Hello my fellow friends in isolation, I’m still alive and kicking. This month has been full of socially distant fun, like reading fanfiction and crying in the shower, what an amazing historical moment that I’m lucky to be a part of.
Yes, as you can tell, my introverted ass is actually starting to miss human contact. Don’t worry it’s come as a shock to me too, but hey it has me very excited to bask in social contact with my friends as soon as this is over…even if it is only in small groups.
So onto April content because it doesn’t do to dwell on things that are out of our control. I haven’t been as productive as I’d hoped this month (FF7R has taken over my life), but I did manage to post a few things so here they are:
I think this might be the hardest wrap-up I’ve ever had to write, I had so much to tell you but COVID-19 has left my life in limbo; I’ve been keeping so many secrets, making some big life decisions, and now it shall all have to stay secret a little while longer. Ah well on with the wrap-up, here’s the meager offering I made to you guys last month:
How the heck is it May already. I know I write this every time but holy moly has this month flown by, but it unfortunately did not bring with it lots and lots of lovely content.
Work had been busier than ever, and I’ve been taking on more responsibilities so I’ve been collapsing onto the sofa as soon as I get in. There’s also that pesky readers block that’s been plaguing me since my move in February, will I ever finish Priory? Who can tell. Hopefully May will be a better month for finishing books because I’m currently reading three, and they’re all really good so far!
So this post originally started as a post entitled Taking a Break, which ended up being a rather depressing post that not even I wanted to read; so instead I’m only going to talk about my inability to pick up a book, and not bring the other things churning around in my brain right now to the table.
Is it really time for another wrap-up! February is such a short month, and my life has been absolute madness this month. Work has been madness, I’ve been working hard on some big cosplay things, and moving house so my reading definitely suffered this month.
I didn’t manage to finish any of what I’d intended to read, and I was so optimistic and the beginning of this month, but life seems to just get in the way of my rather ambitious plans!
Welcome to my final wrap-up of the year! I decided instead of doing a rather sparse December wrap-up, I’d compile it and talk about some of the best bits of 2018. This last year hasn’t been the best for me, and I definitely had some real issues that still stand unresolved, but 2018 is definitely ending on positive rather than the negative way it started.
Books in 2018
Let’s start with books because well this is supposed to be a book blog!
I’ve been a particularly slow reader this year, and I haven’t managed to really tackle my to be read! I’ve even had trouble picking up manga this year, which I usually find much easier to digest than your usual paperback novel.
I did still manage to pick out some favourites though so here we go:
Well, well, well it’s me your favorite putter offer, and I’m back writing my wrap up in the middle of November because well I can.
I had a lovely month on the blog this month! I finally posted my big ol’ list of publishing work experience, which with hindsight is definitely what I should have called it. I’m pretty proud of my collection, although a little sad it doesn’t include more paid placements; it is also UK only because I don’t even know where to start when it comes to America.
Still on the publishing vain, I wrote my Three Month Publishing update talking about my life in Marketing so far. No spoilers, but life at OUP has been pretty good!
As for the books I’ve finished, I’ve been rather slow this month! I finally finished The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, so hopefully there’ll be a review of that soon. I’m also in the process of reading Six of Crows which has been recommended to me over and over again, plus I have a Netgalley of The Binding so I’m excited to get my teeth into that.
My year in books has been a rather slow one this year, but I am still going to try and hit my target of twenty books (which I know is pretty conservative for most). I’ve been re-reading a lot of old favourites, and I don’t count them towards my goodreads goal, but maybe it’s time to start adding them into the mix.
Read the couple of arcs I have sitting in my reading app. My battle with ebooks is continuing, and I’m trying really hard to get back into reading them, but I need to finish some of the books I’ve been lucky enough to snag so I need to suck it up!
Couple more reviews! This blog needs more actual book content so I want to get a few more reviews out. I have a couple of books in need of reviewing, I just need to sit down and type them up.
Enjoy Christmas and take it slow. I’ll probably be a little slower posting this month due to Christmas obligations, but here’s to me hopefully getting out a couple of posts.
This has been a weird month for me. I’ve felt rushed off my feet but in reality, I haven’t managed to get much done. I’ve been much more active on this blog though! and that’s been absolutely fantastic, I’ve really missed talking about the things I love on here. These wrap-ups always tend to be more personal, instead of books, I tend to talk about general life instead so here’s a rather personal October wrap-up.
So October is my birth month, and I had a relatively tame one this year. My wonderful friend Hannah came up to Oxford, and we went and got some absolutely incredible noodles from Shoryu. We did end up going out in Cardiff on Saturday, but I just loved spending the whole weekend hanging with my favourite human.
I don’t want to talk too much about MCM here because hopefully, I’ll have a wrap up coming out next week! I only ended up bringing one new costume, as this whole move thing really made it harder to craft, but I loved bringing back some of my favourites from the past year.
I’m so in love with this city and the Uni Press, and I couldn’t have asked for a better start in the publishing industry. I’ve finally gotten into the swing of things in my role, and the work is now coming thick and fast. I’ve managed to explore more of the city too, I attended a fantastic lecture on Tolkien in the Bodleian and visited the exhibition on the man himself! I am still a little lonely though, it’s hard to find your feet in a city alone, and I’m struggling to find people that actually live within the city. I’m going to try and do more, especially within the publishing industry, in the hope that I’ll meet more humans that like a drink in the pub!
2017 has been a strange year for me. I think I’ve grown a lot in the past year, and met some absolutely beautiful people through my hobbies; but I also think it has been a year full of anxiety and panic. I’ve felt so transient since graduating, like life is passing me by and I’m not moving forwards, but technically this has been my busiest year ever! I’ve been to six conventions this year, completed a 10,000 word dissertation, graduated, moved my blog over to WordPress, and did two weeks work experience over at Penguin Random House with Vintage. So in reality I’ve done more than ever before, and this is partially a post to remind myself of that!
Ahhh good ol’ readers block always manages to get me down somehow, it stops me from picking up a book, settling down, and just reading. I’m sort of an all or nothing reader, I’ll either be reading a book a day, or nothing at all and it is honestly the most irritating thing.
Fanfiction is something that gets in the way; I feel like I’m reading but I’m not reading anything I can create content with, unless everyone wants to know what merthur fanfiction I’m reading. I’m shamelessly in love with fanfiction, you already know and love the characters, so you don’t have to spend time figuring out whether or not they’re your cup of tea; plus some of the fanfiction I’ve read is better written, and has more depth than a fair few YA novels.
Manga is also something that stops me; I find it much easier to digest, and it often distracts me from what I should be reading. It just works for me, manga is just so easy to pick up and put back down, and I don’t need a plot refresh after months of not touching the story line.
Time is honestly the biggest issue for me though. I love books but I often don’t put aside enough time to really enjoy them, and instead find myself rushing, rather desperately if I’m honest, to the end; I find myself focusing on other things that are important to me, like cosplay, and I worry that I’m not reading enough or that the books I do choose to pick up aren’t current enough.
Then I remind myself that this blog is supposed to be fun, and that first and foremost it is for ME. So I imagine I’ll continue suffering from readers block for a long time yet, but I’ll also still be posting here for as long as it makes me happy! This is a battle I intend to win, and I know I’ll never stop reading as long as there are books.