Sum-Up SundaysOctober

Sum-Up Sundays is a new series I’m setting up for the first Sunday of every month! Every post in this series will include a list of the books I read the month before as well as some snippets about how my health was the previous month – & I may occasionally include bits & pieces about the other aspects of my life! Let me know what you think of the series so I know how much effort to put into it.


Reading

In October I finished 9 books! This is pretty good for me, especially considering I thought I’d slowed down due to my bad health. I enjoyed a lot of the books I finished last month, especially Daughters of the Moon, The Extinction Trials, Fools & Mortals & FrostFire! I didn’t really enjoy All The Dirty Parts (hence why I didn’t bother to review it), & The Handmaid’s Tale could have been better.

The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1Bl

A Dance With Dragons (part two) by George R. R. Martin
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1L2

The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1Mp

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1Qf

Fools & Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1S6

All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-1TV

FrostFire by Zoë Marriott
~ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
~ Review: https://wp.me/p8MbIo-26T

Health

Eugh, October was a total mess in regards to my health! I basically had a renal infection the entire time (something which I spoke about in more detail in this post) so I was stuck taking antibiotics for almost all 31 days of the month; part of me is still worried that they haven’t worked too. I was also ridiculously tired because of the infection, which is why I thought I had slowed down on my reading. My back pain wasn’t awful in October, but I think that’s probably because I did so much sleeping due to the infection, yet I still had some horrible pains in my knees, which I think may have been caused by the cold. I also suffered with a horrible throat infection/cough, which I hated.

I also had a period this month – I say this month because I only have them every 9 weeks due to the way I take my contraceptive pill – which was just as horrific as it always is; I was sick & passed out once, but spent days with vile cramps that made me incapable of doing anything. I considered writing a post about being on my period but I’m not sure if I’m ready to post something quite so private… maybe one day. I think some of the cramping may have been caused by some serious IBS as well though, a condition that I haven’t been diagnosed with, but of which I’m sure I have… I really need to get that diagnosis so I can get some medication.

Life

I had a job interview in October, for a learning support officer within a college; it didn’t go brilliantly but I wasn’t that bothered as the experience just reinforced that I don’t really want to work with teenagers (or just teenagers). I’ve been applying for a lot of jobs within children’s homes or special education centres & I think I’ve decided I want to get a master’s degree in social work, as well as counselling qualifications. Unfortunately, I’ve still not properly started my free online course at The Open University on the Holocaust – but I have as long as I like to complete that so it’s nothing to worry about.

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