The last week has been good but busy, finally back at work properly after working from home for a week, meeting up with my bonkers family and discovering a new favourite coffee spot. I fell behind with my blogging (but then I say that every week), and am now desperately catching up! We’re so close to the end of January and for all it seems to have lasted an age I’m not ready for 2018 to speed up.
As for books, I’ve recently really enjoyed Smoke by Dan Vyleta. I may do a full review of this at some point, but for now I’ll just say that it’s a good book, but the central concept is complex and not always well explained. Even so, I loved the Victorian setting and would very much like to know what happened after the climactic ending, but as far as I’m aware there’s no sequel in the works.
As for blogs this month, I’ve absolutely been loving lifestyle posts from some of my faves. Laila’s post on following the path that scares you really resonated with me; I’ve occasionally been guilty of taking the safer route through life, but then equally have made some foolish decisions and thrown myself in at the deep end with varying results. I’ve started being safer as I get older and this post reminded me of the benefits of taking chances.
Sammy’s post on heteronormative travel opened my eyes a little more; it’s not something I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter, generally travelling alone, with friends or with family, so I can only imagine how uncomfortable misunderstandings can be, especially when there’s a language barrier.
I’ve mentioned Becky’s blog several times in these Monday Medleys, and while I try and avoid repeating myself too regularly I couldn’t not include her recent posts on jealousy in the blogging world. I really struggle with non-specific jealousy, feelings of inadequacy and just a touch of imposter syndrome, and this post was pretty much how I’ve been feeling for the last few months. Becky talks all about her stuggle with the green-eyed monster and the ways she combats it; there are definitely a few tips in there that I’ll be reminding myself of whenever I have those moments of self doubt.
That’s the lot for this week, but I’ll be back next Monday with all the things I’ve been loving in the week and sharing a little love for my favourite blogs. Until then, au revoir!