Running a tad late with this month’s wrap up, but here we are! Just 7 weeks until I jet off for Ibiza, and 20 weeks until Christmas (sorry, not sorry!). I’ve been kept pretty busy with work and my own little side-projects, but I still have high hopes of getting stuck back into some serious blogging… as always!
I’m in the middle of my blog makeover – just going through all my older posts and updating them to the new format. It really does take a while, but I’m getting there! What do you think of the new look?
In other news, I’m taking part in this round of OTSP Secret Sister. I’ve done it twice before (see the goodies and joy given and received in my first round and second round), so I’m looking forward to my third experience.
I did my last BIG exam last month, and it went much better than I was expecting. The course has a less than 30% pass rate, so I don’t know if I got lucky with an easier exam paper, or if I’m still going to fail after getting my hopes up. Either way, my results come out right when I’ll be in the middle of the Balearic Islands, so I’ll be in the perfect place to celebrate or commiserate! What have you been up to? Tell me in the comments!
- The Secret Library: This image does not do the gorgeousness of this book justice! I needed to add a book for a couple of pounds to qualify for free shipping (am I the only one who uses that excuse?!) when I was picking up a couple of Christmas pressies (yes, I am that organised) and this was it.
- Essential NLP: I love psychology, and language, and the science of motivation and persuasion, so the next thing on my hit-list is a little something called Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It’s fascinating, and if you can get good at it, it’s an incredibly useful skill to have…
- A King’s Obsession: I received the first book in this series (The True Queen) from the publisher for review, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet. When I spotted the second book, in hardcover, for an amazing price. Of course I picked it up. It helps that these books are beautiful too.
I’ve been pretty active on #booksfortradeuk lately, and here’s what I’ve gotten:
- 1984: Everything about this book means that technically, I should love it.
- In Cold Blood: I’ve never read any Capote, but this one caught my eye, so why not?
- Nothing Tastes As Good: From memory, Hennessy was involved in a little drama not too long ago (responding to negative reviews, maybe?). The idea for this book is super intriguing.
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret: I’ve seen this on BookTube and never considered picking it up until it popped up on #booksfortradeuk. The illustrations are gorgeous.
- Lock In: A couple of BookTubers have talked about this one, and it sounds pretty amazing!
Movies and TV Shows:
I feel like I haven’t been watching many movies or TV shows lately, because when I do get time to myself I either want to read or blog. Because of this, I now have a considerable list of movies I’d like to watch soon, including Logan and Wonder Woman. One thing I did see this month was The Circle (I read the book first) and I have mixed feelings on both. I’m thinking of doing a joint review…
Wrappin’ It Up!
- Jessica @ Breathe and Read thinks Book Buying Bans are a privilege.
- Simon @ Savidge Reads is in The Times with fellow BookTubers Jen Campbell, Sanne, and Lucy. Why everyone is watching the new literary stars of YouTube is free to read if you enter your email address.
- Laura @ Boats Against the Current shares 3 ways to improve your writing, discusses the pros and cons of the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and asks do you have to own the books you love?
- Nick @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Book List wants to know – do you review every book you read?
- Nereyda @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Book List shares her favourite fitness YouTube channels.
- Cristina @ Girl in the Pages talks about book pushing, struggling to find time for longer reads, and unhauling books.
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd shares tips on how to read more and discusses Matilda as a feminist text.
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit talks about reading bad books – on purpose.
- Cait @ Paper Fury talks about the bookworm existential crisis and shares 10 improvements she thinks Goodreads should make.
In Case You Missed It:
I also did the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, and although I technically wrote this in August, I’m going to include it here as this wrap-up ran late – I shared my personal experience with depression and anxiety, as well as my views on the TV show, 13 Reasons Why, in my post 13 Problems With 13 Reasons Why.
What have you been up to lately? What are you hauling and reading? What do you think of my re-design?? Let me know in the comments!