I’m running slightly late with my Medley post this week, as I’ve been busy all weekend with my boyfriend’s birthday and packing to move on Wednesday. The next week is likely to be even more hectic, so hopefully I’ll be able to stay on top of things. For now though, here’s everything I’ve loved reading and watching in the last week.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is one of those books that wraps you up in its world and captures the mind, only releasing you when you run out of pages. It follows Lazlo Strange in his obsession with the fabled city of Weep, and his journey to discover the reason its name was plucked from his mind as a child. There were definitely some twists and turns I didn’t expect in this book, and there are definite hints that the sequel might be a bit more sci-fi in nature, rather than fantasy. I’m desperate to find out what will happen next as the book ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and absolutely cannot wait for the sequel.
I’ve read some seriously amazing blog posts this week and I really struggled to narrow it down, but these are the ones I loved the most in the last week.
Tomorrow is Bake Off day and what with the stress of moving house I’m seriously considering having a go at Hayley’s Bake Off Drinking Game to go along with it. I figure something sweet and lots of vodka is the perfect way to destress, although I’ll probably regret the hangover.
Despite having just come back from Japan, I’m already craving a long relaxing holiday. This post by the Travelettes is all about taking yourself on your own honeymoon; I’ve always been too intimidated to go to traditional honeymoon destinations by myself, but perhaps it’s time to book myself a holiday in the Maldive while I’ve got the chance.
The blogging industry is a controversial one, and Rachel’s post about the paradoxes that exist within it highlights this really well. I can never quite make my mind up about what I want to be or what I really think of the industry and community, which usually leads to me not interacting with it as much as most bloggers.
With my imminent house move I am all about homeware (let’s be honest, the move is just an excuse and I’m obsessed all the time), Lauren’s post featuring some absolutely beautiful pieces was perfectly timed. I love her colour scheme of bright whites and pastel colours and I need everything in the post ASAP.
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t really get involved with a lot of the blogging community. This post from Dippy Writes is all about making the community a better and more positive place, and there are definitely a few things I’ll be trying to do going forwards.
Katie’s post on how life with a stoma doesn’t have to make you miserable was probably my absolute favourite. I don’t have any personal experience with stoma, but this was so well-written and powerful and it made me think about the massive improvement in quality of life a stoma can bring to people.; headlines calling them “miserable” are incredibly damaging to people who rely on them. This is definitely one to read this week.
Speaking of well-written blog content, Cherie’s post about kindness to strangers and friends was a joy to read. It’s a series of stories about people online and the friends she’s made through blogging. If you’re feeling down this is definitely a great pick-me-up, and maybe it’s the PMS but I got little emotional reading it.
Finally, the saddest post of the week definitely goes to Tara’s post about her exit from the blogging world. I’m gutted that she’s decided to step back from blogging but I’m glad that she’s doing what’s right for her. I shall be watching her Twitter to see what her next projects entail!
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been watching Bake Off. It’s taken me a few weeks to get back into it but I think I’m cool with the minor Channel 4 changes and I’m loving the new bakers. Yan to win!
APPARENTLY, last week Tesco were selling chocolate oranges with a buy one, get TWO free deal and I bloody missed it. Hannah’s chocolate orange cookie recipe looks delicious but just compounds the pain; I might make them once I’ve moved and have a new kitchen!