One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus Review

We are back with the sequel of One of Us is Lying.

This one was okay, I didn’t find myself enjoying it as much as the first one but there’s not really much to complain about. I don’t know what it was about this one that I didn’t like as much, I guess because there wasn’t as much suspicion around the main characters when it came to the murder? I don’t know.

I think one of the main things is that I missed the old gang. I mean they were still a part of the story, but the focus had been moved onto a younger group, featuring Bronwyn’s sister, Maeve, her friend Knox and a girl called Phoebe.

I also think I was expecting the Truth or Dare game to last longer than it did, and be a little bit more dramatic? It seemed a bit tame to be honest, which I guess is wild considering someone did die but I don’t know I thought there would be more suspense for it.

This book still followed along with the same vibe of the first one, I liked the fact things stayed consistent with the writing and the world even though the story was different. It made it easy to get sucked into the world again and I enjoyed that.

Obviously things escalated towards the end in ways that I wasn’t expecting, I had no idea who was the killer this time and I didn’t really try to figure it out. I mean I had an idea that something was going on with Phoebe’s sister but it definitely took a turn that I wasn’t expecting.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the last twist in that it actually turned out to be Owen, Phoebe’s little brother who told Jared to continue on the game like I don’t know why but it seemed like something that would just never happen. I guess it adds shock value but eh, could have done without it.

I feel like I needed a little longer to process everything when Maeve figured it out though because this story had a lot more going on in terms of how the game was orchestrated and all that, so I think maybe if that was drawn out a tiny bit more it could have helped. Though I know for the pace they were going for that wouldn’t have worked.

But yeah overall a good read, sad that it didn’t hold quite the same interest for me as the first book but I can’t really tell you what was off-putting to me besides missing the original group. Though could have probably done without all the talk about Cooper and him being a big baseball star and all that, we get it, he’s cool. But I did love that Nate and Bronwyn were end game because that’s all I needed in my life after the first book really.

And so that is where we leave Bayview High for now. I don’t know if that will be us leaving for good but I don’t really know where they would go from here. Though I am still interested in that TV show they are making, I just need to keep a look out for it in the future.

Not sure what I’ll be reading next, but I think it would be nice to step back from the murder mysteries for a bit. That being said I think half my Amazon Prime First Reads are murder mysteries at the minute lol. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find something.

5 Star Makeup Look | ColourPop x Animal Crossing

The first time I’ve done makeup this year and the first time in years I’ve used fake eyelashes. Since we are still not leaving the house, I have to document everytime I do makeup so someone sees it lol.

I had so much fun using this Animal Crossing x ColourPop makeup! It was great to play around with makeup again and feel glam, it makes a change from my usual pyjamas and hair up with no makeup look.

One of Us is Lying By Karen M. McManus Review

Here we go, another murder mystery. I feel like every time I read one of these I try not to get my hopes up because I always end up disappointed by the end lol. I don’t know what I’m expecting when I find out what happens because I feel like no one is going to blow it out of the water with some brand new concept that we haven’t seen before. Not that you can’t enjoy a good cliche.

But that being said I wasn’t disappointed in this book. I would say that it wasn’t the most shocking reveal or anything ever but it definitely had me reading until the end. I needed to know what happened and how everyone was involved and why. And I’m glad they gave it to me because honestly halfway through I was thinking that we would never find out and this investigation would go on forever.

So, here we have a boy called Simon, he died in detention with four other students and no one knows what happened. But Simon wrote a blog, very Gossip Girl-esque where he spilt the tea about his fellow classmates, making everyone suspect. Especially those who were in detention with him and this is where investigation unfolds on those four.

And boy did we have a lot to take in because this book switches between those four character’s point of views a lot and it takes me a while to settle into a new world of characters so I thought this was going to be hard. But luckily for me I kept notes lol, I guess I wanted to see if I could figure out the murderer before it was revealed.

