Weekly Reading Challenge || June No.1

14.6.21 – 20.6.21

Remember to stay up to date with the world, listen to those facing atrocities and help spread awareness/donate where youโ€™re able.

I enjoy watching ‘reading vlogs’ on YouTube – some of my favourite creators of these are ReadWithEmilyFox and BooksAndLala – and I thought it would be fun to do something similar, but in blog format.

At the beginning of the week, I made a bingo board. This was partly inspired by naturalbeachliving, who make educational content and a few prompts that are often used in read-a-thons.

My life is pretty boring, but I hope you enjoy this post and I’m looking forward to incorporating these kinds of weekly wrap-ups on my blog from now on ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the bingo board and how I did:

Monday 14th

page count: 109

Due to working a 0hr contract and certain appointments I have this week, I told my supervisor’s I could only work Monday. I ended up with an afternoon/evening shift – 3-8pm – and I hate these ones… I work at an Asymptomatic Test Site at one of the Universities in the city closest to me. The evening shift generally sees less than 20 people and it’s boring af ๐Ÿ˜…

I spent the early part of the morning reading Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (147-203) in bed. For the most part, I liked it. Pet’s a little book with a lot to say and a lot of diversity. On some aspects I would have loved more expansion, but I think it does the job considering the target audience of teens.

On my commute I tried to listen to my audiobook of Emma by Jane Austen. As this is the only day I have a commute, I’m still counting it as a win, despite only reading 2 pages… the bus was too loud ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I’m so jealous when I see people read physically on the bus!

When I got to campus, I had an hour before my shift, so I bought a sandwich and sat outside as the weather was so hot. I then read a further 2 pages of Emma, but was distracted by not wanting to go to work lol~ But I did see a squirrel! (my camera is a bit crap, sorry ๐Ÿ˜…). During my shift and while waiting for my dad to pick me up after work, I started Mythos by Stephen Fry (1-50).

Tuesday 15th

page count: 43

Tuesday was vaccination day. I’m now fully vaccinated โ™ฅ

I kept hearing that the symptoms after the 2nd vaccine is worse, so I spent the day drinking so much water in preparation. For my first shot, I was fine on the day and then spent the next day forcing myself to sleep as I felt so rough I didn’t want to be conscious ๐Ÿ˜…

I read some of Mythos (50-93) and I need to make more notes about the days, because I don’t remember much apart from reading those pages and watching 2 matches of the Euros. I had the vaccine at 10am! My brain needs to stop being so forgetful.

Wednesday 16th

page count: 22

The universe was so kind to me on this day! My symptoms were about a 10th of what they were last time. I did feel rough, some moments were better than others, but overall it was a far better experience.

I continued with Mythos (93-115) for a little bit during the day. I’m really enjoying this book as Stephen Fry has such a fun and engaging writing style. Plus, the Greek Gods have always been so interesting to me. They’re wild!

In the afternoon, I watched 2 episodes of Busted, a Korean variety about several comedians/actors/idols solving a mystery. The first episode was so good! It was hilarious and there was a cool Crystal Maze element. However, the second episode was a bit boring. A lot is scripted and it comes off as awkward and forced – which is a shame because the concept and cast is great. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with it. I then decided to watch a random episode of Man on a Mission with Twice โ™ฅ

My dad then came in from gardening and we watched 2 matches from the Euros (Italy played so well!).

Thursday 17th

page count: 78

Thursday, I was meant to go to the dentist, but like I said yesterday the universe was on my side, and I got a phone call saying my appointment had to be rescheduled! I wish I had done more, but for some reason my mood wasn’t great despite evading the dentist for another week ๐Ÿ˜…

In the morning, I read 2 pages of The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot while eating porridge. I would have taken a picture, but my porridge isn’t interesting. I only put honey in it, so it’s just a stodgy beige gloop… not especially cute picture material ๐Ÿ˜‚. It’s not much, but I wasn’t feeling it in the moment, so switched over to Mythos (115-189).

This day turned into a YouTube binge session. I kept being recommended a video by JCS – Criminal Psychology, so I caved and watched it. Watching these interrogation clips with the commentary is so interesting. I ended up watching their video and then if the Observe channel had done a body language analysis on the interrogation clips, I’d watch that straight after. If you like true crime, I recommend checking them both out if you haven’t already~

Friday 18th

page count: 223

Friday was pretty boring and it rained most of the day. I watched some more JSC videos and then while making a blog post (I know shocking, but also I don’t think I posted it…so not so shocking ๐Ÿ˜…), I watched some Milk Tea Reacts videos. I randomly fell down this hole of the YT community months ago and I haven’t been able to get out.

After that I read a lot of Mythos (189-363), my hold on the audiobook on Overdrive came in and it’s read by Stephen Fry and I love his voice! I then watched 2 matches of the Euros and started Lost In The Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (1-40). It filled the gaps of when the matches got a bit boring and all the half time waffle.

Side note: it’s been since years since I started my blog! Thanks for being here โ™ฅ

Saturday 19th

page count: 130

In the morning, I finished Mythos (363-410) while eating my porridge. After that I read a but of Emma (5-54), but that was interrupted by grocery shopping – which took forever and we got back just in time for football. Again I read Lost In The Never Woods (40-74) during the boring bits. I’m enjoying it so far, and I like all the little connections to the original story.

Sunday 20th

page count: 101

Sunday was meant to be a fun day, but let’s just say things didn’t go as planned. Instead of having fun, I basically did nothing for the morning and most of the afternoon, unless you consider putting Kdrama’s into bingo boards and trying to work out how to be productive (and failing).

The late afternoon was better. I took Darcy for a walk and then watched the football. I didn’t think I would get any reading done, but I decided to use my Audible credit for the audiobook of Hollow Earth by Carole E. and John Barrowman. It’s narrated by John Barrowman and it’s really well done so far! I read it in bed and was sad to stop listening and actually go to bed at a decent time for my 5:30am alarm. The plot is far more original than I thought going in. Two twins have the special ability to “animate” their drawings and their lives are in danger from the society that is supposed to protect them.

Overall Stats:

page count: 706

books finished: Mythos; Stephen Fry + Pet; Akwaeke Emezi

books started/in progress: The Princess Diaries; Meg Cabot, Emma; Jane Austen, Lost in the Never Woods; Aiden Thomas + Hollow Earth; Carole E. & John Barrowman

I only managed to get one bingo, but I’m taking that as a win, especially as my mood was all over the place. I do wish I could have finished more than one book, but I’m still happy with the results. Reading should be fun, and I spend far too much time stressing about my productivity and lack of talent. If you read a lot, a little or none at all, I hope you still had a good week ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe โ™ฅ


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