Life Lately #40

09/01/2020 Lifestyle, Personal 12

Life Lately

January is here, and the festive season is all over and done with. Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it all quite anticlimactic? I mean there’s such a huge build-up to Christmas and New Year, and then you get to January and just feel like…well, that’s over. And before you know it, everything is back to normal, and it feels like nothing ever happened.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a really lovely Christmas. As per tradition, my boyfriend and I got up and opened presents, and then headed down to my parents’ house for a delicious Christmas lunch. My lovely boyfriend got me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas, which was definitely a huge highlight, as well as some adorable Pokemon plushies, Β£40 worth of book tokens, and a really warm blanket that looks like a pizza (he knows me so well: I love warmth and pizza!).

Christmas was slightly spoiled though by the fact I got sick immedietely after it. I started to get a pretty bad headache later on on Christmas day, and when I woke up on Boxing Day I felt drained, and like I was going to be sick, and I was constantly cycling between being really hot and then really cold for the next couple of days.

I think it was a bout of flu, but thankfully I perked up in time for New Year’s Eve, because my boyfriend and I hosted a bit of a party for my family. My parents came down, as well as my brother and sister, and their partners and children. We got takeout pizza and played Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch and it was a lot of fun!

And now of course, everything is just back to normal. It is nice that work is so much quieter though now that the festive rush has worn off, and I’m getting to take things a bit easier!


It’s been a pretty good reading month this month, as I’ve read six books! Surprisingly, three of them have been just in January, so I somehow seem to have read as many books in this first week of the year as I did in the whole of December!

I was fairly busy over December though, whereas things have been a lot more chilled since New Year. Plus I’ve just started my latest Goodreads Challenge (I want to read 70 books this year!), so I guess I’m trying to get ahead from the start!

Anyway, in December I read a couple of books that have been on my TBR for ages: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I was definitely in a magical, enchantments and faeries kind of mood, it seems!

I really enjoyed both books, although as always with Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series, I wasn’t as blown away as I hoped to be. I just feel like, for all the hype, I should absolutely love the series, but it never quite meets my expectations!

I also finished off the year by reading a random thriller I had on my Kindle, The Ex Girlfriend by Nicola Moriarty. Even though I could see the twist coming a mile off, it was definitely a really gripping read, and unlike with a lot of thrillers, I actually really liked the main character of this one!

This past week I’ve read quite a mix of books, starting off with Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver. I’ve been in the mood for some spooky reads since I read Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions, and was hoping this book would do the trick. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite what I was expecting…it was more of a dark family drama or historical novel really, with a sense of foreboding and hint of the supernatural. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite what I’d thought it would be.

I then read a great book on writing by Kristen Kieffer, whose blog I’ve been following for a while. It’s called Build Your Best Writing Life, and was just what I needed to start out a new year of writing! It definitely had me itching to get back to writing, after a slow December, anyway.

And finally, I read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which has been on my TBR since forever. It was definitely worth the wait, as it was such a heart-wrenching but also uplifting read. I related to the main character Kiko around her social anxiety, and felt heartbroken for her over her family problems…it was just such an emotional read!


As I said earlier, December was kind of a slow month writing-wise, as life got pretty busy.

I’m fairly hopeful for the New Year though, as I’ve just started planning out an idea for a novel I’ve had in the back of my mind for some time. So I’m hoping to finish up the planning stage and get stuck into that soon.


I’ve been enjoying quite a range of music this past month, from pop punk to heavy metal. A few favourites have been:

‘Immortals’ by Fall Out Boy

‘Up All Night’ by Breathe Carolina

‘Starlight’ by Muse

‘The Heretic Anthem’ by Slipknot

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Five Finger Death Punch


This month I’ve mostly posted festive things on the blog:

What’s your Christmas routine?

My Best Reads of 2019

My 2020 Goals

So how has your month been? Did you have a good Christmas and New Year? What have you been reading?

12 Responses to “Life Lately #40”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    I did have a nice holiday – but it’s also kind of nice to be back in a normal schedule, or at least more normal. lol I’m glad you were better for New Year’s Eve. Being sick is the worst! Great job on your reading. I want to focus on my book more this year too. I started one, and I have an idea for another, so we’ll see how that pans out. haha


    • Laura

      I’m glad you had a nice holiday! But I totally agree it’s nice to get back to a normal schedule. Best of luck with your book! πŸ™‚

  2. Angela

    I said the exact same thing to my husband, that Christmas felt a bit anti-climactic this year. We exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve, which we don’t usually do. Sorry you were feeling sick, but glad you had a nice New Year’s Eve!

    • Karo

      I understand what you mean, I kinda lost my seasonal spirit these past few months so everything from September feels like a hazy dream.
      Also the feeling of a new year and a new decade hasn’t sunk in yet and it doesn’t matter that we’re almost half way into January, I still write 2019 instead of 2020.
      I forgot how much I love reading your posts and how convenient they are in reminding which books to read. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the title and author of Queen of Nothing and I’m too lazy to go through the whole list on goodreads.

      • Laura

        I know what you mean, I’ll probably be still writing 2019 until halfway through the year!
        And I’m glad you love reading my posts and that I reminded you of the title of Queen of Nothing! I hope you enjoy it if you read it! πŸ™‚

    • Laura

      Exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve sounds good! I always start to get really curious once they’re put out under the tree (which we usually do on Christmas Eve), so it can be tough to have to wait until the day! πŸ™‚

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    how can I register on your website and receive updates and newsletter and be part of your community ?

    • Laura

      You can sign up to be notified of new posts by putting your email in the ‘Never miss a post’ section of the sidebar πŸ™‚

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I agree that the holiday season is go, go, go with all sorts of excitement and then January feels like a bit of a letdown. I do have a bit of a “fresh start” feeling, though—even though I know nothing is actually different. πŸ™‚

    • Laura

      I always love that January ‘fresh start’ feeling! I think it’s the only thing that kind of makes up for the whole post-Christmas slump πŸ™‚

  5. Greg

    I’ve been wanting to read that Holly Black series for a while. I’ve heard some good things and some mediocre things- I’ve been putting it off for a bit I guess but hopefully will get to them this year. I am very curious. πŸ™‚

    And good luck with the writing!

    • Laura

      I hope you enjoy the Holly Black series if you read it! I know so many people seem to love it, and it’s far from a bad series. I think for me it’s just been a case of too much hype.
      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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