I just looked back at my notes on the book and I thought maybe Simon had faked his death so I guess I was kind of close! He did do this to himself, he just had a way more elaborate scheme than I thought.

I think what was wild to me was that he got Jake in on it. Like mate someone needs to lock him up forever because he really hated his girlfriend so much for cheating he would frame her for murder? Yikes. I mean Simon also had plenty of problems but this guy was just a pyshopath.

Anyway yeah so we find all this stuff in the last 100 pages of the book. Which is fine I guess, but I just kind of hate how there’s a while in the middle where nothing is happening and then everything comes out at once. Which I know if they reveal things halfway through you ain’t gonna wanna read to the end but I don’t know…pick up the pace a little guys lol.

As for the “murder club”, the four in detention with Simon they were cool people. I knew none of them would have killed Simon, it was obvious from their point of views that none of them did it. Otherwise I feel like the author would’ve thrown in a mystery person or something.

I just wanna say though, the secrets they had were not super shocking, kind of the stuff you would expect honestly. Like the nerdy girl caught cheating on a test, the perfect jock with the perfect girlfriend being gay, the girl who is so in love with her boyfriend cheated on him, and then the rebel guy being on probation for drugs. Meh. Nothing special. I need these people to have bigger secrets than their high school stereotypes please and thanks lol.

Also I called Bronwyn and Nate getting together from the start. I mean their relationship is also cliche as hell but I really love a good love story. I couldn’t help shipping them when they started their phone calls and what not. I’m all over something like that if it is written well and this was so yes I am shipping them forever and I have no regrets about being mushy about it.

I also thought Addy would get with TJ but after all the emotional trauma she went through with Jake, I’m glad she is taking time to be the independent woman that we need and love. Honestly I was so proud of her coming into her own person after being under a control freak for so long.

And then there was Cooper who was honestly dull af to me. Like yeah he was gay and it was shit that everyone found out he was gay because of a police investigation and all that but we knew everything was going to work out for someone perfect like him anyway. So yeah, I mean I like a nice guy as much as any but he was never in any real danger of being destroyed as much as the others.

So yeah those are my thoughts. There is another book in the series which I will be picking up right away because I’m interested in what happens next. From the blurb there is no indication if the O.G four will be back but considering they were all on the brink of turning 18 I am going to say no. Which I guess is sad because I will miss them but still, interesting to see where we go from here.

I also Googled and saw that the book is being made into a TV series? I don’t know when that’s coming out but I will be giving it a watch. Although if they overplay this loose Breakfast Club vibe the cover has and all that then I’m out lol. I just think it’ll be interesting how it’s played out as a series rather than a movie.

And so yeah, I’ll probably be back with another post soon about the next book. I think it’ll be a little more thrilling since it’s a truth or dare vibe. I could see that playing out well on screen, but until then I’ll have to get to reading.

Shine by Jessica Jung Review

I was really excited about this one. Mainly because I thought it would be loosely based off of Jessica’s own experiences as a KPop trainee and her time in Girls’ Generation. And who doesn’t love some tea disguised as fiction?

Honestly though, I’d like to imagine that Jessica’s trainee days were just a little less dramatic than they were made out to be in this book. I mean I think we would have known about a love triangle between her, another trainee and one of the biggest KPop stars at the time.

But anyway, I still really enjoyed this book, based on real events or not there was never a dull moment as we followed Rachel Kim’s story as she worked to debut and pursue her dreams of becoming a star.

I also felt like while we got a lot out of the story, there is still a lot to be discovered and explored in this world and that’s why I’m so glad there’s going to be a sequel. It might not come out until October but I am ready for it because at the end of this book I was left with a lot of questions.

For example, what is the deal with Mina’s family and DB Entertainment? There’s something shady going on and I wanna know what it is. Plus there’s going to be fall out from Mina’s dad hiring Rachel’s. Things are gonna get messy but I love that, because I love the drama. But I will also be sad if it causes a lot of damage to Rachel’s family because we know Mina loves to ruin Rachel’s life.

