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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?