I don’t have a huge amount of things to report this month, since the UK is officially in lockdown, and so obviously I haven’t really done anything other than go to work, and then stay home.
But needless to say, things are still crazy and scary in the world, and like so many others, I can’t wait for things to get back to normal (or whatever the new normal will be!). It’s horrible knowing that no one knows when that is going to be though, especially as I can’t see my family in person until then. But at least we can stay in touch by phone, and I’m thankful that they’re all well, as I know a lot of people in the world aren’t so lucky right now.
It’s actually my birthday next week, which is probably going to be pretty quiet in lockdown, but I never usually do anything major for my birthday anyway. Thankfully its fallen on my day off, so at least I won’t be at work, and I’ll get to spend it at home with my boyfriend.
I only read a paltry three books this month, but two of them were huge! It always seems to take me so much longer to read hardbacks as well, because they’re so heavy I don’t want to hold them for long.
But the two big books were highly anticipated releases for me! In fact, the first book, The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel is a book I’ve been waiting for for years, so I was so excited to finally have it in my hands!
And thankfully it lived up to my expectations and was an incredible finale to the Thomas Cromwell series. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction in general, but these books are totally different to anything else I’ve ever read…the writing is just so beautiful and lyrical, whilst at the same time you get a sense of realism around the period. Plus the characters are so realistically portrayed, from the tyrannical, but also quite childlike Henry VIII to the complexity of Thomas Cromwell, who is often thought of as something of a villain in history.
The other anticipated release was the first book in Sarah J. Maas’ new Crescent City series, House of Earth and Blood. I enjoyed this book, but it was definitely a little more hit-and-miss for me than The Mirror and the Light.
I loved the world of the story and the concept of a modern day fantasy world complete with phones and guns etc., but the world-building itself felt kind of clumsy and info-dumpy at the beginning. And I really liked the characters, but mostly because they were just rehashes of Sarah J. Maas’ other characters that I’ve previously like. So it had good points and bad points, which I intend to explore more full in a review at some point.
And finally I read Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye, which is a book I bought a while ago on a bit of a whim. It sounded interesting with an Asian inspired world and the promise of some kind of warrior society, but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I mean, it was OK, I guess, but I’d kind of hoped for more? I didn’t love the characters, and whilst the story was fairly fast-paced and I got through it quickly I wasn’t overly invested.
As I mentioned in my post the other day, I’m using lockdown to try and be productive on the writing front, and have set myself a crazy Camp NaNoWriMo goal of writing 60,000 words in a month.
To my surprise, so far I’m keeping up! As of the 8th of April (when I’m writing this) I’ve written 16,682 words, which puts me a little way over where I should be right now. Hopefully I can keep it up!
This month I’ve been listening to a mix of metal songs and a few random older songs as well!
‘Memento Mori’ by Lamb of God
‘Narcissistic Cannibal’ by Korn and Skrillex (yes, I was pretty surprised to discover this collaboration too!)
‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac
‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana
Like virtually everyone else in the world right now I’m currently playing ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’, and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s a good mix of all the best things about the Animal Crossing games with enough new stuff thrown in to make it feel a little different.
I’m intending to do a post about it at some point soon anyway, so I won’t say too much here!
I’ve posted exactly one post since my last Life Lately post, which is pretty abysmal, so hopefully I can be more on top of blogging this month! Even with my huge Camp NaNoWriMo goal, it isn’t like I’m going to have much else to do this month, so surely I can fit in some more blogging!
This month I posted:
So how has your month been, other than living through a pandemic? I hope everyone is keeping safe and reading lots of good books!