Then there’s Jason and the fact his family owns like half of that town in Canada, are we going to find out more about that? Also he’s weird meetings with the execs and stuff does he also have something to do with Rachel debuting? But even more so than that is he thinking continuing his relationship with Rachel will be good for him and the fame? I just have lots of questions about Jason in general.

I wanted to believe Jason was the cute KPop boy in that band that we all love and wanna date and then when you are dating him that he’s actually perfect and wonderful but he’s so not that. Rachel believed he was and was heartbroken so we can’t be falling for his act anymore. But he’s definitely not going away anytime soon.

Plus, the book ends with Rachel debuting in a nine member group called Girls Forever (sound familiar?) so obviously I’m wondering about all the drama that comes with being in a group of girls who don’t really like you.

And also there will probably be more stories there based on Jessica’s actual time in Girls’ Generation – which honestly is probably half the reason people bought the first book to begin with. That being said I like to believe that the girls got along, despite some rivalries and fights along the way. I mean I hope it wasn’t like how it feels in the book but I guess we’ll never fully know.

So yeah there are lots of things building and yet to be discovered, I’m not sure if this is expected to be a full blown series or end after book two but I’m fully in for the ride either way.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about the KPop life. I mean I have had my eyes opened a few times to the tough life of a KPop trainee but this really gives you a good idea of the work that goes into making sure you’re good enough. It’s a crazy life but it definitely makes you appreciate the work that the idols do so much more when you know what they go through.

I also recommend if you just love some drama because there is more than enough to go around here, and that’s always a fun time.

Overall the book was a fun read and definitely more enjoyable than my last book. But I’m not really sure where I’ll go from here, I have a lot of Amazon Prime First Reads that I’ve been getting every month but not really reading. They can definitely be hit or miss for me and the last one was a miss so not sure if I’ll be taking the chance or reading something I know I’ll enjoy. Either way you can find me on Goodreads if you are interested in what I’m reading next.

The Circle USA Season 1 Thoughts

We are jumping into 2021 with a brand new reality show.

So I remember when the Circle UK was first announced and I knew it was going to be the show for me. Sadly, I never watch live TV and kind of forgot about it so I never actually got around to watching it. Cut to a couple years later and I’m on Netflix and this is the first thing that shows up on the homescreen.

I was hooked from the first episode and I really wanted to binge it right away, sadly though I was watching with my boyfriend and he believes in “rationing” shows, so I could only watch one episode a night and it killed me inside a little. But I’m finally finished and I’m ready to share all my thoughts.

First of all, those apartments better be soundproof because the amount of yelling and jumping that goes on from people is actually insane. Like you’re telling me that no one could hear Sammie screaming everytime something big happened? Or no one heard Seaburn jumping up and down in glee? Sure Jan.

Second of all, that social media platform “the Circle” must have the best voice recognition for text to speech – that or me and my boyfriend pictured some guy in the basement listening to their conversations and having to do all the typing in real time. If that was the case then I feel for them, I really do.

Now onto the real dirt, the contestants! I want to talk about everyone individually because I got my thoughts and feelings on all of them and it seems like the most organised way to do it. So let’s jump in:

Alana

I’m going to go in the order they arrived. So Alana was there for one episode lol. I thought she might have lasted longer but in hindsight, she does seem like the kind of girl that would be easy to catfish. So it’s not the worst that she got kicked out, but it would have been interesting if she had stuck around a little longer.

Antonio

I don’t know what kind of game that he was playing but it was not a good one. That’s all I have to say about him to be honest. He was not very memorable to me.

Karyn/Mercedeze

I feel like she was kind of aggressive sometimes. I love that she got along with Chris though. She was definitely being too obvious about Antonio going to visit her with her pretending she was waiting for him and he didn’t go see her. Plus when Sammie was out there with the #AntonioKnowsTheTruth I was screaming, it was too good. She knew. And even though everyone was sure she was a catfish, I’ll never get over the looks on everyone’s faces when they saw her video.

