Life Lately #33

08/06/2019 Lifestyle, Personal 4

Life Lately

Happy June everyone!

It may be the start of summer, but the weather here in England has been a little up and down (that’s England for you though!). Whilst it’s mostly been blazing hot there have been some random, violent rain showers (like the one happening outside my window just now), which considering I’m a postwoman, I haven’t really enjoyed! Hopefully, the weather settles into proper summer weather soon! Although then, of course, I’ll be complaining that it’s too hot.

I’ve had quite a quiet month really, although I did go on a couple of nice days out. My boyfriend and I have now joined the National Trust (a UK wide charity that owns lots of historic and scenic locations, for non-UK readers!), so I’ve been making the most out of it. Over the bank holiday weekend, I went to Rufford Old Hall with my parents, and Speke Hall with my boyfriend and they were both really interesting places! My mum and dad used to take me and my brother and sister around historic houses when we were kids, and I always loved it (I’ve always been a bit of a history nerd), so it was nice to get to do that again! I have my eye on loads of other National Trust places to visit soon.

Top: Rufford Old Hall. Bottom: Speke Hall

I also had a nice meal out with my sister and one of my best friends this month, which was great. The three of us used to live together, so I always love when the three of us are back together!

June is mostly looking like it’s going to be work, work and more work so far, but I’m enjoying having an outdoor job this year, now that it isn’t so cold out (aside from those random rain showers). And I just have to get through this month and then I have the first week of July off work, and my boyfriend and I will hopefully be going camping. I always like when I have time off coming up that I can look forward to!

Reading

This month was a pretty decent reading month! I only read 4 books, which isn’t amazing (but also isn’t terrible), but it was one of those months where I absolutely loved everything I read.

I started out reading Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree, which is a book I’ve been really excited to read since it came out back in February. I’d heard so many amazing things about it, and so when it became available at the library I snapped it up, and I enjoyed every minute of it (and that’s saying something, because it was super long!).

I then read Giles Kristian’s book Lancelot, which I happened to stumble across on Amazon, and snapped up because of my obsession with all things Arthurian (seriously, I even did my university dissertation on Arthurian literature!). This book was definitely a fresh take on the legend, focusing more on Lancelot than King Arthur, and I absolutely adored everything about it. The characters were incredible and complex, the battles were epic…I think I might actually have enjoyed this more than Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles (which is saying something!)!

I then read the fourth book in Alison Weir’s incredible Six Tudor Queens series, Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets. I’d actually forgotten that this was coming out, so it was a very pleasant surprise when I spotted this at the library. Anne of Cleves (or Anna of Kleve as it’s apparently spelt!) is one of Henry VIII’s wives that I knew least about, so it was fascinating to learn more about her. So fascinating that I zipped through this hefty book within a couple of days!

Finally, I just finished reading Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, which is a book that has only recently come onto my radar. I loved the sound of the concept: a fantasy world where mercenary bands are like rockstars, and Saga, an ageing band of has-beens decides to get back together to save their leader’s daughter from a siege. But this book ended up being even better than I’d hoped, and is easily one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! It was such a fun book with incredible characters (especially the wizard Moog who was my absolute favourite!), an over-the-top exciting world, and some genuinely heart-warming moments. I can’t recommend this book enough, it was so unique! I’m now reading the sequel, Bloody Rose, and I’m loving it so far!

Writing

I’d hoped to get back on track with my WIP this month after my abysmal attempt at NaNoWriMo in April, but unfortunately, that didn’t really happen. Mostly because I’ve been focusing more on short stories, as I decided to enter the Write Practice Summer Short Story Contest, so have spent quite a lot of time on my entry.

Plus I have a sparkly new novel idea in mind that I’m trying to resist starting on since my other one is nowhere near done yet. But it’s so tempting!

Watching

I haven’t watched a whole lot of TV this month, other than the end of Game of Thrones, which I spoke about at length here.

My boyfriend and I did make it to the cinema to watch Detective Pikachu though, which was such a fun film!

Listening

Music-wise, this month has definitely been mostly about rediscovering old favourites! A few of the tracks I’ve been listening to include:

  • ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt
  • ‘Thanks for the Venom’ by My Chemical Romance
  • ‘Bored to Death’ by Blink 182
  • ‘Always’ by Blink 182
  • ‘Crawling’ by Linkin Park
  • ‘I’m With Stupid’ by Static X

I also discovered a new writing podcast this month: First Draft with Sarah Enni. This podcast features interview from some incredible authors including Sarah Dessen, Laini Taylor and Holly Black, so it’s definitely worth a listen!

Gaming

I’ve actually played some games this month! Hooray! Or should I say I’ve played a game this month.

My boyfriend has been recommending the Phoenix Wright Nintendo DS games to me for ages now, and so when a Playstation 4 version of the first game was released recently, I started playing that. It’s such a fun game, and I’ve been loving all the different cases and hunting for clues. But my favourite parts are definitely the court days where you have to work things out and pick apart the witnesses’ statements!

Blogging

I’ve not posted a huge amount this month unfortunately:

So how was your May? What have you been up to/reading?

4 Responses to “Life Lately #33”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Sorry about all the rain. It’s been pretty chilly/rainy where I live too – not too many really hot summer days. I love being able to look forward to fun things/time off so that’s great you have a week off soon!

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      Sorry it’s been rainy near you as well! Hopefully, the nice weather is going to start up soon for both of us! 🙂

  2. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    Those pictures of Rufford Old Hall and Speke Hall look beautiful! I hope the weather clears up so that you can have a nice camping experience when you go on vacation!

    I’m super impressed that you managed to read ANYTHING besides Priory of the Orange Tree in May! That book is MASSIVE! It’s size is definitely keeping me from picking it up on a whim. I feel like I need to have a solid week set aside to dedicate to that book before I consider picking it up!

    • Laura

      Thanks! I hope the weather clears up too!
      Priory of the Orange Tree really is massive, but it was really good, so it didn’t seem to take me as long as I thought it would to read it. I really hope you enjoy it when you read it! It is a big time investment, but it’s worth it! 🙂

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