2017: Most Popular Posts

How on earth is January almost over? I intended to write up a ‘2018 goals’ post but time has escaped me – maybe I still can. As always, a big goal for me is to keep up the momentum on The Fourth Month. I’ve been posting more regularly on The Fourth Month Instagram account so it’s now time to produce more content for the blog.

The Fourth Month journey began back in Summer 2016 when I broke my leg and was relegated to the sofa for about 5 weeks. Since then I’ve focused on books, interiors, wellbeing and general lifestyle posts. Like I did last year, I thought I’d share the top posts of the year to say farewell to 2017 and hullo to 2018.

5. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J MAAS

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This review of A Court of Thorns and Roses was my first blog post in 2017 and you guys seemed to enjoy reading my thoughts. It was a book that left me feeling torn. I loved some of the characters and the magical world they inhabit but a lot of this story is problematic. Its troublesome Beauty and the Beast tropes (Stockholm Syndrome and sexual violence) made me feel uneasy but Maas created such a rich and exciting world full of powerful and mysterious characters with this series. I’ve yet to read ACOMAF and, at this point, I doubt I will. Check out my review and let me know what you think.

4. A PUBLISHING POSTGRAD UPDATE

The fourth most popular post in 2017 was my publishing postgrad update. It’s one of the few, if not only, personal posts I’ve written for The Fourth Month. This makes me wonder if you would like to see more personal blogs (let me know in the comments or send me a message). Since writing this in April last year, things have changed even more. I left my job at the Publishing Bureau to pursue work as a Library Assistant. Working with books and children is really my dream job! And, of course, I graduated with a Distinction in MSc Publishing in October last year, which was a massive achievement.

3. 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING TO UNIVERSITY

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Guest blogger, Zina, makes two appearances in the Top 5 of 2017. This is a witty and in-depth look at the trials and tribulations of University life. It’s a great read for anyone considering going to University but it also resonates with anyone who is at or has been to Uni. This uplifting list hopefully put a few minds at ease last year and I’m sure it’ll stay relevant every year as new students move on to higher education.

2. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: BOOKS BY FIERCE FEMALES

I am so happy that this list of fiercely feminist books made it to the top of my most-viewed posts in 2017. This post was requested by a friend but it has clearly been enjoyed by many readers. The list featured some of my favourite authors from Charlotte Brontë to Jessie Burton. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you would like see more bookish lists on The Fourth Month.

1. VANITY FEMME GLOW DUST REVIEW

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Stealing the limelight yet again, Zina’s review of Vanity Femme Glow Dust has made the top spot for 2017 (it was also the most viewed blog in 2016). This sparkly review of a cult-classic highlighter gets hits almost every day so I’ve asked my gorgeous make-up artist sister to start writing some make-up reviews in 2018. Follow her on Instagram and subscribe the The Fourth Month to make sure you don’t miss a thing.


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The 10 Stages of Studying For Exams

I’m delighted to share this hilarious blog on exams by my good friend Zina Nouhas who currently writes for Pure Fandom. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – April 

Dear fellow students, I’m about to bring up a tender subject: EXAMS!

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Yup, I went there! But fret not, this post is all about bringing you some laughter – opposed to further stressing you out.

When it comes to exam time, every student will experience many ups and downs while studying (mostly breakdowns), and generally, question their existence at that very time. Am I right or what? Overall, it’s one hell of an anxiety-induced rollercoaster that just seems to never be ending! Today, I’m going to remind you all about the hell greatness of studying for exams. You ready?

Let’s break down the 10 stages of studying for exams:

  1. The initial confidence stage

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You’re nearly finished the semester, and your final exams are soon to follow. Oh, but don’t sweat it, YOU GOT THIS! You have all these weeks to fully plan out your studying to ensure you get great passes (I’m talking about no less than 70%). After all, you promised yourself you won’t cram like last time. What could possibly go wrong? (hahahahaa!)

  1. The planning stage

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The semester has finally ended and the false confidence is still high. You make a fancy study plan and sort out the materials for each module you are going to study for every day upcoming to your exams. You stick it on your wall and voila: you are so ready to start your studying.

  1. The procrastinating stage

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This is where it all starts to go downhill … You try studying but just can’t gather the patience to do so. What do you do instead? Oh, that’s right, ANYTHING other than studying. Suddenly, your room needs gutting out. Suddenly, you need to wash those dishes (you usually avoid). Suddenly, you have to re-watch your favourite series on Netflix. One more episode surely can’t hurt, can it?

  1. The freakout stage

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All of a sudden you realise how much you actually have to learn and it just seems impossible. How on earth do lecturers think you can possibly learn all these facts in such a short period of time? Can we just note: you get different lecturers per topic yet somehow you (one person) are meant to know it all?  Snakes, the lot of them! *stocks up on coffee supply*

  1. The denial stage

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No, it’s cool. I’ll be fine. I still have plenty of time to study the immense amount of notes for all my modules.

  1. The anger stage

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WHY DIDN’T I STUDY SOONER? The exam date is looming and you can’t quite believe that you’ve allowed yourself to get into such a position. Stress is just a part of you now. What even is happiness again? I can’t quite remember.

  1. The finally understanding your notes stage

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By some miracle, you are now starting to understand some of the information for the exam. Why is it now your brain decides to work? HUH? Too little, too late, they say!

  1. The ‘I’ll just take a 40%’ stage

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Okay, f**k it! You have truly given up and already surrendered to just taking a pass. That 70% you dreamed of just went flying out the window! I mean, who even wants a 1:1 classification, right?

  1. The curl up in a ball and cry stage

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It’s the night before the exam and you have already accepted your fate. There is nothing left to do other than sob over your endless misery (preferably into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream).

  1. The exam day stage

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It’s exam day. You are waiting nervously outside the exam hall and the panic sets in. All you can do now is pray for the questions you studied to come up. At least it’ll all be over with soon and (no matter how it goes) you can have a well-deserved drinking sesh with your pals after it. Or, you can always just sleep for a week. Whatever floats your boat!

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Let me know your thoughts! I hope I reached you on a spiritual level.

Love always,

Zina

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