The Round Up #7

Long time no blog! The past few months have been rather hectic with ups and downs, and working hard on my Masters dissertation. With my MA finished and having moved into a new flat, now seemed like a great time for a catch up post - perfect cup of tea in bed type reading.


I mentioned a couple of pretty major life changes, and it is needless to say that the first week of September was full on! I've finished my Masters degree, which was certainly a long journey. Whilst on the one hand I'm glad it's over because it was a lot of work, stressful and I'm ready for the next chapter, I am also finding myself feeling a little bit lost without a dissertation to be working on. 

A couple of days after finishing my MA I moved into a new flat! Again, very exciting but also stressful. I really hate packing, and so having to pack one flat into a friend's car to move it across the city and unpack it again made for a long long weekend. But I've adorned the walls with bunting and fairy lights, and put together flat-pack shelves so I'm feeling rather settled in my new home. It certainly helps that my flatmate is wonderful and she has an adorable pet hedgehog!


One of my goals for 2019 has been to read more, with a target of 60 books. So far I've exceeded that, with my total currently standing at 70. One of my favourite reads of late is The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. The book follows the experience and discoveries her and her husband have during a year of of living in Denmark. Key to this is the statistic that Denmark is the happiest place, Helen was keen to find out why this is and whether Danes really are as happy as the statistics suggest. I found this such an interesting read and written very well.

Another book I devoured was My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. The novel follows Korede and her serial killer sister Ayoola, as Korede cleans up after her sister's killings. A sinister debut novel full of dark humour and suspense, it is certainly worth all the hype it's been getting online, and well worth adding to your reading list.


The Great British Bake Off is just a classic for this time of year! Nothing like getting cosy in the evening with some kind of baked treat, to watch people getting stressy over pastry and cake batter. It's wholesome watching and I think each week I find a new baker I'm rooting for.

Other than rewatching The Office, US of course, I'm not really watching much else at the moment. Although as the weather gets colder and the evenings get darker, I'll definitely be ready for a cosy period drama or something to follow.  

What books, TV shows or podcasts would you recommend I fill my new found time with?


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