August was a very exciting month for me! It was busy, as usual, but some good things happened, the most important of which was Quill and I finding a new place to live! Due to his job being a lot further away from our current flat, we’re having to move a bit closer so his commute isn’t so long. We found a house at the beginning of the month, and have been sorting out all of the paperwork for it. I’m so excited that I’m considering doing a house tour vlog! Maybe lifestyle vlogging will be my new thing.
My company has started paying for fitness classes, so I’m now doing one of those a week as well as a Pilates class. I’m feeling pretty good about all of that right now. If I can get my running back up to scratch, I’ll feel even better!
Another thing my company is paying for is a monthly session on mindfulness. I’ve always wanted to try meditation but if I’m doing it on my own I get distracted, so these sessions have been quite helpful in helping me clear my head and help me to stay focussed for the rest of the day. Having a guide is really useful, it turns out!
Over the bank holiday weekend, Quill and I went to the New Forest. We were ambushed by a lot of horses and donkeys on multiple occasions, and we ended up doing a 16km walk on one of the days. I had a great time down there, and would definitely like to go back in the near future.
On a more negative note, the climate change and Brexit stuff that’s happening is stressing me out. I’m actually losing sleep over it because I feel so powerless to stop it. The Amazon is burning down and no one seems to really care, and the UK government has been suspended because one man wants it to. Continue reading
As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. Seven. Years. I know it’s a cliché at this point, but when I first started this blog back in 2010 (in May… except I stopped after one post and didn’t pick it up again until September) I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that book blogging is a hobby that I really freakin’ love. I love collecting my thoughts on books in one place, I love the book blogging community, I love getting excited about future releases, and I love looking back on old posts and feeling nostalgic.
One of my “unofficial” goals for 2015 is to get more authors involved with my blog. I really want to take the time to get to know the authors behind some of my favourite books, and to also show other people how awesome they are. With this Author Spotlight feature I will be showing off the authors’ books, giving away some of them (depending on what my money situation is like each month!) and just generally fangirling over some of the masterminds behind my favourite stories.
The spectacular honour of kicking off this new feature of mine goes to Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. I have read both books, and really enjoyed both of them. I don’t think TSOMAY beat ORS in terms of overall feels, but it was still a great contemporary read.
on the blog
Due to my trip to Germany, the blog went on a semi-hiatus and I didn’t post as regularly as I usually do. This worked out great, in my opinion, because I’m back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I have a bunch of new ideas for my blog and Booktube channel. Now I just need to find the time to develop them.
The most excited thing that happened on the blog in July was the announcement of mine and Bec’s Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon! You can sign up and stuff in the post. Both of us are very excited to host this, and there are going to be tonnes of exciting things happening over the two months that the event takes place, such as giveaways, a scavenger hunt, challenges, and more.
I reviewed The Vanishing Season which, while I cried, was a bit of a let down. I did enjoy The Savages though, even if it did make me question my morals and remind me a lot of The Addams Family. I shared the characters that I would want with me on a deserted island, and included lots of excellent gifs. The Gannicus gif is reason enough to read the post. Finally, I died over Since You’ve Been Gone, because Morgan Matson is out to get me.
Tatum was thoroughly creeped out by Lolita, which makes me even more curious to read the book. She reviewed Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet, as well as Crime and Punishment, both of which were kind of average. Tatum did really like The Sweet Far Thing, though, so maybe I can convince her to finally read Beauty Queens? I gave that book to her years ago because I hated it but I think she gave it away *cries*
me in July
At the beginning of the month, I started training for my new job. It was very stressful at first, because I had a lot of things that I had to remember, but I think I have the hang of it. I’ll be doing this new job for half of the week, and on those days I’ll get to finish work at 5PM (5.30 on Wednesdays) instead of the usual 6.30! It’s heavenly, even though I do have to arrive earlier in the mornings. Leaving while the sun is still shining makes me happy. Overall, I’m very happy with the new job! So far, at least. Continue reading
On the Blog
A lot of good stuff happened on the blog this month! My book club discussed Vicious by Victoria Schwab, which was a hit with two of us, a disappointment to one, and the fourth member of the gang hasn’t finished it yet. I shared my thoughts on The Secrets of Lily Graves, which was great, Stolen, which I also really enjoyed because ELENA, and The Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Mutant City was a let down, though. Why can’t I have an epic book about people with superpowers? Oh, wait, I do. Another let down was Don’t Call Me Baby, but The Art of Lainey and The Secret Diamond Sisters were good!
Tatum talked about a whole bunch of stuff this month, included the mermaid novel which wasn’t the hit she was hoping for: Deep Blue. She also ranted about Heart of Darkness, made me want to read Cane River RIGHT. NOW., and shared her thoughts on Cuckoo Song and The Geography of You and Me.
I shared my thoughts on the horrific/terrible/mess of an adaptation that was the Vampire Academy movie. Trust me, it was terrible. I also shared some things that surprised me when I visited the USA, and I started a new feature: Famous Last Words! On my Youtube channel I introduced a new feature called Genre Fix, which I’m thinking about bringing over to the blog. What do you think?
Me in May
Again, I have no life. I spent a lot of May either with a cold or with an eye infection, which are not fun. We had a couple of bank holidays so that meant I had a couple of long weekends! It was sunny in England for a few days, which was lovely. And, probably the most exciting of all, I joined the gym! My current plan is to go at least four days each week, and I want to tone my stomach before I go to Germany in July. I took a couple of days off due to the bloody eye infection (which meant I couldn’t go swimming) but I’m on track now and I can’t wait to do more! My gym offers some great group classes such as pilates, studio cycling, and body conditioning, so I hope to try all of those out at some point since they are free with my membership!