31 July 2017

Monthly Wrap Up // July 2017

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The end og July arrived and I don’t know how it happened! I mean, where has the month gone? I know I had The Epic Reading Slump of 2017 to contend with so I didn’t spend as much of the month reading as I might have but even without books I can’t figure out what happened. I know I spent a lot of time with friends and at work so socialising took up a lot of time this month. That’s not  bad thing, real life is allowed to happen, but it’s always strange seeing my days pass so quickly.

Can’t Stop Listening

One More Light – Linkin Park

Uh Huh - Julia Michaels
Beth – Kina Grannis
Sweat – All American Rejects

July Reads

When Dimple Met Rishi31331865The Sea KingWildfire
Big BoySummer's LeaseThirteen Reasons WhyLeave the night onTone Deaf
Past PerfectBlackbird

July Posts

July Links

Book Birds | Your Guide To 2018 YA Releases (because you can never start too early keeping track of them)

Resolution Catch Up

I really feel like I should stop putting this part in my wrap up because I’ve lost all motivation my resolutions. I have achieved most but that ever elusive wish to cut my unread books is a challenge I need to reconsider. As is my attempt at the Shelf Love challenge. It just isn’t happening because I keep getting new books and ARCs so I will pretty much

2017 Discussion Challenge:
I’ve been pretty successful on this one. Below are all my discussion posts from the beginning of the year which I’ll be adding on to each month. I wanted to manage a discussion post a month, with me hoping for 20+ if it was a really good year. I may not manage 20+ but I’ve definitely gotten up more than one a month. I mean, I’ll be closer to 20 than 15 (hopefully) and if I manage to get 3 discussions posts up in some months I will be a discussion queen!

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge
8/12 Categories
I’ve progressed! I did have to employ a loose interpretation of one of the prompts ‘A book abut a topic or subject you already love’ that became a favourite trope (fake relationship) but it’s my challenge and I’ll do what I want! I only have ‘A book with a reputation for being un-put-downable’, ‘A book about books or reading’, ‘A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read’ and ‘A book in the backlist of a new favourite author’. Those shouldn’t be too difficult to do.

I think I might develop my own personal reading challenge for myself next year. One with prompts designed to force me to read books I already own. I’ll start thinking of ideas now and we’ll see how it goes.

How has your July been? Anyone else finding this year is just flying by? And what has been your favourite read of the month?

30 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 30.07.2017

Sunday Summary
Welcome to another Sunday. It has been a busy week which has been upsetting because all I’ve wanted to do was read Wildfire! But also not read Wildfire because I know this is meant to be a trilogy and I certainly don’t want it to end.

I had a very relaxed weekend last weekend and began my week feeling rested and my cold was mostly shifted so I was positive for the week ahead. It has been a busy busy week with us rushing to get work finished for the end of the month and trying to still train people and it’s been exhausting. We did have a fun night out a Greek restaurant Thursday night and although I was exhausted from meeting a friend at the pub the night before I did have a good time. The restaurant wasn’t the best but the company was great and I would eat Greek again (maybe not there, though). it’s always good to go out with folks from work and have fun whilst not discussing work for once. I can say it’s the most fun I’ve had out in a while and I’ve got another night out planned next weekend.

I also went to the optician this weekend. I love my trips to the opticians (not) and it’s always a joy being told to try frames on and see what they look like when I can’t see without my glasses! Like, why is there not a camera thing installed for me to take pictures of myself with frames on? Instead, I took like 100 different selfies on my phone to inspect myself and sent them to everyone I knew for second opinions. I did finally settle on a new pair but I won’t get them for a fortnight! And I’ll have to go and have a contact lens check when I go but I’ve got it with my favourite of the opticians people so I am kind of glad it’ll be a long wait as he not only makes you feel totally at ease as he puts his face far too close to yours to inspect your eyes but he tells the best stories (I’m being serious, he is the best).

