So… I’m back. Though I’m not sure I’m ready to be back. I’ve had almost exactly one month off blog reading and writing. Kinda. There may have been a few lapses now and then, but essentially I’ve just skimmed the blog posts coming into my reader and fought the compulsion to visit and comment on blogs; and I’ve really only posted on my blog when a book’s been scheduled for release.
I know blogging is essentially only a ‘hobby’, but I treat it like a job and take it seriously… so it’s felt like a huge relief, knowing I don’t HAVE to blog. (And of course friends and people like my mother will tell me I don’t HAVE to worry about deadlines and publication dates anyway!)
What I read
According to Goodreads I’ve read 15 novels in the last month. As planned I borrowed some from the library which I had no intention of writing about. It was very freeing—reading solely for pleasure and not HAVING to put aside time to share my thoughts after. Of course I did in fact add some short comments to Goodreads after reading four of the five borrowed books anyway! 😉
What I wrote
Ummm… now I look over them I blogged more than I realised…
By Her Side by Lizzy Chandler – a book review
Big Girls Don’t Cry by Joanne Tracey – a book review
My Favourite Books of 2015 – my thoughts on peace in the Middle East #justkidding
TV show: Lost Girl – a review (#dislike)
TV show: Jessica Jones – a review (#love)
After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson – a book review
2015 – A retrospective – just sharing some of my fave stuff of the year
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon – a book review
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty – a book review
Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman – a book review
In addition, over at Styling You I shared some suggested summer holiday reading. (And yes, it’s summer here in Australia!)
What I did
God, it’s hard to remember now, but just the usual stuff including a relatively quiet Christmas. It was my birthday on 28 December so another small celebration. And I stayed in on New Year’s Eve and was even in bed before midnight.
I’ve caught up with a few friends and dined out an extraordinarily large amount over this past month however.
I’ve had some referee checks for a job I interviewed for last year so am hoping I’ll get an offer of part-time work soon. It will be nice not to have to worry about money ‘quite’ as much.
Book bloggers may be interested that I’ve finally bought the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin. I’m still feeling my way and not hugely won over yet as I’m not really sure how much value it’s adding to my posts, but I will persevere with it a little longer.
I haven’t bothered with new year’s resolutions as mine are the same every year and I’m kinda tired of talking about the same crap again and again (and not delivering). But I hope things start to fall into place soon.
What I plan to read
I’m actually not sure… I think Peter May’s Coffin Road is next on the agenda, though I’m a little behind with my reviews so decided I might share some of my upcoming reviews instead…
And that’s about it from me this week.
I’m keen to hear what you’ve been reading over the past few weeks and what’s on your agenda for this next week?