Wrapping Up The Week (16th April – 22nd April)

This week is a different kind of weekly wrap up. You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged much this week and trust me, I would have loved to have been able to. Unfortunately, my time was taken up with packing, organising and moving to a new house, which happened on Friday. It has been a hectic weekend, one that I spent unpacking everything as quickly as I could and DIYing furniture. I wanted to make it as homely as possible and I think I have succeeded. Also, we have a balcony, which is the coolest thing ever!

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It’s a strange layout, with the bedroom and bathroom downstairs, and an open plan kitchen and living room upstairs, but I kinda like how unconventional it is.

 

We don’t have the sofa yet, so we are currently sitting on lawn chairs (how luxurious), but I have my bookshelf up and the bedroom sorted so I am happy. Although, we have a while to wait until the broadband gets set up and we have internet again. The first of May seems so far away, but until then I can piggyback off of my mobile data (I have more than enough with 24GB when it renews on the 16th).

It’s strange moving out of my mum’s house. I keep expecting to run into her or to go down and have a little chat with my sister. I am definitely missing Willow, the crazy and demonic staffie, who is a sweetie really. It’ll take a little while to adjust, but I’m looking forward to the independence that is having my own place. Not looking forward to all the bills though.

In terms of reading, I haven’t done a lot. I’ve been way too tired. So tired, in fact, that when I settled down to read yesterday I ended up falling asleep! I have a bit more energy tonight, so I am hoping to maybe finish The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green.

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I am loving it so far and have read just over 60%. The characters are all unique, the dialogue great (and very funny in places) and I love how each chapter is from one of the five (I think) perspectives. Already I am seeing how their stories are weaving together, with characters crossing paths, and I can’t wait to see how the story progresses.

I hope that over the next week I can get back into a routine now that we’ve moved, and I will be back with my regular posts. Also, I hope to finish another two books to hit five books for the month of April. If I can get to six, then I will be even happier!

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I hope you’ve all had an amazing week and read some great books!

Wrapping Up November & Getting Excited For Christmas!

We can officially get excited for Christmas now!

I have no idea where the last four weeks went, how is it the last month of 2017 already?! It seems that I filled my November with so many different activities that I didn’t notice it passing by at all. Not only was I searching for a new job (which I will be starting next month), my dad also came to visit and I decided to really knuckle down with my writing efforts.

While I didn’t take part of NaNoWriMo, I was writing throughout the whole month and the last week or so is when I really started churning out my novel at a rapid pace. I started the month with rewriting my first 15,000 words, as it was in first person POV and I wanted it to be third person (btw, so glad I made the change) and at this moment I am nearing 33,000 words. I am very happy with that and worked out that I am about a third of the way through writing (I have an ending in mind, it’s just filling in the gaps). So November has been a very successful month.

I also went ahead and deleted my old twitter account to set up a new one, which you can find here. It would be great if I could connect with more people, especially on different platforms. Also, I reached over 100 followers on my blog in less than two months which is great. While the numbers don’t matter too much, it is great to see that people enjoy what I am putting out there into the world.

Unfortunately, I haven’t done a lot of reading this month (but I am currently reading two books that should have reviews up next week if I’m lucky). So, here are the books I reviewed this November.

Books I Read…

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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It was so easy to give this book 5 stars after I read it. I cannot believe it took me so long to pick up this series and now I am waiting on the second one to be delivered to me. You can check out my review here.

A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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Again, another series I had heard so much about and finally picked up. Once again, I gave a book five stars because this was a perfect read and made me fall even more in love with the fantasy genre. If you want to read my thoughts, you can see my review here.

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Like I said, I didn’t read a lot this month and if I hadn’t hit a reading slump I’m sure I could have managed more (or at least finished Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard). Sometimes life gets in the way and I’m learning to accept that it’s okay. I’m just glad that I haven’t had a writer’s block on my novel in a while (I hope I haven’t jinxed myself).

Now that the holidays are coming up (and I’m away at the end of December in Ireland) I should have some more time to get reading when work finishes for the year.

How has your month been? Let me know in the comments below!