Saturday, 23 April 2016

Will I Ever Finish A Book Again?

Lately, I seem to be plagued with a selection of bad books. I've either had to force my way to the end, or abandon it completely - something I would have never dreamt of doing before. As I've grown, I've really managed to curate a bookcase I'm proud of, and I think I've defined my reading taste down to a tee. So why, I hear myself ask, am I still picking up books I think I should like?

There's a lot of snobbery in the book world - it's sad, but true - and I guess I've fallen victim to this myself. I picked up The First Bad Man by Miranda July because it was quirky! and feminist! and for women like me! but in all actual fact, it was just a step too bizarre and I couldn't relate to it at all. Of course, I don't have to relate to every book I read - one of my favourite reads of last year was totally unrelatable - but more often than not, I want something believable or comprehendible. Something that I feel could happen, even if not to me. 

So what books should I be reading? Well, I seem to be falling more and more into Young Adult novels - did you roll your eyes? - but I'm not really interested in John Green or books along that vein. Books like Unbecoming by Jenny Downing and Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill that have a storyline of substance, or take a theme, like dystopian feminism, and completely run away with it. Aside from YA, I'm also interested in strong female writers like Carol Ann Duffy, Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood and I'm still hoping to broaden my horizons with foreign authors like Murakami and Anthony Doerr - author of All The Light We Cannot See. 

Have I discovered anything new about myself? I guess not. I know not to read something because a literary critic says I should like it, but to read something because I think I will like it. I know my taste better than anyone, except maybe Dannie - that girl is dangerous when she posts book reviews! - and I should follow my gut more when it comes to adding books to my ever growing TBR pile... 

Can you recommend any books to get me out of this funk? What's the best book you've read recently?

Chelsea xo

Monday, 11 April 2016

A New Venture

Well hello my fine friends. I guess the title above sounds pretty ominous, but I just wanted to update you on my latest youtube video! I'm not abandoning the written word, but I thought it would be fun to create some videos and share bits and bobs that way. Although I consider Love in Modern Life to be a lifestyle/parenting/book blog, I didn't want to suddenly alienate people with baby updates - so if you're interested in those, they'll be on my youtube channel! My latest post is a nice little '10 facts about me' tag which I had found doing the rounds, and I felt it was a great little opener to restarting my foray into youtube! 

If you're at all interested in visual peeps from me, then please subscribe and dish out some likes! I've already started planning my next video - a gender reveal! - so keep your eyes peeled for that one. 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 2 April 2016

TMTW #9 - Marchin' On

Best bit? Well, what wasn't a best bit of March? I started a new job, shared some news, dyed my hair and all sorts of other things!

My favourite thing? Is it bad if I say getting paid? It was SO nice to finally have a wage coming in and being able to start saving a bit of money again.

Any regrets? Not getting a flu jab when I was offered one. I have been plagued by illness in March - toothache, earache and now some sort of cold/flu. If I'd taken the jab then at least I wouldn't be so bad. I did finally manage to get to the dentist after they cancelled on me twice, so that's good. 

What's in store for April? I've got the exciting scan this month, which I really cannot wait for! I'm also hoping to relaunch that vlog I keep harping on about, but I'm currently going through a crappy skin stage, so I'm waiting for that to improve. Pray for me. 

I can't be the only one who's slightly surprised at how it's suddenly April, right? March completely flew over for me, but I think that was bound to happen with how busy I've been! Starting a full-time job doesn't half take it out of you when you've been used to an ad-hoc retail job like I'd been doing. I've been going to bed super early, and waking up early, and still feeling tired so if y'all have any tips for feeling more alive - let me know! 

How was your March? 

Chelsea xo
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