I also had a hilarious time with my mom Saturday. She’s ordered herself a new fridge freezer as ours is on its last legs. She was very excited and waited in all day for it. The delivery men came and brought it into our hallway… and then left. So we had this 6-foot box with a fridge freezer inside sat in our hallway and the unpacking instructions were basically: cut the strips, remove the box and unpack. That is not helpful! I mean, the box was six foot tall how were we meant to lift that off? We managed simply by tearing the staples holding it together out and after much laughter and careful manoeuvring we got the box out the front door… but we were then left with a freezer on a polystyrene pallet in our hallway. We ended up waiting for my stepdad to help us out as we have skinny arms and that thing weighed a ton. He could do some heavy lifting for us. He got it into the kitchen anyway (although I feel a complaint coming on as they didn’t take into the room we needed it in for us to then unpack and it got scratched so my mom’s annoyed).

Apart from that, it’s been a really dull week. I’m spending my pay cheque before I even have it and I will be poor by the end of the month but yay for holiday shopping (why are swimsuits and bikinis so expensive?). I am seriously having the best time planning for my holiday. I even bought a dress off of Amazon to give it a go. I blame Buzzfeed they keep doing posts about cheap stuff you can find on Amazon and it convinced me.

What I’ve Been Reading

Leviathan WakesBlackbirdWildfire
Okay, I admit I only began reading Leviathan Wakes because I was due to return it to the library and didn’t want it to be another book I kept renewing. I did not finish it before returning. I am going to borrow it off of my brother as he will let me borrow it for like a year and not ask for it back (we’re good like that). I did start reading Blackbird, though, and finished it! I was craving an angsty read and so really, it had to be done. I had some issues, I have a post to write about whether or not certain plotlines are just more acceptable outside of a contemporary setting as I had issues with the whole Stockholm syndrome thing going on. And then I read Wildfire which I enjoyed so damn much and there aren't words for it. It was so good!

New To Me

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I’ve been reasonably restrained with my book buying, I think? I mean, Let Us Dream was 99p and everyone has to start their Alyssa Cole reading somewhere, right? And Beauty and the Mustache was free and I figure I’ll try Penny Reid’ books. I couldn’t say no to a 92p Shelly Laurenston either. And then Hate To Want You and Wildfire were both preorders so they hardly even count, right?
ElantrisSilk is For SeductionGambit Classic
When returning Leviathan Wakes I accidentally borrowed three books from the library. Two had been on my TBR for a long while and Gambit is just one of my favourite X Men so when I saw this on the comic book shelf I grabbed it and have no regrets.
And only two ARCs this week and I will totally be doing some kind of ARC reading marathon in the month of August. I need to shift them.

How has your week been? Anyone else found that the company really made a meal great rather than the food? And what do you do when you’re too busy to sit down for 5 minutes with a good book?

27 July 2017

Every Little Thing // It Was Brilliant If A Tad Frustrating

Every Little Thing
Published: 7th March 2017
Source: Library
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:
Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.
This book was started during ‘The Mega Book Slump of 2017’ (why yes, it was a significant enough event that it ended up being capitalised) so it took me a long while to finish and I feel bad about that. I did find myself excited to read it and actually wanted to make time to read it, though, so I took that as a sign that I was enjoying it and didn’t hold my slowing reading speeds against it.

First off, I was excited for this book ever since I met Bailey and Vaughn in the first Hart’s Boardwalk book so there was never any doubt I was going to enjoy this. I mean, Bailey was so easy to love with her forthright attitude and how hilarious she was but it was Vaughn’s story I really wanted to know, he intrigued me, this obscenely rich guy buying up  hotel in a small town and not leaving. There had to be more to him than meets the eye. And he cared so damn much! He frustrated the hell out of me with his not wanting a relationship insanity and it was so illogical his reasoning! But he was also so adorable and so far gone on Bailey without even knowing it straight away. I think it meant I forgave his idiocy because I knew what was coming before he did.

I did find myself getting frustrated with Bailey, as well. Don’t worry, my frustrations weren’t exclusive to Vaughn and his idiocy. Like I said, she was awesome and I loved her. She could be so brash and outspoken amongst friends and in her life when she had to be so polite and friendly during her working life. She never allowed herself to be put off speaking her mind even if others would rather she wouldn’t and when folks told her to stop she really wouldn’t let others control her. So then why was she such a scaredy baby about starting something with Vaughn? Sure, he hit a nerve with some of his comments but she recognises his issues so why was she being a dick about it? And when she almost settled again when it came to her relationship not long after saying she didn’t want to settle I was even more annoyed. She was frustrating but I liked her.

