So after the excitement of last month (moving house etc.), this month has actually been fairly uneventful. My boyfriend and I have pretty much just been settling into our new home, and trying to find a place for all our things (I got to spend an afternoon just rearranging my books, so that was fun!).
Otherwise it feels like all I’ve done this month really is work, but since I’m a postwoman and it’s been quite nice and sunny here in England it hasn’t been the worst thing ever. This is my first summer with an outdoor job, and I’m actually getting a tan, which something I didn’t think I was capable of! I’m a natural redhead, so have incredibly pale skin, and in the past I’ve literally just burnt and then gone back pale, but not this year!
This month has actually been a pretty epic reading month for me, as I read 14 books! That takes my Goodreads Challenge total to 60 out of 65 books, which means I’m almost there!
Admittedly, I did read a lot of manga this month though, which has definitely bumped my total up. As well as Volume 4 of Tokyo Ghoul I also read the first 8 volumes of Attack on Titan after watching and loving the anime.
In terms of novels, I started the month by finally getting round to reading Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake. Personally, I haven’t been totally in love with this series since book 2 (although I adored book 1!), but Two Dark Reigns was a decent book. I definitely intend to finish the series at least.
I then read Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, which has been on my TBR since forever! I loved the journey aspect of this book, and the way Yumeko and Kage get closer as the journey progresses.
I then decided to finally get round to reading some contemporary fiction, which isn’t a genre I read all that often. I’d heard such great things about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine though that I was kind of nervous about the hype, but I feel like it lived up to it. It’s a book that closely examines loneliness in the modern world, and opens up a lot of discussions, but was also really heart-warming and gave me all the feels!
Sticking with contemporary, I then read The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. As a teenager I adored Sarah Dessen’s books, particularly the likes of Just Listen, This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever. However, the few later ones I’ve read just didn’t seem to have the same magic for me…but The Rest of The Story definitely took me back to old-school Sarah Dessen, and her heart-warming stories of summer romance and finding yourself. Even though I’d never read the book before, it made me feel so nostalgic!
And finally, I got round to reading the final book in Kiersten White’s epic Conquerer’s Saga, Bright We Burn. I had loved the first two books in the trilogy, so was glad to find a satisfactory ending in this third and final book.
The highlight of my writing month this month was definitely being a runner-up in the Write Practice/Short Fiction Break Summer writing contest!
I’m definitely not a very confident writer and have a tendency to think everything I write is pure rubbish (and since I’m usually to nervous to let anyone else read it, I have no one to tell me if I’m right or wrong!), so it’s nice to have something like this to boost my confidence, and make me think twice. I’m definitely proud of my story, and you can read it here, if you haven’t already.
This month my boyfriend and I binge watched the anime ‘Attack on Titan’ and it was so good! The concept was really interesting, the animation was incredible (some of the fight scenes in particular looked so cool!) and I loved all the characters and twists! I can’t wait for the next season to come out.
We’ve also been working our way through the classic British comedy show ‘Red Dwarf’. My boyfriend had seen it before and said it was good, and whilst it took me a few episodes to get into it, I’ve been really enjoying the mad space adventures of Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryton.
I seem to have been in a whiny pop punk kind of mood this month (probably because it’s summer, and it’s on the more upbeat end of the spectrum of what I generally listen to!). Some of the songs I’ve been listening to are:
- ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ by All Time Low
- ’Last Young Renegade’ by All Time Low
- ’Stay Young’ by We The Kings
- ‘Check Yes Juliet’ by We The Kings
Unfortunately this month, my blogging slump has continued, so I haven’t posted much.
My posts this month:
- 10 Contemporary Books on my TBR
- I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!
- Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’
So how has your month been? What have you been reading/writing?