Life Lately #44

12/05/2020 Lifestyle, Personal 10

Life Lately

So what can I really say about this past month? With the UK still in COVID-19 lockdown I’ve pretty much just been going to work and coming home, so I haven’t too much to report.

I did have a week off work last week though, which I’d booked ages ago. It was a shame that I couldn’t really do anything or go on holiday or anything, but you know what? I feel like I really, really needed that week off. I know that right now a lot of people would give anything not to be cooped up at home, but my work has been majorly stressful recently, so it was nice to have a week where I just got to relax and stay at home (I feel like a week was a nice length of time – not long enough to go stir crazy).

It was also my birthday this month, and obviously it was a bit of a quiet one. My boyfriend and I just had a takeaway and watched some TV, which was nice, but it’s the first birthday I’ve ever had where I didn’t see my parents at all. I think that’s the main thing I can’t wait for when lockdown is finally over: being able to see my family.

I understand why it has to be this way though, and I know we still have a way to go with lockdown, and definitely until we have any semblance of normality back. I hope everyone is keeping safe, and that things are OK where you are!

Reading

I read 5 books this month, taking my Goodreads Challenge to 22 out of 70 books.

I started out reading the first Witcher book, The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, which I really enjoyed. I’ve been meaning to watch the Netflix show for a while, but wanted to read the book first. So hopefully I’ll get around to the show soon!

I also read The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons this month, which is a book I’d heard great things about. I definitely enjoyed it, but I had a few problems with it, namely the footnotes. Admittedly they were well done, and often humourous, but I just can’t deal with having to keep looking down to read footnotes, as I felt like it took me out of the story. Plus the dual timelines was interesting, but also a little frustrating at times.

I also read another book that’s been on my TBR for quite a while: The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea. This was supposedly ‘Jane Eyre in Iceland’, and whilst it definitely had that Gothic vibe it wasn’t really as spooky at I’d hoped. I read and loved The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell a while back, and that was the kind of super spooky atmosphere I was after, but unfortunately didn’t really get. The setting was different than anything else I’ve ever read though, which made it an interesting read.

I also read a thriller called Little White Lies by Philippa East which I absolutely flew through. It was definitely an edge of your seat read, and it reminded me how much I love thrillers and need to read more of them.

And finally I was in a bit of a historical fiction mood so I read Devil’s Consort by Anne O’Brien, which was about Eleanor of Acquitaine’s early life. It did take me a few chapters to get into it, but once things started to get more interesting I was hooked. And wow, Eleanor of Acquitaine had such a crazy life! I knew bits of it, but there was plenty I didn’t know about, so it was interesting to read.

Hopefully I’m actually going to get around to doing some reviews soon, as I realised the other day how behind I am. There’s books I read at the end of last year that I still haven’t reviewed, but I think I might have to do bite sized mini reviews for them. My memory isn’t that great, so I probably can’t remember half the stuff that happened in them, so I’ll probably just give an overview of my thoughts!

Writing

As I’ve already spoken about, this was a huge writing month for me. In April I completed Camp NaNoWriMo, adding 60,000 words to my WIP, which was a great achievement. And since then I’ve completed a first draft of the book, which I’m so happy about!

Listening

A couple of songs I’ve been loving this month:

‘Scars’ by I Prevail

‘One’ by The Birthday Massacre

I also finally got around to using up all the backlog of Audible credits I had, so hopefully I’ll be listening to some audiobooks this month.

Gaming

Who else is still totally obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons? I feel like this game came out at the perfect time, and it’s just so charming and adorable! I’ve loved Animal Crossing since Wild Worlds (the first DS version) but the added terraforming options makes it ten times better, because I just love designing my island! I’m even doing up my boyfriend’s island now, because he’s not as fussed with that aspect of the game, whereas I love it!

I’m actually thinking about doing a series of blog posts on the game showing bits of my island, my house and my favourite outfits if that would be interesting to people!

Blogging

I’ve been so busy working on my WIP this month that most of the blogging I did consisted of Camp NaNoWriMo updates. I did also post about Choosing A Blogging Laptop though, if you missed it!

I know I say this every month, but I really am hoping to get back into blogging this month and start posting some proper posts again. I definitely want to catch up on writing reviews, and also maybe do those Animal Crossing posts. Plus I want to do loads of blog hopping and catch up on all the posts I’ve been missing!

So how has the past month been for you? What have you been reading/writing?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #44”

  1. Angela

    Happy belated birthday! I also spent mine without my family (only my husband) this year, so that was a little weird. I’m glad you had the break from work and could just chill for a little bit. It must be stressful to have to go out to work every day!

    • Laura

      Thank you! And happy belated birthday to you too! I’m sorry it was a little weird, but hopefully everything will start to get back to normal soon.

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Happy Belated Birthday! I’m glad you had a nice week off from work – sometimes you just need the break, even in Lockdown. My birthday is this month, so it’ll definitely be a weird one. I miss seeing friends and family too though – I think that’s the biggest thing.

    -lauren

    • Laura

      Thank you! And happy birthday to you for this month! I hope you have a good birthday, even if it might be a bit weird being in lockdown.

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Glad you enjoyed your days off even though you couldn’t go anywhere. I totally know what you mean, I may be working from home but with so many people furloughed the pressure is on those of us left and it’s exhausting. I’m glad I have something to occupy my time but honestly, I cannot wait for the next bank holiday just to have a break. You read The Last Wish? I keep meaning to buy and find excuses not to, I hope it was good. I loved the series (I know, I usually like to read before watching too). I am a big gamer, but Animal Crossing is one game series I just don’t get the hype. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, though, I feel like everyone else is playing too.

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s probably the same with most things, where the few people left in work are having more pressure put on them. I hope you’ve been managing to have a nice break over the bank holiday weekend!
      The Last Wish was pretty good! It’s more a collection of short stories though than an actual novel, but it seemed like a good introduction to the characters and the series, so I’d recommend it if you’re interested in the Witcher books. I’m hoping to start reading some more of them soon.
      And it definitely does seem like everyone is playing Animal Crossing at the moment! I hope you’ve been managing to find some other things to play though 🙂

  4. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    This month has been super busy for me! May means finals, and even though Chana and I managed to blog through them, it has been nearly impossible to find the time to blog hop!

    I’m so glad to hear that you had a great writing month a lovely vacation! I can’t wait until I’m done with school and can have a vacation of my own! I have just a few more days!

    And happy belated birthday! It seems like you made the most of your situation, but I’m sorry that you weren’t able to celebrate with family as well!

    • Laura

      I hope your finals went well, and I’m glad it’s nearly vacation time for you! I hope you get to have a nice relax:)
      And thank you!

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