Seaburn/Rebecca

Most of my thoughts around Seaburn involve Shubham to be honest. Like I just kept thinking how upset Shubham was going to be when he found out the truth.

Though Seaburn played the game real well, I’ll admit sometimes he was too sensitive and he went way over the top with his Adam relationship feelings that I was surprised people didn’t suspect him sooner. It was also really funny to watch him try to have girl talk because he was not prepared lol.

Also you gotta love watching him flirt with Adam and they both were catfishing, definitely a highlight.

Chris

Chris was so nice! He is definitely the kind of friend you want in life and he was fun and got along with everyone. I know everyone thought he was kind of fake but I never saw that for him. He was always the one I noticed in the early episodes with is notebook ready to play the game and I loved that. You gotta be smart in this place.

I was sad that he wasn’t shown as much as the series went on but he always provided the comic relief we needed. I also love that he connected with all the catfishes the most and was so accepting of everyone. Honestly what a king. Glad he made it to the end.

Sammie

I feel like I went back and forth on Sammie a lot. But ultimately I liked her, I thought she was fun. I especially enjoyed seeing those vulnerable sides to her when she connected with people like Shubham. That really helped me to like her, because otherwise she looked like the attractive, mean girl that I would be intimidated by in real life haha.

I also have to say her line tattoo bothered me a lot in the beginning because I had no idea if it lead somewhere to another design or was a mic cable or something but she made a YouTube video and just said it meant nothing so…there’s that.

Shubham

I loved Shubham. He was precious and I felt like he needed to be protected because Seaburn was catfishing hard. I was glad that Shubham did so well and I wasn’t expecting it to be honest, like influencer 4 times in a row? Wild. At first I thought it was going to be hard for him to make relationships because he wasn’t very talkative in the group chats (I mean I would be the same) but I’m glad he had an alliance with Rebecca early on and ended up becoming good friends with everyone.

I also like that he was probably the most average person there, in that he wasn’t super out there with his photos and he was just being his genuine self, and we love that for him.

Also his bromance with Joey was honestly so fun and I love that and if they could just have a show together I would watch it all the time. I see them as a quirky comedy duo going on adventures together.

Joey

Not gonna lie from the second he showed up I thought I was going to hate him. He was loud and obnoxious and just seemed like the usual douchey kind of guy you wanna avoid. After a few episodes, he’s still loud but he actually becomes really likeable. I mean he was very straight forward with everyone and he was a nice guy.

I think it was interesting to see how he became the most popular at the end. I mean he seemed to be working over time just before the last vote to make sure he had everyone on side but he did it really well.

Sad he edged out Shubham but he has the more outgoing personality so, I saw it coming.

Miranda

Miranda was one I was unsure about in the beginning, like I didn’t know what her intentions were or anything. But she turned out to be a nice person, though there wasn’t anything particularly special about her for me.

I did enjoy her relationships with Joey and Sammie though. At first I thought maybe there was some rivalry there with her and Sammie but they ended up becoming cute friends. Plus her and Joey definitely had some sparks.

I think it was great that she went to see Joey and they had their little moment. Sad that they didn’t really get to continue that outside the Circle but at least they had a good time.

Also annoyed that they didn’t show her leaving video! It was the only one we never saw and I just wonder what it would have been.

Alex/Adam

One I wasn’t sure about when he came in. I feel like he was trying too hard with the persona in the beginning and the flirting with Seaburn was kind of painful. Like neither of them were saying normal things? It was all very exaggerated, with him being overly sexual and Seaburn being overly emotional and lovey. It didn’t really work out.

I am also surprised that he was saved in the elimination when Miranda went home. I was not seeing that from Shubham but I guess they talked a lot more than I knew.

I did love when he went to see Seaburn and they had a whole happy moment. The mutual catfish understanding meant neither could be mad about the situation and I loved that. Plus I was just WAITING for someone to see Seaburn because I wanted to know how they would react.

