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!
It’s been a week of procrastination, to be honest. Every time I thought about doing something, I’d do something else instead. Oops! I listened to a lot of music though, got a little reading done, and started on the New World beta to see what I thought.
Early in the week, I started doing a little roleplay with some people from the Magical Readathon over Discord using a character I haven’t had the chance to use in a D&D campaign yet. That’s been pretty fun!
Friday night we actually went out. Of the house. *gasp* It was Dan’s sister’s 40th and she was throwing a party so I put some makeup on for the first time in a few years and we went out and got to see the family for a few hours, who I haven’t seen in a couple years, for the most part. It was really nice, honestly. I usually hate parties but I’d missed everyone. I feel like I’ve been run over today, and no I don’t drink, but social hangovers are about as bad. So I will be chilling and resting up this evening.
Still on Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky this week, I’m really starting to enjoy this one, the story is starting to kick off! It’s still slow going, however, with all my procrastination and other brain stuff but it will have to take over soon because I also have The Chronicles of Iona: Exile to read for an upcoming blog tour review, which I’m really excited for! As well as A Wrinkle in Time for a book club with some good friends on Discord.
I watched a couple of movies this week! We did a little Kubo and the Two Strings watch party on Discord which was a delight. It’s my favourite movie and I hadn’t seen it since we saw it at the cinema years ago. A few days later I decided it was about time I watched the original Candyman as I never had. I’m super excited to see the new one so I wanted to catch the classic. I liked it okay, the Candyman character is excellent, I love him. The story was alright. Overall glad I watched it but probably wouldn’t rewatch.
So much music. I did one of those “I’ll share a song I love for every like this post gets” memes on Twitter this week and turned that into a playlist on Spotify. Enjoy. That took up a couple of days worth of procrastination and got me into a music mood. After grabbing Spotify Premium again, I made a couple of Blends with friends and sat listening to one with my friend while chatting a bit and trying to tell myself I was doing other things.
I pretty much successfully avoided gaming all week because I knew I needed to get some reading done among all the procrastination, but then I was informed that New World had an “open beta” this weekend and heck. I haven’t followed this game much at all so I didn’t know what it was about, really. I remember when it was announced as a.. basically a colonisation survival game and decided it wasn’t for me, but it’s changed so much since then and having the opportunity to experience it a little for free gives me the chance to find out if it’s something I can write off.
Turns out I started really enjoying the game. Crap. There’s a lot coming up that looks really interesting, it’s full of magic and corrupted land, the combat is actually really fun, there’s housing and all sorts. I was not prepared for this. I can’t afford a £35 game right now, and I have 3 books to read by the end of the month! Welp.
On the Blog
It has been another quiet week on the blog but I am patting myself on the back for getting up a Wednesday post! I am looking forward to sharing what I have in the pipeline for you all but for now, here’s what you may have missed.
Three new books on the Kindle this week. I’ve heard great things about The Black Hawks by David Wragg, and I’ve had my eye on The Children of Ash & Elm by Neil Price for a while, wanting to actually read some history of the Vikings and Nordic people. The Chronicles of Iona: Exile is, as mentioned above, for an upcoming book tour review so keep an eye out for that 1st October! This is a historical fiction set in Scotland, based on two figures that are compared to Arthur and Merlin. I’m very excited!
I also wanted to mention a video game, this week! I never really mention the Epic Game freebies I pick up, for some reason. This week’s are Sheltered and Nioh which I snatched up, for anybody curious. However, a dear friend gifted me a copy of Dead By Daylight this week while it was on super sale so I will be giving this a go sometime soon! Certainly after the New World beta weekend and without eating into my reading time too much, but I’m excited. This will be a bit more gruesome than Phasmophobia but heck it.
I do plan to play a little more of the New World beta, I just… look I was enjoying it. I don’t usually go for betas because the progress doesn’t carry across and that bothers me, but I was getting really into it and want to see just a little more while I can. If I play anything else, it’ll be Final Fantasy XIV and/or Dead By Daylight, perhaps Phasmophobia if that comes up.
Of course, I have a lot of reading to do for the rest of this month so that is my big priority, as well as a few blog posts I want to work on.
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!