me in june
The highlight of my month has to be my trip to Greece. I went to Kos for a week with my boyfriend Quillan and his parents to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The temperature wasn’t too hot, I was super careful with the suncream so that I didn’t burn, and overall I had a wonderful time. Greek people are the friendliest people ever, and the islands I went to were stunning. I’m hopefully going to do a series of posts about my travels so I’ll go into more detail when I get around to that.
Thanks to my super relaxing holiday, I managed to read ten books last month. I know. I haven’t read that many in one month since the beginning of 2016, before my life got all kinds of crazy busy. And because of those ten books, I’m now back in the blogging zone. Not quite as much as I was at the beginning of last year, mind you, but I’m getting there.
Oh, and I was promoted! June was a month full of training for my new position at work. It was exhausting, especially as I had a lot of Family Stuff going on. It completely knocked me out.
I’m also really into (“really into” meaning I’m being coerced into) exercising at the moment. I do a bootcamp session twice a week, and I’m currently doing Couch to 5K three times a week. I’ve noticed an incredible change in my fitness levels, and now that I’m kind of in the zone I find myself really looking forward to each workout. I’ve lost my mind.
And then there was the Steam summer sale. I bought a tonne of games, but I only spent about £35. I know, I’m impressed as well. My new games include Portal 2, the Trineology, Banished, Rust, and a few others. My boyfriend and I went looking for some good co-op games along with a friend of ours so we could play together. Now I just have to try not to kill Quill during a Super Mario Bros. session so I get to play the new games with him.
This year I’ve gone a bit crazy with the challenges. For the past couple of years I’ve not done too many, but now I’ve signed up for a bunch of them. Just because. So I thought I would share them with you. Which challenges are you taking part in?
A Series A Month
I love binge-reading series but I rarely get the chance to do so. The last time I properly did it was for Vampire Academy back in 2011. I thought this challenge would give me some motivation, although it’s difficult to know which ones I’ll be reading because I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy the first book.
The Powder Mage
Throne of Glass (reread)
Women of the Otherworld
These Broken Stars Continue reading
Me in November
November was a hectic but fabulous month. I started off the month in the USA with my best friend and her family, who have become an American branch of my own family. We did lots of awesome things like go on a Navy warship, 2am Waffle House trips, hide-and-seek around the neighbourhood in the dark, and hiking.
It was also my birthday on the 14th, for which a group of friends and I went for an Indian at Brick Lane in London, and then we went off to the Big Chill Bar. It was a pretty awesome night, although I couldn’t eat all of my food because I accidentally drank too much Prosecco beforehand and I got a little bit tipsy by the time the food arrived.
Overall, November was a good month. Work was awfully busy, and I had hardly any free time, but still. Good. Continue reading
Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs thought it would be fun to tag me in this awesome award/tag thing. I’m not really sure what it is, all I know is that you answer a bunch of questions and then come up with some yourself and tag people to answer them. As a booktuber, it is known that I enjoy a good tag post or video. I haven’t written many on this blog, but since I was actually tagged for once and I actually remembered FOR ONCE, I thought I would do it.
1. Which book do you own the most copies of or authors do you own the most books from?
I own four copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in four different languages. I love languages, and I currently work for a translation company, so I have decided to make this my little project. At the moment I own the book in English (obviously), Spanish, German, and Dutch. All of these are languages that I can either speak moderately well (Spanish and English) or that I am learning, so by the end of 2015 I would like to be able to read at least one of them (preferably Dutch because it would be the most challenging and then I can quote the book to Judith and Mel) in its entirety.
2. What book(s) do you think deserves more hype?
I have so many answers to this question, but right now I mostly want to freak out about Far From You by Tess Sharpe (a murder mystery/thriller with a bisexual main character), Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Peter Pan retelling focussed on Tiger Lily from Tinkerbell’s point of view), and The Saga of Darren Shan (vampires, but awesome ones). Continue reading
Today is my blogoversary. Time has absolutely flown by, and I still feel like I’m a newbie sometimes in this community, even though I have been doing this gig for four whole years. I never dreamed that I would stick with a hobby for this long, since prior to blogging I was absolutely terrible with sticking with things and seeing them through. But here I am. In four years, I have written thousands of posts, read hundreds of books and record hundreds of videos, joined several social media sites, and attended one bookish event. But, most importantly, in the four years that I have been book blogging, I have made dozens of friends.
When I started book blogging I honestly didn’t think it would introduce me to so many wonderful people who I could connect with through my love of reading. I was expecting a fairly secluded experience, and for the first few months that’s what it was. But then the blogging world somehow opened up when I came out of my shell and I was able to meet the most wonderful people.