After a two-month hiatus, I am very excited to be returning to my blog!
It feels a little strange after many weeks of being away doing other things, but I am so glad to be back. I look forward to interacting again with you all and sharing my bookish thoughts.
Before I move on, I would just like to say thank you so much for all the lovely messages you sent when I announced my hiatus. They meant such a lot to me and I felt truly humbled to receive that amount of support. I am really lucky to have so many wonderful and special friends in the book blogging community!
So, here is a wrap-up of what I did during my hiatus:
Well, my main objective was to make progress with my writing and my WIP. This did not go as I expected, but on the other hand I feel like my writing is in a much better place now than it was at the beginning of June.
At around the end of June, I decided that I was unlikely to achieve anything with my WIP, so I abandoned it and began on a new one altogether. This has felt like a good decision, as my new WIP is one of the best creative writing ideas I have had. I only hope that my writing can do it justice!
If you have followed my blog for some time, you may remember that I had written a non-fiction book. I finally feel that now I am slowly getting closer to getting that one published – I can live in hope!
In terms of reading, I have devoted much of the summer to rereading the Harry Potter series. I have read each book countless times now, but every one of them has been a very fulfilling experience that has made me look at the series from different perspectives.
I have also (slowly) read some other books, in order to try and keep up with my mountainous TBR. Some of these were excellent reads, and I look forward to sharing my reviews in the coming days!
In June, I was lucky to attend a Q&A event with new YA authors Kesia Lupo (We Are Blood and Thunder) and Emma Smith-Barton (The Million Pieces of Neena Gill). It was very informative and I was able to pick up some useful writing tips.
So far, 2019 has been quite a challenging year for both my physical and mental health. For several months I was feeling unwell and it has taken even longer for the psychological effects to ease, but finally it seems like I am recovering. In the last couple of weeks, I have certainly felt like I have a renewed spring in my step and I’m feeling pretty good.
At the same time, I have tried to keep going. Work has gone well, and I recently enjoyed a lovely holiday in Cornwall, as well as a trip to the British Museum, which was a really incredible place to visit.
Now I need to get back into the happy routine of writing and scheduling blog posts!
Have you had a good summer? Do you have any book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!