The month of April

Yep, I’m still here. You probably didn’t notice that I broke my long stretch of consistently blogging at least once a week. Well, the events of April, or more specifically one event in April, made my ability to focus on anything but said event and the fallout pretty non-existent. You know it’s bad when I of all people struggle to turn one page, read one word in a day, a week. It’s been grim and, I imagine, will continue to be just that for the foreseeable. I am lucky in that it didn’t happen to me. However, it did happen to someone I love and I’ve learned that, in some ways, that’s almost harder. So forgive me for my absence and that this month I won’t be doing my usual summary of positive moments. It kind of seems like a bit of a kick in the teeth right now, you know? What I will say, aside from my usual bookish stuff, is that reading ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas managed to preoccupy me, which was no easy feat when literally nothing could stop me from racking my brains and reminding myself this was real, it had happened. I’m happy this important, brave book was able to be there if and when I could squeeze in a couple pages and that that meant I could really, truly savour it. I’m sure a review for it will be up shortly, but in the meantime, here’s the month of April in books…

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The month of March

You know how there are certain months that instantly get you pumped and looking forward to that first day coming around? For me, the one’s that probably stand out are the summer months, mainly July and August, and then as soon as the first chill hits and the leaves turn orange I’m all about October, November (uh, my birthday, helloooo?!) and December (this doesn’t need stating). I never expect a lot out of March, even though, really, expecting anything out of any given month is stupid, because time and months and days are just human made things to somehow bring a semblance of structure to our lives. Hm, deep. Moving on. My point: March 2017 has been kind of wonderful. Not because anything too big happened, but because, for the first time, in a long while actually, I didn’t for one moment have that sinking feeling in my stomach and in the back of my mind that I was about to slip back into another depressive episode. Even when that pesky red sea came around, I was alright. Achey boobs and son of a bitch cramps, but alright. Even when battling this new wave of lacking body confidence, I managed to get out on to the other side and buy jeans (!!!) for goodness sake. March has been good, and here are a couple reasons why…

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The month of February

March is here. It’s actually been here for a whole weeks worth of days, but, as usual, I’m only just getting to putting the final touches to my monthly wrap-up. I didn’t read an awful lot of books in the month of February. Unlike the latter half of last year, I feel like I’m taking more time with them. That, or I’ve just been hideously busy and found barely any spare moments to rifle through the pages of a book. It’s been a very social month, as you’ll see in my little highlights list, which, in hindsight, I’ve gotta say seems to be just what I need right now. Although I identify as an extrovert, over the years I’ve developed some of the qualities of an introvert in that I sometimes find gatherings quite emotionally exhausting and, a lot of the time, feel as though I’m living the parties and meals or whatever in a bubble, only barely hearing the echoes and not being able to plant my head in the moment. So, more and more, I find the balance difficult, but this month’s social festivities seem to have done my general mental state a lot of good. I kind of think I’m living that Roald Dahl quote about letting the sun shine through your face…

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The month of January

You might have noticed that I didn’t do my usual summary at the beginning of last month for December’s bookish round-up. I mean, you probably didn’t. But you might’ve. I did actually start composing the post, but it ended up waffling about the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. And I think in December I maybe did enough talking and reflecting, enough that I could probably afford to save my breath, anyway. Plus, and actually this is the most important part, I want to re-shape the way I write my monthly summaries a smidgen; make them more structured and have them document better my life, month to month. I want to continue with my lists of consumed and bought books, but I might also be throwing some other lists in there, too. So let’s see how this works…

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