At the risk of painting myself as a bit of a loner or a boring spinster, I have a confession. Deep breaths – I am not a spontaneous person. As much as I try to live an adventure, taking risks and curves in stride, I can’t help but fall victim to the routine. Living alone will do that to you though. Living alone means you rely heavily on your organisation and plans which can leave little room for going out. As much as it drives me crazy, most days my life basically consists of work, grocery shopping, reading, writing and sleeping. Repeat.
What I’m getting at here is that after a particularly mundane day working in retail and, after meeting my brother on the train, we made the snap decision to hit the town and see Elton John’s fantastical biopic; Rocketman.
Suffice to say we had an absolute blast tapping our feet along to Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets, experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows of Elton John’s breakthrough years as an artist. And, after two days I have failed to shake the explosion of both emotion and colour that is Rocketman. This movie just resonated with me. I can’t tell you how much I loved Rocketman and it’s highly addictive soundtrack [which I’ve since bought btw].
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Here we are yet again, and as we creep closer to the Winter Solstice those starry, wintery vibes have well and truly hit Australia. This month has been unseasonably cold down under. A late start to the season brought with it bitter southerly winds and an icy chill. As the fog and rain settled over Melbourne it seemed the sun wouldn’t be coming back anytime soon. The eerie, windy nights only worked to fuel the overall tone and I found myself getting bummed out by the persistent cold.
For the most part of May, I was struggling with a reading slump. You know, that very same slump I complained about last wrap up? Yeah – so that stuck around for a while. But, suffice to say that slump is officially over and with perfect timing for the snuggle season too.
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Hey guys, it’s time to grab that passport because today we are setting off on an adventure – of the literary kind of course!
All righty, at this point you know I sound like a broken record when I say I’m all about the setting and world building. As much as I adore a good romantic subplot and an epic character arc there’s just something to be said about exploring new worlds and their lore. So, when I saw the Bookish Adventure Tag on Siobhan’s blog there was just no way that I was going to scroll past because this is such a unique idea for a tag. Who doesn’t love writing about their favorite worlds? So here we are!
Also, side note, today also marks my 3 year Anniversary with Reading By Starlight. [WHOO HOO!] I know – what?!? Can you believe that it’s been 3 years already? Because I sure as heck can’t! So I just want to take this moment to appreciate all the friends I’ve made through this blog. You guys are so supportive and the actual best. I can’t tell you how reading all of your comments makes my day. And another thing – I also wanted to say thank you for being so patient with me these past few months. By now you all know that I’ve had a lot on my plate and I’ve been struggling with balancing everything. I’m trying to do better and hope that this year will see Reading By Starlight grow to new heights. You know what they say – third time lucky!
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Well. Talk about a freaking month. Solid effort, am I right? Not.
This is going to be an interesting wrap up [to say the least] because you may have noticed that I had a slow reading month and it fast became a mood. I was binging a series [more on that later] and while I needed a break I just couldn’t for the life of me figure out what I wanted to read next so I just kept reaching for that next installment??? I was still reading at a tediously slow pace so It wasn’t yet a slump but I could feel myself edging closer and closer to that precipice. So, because I didn’t read anything I felt the need to discuss or talk about Reading By Starlight took a serious hit. It’s been like forever since I’ve posted a review. I’ve tried. I’ve sat at my laptop, my fingers performing a war dance across the keys in an attempt to get something posted. I just had an off month. My writing was mediocre at best and you know that your girl here is nothing but a perfectionist.
So my question for all you bloggers is this; do you ever find yourself in this situation and, if so, how do you break out of that rut?
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How excited are you guys for the weekend? I know I’ve been holding out for a lazy day – I have so much house work and blogging to catch up on plus I can’t wait to get in some serious reading [my TBR pile is actually borderline ridiculous] and a little self care.
First thing’s first – I want to send some love Siobhan’s way for nominating my little blog for the Mystery Blogger Award. Siobhan is one of my dearest friends in the community so be sure to check out her reviews and fantastic discussions over at Siobhan’s Novelties.
Before I get into the tag, just what is the Mystery Blogger Award? Let me tell you – this is such a beautiful idea for a blog award! This award celebrates discovering new blogs and inspiring posts and nothing is better than showing off my bookish friend’s stunning blogs because each of them works so hard.
In the creator’s own words; “The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”
– Okoto Enigma
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If you live in Australia, you’ll know that when it comes to book tours (or lack there of) the struggle of managing to see and/or meet your favorite author is real. Since missing her last Aussie event, I’d kept my eyes peeled, stalking Sarah J. Maas’s social media for any news of an upcoming tour down under. Imagine my anticipation and excitement when not only did Sarah announce an Australian Kingdom of Ash book tour but when I secured that golden ticket.
So, donning my best Night Court attire and projecting some serious High Lady vibes, I finally attend an afternoon with Sarah J. Maas and let me tell you – it was as surreal and epic as I’d imagined. Fair warning, this post is a long one. There is just so much that Sarah talked about that I can’t wait to share and that I need to unpack.
Disclaimer: In the words of Miss Maas herself (and let me tell you – she is down right hilarious) if you haven’t read Kingdom of Ash yet “tough shit” because nothing is off the table and I’m going to be spoiling all the spoilers as I take you through a play-by-play of the Melbourne event. I’ll be sharing a little bit of Sarah’s story, spilling the tea on her favorite scenes of each book, talking all about Kingdom of Ash and also reveal some new information regarding Sarah’s upcoming projects the World of Throne of Glass and Crescent City House of Earth and Blood.
Guess who’s back [back back]. Back again [again again]. Shady’s back [back back]. Tell a friend [friend friend]. Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back…
Why, hello there – remember little ol’ me??? I can’t tell you how my finger’s are practically dancing over the keys this morning. Man, does it feel good to be back and posting again. Shame who?
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