Hey everyone! I took part in How To Train Your Gavin’s Believathon between the 11th and the 24th of May. If you haven’t heard of Believathon, you can learn more about this readathon here, but it’s basically a celebration of all things middle grade. Middle …
It’s only while writing my June wrap-up that I realise my April and May wrap-ups are still floating in draft purgatory. Oops. Those will be up… Eventually!
Things are still pretty hectic in the Hunt/Lamb household. Our little girl has gone through yet another growth spurt, and the blistering heatwave that England is currently experiencing hasn’t helped the ceaseless feeding one bit. That being said, she’s doing really well: she’s such a happy baby, and her big beaming smile fills me with such joy. She’s not rolling over just yet, but she’s having her third lot of vaccines next week so that next milestone should be ticked off soon enough.
Work has been pretty nonstop. I’m enjoying it, but when you sign up for a Sunday job and end up working seven days in a row (which should have been 12, but you got sent home sick)? That’s not the best. Trying to express enough milk to last through each shift has been a nightmare! Hopefully the amount of shifts I’m getting will calm down sooner rather than later.
In other news, my grandad had his hip replacement last week. I mentioned the fact that he was waiting for one back in February, but he actually had it done last Thursday and it all went remarkably smoothly. So smoothly, in fact, that he went home on Saturday and has already conquered the stairs up to his bedroom! I’m so proud of him, and I can’t wait to see how much easier things get now that he’s been given back a huge amount of mobility.
In case you haven’t realised, I’ve actually been a bit more active this month than I have the last few. Instead of prioritising sleep, I thought it was time that I started prioritising the blog again. I’d been missing it so much. I’ll admit, juggling a blog and a job and a three-month-old is not the easiest, and I should probably be less tough on myself when I miss posts… But I’m just such a perfectionist, goddammit.
I’m not going to post stats this month because I still haven’t finished sorting out and uploading the posts that I missed at the beginning of the month, but stats will be back next month.
I haven’t actually written any live reviews for a while, but I did go to two shows in June: Taylor Swift’s first headline show at Wembley Stadium, and Foo Fighters second night at London Stadium. I genuinely think Taylor Swift might be the best live performer I’ve ever seen, but Dave Grohl and gang are always at the top of their game, so they were two remarkably fun nights. Reviews of both will be coming soon.
I’m still in the middle of a reading slump, but in June I managed to read 5 books. I finished off the Make More Noise! anthology, read Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein with my boyfriend, caught up with the Murder Most Unladylike series by reading A Spoonful of Murder, and finally read Rebecca Barrow’s debut, You Don’t Know Me But I Know You. I also read Chris Killen’s debut, The Bird Room, but I haven’t decided whether to review that one or not because it was pretty… Interesting.
We’re only a day into July and I’ve already nearly read a whole book (Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson) so I’m hoping that the reading slump might finally be over. I guess we’ll see at the end of the month.
That’s it for this wrap-up. How was your June?
January is finally drawing to a close, so it’s time for The Bumbling Blogger’s first wrap-up post. It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these because I kept forgetting to do them on my old blog – forgive me if I’m rusty!
I was ill for nearly three weeks of January, dealing with two ear infections and a cold. Things got far more bearable when my hearing came back, but it was extremely weird to start the year off unable to have a conversation with any of my friends or my family. Also this month, my mum was admitted to hospital – thankfully it was nothing serious, but it was a worrying couple of days when the doctors couldn’t get to the bottom of what was wrong with her.
With all of that going on, it’s a miracle that I managed to keep the blog updated. When I launched The Bumbling Blogger, I decided that I was going to put a post up every weekday and let myself relax at the weekends. So far, I’ve managed to achieve that! I’m very proud of myself for posting regular content and for allowing myself the chance to have a break. Blogging feels far more enjoyable to me now.
That’s mostly because of my Dodo Pad. It’s so easy to separate out blog commitments from personal commitments, and I’ve been able to keep on top of deadlines with ease. I’d highly recommend getting your hands on one – it’s so much easier than creating a bullet journal, especially if you’re not artsy!
Talking of the blog, this month The Bumbling Blogger has had 742 views and 131 comments. Although the pageviews are far lower than they were on my previous blog, the comments have gone through the roof! I’ve been making a lot more effort to interact with other bloggers, and because of that I’ve discovered some great new blogs and have had some very fun conversations with people from across the globe. I’m hoping to continue prioritising this in the future.
My most viewed blog post this month was my review of Frank Turner‘s show at Level III in Swindon.
On this site I posted an album review of Of Mice and Men’s Defy, but I’ve also been contributing reviews to afterLIVE, where I reviewed Fall Out Boy’s MANIA, Tonight Alive’s Underworld and Waterparks Entertainment (which will be posted later today!).
If you have an album that you’d like me to consider reviewing – either here or on afterLIVE – visit my contact page and drop me an email.
Because I couldn’t hear much at the start of the year, I had nothing to do but read. I managed to read 10 books in January, and I’m already halfway through another three! I’m not going to be able to read much after March because I have other commitments, but I’m hoping to get as many books as possible read in the next two months.
This month I reviewed:
- Meet Cute (which I finished in December)
- Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
- The Fandom by Anna Day
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
- A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis
- The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart
My review of Sara Holland’s debut novel, Everless, is going up later in the week: make sure to check back to find out what I thought!
I also participated in two cover reveals – Rafferty Lincoln Loves… by Emily Williams and True Storm by L.E. Sterling, respectively – and I’ve got another one lined up for later in the week. Exciting times!
That’s it for this month. What were the best and worst things about your January? Are you glad the month is finally over? Leave your comments down below, and if you’ve written your own wrap-up post make sure to link to it!