Bill

Bill was in the Circle for five minutes and was not memorable at all. I don’t know if he is a nice guy because honestly all we saw of him was coming in at the beginning and then immediately leaving and calling everyone fake lol. I think he was just bitter he couldn’t break into the clique with the O.Gs.

Sean

Sean was really nice though I was surprised that she was giving up the catfish game so easily and didn’t play it out until the end. But she was super cute and I think it would have been interesting if she had been genuine from the beginning. I know Shubham would have 100% been her friend for being real. And Chris, but Chris loves everyone and he loved Sean no matter what anyway.

Ed/Tammy

Super weird for them to throw Ed at the very end, but also weird that he decided to bring his mum into the game with him. I think it would have been better to throw them in during the middle of the game so we could see more of a dynamic between them playing Ed on one profile.

Also wasn’t sure if Ed was “big braining” by accusing Seaburn of being a catfish or if he was just guessing but interesting that he picked it up quickly.

Overall they were fun to watch and I think if he hadn’t have been so new at the end he might have gone a bit further in the competition. I mean don’t get me wrong, it would’ve been so impressive if he managed to pull it off and win the thing but there was no way he was breaking through the original five bond.

And those were all my thoughts on the Circle! Naturally I am following everyone on Instagram because I got attached to them while watching the show. I wish we got more footage of everyone hanging out after the show ended, I think it would have been interesting to see them interacting more in person. But I guess that’s not what the show is about haha.

I’m excited to see where they go in the next season and of course I will be checking out the original UK version of the Circle. I know it’s going to be so different but I am interested to see how it goes, plus apparently they use the same apartment building so that’ll be weird because the apartments really suited these contestants so I wonder how they suit others.

Aside from the reality shows I am also making my way through the Crown with my boyfriend and I’m slowly watching the Originals by myself. But there are still many a show on the “to watch” list so at least if we still aren’t leaving the house so far this year, there is lots to keep me entertained.

2020

Time to recap this year. Oh boy.

I guess I start with the obvious, this year was not what I expected it to be. Not that I had many ideas of what the year would bring. Looking back on last year’s blog post all I knew was that I was going to be working and I was going to play a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

I suppose this is good news for me then, considering I still have my job and yes, I have indeed been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. Probably more than I expected to be playing it but yes I have been playing it and so in terms of what I thought the year was going to be I guess I’ve been doing all right for myself haha.

Aside from those two things happening, I do remember I was looking forward to a lot of other things in 2020. For example, concerts, drag shows, general outings that were yet to be planned. Like everyone else life shifted into something unexpected for me and we have all been dealing with it since.

But I don’t want to dwell on the bad. I feel like we have spent too long doing that already this year and so I am going to try and focus on the positives. Because, as hard as this year has been there have been some good things that I’ve had going on in life and so I want to share them with you.

So let’s start in the beginning: January.

I think it’s easy to focus on good things in January because that’s before the whole world went into lockdown and everyone was having a good time.

Honestly, it’s hard to even remember what was going on at the time but what I do remember is that I went to London with my brother to see Day6! I was so excited about this because Day6 is my favourite KPop band and I missed them the year before so I made super sure I was not going to miss them this year.

Plus, looking back now, I am even more grateful that I was able to even have that experience, because looking back at the pictures and everything I couldn’t imagine myself in a room full of people like that again, at least not for a very long time.

Also one thing that was different at the start of the year was that I spent New Year’s Eve with my friends. I know that sounds weird but me and my friends never do New Year’s together. I usually always spend it with my boyfriend, but this year, because I wasn’t living with my family and had my own place I decided to invite the girls around. It was a pretty chill evening but it was nice to spend time with them when normally we wouldn’t get together for that kind of thing.

Next there is February, but there is genuinely nothing very interesting to report there. As it is the shortest month of the year I feel like there never is anything going on there. Plus I was really looking forward to March because I had so many things planned for March…and then there was a pandemic.

