Ooooffff.

In my mind, April was going to be the quiet month after the mad rush of the three-month intensive university course. But I forgot about the travelling and the essays and the research project.

Highlights of the Month

  • Submitting both of my essays for uni, so as long as I pass them both, that’s the course done!
  • Finishing the Glastonbury research paper, which one of the team has now submitted to a journal. Fingers crossed.
  • Reading more again; I’d averaged 9 books per month for the first three months of this year, mainly because of uni. Finally in April I read 19, which is a much more respectable number.
  • Going on holiday. It was freakin’ brilliant. And if I hadn’t gone, I honestly don’t know if I would have made it through the rest of the month, which was much more intense than I originally gave it credit for.
Small cottage on a hillside in Wales
The best place to catch up on sleep.
  • DFRWS in Oslo, which was fun as always. Norway is pretty. However I caught some kind of awful stomach bug while I was there, so I’m not sure it can be considered a highlight. The folk museum, however, was a definite high point: they’ve preserved villages throughout history and you can walk around them looking in all the houses and pretending you’re inside a fairytale.

Two small Norwegian wooden houses from the 1600sOld wooden Norwegian church

Small wooden Norwegian house

I wanted to live in all the tiny beautiful houses.

Things That Worked Well 

  • Going on holiday. It was beautiful and calming and refreshing and exactly what I needed.
  • Changing my schedule slightly to incorporate more reading every day. It makes me happier and starts my days nicely.

Things That Didn’t Work So Well 

  • Swimming still hasn’t happened. I need to make a decision by the end of this month as to whether I’m going to renew my gym membership or not, because currently I’m paying a ridiculous amount for something I never use. We’ll see.
  • Travelling for work. I think I’m going to have to make the difficult decision not to do this anymore, except within the UK. It’s too exhausting and it’s not worth the hit my body takes every time. This time I caught a bug, which of course made things harder, but even so every time I have to take a week or two off once I’m home, and that throws everything off for ages, and it just isn’t practical. Not to mention that it just isn’t fair on me either.

This Month I Walked…

46.6 miles, which is the lowest amount I’ve walked all year. However, I spent a week in Wales sitting down (because boy did I need it) and a week in Oslo stuck inside a conference, and I was ill for the last few days of the month, so all things considered that’s not such a disastrous total.

This Month I Swam…

Once again, I did not swim.

This Month I Read…

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green ⭑
  • The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore ⭑
  • Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly MacMillan ⭑
  • Heft by Liz Moore ⭑⭑⭑
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
  • Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge ⭑⭑⭑⭑
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt ⭑⭑⭑⭑
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton ⭑⭑⭑
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ⭑⭑⭑
  • The Lost Asylum by Barbara Taylor ⭑⭑⭑⭑
  • Unicorns: The Myths, Legends and Lore by Skye Alexander ⭑⭑
  • The Therapeutic Relationship by Sheila Haugh & Stephen Paul ⭑⭑⭑
  • An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis by Charles Brenner ⭑
  • The Secret History of Georgian London by Dan Cruikshank ⭑⭑⭑
  • Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ⭑⭑⭑
  • Enchantments of the Clinic by Carl P. Ellerson ⭑
  • The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister ⭑⭑
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware ⭑
  • Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter ⭑⭑

This Month I Watched… 

  • Fleabag
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Home
  • Derry Girls

…and I cancelled my Netflix subscription. 😱 I KNOW. But there is limited time in my life and I’ve been so much happier this month because I’ve spent more of it reading. So here goes, let’s see how long I last before I cave in again.


How’s your month been? 

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