I aten’t dead, part 2: still aten’t dead

So, some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been around in nearly three months.  There’s a couple of reasons for this.  I started work at a new job in the office where I’ll eventually begin the last stage of my legal training.  I’ll be working there until mid-June.  I also had a rather bad relapse of my anxiety.  This hasn’t finished – in fact, part of what is keeping me going is coming to accept that this is something I have to actively work to guard against as opposed to keeping saying in my head “la la la la everything will be fine and this will never happen again!!!”

So there’s that.

I also had a bit of a reading slump in February as you’ll see from my list on my Read in 2015 page.  I couldn’t get into any of the stuff I was reading, and I dnf-ed a couple of books that I had really expected to like, or even love.  After reading All the Bright Places I was in a pretty stinking mood.  Between all of that, and Terry Pratchett’s passing, there were about six really bad weeks from mid-February onwards, and I wasn’t in any mood to be blogging.

However, I’m now feeling a lot better and ready to be at least somewhat creative again!

I have draft reviews written for the three Official TBR Challenge books I’ve read, as well as the two Back to the Classics challenge books I’ve read on top of Emma.  I’m also 100 pages away from the end of Madame Bovary and should finish it tonight.  I’m on target with both of those challenges despite not posting! I’ll have those full reviews up over the course of this week and next week.

In terms of the Shelf Love challenge, I’m doing reasonably well.  I’ve only bought 4 paper books, and I’m (just) under my ebook spending challenge too! I’ve read 19/20 paper books (depending on how you count Gormenghast, as I’m not finished Titus Alone yet) and I’m on a good roll of reading through my unread paper books at the moment.  My plan is to only read paper books until I go on holiday on 15 June (to Berlin!).  I’ve also split this challenge down a bit, and have divided my paper books down in to those which belong to series, and those which don’t.  I’m reading through the non-series ones first, and it’s working really well.  I’ve been picking out five books at a time, and not picking the next five until I’ve either finished those or decided I can’t finish them.

So that’s where I’m at!  I’m going to go through my newsfeed now and also queue a couple of posts.  I’m hoping to be all caught up by the end of next week.  If anyone’s still reading this, thanks for sticking around.  I’m looking forward to book blogging hopefully from here on out!


#TBR2015RBR – Checkpoint 1!


First thing I want to say is apologies for going awol at the end of Bout of Books and generally not posting this week.  I’ve had a terrible week – I’ve started a new job and the commute has been a bit annoying.  And it’s just generally been awful: on Monday I got locked out of my flat, Tuesday I got soaked on the way home, Wednesday my lunch exploded in my bag and balsamic vinegar got everywhere, Thursday I twisted my ankle, and Friday I got stuck out in the driving snow for an HOUR while I waited on a taxi as it was impossible for me to walk to the station as I have to walk down a really steep hill and I would have broken my neck.

So that’s where I am right now.

Anyway! I’ve really been enjoying the concept of the TBR Challenge, so here’s my first update post.  I’m going to post a review of the first book that I read tomorrow (even though I’m not counting my first full book as actually read until I finish the Gormenghast trilogy).

My Progress: 0.33 of 12 Completed / 0 of 12 Reviewed

I may have flew a little too close to the sun with wanting to get the whole Gormenghast trilogy finished in January.  It’s a lot longer than I thought! My one volume edition looks a lot shorter than it actually is.  I’m also really enjoying it so I don’t want to rush through it and not savour it as much as I should! If I get to the end of Gormenghast itself I’ll be happy, and I’ll definitely read Titus Alone before the end of the year too.  I’ll have a review up for Titus Groan before the end of the weekend.  This is a seriously, seriously good book.

Question of the Month: Which book on your 2015 list has been on your shelf the longest?

I don’t remember exactly when I bought a lot of these books.  However, I think the ones that have been on my shelf the longest are the ones that I got for my 21st birthday (three and a half years ago, eek!): the Gormenghast trilogy, Tam Lin, Big Fish, and Dreams Underfoot.  All of these are books I was looking forward to reading, so I don’t know why they’ve been there so long! I sometimes have a problem with saving books I think are going to be good for when I’m “in the right mood” or “when I can really appreciate them” instead of just reading them!