The Weekend Wrap-Up offers a little look at what I’m reading, the new books that came my way, and anything else I may have gotten up to this past week. I will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and hopping around your blogs a little to see what the community has to share too!
Sometime near the beginning of the week, my sleep was interrupted by a neighbour’s tiny dog barking for two hours. What followed was a complete overturn of my sleep schedule (which wasn’t great anyway) and I’ve been exhausted and dealing with some pain and brain fog from it all week. Each day I’ve been woken up much too soon by scam phone calls, lawnmowers, surprise knocks at the door, and I’m so fed up with bad sleep. This affects my physical health, my mental health, and my ability to participate in society. I had to reschedule my CBT appointment and I don’t think I can run Dungeons & Dragons this week, you probably noticed the blog suffered for content. Regardless, I plod along and do my best, but heck.
However, you may be amused to hear about the day I got up around 4.30 am and found two wasps buzzing around the living room light. I shooed them into the kitchen and fly sprayed them and shut the door, then found them buzzing around the living room light again so I did the same thing, rinse and repeat. Turned out there were actually six wasps, not two ninja wasps. I did finish one with my salt rock candle holder, which I’m still amused by. Usually, I hate killing things but they were so big and scary! I was stood cowering backed up against the door at one point. Thankfully we’ve had no repeat visitations since.
It sure has been a week!
Midweek I spent quite a while setting up Notion. I listed out over 100 blog post ideas I’ve had in my drafts and in a Discord list, so now I can find them easily and pick a topic if I need one, or add to the list if I think of something new. I set up an “ARC tracker” to keep track of my review copies, when they release, what I’ve read, what needs reviewing. And I started setting up a page to list all of the podcasts I want to check out, what topics they cover, when I’ve listened to them because I need to check out quite a few things and tidy up my Pocket Cast subscribed podcasts for sure. This one is still a work in progress and I have a few more pages I want to set up. I really love Notion as a tool.
Sadly my reading was affected by the sleep shenanigans, though I did manage to finish The Liar of Red Valley so I will get that review written up when I’m able!
In theory, I’m now reading Halloween Rain (Buffy book), Gideon Falls (horror graphic novel), and Empire of Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky because several people this week have sung its praises so heck it, I was looking for a fantasy read to squeeze in between some of this horror I’ve been reading.
I watched a few things this week. When you’re not feeling well, it’s nice to switch off with some TV. On Netflix, I watched Brand New Cherry Flavor which is a very strange show. It’s about… dark magic and a girl with a movie and a predatory producer and I enjoyed it a lot? Holy heck it was dark, though. That sure filled me up on my horror/dark fantasy quota for a little bit!
Friday I watched the latest episode of Drag Race All Stars and while I’m not entirely pleased with how this episode ended, it was fun to watch. I don’t really like the format of All Stars generally anyway, but this season has been really, really strong.
I finally got the polar bear mount in Final Fantasy XIV on my EU character this week, I’d been putting it off and the event was ending on the 26th so I got myself online and grabbed him. I love polar bears so I could not pass this guy up.
Thursday night after the Phasmophobia update went live, I played a few hours of that with a friend. Hooboy this update changes a lot. Hunts are scarier (and more deadly), the new sounds are terrifying – I absolutely screamed a few times, a friend watching us play through Discord said at one point, “it’s unsettling that the ghosts yelp now,” yeah, the ghosts. It was all them. Mhm.
I’m just excited to get to grips with all of the changes! We played a bunch more last night too and started understanding how to navigate the changes. I’m in love with the Parabolic Microphone’s new sounds and the D.O.T.S. Projector, when they pick things up!
I listened to an episode of Fanfiction is Good Actually this week. It’s a fortnightly podcast that talks about fanfiction and cycles guests. It’s really fun! I don’t actually read fan-fiction currently. I’d love to, but it’s usually too explicit for my tastes. Perhaps I’ll find some less focused on boning some day and get into it a little more because all I want is a good story, and fans have great imaginations.
On the Blog
As mentioned, blog content suffered this week from my sleep issues, but I did get excited and decide to talk about my current favourite game this week, so I did.
I didn’t mean to request The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings on NetGalley but it sounded so interesting and it said I could wish for it, so I pushed the button and two days later, wish granted. Oops! I’m excited though, but I shall need to read something fantasy before I get around to it. I’ve been reading a lot of dark fiction lately and still need to read Gideon Falls, need to mix my spooks up a bit! But gosh I’m intrigued by a medieval ghost story retelling and it is a novella which is nice.
I also grabbed The House That Fell From the Sky by Patrick Delaney for free. It was described as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Lovecraft”, which I’m sure it isn’t but it worked on me anyway. Also, Lancelot by Giles Kristian. This one has been on my wishlist for a bit. I love Arthurian mythos, and it was 99p. It did trigger my bank to temporarily block my debit card though which was strange, but that’s sorted now. Guess my bank doesn’t like Lancelot.
Gosh, I don’t know. I’m pretty much just focused on trying to rest and cycle my sleep back to nighttime again. I’d like to read some fantasy, get a review up, take a look at an interesting read-a-thon, which I’ll post about if I decide to join, and hopefully keep D&D running. I also have CBT rescheduled for Friday. Wish me luck!
How have your weeks been? Reading anything good? Got up to anything interesting? I’d love to hear what you’re all getting up to in the comments!