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.
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!
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!
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?