Category Archives: Life

6 Months!

It has been 6 months since I last posted on ‘The Avid Reader’!

That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading, I’m as avid as ever ( In fact,  I’m currently getting to the end of my third re-read of ‘The Hobbit’,), but I lost my mojo for writing. Not just writing blog posts, but writing more of the detective novel that I’ve been trying finish for the last 3 years or so.

Part of the reason that I lost my mojo, is that life has got in the way. I won’t go into any details of that (I don’t want to use this blog for whining and whinging, I feel very lucky with what I have) but over the last week or so, I’ve found the joy for writing again hurrah!

To be honest, I’ve probably read too many books in the last 6, to properly catch up with reviews on the blog but I will try and post my thoughts on a few of them shortly. Let me know about your best reads of the last 6 months.

I’m also going to see ‘Bridget Jones Baby’ next week, so I with review it after I have seen it. I’m not a big fan of Chick-Lit, but I have enjoyed the ‘Bridget Jones’ series. To wet your appetite, here’s the trailer:

 

The Summer of 2015

Now the nights are drawing in, I’ve been reflecting on the summer.

It has had a few stresses, mostly about money, but overall it has been great. I’ve been to some great events, most recently a blues/rock concert by an up and coming singer/guitarist Joanna Shaw Taylor, a classical concert held in the beautiful surroundings of a rose garden and enjoyed the usual local festivities which happen every year.

My writing mojo has also kept me busy and I’m ploughing into finishing my first ‘proper’ novel, with gusto.

Reading books has been slow and steady during the summer. I’ve read a total of eight books and abandoned two. As I’m developing in my writing, I’m finding that I have become pickier with my reading taste. I don’t think that this is a bad thing though. As I’m getting older (I’m at the ripe old age of 34!), I’ve realised that life is too short to waste time on books that I’m not enjoying. That’s not to say that I won’t give a book a chance. Even if I’m not sure if I am going to like a book, I will still read about 100 pages before deciding whether to ditch it or not.

Over the next few days, I will try and catch up on blog posts I have missed and reviews I’d like to tell you about. For now, here are some photos of my summer:

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New Blog!

So, this blog has found a new home and has a new name! The reason I decided to move to a different blogging platform, was because I was finding Blogger infuriating.

I couldn’t edit or delete my blog lists and inexplicably, all of the photos I had posted over the years on the blog, had completely disappeared. It’s sad, because I had been writing the old blog for many years, so it feels weird to be away from that, but hopefully Tumblr will be the way forward.

Anyway, I hope that I can hang on to my loyal readers and look forward to meeting new bloggers!

On other news, I’m slowly getting back to writing again. Since my dad passed away in December, it has been difficult to return to the things I once enjoyed. Going back to reading what I have of my book so far, has been interesting and exciting. I’ve already started to plan new pieces of the story in my mind, I just have to find the time (and discipline!) to sit down and write more.

For now though, I’m excited to see what this new blog will bring!

Until the next time, I’d be intersted to hear your thoughts on how the new blog looks.