Hey y’all

You are probably bored of hearing me say “I’m sick!” but guess what? I am still sick. The flare up of my Ulcerative Colitis continues – boo hiss – but I have had two blasts of my new medication so hopefully we will see some improvement soon.  Although last time I got my infusion I was called by the IBD nurse the day later to say that my haemoglobin levels have dropped dramatically (from 124 to 84) and I need an iron infusion. Three weeks later and I am still waiting on this. Sad and tiresome times.

Anywho, I have read quite a few books this month and here they are:

  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Hardback)
  • Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman (Paperback)
  • After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • The Paris Effect by K. S. R. Burns (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Paperback)
  • How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Cover Up by Patricia Hall (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Searching for Grace Kelly by Michael Callahan (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Hardback)
  • I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mere (Hardback)
  • Men and Women Talking by Gloria Steinem (eBook)
  • Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles by Salamishah Tillet (eBook)
  • The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • The Suffragettes by Penguin Classics (eBook)
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (eBook)
  • While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins (Paperback Review Copy)
  • The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Puddle Jumping by Amber L Johnson (eBook)
  • Hell on Wheels by Karen Mueller (eBook)

I managed to go up another percentage on NetGalley. Now I am at 40% – woohoo!

The two books that stood out for me this month were Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? which was bloody brilliant. The other book was Dani Atkin’s When I Was Sleeping which blew me away. I am still not over it.

I went to a bookish event this month. My sister and I took my niece to Waterstones in Liverpool to see a reading of The Tiger Who Came for Tea. It was fun and super cute. I am glad I got to be there for my niece’s first visit to Waterstones.

Also this month I have embarked on a physical book buying ban. I lasted three weeks. I am actually rather proud of that.

Anywho, I hope you all have a great July filled with Bookish fun!

Lisa x

Happy New Year!

So 2017 wasn’t especially great. It wasn’t especially bad either so it was really just a nothing year. There were some really good times spent with my family. My little niece is growing up to be a really funny little girl. I’ve managed to read 191 books. I set myself an initial target of 52 which came very easily to me. As the year went on and I read more and more I would have liked to reach 200 but ah well. Nine away isn’t too bad.

The bad times came in the form of a hospital stay. My Ulcerative Colitis flared up again. I was only in for a few days but it knocked my body so much that I was off work for two months recovering.

Overall, I can’t complain.

2018 is looking to present some new challenges. I will be working specifically with weak readers trying to bring up their reading ages and help them to fall a little bit in love with reading…even if I just get a little bit of ‘like’ with reading I will feel like I have won.

I’m going to reset my 52 books a year as a book challenge on Goodreads.

I’m not going to make resolutions this year because they are easily breakable. I am making plans. I plan to start learning sign language. I plan to continue to donate the physical books I read to different places – either to friends or to the library in the school I work and I plan to enjoy napping more.

Most of all I plan to be happy!

Happy 2018 people.

Lis x