The relationship between Vaughn and Bailey was always going to be brilliant. The sparks were flying in that first book and so I was thrilled to see that those sparks didn’t disappear when they got their own book. Their chemistry was insane and really, I am amazed didn’t have to fan themselves stood near them. 

I did find some of this book a little overly dramatic (I feel like the Devlin family belong in an EastEnders episode) but I can see the whole Devlin drama playing out throughout the series so we'll see. I really enjoyed the book. I cannot deny enjoying it even with the drama so I won't grumble too much.

Have you read this or any of Young’s other books? What was your favourite?

24 July 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why // A Problematic Read Which, For Me, Was About Actions Having Consequences

Thirteen Reasons Why
Published: 16th September 2009
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
My Rating:
You can't stop the future.

You can't rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life... forever.
I had been wanting to read this book for a long while because of the Netflix series (which I'll be watching... maybe) but also because I'd heard plenty about the book. I actually enjoyed it and I wasn't sure I would after all the problems I’d seen people raise with the show (thus, it logically applied to the book as well).

I am reviewing this book purely based on the enjoyment I had of it. I am aware that this book is triggering (it’s about suicide) and I know many felt it was problematic both as it romanticised suicide but also because of the message it sent out about suicide. I know more about these issues raised about the show, I remember this article on Buzzfeed and then mentions of glamorising suicide and the show even depicts graphic suicide. Now all of these articles relate to the show and the show is the reason I decided to read but a lot of these problems can be applied to the book. I want to put that all out there before you read my review because I get it. This book is flawed and doesn’t do anywhere near enough to help those with suicidal thoughts but I felt it did highlight taking more care with your actions.

My Review:

The reason I read Thirteen Reasons Why so quickly and got into a story I would normally avoid is simple: I liked the characters. I instantly liked Hannah and cared about her. I genuinely wanted better for her because she got dealt a shit hand. And I liked Clay although I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and to find the flaw in his apparent nice guy act but he was genuinely this nice guy who wasn't perfect but wasn't malicious with his niceties either. He cared about others and although he didn’t always make the right choice (who does?) he cared about others and tried to help them.

I respected the book for highlighting suicide and the warning signs to look for. In the book, it does seem like Hannah is trying to pinpoint individuals to blame for her suicide which is never really how suicide works. There isn’t a select group of people to blame, there are a multitude of issues which have built up until someone thinks that suicide is their only option. I didn’t like that blame was being placed, that made me a little uncomfortable, but then I did like that Hannah stated that there was a multitude of reasons she made the choice she did and that even her tapes and the selection of 13 people wasn’t truly an accurate record, but instead a simplified list of reasons. I felt this was more about explaining that suicide didn't occur for a single reason and there is no easy fix to help those contemplating suicide but there are signs to look for.

I also liked that a lot of people on Hannah's list are people who many would like and get along with, they are not necessarily bad people. They weren’t all maliciously bullying her and out to get her but instead they were teens making dumb choices (as anyone does at that age) and whose actions which are a joke or harmless to them can be perceived as an attack by another. Do I think their actions should be blamed for one person’s suicide? No, but I did like how it highlighted that actions have consequences and so to think first.

I am conflicted about this book even now, after reading about the issues of the book and thinking on my own thoughts whilst reading and I am conflicted. I enjoyed it. It was a book which easily hooked me in and I sped through it. I wanted to know Hannah’s reasons and wanted to see what would happen to Clay. I wanted to know how listening to the tapes would affect him and learn the story of Hannah’s suicide. Even whilst reading I knew there would be a whole heap of issues with this book. I know I felt uncomfortable with the blame being placed on others and I certainly felt bad for Clay who was included but never could be blamed. I hated the pointing of fingers, that was the worst part. Yes, there were people who acted terribly to a person and certainly didn’t help make lives better but it’s very simplistic to think that certain people’s actions can be blamed. I enjoyed reading, I’m glad I did read it so I can now understand the conversation and I do still think I will watch the show but from reading the book and then reading about the issues many had with it I certainly feel more well informed.

