19.07.21 – 25.07.21
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I’m happy with this reading week! The star ratings were mostly just good, but I got some books finished and ones started that are on my tbr. July’s end is closing up on us so quickly though!
I also can’t believe I’ve been doing these posts for this long, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a month and a half. I hope you’re enjoying them, as I do find they help nudge me into reading a bit more. And also make me more scheduled (this is a day late though 😅).
Below is the board I used for this week and how I did:
page count: 196
On my commute to work I read some of The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko and carried on reading outside for a little while before my shift (31-79). During work, I was on reception and was able to work on my blog for a little bit. I then read the ebook of The Night Watch and didn’t realise how much until I checked my physical copy (79-197). The characters and plot (especially the fantasy/supernatural elements) are so interesting!
Waiting for my bus, I read a bit of Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens. I didn’t take Darcy for a walk because it was just too hot, and so was the pavement. I finished and posted my 5th weekly reading challenge – I would have posted it at work, but the maths didn’t add up and I needed to check my notes 😅
Lastly, I read some more of Jolly Foul Play (38-61) in bed.
page count: 151
Tuesday was not a great day. I spent the morning doing nothing. I was waiting for my Asda delivery (which arrived about 1:30), so of course I couldn’t do anything until then… I then read Jolly Foul Play (61-100) in the garden. For Darcy’s walk I switched to the audiobook and got to page 166. I then spent most of the late afternoon/early evening watching booktube videos. I then read The Night Watch (197-243) before bed.
page count: 248
In the morning, I ate my porridge while listening to the audiobook of Jolly Foul Play and then kept listening until I finished it (166-351). This was a weaker instalment in the Murder Most Unladylike series. The mystery didn’t feel well investigated and the conclusion was a bit clunky. I still enjoyed the characters and atmosphere of Deepdean boarding school.
For lunch, I made a salad ♥ And as a 26yr old woman I would like to thank the lady on the Downshiftology youtube channel who taught me how to soft boil an egg!
Later in the day I took Darcy for a walk and listened to The Night Watch (243-275).
After falling in a YouTube hole, I put on some reading sprints – How To Train Your Gavin – and started Shine (1-32) by former SNSD member Jessica Jung ♥ I then worked on my blog post for Thursday.
page count: 122
In the morning, I went over my post for the day and then posted it – SHINee x Marie Claire ♥
I went to the shop for a few bits and came home to do a workout – Females of Kpop Dance workout 2021 – by Vivian Yuan. It was fun, but I’m so unfit 😅
I had lunch and read some of The Night Watch, continuing with the audiobook on Darcy’s walk (275-382).
In the afternoon, I started working on a journal thing for my dad and watched Police Academy and then some episodes of Black Books. After tea, I got ready for work on Friday, and then settled down with a hot chocolate and Shine (32-36), but the book made me want to watch Kpop videos, so I got very distracted from actually reading.
I couldn’t sleep and my brain started to spiral, so in bed I read a little of the next Murder Most Unladylike book – Mistletoe and Murder (1-11).
page count: 253
On my commute I read The Night Watch (382-420) and then read outside my workplace with a chocolate croissant~ During work I finished the book (432-489). Overall, the book was good, but the plot got weaker as the book progressed. I really liked Anton and his thought process and his character made the world of these agencies of good and evil more interesting. However, a relationship that was integral to the later plot just wasn’t written in a compelling enough way for me to really care about it. I’m not sure I can say much about the writing style, as it’s translated from Russian and this is a new to me author, but for the most part the writing was good.
Before I got put onto a station inside the testing room (where I had to sit through the entire Frozen film) I read some Mistletoe and Murder (11-94). I continued it on my commute home and read up to page 114. Once I was home, I did some chores, had tea and then watched kpop videos. I did end up reading a little more of Mistletoe and Murder (114-157) before my dad got home and we sat and talked. I got him to listen to kpop ballads and he said I didn’t play one bad song – yeah, because I have good taste~ haha
page count: 335
I got woken up around 7am as Darcy wanted someone to comfort him through the thunder. While making sure he was alright, I finished Mistletoe and Murder (157-382). This was such a good instalment, and I enjoyed having another detective in George to match Daisy’s personality.
For breakfast I had some porridge and read some of Shine (37-112) and I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. I’m also enjoying listening to kpop while I read it~ After, I started Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens (1-46), which is a little companion book that has some short stories, facts and accounts written from different characters etc.
I then did some tidying up of my shelves as I had piles of books on my bedroom floor and it was getting kind of ridiculous 😅
Later in the evening, I worked on a post/ideas for a little while. My dad and I started the documentary Wild Wild Country on Netflix and that whole event with the Rajneesh movement was wild!
page count: 156
During the day I read more of Cream Cakes and Crime (46-191) as I helped my dad put together a greenhouse. And by help, I mean work out the instructions and watch him struggle lol~
In the evening we finished Wild Wild Country and if you’re interested in cults and very interesting people and events, I’d check it out! (although if you’re sensitive to anything relating to sex or nudity, I’d be careful).
Before bed, I planned out week 7’s bingo board and what I’d like to read etc.
page count: 1,451
books finished: Jolly Foul Play; Robin Stevens (3⭐) + The Night Watch; Sergei Lukyanenko (3.5⭐) + Mistletoe and Murder; Robin Stevens (4⭐)
books started/in progress: Shine; Jessica Jung + Cream Buns and Crime; Robin Stevens + Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy; Cassandra Clare + Emma; Jane Austen
I hope you had a good reading week and a good week in general ♥
Thanks for reading!
I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