Friday, March 2, 2018

January & February Wrap Up + Updates

It seems like it's been forever since I've posted one of these, but really, the last one was in December so it hasn't been that long. Last time I posted I promised some giveaways to celebrate my three year anniversary blogging, and rest assured I still want to do something, even as it gets later and later. There will be three giveaways, but please don't expect to see anymore information posted for a while yet. As you may have noticed I've been pretty silent on the blog until recently and that's the way things have to be right now.

It hasn't been stress, exactly, that I've let keep me from reading and blogging, it's that I've been away from home. I'm currently living in London and studying here and my time has been taken up by exploring, meeting people, and taking classes. February was a good month for reading, though, because for the first time I feel as if I've mastered the balance of school and pleasure and things have been going really well on that front. I've also put almost no pressure on myself to blog. For the time being I'm tackling blogging the way I used to: after I read a book, if I have things to say about it, I write the review and post it then and there. I don't let it sit until the time is right to publish the post. I don't worry about scheduling. I don't worry about being professional. I worry about having fun and enjoying this hobby. And things are looking up because of all of this.

I do, however, want to end up leaning more towards a structured blog with at least some kind of schedule. Enough of a structure to keep me reliable without making it hard to enjoy the process. There won't be much going on on this front immediately, but I think by the next time I post a wrap up (it could be in another couple of months) there will be some more structure in place. I'm also still really pleased with the aesthetics of the blog I think it looks really nice and I still love signing in and scrolling through my posts. I am, once again, proud of what I've created and the fact that I've been working on this for years!

Not much to say beyond all this. I'm glad to be back blogging. I'm glad to be back reading. I'm glad in general and just having a good time and feeling a lot more put together than I have in months. I'm starting to think London agrees with me :)

Recent TV
Star Trek: Discovery -- not spectacular as a Star Trek show but definitely good scifi with a cast of characters that absolutely blew me away; and did I mention that it's the most diverse show I think I've ever watched? Definitely recommend this one.
The Tick -- I'm a huge fan; it feels like a big budget web show and that's a good thing because it understands its genre and makes it a million times better; 10/10 would recommend.
Lucifer -- a really bad cop drama, but Tom Ellis is one hell of a Lucifer and now that I'm halfway through season two the mysteries have gotten better and I've literally been dreaming about these characters. If you want something that leans closer to guilty pleasure TV but will also leave an impact once you're sucked in, this is the show for you.

Oliver Twist
Daisy Miller

Currently Reading
I'm just past the halfway mark of Poison's Cage. I'm enjoying one storyline much more than the other, but I am also really eager to see where this duology ends because it's definitely keeping me engaged.

Upcoming Reads
I've been thinking about starting Sandman Slim because I'm on an urban fantasy kick now that I've been bingeing through Lucifer, plus I've had a copy on my kindle for years now so it won't dent my pocket at all. I'm also planning to listen to The Art of Asking via Audible once I get my credit on there for the month. Other books on my immediate radar are Sky Song, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Song of Seven.

Here's to another good month (or two!) of reading! Cheers!


  1. Lucifer is so much fun - I'm probably about half way through season two as well.

    1. I powered through this show so quickly and now waiting weekly for it is sooo hard. LOL bingeing is such a problem for me. I'm glad you enjoy it too!

  2. I’m glad you had a good reading month. Good luck with your blogging goals. Have a great March!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thank you! Here's to continuing the upward trend!

  3. I'm glad to hear that you aren't pressuring yourself to blog. That's one of the toughest things to learn as a blogger: knowing when it's time to take your foot off the pedal for a bit. I hope you enjoy your March!

    1. It's definitely taken me a couple years to figure out how to blog in a healthy and mindful way. Thank you; you too!

  4. How awesome to be studying in London. I hope you are enjoying your time there. I thought the ending of Poison's Cage was so beautiful. I may start crying just thinking about it. I hope you like it.

    1. I am enjoying my time here so much. It's going to be heartbreaking to leave but I'm also looking forward to going home.

      When I finished Poison's Cage I was tearing up; I agree it was beautiful and sad and bittersweet. A very good ending.


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