Is it me, or does July seem to have flown by? Maybe it’s because I’ve had a fairly eventful month, or perhaps it’s just the shock of realising we’re now over halfway through 2017!
I started July with a few days off work to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s second anniversary, which was definitely a nice start to the month! We chilled out for some of it, but we also went to the cinema to see Spiderman: Homecoming, went to my nephew’s 5th birthday party and had a really nice trip up to the Lake District.
My boyfriend had never been to the Lake District before, so we did a bit of a tour of the South Lakes so he could see the sights! We started out in Windermere, where we had a bit of a wander and grabbed some lunch, and then we drove to Grasmere (which I visited a while back). Our trip to Grasmere pretty much consisted of us taking a brief walk up to Wordsworth’s Daffodil Garden and then stopping off at the famous Grasmere gingerbread shop, because it had begun to rain, but it was still nice to go back there. Then we stopped off at Kendal on the way home, before I took us on a nice 15 mile detour in the wrong direction, because that’s just how I roll!
I also got a new car this month, which was super exciting, especially because it meant getting rid of my old cursed car! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned about my cursed car on this blog before, but I basically had it for two years, and it has been the most unlucky car ever! It’s the only newish car I’ve ever owned and I initially really liked it – it was just so cute, in a beautiful duck-egg blue colour!
But in those two years it has been run into outside my house, leaving a huge dent on the driver’s side door (and the person drove off and never admitted it), had all three of the other doors damaged (presumably by people throwing open their doors in car parks and hitting it), been clipped on the motorway, damaging the front wing, has slipped on ice and spun around, as well as having been keyed and had it’s registration plates stolen (and then someone had put them on another car which then crashed and the insurance company thought I was the one who had an accident! Although luckily I reported it to the police at the time, so it was quickly sorted out). So it’s fair to say I’m very happy to have got a different one now, and I’m hoping for better luck with this one!
I’ve had a pretty good reading month this month, starting out with Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, which I absolutely loved! It just had such a beautiful fairytale quality to it, and I liked the way it took inspiration from Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market poem, which I studied at university.
I also read my first Bernard Cornwell book, The Winter King, which is the first book in his trilogy retelling the Arthurian legend (which is a legend I’ve always been really interested in – I even did my dissertation about Arthurian literature!) and I’m now super excited to read the second book. I really liked his twist on things, and the way he makes a familiar story feel new.
I also read The Art of Work by Jeff Goins, which was a really interesting and inspiring book. I’ve been following Jeff’s blog for a while now, and I’m looking for a career change (I’m a major introvert working in retail – not ideal!), so when I saw this on sale for 99p I couldn’t resist!
And finally I finished Death Note, which I started months ago, but for some reason never ended up finishing. I could barely even remember the plot of the first few, so I had to Google a synopsis, but once I got back into it I was hooked, charging through the final two Black Editions in a couple of days.
I’m now set for my next month’s reading, as I’ve officially gone on another book buying binge, largely due to Amazon being evil and tempting me with lots of amazing 99p bargains! I’m currently reading one of my 99p bargains – The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory – and have also got First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson, The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard lined up. I also bought Lucy Vine’s debut novel Hot Mess for 99p on Kindle, after hearing about it on the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast. It isn’t my usual thing, but it could be fun!
I also bought physical copies of Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, although I haven’t read either yet! And I currently have Heart’s Blood and Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier winging their way to me, as I bought them cheaply on Ebay (although I wish there was more updated covers of Juliet Marillier’s books available – they all look so old-fashioned!). I seriously think I may be developing a book buying problem…it really is no wonder I’m always poor!
This month hasn’t been the best writing month, but it also hasn’t been the worst. I’m still ploughing on with my work-in-progress, and I’m still super excited about the idea!
I’ve also been trying out a few different things to try and hone my writing skills which I’ve blogged about here. And spoiler alert: it involves writing bad poetry!
This month has been a great blogging month, primarily because I celebrated my third blogoversary! Hurrah! In honour of my blogoversary I did a little blog makeover, and I’m really happy with the results. It’s definitely left me super inspired to blog, so hopefully August is going to be a very productive blogging month!
Here are some of the things I’ve posted this month:
- How do you know if your story idea is a keeper?
- The Pros and Cons of the Goodreads Challenge
- 3 Ways To Improve Your Writing
So how has your July been? What have you been reading/writing?