Hiatus Recap

It’s been two and a half months since I last posted something here, a long time to be away from my blog, but I’m back now and I figured what better way to kick-start my return to Reading Every Night than with a hiatus recap.

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June and July were really busy months, August seems to be slowing down enough so that I have time to devote to blogging again, and honestly my mental health took a little turn for the worse. I had a slump and didn’t have the energy for anything creative, but I’m coming around the other side of that now. This post is likely to be a little longer than my usual monthly recaps, but I have two and a half months of books I’ve read, TV shows I’ve watched, and general life events to cover in just one post.

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April Recap

Where is the year going? The fact that we’re now in May is a shock to my system, but at least I can say I did more last month than I did in March, so it doesn’t feel like April flew by without me noticing it.

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I got through six books in April, which seems to be my magic number because that’s how many I read last month as well, and I managed to maintain my blogging schedule and take part in Camp NaNo at the same time. I still took an unplanned mini-break from blogging, and I didn’t win at Camp NaNo but I’m doing better, and that something.

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March Recap

March seemed to fly by even faster than February did. If you asked me what I did last month (and trying to write this recap post) I’m struggling to come up with anything other than work, sleep, with some reading in between.

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I got through six books this month, better than February, and I took part in my first ever Readathon, the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge. I didn’t do much blogging in March though; I felt a little bit burnt out after everything I went through at the end of last year and I needed some time to re-charge. Now though I’ve had that re-charge time and I’m ready to get back into blogging.

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February Recap

February was a month where I didn’t get a lot of reading or blogging done; not as much as I normally do and not as much as I would have liked to. Work took over my whole life, but now February has ended things have calmed down and I’ll be back to my regular reading and blogging schedules.

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I only got through four books (five if you could the one I DNF-ed) but I did finally pick up King of Scars, one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and February is a short month so I can’t really be blamed for not getting through as many books as I normally do (which is what I’m telling myself).

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Valentine’s Day Write Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone reading this post.

Can you believe I was tagged in this a whole year ago and I’m only just getting around to posting it now? (I ask like half the tags in my queue aren’t nearing a year old as well). Still this is a tag that can only be posted once a year, so at least I’m getting around to it now rather than waiting until Valentine’s Day 2020.

Valentine's Day Write Tag

I was tagged by Kat at Life and Other Disasters who also created this tag. I always love taking part in Kat’s Write tags, and this one was no exception, so thanks so much for tagging me Kat.

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January Recap

January seemed to pass in a flash, and I can already tell the rest of this year will go by just as quickly, but I’m getting ahead of myself now. Overall January was a busy month work and life-wise, but I’m back reading and blogging again, even if I am taking it a little slower than I was last year.

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I got through nine books in total; four of which were re-reads, but luckily they still count towards my goal because I’m hoping to do a lot of re-reading this year. Asides from reading most of my January has been spent catching up on blogging and re-organising my life. New year, new start after all.

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2018 End of Year Recap and 2019 Goals

I’m a little late posting this but we’re still in the first half of January so I don’t think that’s too bad, also better late than never.

2018 end of year recap and 2019 goals

Overall 2018 was a mixed year for me. There were plenty of positives – I got promoted at work, travelled to Romania, Dubai, Mauritius, Dubrovnik and Stockholm, and brought a flat in London with one of my best friends – but there were also a fair few negatives. At the end of the year my mental health took a turn for the worse; November and December I suffered from a reading and blogging slump and I just struggled finding motivation to do anything.

Things are getting better now though. I’m back to blogging and reading again, and I’m determined to make 2019 a better year than the last one was, but more on that at the end of this post.

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Discussion Time: NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my Characters

So, as I mentioned last week, instead of doing normal discussion posts this month I’m going to talk about my NaNoWriMo progress and my current WIP.

If you’re not aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s only once a year (if you’re anything like me and don’t take part in the Camp NaNo events in April and July) but the goal is to write 50K words in one month. It’s insane, 50K is more than I’ve wrote this whole year in the other ten months combined, but now I’m trying to do it in one month.

Slowly the end of November is creeping up on us all. I shouldn’t be surprised by how quickly this month has gone based on how quickly this year and every other month has gone, but I’m still freaking out a little because of how far I’ve fallen behind!

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my Characters

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my Characters

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The Rising Author Tag

We’re more than halfway through NaNoWriMo and after a pretty disastrous start to the week I’m happily back in a place where I can focus on writing and catching up on my word count. Also as it’s November and all of my energy is focused on my WIP it seemed like the perfect time to post another writing-related tag. I was tagged by May at Forever and Everly who is an amazing blogger and the person who’s pretty much solely responsible for getting me back into writing as well.

Thanks so much for the tag May, and for inspiring me because without you I wouldn’t be writing this post now (or writing my WIP either)!

The Rising Author Tag


  • No tagging back
  • Tag four people
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Come up with 10 new questions

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Discussion Time: NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

Instead of doing normal discussion posts this month I’m going to talk about my NaNoWriMo progress and my current WIP.

If you’re not aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. For the whole of November people taking part try and write 50K words before the month is over. It’s completely insane, for one month I try to write more words than I normally would throughout the remaining eleven months of the year, but it’s so much fun.

This is the second year that I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo and keeping up with blogging at the same time, working on writing 50K while still publishing posts and blog hopping. So far it’s going well, but there’s still a lot more of the month to go and anything could happen.

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

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