Life Lately #32

06/05/2019 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal, Reading, Writing 14

Life Lately

Happy May everyone! I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the year already! Crazy!

This month, in particular, seems to have flown by, as I’ve have had quite a bit of time off work (which always makes time go faster!). As well as the Easter bank holidays I also had a week’s annual leave from work in honour of my birthday!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my actual birthday week off, so ended up spending my birthday at work (fun times!), but I did plenty of nice things in lieu of it the following week whilst I was off.

I had a lovely family takeaway night at my parents for one thing, and then a couple of days later I went to an Easter Sunday barbecue at my sister’s. It was lovely spending so much time with my family, and especially with the weather being so lovely, it was great to get outdoors!

My boyfriend and I also had a couple of days out over my week off. We went to Manchester for the day and just had a browse around the shops which was nice, as I haven’t been to Manchester in ages! Later in the week we also went to see ‘Avengers: Endgame’ which we were super hyped for, and it did not disappoint (more about that later!).

Unfortunately, I’m now back to work and real life, which feels a little deflating after having such a nice month. I’m just trying to keep enjoying the warm weather though and I’m already looking forward to my time off in July (when I’m hoping we’re actually going to be able to get away on holiday!).

Reading

This month has been a really good reading month, mostly because I’ve had so much time to read! Compared to last month’s abysmal total of 3 books, I read 9 books in April!

I started out with The White Princess by Philippa Gregory, which is one of very few Philippa Gregory books I hadn’t yet read. It was enjoyable, but far from my favourite Philippa Gregory book. The main character Elizabeth was a little passive, and her constant refrain of ‘I don’t know’ was incredibly annoying!

I then read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, which is a book on writing that I had heard a lot about. It seems to constantly be being quoted in writing advice posts along with Stephen King’s On Writing, so I thought it was about time I checked it out! I can definitely see why it’s considered to be such a classic book on writing craft… It doesn’t exactly say anything ground-breaking, but it’s an entertaining read that offers plenty of encouragement and well-phrased pearls of wisdom. I’d definitely recommend it to any budding writers!

I then finally got round to reading Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, and whilst I had to first refresh my memory on what happened in Volume 1, I really enjoyed it when I got into it. I’ve already got hold of Volume 3, so I’m intending to read that while Volume 2 is still relatively fresh in my memory!

I also read Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, one of the collections of writing from Pottermore that was released on Amazon a while ago. I remember being interested in these when they originally came out, but then heard they weren’t really worth reading, but I was in a Harry Potter kind of mood, and thought, ‘why not?’ I do think calling them ‘short stories’ is a little misleading, as they were more character profiles really, but it was interesting to get more backstory on well-loved characters from the series. I wasn’t overly interested in Trelawney, but Lupin is one of my favourite characters, so I liked learning more about him (even if his story is super sad!), and I enjoyed Professor McGonagall’s story.

I then went on a bit of a fantasy splurge, starting out with Radiance by Grace Draven. It’s probably more of a fantasy romance than anything, so was very different from the fantasy I usually read, but I really enjoyed it! I’d definitely read more books by Grace Draven.

Then I read the first two books in Mark Lawrence’s Book of the Ancestor series one after the other because I was hooked! I would basically describe the series (especially book 1, Red Sister) as ‘Hogwarts for killer nuns’, so if that doesn’t reel you in, I don’t know what will! I’m really hoping to read Holy Sister soon!

And then finally I’ve been on a bit of a thriller binge the last few days, reading I Invited Her In by Adele Parks and A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone in quick succession. Neither was amazing, but the speed in which I got through them is a testament to how gripping they were.

Writing

Whilst my reading month was great, my writing month wasn’t so good. I was supposedly taking part in Camp NaNo, but pretty much gave up after I fell so far behind… I meant to write 40,000 words of my work in progress, and ended up bailing before I even hit halfway. So not great!

