Life Lately #11

28/07/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 14

Life LatelyIs it me, or does July seem to have flown by? Maybe it’s because I’ve had a fairly eventful month, or perhaps it’s just the shock of realising we’re now over halfway through 2017!

I started July with a few days off work to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s second anniversary, which was definitely a nice start to the month! We chilled out for some of it, but we also went to the cinema to see Spiderman: Homecoming, went to my nephew’s 5th birthday party and had a really nice trip up to the Lake District.

My boyfriend had never been to the Lake District before, so we did a bit of a tour of the South Lakes so he could see the sights! We started out in Windermere, where we had a bit of a wander and grabbed some lunch, and then we drove to Grasmere (which I visited a while back). Our trip to Grasmere pretty much consisted of us taking a brief walk up to Wordsworth’s Daffodil Garden and then stopping off at the famous Grasmere gingerbread shop, because it had begun to rain, but it was still nice to go back there. Then we stopped off at Kendal on the way home, before I took us on a nice 15 mile detour in the wrong direction, because that’s just how I roll!

I also got a new car this month, which was super exciting, especially because it meant getting rid of my old cursed car! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned about my cursed car on this blog before, but I basically had it for two years, and it has been the most unlucky car ever! It’s the only newish car I’ve ever owned and I initially really liked it – it was just so cute, in a beautiful duck-egg blue colour!

But in those two years it has been run into outside my house, leaving a huge dent on the driver’s side door (and the person drove off and never admitted it), had all three of the other doors damaged (presumably by people throwing open their doors in car parks and hitting it), been clipped on the motorway, damaging the front wing, has slipped on ice and spun around, as well as having been keyed and had it’s registration plates stolen (and then someone had put them on another car which then crashed and the insurance company thought I was the one who had an accident! Although luckily I reported it to the police at the time, so it was quickly sorted out). So it’s fair to say I’m very happy to have got a different one now, and I’m hoping for better luck with this one!

Reading

Life Lately #11

I’ve had a pretty good reading month this month, starting out with Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, which I absolutely loved! It just had such a beautiful fairytale quality to it, and I liked the way it took inspiration from Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market poem, which I studied at university.

I also read my first Bernard Cornwell book, The Winter King, which is the first book in his trilogy retelling the Arthurian legend (which is a legend I’ve always been really interested in – I even did my dissertation about Arthurian literature!) and I’m now super excited to read the second book. I really liked his twist on things, and the way he makes a familiar story feel new.

I also read The Art of Work by Jeff Goins, which was a really interesting and inspiring book. I’ve been following Jeff’s blog for a while now, and I’m looking for a career change (I’m a major introvert working in retail – not ideal!), so when I saw this on sale for 99p I couldn’t resist!

And finally I finished Death Note, which I started months ago, but for some reason never ended up finishing. I could barely even remember the plot of the first few, so I had to Google a synopsis, but once I got back into it I was hooked, charging through the final two Black Editions in a couple of days.

I’m now set for my next month’s reading, as I’ve officially gone on another book buying binge, largely due to Amazon being evil and tempting me with lots of amazing 99p bargains! I’m currently reading one of my 99p bargains – The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory – and have also got First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson, The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard lined up. I also bought Lucy Vine’s debut novel Hot Mess for 99p on Kindle, after hearing about it on the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast. It isn’t my usual thing, but it could be fun!

I also bought physical copies of Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, although I haven’t read either yet! And I currently have Heart’s Blood and Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier winging their way to me, as I bought them cheaply on Ebay (although I wish there was more updated covers of Juliet Marillier’s books available – they all look so old-fashioned!). I seriously think I may be developing a book buying problem…it really is no wonder I’m always poor!

Life Lately #11

Writing

This month hasn’t been the best writing month, but it also hasn’t been the worst. I’m still ploughing on with my work-in-progress, and I’m still super excited about the idea!

I’ve also been trying out a few different things to try and hone my writing skills which I’ve blogged about here. And spoiler alert: it involves writing bad poetry!

Blogging

This month has been a great blogging month, primarily because I celebrated my third blogoversary! Hurrah! In honour of my blogoversary I did a little blog makeover, and I’m really happy with the results. It’s definitely left me super inspired to blog, so hopefully August is going to be a very productive blogging month!

Here are some of the things I’ve posted this month:

So how has your July been? What have you been reading/writing?

14 Responses to “Life Lately #11”

  1. Lys @ The Mad Reader

    Whoa I really hope your next car will bring less problems.

    Death Note is my favorite manga of all time, I love it so much ! I had Wintersong on my radar but I never picked it up for some reason.

    • Laura

      I’m really hoping it’s going to have less problems too!
      And I’m so glad you loved Death Note too! It’s the only manga I’ve actually read, so I’m hoping to find some more good ones. And I would definitely recommend Wintersong! It was on my radar for ages too, but I wasn’t excited enough about it to pick it up for ages, but it was actually really good! 🙂

    • Laura

      The gingerbread shop is pretty amazing. It’s such good gingerbread, and the shop is so little and cute too! I hope you get to visit it sometime 🙂

  2. Greg

    Sounds like a great month! Happy anniversary and yay for the new car! I think The Winter King looks great, and I LOVED Long Way To A Small Angry Planet- hope you enjoy it too.

    • Laura

      Thanks 🙂
      I would definitely recommend the Winter King! And I’m even more excited about Long Way To A Small Angry Planet now! I’m glad you liked it so much 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I wish I knew where this month has gone too. I know I’ve been doing things but even so it’s flown by, maybe because I’ve been busy. I definitely heard mention of the car dramas before, that is insane! I mean, the dents didn’t surprise me (although someone going into and driving off does0 but the license plate thing! Who knew people actually did that? It’ll only be because they had no insurance but it drives me insane if you can’t afford insurance don’t drive! Hopefully, your new car has better luck.

    I actually have a few of the books in this post on my ever growing TBR. Wintersong has been sat on my shelf for far too long so I may just start reading soon (although, I’m taking part in a reading challenge in a couple of weeks and may keep it for that).

    • Laura

      I know, it’s been crazy how fast July has gone by hasn’t it? I guess it’s probably just because we’ve both been busy 🙂
      And yeah, I totally didn’t know that license plate theft was a thing either! I had thought it was just kids messing about until the insurance thing, but I reported it to the police just in case, and I’m so glad I did! I’m really, really hoping this new car has better luck!
      Wintersong was so, so good! I had seen it around loads but never been super inspired to pick it up, but I’m so glad I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, as I’ve noticed on Goodreads that people seem to be very split between loving and hating it.

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    Here’s hoping your new car has better karma than your last! You must be due for some better car luck by now, right? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on your new Marillier acquisitions! Her books are just the best. You’re right about the cover art of her older work, though: it is pretty old-fashioned looking.

    • Laura

      I’m definitely hoping for some better car luck this time round! 🙂
      And I’m pretty excited about those Juliet Marillier books, even if I’m not a huge fan of the cover art. Plus one of them has turned up, and even though it’s a paperback, it’s literally huge (it won’t even fit on my bookshelf, it’s that tall!), which seems very strange! I’m sure I’ll enjoy the story though, so that’s the important thing! 🙂

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