Life Lately #42

16/03/2020 Lifestyle, Personal 10

Life Lately

So this months Life Lately post is pretty late, but I have been so hopeless at blogging these past few months! And considering how crazy things have been and how the world seems to have randomly gone to hell this past month, I haven’t really been in the mood.

On a personal note, I haven’t really done anything of note this past month. I’d say I’ve just been staying at home other than going to work because of all the panic, but to be honest I’ve always been pretty anti-social!

In terms of how things are in the UK right now, the biggest sign of the coronavirus pandemic is just the massive shortage of things in shops, thanks to all the moronic panic buyers. Trying to buy a single pack of toilet roll or a bottle of handwash is like some kind of LOTR level quest!

Unlike in a lot of countries schools are still open, most people are still at work and things are for the most part continuing as normal for now… but it’s definitely worrying, and I can see more stringent measures and disruption happening in the next few weeks (although I can’t really see it affecting my job…I’m a post woman so I think we’ll just keep delivering).

I hope everyone is keeping safe, wherever you are in the world!

Reading

This month has actually been a pretty productive reading month! I’m now up to 14 out of 70 books on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, after reading 5 books this month.

The first book I read was unfortunately kind of disappointing though. I had been pretty excited when I heard Kiersten White had written an Arthurian themed book (I loved her And I Darken series!), so I was expecting to love The Guinevere Deception. However, whilst I didn’t hate it or anything, I just felt it was a little boring, and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, which is a huge shame. I love Arthuriam legend so much I wrote my university dissertation on it, so this should really have been a 5 star read for me!

Things looked up with my next book though, as I read The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, which was just as excellent as the rest of the series has been.

I also read and enjoyed Queens of the Wyrd by Timandra Whitecastle which I’d seen recommended on a reddit group as a female equivalent of one of my all time favourite books, Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. And whilst I didn’t love it quite as much as Kings of the Wyld, it had some badass Viking mothers slaying dragons etc., and a great found family feel, which I always love!

I also randomly decided to finally catch myself up on some old school YA by reading The Selection by Kiera Cass (yes, I’m counting 2012 as ‘old school’!). I’d heard it was super fluffy, cheesy YA goodness, and it really was, which is exactly what I was looking for! Yes, it has some problems (namely all the shaming of other women America does!), but it was a fun read!

I also read Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim which I enjoyed, even if it was quite different than I expected. I thought the whole tailor competition thing would take up a lot more of the book than it did, but I was OK with it ending up being a quest book!

Right now I’m reading one of my most anticipated books of the last few years: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. I read and loved the other Thomas Cromwell books years ago, and have been waiting so long for this final book!

And speaking of new releases, I also picked up a copy of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas. As per usual with an SJM book it seems to be proving divisive, so I cant wait to check it out! Although was anyone else confused and originally thought the book was called Crescent City, rather than the series? Mostly since it says ‘Crescent City’ in huge on the front and ‘House of Earth and Blood’ in tiny font?

Writing

This last month has been sort of productive writing wise, but sort of not. And by that I mean I’ve written a lot of words, but not moved my WIP along much.

Mainly because I tried to write my current book with a bare bones plan, and then found it just wasn’t working. So I scrapped abour six chapters, revised the rest of what I’d done (and completely changed two characters!) and then replotted the whole book in greater detail. And it seems to be flowing a lot better now!

I’ve set myself a deadline to have finished this draft of the book by the end of May, so I have some catching up to do now. But it should be doable!

Listening

I’ve been kind of bored with my old music lately, and so have been browsing some Spotify playlists looking for something new to listen to. I found a few new songs, including a totally random metal cover of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, which I’m loving!

So here are a few of my favourites this month:

‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Dragonforce

‘One’ by The Birthday Massacre

‘Rage’ by Attila

‘Come and Get It’ by I Prevail

‘Battle Drums’ by Kayzo and Ateryu

Gaming

All I have to say in this section is that it’s less than a week until Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and I am beyond excited! My life as of Friday is officially cancelled, so I can spend all my time on an adorably cute island getaway!

Blogging

As I mentioned earlier, I have been totally off my blogging game this month, and in fact, this entire year so far.

All I posted this month was:

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

I want a book hangover!

So how has your month been? How is the coronavirus affecting where you live? What have you been reading?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #42”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Things are definitely shutting down around where I live. Schools are closed, libraries are closed, just today it was announced that bars and restaurants can only do carry out and drive-thru – you can’t eat in. A lot of events have been cancelled. It’s definitely a bit anxiety inducing!! And seriously, what’s with the hoarding of the toilet paper?? I keep looking!!

    I hope that you have a good March though, and that things don’t get too crazy where you live!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Laura

      Wow, that’s crazy!
      McDonalds have just announced they’re doing that here where you can only get takeout food.
      Its definitely really anxiety inducing! I wasn’t overly worried at first, but things just keep escalating!
      I hope you have a good March too though, and that things start to settle down where you live.

  2. Angela

    All the schools in my state are closing as of Wednesday, there is a state-wide curfew in effect, and pretty much all bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters – they’re all closing, too! Restaurants can still do delivery and takeout. Many people are working from home, but I’m not one of them! Stay safe out there!

    • Laura

      Wow, it feels really serious, doesnt it when there’s things like curfews put in place! It’s hard to believe this is all really happening.
      And it really sucks that you can’t work from home! Stay safe too!

  3. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    I’m sorry to hear Spin the Dawn didn’t quite meet your expectations, but I’m glad you ended up liking it overall. And yay for making progress with your writing! Sometimes you have to go back and to fidget a little bit with everything before finding your flow. I hope you can get to finish your project soon, wishing you all the best of luck! x

    • Laura

      Yeah, I’m really glad I made progress with my writing, even though I had to backtrack a bit.
      I hope you’re having a good month! 🙂

  4. Gayathri

    am glad that you are safe too and you hope you stay safe. We are doing ok here in the UAE as well. It has been more than 10 days since I stepped out of the house. Have fun with books and writing.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you’re staying safe, and I hope you have loads of great books to read during the lockdown!

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