either.


> Winter by Marissa Meyer 
I really enjoy the Lunar Chronicles and if I complete Winter, I would have ticked off another series off my list. I really want to get around to this book soon but the size always puts me off. It would be a bonus if I also got to Stars Above, the novella.
> The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
How can I not get around to this book this year? It’s probably the one number book of the year. It’s a must that I read it before the year is out.

Honourary mention goes to Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. Giovanna Fletcher is one of my number one auto-buy authors. This is her newest release and it’s not even out yet. It comes out on the 16th of November and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

I haven’t included too many books as there are only two months left of the year and seeing the pattern of how my reading has gone previously, I can fit another 10 books in before the year ends. Therefore I didn’t want to restrict myself to only the books I’ve mentioned in this list.

Have you got any must-read books before the year is out? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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October Reading | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

Sometimes I feel like reading has become more of a sport than an enjoyable hobby. Everyone seems to compare themselves to others and get upset if they haven’t read a set amount of books each month. I’ll admit to feeling like this on occasion and I do try and read a book a week so I feel like I have accomplished something in my reading life. At the moment, five books seem to be around a number of books I read each month, October was no different.


What I Read

> The Circle by Dave Eggers – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I only had the interest to pick up this book as Tom Hanks, my favourite actor, stars in the movie adaption, and being the bookworm I am, I tend to read the books before seeing the film. I enjoyed the book and the concept, but I feel like it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. The movie adaption was meh. But at least I can now cross off another Tom Hanks film off my list. I have actually already given this book to my mum, as I know I won’t be picking it up again. 
> Girl Online: Going Solo – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75
This series is a guilty pleasure for me. I’m not a massive fan of Youtubers bringing out books, but I have to admit, Zoe Sugg has done well. I really enjoyed this series and thought the final book was the perfect ending for the series and the characters. 
> Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved this book. One of the best books I’ve read this year. However, I think it’s a book that’s better going into it knowing nothing. All I’ll say is, mind-blown, sci-fi, adventure. 
> It Only Happens In Movies by Holly Bourne – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75
After such an intense, mind-blowing book, I had to dive into a light fluffy read to balance it out, and Holly Bourne once again didn’t disappoint. I loved this book, it was so enjoyable. I loved the romance and loved how she incorporated all the serious issues mentioned into the story. Highly recommend Holly Bourne if you haven’t check out any of her books yet. 
> One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus – currently reading
I’m currently working my way through this read as I’m writing this post. I’m only around 30 pages into it so I don’t really have any thoughts or opinions on it as of yet. I’m hoping to finish it before the month is up.

If I do manage to finish “One of Us is Lying”, here are my reading stats….

Monthly Reading Stats


I’m really happy with how much I read this month, and I also read some awesome books.  I don’t think you’ll ever see a reading wrap up post that doesn’t feature at least one contemporary book, haha! What did you read this month? Have I attempted you to add anything to your TBR pile?

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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When you’re a reader, buying books tends to just come along with the package. But it’s more than just spending all your hard earned cash, it’s the excitement of waiting for your new books to arrive and falling in love when you see the cover for the first time…only if it’s pretty of course. 


It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

I fell in love with Holly Bourne’s writing when I discovered her Spinster Girls trilogy, especially Am I Normal Yet? I’m excited to dive into her new story as I’m a sucker for a contemporary book and romance movie so combining the two, I’m hoping to fall head over heels in love with this book.


Quidditch Through The Ages by JK Rowling

When I saw this little book for only a few pounds on Amazon, I couldn’t say no to completing my Hogwarts Library collection.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I read this beauty of a book earlier this year and fell in love with it. However, I had borrowed it from the library. But since I loved it so much, I knew I needed to add it to my personal library. It’s now been welcomed home and I couldn’t be happier to have access to it whenever I like.


One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus

I’ve been hearing quite a few things about this new(ish) release and since it’s October, I thought it would be a quick and fun read for this time of the year. Let’s just hope I actually get round to it before the spookish month of the year is up. It’s dwindling fast already.


Happy by Derren Brown

I’ll hold my hands up, I’m a lover of fiction and rarely reach for a non-fiction pick. However, I read the blurb of this book by Derren Brown and was intrigued. I don’t think I’ll read this book quickly but more pick it up every so often and read a few pages here and there.


Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

Yes, this series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s a light, fun, read with a heart and tummy fuzzy romance. Girl Online: Going Solo is the third and final book in the series and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed how it ended. (More thoughts in my October Reading post at the end of the month)


Moxie by Amy Poehler

I know nothing about this book apart from I’ve seen people raving about it and it’s about a main character starting a feminist revolution in her high school.


The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

If you haven’t heard of this book, you’ve been living under a rock. And to be honest I feel ashamed that it’s only just reached my hands. Just look at that cover though…gorgeous!


The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond

I’ve only read one other of Lucy Diamond’s books, One Night in Italy and really enjoyed it. I decided to try another one of her books and who can say no to this beautiful cover?


The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

Another book I know literally nothing about…what’s new, haha! The thing is with me is that if it’s a contemporary, romance, there’s only a very low chance that I will dislike the book, therefore it’s a safe bet for me when it comes to purchasing books blindly.


Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And finally after ten previous books, the star of the blog post…for me anyway, drum roll, please….TOM HANKS IS AN AUTHOR. Tom Hanks is my favourite actor of all time so this book had to come home with me. And did I mention it was signed? Yes, it’s signed, so now I have my favourite actors autograph. However, not to try and ruin my own excitement, I haven’t actually heard any good things about it, apart from whose blurbed it, which includes Stephen Fry, so that’s one positive. It’s a collection of short stories, which is a format I’ve never read in before so I’m really excited. Hopefully, I can get to it this month.

I don’t know what it is about purchasing eleven books before posting a book haul but it seems to be a sort of trend I’m starting, haha! Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Any I should prioritise? And finally, did you know Tom Hanks was an author? Let’s chat in the comments. So many thoughts going through my mind, haha!

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

18 Before 2018

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18 Before 2018 | Sitting In The Clouds

I don’t want to scare you all but we only have 74 days until 2018 will be upon us. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. Sunk in yet? Didn’t think so. The new year has a reputation of being a new start, allowing yourself to become a better you and starting the new year off on the right foot. But how can you do that when you leave your to-do incomplete?

I love a good old list. Therefore writing a list of 18 things I want to complete, start and form a habit of or continue with so my 2018 can have the best possible start, is a great way to keep me accountable so the “new year, new you” can hold true.

(I’ve taken inspiration from Lisa Jacobs from Market Your Creativity for this blog post. Boho Berry, my bullet journal main inspiration has also done this)

1 Yoga – I started doing Yoga at the beginning of the month as a form of relaxation before bed, as well as an added exercise in my daily routine. I’ve been really enjoying it and I hope I can keep up my motivation to do it into the new year.

2 Reach my reading goal – Since becoming an avid reader in 2014, I’ve been setting myself yearly goals of how many books I want to read each year with the help of Goodreads. I set my goal at 50 this year. I’ve currently read 44 so I think I can achieve it as long as a reading slump doesn’t hit me.


3 Take more pictures – I haven’t been taking many pictures this year and it saddens me. “Photos are a return ticket to moments otherwise gone.” I can’t leave 2017 behind without pictures to remember the year by.

4 Stay on top of university work – I would hate the new year to start of stressed because of the amount of work I have to do, especially seeing as my first submission deadline is just after Christmas. I would hate to be thinking about it and be cramming in last minute work over the Christmas holidays.

Keep up with my blog – YAY for me being back after nearly 2 months. I just hope that my motivation stays for the rest of the year.

6 Custom domain – I’ve hit 1,000 followers, and I still can’t believe. I would love to celebrate with finally getting rid of .wordpress.com out of my site address, but it’s not cheap and being at uni every penny is stretched.Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 17.13.01

7 Continue building my savings account – I have a target in mind but don’t want to share…sorry. Out of my sister and I, I’m the saver and she’s the spender.

8 Appreciate the little things – I’m one for looking at the bigger picture, all the time thinking about the future and how what I’m doing at the minute will affect my life in a days time, a months time and even a years time. I want to start noticing and appreciating the little things. I may start a gratitude log in my bullet journal to assist me.

