Life Lately #38

09/11/2019 Lifestyle, Personal, Reading 10

Life Lately

November is here, and I am absolutely baffled by how close it is to Christmas already. I always intend to start my Christmas shopping in October, but so far it hasn’t happened, so I’m hoping I can get it all done this month. I really, really don’t want to end up battling my way through busy shops in December, but that’s what always ends up happening!

October was quite a busy month though, even without doing any Christmas shopping. It started out with a week off work, which I feel like I really needed. As I spoke about in this post, my boyfriend and I went to Scarborough for a few days, and I also got to have a really nice catch-up with my friend at the start of the week.

The start of November has so far been less fun though, as it has basically just involved me getting sick. It’s just a cold, but it’s always surprising just how horrible a bad cold can feel, and so I’ve been all headachey and lethargic these past few days. I’m hoping it will pass quickly!


This month had been another good reading month. I long ago left my Goodreads target in the dust, thanks to me getting into manga, so it’s kind of irrelevant now (I’m currently at 120/65 books though, if you’re interested!).

I again read loads of manga this month (which I will actually write a post about soon!), but in terms of novels I read five. Oddly I haven’t actually read any fantasy this month, which is crazy! I read two thrillers and three contemporaries, and it was a nice change of pace.

I started out reading Once and For All by Sarah Dessen, which I really enjoyed. It was enough like her old books to give me that nostalgic Sarah Dessen feeling, but it had a bit of a twist, which I liked.

I also read The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and What You Did by Claire McGowan, which were some brilliant thrillers. They both had me on the edge of my seat, but if I had to pick, I’d say I liked The Other Woman better.

Another book I loved this month was Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia which was wonderfully unique and relatable. I loved its’ focus on fandoms and creativity, and really liked the relationships between the characters.

Finally, I read American Royals by Katharine McGee which I’d seen around a lot and was kind of curious about. I liked the concept of reimagining America with a monarchy, and I liked some of the characters, but it didn’t blow me away. And to be honest, I felt like the ending was kind of unsatisfying? I know it’s setting up for another book, but I feel like it was left on too much of a cliffhanger.


To be honest, I did no fiction writing during October, because I was so busy with Blogtober. But now I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo and trying to write 50,000 words of short stories in November.

Unfortunately I’m already about three days behind…for one thing I’ve been sick, and so have wanted nothing more than to curl up in bed with a good book when I get home from work. And my boyfriend and I also spent 6 hours in A&E on Sunday night (don’t worry, everyone is fine now!), which was the first writing day I missed.

I think it’s so easy to keep on missing days once you’re behind, as it seems less likely you’ll catch up, but I’m not giving up yet! I’m still going to try and write as much as possible, even if I don’t win. And you never know, maybe I’ll catch up!


I’ve been feeling very nostalgic and emo this month, so I’ve mostly been listening to old favourites like My Chemical Romance. But I’ve discovered a few new songs this month as well:

‘Brand New Numb’ by Motionless in White

‘Army of the Night’ by Amaranthe

‘Inferno’ by Amaranthe

‘Always Attract’ by You Me At Six


I did loads of blogging October, thanks to Blogtober, and you can find the full list of my posts here.

Hopefully I can get a bit of momentum back in November, but as I say, I’ve been sick, and trying (unsucessfully) to keep up with NaNoWriMo.

So how was your October? What have you been reading? What are your November plans?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #38”

  1. Liliana

    I hope you feel better soon! I’m also only just getting over a cold. Definitely not fun.

    You’re listening to MCR too??? Omg same ❤ lol

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m not doing Nano, but I told myself I’d still try and get back into my book, but alas, I have not. lol I still have some time though! I hope you feel better though – colds sometimes are the worst. They just linger and make you feel awful.


    • Laura

      Best of luck getting back into your book! And yes, colds are the worst! Thankfully I seem to be mostly recovered now.

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’m the same I don’t know when November happened and now I’m stressing as everyone keeps saying they’ve practically finished Christmas shopping and I’ve barely started. Sorry to hear you’ve been sick even a cold can get you down. You kind of just want to hibernate don’t you?

    Maybe you’ve not read any fantasy to have a break and prepare for a really good book? It is weird to see no fantasy here but we go where the reading mood takes us.

    • Laura

      I know so many people who say they’ve nearly finished their Christmas shopping, and I just don’t know how! I haven’t even started!
      And I do always just want to hibernate when I have a cold. Thankfully I seem to be over the worst now (but it’s so cold out, I still kind of just want to hibernate!).
      And maybe I am just preparing for a really good book? I do feel like reading a really good fantasy, but I don’t know what to pick, so I’ve been kind of putting it off and reading other stuff.

  4. Olivia Roach

    You managed to get a lot done and had a busy month! Yay for catching up with friends and having a bit of a getaway as well. You read quite a lot! I’m excited for American Royals but I am sorry you weren’t especially blown away by it though 🙁 But the others all sound like either good or decent reads to make up for it!

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

    • Laura

      I really hope you enjoy American Royals! I thought it was OK, but I know a lot of people absolutely loved it, so maybe it’s just me? Hopefully you’ll enjoy it better! 🙂

  5. Amber @ Books of Amber

    I’m glad you had a decent month despite being ill! I’m currently having a freakout over it being mid-November already and not being prepared for anything at all. I’m hoping November will be less busy for me than October was, and that December won’t get too stressful with all the holiday obligations. At least I have my books haha

    • Laura

      I hope you’ve been having a less busy November, and that your December isn’t too stressful. But as you say, at least there’s always books! 🙂

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