What Have I Been Up to Lately?

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, typing away. I know you’ve seen some Top Ten Tuesday posts appear in the past few weeks. Thank the universe for scheduling, right? Otherwise it would have been complete radio silence. 

I haven’t been posting lately. Whether on my blog or my YouTube channel, I just haven’t found the time or motivation. I could come up with a 1000 excuses. And I do still feel like I need to apologize to you for my absence. To be honest, I know I shouldn’t. This blog, and my channel, are a hobby of mine. I love reading. I love talking about the books I’ve read. I love reading your blog posts and leaving comments. My love for the bookish community has never faded. But I just don’t have much time right now. So here’s what’s been going on in my life lately. 

I’m still working. No surprise there, right? I’m finding it harder than I thought I would to combine a full-time job with reading, blogging, and every other hobby.

I’m excited again about working out. I know, that doesn’t happen often. I usually have to force myself to work out. But in the beginning of September, I participated in a 6K run in support of Think Pink with my colleagues. And to prepare somewhat for that run, I decided to go back to the gym. I’ve discovered that I really, really enjoy weight training. I love the machines, I love pushing until the last rep and seeing how much weight I can challenge myself to push. I haven’t found to courage to start with barbell workouts yet, but I’m hoping I will in the near future. 

I’m excited again about cooking some new, healthy veggie/vegan meals. I want to invest time back into my food, so I start eating a bit healthier. 

I’ve fallen down the KPOP rabbit hole. Yup. It started with BTS, now I’m just all over the place. I’m listening to music, watching music videos and dance practices and random videos of the group members. You’ve sucked me in. 

I started watching Descendants of the Sun. I want to get back into TV shows, and this one looked like a lot of fun! I’ve watched 10 of the 16 episodes so far (I think) and I absolutely love it. 

I turned 23. 

My blog turned 3.

I went on a trip to Naples, Italy. It was wonderful -and sunny!

I’m exhausted. I know, not a fun item, right? But it’s true. I’ve been feeling so exhausted lately. Sleeping 9 hours a night and still being tired. 

That’s what’s been going on in my life lately! I do apologize for my lack of comments on your posts. I just haven’t had the time. I am not abandoning my blog, don’t worry. But I won’t be able to post as much as I used to either. I hope you’ll bear with me.


In Which I Apologize for Being a Terrible Blogger

I have been a terrible blogger the past few months. I took a month-long hiatus a while back, and then decided to pick my blogging back up. That went fine during the month of June. Since July has started though, I’ve been slacking. I’ve barely posted anything, aside from Top 5 Wednesdays and my weekly wrap ups. And I’m sorry. 

I do want to keep my blog going. And I want to create amazing content for you guys, and review the books I’ve been reading. I think half of the books I’ve read this year, I haven’t reviewed yet… 

I haven’t been feeling my best lately. I just don’t quite feel like myself at the moment, and can’t bring myself to write anything. I also haven’t read a single book this week. I’ve read tons of fan fiction though. What I’m trying to say here is: I’m sorry for not being present here. I’m sorry for not reviewing any of the books I’ve read, or writing any posts. 

I can’t write posts that I’m not 100% behind. And so I’ll have to cut back on writing posts and making videos until I’m feeling up to it. Or until I’m reading anything, for that matter. 

I hope you’ll all understand! 

5 of My Favorite Minor Characters

This was actually a Top 5 Wednesday topic last month. But since I was on hiatus during the month of May, I never really got to participate in this topic. I thought it was pretty fun, so here I am a month later with my 5 favorite minor characters. Minor characters are not the same as side characters: side characters still play a bigger role in a story than minor characters do.

Galadriel // The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // I am forever bitter about Galadriel. I feel like she wasn’t included nearly enough in The Lord of the Rings itself -probably because she was a woman… I haven’t read the Silmarillion, and I hope she plays a bigger role there. She’s just amazing.

Nyx // Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // I didn’t know whether Nyx counted as a minor character, because this series basically consists of only main and side characters. Everyone gets a voice in it, which is why it’s so vivid. Nyx is a vampire, and she dresses in black velvet. Just because she thinks the stereotypes are hilarious -and because she wants her prey to know what’s coming for them…

Nightblood // Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // Nightblood is a sword. A sword with a desire to kill and maim. And it’s so hilarious, I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. 

Nymeria // A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf. And I love her.

Seamus Finnegan // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // I am intrigued by Seamus, really. Aside from his ability to explode anything, he also had some character growth in The Order of the Phoenix. From barely being allowed to go to Hogwarts to fighting with the DA.

Announcement: A Mini Hiatus?

It’s been a while since I’ve had to write a post like this. About a year, I think? Maybe a little less. I’m here to announce a (mini) hiatus I’ll be taking for the next couple of weeks.

Why am I taking a hiatus?

I’ve mentioned in my previous wrap ups that I’m moving soon. That soon is coming up fast, and there is just so much to do. Aside from my job, and the move, I’ll also be taking driving classes the next couple of weeks. For now, all of this is just a bit much to juggle. Especially as my weekends are also filled with family get togethers: Easter, birthdays and pretty soon a “lentefeest” celebration (which is basically like the non-religious version of communion?). 

When I have that much to do (and so many people to see), my mental health is the first thing to suffer. So I’m actively taking a step away from my blog and channel for a while so I can focus on feeling okay.

Will there be no more posts from me?

I still have a few posts scheduled, so those will obviously be going up. And I might be inspired to write a review, and want to post that one immediately. So you’ll probably still be seeing some posts go up. It just won’t be the usual amount at all. I might be inspired, and write. But I might just also take a break. 

When will I be back? 

At this point, I can’t give you a precise date. I’m moving in the first few weeks of May, and that’s also when the family get-togethers and the driving lessons (+exam) are. So I might be back in the second half of May. But I might also need some time to recover from that hectic period and only be fully back at the end of May or the beginning of June. I quite honestly don’t know. 

Don’t worry though, it won’t be complete silence on here. I will try to update you all once in a while so I don’t feel completely out of touch. 

Will I still be active on social media?

Yes. I’m not taking a social media break. At least, not right now. So you’ll still be able to find me on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads! I will still be reading, so I will posts updates on there. Especially Goodreads. I update my reading religiously there, you know that. 

A big hug from me, and I will talk to you next time. Whenever that may be. 

EMMA Read-along Announcement & Invitation!

Hi everyone! Today, I have exciting news. You might know that I’ve been planning to give more classics a go, after reading and enjoying Pride and Prejudice last year. I wanted to read more of Jane Austen’s work. And then Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense suggested a buddy read for Emma could be fun. Perfect idea, no?


When do we start?

We’ll start reading on March 10th. That way we have three weeks until the end of March to read Emma.

Emma is divided into three volumes, so we are planning on reading 1 volume per week. Which should mean we finish on March 31st.

How do we communicate?

Well. On Twitter, of course!

We’ll be using the hashtag #EmmaRAL (Emma Read-along) for general updates on the reading progress and story, and are planning on creating a group DM for all those interested, to go into more detail when discussing the story.

Can anyone join?

Of course! We’d love it if you could read along with us! The more, the merrier, right? It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time reading Emma, or whether you just want to re-read the book during the buddy read. All are welcome.

If you’d like to join us, leave a comment or Tweet at @fictionalreader or @booknonsense. You can also leave a comment on Alicia’s announcement post, which will be going up later today. (Them time zones, people. Always so confusing!)