Life Lately #31

09/04/2019 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal, Reading, Writing 12

Life Lately

We’re already partway through April, and as per usual, I’m wondering where the time has gone. I feel like March flew by, and I didn’t really do a whole lot other than work!

I did meet up with my friend a couple of weeks back though, and it was so nice to see her, as I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas. We’ve always been really close – we used to live together! – but since we live quite far apart now we don’t see each other all that often, so it was nice to have a catch up (and eat some pizza!).

I’m meeting up with another friend this Saturday, and I’m really looking forward to that! I haven’t seen her in a while either, so that’s going to be another lovely catch-up (which will probably involve food!).

I’m really looking forward to the rest of April though because April is my birthday month! Hooray! My birthday is the 15th April and whilst I’m going to be working on the actual day, I do have a week booked off the following week which I’m looking forward to.

It’s going to be nice just to get away from work and get to put my feet up, but I’m also hoping to get out and do some nice things!

Reading

Life Lately #31

This month has been a pretty slow reading month, with me only getting through 3 books. I enjoyed all the books I read though, and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads Challenge, at 29 out of 60 books.

The first book I read has been on my TBR list for a long time, and was the first book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series, The Lies of Locke Lamora. It was such an amazing book, but such a rollercoaster of twists and turns as well, and way more emotional than I expected!

I then read Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, which I was really pleased to have been able to get out of the library. It had a great mix of incredible characters and beautiful settings and I liked the way it handled some pretty heavy topics in such a sensitive manner.

I also finally got round to reading the second book in Kiersten White’s Conquerer’s Saga after reading and loving And I Darken a while back. If anything this second instalment was more action-packed, and I liked seeing the changes the two main characters go through in this book, with Lada heading towards her future as the female version of Vlad the Impaler, and Radu finally opening his eyes and realising that there’s more to the world than Mehmed.

I’m now in the middle of The White Princess by Philippa Gregory, which is about the second Elizabeth Woodville, the York Princess who married Henry Tudor to finally end the War of the Roses. So far I’m enjoying it, but it isn’t my favourite Philippa Gregory book.

Writing

March wasn’t great as far as writing went, but I did do loads of outlining for the new novel I wanted to write after putting my other book on hold.

However, I’m now taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this April, and am attempting to write 40,000 words of my book, and so far it’s going OK. I am a couple of days behind, but I feel like I should be able to catch that up, and I’m happy with how my story is going so far.

Watching

My boyfriend and I are continuing to make our way through the Netflix Marvel shows in the order of their release. We’ve most recently watched the first series of the ‘Defenders’ and the first series of ‘The Punisher’, and we’re now onto ‘Jessica Jones’ season 2. Each show definitely has its own vibe, but I love the way they cross over!

We also made it to the cinema to watch ‘Captain Marvel’ and we both really enjoyed it! We agreed that it wasn’t our favourite Marvel film, but we did like both the film and the character of ‘Captain Marvel’, and we, of course, loved young Nick Fury and Goose the Flerkan kitty! We’re now on the edge of our seats waiting for the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and are hoping to catch it during our week off.

Listening

I really have been revisiting my high school days music-wise this past month, with My Chemical Romance and early Enter Shikari being at the top of my Spotify playlists.

A few particular songs I’ve been loving include:

  • ‘Famous Last Words’ by My Chemical Romance
  • ‘It’s Not A Fashion Statement, It’s A Death Wish’ by My Chemical Romance
  • ‘Thank You For The Venom’ by My Chemical Romance
  • ‘Adieu’ by Enter Shikari
  • ‘Mothership’ by Enter Shikari
  • ‘We Can Breathe In Space, They Just Don’t Want Us To Escape’ by Enter Shikari

Blogging

I still haven’t got back into the swing of regular posting, so March wasn’t a great blogging month. I have quite a few ideas though for upcoming posts, so hopefully it’s going to look a bit more lively around here this April!

This month I posted:

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

12 Responses to “Life Lately #31”

  1. Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words

    Hi Laura! I’ve had The Lies of Locke Lamora on my TBR list FOREVER as well, and I actually got a copy from the library a few months ago, but I was so busy and the book was so big I never finished it. Seeing that everyone I know loves the book, I should probably get around to reading it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope the rest of your April is wonderful!

    • Laura

      Hi!
      I would definitely recommend Locke Lamora, it was such an amazing book! It took me a long time to get round to it too, even though everyone kept telling me to read it, but it really was good. I hope you enjoyed it when you read it, and have a great April! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Angela

    Yay for birthday months! Happy early birthday and enjoy your time off from work! We’ve already bought our Endgame tickets, we’re so excited!

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Happy Birthday! I really enjoyed Captain Marvel – love Goose. That’s great you have some time off soon. And yay for catching up with old friends! Oh, and I love My Chemical Romance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Lauren

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yay for catching up with friends! It’s even better when there’s food involved as well. I hope you enjoy your week off for your birthday (even if it isn’t on your birthday). Looks like even though your reading has been slower you’ve read some good books. Lies of Locke Lamora is a book I’ve tried to read before and DNF-ed I feel like I should give it another shot, though.

    • Laura

      Yeah, catching up with friends is good, but definitely even better combined with food! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’d definitely recommend giving Locke Lamora another shot. It’s quite slow starting, so I struggled to get into it a bit too, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

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