This month had just been a regular, boring old month full of work until a few days ago, when it took a pretty sad turn.
My dog of 15 years, Mollie, sadly had to be put down, so its obviously been a sad time for my family. She’d been having problems for the last year or so, mostly with dementia, and it was sad that she didn’t really seem to recognise her own name, and she was constantly falling over and getting herself stuck places. She could no longer walk far, had grown really skinny, and had all sorts of problems with her sight and liver etc. It was heart breaking to watch, and after another bad turn, the vet said it would be kinder to let her go peacefully.
Right now I’m just trying to remember that she had a good long life though, and that she was loved, and we had so many good times with her. She’s been a part of my family since I was 11 years old, and she’ll always have a place in my heart.
Right now I’m just trying to keep busy though, and on a happier note, I’m actually off work this week, and my boyfriend and I are having a few days away in Yorkshire, which I’m looking forward to.
This month hasn’t been a great month reading wise, even if I am miles over my Goodreads target of 65, having read 97 books.
Again, this month I’ve read a lot of manga which has really bumped things up (I read 14 volumes, mostly of One Piece), but only 4 novels.
I’ve just been in one of those moods where I wasn’t sure what I felt like reading, and I wasn’t overly blown away by any of the books I read this month, so that didn’t help.
I started out by reading the second two books in the Caraval trilogy, Legendary and Finale, which I reviewed here. To summarise, I thought they were OK, but didn’t love them, seen as I wasn’t a huge fan of Tella as a character.
I then read Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, which I was pretty excited to read. I loved the idea of a team of misfits going off on an adventure in space, and I feel like the execution was OK. I liked the characters, and there was plenty of action, but I wasn’t overly blown away. Not as much as I would have liked anyway.
And finally, I read A Version of the Truth, a thriller by B.P. Walter. It was definitely a gripping book, but a lot more harrowing than I realised when I started reading it!
I’m now slowly making my way through Eidolon by Grace Draven, which I’m enjoying, but I’m not sure it’s really what I was in the mood to read right now, so it’s proving a struggle. I’m hoping to have loads of reading time on holiday this next week though!
This month has been a tough month on the writing front. I’ve been feeling so lethargic, I’ve barely done any!
I’ve been throwing myself into Blogtober for the last few days though, and so far it’s going well. And when November comes around I’m probably going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo!
I’ve definitely been in the mood to listen to female-fronted rock bands this months for some reason. So a few of my favourite listens this month include:
- ‘Raise Your Banner’ by Within Temptation
- ’Come For Me’ by New Years Day
- ’Kill The Lights’ by the Birthday Massacre
- ‘Black Wedding’ by In This Moment (featuring Rob Halford)
In an effort to get through a bad blogging slump I’m taking part in Blogtober this October, so I’ve posted plenty of things over the past few days (less so over the past month unfortunately!):
- Why do we love retellings?
- Review: The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber
- Blogtober 2019
- Do you read multiple books at once?
- 10 Books I Want To Reread
- The Pros and Cons of A Literature Degree
- Mini Reviews: The Rest of the Story and Starry Eyes
- Do you like book-to-screen adaptations?
So how has your month been? What have you been reading?