Life Lately #4

27/12/2016 Personal 8

Life Lately #4

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these posts! Although I guess I’ve been kind of lazy all round in terms of blogging this month: it’s certainly gone downhill from my super productive November.

As I imagine is the case for most people, the lead up to Christmas has been pretty hectic. Despite my best efforts, I ended up leaving a lot of my Christmas shopping a lot later than I would have liked, and as I work on a supermarket delicatessen it gets crazy busy around this time of year! All I want to do these days when I get home from work is slump on the sofa with a good book, which is why I’ve been reading loads, but not getting a lot of blogging done this December.

However, all the rushing around was worth it, because when Christmas finally came around, I had a genuinely lovely day. In fact this ended up being one of the best Christmases I can remember, as I got to spend lots of time with my boyfriend and family (including the new editions – my two little nieces!), ate good food and just generally got to relax. It felt like an especially Christmassey Christmas this year (hopefully that makes sense) because there are now so many kids in my family, that there’s been plenty people around me who are actually excited for Christmas, instead of stressed.

I also got some lovely gifts! My boyfriend got me a Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon Moon, and so I’m officially addicted! The only other Pokemon game I’ve played (aside from Pokemon Go) is Pokemon Diamond, so it’s pretty amazing to see how much the game has developed since then, and I’m loving the Hawaii-esque location.

He also got me the Lord of the Rings keychain I said I wanted in this post (totally dropping hints over here!), a unicorn hood blanket (which is so cute!) and a Waterstones voucher (and I already have numerous books in mind to buy with it!!!). My parents also got me some sparkly shoes that I wanted from New Look, a tonne of chocolate and a new cross stitch (yep, I’m trying it again!), and my sister got me a lovely jacket.

Reading:

Life Lately #4

I recently read the second book in Laura Andersen’s alternate history trilogy about if Anne Boleyn had had a son, and he had become King of England. I’d enjoyed but not absolutely loved The Boleyn King, but I adored The Boleyn Deceit so much that I immediately went back to the library for the third book (which I’m currently reading).

I also finally got round to reading Six of Crows, and I absolutely loved it! The characters were incredible, the plot was nice and fast paced, and who doesn’t love a heist story after all!

There should be reviews coming for all these books soon!

Writing

I’m still working on my novel, but progress has slowed down a lot since NaNoWriMo finished. Now Christmas is over, I’m hoping to pick up the pace a bit again, and hopefully have that first draft done soon!

Blogging

As I say, it’s been a slow month for me blog-wise, including everything from posting to replying to comments to commenting/reading other blogs, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things in the New Year.

I’m even considering having a bit of a revamp in the New Year, probably keeping the same header/branding, but I’d like a theme where the images are bigger than just thumbnails on the Home page (so if anyone has any suggestions for a good theme like that, let me know!).

This week I’m planning to do a ‘Best of 2016’ post, and my customary resolutions post, so look out for that!

So how has your December been, and have you all had a good Christmas? What have you been reading lately?

8 Responses to “Life Lately #4”

  1. Greg

    Glad you had a great Christmas! Yay for the Nintendo 2DS and the voucher (I’ll take book card gifts anytime- they’re the best)! Good luck with your writing, and nice to hear that Six of crows is so good. I’ve seen so many positive reviews I’m definitely adding that one.

    • Laura

      Yeah, gift cards are totally the best! I’ve already bought Crooked Kingdom and Rebel of the Sands with it, so I’m pretty excited to read those 🙂
      Six of Crows was so good! I cannot recommend it enough! 🙂
      I hope you had a good Christmas too!

  2. Mimi

    Hi Laura,

    it’s great that you had a nice Christmas. Mine was nice, too, although I celebrated it alone. But it was very relaxed and I had a good time on my own.

    I’m currently reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Have you read this book? If so, did you like it? I just have read the first 40 pages or so, so I can’t really say much about the book yet, but it’s nice being back in the Harry Potter universe after a long time (I read the other Harry Potter books in my teenage years).

    Kindest regards from Germany,
    Mimi

    PS: I wish you a happy new year 2017!

    • Laura

      Hi!
      I’m glad you had a nice relaxing Christmas. Sometimes it’s nice just to get some time to yourself! 🙂
      I read the Cursed Child a while back, and whilst I didn’t love it as much as the original books (but that would have been a big ask!) I did enjoy it, and like you I just liked being back in that familiar world again, and seeing what happened after the events of the last book.
      Thanks for commenting, and a Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’m glad your Christmas was good. I know sometimes the build up to the holidays can get a bit much and all the organising beforehand is ridiculous. I’m glad you got some gifts you wanted, though. I’ve got the new Pokemon too, I can’t say I’m addicted but it is deifnitely fun, especially as it’s quite different to past games. And sparkly shoes are always a good gift.

    I have to say I’ve ignored Six of Crows despite everyone raving about it and now I’m thinking I may need to pick up a copy as I’ve yet to see a bad word against it.

    Hopefully you can get back into blogging in the New Year, I’ve definitely noticed I’ve not had as much time to blog the past week or so there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

    • Laura

      Yeah, the level of organising that goes into Christmas is crazy, especially seen as it’s just one day, and it’s gone before you know it! I’m glad you’re liking the new Pokemon game too! It’s definitely fun and totally different from the only other Pokemon game I’ve played (but as I say, that was a pretty old one!).
      I had ignored Six of Crows for quite a while too, as I didn’t want it to not live up to the hype, plus I haven’t yet read Leigh Bardugo’s original Grisha series yet, but I can honestly say it was a really, really great read! I hope you enjoy it if you read it!
      There really don’t seem to be enough hours in the day for me either at the moment, but here’s hoping we both manage to find more time in the New Year! Happy New Year! 🙂

    • Laura

      Thank you! I hope you had a great Christmas too! 🙂
      Yeah, there really isn’t anything as Christmassey as little kids getting super excited about Santa coming! I can imagine it isn’t quite the same when they’re a little older, but at least they still get excited!

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