Sum-Up SundaysJanuary

So, a new year & a bunch of new goals – reading & medical. Plus, a new bunch of issues in my medical & work life! This month I have managed to post something every weekday & almost every weekend as well – & I will admit that I’m very proud of myself for doing so… despite how organised I’ve been with my blog I’ve only managed to readย 5 books this month & my medical life hasn’t been too great either.


So far this year I have only managed to finish fiveย books; yes I’m very disappointed in myself too – but we can all blame our disappointment on my terrible work hours. Thankfully, these work hours are soon to change (which I shall discuss in a bit more detail in two sections time) so hopefully February will be a more successful reading month.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
~ Review:ย
~ GoodReads Review

Spin the Golden Light Bulb by Jackie Yeager
~ Rating:ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5
~ Review:ย
~ GoodReads Review

Swansong by Kerry Andrew
~ Rating:ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
~ Review:ย
~ GoodReads Review

The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
~ Review:ย
~ GoodReads Review

Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner
~ Rating:ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
~ GoodReads Review

Reading Challenges

As some of you may have seen in my first post of the year, I have set myself a number of reading challenges for 2018 & from now on I will include a short update on each of these challenges in my Sum-Up Sunday post.

After reading 5 books in January I have read 5 books of this year’s aim of 80.

Beat The Backlist:
In January I chose to pick The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee from my list of Beat The Backlist books, but after 140 pages ofย  469 I gave up on it. I originally picked the book up at a Blind-Date With A Book stall that had been set up by some students at my university; I was really excited when I opened the package because the book was said to be, at least in part, about Korea during the Second World War… but, only a few of the chapters were set in this time & I didn’t find theย present dayย chapters very interesting. You can see the rest of the books I’ve chosen for my Beat The Backlist Challenge here.

My Doctor Who Challenge:
This month I read one Doctor Who book, as per my challenge; it was called The Stone Rose & was written by Jacqueline Rayner; I rated the book 3 stars as I enjoyed the story but didn’t feel like Rose & the 10th incarnation of the Doctor were written accurately.

Reviewer’s Copies
ย  ย  ย At the start of the year I made the decision that I was going to work very hard toward receiving more reviewer’s copies from different publishing houses, this month I received:

Page Count Challenge:
In January I also signed myself up to partake in the Page Count Challenge that has been set up by Jordan (Bookish_Baker) & Dominique (Pirate & Pixie Dust); the challenge was created because Jordan & Dominique felt that it’s not fair that reading a book of 100 pages & one of 800 pages is considered to be the same kind of achievement, so they’re choosing to count pages, as well as books – you can find out more & sign up for the challengeย here. In January I read 2008 pages!


If you read my post on Monday you will know that I have recently been diagnosed with anaemia, I won’t say too much about the condition itself because you can find out all about it here, but I will say that it’s really messed with my head. Sometimes other people,ย healthyย people, find it hard to understand why new diagnoses upset me when I’ve had so many that I should be used to it by now, so I will tell you why I still get upset.ย I still get upset because it means my body is even more broken than I thought it was, & that isn’t easy to stomach. Knowing that yet another thing could cause me to get seriously ill, or could cause my death, really isn’t very much fun so January was a bit depressing. I still have to have more tests before I know the true extent of my anaemia so I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Another crappy thing that happened in January is that I met my new urologist – now, he himself is a lovely man (or he seems to be so far), but in meeting him I received the report on the scan I had done on my kidneys & bladder a few months ago & I also told him about the issues I’ve been having when trying to urinate & the interstitial cystitis pain I’ve been experiencing again. Cut a long story short, I have to have a procedure done on my bladder & urethra again sometime in the next couple of months – again, I’ll keep you updated but I probably won’t share too many details as I still find it a bit embarrassing.

I did get some good news though! I have the date for my next set of spinal injections!

…wait, this was suppose to be good news. Oops.

I jest; this is good news, sort of, because if they work they should lower my pain levels in my lower back considerably. If they don’t work I won’t be able to bend down for two weeks again. Place your bets ladies & gentlemen. My injections are booked for February 9th, so keep me in your prayers y’all.


Ha! The rest of my life hasn’t been too dandy either. Right now I’m not going to say much as I’m still working for the company, but I will tell you that I’m about to hand my notice in at my current job (yes, I do mean the one I’ve only just got) as I’ve been treated quite badly there & have been the victim of ableism on more than one occasion. Don’t fret though, I have another job lined up at a nursery & I’m really excited about it! Not only will I be contracted 30 hours a week, I’ll be getting paid properly & I’ll be working for a proper company,ย not one that barely knows how to function. I start on February 19th.

Samuel & I also celebrated out 1 year anniversary – we actually started seeing each other for the first time in March 2016, but we had a few bad patches so technically we’ve only been together for just over a yearย this time around.ย We went out to one of my favourite restaurants, ate some lovely Italian food & drank some lovely wine. It was very lovely.


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    • Aw, it’s a shame you’re not going to participate this year but I’m glad that it helped with reading big books – I think it’ll help encourage me to tackle some harder reads as well actually!


  1. 5 books is good! Just think, some people don’t even read that many in a whole year ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sorry about the medical problems. I totally get it. Anytime I get even just a new symptom or problem, I’m just like, “Great. ANOTHER problem. My body is FALLING APART.” It’s not something you just get used to.

    That’s great you have a better job lined up soon! And congrats on the anniversary!


    • Hahah that’s true! My boyfriend said something similar; referring to the fact that he doesn’t ever read ๐Ÿ˜‚ I guess I just feel frustrated that work is interfering with something I love so much.

      I’m pleased I’m not the only person who feels like that sometimes, although I’m sorry that you’re in the same position as me. I just get so upset over the fact that so much of my body isn’t capable of doing what it’s supposed to do – like, what’s the point in me having a body that can’t function ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s just such a confusing thing to experience I suppose.


  2. Dang, five books on top of everything going on in your life right now is a serious win! Here’s hoping that your new job will treat you better, and that it’ll be more understanding about your chronic illness. It’s disgusting how many workplaces are still totally ableist (I’ve worked in a few myself and it sucked hardcore).

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    • Aw, thank you for seeing it that way! I’m definitely excited about the new job & I think they’ll treat me better as they’re a better run company anyway. The company I work for looks after disabled people as well, which just makes the whole thing even worse ๐Ÿ˜‚


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