For me, I take the message that actions have consequences. That was the key theme I got from reading but I realise that there is more to this story. It is a difficult book to review because the more I inform myself on what the issues were the more I felt I couldn’t endorse the book. I enjoyed it, I won’t say otherwise, but I can see issues with glamorising suicide and it definitely doesn’t do enough to explain why Hannah committed suicide as her actions seem rational from her tapes but there’s not enough mention of mental health, there are mentions of contacts at the end for suicide prevention but the book should have done more in it’s pages to address it too.

This book is very much like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. have you read it and which side of the fence do you sit on? And have you seen the show? Should I give it a shot or is it not worth it?

23 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 23.07.2017

Sunday Summary
This week has all centred around a cold for me. I woke up with the sniffles last Saturday, nothing to fuss about, but then when I got up Sunday my throat was sore, my nose was running and I generally felt miserable and it only got worse as my one ear was fuzzy and I stopped being able to breath through my nose no matter how much I blew it and I definitely held a passing resemblance to Rudolph with how much nose blowing I was doing. It was not fun. Then came the dreaded cough! I would fall into coughing fits that made people think I was dying but it was just a tickle in my throat I couldn’t shift. My manager even told me to pack up early one day (which just fuelled my justification in acting like I was on the brink of death, man flu ain’t got nothing on me and my drama queen levels) so yeah. My cold really has been the focus of my week. I forgot how not good crying with a cold was, though. I watched Murdered For Being Different on iPlayer and it was fantastic and really highlights that prejudice is a thing and it sucks, but I watched that and ended up crying (because that was inevitable really) and it was just snot everywhere, which I know you all wanted to know.

On a more positive note I saw Wonder Woman last Saturday and didn’t fall asleep in the cinema. I liked a whole heap about that film, I mean there was a strong ‘I am woman hear me roar’ feelings whilst watching and Gal Gadot was an excellent Wonder Woman. I think me and my friend might have been a little sleep tired because we laughed far more than was probably necessary but it was a good film. Now… don’t hate me… but I did think it was a little cheesy. Like, I get it’s totally awesome and I will not disparage a film which is all about a female superhero but I felt like it might have been a bit overhyped so I was expecting so much and so it was never going to reach the staggering heights I expected. I would watch again but yeah, it was cheesy and my friend agreed.

Apart from dying from a cold it’s been a quiet week. I’ve got some plans over the next few weeks to actually go out and be social! I’m most excited about going to a Greek restaurant near to me with some folks from work. I am such a fussy eater so trying somewhere different like that is always a bit risky but the menu looks good so I’m really excited for that.

Otherwise, it’s been all about my holiday the past week. I bought a few clothes to take with me and now I’m getting all excited I’ve found myself a sunny yellow suitcase I’ll be buying for my trip (the extra large suitcase I took for my fortnight long holiday a few years back felt a little excessive) so that’s got me all excited. I just can’t wait! I am very excited about this holiday and it’ll only get worse as we get closer to September but I can handle that.

What I’ve Been Reading

Tone DeafPast PerfectThe Sea King
My slump has lessened. I’ve read three books this week and I am very happy about that. Maybe I am taking a summer reading break? I enjoyed Tone Deaf, I’m glad I managed to get hold of a cheap copy as it was a great read, even if the romance did have me rolling my eyes a little, it was enjoyable and I loved the deaf representation. Then I read Past Perfect as I was on a contemporary YA roll and it was such a good book. Glad I snapped up a copy when I had a chance and it gave me strong history feels. Then there was The Sea King and hot damn was that a good sequel. I loved how it continues an excellent story and it was pretty damn enjoyable to read. I did have some grumbles, though. I have a full review to write soon but yeah… that won’t e for a while yet. I loved it a whole heap and have a whole lot of flailing to do about this read but there were a couple of things I had reservations about and I will talk about those in my review so yeah. A good reading week overall.

New To Me

Island of ExilesBy Her Touch
I’ve been pretty tame with new book purchases. Just two (although I am totally eyeing up a few more as my slump ends I feel more justified in acquiring new books). I totally blame Danya for the purchase of Island of Exiles because she raved about it and then it went down in price for Kindle and so then I bought it. Fingers crossed it’s as good as I think it will be. And then By Her Touch was a book I probably should have waited to buy until I’d read the first book but it was 49p and what girl can say no to buying a 49p ebook?
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I also got a single book for review this week. it turned up in the post and I was so excited because it’s so pretty! Look at that cover and tell me you don’t find it so pretty. I cannot wait to start reading!

