Well, people, we’re halfway through summer already. And I say THANK THE SKIES FOR THAT because I’m freaking melting over here! As I’m writing this, it’s actually cloudy outside and it rained during the night, so it’s not unbearable but these past weeks have been hard on me because 30+ degree heat isn’t all that nice to very pregnant ladies. And I am definitely a very pregnant lady (seriously, my belly is so much bigger this time around, wow).
In personal news: As I said, preggo. I’ve been working a lot, translating what needs to be translated and writing what needs to be written but we managed to get some day trips in on the weekends. We’re taking some time off in August before Baby arrives (I do hope he’ll arrive on time, more or less – but it’s impossible to plan anything from this point onward, really. I have less than a month to go!) and I’m excited for some family time. We won’t be going abroad or anything – I really want to be within driving distance of Ljubljana’s hospital, because it’s very good.
In Kiddo news: he’s amazing. Well, I know all parents say that about their kids but what can I do. He’s finally started using first person when he talks! :D It’s funny to see how he thinks and what kinds of associations he has. Elephants are the new obsession and so are rockets. He has tantrums from time to time but we’ve been told it’s normal, so we’re coping as well as can be expected. Nothing too horrible, though. He still doesn’t really understand what is going on with the Baby – he pets my belly and talks about the baby but then gets kind of distracted when we try to explain how things will change in a month. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I’m sure there will be some problems but he’s a good kid so I don’t expect a lot of trauma.
In reading news: July was a really good reading month for me. I’ve managed to read some books from my Summer TBR list and I read some others besides. The best read of the month was definitely Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier, which I’ll be reviewing soon, closely followed by The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addisson, which I have already reviewed here, in case you’ve missed it. Other than that, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty was a pleasant surprise (it was a Kindle deal and I can’t resist a Sherlock retelling), but Worked Up, the new Tessa Bailey book I got to read as an ARC, was a complete disaster. So yeah, a mixed bag! But if I get two great books a month, I count that as an overall success! :)
What I wrote about:
I was very good with planning blog content ahead at the beginning of this month and even had five posts written up ahead – that came and went, of course, and now I’m down to one. I’ll try to write some posts ahead for when Baby comes but if I disappear suddenly, please don’t take it personally. There will be a crying, pooping tiny human present in my life and it’ll take a while for us to get used to each other. :)
- Reviews: The Goblin Emperor, Red Seas Under Red Skies and And I Darken
- Discussions: What Makes a Fantasy? and Super Long Books
- Other cool things: Read All the Books!, Movie Review: Me Before You and My June
- A bit of motivation for when you’re having one of those days when you don’t feel good enough.
- Cool vintage pics of beaches and summer.
- This story about a grandma who wrote polite Google searches because she thought there was an actual person at Goggle HQ who was answering them <3
- And oh MY has it really only been 10 years since these fashion faux pas? When I look at my parents’ old photos and see what they wore, I always cringe. I’m sure my kids will be cringing about my fashion choices when they’re older, too.
I hope you’re enjoying summer, regardless of where you are! How has July been treating you?
Did you read anything interesting?
I’d love to hear from you! :)