I’ve been pretty bad at the blog for the last little while. Just, you know, if you hadn’t noticed. Part of that has been my exuberant excitement at being able to leave home without (really) worrying about catching a dreaded lurgi and dying. Feelings like that are at their peak, because today I’m actually even going to a hairdresser again (having had jab 2.0 approximately 2 weeks ago, being at the supposed immunity threshold thing).
I’ve been doing minimal writing, feeling a bit bad about that, but also feeling good about making friends via Manchester WI, going back to the dance studio and starting training for the Manchester Half Marathon (T-6 weeks, and I am up to managing a 10k again… I’ll get there!).
I’ve also been doing book reviews on my Youtube channel. Now, I realise that lots of people read blogs so they can skim, and videos are particularly bad skim-material, but if you’d like to check out the list of what I have been reading and not reviewing in text (for the most part) here are the months:
May: Birthday month, the month of many books
- April Fools – Jess Lourey
- Tall Tails Secret Bookclub – Ceecee James
- Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
- At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson
- Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
- Adulthood Rites – Octavia E. Butler
June: Joined a very on-brand book club
- Imago by Octavia E. Butler (Audible)
- Assassin’s Quest (Royal Assassin finished in May) by Robin Hobb (Kindle)
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence (Bookish Broads book club book!)
July: A slow month
- The Riviera Express – T.P Fielden
- North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner
I’m currently listening to Madeline Miller’s Circe, Kindle-reading Terry Pratchett’s Feet of Clay and Cherie Jones’s How the one-armed sister sweeps her house, and actual-physical-book-reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. I’m on 35 out of my hoped 60 books for a year, which according to StoryGraph, is 4 books behind where I should be.