Life Lately #20

09/05/2018 Lifestyle, Personal 10

Life Lately

So April is over, and May is here, and with it has finally come the nice weather. This past weekend in particular has been beautiful, so it was a shame I was mostly stuck in work!

On the whole, April has been a nice, productive month for me…but I’ve discussed the reasons why already in previous posts. To recap: I went on holiday with my boyfriend around the middle of the month to the Lake District, and had a really lovely time (and you can read all about it here).

I also took part in Camp NaNoWriMo (and was successful! Yay!), which I spoke about here.

It was also my birthday on the fifteenth, and I had a nice, relaxed day spent with my boyfriend and family. I got some lovely gifts, including an awesome jacket from my parents (a black varsity jacket with galaxy pattern sleeves!), £50 of Waterstones vouchers from my boyfriend (he knows me well!), a book from my friend, and vouchers off my brother and sister (as well as a crate of Diet Coke…they know me well too!).


Life Lately #20

This month has been an OK reading month, as I read 5 books, which has taken my Goodreads Challenge up to 25 out of 60. In terms of reading good books though, it’s been an amazing month!

After finishing up The Rose and the Dagger at the end of March I read The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien, which told the story of Joan of Kent, the young, and very beautiful cousin of Edward III. She wasn’t a historical figure I was overly familiar with, but her story was really interesting, and I really liked Joan as a character.

I then read Claire Kendal’s The Second Sister whilst I was on holiday, and although it wasn’t exactly the best thriller I’ve ever read, it was perfectly enjoyable, and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened at the end.

And that’s where I get to the two amazing books I finished off April with: Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I really don’t know what it is with me and space these days, but Defy the Stars gave me my fix of epic science fiction, with a super sweet friendship/love story woven into it.

Life After Life was completely different, but totally amazing, and was actually bought for me as a birthday gift by my friend Victoria. She has been telling me for ages how good the book was, and now I’ve read it I totally agree. It had such a unique format, and is definitely the kind of book that I know will stay with me for a long time.

I’ve now just finished A Court of Frost and Starlight and really enjoyed it. However, even though I was aware it was going to be a novella, it was much shorter than I had expected, so it didn’t fully satisfy my ACOTAR cravings! It was still nice catching up with all the characters though in the aftermath of the battle with Hybern in the previous book.

I also went on something of a Kindle spending spree when I got paid the other day, as there seemed to be so many bargains around this month. Therefore I have a lot of great books to look forward to reading in May!

My best bargain was probably getting To Kill A Kingdom for 99p, as I’ve had my eye on that one for ages! However, I also bought After I’ve Gone by Linda Green, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Defy the Worlds by Claudia Grey, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, The Cows by Dawn O’Porter, The Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien and Sabriel by Garth Nix.


As I’ve already said, this month was a great writing month for me, seen as I took part and completed Camp NaNoWriMo, adding 30,000 words to my WIP progress.

Thankfully, I’ve been managing to keep up the pace, and my WIP is finally nearing the end. I’m up to 94,000 words, so I figure I surely can’t be far off!


Whilst I’ve had a productive writing month this April, I haven’t been as on top of blogging as I would have liked. I still managed to post a few things though:

The past few days I’ve also been trying to resurrect my Bookstagram account (again). A while back I decided I hated my entire feed and deleted everything, so I’ve been starting from scratch, but so far I’m pretty pleased with my new colourful theme: Life Lately #20

If you want to check it out, you can find me @Laurablogsbooks, and let me know in the comments if you have a bookstagram account too!

So how has your month been? What have you been reading/writing this month?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #20”

  1. Vee @ Under The Mountain

    I love the theme! You’ve been really busy compared to me, but this month is likely to be my busiest so far. Heading to Bath on Saturday, then next week a zoo, hopefully the seaside and some other places. I’ve lost my camera though so I’m going to have to borrow my partner’s, boo. 🙁

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

    • Laura

      Wow, it does sound like you have a busy month up ahead! I haven’t been to Bath in years, but I remember it being a really lovely place. I may have to take a trip back there soon too! I hope you had a great time 🙂
      And yay for the zoo and the seaside! It sucks that you lost your camera though. I broke my smaller camera a while back (only a couple of months after getting it!) and was so annoyed! 🙁

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m glad you had a nice April and while you didn’t read TONS, that’s great you got some really good reads in. Sometimes that’s all that matters. Ooh I’m liking your colorful bookstagram photos. I post a variety of things on my Insta, but I DO want to share more bookstagram type of pictures because those are fun to do.


    • Laura

      Yeah, I think sometimes reading a few really good books can be better than reading lots of OK books. Although I guess reading lots of really good books would be even better! That’ll have to be my goal for May!
      Bookstagram pictures really are so fun to take! I’ve been really enjoying doing it 🙂

  3. Pamela

    So happy to hear your writing has been strong lately! 94k is so MANY WORDS OMG. I hope I can read Defy the Stars soon some day because I really love the cover and the synopsis. Also, I love your feed because it’s so you! I think it goes with the aesthetic of your blog perfectly too!

    • Laura

      It really is a lot of words, I’m just hoping when I read it back it isn’t all rambling!
      And I so hope you love Defy The Stars as much as I did! It was such a good book, and the developing friendship between Abel and Noemi is just the best!
      And thanks so much! 🙂

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Sometimes less is more when it comes to reading and it seems like you’ve had that. You may not have read loads but you’ve loved what you’ve been reading. I’m a little jealous, I’ve had a few misses so I wish I’d had as good a reading month as you. Love the look of your Instagram, though, you were totally right to start again, it looks so clean.

    • Laura

      That’s so true! Sometimes I think having read a few really good books is better than having read loads of OK, or not so good books. I’m sorry you didn’t have such great reading month though, and I hope this month is much better for you, and you read some really great books! 🙂
      And thanks! I feel like I definitely made the right choice starting my Instagram again.

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I love your new colorful approach to your Bookstagramming. You’ve inspired me—I know I have TONS of old scrapbooking paper from when I did that. I should use it as backgrounds. It’s simple, but pretty. I’ve never been good at the super creative and elaborate book photos. 🙂

    • Laura

      Scrapbooking paper would make amazing backgrounds! As much as I love some of the really elaborate bookstagram photos you get with loads of props, I’ve never been very good at taking them either, and sometimes I think just a book on a nice background is as effective. Simple but pretty! 🙂

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