Life Lately #36

09/09/2019 Lifestyle, Personal, Reading 8

Life Lately

Where the hell has summer gone?! I mean, it’s still fairly warm here and everything, I just don’t know how it’s September already. Where has this year gone, let alone the summer?!

Not that I really did much over the last month. Seen as I took time off work at the start of summer (back in July, when we moved house) I’ve mostly just been at work. My boyfriend and I did go on a couple of nice day trips this month though, firstly to Chester. We just had a bit of a wander and a look in the shops, and it was just nice to have a bit of a change of scene.

We also decided to get some use out of National Trust membership and went to Dunham Massey, which is a stately home and deer park near Altrincham, Manchester. The house was really interesting, but the deer park was my favourite part. The deer get so close to you!

Other than that though, it’s been a fairly uneventful month, but I do have a week off work booked at the start of October to look forward to!


Things may have been uneventful in general this month, but my reading life has been on fire! I read a massive 18 books this month, taking me over my Goodreads Challenge target of 65 books (I’m now at 79!).

Admittedly, a lot of these were volumes of manga though. In fact, 12 of them were, which makes my reading total slightly less impressive… I’m still kind of unsure whether I should be counting manga in my Goodreads challenge, as it definitely skews the numbers, but I like to keep a record of everything I read on Goodreads, so I’m going with it for now. Maybe next year I’ll just massively up my target to reflect the fact I’m reading quite a bit of manga now, or I’ll just use Goodreads for tracking novels and come up with another way to track manga (I feel like people who follow me are probably getting swamped with my reading updates because manga is so quick to read!).

I’ve been really enjoying the manga I’ve been reading though: a combination of Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece (because apparently sticking to one series would make too much sense!). These three series are obviously some of the most popular out there, so as I’m still relatively new to manga, they seem like good series to start out with.

In terms of novels, this month I had a great month for fantasy! I read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and I finally got to Caraval by Stephanie Garber (I know, I’m so behind with this series!). They were all amazing, but I think The Goblin Emperor was definitely my favourite. Maia as a character was just so adorable! Whilst I love badass fantasy characters, I don’t think you get enough characters that are just plain nice. And that seems like such a vague, boring word, and I certainly don’t mean I want to see flawless heroes…I just enjoyed seeing a character with such a big heart!

I also read Circe by Madeline Miller, which I guess probably counts as fantasy? It was a really engrossing read, and it has reminded me that I really need to read Song of Achilles soon! It’s a book that has been on my TBR for literally years (and on my bookshelf almost as long!), and I still haven’t read it. I love books based on Greek myth, but there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of them out there, so I’ll hopefully get to it soon!

This month I also continued with my mission to read more contemporary books by reading Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett which I absolutely loved! Lennon and Zorie were such great characters with incredible chemistry, and I loved that being out in the wilderness was such a big part of the book.

And finally, I read The Second Wife, a thriller Sheryl Browne, which was, in a single word: far-fetched (if that counts as one word?). The book definitely kept me gripped, but probably for all the wrong reasons, eg. wondering what ludicrous and nonsensical plot twist would happen next. I’m generally not overly picky with my thrillers, but this one wasn’t my favourite.


This month I’ve been mainly focusing on writing short stories, and I’ve been really enjoying it! Not all of them are gems, but there’s a few that I’m quite pleased with, so I’m hoping to start editing them soon.

Unfortunately for me, editing is my least favourite bit of the writing process though. I mean, how do you know when you’re done? If I’m not careful I just end up tinkering with things for ages, and never counting anything as finished, so if anyone has any editing tips, please let me know in the comments!


This month, my boyfriend and I have finally got round to watching ‘Agents of SHIELD’, and I’ve been really enjoying it so far! I don’t think I’m loving it as much as I loved the Netflix Marvel shows (RIP!), but it’s definitely never dull.


Do you ever just find yourself getting kind of bored with your music? Until this month it felt like I hadn’t discovered anything new to listen to in ages, so I scoured a few Spotify playlists and found a few new listens:

  • ‘Sad Boy’ by Wolf Alice
  • ‘Cirice’ by Ghost
  • ‘Hail Destroyer’ by Cancer Bats
  • ‘Miserable at Best’ by Mayday Parade


This month I posted:

So how has your month been? What have you been reading?

8 Responses to “Life Lately #36”

  1. Liliana

    I’m actually also fairly new to manga! At the beginning of the summer I started the last arc in Bleach and I just finished it not too long ago! I really enjoyed it! Especially because they are very quick reads. Lol. And although I haven’t read the manga, I do love me some DBZ. I actually got caught up on Dragon Ball Super today. Lol.

    And I totally get that whole not sticking to one series and just starting another book when you’re not even done with the one you’re currently reading… literally, me. Lol.

    Have a great week!

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed Bleach so much! That’s definitely one I’d like to read at some point! And yay for DBZ! I’m really enjoying the manga so far.
      And yes, it’s so hard sticking to just one series isn’t it? I hope you’ve been having a great week too! 🙂

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I love the song “Miserable at Best.” And aw, that deer is so cute. That’s awesome they get close to you! I’m glad you had an awesome reading month. I have a week off in the beginning of October too and I cannot wait.


  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    You liked Starry Eyes? I’m so happy! I love Jenn Bennett books. And I’ve had The Goblin Emperor on my shelf for a while. I feel like maybe I should get reading it as I only see folks saying good things.

    • Laura

      I loved Starry Eyes so much! I haven’t read anything else by Jenn Bennett but I definitely plan to now.
      And I really hope you enjoy The Goblin Emperor! 🙂

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