Life Lately #30

09/03/2019 Lifestyle, Personal 12

Life Lately

As if we’re into March already! Seriously, what is going on with time?

I actually had a fairly good February, kicking off with a nice week off work. I thankfully got loads of chilling and reading time in, but also had a nice little overnight stay in York with my boyfriend, which was lovely!

We just had a wander around the town, doing some sightseeing and shopping. In the old part of the city (called the Shambles), there was actually two Harry Potter themed shops which were a favourite of ours, and we definitely intend to go back there when we have more money to spend! There was so many things I had my eye on!

We also found this really cool retro video game shop that my boyfriend loved, so I think we’ll definitely be going back again! It’s such a beautiful and historic place that it’s nice just for a wander round, but I’d love to go back sometime when we have time to go into some of the attractions like York Minster and the museums (I’d love to go into the Jorvik Viking Centre!). We did walk along the walls though, which was pretty cool!

Other than that, I seem to have done very little other than work this month, and I’m still finding my new job slightly stressful. I’m hoping it will ease up as I get used to it more, but I guess we’ll see.

Reading

February has been a pretty decent reading month: I read 6 books, bumping my Goodreads target up to 26.

I started out reading The Wicked King which I managed to get out of the library, and I was pretty excited to return to the magical world of the story. In some ways I found myself a little disappointed, but for the most part, it was an enjoyable read (check out my review for more details!).

I then read Catwoman: Soulstealer, which is Sarah J. Maas’ entry in the DC Icons series. This was the one I was most excited to read, partly because it was Sarah’s J. Maas, and partly because it was Catwoman, who seems like one of the more interesting DC characters. And for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed! I don’t think I’ve been blown away by any of the DC Icons books, but I definitely preferred this to Batman, and it was probably on par with Wonder Woman.

I also finally got round to read The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, which has been on my TBR for ages. I absolutely loved it, and devoured the book in a matter of days! I hadn’t known a huge amount about Margaret Pole before reading this, but she definitely lived through one of the most turbulent periods of English history, and I liked her perspective as a member of the previous, usurped royal family.

I then read Jade City by Fonda Lee, which was a book I picked up on a whim at the library, after hearing good things about it. It definitely had an interesting premise, and I enjoyed it, but I did find it a little hard going. I didn’t find myself dying to pick it up or anything.

I also read K.M. Weiland’s book Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, as I’ve been really enjoying her podcast lately. It was a decent book, nothing groundbreaking, but definitely gave me inspiration to sit down and write.

And the last book I read this month was King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, which I had been super excited to get to! I’ve loved the rest of the Grishaverse books, and Nikolai is one of my favourite of her characters (which is saying something considering how amazing her characterisation is!). However, I don’t feel like this book fully lived up to my expectations, which is a huge shame.

I didn’t hate it or anything, but perhaps because of how hyped I was for this book it just ended up not being what I expected. Like, I feel like I should have been more excited that Nina ended up being a main character in the book (which is something I hadn’t expected), but her storyline wasn’t massively interesting to me? I still loved her as a character though, and I loved Nikolai, I just feel like there could have been more of an interesting plot.

I’ve now just started reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (finally!), and so far I’m really enjoying it!

Writing

As I wrote about in this post, I had a bit of a writing setback this month. I noticed a new release has come out that has a very similar concept to my book, and lost all enthusiasm for the project.

I know I should really ignore that and stick with that story (and a lot of people were so helpful in the comments, pointing out that every idea has already been done, and that it doesn’t really matter), but I’ve unfortunately been struck with a huge case of ‘shiny new idea syndrome.’

I’ve got the idea for a new fantasy book, so for now, I’m working on that. I’m hoping I’ll go back to the other one once I’ve drafted this new book and got it out of my system!

Watching

This month my boyfriend and I have finally started watching the Marvel shows on Netflix, which we’ve been meaning to do since forever! It’s kind of a random time to decide to do this, seen as they’ve all just been cancelled, but we’ve both been really enjoying them.

We’ve watched series 1 of ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’, and we’re now most of the way through ‘Daredevil’ season 2. On the Marvel front we’re also really hoping to catch ‘Captain Marvel’ at the cinema sometime this week, so that should be good!

I also watched the first two episodes of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, as I’ve heard so much about it, and I really enjoyed it! Hopefully I’ll carry on with it soon, but I got kind of distracted watching all the Marvel shows!

Listening

Do you ever just randomly find you get in the mood for one band, and just listen to them incessantly for a couple of weeks? This happens to me a lot, and at the moment it’s Bring Me The Horizon!

Here’s a few of the songs on my Bring Me The Horizon playlist:

  • ‘Drown’
  • ‘Shadow Moses’
  • ‘Throne’
  • ‘Sleepwalking’
  • ‘Can You Feel My Heart’
  • ‘Follow You’
  • ‘Happy Song’

Blogging

I’ve still not fully got back into blogging after New Year, so I feel like I really need to get on top of things again!

I have posted a few things this month though:

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

12 Responses to “Life Lately #30”

  1. Angela

    That sounds like a fun little getaway! We watched The Umbrella Academy a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Neither of us had read the original comic.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed The Umbrella Academy. I haven’t read the comics either, but I’ve been really enjoying the story! 🙂

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Harry Potter themed shops? How awesome!! I’m sorry you saw a new book with a similar premise, but I definitely think you should still work on your WIP. Nothing wrong with working on something new for a bit too though!! I need to get back into my own writing, which probably means I won’t blog as much…granted, I’m not blogging a ton at the moment, but still. lol

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      The Harry Potter themed shops were so amazing! 🙂
      I haven’t been blogging a whole lot recently either, but it’s definitely hard juggling working on your WIP and blogging too. Best of luck with your writing!

    • Laura

      It was a really nice and relaxing trip! 🙂
      And I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy King of Scars that much either! It really sucks when you had high expectations for something. I hope you get through your reading slump soon.

  3. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    I’m glad you had a nice vacation! I’m kind of scared to read King of Scars now because I’ve been hearing mixed things about it. I still want to read it, but it’s no longer priority since I don’t know if it will have enough WOW to keep my interest since I’ve been very slumpy this past month. I also just started watching Umbrella Academy and it’s AMAZING so far! I adore Klaus and Five!

    • Laura

      I really hope you enjoy King of Scars more than I did! I have seen plenty of people who loved it, but I have seen a few other people say they were disappointed too, so it does seem like quite a mixed response.
      And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying Umbrella Academy! Klaus and Five are definitely my two favourite characters! 🙂

  4. Dani Eide

    Sounds like you had a fun getaway! Can’t wait to devour The Wicked King. Glad to hear you liked it. Mixed feelings on Jade City. Liked the premise… ❤️❤️

    • Laura

      I really hope you enjoy The Wicked King! 🙂
      And I definitely had mixed feelings about Jade City too. I liked the premise, and I did enjoy the book, but not in a way where I couldn’t put it down.

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