On the Plus Side is a feature on my blog that covers the positive things that have happened to me recently.
August has been quite a good month for me. The highlights include my birthday and getting a job offer. My job involves blogging and social media so I’m hoping it will be fun. I’m looking forward to learning a lot of new things from this job. I am also a bit scared about it, to be frank. But this post is about positive things so I won’t dwell on that. I don’t start until September so I am going to make the most of my free time until then.
My birthday was lots of fun. Last year I went to Warwick Castle for my birthday. This year I stayed at home. I had a lovely snuggly day with my family. We watched quite a few Disney movies (at my insistence). First there was Enchanted. After that we watched Beauty and the Beast. I thought a lot about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas while reading was watching it. The last, and best, film we watched was the new live-action Cinderella film. I’m not going to lie, I did want to cry a few times. I really enjoyed it and I think it’s up there with Ever After in terms of my favourite Cinderella adaptations.
I got plenty of lovely presents, including Hello Kitty headphones (pictured below), several gorgeous dresses, Manga Studio 5 for my PC, and Hello Kitty PJs.
One of my favourite presents came from a close friend. She sent me a copy of Enchanted Forest- An Inky Quest and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford. I first noticed adult colouring books becoming popular around Christmas while I was working at a bookshop. They’ve become even more popular now and I think it’s a lovely new trend. I’m really looking forward to starting this book. It’s so gorgeous.
I was quite spoiled by my friends and family, but on top of what they got for me I also got myself a present. I picked out a pretty Filofax to keep myself organised. I love looking at all the ways people personalise them with washi tape and stickers. My Filofax gives me a great excuse to be creative.
Besides my birthday and job related stuff I’ve been filling my time by walking my dog as much as possible. I love wandering in the woods and it’s the perfect time to listen to my audiobooks. Admittedly the weather is not always great, but I don’t much mind. I quite like walking in the rain sometimes.
I love being able to spend so much time with my dog at the moment. She was really hard to take care of when she was younger but now she’s absolutely lovely. She’s very affectionate and kind. I’d be with her constantly if I could.
The most recent book I’ve finished is The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I’ve already spouted about my love for the book in an earlier post so I won’t say much about it here. I’ve listened to the audiobook five times now.
I started reading Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner a week or so ago. However, I had to temporarily stop reading it on Sunday and Monday because it had a bit of an accident in the rain. It’s taken me ages to dry it out. It’s mostly okay now, though. I’ve been enjoying the story. There’s plenty of political intrigue, sword fighting and eccentric characters to hold my attention.
Audiobook wise I’ve been listening to The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones (when I haven’t been listening to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, that is). After my revisit to Conrad’s Fate I feel inspired to go back and reconnect with the rest of my Diana Wynne Jones (DWJ) collection, especially the Chrestomanci books. I like thinking about the connections between them. For instance, Christopher’s childhood has a few parallels with Conrad’s. They’re both manipulated by a criminal uncle.
I’m really looking forward to reading Charmed Life again once I’ve finished with The Lives of Christopher Chant. I’m interested in focusing on the parallels between the disconnect from the household both Christopher and Cat feel when they first enter Chrestomanci Castle. As I reread DWJ’s books in general I also want to focus on the relationship some of Diana Wynne Jones’ protagonists have with their magical powers.
I find DWJ’s books very comforting. I think I’ll be reading quite a few of them during September.