As followers of my Twitter feed will probably be aware, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the team for Safe Space; a blog that focuses on mental health, feminism and all sorts of other issues that affect women today. I have loved being able to contribute to this for the way I’m able to use my own experiences for the benefit of other people and also just having the opportunity to write. I graduated with a Creative Writing degree close to four years ago and, in that time, I have barely written anything. Now I’m remembering what it is that I love about the act of writing.
As a result of doing this, I have decided that I would like to implement some changes to this blog. I will still be reviewing books regularly, but I also want it to be a place for me to write about real-life, as well as fiction. Whether there is something in the news that has provoked thought or whether there is some value in something I’m experiencing, I want this page to be somewhere I can express that; not merely for cathartic reasons, but because I think the internet is such a vital resource for us being able to share in each other’s lives.
I have written the occasional post about myself, but I want it to be a bigger part of this corner of the internet that I inhabit. It may take a little while for the changes to come into full effect, but hopefully, they’ll be of use. I look forward to sharing this space with you!
In the month of May, I had a carefully constructed list of all the things I wanted to achieve in the 31 days offered to me. However, in doing so, I forgot to factor in the impact of my mental health. So whilst I read more than the 15 books I hoped to read and baked a batch of cakes, I was very isolated and unmotivated, leaving most of my other goals unfulfilled.
Deciding that a monthly list of goals is very pressurized and, as a result, unhelpful, I have decided to try a quarterly to-do list, in the hope that three months will be plenty of time to achieve my goals. These are goals that include my reading, in particular, books that I would like to get around to (including some of the larger books I own, in order to clear space), as well as my reading habits. They also include personal goals relating to what I want to be doing with my time and where I hope my life could be on the 30th August.
Here are my goals:
- Join a group
- Get to 70% on Netgalley
- Read all of the Baileys Women’s Prize longlist
- Read all the magazines I’ve purchased
- Read 5 (massive!) Ken Follett books
- Get no library books out (other than the Baileys longlist, book club reads, and YA titles)
- Read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
- Read S. J. Parris books x 4
- Read all the books piled on the top of my bookcase
- Read the remainder of my Winter TBR: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
- Read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- Read Six Wives by David Starkey
- Read at least the first Outlander book
- Read five hardbacks
- Read a Diane Chamberlain book
- Read We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
- Read Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- Read The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
- Read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Read a big classic and a small classic each month
- Read Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Read four non-fiction books
- Complete four cross-stitch projects
- Begin volunteering
- Write at least 10,000 words per month
- Comment on at least one blog per day
- Go to a book event
- Go to three social events
- Apply for an MA
- Pitch a piece of writing to an online publication