Life Lately #19

07/04/2018 Lifestyle, Personal 8

Life Lately

So March is over, and April is here, and with it the beginnings of some decent weather! It has been raining off and on here in my corner of England, but there has also been some warmer days mixed in there, which has been nice. Although I live in a very touristy seaside town, and because the kids have been off school for Easter, every time the sun so much as peeped out of the clouds, the town suddenly became heaving, which was annoying.

Anyway, March and the early part of April have been pretty uneventful for me. When I’ve not been at work I’ve usually been at my boyfriend’s, and we’ve been working our way through all of the Marvel films. I’ve never seen any of them (which is weird, considering superheroes is something I’ve always thought I’d like!), so I’m trying to get caught up before the next Avengers film comes out.

Thankfully though, the rest of April is looking a little more exciting! I’m off work for a week, after this next week, and I’ll be going on my first trip away since March 2015! Hooray! My boyfriend and I are going to the Lake District for a few days, so I’m hoping the good weather makes an appearance.

It also happens to be my birthday on the 15th (the day before our trip away!), so I’m looking forward to that, and getting to spend some time with my family.

Reading:

Life Lately #19

March wasn’t an amazing reading month, largely due to my bad case of TBR overwhelm that I spoke about in this post. However, I did get on a bit of a Brontë kick after my visit to Haworth the other week, and decided to try Anne Brontë’s books, seen as she is the only sister I’ve never read anything by.

I started out with Agnes Grey, which I liked, and then read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which I absolutely loved. In my opinion Anne’s writing is every bit as good as her sisters’, it’s just a little less dramatic and more understated than the wild, and passionate nature of books like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Although I may save further commentary on that for another post!

I also finished reading Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (see my review here!), and read a short ebook about writing called The Divine Guide to Creating A Daily Writing Practice by Pernille Norregaard. I’m now in the middle of reading The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, which I’ve for some reason left until a year after reading the first book in the series to get to (so I’ve of course forgotten everything that happened in the first book!).

Life Lately #19

Writing:

As I posted about the other day, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month, and will be trying to add 30,000 words to be WIP (a Robin Hood retelling). I’m hoping that’s going to take the novel within sight of the finish line!

I’m now 7 days in, and so far I’ve been keeping up with my 1,000 word a day target!

Blogging:

I’ve posted a couple of discussion posts this month, in case you missed them:

So how has your month been? What have you been up to? What have you been reading/writing?

8 Responses to “Life Lately #19”

  1. Christina @ Ruff Day Reviews

    Happy early birthday! I haven’t read either Bronte sister, sadly. Although, I did just get Wuthering Heights in my Classic Books box! Excited about that one. When I’m in a classic mood, I’ll have to pick these up as well.

    Isn’t TBR overwhelmingness horrible? I’ll have to check out your post! I just always know I have so much work to do, which means, I’ll probably jump onto a game and play the time away. ACK!

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      Wuthering Heights is a great book! I really hope you enjoy it! 🙂
      And TBR overwhelm really is so horrible! I’m kind of like that, in that when I’ve been busy I’d rather just spend time watching some TV shows or something, rather than having to go to the trouble of tackling my TBR list. I end up avoiding it when the overwhelm hits, because I don’t want to have to decide what to read next.

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’m really liking the slightly warmer weather (even if it is constantly raining now) but I definitely want a few drier days in my future so I can do stuff. As much as I like sitting in reading I really could do with getting out a bit. I hope you enjoy your trip to the Lake District and you get the warmer/drier days you want because the best part of the lakes is getting out and exploring. I’m the same with series so you’re not alone in leaving big gaps between reading a sequel I quite enjoyed The Rose and the Dagger but I had a couple of issues with it too so I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on it.

    • Laura

      The warmer weather really has been nice, we could just do without the rain now. I’m definitely hoping the weather is nice for my Lakes trip, and I hope it gets nicer so you can get out and do stuff too. Sitting in reading is nice, but it is good to have the option to go out.
      I just finished The Rose and the Dagger and I felt the same as you about it. I enjoyed it, but had a couple of problems. I definitely didn’t like it as much as I remember liking the first book. I’ll put my full review up soon! 🙂

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