And that is my week. I have stopped my sniffling and have begun to get my reading mojo back and so it’s been a pretty awesome week all things considered. How has your week been? Any good books or bookish things you want to talk about?

20 July 2017

My Thoughts // Do You Ever Look Back At Old Posts?

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I was intending to do a completely different post for my discussion. I have a whole heap of discussions I want to do, in fact. And a book tag I really want to do even though I’ve not been tagged in it, but then I decided to give my blog a makeover and wanted to ask you all a question.

Do you ever look back at old posts?

I never look at old posts beyond a few weeks because I’ve moved onto new things and once a post a is a few years old I get nervous to look at what I said because I am continually growing and changing as a blogger and old blog me isn’t necessarily the same as new blog me, you know?
I also don’t look at old posts because I get nervous about what my writing will be like. I am terrible for not spellchecking or reading over posts before they go live. I’ve almost posted something with a half written sentence in it before. I am a lazy blogger who will one day post something where I've typed ‘blah blah blah’ or something stupid because I know I want to say something there which I can’t be bothered to type. So, my old posts are left to gather dust and I do nothing to promote them. But then, I had to start checking posts for dead images because of photobucket and try and make sure all my posts had the right header images going on with the makeover (which continues because I’ve still not redone my Top Ten Tuesday header or Author Addiction one). But, whilst I was checking through posts I started reading some of them, something I never do.
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My reviews will always make me cringe, I will not ever get over that, but I do find my discussion posts interesting. And my Top Ten Tuesday posts, especially those featuring a list of books I’m excited to read, are really interesting because I can see if I read them or still want to read them. It’s actually quite fun. I mean, this is my Spring 2014 TBR post and I’ve read most of this or still want to read them and that is awesome!
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And reading some of my old discussion posts I’m either nodding along thinking ‘I’m a genius having these totally amazing thoughts’ or shaking my head' thinking ‘WTF was I on when I wrote this, why did no one stop me?’. Thankfully, it was more of the first than the second, but these things happen. I even like some of my past discussions and feel like they are very relevant and I question how I thought of them when I was I just starting out. This is my first discussion post ‘How are you expected to stand out from the crowd?’ and I still have these thoughts! I’d been blogging a month and who knew I’d be so on point? And then I saw this post I wrote where I spoke about blogging slumps whilst relating a story of where I had to persevere and it worked out! Why don’t I read old posts more often?

Do you read old posts of yours? I know some bloggers feature old posts on their social media, do you do that?

18 July 2017

Wake Of Vultures // I Had My Grumbles But It Really Was A Great Read

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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) – Lila Bowen
Published: 29th October 2015
Source: Bought
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Western
My Rating:
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.
I liked this book and I'm glad I finally read it. It’s actually been on my shelf gathering dust after I snapped up a used copy because Danya raved about it. In fact, I only picked it off of my shelf to read because she did another post about underrated books and it reminded me I had it to read. So really, this book is all Danya’s fault but I really am glad I got around to reading it. I did have my problems with reading but it was more down to my reading experience rather than being the book’s fault. It can’t have been that bad, anyway, I did go ahead and buy the second book despite the thins Danya said on that one, so there’s that.

I will get the biggest negative of this book out of the way first: I didn’t like the writing style. I think the way it was written meant it took me longer than necessary to get drawn into the story because I felt disconnected from Nettie. I just didn't get why I should care about her while I was reading. At least, not at first. I think because it was written from Nettie’s POV and in the way she speaks so you had the cowboy style of speaking for everything which I didn’t get and it put me off a bit.

Another grumble is that it took a long while to get going. Because Nettie was stumbling about in the dark so was I and I didn't like it because it meant it took forever for the story to truly get going. I hate when a book drags it's feet. The beginning could have been shortened down a touch so she met Dan far sooner and began her journey. The story of her being a ranch hand was dull and I get she was pleased as she moved from being, essentially, a slave for her ‘guardians’ to working for a living doing something she loved and I think some would appreciate learning a little about her before things got crazy and weird, I wasn’t one of them.

