Hello all, as I have much studying to do I'll make this a quick one.

I have a new blog which you might like to read. I'm not sure how often I'll post in it but hopefully it might be nice to check in on from time to time.

Quite often I find myself wanting to write about things, but not really having an outlet for just writing whatever I'm thinking about at that particular moment. And so, that is what the new blog is for. I'm hoping to keeping it more "properly" written, if you know what I mean.

It's called - a girl from mars - so original I know!


That's all for now! And I'm off to make, yet another, cup of coffee and nuzzle my face in a textbook, and hopefully I shall remain that way for the next few weeks!

H x

Listen In Thursdays

This is my first, of hopefully many, music related posts. I absolutely love discovering new bands and rediscovering my love of some of "the oldies", so I hope to keep you updated on what I've been listening to this week. And maybe you can let me know whats been entertaining your ears!

Firstly, this week, I have been listening to Frank Turner's album "England Keep My Bones"

I have absolutely fallen in love with this album. It can get a little cheesy in places, but a little cheese every so often isn't a bad thing. "Peggy Sang The Blues" is just one of those happy Summery songs that even after listening to it once, you'll find yourself singing it later. I am sucker for melodic acoustic indie music, so this is just my type of album and I shall definitely be checking out his 3 previous albums (how have I never heard of this gem before?!).

I've also been listening to Bon Iver's self-titled album.

After first listen I wasn't so sure about this album. It's extremely chilled out which I've found out is perfect for listening to at night or while reading. I've really come round to this album, especially the "Perth" track - but that may be because I live in Perth. It reminds me a little bit of My Morning Jacket, but way more relaxed. It's nice though.

And finally, Arctic Monkey's new album "Suck It And See"

In my opinion, this album is so much better than their last, which for some reason I never really got into. I'm sensing "Black Treacle" is going to become a bit of a Summer anthem for me, I haven't stopped singing it! Definitely worth a listen.

H x

girl from mars says hello.

Hello and welcome to the new(ish) blog! I've done a little remodeling, and have to admit the place looks much nicer. So come on in and have a nice cuppa! :)

You might have noticed I've had a little name change to "girl from mars". I just figured a new name to go with the new look would be good, and I chose it by hitting shuffle on my iTunes and the first thing that came on was Girl From Mars by Ash.

This was a pretty risky move seeing as I have songs such as Wart Hog and Psycho Killer - that would have made for an interesting blog!

And in the interest of being super duper organised, I've planned out some regular posts which include book reviews, and music reviews (oldies as well as newies), and I'm also hoping to give you a few fashion and beauty posts, maybe some outfit posts as well if I can find my camera (I swear it's ran away!)

H x

Shake Up

Over the next day(s?) or so, I'm planning a big shake up/revival of the blog.

And I'm even going to do pre-planned weelkly features, and have dedicated a section of my beloved moleskine notebook to blogging.

So stay tuned!

Book List

This is my book list so far...

And don't worry. I'm aware it is ridiculously long (and in no particular order I might add)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (and Other Writings) - Oscar Wilde

Anna Karenino - L.N. Tolstoy

Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

Vanity Fair - Charles Dickens

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

Tristam Shandy - Laurence Stern

Marie Antoinette - Antonia Fraser

Tender Is The Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Age of Innoncence - Edith Wharton

The Little Locksmith - Katharine Butler Hathaway

A Time to be Born - Dawn Powell

The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

Daniel Deronda - George Eliot

The Stranger - Albert Camus

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

Demons - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Slaughterouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel - Ray Bradbury

Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn

Howl - Allen Ginsberg

Letters To A Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

Robertson Davies' trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders

Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Wolff

The Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby

The Portable Dorothy Parker

Selected Letters of Dawn Powell 1913-1965

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemmingway

Swann's Way Vol I & Vol II - Marcel Proust

Time and Again - Jack Finney

Ulysses - James Joyce

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

Lolita - Vladmir Nabokov

I guess I've got a lot of reading ahead of me... :)

Tattoo thoughts...

I've been thinking a lot about tattoos lately, and certainly once I've saved up some money I'm going to delve into the realms of "the colour tatoo". Oh no more simple black designs for me.

There are a number of tattoos I want. I want something to represent my time at University, preferably something geeky. And as I've recently found out what I'm doing my dissertation on, maybe it will be something to do with that.

There used to be a website, full of geeky and scientific tattoos that I thought were all just marvellous. I'm not sure if the website still exists, but a quick Google search comes up with some absolute beauties.

That last one made me laugh :)

What I'm also thinking, tattoo-wise, is adding to my foot tattoo. At present, I have a simple black filled in star, about an inch wide on top of my foot just below my big toe. I've always wanted to add something to it, to make it look more, natural so to speak. But I'm at a loss.

Hopefully soon I'll maybe start drawing up some things that could go with it. I'd love a feather there, but again I'm not sure how it would fit on my foot with the star.

It's a tough business choosing these tatoos!

And on my reading list front, I've just finished Crime and Punishment. And it is a fantastic bit of literature. And one of the few books I've that I've felt compelled to really take my time over, think about the language, and make notes in the margins (Sometimes I think I should have studied English at University).

On to my next book, which is (Again) Night at the Circus - which I barely got started on last time - so I'll make sure I get through it this time as I've heard wonderful things about it.

That's all for now folks!