Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and having a great February. I’m sure plenty of you know or if you didn’t might have spotted that I’ve been less active than usual. I’ve reduced my posting schedule to just three a week (going out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), been slow to reply to comments and I’ve not been around much on everyone else’s blogs. No it hasn’t been a love of the Winter Olympics that’s kept me away, although I will admit that I am a fan of watching both the summer and winter Olympics. First I’d like to apologise for being away for quite a bit. Things have been a bit uphill in my personal life lately. Apart from planning a move and the stress and complications of that and other things, I’ve had a bit of an accident too which has put me in a bit of a low mood recently.
I’m not sure how it happened but I’ve managed to pull a cartilage or something around my rib cage. I’m not quite sure of the diagnosis yet, I’m seeing another doctor for a second opinion but it’s most likely something that happened from excessive coughing…I didn’t know you could have severe side effects from coughing! 😮 I’ve not been in the best of health lately in general so I’ve felt a little miserable for a while but this puts a whole new spin on life which makes everything hard to do. There’s pain whenever I move – getting out of bed takes several minutes!, even moving from laughing and coughing is extremely painful. It’s possibly the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and being a naturally active person it’s really upsetting as I literally can’t do anything without being in pain (even picking up or holding a large book causes me to flinch).
So, anyway, the only thing for recovery is lots of rest, which is hard considering how busy life is for me at the moment but don’t worry, hopefully I’ll recover, I’ll have a better diagnosis soon. But in the meantime I hope you won’t mind if I take things slowly online. I’m a bit behind with all my reading, I’m hoping publishers as well as you guys won’t mind if my reviews are a little late, or if my blog posts become a little scarce soon. I also hope you won’t mind if I still am a little bit of a ghost when it comes to visiting your blogs, I’ll visit when I can but even sitting at the table with the laptop hurts right now (I just can’t seem to find a position to sit in without some pain!). Anyway I’ll leave a quick round-up post of everything that’s happened this month and hopefully I’ll be feeling better next month.
The most popular post of February so far has been the Bookish Naughty List Tag. It’s a fun tag showing all my bookish sins, and it’s obviously been a hit on other blogs so if you haven’t seen this tag before why not check it out and have a go yourself?
The second most popular post was this book review! Gizelle’s Bucket List is such a sweet biography of this lovely animal. Gizelle a mastiff dog, owned by Lauren, has been there for Lauren through all the important parts of her life, but one day Gizelle is diagnosed with a tumour and Lauren designs a bucket list so they can make the most of their time left together. It’s a book that makes you laugh and cry and perfect especially if you love dogs and animals.
Technically the next and third most popular post is January’s Round-up post! I’ll leave the link here so you can see what was happening but you can tell I’ve had a slow February when a round-up post makes one of the top 3 most popular of the month! lol
I’d like to highlight two other posts that I really enjoyed writing and hope you enjoyed reading this month. The first is a review for this book Mad Diet. Unlike many diet books on the market this one goes into some details over the foods we are eating and how they affect our health, especially our mental health. It’s got lots of interesting facts and at the end has some advice on how to make the most of your diet and you never know, you may be able to improve your mental and physical health with this ‘diet’ information too! Well worth reading if you are open minded to some of the things explained.
I’d also like to highlight this post, a poem I wrote for Valentine’s Day. It’s called Furever Mine and whatever you think of Valentine’s Day, whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you enjoy the poem and the message inside this post. It’s been very well received so far and I’d love to know what you think if you haven’t yet read it 🙂
I don’t want to speculate yet on what’s coming up next month. I’ll get out some more book reviews, I still have some posts scheduled for this and next week but I might be a little scarce for the next month as I try to recover from this strange and very painful injury. I’ll keep you guys updated as to what’s happening though and hopefully by April things will be starting to look better. I hope you are all well and why not tell me what you’re looking forward to next month, or any of your highlights of February?
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