Life Lately #21

07/06/2018 Lifestyle, Personal 6

Life Lately

Is it just me who’s baffled by the fact it’s now June? Where has the year gone? How we are we almost halfway through already?

May in particular has been quite a busy month for me, which you can probably tell from the scarcity of posts on this blog recently. Hopefully I’ll do better in June, but it could potentially be a busy month too!

I was really happy to get to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in a while this month. I met up with one of them for coffee and cake the other day, and we had a much needed catch-up and some book talk (she’s the only friend I have in real life who loves books as much as I do, so we always have good book talk!).

I also went to another friend’s house for a nice little get together with her, her boyfriend, her very lively dog, and my sister and her fiancé. Me, my friend and my sister used to live together, so it was really nice for us to get back together again, although it’s so weird to see how things have changed in just a few years – my sister has a baby and is engaged, my friend is living with her boyfriend and is pregnant, and I’m looking to move in with my boyfriend very soon.

Which takes me to the other things that’s been keeping me busy this month: viewing houses!

My boyfriend and I have been planning to move in together for over a year, but because we work so far apart, it’s been difficult. However, we’ve decided to just go for it, even though we’ll both have much longer commutes! We’ve found somewhere near enough in the middle, and we’ve looked at a few different houses and flats. We’ve yet to find the perfect one for us though…

In other news, my family’s dog went missing for over two hours last Saturday, and it was horrible! We’ve had her since me and my brother and sister were kids (she’s know 13 years old!), so we were devastated when we realised she’d got out of the back gate and was no where to be seen.

We were all frantically searching for her, running down streets, asking people, calling her etc., but she was no where, and she wasn’t even wearing her collar (I know, I know, thats so bad!) because she’d had a bath not long before. Thankfully, due to the power of social media (a lost and found pets page on Facebook, in particular!), we found her, and she was safe and well, and being looked after by a nice woman who lived a few streets away (and she’d made friends with a friendly whippet!). It was still horrible though not knowing if we would find her!

Reading

Life Lately #21

Good news on the reading front this month: I’m officially half way through my Goodreads challenge of 60 books! As it’s only the start of June, that puts me 5 books ahead, which is a nice, comfortable lead.

Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray was the first book I read this month, and it was fantastic! I loved the first book in the series, but if anything this second book was even better (and look out for my upcoming reviews for both books in the series!).

I also read Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake and Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo from the DC Icons series. Queens of Fennbirn was OK, but I don’t feel like it contributed a huge amount to the world of the series, or the story itself (which I guess is to be expected seen as the two stories were side novellas). I’d kind of expected more though, and I was especially disappointed by The Oracle Queen, as I had been really interested in the character of Elsabet, but ended up finding her quite dull.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer on the other hand, I really enjoyed. I wasn’t immediately sucked in, but a few chapters in I started to become really invested, and I liked the relationships that begin to develop between the main characters. Plus the ending did manage to surprise me! I definitely intend to read more of the DC Icons series, although I’ve heard from a few people that the Batman one is kind of a letdown…but I’m seriously excited for Sarah J. Maas’ take on Catwoman!

I also read a couple of nonfiction books this month: Get The Hell Into It: Stop Bouncing from Idea to Idea and Learn To See Things Through by Sarah Beth Moore, and #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

Get The Hell Into It was a short but very motivating book about procrastination and not finishing things (two things I really, really struggle with!), packed full of humour and fun exercises to help you ‘get the hell into it!’ I really enjoyed it, and found it so useful!

I also finally read #Girlboss, which I’ve had on my Kindle for ages, but have just never been in the mood to read. I’m so glad I finally did though, because it was both entertaining as a memoir, but also gave loads of super practical advice on how to advance your career, including the nitty gritty details, like what not to put in cover letters. Sophia Amoruso’s story is seriously so inspiring, and her irreverent sense of humour keeps it from being cheesy.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good reading month!

Writing

I’ve done OK with writing this month, but I could have done better. After successfully completely Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I managed to keep my 1,000 word a day routine going for a good half of the month, before it tailed off a bit. I still wrote several times a week though, and I feel as if I’m so close to finally finishing this manuscript.

Blogging

Whilst my reading and writing month has been fairly decent, May has been a complete bust as far as blogging goes, as I’ve been so busy. Whilst I like what I have posted, I would have liked to have posted a lot more! And I would especially liked to have got to comments faster, and to have taken more time to comment on other people’s blogs. So that’s my target for June!

Here’s the discussions I did manage to post in May:

So what have you been up to this May? What have you been reading recently?

6 Responses to “Life Lately #21”

  1. Angela

    Have fun househunting! I know how hard it can be; when we were looking last year, I had a whole list of things I thought we needed, and it all went out the window.

    I think I need to read #GIRLBOSS!

    • Laura

      Thanks! House hunting is a lot of fun (I’m nosey, so I just like seeing in different houses!), but so hard! We had a big list of stuff we wanted too, but it’s tough to find it all in one place. Plus I get stressed out about the thought of finding somewhere great and someone else getting to it before we do!
      And I would highly recommend #Girlboss! I’d heard so much about it, so was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it really did 🙂

  2. Kristin @ Flickering Lights

    I’m so happy that you found your dog! It’s so terrifying when they sneak out the gate, I’ve had that happen to me before and we live on a busy road. I’m kind of hesitant to read the DC icon books because although I love watching marvel movies I actually don’t know about backstories behind characters etc. But they sound good. I’ve watched the Netflix series Girlboss which I loved! I’m so sad we don’t get a second season :(. Lovely post 🙂

    • Laura

      Thanks! It’s so scary when they get out, isn’t it? We live a street down from a main road, so when we couldn’t find her, I was terrified she’d been run over.
      I really love the Marvel movies too, so I’ve tended to stick with those, and so don’t know much about DC character backstories, even really well known ones like Wonder Woman. I don’t know how faithful Warbringer was to her usual backstory, but I really enjoyed the book.
      And I’m so glad you liked the Girlboss Netflix series. I really want to watch that now I’ve read the book (although it’s definitely a shame there won’t be another series) 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Meeting up with friends is always fun, especially when you’ve not seen them in a while. Looking for houses sounds terrifying and so grown up! It’s scary seeing how quickly things seem to change, but it’s totally exciting as well because doing grown-up things is always a little exciting too in when real life is scary. I hope you manage to find the perfect house for you guys (which you can also afford).

    • Laura

      Meeting up with friends really is fun! It’s always good to catch up when it’s been a while 🙂
      And yeah, it’s so scary and grown-up, but I am really excited (and a little bit stressed!) as well. I’m hoping we can find out perfect house too in our budget 🙂

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