Life Happens #1

Posted 15th January 2017 by Wattle in Life Happens / 12 Comments

I know I should blog more than once a week, it’s not like I don’t have a backlog of posts and reviews to write, but I’m struggling with motivation at the moment.

Our weather has been so up and down the past couple of weeks, and I get headaches when there’s extreme changes in temperature; the one I’ve got now I’ve had all week. Woe is me, etc, etc. It’s nothing new and I can function perfectly fine for the most part, they just make me grumpy when they last more than a couple of days.

I absolutely loathe summer, but I’m looking forward to it settling in so my head doesn’t hurt anymore.

Anyway. There is nothing else going on in my life right now! Uni is on summer break, which is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve been so bored with nothing to do; or more accurately, nothing to urge me to procrastinate. I’ve been reading a lot, I read a book today that’s due for review but I’m going to sit on it a couple of days so my review isn’t so…bias, I guess.

Does anyone else have that issue? I find if I review a book mere hours after finishing it, I can get swept up in a gleeful haze and don’t really think about what I’ve read properly. I need to digest a book, think about it for a day or two before I trust myself. Particularly if I really loved something, you should see my notes for A Discovery of Witches that I finished just after New Year, my giddiness really comes across lol.

Speaking of, I’m hoping the sequels arrive this week so I can continue the series, I’m getting a bit impatient now. The book I’m trying to read (The Alienist) feels like a slog, because I’d rather be reading about witches and vampires – I’m thinking I might put it aside until I’ve got the All Souls Trilogy out of my system, The Alienist really IS good so far, but my heart isn’t in it.

I think that’s enough of my blabbing for now! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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12 responses to “Life Happens #1

  1. Headaches are a pain, I always get grumpy when I have one too. I rarely get that gleeful haze, so if I have that after finishing a book I try and write my review as soon as possible (which I usually do anyway) to get a bit of that feeling in my review. I like having some of my giddiness come across and if I wait to long to write my review I lose that and I want people to know how much I enjoyed a book, especially with those rare 5 star ratings.

    I read A Discovery of Witches a long time ago, I think I really enjoyed it and even bought book 2, but I had forgotten so much by the time I picked it up. So I put it down again and hope to eventually get back to it. And sometimes it’s better to just go with your mood and read what you really want to read as no other book will keep your attention else. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • I find I can be very reactionary to books sometimes, and when I wait my review is more measured (particularly if I didn’t like something), although if I do love it then I still fangirl a bit haha it just can’t be helped!

      I’m on the third book of the series now, it’s so good, I’m trying to make it last and not rush through it!

  2. Mmm, I know what headaches are like, they can definitely suck the motivation out of you and make you just kind of incapable of doing anything productive even if they aren’t terrible.

    I used to keep a book journal so that I could all my immediate thoughts there but then let my thoughts on the book settle before writing the actual review, but now I just write the review immediately. It probably does alter the way the review comes out, but I suppose either way it’s still my honest opinion. And I usually don’t end up posting the review for a while, so I got back later and edit. And if you love a book, it’s probably a positive thing when your giddiness comes across! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Headaches can be just so annoying when they’re not bad, but they’re just hovering. I get frustrated by them more than anything else.

      I should probably write a draft of my reviews after I read something and go back and edit them into proper English later on; that’s given me something to ponder. It would mean more posts for a start haha I was writing a review today and my notes weren’t as informative as I thought they were :/

  3. I do not envy your headaches! I personally like summer (I hate the cold) but the weather being all over the place makes it hard to adjust to the temperatures. Hopefully it settles soon!

    There is nothing wrong with blogging only once a week, especially if there’s no motivation. Take a little break and enjoy the books you’ve been reading!

    I try and write my reviews ASAP after finishing, not matter how gushing they may be, because I want to capture all my feelings about the book and the sooner the better because they’re fresh in my mind. Plus fangirling reviews are a tonne of fun to write haha

    • I like the cold if I’m not freezing myself lol I’m pretty selfish that way ๐Ÿ˜› also I like wood heaters.

      Fangirl reviews are fun to write, I’m going to try drafting my reviews sooner and then editing them later on. Right now everything is in notebooks and I write a lot of irrelevant notes (I think they’re important at the time!)

  4. Ugh, I hate the summer too Bre. Are your headaches sinus related? It sounds awful because you just can’t find the energy to do anything can you. I’ve got the same thing and have a seasonal illness going on eight weeks now. I can’t stop coughing and have had tests, antibiotics, liquid codeine and nothing has worked. It just leaves you feeling so meh all the time. I’ve got half a dozen half finished reviews and no motivation to finish any of them off either.

    It sounds like the witches and vampires are really keeping your interest at the moment, I’d keep going and read as many as you can. The Alienist is probably a great read but if you’re not all that into it, I’d pop it down or risk the dreaded slump again. I have read A Discovery of Witches but definitely checking it out seeing it’s got you giddy with excitement. Fingers crossed those headaches ease up a bit you poor poppet <3

    • I occasionally get sinusitis but this doesn’t seem to be it; I used to have a terrible problem with chronic headaches that couldn’t be categorised as migraines, but I’m on medication for it now (I cried all over one of my doctors years ago when I saw them because I’d had a headache for two weeks lol) no one knows what causes them but I get flares every now and then (usually with the weather, sometimes stress).

      Yikes, I hope you’re better soon ๐Ÿ™ that sounds really unpleasant. There seems to be lots of things going around at the moment (yay for summer flu season, ugh).

      I’m on book 3 of the series and have slowed my reading right down so I don’t finish it too soon lol I noticed I was doing it with the second book (I’d read 5 pages, then do some pacing for….no reason).

  5. The weather is horrible! Ours is doing that as well and it kills my head. I hate the heat, too, though. lol I just wish Winter would pick one or the other. Be 70 or be 10. Please don’t do both in the same week. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    • lol right? Our weather is going from 104F down to 78F tomorrow, summer storms are rolling in. On the plus side, we’ve not had a heatwave yet, I’m hoping we won’t be getting any (now I’ve said that, February and March will probably be terrible).

  6. All Souls trilogy is <3 I re-read A Discovery of Witches last year again during the real-time readalong and it was just as good as reading it the first time ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish I gave myself a day more or so to let my thoughts on a book sink in but most of the time my thoughts about a book remains the same. It only varies considerably when I'm aware there's a bias because I wasn't in the mood for it or some other real life distraction =S

    • I’m reading the third book now but for some reason am struggling to get through it (nothing to do with the book, I love it when I’m reading it, I’m just having trouble sitting down and reading I guess) :/

      My thoughts usually remain the same, but sometimes they change pretty drastically. I read one book ages ago that I gave 5 stars and when I revisited my notes and how I felt a bit later it would have actually been a 3. Oops. That’s pretty rare though.

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