Monthly Review – July

August 5, 2016 Montly Review 0

Image of the Month

mum grad

This month my mum graduated from university and I was so unbelievably proud of her, so lots of love to her this month, and of course she makes my image of the month!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.


5 things that happened

1) My Mum & Dad Went on Holiday – I had 10 whole days to myself whilst my mum and dad were on holiday. Usually this a really stressful time for me because it means that I have to look after the house, the dog, my dads brewery and bar and work full time. Last year I ended up feeling so rubbish by the end of their holiday so this year I took some time off work and had a totally relaxed 10 days, and managed to keep everything together!

mum grad 2

2) My Mum Graduated! – I was so so proud of my mum this month when, after 5 years, she graduated with a BSc in Business. It was an easy thing for her to start a course at uni as a mature student, and alongside her course she also worked full time as well as all her other responsibilities. We had such a nice day and seeing the smile on my mums face when she receive her award was one of the best moments.

3) I went to a big family party  – My cousin turned 30 this month so we had a big family party and I got to see so many people that I have not seen in a while. I got to meet some brand new mini family members, play with some other very cute family members and eat lots of cake!


4) I went to YALC – This year was my third year at YALC and I think it was definitely my favourite. I met some really cool authors and made friends with some bookish people whilst queuing for various things. Plus there was books! Lots and lots of books!

5) Harry Potter & the Cursed Child was released  – I think this was one of my most anticipated books of 2016 and it was definitely worth the wait. It was strange reading it as a script, and with the characters being all grown up. But I really enjoyed the plot and I am so excited to go and see the play in January.


Song of the Month

I can’t stop listening to this song. Ever since I heard Coldplay perform it at Glastonbury I have been obsessed with it and I actually listened to it on repeat for my whole 2 hour train journey back from London last weekend!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Spring/Summer 2016 Playlist.


top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 6
(keep up with what I’m reading here)

My reading has really picked up again now we are in the summer and I’ve found myself immersed in some great stories and fantasy worlds. I couldn’t pick just 3, so I cheated and picked 4, but once you see my list you will know why!

this savage song victoria schwab Deep Redemption Cover Rebel of the Sands cover harry potter cursed cover

(click on the book titles to be taken to my reviews)

This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab) – I’m always slightly hesitant of “monster stories” but there was no need with this one because it was so much more than that! The world-building was incredible and I am so excited to see where Schwab takes this series.

Deep Redemption (Tillie Cole) – I was worried before starting this book as to how Tillie could take a character that she had spent 3 books making us hate, and make us feeling something other than that hate for him. Well she did it, and it was incredible!

Rebel of the Sands (Alwyn Hamilton) – I picked this book up because Hamilton was appearing at YALC and I actually only read it 2 days before I went and LOVED it! This resulted in me meeting her whilst I was still in massive excitement over the world-building and the characters and storyline of this incredible book! There was a lot of fangirling!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – This one just makes the list because I only finidhed it at 11:30pm on the 31st July. I had just got back from London and I was desperate to read it, so ignored the rest of my famiy and plonked myself ont he couch for 3 hours until I’d finished it. And it was SO worth it!


Fav Quote this month

Ok, so I picked 2 quotes, but they are both from the same book so shhh!

“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”

“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.” 

This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab)

I love these quotes because they totally encompass everything I believe about books. For me books are always there when I need an escape from the real world and they always give me this sense of peace and clarity that nothing else can give me.

And I love the second quote because it really is so so true. Anyone can open a book and read it. Books don’t care who or what you are, they are there for everyone who wants to read them.


Most Pop Review

harry potter cursed cover

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review
I never ever thought that I would be reviewing a script on this blog, and writing this review without giving away any spoilers was one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written.


Most Pop post this month

Things that Books Have Made Me Wish I Could Do or Learn – Some characters get to do some really really cool stuff which I would love to be able to do to! So I made a list of everything that I’m envious of characters getting to do or learn and ranted about it!

Harry Potter Lanterns – I found some gorgeous Harry Potter lanterns on Etsy and just had to share them with you because ANY proper Harry Potter fan needs at least one of these in their life!

I’m So Excited and I Just Can’t Hide It – On my 2 weeks countdown to YALC I got massively over excited and wrote a whole post fangirling over everything that I was excited to do and authors I was going to meet!


4 posts I bookmarked

1) This post by Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland about her handbag essentials. Really got me thinking about how much rubbish I carry around in my bag, including 7 pens!

2) This post by Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa about watching movie adaptations and how then always end up leading to craving to reread the book. So so true!

3) This post by Emma @ Emma’s Bookery really got me thinking about my blog and where it is at and where I want it to be heading over the next year.

4) This post by Cait @ Paper Fury about the most effective ways to recommend books to people, including throwing a hardback at their face. Haha, made me laugh so much!


Excited for Next Month

1)  Romeo & Juliet – I’m going to London for the day to see Romeo and Juliet onthe stage. I am massively upset that Richard Maddon is no longer appearing in it due to injuries, but it should still be a really great day.

2) Hen Party! – My cousin gets married in September, so this month is her hen party. We are getting dress up and spending the day at the races, which I am super excited for because I’ve never been to the races before!

3) BOOKS!  It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover), A Beautiful Funeral (Jamie McGuire), Ravage (Tillie Cole). So many good books being released in August!


How was July for you? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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