Welcome to the sixteenth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… I haven’t posted a rambling since the beginning of the month, that should give you a heads up as to how busy March has been. Essays to write, clinical placements to complete, I celebrated my 30th birthday, March has certainly kept me busy!
This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Today’s ramblings topics: Finding the Time, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, March Wrap Up, Zoo on Netflix. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings.
Finding the Time
I need you to share your secrets with me, those of you who work 9-5 five days a week, how on earth do you find the time to blog (write blog posts, read and share others), how do you find the time to use social media in general!? Do you have a system, limit yourself to a certain amount of social media time every day, share your secrets.
Since I started my clinical placement two weeks ago, I’ve become one of those ‘in bed by 9 on a week night’ people. I get home from work: make dinner, spend some time with my son, settle down to read, manage a few chapters, then I’m so tired it’s time for bed and the clock says 8.30pm – I push on till about 9pm but I feel exhausted. Not forgetting to mention, my job is emotionally intense, and when I get home, sometimes I don’t want to do anything for a while, except relax and just be! I manage a few days of Instagram a week, sporadic blogging, and think this time will disappear once I start my essay in the evenings (if I can stay awake). I never thought I’d say this but I miss working long days – those 14 hour shifts were a killer, but at least I only had to do three of them a week and then I had four days off. Maybe this is because it’s been over a year since I worked 9-5 and it’s just taking some getting used to, my body readjusting to these working hours.
Audiobooks are going to be my future, listening to them on my commute to and from work may be the only reading I get done! If you have a routine, if you’re happy to share, please leave me a comment.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
I believe I’ve found it, the best cover of the year! This YA Fantasy novel is publishing in September, and I’m already obsessed with it! Thankfully the synopsis is highly appealing too, because I would have bought this book for decoration, for that cover alone!
Magic has a price–if you’re willing to pay.
The lush world building of Children of Blood and Bone meets the sweeping scale of Strange the Dreamer in this captivating epic YA fantasy debut.
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Inspired by tales of folk magic in her own community, Rena Barron spins a darkly magical tale perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns or Shadow and Bone, about a girl caught between gods, monsters, and her own mother’s schemes.
March Wrap Up
6 books, 3 audiobooks – BOTM: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Zoo on Netflix
Ah, the pain of one of your favourite shows being cancelled! Zoo is an American TV series based on James Patterson’s novel [with the same name]. What’s it about: animal species all over the world begin attacking humans, controversial zoologist Jackson Oz tries to discover the cause of the sudden change. Oz and his team search to find the cause and cure for the animal mutation.
I watched the first season on Sky a few years ago, then recently found out all three season are on Netflix, so before I started my clinical placement, I binge watched the next two seasons! The final episode ended on a huge cliff-hanger, and CBS have cancelled the show due to a massive decline in viewership. It’s doubtful Netflix will continue the series because the show has a lot of CGI and Netflix likely won’t deem the cost of production worthy due to the viewing numbers, but I remain hopeful.
Have you watched Zoo, what did you think? Have there been any shows you’ve loved that have been cancelled suddenly?
LINK AROUND THE WEB
I don’t like the title of this post, but if you’re looking for a list of books about Black British culture, this list is a good place to start. BuzzFeed have put together this quiz, which also serves as a reading list: Tell Us How Many Of These Books About Black British Culture You’ve Read And I’ll Tell You How Loud You Can Be About Race
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me soon for some more ramblings.
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Bookish Frustration: Hardback to Paperback, Evil Has a Name – Podcast, February Wrap Up, and Be Careful – Cardi B.