Life Lately #29

05/02/2019 Lifestyle, Personal, Reading 12

Life Lately

It’s so weird… Christmas and New Year already feel like a distant memory, but at the same time, it’s crazy to think we’re already a month into 2019!

My January has been fairly uneventful to be honest, and has mostly just involved work, work and more work. I have had a couple of family birthday’s this month though, starting off with my boyfriend’s. It fell on my day off, thankfully, and we spent a lovely day just mooching around the Trafford Centre.

It was then my Dad’s birthday, so the entire family went down to my parents for takeaway pizza, and it was just a really nice evening where I got to catch up with everyone.

Hopefully I’ll be doing some more exciting stuff this week though, as I’m off work for the week! Hooray!

I didn’t actually know I had any annual leave until March, but when I checked the rota the other day it turned out I’d been allocated some, so that was a nice surprise! I definitely feel like I need some time off and a chill, as I have been finding getting used to my new job a little stressful at times.


So, this has actually been a record reading month for me! I set my Goodreads target this year at 65, so a little higher than last year, and I’m already at 20 books!

I do feel like I’ve kind of cheated though…I borrowed the Dragon Ball manga series off my boyfriend and have been reading them, and each of the 16 volumes only took me about half an hour each to read. They’re still books though, so it totally counts!

Plus I really enjoyed them: the characters were fun, the fights were crazy, and the action was non-stop! I’m definitely going to have to borrow the Dragon Ball Z series off him sometime!

Novel-wise, I started out the month reading Windwitch by Susan Dennard, which I enjoyed, although that enjoyment was slightly hampered by my inability to remember what had happened in the first book (as I spoke about here!).

I also read the third of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens books, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, and I absolutely loved it! I had been really interested to get to this book as Jane Seymour is one of Henry VIII’s wives I knew the least about, so it was fascinating to learn more about her life and get some insight into her as a person.

I also finally got round to reading And I Darken by Kiersten White, which is a book I’ve had my eye on for some time. I loved the concept of a book about a female version of Vlad the Impaler, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! I loved how fierce Lada was, and I liked the contrast between her and her brother’s character, and their complicated relationship with each other. I’m now super hyped to read the next book in the series, and I’m hoping to get to it soon if I can get hold of a copy, before I forget everything that happened!

I also read a really great writing book this month called Save The Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody, but I’ll talk more about that in the ‘writing’ section…


January wasn’t a great month for writing for me, but it was a great month for writing prep! After reading Save The Cat! Writers A Novel I was super inspired to have a go using the beat sheet from the book, and decided I would completely replot and then rewrite my Robin Hood novel. Yes, it’s a huge undertaking, but I kind of knew as I was writing the book that something wasn’t really working, and I think a lot of it was that the characters were kind of flat, and the plot was a little rambling…

So I’ve got it all plotted out, I’ve revamped the characters, and I’m ready to have another go! I feel like it’s going to be kind of hard to start writing a novel that I’ve essentially already written, as I’m going to have to try and get my original version out of my head for now, but I love the concept, and I just want to make it work! I feel like it’s going to be so much better for the changes. I’ll keep you all updated on my progress!


This has also been a bad month for me actually watching all the things I want to watch… I’ve basically just kept up with ‘Vikings’, and that’s been about it.

I’m hoping to get back into ‘Outlander’ this month, as I still haven’t finished the second series, and my boyfriend and I are hoping to catch the new Lego movie at the cinema at the end of the week!


I’ve mostly been listening to some pretty downbeat music recently… It’s January, the weather’s been horrible, and that’s just what I’ve been feeling like listening to!

Here’s a few songs that have been top of my list this month:

  • ‘Sirens’ by Pearl Jam
  • ’Zombie’ by the Cranberries
  • ‘Stumbleine’ by Smashing Pumpkins
  • ’Disarm’ by Smashing Pumpkins
  • ’Tonight, Tonight’ by Smashing Pumpkins
  • ’Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac (which is actually pretty cheerful, but I’ve been loving it!).


I’ve posted a few things this month, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked:

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

12 Responses to “Life Lately #29”

  1. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    WOW! 20 books is impressive no matter what you read! I’m also super impressed that you’re reworking an entire novel because you want it to be better. That takes guts! I hope you love the new version however it ends up, and that it’s worth the effort! And enjoy your vacation!

  2. Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words

    Oooh, I’ve had my eye on And I Darken for a while too, but never got around to reading it (other books always caught my attention first!). Are you going to write a review for it? I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and maybe bump the book a little higher on my TBR 😊 Wishing you a wonderful February!

    • Laura

      I would definitely recommend bumping And I Darken up your TBR list! It was one of those books I read and then wondered why I hadn’t read it sooner. I’m going to try and post my review in the next few days I think.
      Have a wonderful February too! 🙂

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I bought Save the Cat when it came out, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m so glad that it inspired you! I’ve been participating in an online writing conference this weekend called WriteOnCon, which has been SO great. You might want to check it out–it’s very inexpensive and there are TONS of live events (that you can watch after the fact) and other great content.

  4. Greg

    Good luck with the writing, I hope it goes well! And Alison Weir is someone I’ve wanted to try for a while, I’ve heard her stuff is good.

    Vikings… gah. I should probably be watching that show!

    I love Fleetwood Mac! I was just listening to Sisters of the Moon by them the other day (love the creepy. mysterious lyric) and Sara’s another favorite. 🙂

    • Laura

      I’d definitely recommend Alison Weir, her books are some of the best historical fiction books I’ve read. And I’d definitely recommend Vikings too! And yay for Fleetwood Mac!
      I hope you’re having a good month 🙂

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