Watching

This month has pretty much been nerd paradise, with the final series of ‘Game of Thrones’ starting, and the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

I’ve been really enjoyed Game of Thrones so far, although the Battle of Winterfell was perhaps a little disappointing? I mean, I was expecting loads of major character deaths and to weep buckets, and I don’t feel that it really did that? There’s still time for it to break my heart yet though, so we’ll see how I feel at the end of the series!

But ‘Avengers: Endgame’…wow! What a way to end this phase of the MCU! I don’t want to say to much and spoil it for anyone, but I thought this film was truly epic, and I loved every minute of it! Just incredible!

Listening

I’d like to say my musical tastes lighten up as the weather gets nicer, but it seems that I pretty much stay emo all year!

Here’s a few of the songs I’ve been loving this month:

  • ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Metallica
  • ‘Fade To Black’ by Metallica
  • ‘Love Like Winter’ by AFI
  • ‘Blackout’ by Breathe Carolina
  • ‘Here We Go’ by Lower Than Atlantis

Blogging

I was hoping to spend loads of time blogging during my time off work, but I decided to start off with a little spring clean, updating old posts, changing around my theme etc., and let’s just say it turned into a total nightmare!

I had loads of technical difficulties that really stressed me out, and ended up making me feel like blogging was the absolute last thing I wanted to do. So let’s just say this month wasn’t as big of a month blog-wise as I could have hoped (although I’m just glad everything is working fine, to be honest!).

My discussion posts this month:

So how was your April? What have you been up to, and what have you been reading/writing?

14 Responses to “Life Lately #32”

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Sorry you had to work over your birthday but glad you got some time off eventually and enjoyed yourself. And you read Radiance! I really enjoyed that book and should probably read the sequel. It was different and really enjoyable.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed Radiance! I’m hoping to read the sequel soon too, so hopefully, it’ll be just as good!

  2. Krystianna

    Happy belated birthday! I really need to check out Philippa Gregory’s books. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. I’ve also had trouble getting over the end of Endgame…
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Laura

      Thanks!
      And I would definitely recommend Philippa Gregory’s books if you enjoy historical fiction! They’re the books that originally got me into historical fiction in the first place.
      And yeah, the end of Endgame… I’m still not over it either!

  3. E Merwin

    Somehow I stumbled on your blog post–and intuition said click. I enjoy your breezy style, your massive appetite for reading–however, you seem harsh on yourself as a writer, expressing disappointment in missing your projected target in terms of Word Count.
    To me it’s all about perception–and I believe we perceive most sharply when we step away from the keyboard. I just want to suggest going easy on your psyche–her dream work will always deliver in her own time!

    • Laura

      I agree I probably am a little harsh on myself when I don’t reach my word count goals, although I didn’t really notice until you pointed it out. I probably should go easier on myself, and I agree that sometimes you can see things most clearly when you step away from the keyboard for a while.
      Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    Happy belated birthday! I loved reading Tokyo Ghoul, but after the third season of the anime came out I just stopped reading and watched the ending πŸ˜… And Avengers Endgame was AMAZING! I just saw it last week but I already want to watch it again πŸ˜‚

    • Laura

      Thank you! πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul! I’m hoping to watch the anime myself, but I’ll probably wait until after I’ve read the manga because otherwise I probably won’t finish reading the series either, once I know what happens.
      And I feel exactly the same about Endgame! I already want to watch it again, even if it’ll mean me getting emotional all over again!

  5. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Happy late birthday! Although what a bummer you couldn’t get your actual birthday week off work. Sounds like you had some fun with your family and boyfriend through the month though! Glad to hear you enjoyed Radiance, I’ve heard good things about that one and would like to try that author someday.

  6. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    Happy belated birthday, Laura! So happy you got some time off for your birthday and could have a great time with your family and some getaways, too, yay! Now, just a couple months to go before more holidays in July, then, yay πŸ™‚ I am also eagerly waiting for holidays haha πŸ™‚
    I hope you are having a wonderful May <3

    • Laura

      Thank you! πŸ™‚
      Yeah, not long to go before more holidays! Waiting is tough, but it’s nice having something to look forward to. I hope you enjoy your holidays and are having a wonderful May!

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