This is now verging on ridiculous. It feels like just yesterday that I was doing my GCSEs, and looking forward to an ambitious summer ahead, and now it’s all suddenly behind me, and I’m facing the mad flurry of stationary, school-bags, and suits before returning to Sixth form in a week’s time. IT’S MAD!
August has been pretty great; not only did I go on holiday with friends for the first time, but I also went to my first ever festival. (you can read about that here!). Other than that, and a few eclectic trips shopping, or going to the cinema (etc), the month has entailed a whole lot of chilling. Am I opposed to that? Not in the slightest! It’s been a welcome break after the gruelling GCSEs, even if it has gone so quickly (in a slow way, if that makes any sense?
No, okay then). It’s absolutely crazy to think that I’ve been off for over 2 months, and that I’m right around the corner from being thrown into the deep end again and returning to scheduled school days.
My sleeping pattern weeps in anticipation.
As per, here’s my scattered thoughts summarised by tidy headings (because I like to trick my brain into feeling organised):
At the end of July, I set myself a clearly over-ambitious TBR that bubbled at the seams with hyperbolic aspirations. I somehow (?!) managed to work through 7 books, and am so happy with the selection I read, even if it didn’t stick entirely to my original list (I’m not one for structure, okay?)
Ratings (reviews will all *hopefully* be up by mid-September)
I loved the character development, and general plotline/progression of it all, but I really didn’t care for the Simon Snow tangents (I skipped them in all honesty).
A Court Of Thorns And Roses
My favourite read of the month (I’m sorry Perks, Illuminae *gestures*); who knew I’d be so in to a world of faeries, monsters and ghouls?
A humble, bashful story that is equal parts heart-warming, and heart-wrenching, with a whole host of substance.
A middle-grade book with a brilliant concept, likeable characters, and an insightful journey through the brain.
A tactful and humbling exploration of the long-stretching effects of the Hiroshima bombing.
Aside from the presentation (which was genuinely incredible), the actual story was pretty fantastic. Love it!
I FLEW THROUGH THIS NOVEL, AND ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.
I HAD SUCH HIGH HOPES FOR THIS FILM, BUT WAS LEFT BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED. As much as I loved the franchise, I’m pretty sure I’ve now completely outgrown it; this film felt overly-manufactured to me, and as if they took everything that worked in Finding Nemo, and stuffed it into what is essentially the same story, but headed by a different fish. I know it’s her character, but Dory’s line “I have short term memory loss” actually started to grate on me, as much as it did the other characters in the film.
Boasting some incredible names (and that’s coming from a self-proclaimed film rookie who can’t separate one actor from another), this film was a must-see. It was pitched brilliantly in my opinion: the perfect conglomeration of humour, with action, and just enough backstory to make you care about a character, without boring you to death with nuances about their life.
THE OLYMPICS (of course).
I really don’t participate in/watch a whole lot of sport at all, but I surely make up for it in 2 weeks every 4 years. I. AM. GLUED. I don’t even know why I love it so much (maybe it’s my competitive nature?) but the Olympics has me hooked from start to finish. It’s also a bruce-y bonus when Great Britain surpasses all expectations!
Great British Bake Off
Besides the Olympics, this quaint baking show (which is actually anything but) probably makes me the most patriotic I ever am. I actually feel sorry that other countries don’t have the opportunity to witness Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood critiquing amateur bakes in an oversized tent, usually to the backdrop of a rainy British day. Is it a thing in other countries?! DO YOU HAVE EQUIVALENTS?! If not, you need this fix in your life.
My playlist this month is loosely V Fest based (see: Justin Bieber, Walking On Cars, Rihanna etc) as I was desperately trying to learn lyrics in order to scream them at the festival.
Album of the Month: “I Cry When I Laugh” – Jess GlynneInspired by her V Fest performance, I downloaded her album (I’m late to the party, I know) and wow was I pleasantly surprised!! IT’S ALL SO GOOD. I even prefer the album songs to the ones she released as singles; “Home”, “Strawberry Fields” and “Why Me” have been on a constant loop this week!
My personal favourite posts to write this month:
- I recounted my summer highlights in my latest post, entitled: “Cornwall + V Fest 2016“
- I FOUND OUT HOW FAB MINI-REVIEWS ARE TO WRITE. It’s like 3 times the bookish chat, in half the words!! See: “August MiniReviews“
- I loved making the “9 reasons to hop on over to social media if you’re a starter-blogger (or an old blogger) (or just a human in general)“ post; lists are the way forward in life.
- And finally, I identified the books I would want to sacrifice in this nefariously ludicrous, yet fun “Book Sacrifice Tag“
Amy @ Every Book You Need To Read And More showcased her TV Favourites, and it was glorious in so many ways…
… and Cait @ Paper Fury listed the 10 necessary qualities of all book bloggers!
As some of you might know, I’ve been participating in the #ReadThemAllThon and owing to my personal week off for V fest, results day, and other things, my progress has been slightly hampered. I’m 5 books in, with 3 still to go (and only 4 days to read them in. Joy!). I probably won’t manage to get through them all, but I thought I’d at least try and be optimistic.
Hopefully the new school year doesn’t impede too much on my free-blogging time. If I wobble in activity, I’ll try my best to stay on track!
Scream Queens season 2 is coming, and I’m so ready for it. I JUST LOVE THAT SHOW. It’s risky humour, and stunning cast make for some excellent viewing. I’m planning a re-watch with my friend before the new season kicks off too; I’m just a tad obsessed.
The film “Sausage Party” hits cinemas in a few days, and the trailer looks absolutely hilarious!
CHRISTMAS IS NOW JUST OVER 100 DAYS AWAY AND I’M HYPED. *party-popper*