Just a warning, this will be a long one. I completely forgot to schedule a wrap up for May and figured I’d make this one a double whammy. A lot has happened in the last two months. I don’t even know where to start. Now that I’m back home, my Canadian adventure feels like a dream. I genuinely had the best time out there and am already itching to go back.
I wasn’t very active in the blogosphere during the holiday and it was nice to have that little break from the blog. I still checked in every now and then, but that was out of choice instead of that feeling of obligation. The break was just what I needed to revive my enthusiasm for blogging. I came back from the trip with fresh ideas for the blog.
Now, in preparation for this trip, I ended up stocking my kindle with a bunch of different titles and packed two books with me thinking I’d do some bedtime reading at some point. That did not happen and I read a total of one book on the holiday. However, since coming home I’ve found a new motivation to read and ended up speeding through To Kill a Kingdom.
We’re already a third of the way into 2018 and here comes my obligatory where has the time gone statement. April was super busy for me this year. To start, I took on a load of extra shifts at my job which was great but also exhausting, especially since I also have a second job as well. So, usually, by the time I’d get home I’d be so tired, I wouldn’t even attempt to open my laptop. That means, I also wasn’t as active on the blog, which I’m still so sorry about. My blog hopping game has been terrible recently so if you’ve posted something you’re proud of feel free to send me the link so I can read them.
I also celebrated my 24th birthday in April. I worked in the day but treated myself to an abundance of cake and Chinese food in the evening. It was a very relaxed birthday.
The good news is that I also read a whopping 2 books in April. This is a big deal since my prior record was just 1 book per month, so I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back. I read Say You Remember Me by Katie McGarry which was raw, realisitc, and emotional. It was the perfect book to get out of this funk. I also read Invictus by Ryan Graudin. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I love how Graudin explores the consequences of time travel and the character dynamics were incredible.
Here’s a summary of April for all of you.
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.
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.