I’m feeling very uninspired at the moment, which you can probably tell from the echo around these parts of the internet. The arrival of April brings some relief, being able to grapple onto a sense of consistency with my usual wrap-up. I’m hoping things will be back to semi-regular content soon. But, for now, let’s talk about March. March was snowy, spring-like, but mostly rain. Apart from that, it was mostly uneventful. Between in-depth Bumble conversations that led nowhere, work and actually quite a lot of books, it was pretty on par with February and that whole ‘you were a kind month’ thing I was banging on about this time last month. April, though. That’s going to be a happening month. And hopefully it’ll inspire some more words. Watch this space.
Things that made me proud/happy/feel some kind of positive way:
- Snow. So much snow. The Beast from the East came not once, but twice! Even with a usually forty-minute commute taking 3 hours to get home and not being able to get into work the following day, I’ll be the first to admit that this felt like a breath of fresh air. Snow is so serene and beautiful. I’m not madly in love with my town, but winter wonderland is definitely a look that brings out its best side. Snow brings out that inner child in me, the one that’s always lurking beneath the surface anyway. It’s kind of like tangible magic.
- I felt very lucky to receive a proof copy of Alice Oseman’s latest YA release (review linked below) and oh my goodness this was a gorgeous bundle of orange.
- I appeared in the lovely Kate’s (GirlReading) International Women’s Day collaboration video. I was awkward and embarrassing, but it was cool to be involved and to share some great feminist reads/characters. You can watch HERE!
- Across March, I watched some excellent TV series. On Netflix, I finished ‘The End of the F***ing World’ and binged ‘Dear White People’, which I highly, highly recommend. I also made the plunge on Amazon Prime just so I could bask in the gloriousness of ‘The Bold Type’, sold to me as a woke ‘Gossip Girl’. Watch them all, please and thank you.
- Revolutionised the way I gym, by wearing my gym gear to work. I have to workout at the end of the day, having done a day’s work and a forty minute commute both ways. Often I talk myself out of going and feel terrible for it later. But wearing my workout gear at least takes out the 15 minutes it takes me to squeeze my way into lycra in a cramped cubicle and means I can pretty much get started as soon as I arrive. It’s not completely foolproof (I’m very good at avoiding exercise at all costs), but it seems to help maintain some remnants of motivation.
- We dusted off the National Trust memberships and had a very damp trip to Lacock. The village (?) was so quaint and lovely to walk around. Let’s not mention how much I fangirled roaming the abbey where they filmed a few scenes for the first HP film. The Golden Trio walked those corridors! RIP me.
- And, finally, deep breath… I booked in my first driving lesson. Admittedly I can’t start until the end of May. But it’s happening. Haven’t been ‘young, free and seventeen’ for 5 years, but this 23-year-old is going to be on the roads. (I’m terrified and live in fear I will crash. Fun.)
And onto the bookish wrap-up…
- ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo
- ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ ★★★★★
- ‘I Was Born For This‘ by Alice Oseman ★★★★★
- ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge ★★★★★
- ‘How to Be a Grown-Up’ by Daisy Buchanan ★★★
- ‘Almost Love’ by Louise O’Neill ★★★★★
- ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’ by Laura Steven ★★★
- ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ by Claire Kann ★★★★
- ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ Tomi Adeyemi
- ‘Shadow and Bone’ Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- ‘Big Bones’ by Laura Dockrill
- ‘Skylarks’ by Karen Gregory (thanks to Bloomsbury!)
- ‘Puddin” by Julie Murphy (thanks to Harper Teen!)
- ‘Almost Love’ by Louise O’Neill
- ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’ by Laura Steven