In March, I was planning to see Seventeen in London with my friend Jasmine, but sadly it was the first thing to be cancelled for me due to COVID. It was annoying and upsetting, especially when at the time the virus wasn’t a big thing in the UK so it seemed crazy that the event would be cancelled. But I suppose it was probably for the best.

That being said, it didn’t stop everyone from going to London, flights had been booked, time had been taken off and everyone was still determined to make the best out of a bad situation. I still went to London to see Jasmine and some of my other friends and we even made some new ones. So I can’t say that it was a bad time, it just wasn’t what we were originally expecting.

Along with Seventeen being cancelled, I was also supposed to go to Cirque Du Soleil with my boyfriend in March but it also got cancelled. I was so annoyed about them cancelling Cirque Du Soleil because I had gotten the tickets in January for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m hoping that sometime in the future I will be able to make it up to him because it was something that we were both looking forward to, but I don’t think it’ll be for a long time.

On the bright side, there were a couple of things that went okay in March. For example, my last drag show of the year still went ahead which was nice. It happened the week before the UK went into lockdown so I feel like I was a little bit scared of going when all the reports of COVID were first coming out, but I’m glad I went, because I didn’t know when I would get to another show.

Another thing that came through for me was the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo had good timing with this release because it was the weekend the UK announced it was going into lockdown, so I had a lot of unexpected free time on my hands to enjoy a new game. One that I had been looking forward to for years.

Animal Crossing has definitely dominated most of the year for me. Probably more than I expected, but what else can you do when you can’t leave the house? Animal Crossing has been a game I’ve been playing since I was about 7 so it was nice to take comfort in something that has been a constant in my life for so long.

Moving from March to April…I feel like there’s not much to report. We are definitely getting into the months where there was nothing really going on.

April was a lot of adjusting to working from home all the time and Animal Crossing. We only went into lockdown at the end of March, so this was the first full month where there was nothing to do except stay at home and be safe if you had to leave the house.

I think April went quite well looking back, I was in constant contact with my friends because of Animal Crossing, and I also managed to have a couple of Skype sessions with my friends who weren’t playing the game. Plus there was also the release of Tiger King on Netflix which had everyone occupied.

Then in May, again a lot of the same. But my boyfriend and I had also started taking walks because we needed to do something to get out of the house. I enjoyed going on the walks because it was nice to get some fresh air. Leaving your house didn’t always have to be for sociable reasons, sometimes you just needed to get out there for your mental health.

May was also around the time when I started this big project at work, so that was taking up a lot of the time during the day. It was hard to adjust to working at home but I think I’ve been doing a good job, some days are more productive than others but I’ve accepted that that’s the way it goes sometimes.

June was another kind of slow month with nothing to report. Very much of the same thing from previous months lol. Not the best for a blog post recap of the year but it’s the truth. I was spending a lot of time in work on my project as well as interviewing to move into a new team.

My birthday was also in June and I turned 23, definitely a different celebration than other years. I arranged a Skype call with my friends and then had a cute movie night with my boyfriend. Something simple but still nice to have a day to celebrate something.

Then there was nothing to report in July. More work, more Animal Crossing. Summer actually had some nice weather so there was also a lot of walking which was nice too.

In August things looked a little bit more optimistic as lockdown eased and shops and restaurants started to open again. I was able to get back to my pole and hoop classes which I had missed a lot.

Oh my God. I just realised, in January I started my aerial hoop classes! That was something new and exciting to do. I feel like I started quite strong with hoop because of my experience with pole which I was grateful for. And it was great to go back to the classes after being away for so long.

I am still really enjoying hoop and pole when I get the chance to go. Which during this year has been very on and off which makes it hard to keep up your strength. But I am hoping that I can soon get a pole for home so it means I can keep training even with lockdowns and such.

Aside from getting back to my classes, in August I was also able to meet up with friends a few times and it was amazing to be able to socialise in person again. I am really glad that I was able to meet up with my friends during that time. Yes it was a risk to do so, but we always followed the guidelines to make sure that we stayed safe.

