Disclosure: I wrote this post last year and have only just found it in my documents, I contemplated rewriting it but I loved the memories it brought back and Amsterdam was such a good trip I didn't want to take anything away from it! So here you go, a throwback to 2019...
Now I know I'm not likely to get through all these in the same year, but I think it's nice to have some goals or a little wish list to start the year off right. It helps to make it really feel like a fresh slate- at least for me it does.
Storm and Fury is a spin off from The Dark Elements series, another one I’d recommend to anyone. It's been some time since I read the original series so I wasn't even aware that there was a spin off due to be released. But I was browsing Goodreads for a new read when I stumbled across this beauty.
A few months ago I went through (in my opinion) a pretty gruelling time in terms of my career and its future. After the rest of my department left for other opportunities, there was just little old me alone at work. Seeing as though I initially took the job for the development and professional growth, with suddenly having no one available to teach me, I was left in career limbo.
So I've mentioned in the past how my skin care regime isn't exactly a refined skill of mine, in fact it's pretty much non-existent most of the time. Occasionally I'll slap on some moisturiser and be done with it, but even then it's a toss-up over whether or not I'll make the effort to do anything at all before I go to bed.
With more and more people feeling the stresses of life and actually vocalising their struggles, more attention has been applied to mental health and wellbeing these past few years. We’ve all had an experience with anxiety at some point in our lives and I personally have allowed myself to become aware recently of the state of my mental health and how things affect me in everyday life.
I found this to be a such a profound and heartfelt story that literally took me on a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. The descriptive nature of Natasha Ngan’s writing literally manifests in the reader's mind, from the simple but worn down land of the Paper castes to the grandeur and dark opulence of the palace and the city that surrounds it.
The inspiration for this post happened as I was researching a Mother's Day blog post for work. I've never really thought much into Mother's Day other than what to get my mum and if my sisters have gotten her anything better. But during my research I discovered that after getting the day nationally established in 1914, the founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, worked the remainder of her life to get it disestablished after she saw how popular it became- and not in the way she intended it to be.
Blogging isn't just writing content for your site, it's the endless social media promotions, image content and ideas that go into it. Sometimes it can get overwhelming and you can get caught up in it all. If you have a full time job or family then it's even harder to manage your time to make room for the blogging part of your life
The sequel seems to be a lifetime away from the first book. Set in a time of chaos, war and loss, we see the characters take their own paths in this fight whilst dealing with past consequences and new dangers.