Apparently, it’s officially springtime now. Well, it still feels a whole lot like winter right now. So, looking back on February, I can safely say it was eventful. Why? Well, the main reason being, as most of you know, I started my new job. It’s been a bit of an information overload to start with, but still really enjoyable and I feel like I’m slowly finding my feet there.
In terms of reading and blogging, it’s been a mixed bag. I’ve still made the effort to continuously post on the blog, but my blog-hopping is not so good. I tend to stick to blog-hopping and replying once a week, which is not so great. It’s the most time-consuming part of blogging, and I love it, but I just don’t have the energy or the time to commit to it more than once a week right now. Hopefully, that will not be the case soon.
My reading hasn’t been much better. I’m still in this horrendous slump. I see books that sound great, but when I get to reading them I lose interest really quick. However, I am so happy to say that I did end up reading two books. First, Brooklynaire. I love that we FINALLY got Becca and Nates book. It was fun, sweet, sensual, and everything you could have wanted from their book. I also read the light novel for Your Name. I’ve spoken about my love for the film so I thought I’d give the book a shot as well. It doesn’t deviate from the film, but it does delve into the mindset and emotions Mitsuha and Taki experience.
I must say the highlight of the month for me was the Winter Olympics. I was hooked from the start and could not stop watching it. I keep saying this, but I always say I feel like I get an adrenaline kick after just watching the sports. I didn’t know what to do with myself once they finished.
Enough talking, here is February’s monthly recap.
I think I’ve reached that point where writing 2018 comes naturally to me now, but I’ve decided that 2018 starts in February. Why? Because I was sick for most of January along with the rest of my family. Thankfully, I dodged the worst of it and was hit with a chesty cough instead of the full flu so I was still on the go at work, which was very busy.
So, I’m still in a slump. I managed to read a total of one book in January, The Language of Thorns. I loved the book. I thought the tales were twisted, dark, and wonderful. The illustrations accompanying the stories further enhanced the reading experience and brought the tales to life. However, I’ve still not been in the mood to read, but I’m hoping I can break this slump soon.
With regards to the blog, I am still not as active as I use to be and that is in part to do with the slump and also down to the fact that January was such a busy month for me. Here’s a recap of my month.
Goodbye 2017, truthfully, you will not be missed. Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve not really been on the blogosphere a whole lot in the last month or so. Why? Life got in the way and, honestly, I needed to recharge my batteries. December is always a busy time of year for us, with Christmas, my brother’s birthdays, work, and everything else, things were definitely chaotic.
I succeeded in reading at least one book, which was The Bird and the Sword. It was such a lovely book, and the romance was beautifully developed. The concept of the book and the world itself was really fascinating, and I can’t wait to explore more of it.
We have officially entered the final month of the year, and I’m sat here wondering where time has gone. Seriously, it’s like we’ve bypassed the last few months. So, November. It’s safe to say that November was my least productive month. Why? Well, I didn’t read a SINGLE book in November. Not a single one. It’s official, I have hit a slump. It sucks. It’s not from a lack of not wanting to read, but more of a can’t find the time, too tired, and can’t seem to pick the right book type of slump.
Halloween has come and gone and I can finally get to that jolly festive feeling. I LOVE this time of year. It’s terrifying to think that we’ve already reached the last 2 months of 2017, but there’s always a magic in the air around this time.
I had a good reading month in October. I binge read the Brooklyn Bruiser series by Sarina Bowen and loved it. Honestly, these sports contemporary novels are defining my reading life nowadays. I haven’t been drawn to a fantasy book in months, which sucks cause I have a lot of amazing fantasy books I need to read, but the pull to these sports contemporary novels is just too strong. What I love about Sarina Bowen’s books is that they have that perfect balance between the sports and the romance. You will be swept off your feet by the romances in this series, but there’s also a lot of heart and passion for hockey in them.
Autumn has well and truly arrived. I love this time of year. Everything about it screams all things warm and fuzzy. Having said that, September has been a bit of a slow month for me in terms of reading. Life has been chaotic and because of that, I’ve not really been in the mood to read a heavy fantasy book. My remedy for this, sports contemporary novels. Everyone should know by now that I love sports contemporary novels. They are the perfect books to turn to if you’re in the mood for a fun and light read that has plenty of heart. The Off-Campus series is an obvious choice for such occasions and I’m so happy to say that I have officially finished the series, despite the fact that I’m desperate for more haha.
How are we only 4 months away from 2018? I feel like the year has gone by way to fast and I’ve done nothing with it. Time sucks. August has been a busy month for me. Between work, making travel plans and trying to piece together my life, my heads been all over the place. Because of that I’ve not been as active on the blogosphere, which sucks but I’ve been feeling so drained that I just didn’t have the energy to be more active. Hopefully this will not be the case this September.
Anyway, this month was a steady one for reading. After finishing the Gravity series, I finally made that jump back into sci-fi and read Gemina. That book completely blew me away. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it and now I have to wait until 2018 to get my hands on Obsidio. After reading Gemina, I had the urge to go back and re-read Illuminae and it was just as much fun the second time around. To finish off the month I picked up Seeker and thought it did a great job at building on the first book in this duology.