So I’m back with another life update, and I really hope you’ve all had a wonderful February (it’s looking like these updates are going to be a monthly thing, so I’m just going to go with it!)!
I don’t know about you, but February seems to have been a much better month than January, in part because of the gradually improving weather (if you ignore the major blip that was Storm Doris, the other day!) and my far higher productivity levels. Not to mention the fact that I just had a week off work, which I think I really needed.
Not that I did a massive amount with my week off. I just spent some time with my boyfriend, chilling out and playing Pokemon Moon (I’ve officially finished the main quest! Hooray!), and trying (and largely succeeded) to get on top of blogging. I seem to have posted way more regularly, so I feel like I’m finally hitting my 2017 stride!
I’m currently on the 9th book of my Goodreads target of 50, so I think that means I’m on track? I finally got round to reading the next book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows, which I really should have done earlier seen as Daughter of the Forest was easily the best book I read in 2016. As I had predicted it was absolutely amazing, and I literally whizzed through it within a few days. I’m definitely not going to leave it anywhere near as long to read the third book in the series!
I also just read Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon, which was amazing as well! I’ve been meaning to read this for ages seen as I love Emma’s podcast of the same name, and it was just so relatable in so many ways. Look out for my upcoming review!
In other reading news, I’ve gone and replaced my old dinosaur of a Kindle (I think it’s 2nd or 3rd gen?) with a nice, shiny new one, which I’m really hoping is going to up my ebook game. I’ve never been as into ebooks as I would like to be, but they’re just so damn convenient, so I’m hoping this will help…
I’ve already found that some of the books on my TBR list are much cheaper on Kindle than the physical copies, so I’ve stocked up, and am already reading The Wrath and the Dawn (with Three Dark Crowns and Heartless lined up as well!). So far I’m loving how cute and dainty my new Kindle is, and I do like being able to read on it without a great big black blotch in the middle of the screen (just look at the old Kindle in the picture to see the offending blotch!)!
Things have continued to be a little slow on the novel front this month, largely because I decided to work on a second project alongside it. I’ve been thinking for a while that’s I’d love to write a short non-fiction ebook, so I’ve been plugging away at that this month. I’ve also started planning out a gothic style, fantasy short story which I’m pretty excited about!
As I’ve said, I feel like I’ve been much better with my blogging this month, and I think that’a largely due to me scheduling my content in advance (revolutionary, I know!). I finally downloaded the Google Calendar app, and have been using it to plan out what I’ll be posting when, which has really helped my productivity. Nothing slows me down like sitting down and having no idea what to write about!
Here are some of my favourite posts I’ve written this month:
And if you’re looking for other blogs to check out, my friend Victoria has recently started one called Passports & Paperbacks where she talks about books and travel (she’s currently living in Canada!). I’ve known Victoria since high school (so we’ve known each other about 12 years, I think?) and she’s one of the only people I know in real life who loves books as much as I do!
So how has your February been? What have you been reading lately?