9 Finish my YouToons Project – If you didn’t know, I’m a graphic design, working part-time in a design studio and studying Graphic Design at a university. Over the summer I started my own little project which I titled “YouToons”. Designing my favourite YouTubers as cartoons. I would love to get this completed by the start of the new year.

Here is a sneak peek at what it may look like. This is Adam Hattan, who is a Disney vlogger and also features in my 5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching

adam hattan cartoon face (copyright)
10 Have a Social Media clear out – Only today my boyfriend messaged me saying he had just unfriend over 600 people he had on Facebook he no longer connected with. This got me thinking about the amount of “friends” I have on Facebook that are just there. I now want to go and unfriend people I no longer speak to. As well as declutter Instagram and Twitter.

11 Sort out my wardrobe – I do this a couple of times a year but I always end up keeping things I know I will never wear as I’m quite a sentimental person. This time around, I want to have a proper sort out, get rid of EVERYTHING I won’t wear anymore.

12 Spend more time with Tom – As I’ve started my second year of university and Tom has increased his work hours to save for his upcoming trip to Vegas, we don’t get to see each other too often. When we do see each other it’s just hanging out at each other’s houses, I would love to have more date nights, more cinema trips, more eating out etc.

13 Volunteer at least once more – I started volunteering for my favourite charity this year and I love it. I would love to do it more before the year is out.

14 Drive less, walk more – Ever since passing my driving test I resort to my car way more than I should. Recently I have been driving but parking further away from my destination so I’m forced to walk more often. I am also walking up all escalators and stairs, rather than lifts now.


15 Have a social life – I’m an introvert, preferring to stay in and read a book than go out. However, I know I need to step out of my comfort zone and say yes to more outings with friends. It’s harder now all my friends have moved out of home for university but I need to be making more of an effort when they are home.

16 Clear up my skin – I had a period recently where my skin was awful, spots and blemishes all over my chin and forehead. I also got into the habit of popping them, I know…gross!! But I think I’ve found my holy grail product. I no longer have many spots but the scarring is still there.

17 Get my Grandmas edit done – Waaaaaay back in May, my entire family, three generations of us, went to the Cotswold for a family weekend break. It was so much fun. I always film events like these and create an edit afterwards for everyone to enjoy and look back on the great times we had. However, I still haven’t even started my edit for this trip. My excuse is that my computer broke but it’s not good enough. I would love to complete it before Christmas so I can share it with all my on Christmas day.

18 Visit my grandparents in Wales again – My grandparents aren’t getting any younger, so as a family, my aunties and uncles included, take it in turns to go up and visit them for a weekend or so. I usually go with my parents when they head down but I haven’t in a while now, so I’ll make sure I go back down once more before the year is up.

Phew, I thought that blog post was never going to end…haha!! I congratulate you if you got to the end. Have you got any goals that you want to achieve by the end of the year? Are you inspired to set some? Let’s chat in the comments.

Thank you for all your kind words recently, they truly mean the world.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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Five Hundred and Eleven Days Later…



Five Hundred and Eleven Days Later… | Sitting In The Clouds

On the 22nd of May 2016, I sat down at my desk, tapped along my keyboard, wrote a few hundred odd words and hit publish, not knowing where my blogging journey would take me. 511 days later I’ve reached 1,000 followers. 1,000 people have come across my blog, read my posts about god knows what, liked, commented, shared my passions, followed me, and I’ve even had some shares.

I know I’ve been off my blogging game recently but life gets in the way sometimes and I will have a life update blog post coming soon because I don’t want to get distracted as to why I’m writing this specific blog post, which is to THANK you! To thank each and every one of you who have followed me via WordPress, subscribed by email or hit follow on my Twitter, where I tend to just fangirl about silly obsessions of mine, (just to note, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Negan from The Walking Dead, liked my tweet today, like OMFG!!) 

I never started my blog for the numbers, gain a following, or get messages from people saying they miss my blog posts. I started it to share my passions and write about what I love and although my blog direction has changed over the last year and a half, people have continued to support my content, no matter what I post, which I’m so grateful for. I have met some amazing people along the way who I now consider friends, and reaching this milestone has given me the motivation to get my blog back up and running.

Sitting In The Clouds is officially reopen for business.

Thank you for your continued support and here’s to another 511 days, even if 500 of those days I’m on a hiatus…haha!!

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 

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