About Me, Bookish

Lately..

Hello my friends,

how have you all been? If you don’t know who I am, that’s purely because I went away from the online world for a bit and then forgot I had a blog.

I actually remembered I had a blog this week.

Terrible, I know. I started creating a website for my coaching business and there was this nagging feeling telling me: ‘wait a second, don’t you already have a website?’ An honest story, I swear. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow, how have my last months been?

I read a lot of coaching and psychology related books. Also, a lot of marketing / strategy related material. It is a lot to take in but then to show up in the real world and to apply it is another level. I am loving every minute of it. πŸ™‚ If you ever fancy hearing about any of these books, please give me a shout and I will tell you more. πŸ™‚

From the world of fiction I read:

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – such a treat to read. It’s a coming of age story / murder mystery / tribute to nature. Owens is a zoologist and her love of nature is apparent from every page.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – another emotional novel set during the World War II in France. I started reading it during the 75th anniversary of D-Day and despite not generally loving historic fiction that much, this was one of those exceptions I would gladly read over and over again.

I absolutely adored those books and will review both of them. They made me both cry and laugh and I highly recommend them. πŸ™‚

  • Cassandra Clare‘s first book in the Infernal Devices series – Clockwork AngelΒ was also something I quite enjoyed. I love London and being transported back to it during Victorian era was fun to experience. I am currently reading the second book in the series. πŸ™‚

TV-wise, I am enjoying watching second season of Killing Eve, had fun with Netflix’Β Dead to Me and was seriously addicted to Chernobyl. I wasn’t massively in love with the last season of the Game of Thrones but I appreciated how theatrical some of those episodes were and I thought overall acting was ace. Especially Emilia Clarke‘s. πŸ™‚ I recently discovered Nashville and already have a feeling this will be my thing – drama, drama and some country music – I’m in.

My main focus, outside of my my full time day job, is on my coaching business.

It has been such a privilege to start working with many amazing clients and to witness what they are capable of. I always knew they could do amazing things but seeing them realise that too – that’s my WHY my friends. When things get busy beyond what I want them to be, I keep on reminding myself that particular reason, grit my teeth and keep on going.

I am likely to be writing very sporadically over the next months, but if you would like to stay in touch, you can find me on these social media platforms Instagram & Facebook. Focus there is on coaching but as I talk about anything that relates to our minds, reading and books are part of it. πŸ™‚ I would love to see you there. ❀️

Before I go, I want to give a massive shout out to NorrieΒ @ ReadingUnderTheBlankie, who I have managed to meet in person a few times this year. Thanks Norrie for the awesome Dead to Me recommendation. πŸ™‚ It shows how wonderful this bookish community is – it’s equally amazing meeting bloggers in person as well as reading their blogs. I am so grateful for this lovely blogosphere. ❀️ Thank you.

Have a wonderful summer and if I don’t see you on social media, I’ll see you here sometime soon.

With love,

Vera ❀️

13 thoughts on “Lately..”

    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

      I think Jodie Comer is killing it in Killing Eve, both her and Sandra Oh are absolutely amazing. One of my favourite TV series for sure. Fingers crossed for those Emmys, I agree. πŸ™‚

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  1. I really enjoyed Dead to Me and found that it had no easy answers, which is like real life but can be frustration for some TV viewers. Honestly, not seeing what’s coming and knowing everything is a hard choice is what makes Dead to Me a compulsively watchable show.

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    1. Oh Melanie, I missed your thoughtful comments. As always, you nailed it. I never thought of it that way but I do agree. It makes perfect sense, thank you for sharing it with me. I can’t wait for season two already! 😊

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  2. So good to see you back here, even if only for one post, Vera. It’s good to catch up on what you’ve been doing, and so happy to hear you’ve found something you love doing. We all need a “why”. I’ll hook up with you over on Instagram too, as I don’t do Facebook.

    And now I’ve got to check out both Chernobyl and Dead To Me, and we’ve already started watching Killing Eve, which btw is brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Alexandra for such a lovely message. When you have time, I would love to Skype and catch up with you. I completely disappeared from the online world – I did miss you – so happy to be able to connect again now I’m back. πŸ€—

      Yay to another Killing Eve fan. So happy you are both enjoying it. Chernobyl is in my very humble opinion one of the best tv I have watched for a very long time. Crossing my fingers you enjoy it as well. 😘

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      1. Ooo, I would love to Skype with you and catch up. I know how life a=can get away with us, we get caught up n projects, well, I know I do. And I know you had a lot going on too. So I wasn’t too worried. I knew you were busy and, when ready, would pop back up to say hello. πŸ˜‰

        Let me know what works best for you, because I’m 5 hours behind. So 9 am here, is 2pm there! πŸ˜€ Looking forward to catching up.

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  3. VERAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Sorry, just excited to see you again. 😁❀️

    I am glad you are alive and doing well! I had a feeling you needed a break from blogging and social media, but I can’t deny missing seeing your lovely posts for a while. It’s good to hear your coaching business is taking off, and it sounds wonderfully fulfilling to work with your clients.

    It also sounds like you’ve had luck with some good books! The Nightingale is one I’ve never heard of before, but the Goodreads rating is impressive. I’ll be adding it to my TBR now!

    Game of Thrones was disappointing for me too (what’s new lol), but man, I loved Emilia Clarke’s acting. I didn’t love her in the earlier seasons, but she’s been kicking it up ever since Season 7 imo.

    It’s wonderful to see you pop in if only for a moment, so take it easy and come back whenever you feel like it! πŸ˜‰ And again, it’s good to see you again!

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    1. Aw, it’s so nice to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely message, it means a lot! πŸ™‚

      YES to Emilia Clarke’s acting in GoT – I was not her big fan initially but I felt she really smashed it in those last couple of seasons. πŸ™‚

      I really hope you enjoy The Nightingale – have some tissues handy, it is an emotional rollercoaster (in the best possible way!). πŸ™‚

      Do you have any book recommendations please? I am still on the non fiction roll but will soon need a break from it.

      Hope you are having a wonderful summer and all is well. ❀️❀️❀️

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