My mental state coming into December 2018 looks kind of like this: AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
You may think this is because of all the usual holiday season things like shopping etc., but oh no! I have a ridiculous amount going on over December including moving house, leaving my job of 8 years and starting a new one… So yeah, it’s going to be a crazy month!
I’m pretty excited about my new job, because it means I’m finally going to be in commutable distance of my boyfriend’s place, which means we’re finally moving in together! Hooray! This feels like a really exciting new stage in my life, and I really couldn’t be happier.
However, at the same time I’m also super, super nervous because change freaks me out and my new job is in a completely different sphere, so I’m going to have no idea what I’m doing. Plus I’m going to be really sad to leave my current job – as I’ve said, I’ve been there for 8 years, and have pretty much grown-up there, going from a 17 year old college student to a 25 year old woman in that time. I can’t say I’ll miss the job itself that much (retail isn’t ideal for introverts!), but I’m really going to miss all of my colleagues, and I have a lot of memories there.
I leave on the 12th, and I’m hoping I don’t get all embarrassing and weepy! The scary thing is that I start my new job the next day, and somewhere in there I actually need to move into my boyfriend’s…so wish me luck with that!
Oh, and then of course there’s Christmas! Which I have done zero preparation for so far!
This month the theme of my reading seems to have been ‘things I need to read so I can watch the TV/movie adaptation’…oh, and Vikings! I’m apparently obsessed with Vikings since watching the TV show on Amazon Prime!
I started out reading The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, which is a book I’ve owned for a while, after I intended to watch the BBC TV series. I’ve noticed it’s now on Netflix, so I thought it was about time I read this, and then I can watch it!
I ended up loving it, and read it in a couple of days, and then immediately bought the next book off eBay. Luckily this is the start of a pretty long series, so this one should keep me busy for a while.
I then decided to read another book I’ve had on my shelf for ages: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I’ve always been fascinated with mythology and legends, and as I say, I’m really interested in Vikings at the moment, so I really enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s take on Norse myths. The way they were told felt very traditional, but still engaging.
I then decided it was about time I finally got round to reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before seen as everyone has been raving about the Netflix film. I was a little worried when I started out as I wasn’t immediately sucked in, but by the end I could kind of see what all the fuss was about. Lara Jean is such a likeable heroine, Kavinsky was such a charming love interest (and I always like ‘fake relationship’ stories!), and don’t get me started on how adorable Kitty is!
So have I watched the film yet, now I’ve finally read the book? Er…no, not yet. But I’ll get round to it, I swear!
I also started watching ‘Outlander’ this month (finally!), so I thought it was about time I read the fourth book, ready for reaching the fourth series. I’m still only up to watching series 2, but I’ve now finished Drums of Autumn so I’m ready for when I get to the latest series.
I then had a complete crisis for what to read next, partly because this next book was going to be the final book of my 60 book Goodreads Challenge target, and I felt like it had to be good… Anyway, I dithered for so long that in the end I grabbed the nearest unread book, which happened to be Happy by Fearne Cotton, which I picked up on a whim at Tesco a while back.
I could appreciate it for what it was: an uplifting self-help style book that covered basic things about taking care of yourself. I wasn’t blown away by it, as I don’t think it said anything new, but it was OK. And not to be superficial, but the cover is gorgeous (which may or may not be why I picked it up in the first place…)!
I’m now reading Robin Hobb’s Ship Of Magic. Now I’ve reached my target, I feel like I can spend December reading some of the longer titles on my TBR list, as I think I’ve been avoiding them a little, for fear of falling behind (which isn’t how it should be, I know, but I can’t help it!).
As I spoke about here, I low-key did NaNoWriMo this month, with the vague aim of finishing my WIP, whether or not that added up to 50,000 words.
Did I achieve that? Nope! After finding out about my new job and moving etc., I proceeded to flap and fall behind with my writing, and I never quite managed to catch up.
I did manage to add 43,000 words to my WIP though, and according to my plan, I only have two chapters left to write before I’m done! Hooray!
As I said, I finally started watching ‘Outlander’ this month, and I’ve been really loving it so far. More than the books actually, which isn’t my usual opinion of book adaptations!
I just think the characters – particularly Jamie and Claire – were cast so well, and a lot of the rambly, pointless bits of the book had obviously been cut out. The storyline just felt sharper, and I liked changes they made to some of the secondary characters to make them more interesting. Like I don’t remember characters like Rupert and Angus being particularly funny in the books but they are in the show?
I’ve also been continuing to love the new series of ‘Doctor Who’! I know a lot of people have been complaining about the series taking a bit of a political turn, and discussing things like racism etc., but I’m actually quite liking that aspect. It’s good to watch a show that’s entertaining, that also makes you think.
A few songs I’ve been listening to a lot this month:
- ’Horror Show’ by the Birthday Massacre
- ’Nobody’ by Skindred
- ’The Reckoning’ by Within Temptation
- ’Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Nightwish
This month has been terrible as far as blogging goes, as I seem to have fallen into a bit of a slump. Partially that was because I got so behind with NaNoWriMo, and I had so much going on that I just felt I didn’t have much time, but also I feel like I’m just a bit uninspired at the moment.
Hopefully that’ll change soon, as I always seem to get that ‘New Year, New Me!’ feeling when January rolls around!
Anyway, here’s the few things I posted this past month:
- Things I Love About Writing
- Being A Slow Reader in the Book Blogging Community
- Thoughts on ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and the End of ‘Throne of Glass’
So how has your November/start of December been? Are you prepared for Christmas? What have you been reading lately?