At the end of August/start of September I moved teams at work which was a little strange to do from home. I guess it’s hard to get into the mindset of a new team when you are still working at your same desk from home, just that the people you talk to everyday are now different lol. The transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be so that was good. Though I know it’ll be weird when we finally return to office and I am sitting in a new place with a bunch of people I haven’t met in person yet haha. But I think we are still a long way off from returning to office so I have time to figure out my social skills again.

September was very similar to August in terms of life though. It was nice to get some normalcy as I was able to continue going to classes and occasionally meeting with friends. I feel like I was very busy in September because I was actually leaving the house again which was strange.

Though not everything was good in September, as there was a week or so where I was sick and I had to get a COVID test. It was a scary time, even though I was 99% sure I had a cold, it was still good to be tested. The scary thing for me was that while I was waiting for test results, I was thinking about all the people I had been in contact with who I would have to tell if I did have COVID. It was a higher number than I thought and it really made me think about how much I was going out.

It would have been my friends, my boyfriend, the people in hoop class and the people in pole class because they were held in different places and I wasn’t feeling great about it. Luckily the test came back negative, but it really made me think about how careful I need to be when I was going places and doing things.

And I think that’s something that people should think about during these times, that if you were positive, would you be ashamed of how many people you would have to tell because you’d been in contact with them? Compared to how it would have been if you had caught it when out shopping and you lived alone. It’s wild, and kind of depressing but it definitely made me realise I should be more careful when out and about.

Moving into October, we were prepping to go into another lockdown I believe. Not surprising after schools being reopened and everyone going out to restaurants to “Eat Out to Help Out”. I guess myself included, but my friends and I usually avoided the days when the offer was on because it wasn’t as busy.

Also in October my boyfriend and I decided to look into houses. We had started looking a little bit in the summer but were not too serious about it. But then in October we were really serious and started booking a lot of viewings for places that we liked. We had decided to buy a house together earlier in the year, and with the money we were saving from working from home, it looked like we were getting somewhere with our saving for a house deposit.

The house search didn’t take too long for us because we found a house that we loved almost instantly. It had come back up on the market after a sale fell through and so we made our offer and it was accepted. We were going to be homeowners! Exciting and also scary considering it was something new for both of us.

After the offer we made on the house was accepted, November was just a waiting game. Since we were back in lockdown there was nothing much to do, except for work and wait for news on the house. And by the end of November we officially had keys and were homeowners. It all happened so quickly that it still feels weird that it happened. I mean, I feel like a lot of people I know who buy houses were waiting a long time to move in and things because they all bought new builds. But we didn’t have that, once we got our mortgage offer from the bank everything happened in a matter of days. It was crazy.

Which brings us to December. It has been a very busy month for me and my boyfriend as we worked during the day and at night were travelling from our apartment to our house to prep for the move. There was a lot of cleaning to be done and wall repair and packing to be done.

I have been grateful that we have had something new to focus on in December, especially with more restrictions being put in place and also rules changing so close to Christmas time.

We have only been moved in for a couple of weeks now but it’s been nice just to take some time since moving to unwind and basically do nothing. We moved the weekend that we finished work for the year so once we got the necessities unpacked we have just been chilling out. Which we feel is well deserved after the last month of prepping for the move and actually moving, on top of doing our day jobs.

Christmas was a weird one this year due to the government changing all the restrictions last minute and also the new strain of COVID about. It’s hard to really feel in the Christmas spirit when your limited to the amount of time you can spend with your family, but I am grateful I was able to see my family at all, considering I hadn’t seen them very much throughout the year. I tried to limit visiting my family as much as possible this year as some of my family members were high risk, and I knew I had been out socialising throughout the year with various people.

So Christmas day was spent with my family, but who knows when I will see them again as we are now in the midst of yet another lockdown…it’s definitely upsetting but it is what it is. Hopefully in 2021, things will begin to ease again with vaccine, though I don’t expect things to immediately go back to normal.

