July is here, and summer is in full swing! I say that, but there have been a few rain showers in the UK recently, but mostly it’s been sunny and unpleasantly humid.
I’ve actually had quite an exciting month for a change! I moved house! It all came about so quickly that I didn’t mention it in my last Life Lately because I didn’t even know it was going to happen!
I moved in with my boyfriend about six months ago when I finally managed to get a job near to where he lives (I would have had a huge commute from there to my last job!), but since we lived in a one bedroom flat it was kind of cramped. We both have a lot of stuff (I have practically enough books to fill a library, and he has loads of games, consoles etc.), so we’d been saying for ages we would look into moving somewhere bigger. And finally the right place came up, and everything just fell into place!
It did mean we didn’t get to go on holiday during our week off like we intended to, but it was good that we got an entire week to prepare, get packed and move our stuff. And I’m loving our new place! We’ve only been there for a week, but it already feels homely, even if we are surrounded by boxes.
It was also my boyfriend and I’s fourth anniversary this past month, which we celebrated by eating far too much food at a Chinese buffet! He also got me some lovely gifts including an Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (which I’ve wanted for ages!), a Pokemon t
So on the whole it’s been a good, but busy month! That does mean I’ve let certain things fall by the wayside (ahem…reading and blogging), but hopefully I’ll get back on track this month.
So as I said, this hasn’t been a great month on the reading front. I only actually read three books, and I’m now most of the way through another.
I started out reading Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, which I read straight after Kings of the Wyld because I loved it so much. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t really compare. I feel like if I’d read it as a separate standalone without having read Kings of the Wyld I would have felt it was a pretty good fantasy book, but compared to the heart-warming hilarity that was Kings of the Wyld, it just didn’t suck me in. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it…just not as much as the first book in the series. I’d still read anything written by Nicholas Eames though. He definitely has a very distinctive writing style that I really enjoyed.
I then moved on to Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet, which was actually the book that inspired my recent post on reading mediocre books. The Kingmaker Chronicles is a trilogy I’ve enjoyed but also found entirely forgettable for the most part, and Heart on Fire was the same. But that’s not to say I didn’t like it!
I’ve also continued my slow journey through the Tokyo Ghoul manga, finally getting round to reading Volume 3. My slowness with this series has nothing to do with my enjoyment of it – I’m loving it! – it’s just a pain trying to get hold of the next book. Every time I go to the book shop they always seem to just be missing the particular one I need! I’m tempted just to order the rest of the series off Amazon, but it’s a lot of money to spend all at once.
I’m now most of the way through the epic tome that is The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb. I’ve been really enjoying it, but as with Ship of Magic, it’s been slow going. Partly it’s because I’ve been busy, but also it’s the kind of book I can’t really make myself rush through if that makes any sense? It’s an incredible book, but not one that I feel like I can’t put down. I’m preferring to read it in fewer but longer reading sessions.
I have to admit, I didn’t do a whole lot of writing this month, even during my week off work. I was packing to move though, so that’s going to be my excuse!
I am hoping that now we have a spare bedroom I’m going to be able to set up a nice writing space in this new house though. The room is already mostly full of boxes, but it will be nice if I manage to carve out a little corner for a desk to work at! I feel like it would be easier to concentrate, and would also create boundaries between writing time and relaxing time if I actually sit at some kind of desk, rather than curling up on the sofa with my laptop (like I’m doing now!).
This month my boyfriend and I watched the incredible Amazon Prime adaptation of Good Omens, which I spoke about here, and have also been binge-watching ‘Parks and Recreation’.
It’s a show that somehow completely passed me by when it was actually on, but is so often quoted around the internet it felt like I really should have seen it. We’re nearly at the end, and we’ve been absolutely loving it. There’s so many great characters, but I particularly love April and Ron!
After watching ‘Good Omens’ I ended up with a lot of Queen songs stuck in my head, so I’ve been listening to a fair bit of Queen this month. Also, I seem to have randomly rediscovered Avenged Sevenfold the last few days!
Here’s a few songs I’ve been loving this month:
- ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen
- ‘Somebody To Love’ by Queen
- ‘Nightmare’ by Avenged Sevenfold
- ‘So Far Away’ by Avenged Sevenfold
I’ve been so slow with both posting and replying to comments this month! Although to be fair, I’ve been saying something similar for the past few months, so I feel like I’m definitely going through a bit of a slump. Hopefully I’ll get through it soon though, as I really miss blogging, it just feels like I have no ideas at the moment.
Here’s what I’ve posted this month:
So how has your month been? What have you been reading/writing?