I don't want it to seem I didn't like this book, though, because I did. Nettie was this fantastic character. She wasn't worldly and educated and that showed but it didn't make me like her any less. In fact, I liked her more for her fresh and innocent view if the world. I mean, she had an innocence about her despite her terrible treatment growing up and the level of abuse she received. It was lovely to not have her be totally jaded. She had a bit of a black white view of things as she knew no better. Men were good and women bad. She identified more as male but recognised she was female and I loved how she completely brushed off the whole sexual identity. She had no qualms about someone being gay and didn't stress herself too greatly on how she fell in terms of sexuality. She knew she had far greater things to deal with simple things such as romance and instead was focused on that. She didn’t bother letting anyone tell her who or what she was and that was really great to see.

Really it was a great read and my grumbles are simply with writing style of the book which really took a while for me to connect with. The story was solid and once it got going I was flying through it. The way it ended left me needing the next book in my life and I will be starting that soon and seeing where Nettie is going next with all of the new things she has discovered about herself.

Have you read Wake of Vultures, what did you think? What was the last book you read because someone else raved about it and made you have to buy?

16 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 16.07.2017

Sunday Summary
Welcome to another Sunday. As you can probably tell, I have done a small makeover of the blog. I’ve not completely finished, yet. I’ve still got some headers to change for older features I don’t use as much but maybe this weekend I’ll finish it off. Then I’ve got 500+ posts to make sure are correctly formatted and such. I only made minor design changes to the blog but hopefully, you all like it!

Apart from blog changes I also had a fun week seeing friends. One of my oldest friends is getting married this year and she was home for a couple of days buying a wedding dress. It’s so exciting as she’s bought it! She needed a chance to get it off of her chest some of the drama and stress from wedding planning whilst filling me in on all of her life updates. That was a really nice night but I was exhausted the next day at work.

Then, I am writing this on a Saturday (as usual) but I’m going for food with a friend tonight and then I am finally seeing Wonder Woman at the cinema. I am excited, I mean, everyone has said good things so really how could I not be excited to go watch? Hopefully, it’s as good as I hope but I am a little concerned that since I’m going to a late showing I may nod off watching. We’ll have to wait and see.

Now, I’ve not mentioned work too much lately apart from being exhausted and working one weekend but something new happened this week. One of my friends from work handed his notice in. It sucks because he is a good friend and helped to make my days enjoyable… also, he is my breakfast friend so it’s sad to see he’s going but he’s been struggling for a while at work and he really has made the best decision for himself but it means another newbie. It’s not on my team, at least, so no more training for me. I’m getting sick of hearing the sound of my own name. So many questions, it’s exhausting!

What I’ve Been Reading

31331865Thirteen Reasons WhyLeave the night on
I’ve been slowly ending my slump (I hope) I am getting excited about reading again, which is always a good sign. I finished Alex, Approximately and it was so good! I don’t fully know how to put into words how much I loved it. Hopefully, I can summarise it well in a review for next week. I then decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why because I’ve been putting off watching it on Netflix and that book was very well written (I thought so, anyway). And then I read another ARC in the form of Leave The Night On and it was such a good romance read. I think mixing up what I read will help drive off the slump, we shall see.

New To Me

SecondbornThe Hate U GiveTone Deaf
I’ve not done much book shopping (not really, anyway) but I did get a few new books and I am very excited to read them. There is one here which I know everyone will say I should read and I am excited to start The Hate U Give.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineThere's Someone Inside Your HouseArtemisCompletely
I may be in the most epic of reading slumps but hot damn I’ve been getting lots of ARCs. I’ve got Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine after requesting a while back. The summary was vague enough that I was interested, fingers crossed it’s a decent read. I am so thrilled to have There’s Someone Inside Your House because I love a lot of what Stephanie Perkins writes and I’m interested to see more from her. You would not believe the flailing I did over Artemis so really, do I need words to explain why I’m excited. Andy Weir is a bookish genius in my mind after The Martian. And then some more flailing happened after being approved for Completely (I blame Nick for this one) and I am so excited. I’ve loved Ruthie Knox’s books so far and so fingers crossed for this one.

My week has been busy and fun and fingers crossed for an amazing reading week next week. How has your week been? Any good reads or amazing new books you’ve found you absolutely need to get your hands on?