But we see what happens. My New Year’s Eve consisted of me playing Animal Crossing and Skyping with my friends. It was a pretty quiet one, but one I was familiar with, as I used to always celebrate the new year in Animal Crossing before I was old enough to drink. Plus, it was great to be able to speak to my friends since we don’t have time together very often.

Not sure if I can say I have many plans for the new year other than working on my house. I might also maybe finally learn to drive if we stop having a lockdown every five minutes, I passed my theory in February and haven’t gone on to do any driving lessons because of the pandemic. So we see if this is the year I finally get on the roads lol.

Other than that I am just going to keep doing what I’m doing, staying safe and trying to navigate this pandemic the best I can. And I hope everyone else is able to do the same. I can’t say I’ll come out of this pandemic having learnt a new skill or really spending time improving upon myself, but I think even just getting by is enough and that’s what I’ll keep aiming for.

So here’s hoping next year is something better, even if we could go longer than a few weeks without another lockdown would be good. And maybe I’ll even have some fun things to report about in my 2021 blog post. Fingers crossed.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella Review

The final shopaholic book. I almost forgot about this one but I got a notification on my kindle app and here we are. I am glad I got to read a festive book at Christmas time, especially this year when things are probably the least festive they can be.

So here we are back with Becky and her usual shenanigans. Honestly didn’t know if I would enjoy this one considering the last couple of books were just okay. I wasn’t a fan of the storyline but this time, it’s Christmas so what’s not to love?

This was a really fun read and a great last book to the series. Becky trying to organise Christmas herself is exactly the kind of chaos we need to end the year.

Naturally, I thought that it was going to be a lot of Becky buying all this stuff she doesn’t need which I guess is true but I think she actually had a lot more going on than just shopping. Which is saying a lot.

Between meeting everyone’s Christmas demands, an old flame returning and trying to find the perfect present for Luke…it’s all a mess. But a fun kind of mess that was just the right level of drama.

I found it hilarious that Suze thought Becky and Luke were going to end up having “multiplayer sex” with Becky’s ex and his girlfriend. And I will only be calling it multiplayer sex from now on.

I can’t say I was too keen on the fact the girlfriend ended up being crazy thinking she was entitled to Luke’s money and all that. Plus the idea that she would ruin Becky’s Christmas is wild. Not the twist I wanted but I guess there’s always one person who tries to ruin Christmas in a Christmas story.

Also loved the whole deal with Becky’s parents trying to be hip and cool and moving to Shoreditch. It was something so random but fun and way better than that crazy story that was spun about Becky’s dad in the last couple of books. Glad to see her parents are being back to the way they should be, which is totally embarrassing for Becky.

Along with that we also see Becky being a good friend to one of the mums at Minnie’s school which is nice. I feel like usually Becky isn’t always the best when it comes to helping people but she was doing a good thing and I am proud of her for being there for someone and not thinking it was just going to resolve itself in usual Becky fashion. So yay for growth!

And on top of all that you have to admire Becky’s bravery as she goes to the extreme lengths to get Luke’s Christmas present. I mean I thought it was a little extreme even for Becky but we love that it came together because of the holidays. I mean if anyone can charm her way into a billiards club for men just for a suitcase, it’s Becky.

I guess you could say this book was a little far fetched in terms of everything that goes down. But that’s just the nature of this book series. And I’ve really enjoyed following Becky in all her crazy adventures this year.

I’m also glad that the series ends on this light and festive note. And it was definitely something that helped me feel festive this year. I can’t even be mad that everything wrapped up in the best way possible because that’s just what you hope for during this time of year. And even if it’s not going right in real life, I am glad I can count on the fictional world to bring me that joy.

So I think this is a great book to end the year on. Though I can’t promise I won’t start another one between now and the new year. I just think it’s an accomplishment to read a festive book at the correct time of year and finish it on time lol.

Now just to think about my reading goal for next year and figure out what to read next. If you have any suggestions than let me know!