Wrapping Up The Week (25th June – 1st July)

I feel like this week has been one of the longest ever. It’s been a bit all over the place as I was ill, my boyfriend was ill, I was working from home for one of the days, and now I am ill again as my boyfriend has given me his cough/chest infection thing. Saying that, I have done quite a bit this week and I definitely managed to blog a lot more than I have been doing recently.

This weekend has gone by super quick and I only wish that I had done more reading. Although, I did have my friend over for a couple of hours yesterday, which was great. It was so good to talk about everything we had been up to as we worked out it was almost a year since we last hung out. I find that since she went off to uni and I stayed put working, we fell out of touch, but now that she is home we can hopefully she each other more. Especially as she lives literally ten minutes away in the next village.

Books I read and reviewed…

thunderhead

Earlier on in the week I got around to writing my review for Thunderhead, which I can say is probably one of my favourite books of the year. If you haven’t read Scythe, then go pick that up first because this series only gets better. It’s one of those books that I can’t get enough of and it’s going to kill me to have to wait until next year for the final one. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts, then check out the review here. It’s a very long one because there is so much to talk about and I pretty much love everything about Thunderhead.

an ember in the ashes

I haven’t written a review yet, but I finished An Ember in the Ashes last night and it was amazing! So much was being said about this series and how great it is, so of course I had to give it a try and I am so happy I did. I love the Roman influence on the Empire and Blackcliff, as well as the two main characters whose perspectives tell the story. It’s hard to say who I loved more because I looked forward to reading about both of them. I can’t wait to tell you all about my views on the book in my upcoming review.

I am currently reading…

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Finally, I am starting this trilogy. So many people love these books (and I think they prefer them to ToG) and as it is Sarah J. Maas my expectations are pretty high for this one. It’s not too long at just over 400 pages, so I am hoping I can finish it before next weekend. I am starting to get into books about the Fae more now and can’t wait to see Maas’ take on them.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series I Gave Up On

WWW Wednesday – An Explanation

A pretty simple week with a couple of blog posts going out. Next week will be different as there will be my June wrap ups and July TBR lists which I can’t wait to get to. So many amazing books to read over the summer that I just can’t choose!

My WIP…

As I haven’t been feeling my best, I haven’t done a lot of writing over the last week. However, I am about 800 words away from reaching 30,000 words on my dragon WIP and I am so excited. I am just about the start getting into the exciting stuff, but I need to get some more planning done so I have a clear focus.

I used to be one of those writers that just winged it, but with this book I can’t. Mainly because there are so many moving parts to the story and I want to keep the plot holes to a minimum, so that it is easier to get through the second draft. As I’m reaching the end of the first act (of three) I am going to go back and read through what I’ve got written so far, just to jot down important information that I can relate back to later on in the story. Fingers crossed it all goes well because I would love to have this written and finished before #pitchwars in September (which is on Twitter).

Other Fun Stuff…

Well, I already talked about meeting up with my friend, but I also started a new TV show which is The Shannara Chronicles. So far, so good. It’s not the best show I have ever seen (mainly because I find the dialogue a little stiff) but the action is pretty good and I love the story elements to it. I’m over halfway through season 1 already and I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week.

Something I don’t talk about too much on my blog is my artwork and drawing ability. I took art at school from year 7 up until year 13 for sixth form (although I began drawing at a much younger age, probably for as long as I can remember). However, with work and all my other hobbies, it fell to the side four years ago and up until recently I hadn’t touched my drawing equipment in a while. However, I changed that this weekend and started working on a piece from over a year ago, which is pictured below.

I made quite a bit of progress on the horse yesterday and by the end of the two hour session, my hand was aching from shading in the dark section. I had forgotten how enjoyable and relaxing it was to just put on some music and get lost in the drawing. You can probably expect to see more of my artwork on the blog from now on.

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So, there we have it. My week in a nutshell, which now I think about it, has been quite busy. I’m just praying that my throat and cough don’t get much worse, but unfortunately I have terrible luck when it comes to being ill.

What have you all been up to this week? Let me know in the comments below!

13 thoughts on “Wrapping Up The Week (25th June – 1st July)

  1. Holy crap, your art looks amazing!

    And yay for starting ACOTAR! I find that I can never decide on whether I like the TOG or ACOTAR series better. I usually lean towards whichever one I read an installment of last!

    Also, glad to hear that your writing is going well! I’m been struggling with revising my WIP, but Camp NaNoWriMo started today and I’m really hoping it will help me get back into the flow of writing regularly! 🙂

    Hope you get well soon and this next week goes better for you!

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    1. Aww thank you 😊 and I’m glad that you enjoyed it! I loved ToG so I’m hoping it’s as good 🙈

      I’ve heard lots of people talk about NaNo but I don’t know much about it. Sounds like a lot of fun though and good motivation 😌

      Thank you again, I’m just taking loads of cold and flu medicine haha

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      1. Camp NaNo is a month long “event” that occurs every year in April & July. Essentially it’s to provide a writing community as you pursue a personalized goal on a current project (whether that be reaching so many words, hours, pages, etc. for your WIP). You get put in a “cabin” which is basically just an online chat group to support and motivate you. The site also helps you track your progress.
        This is my first time participating, but yeah, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun! 🙂

        Here’s a link to the site if ya wanna check it out:
        https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in

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      2. That sounds really great actually! A good way to get to know other writers as well 😊 I’ll definitely go check it out, plus it’ll make sure I put the work in every day haha, thank you!

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    1. I’m so tempted to buy the second book, especially as it’s on offer on the Kindle 🙈

      I’m getting there with the writing ✍🏼 my aim for the story is around 90,000 words so I’d love to reach that by the end of August 😊 and thank you! My parents always get on at me that I stopped doing it 😂

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  2. I am so glad that you liked An Ember in the Ashes! I loved this book as well. And I really hope that you are going to fall in love with ACOTAR. It’s one of my favourite series. Though the second book is much, much better than the first one 😊 Happy reading! ❤️

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    1. I think the all the hype was right with that one and I’ve heard it only gets better 🙈 I’m about to pick up ACOTAR tonight, but I’m glad you’re saying it gets better as it goes along, makes me excited! 😊

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