Summer Re-Cap, Autumn Plans, and Life

It’s been a while since things got personal here, at Books & Reviews. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know life has been kind of hectic in the last few months and the blog has suffered from it. I am still reading and writing, but for my PhD. I am also working part-time at my alma mater doing paperwork, and basically learning how things get done at my Gender and Diversity MA. But now summer’s over. I had time to work, relax, read, go to the beach and enjoy myself like I had not done in my life, and here are some stories, news, plans, and chit-chat.

Despite my PhD supervisor and my Mum’s predictions, I managed to actually relax and not work at all during August. My two best friends were leaving for America, so we spent a couple of lovely days in my parents’ house by the beach. We managed to say goodbye to each other for the last time without actually realising it, making the situation much easier for everyone. They are now back home, doing what they love, and we keep each other posted all the time – thanks 21st century social media!

View from my parents' house at the beach. Night bliss.

I also read a lot, even though this year I have not read half as many books as I did last year. But it is fine. I am trying not to give myself a hard time about this, and just read a bit every day, even though that means cutting on sleep time. I am also writing a lot, for my PhD, and some little creative things again. It feels good.

Now that autumn is here, I would like to read something atmospheric. I know I read mostly crime fiction so, finding an atmospheric read should not be difficult. But, can you believe I have never read any Shirley Jackson? And although I do get the references to And Then There Were None – or Ten Little Niggers, as I like to call it, don’t you love early 20th century covert racism? – I have never read it either. So, these two are on my TBR list, inspired by your RIP reading lists.

Autumn is, basically, a count-down to Christmas on my mind. Every month puts me closer to that magical time of the year I am the happiest – and most excessive – person on Earth. If you are a Christmas freak yourself, you can follow the Official Santa on Twitter to get your daily count-down to Christmas tweet. You’re welcome. This is also that time of the year someone at home catches the flu, and we keep passing it on to each other for months, like an old copy of a good novel, except for the fever, and being sick. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one, and let’s hope the flu shot actually works this year.

So, what are you doing after Summer’15? Any stories that you would like to share? 🙂

9 thoughts on “Summer Re-Cap, Autumn Plans, and Life

  1. I’ve never read any Shirley Jackson either. I do have one of her books of my shelves, though, so that might change in the next few months. Looking forward to hearing what you think of her work.

    1. I don’t even have a copy of any of her works. Which one do you own? I’ve heard wonderful things about ‘We Have Always Lived in The Castle’.

  2. I just started my first Shirley Jackson! I’m very excited about it.

    I’m so glad you were able to do some relaxing over the summer, and your time at the beach with your friends sounds lovely!

    1. Thank you, Leah. It’s been quite a year for both of us, hasn’t it?

      How are you liking Shirley Jackson? Are you reading ‘We have Always Lived in the Castle’?

  3. I’ve read and loved both The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived at the Castle. I also read And Then There Were None at the start of the summer and really enjoyed it! I’m on the countdown to lovely Christmas too and we have the added bonus of the twins’ 5th birthday on 23 December!

Have something to say?