Hi everyone! Since finishing my undergraduate degree in May I’ve taken time off of my blog. Writing felt too much like uni work and the though of keeping to a schedule was stressful. So I’ve had 4 and a bit months off, with one less thing to worry about. At first I felt guilty that I was leaving my blog. Each time I got a notification I felt as though I was abandoning my blog. However, eventually I realised that my break was a good thing. Instead of keeping up with content and plans for blog posts I just got on with reading and my life off of social media. I’ve decided that now is the time to come back to my blog and start again. I love the little community I have created on the internet, and today is the one year anniversary of my Twitter account. My life has changed a lot in a year but I would say the months I took off of this platform have been the most changeable. Here is a little run down of everything I have been up to and some of the things you can expect to see on my blog for the rest of the year!
What I’ve Done:
- Got my Degree: I finished my dissertation and final university modules. I graduated with First Class Honours in my BA English Literature course. My graduation was unfortunately postponed due to Coronavirus restrictions so hopefully that will be happening in Spring 2022.
- Visited Hay-on-Wye: My family and I visited the amazing ‘Town of Books.’ I was pretty overwhelmed by the vast number of books I saw but it was great day. I bought a couple of lovely second-hand hardbacks as well as some new paperbacks. One highlight for me though was the delicious vanilla fudge I purchased from The Fudge Shop at The Craft Centre. (Give them a quick look if you like – http://www.thefudgeshop.co.uk ).
- Confirmed my Place on a PGCE Course: I am one step closer to becoming an English teacher. My course begins in September and I am so excited. I’m looking forward to meeting new people on my course as well as going on placement.
- Signed up to the Gym: After having Covid-19 in late 2020 I was experiencing Long Covid symptoms which was affecting my overall health, especially my stamina when just walking. I started going to the gym in July and I’m enjoying a new addition to my weekly routine and I definitely feel a lot fitter than when I started.
- Alton Towers Visit: The pandemic put a lot of things on hold. One of the more personal was my annual trip to Alton Towers. My boyfriend had arranged for us to spend a weekend there over Christmas but it was delayed to May. We had a wonderful two days and it was fun to feel like we were heading towards normalcy.
What I’m Going to Do:
- The Start of my PGCE: expect some more academic content. Whether it be a day or week in-the-life of a trainee teacher or how I’m balancing my work and home life whilst I do remote learning. I’m looking forward to the next step in my journey and I want to share it with you!
- Readathons: One way I’m going to attempt to keep some time for myself once my course starts is to took into Readathons so I feel like I’m part of a reading community over the next few months. I’m particularly looking forward to October as although I won’t be doing a Blogtober challenge this year I hope to read some interesting ghost/horror novels to share. If you have heard of any Readathons please let me know! I want to involved with as many as I feel like I’ll have time for.
- Start Reading my BIG Books: This year, thanks to the amazing graphs provided by TheStoryGraph, I’ve noticed that I rarely read books over 500 pages. Despite this I do own a lot of books over 500 pages so I’ve decided to tackle some of these over the next four months. This way I’ll be tackling my TBR as well as adding a higher number of pages read to my yearly stats!
My Reading Stats for April-July:
APRIL: 5 books – MAY: 3 books – JUNE: 2 books – JULY: 5 books
I did experience a Reading Slump in May and June. At the end of my degree I was shattered and the thought of picking up any book felt like a chore. However I have two books I have to thank for pulling me out of the slump: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
So this was just a quick update and a big Hello to you! I’m excited to get back into my blog and would love to hear about anything you’ve done over the past couple of months!