Monthly Review – June

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Image of the Month

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Stuck in the middle of a massive storm in the lake district but with some beautiful views and snuggled up on the couch with a bottle of beer and my boyfriend. July was perfect!

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

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5 things that happened

1) I went to the Lake District – I was so excited for my weekend in the Lake District and although it did rain (a lot) I had such a great and totally chilled out time. We saw some pretty places, took a boat cruise on Lake Windermere, cooked some gorgeous food and I even managed fit in some time to read a book! Will definitely be doing another long weekend in the Lake District at some point.

2) I got my first ever bike – I know what you’re thinking, “I’m sure she’s an adult”, and yes I am. I am a 24 year old who has never had a bike and is not the greatest at riding them. But I decided to be healthy and there was an offer on at my local bike shop, so I thought why not? Now I’ve just got to learn how to ride it!

3) One of My Best Friends Left Work – I work in an office with a great group of people and this month one of them got a fantastic new job (which she totally deserved!) which meant that she has now left the office and boy am I missing her! Thankfully she still works at the same company, just in a different department/building so we can still meet up for lunch but it sucks not having her in the office everyday.

4) I completed my swimming challenge – I am so proud to say that I finally completed my swimming challenge! It took me a few weeks longer then planned due to some illness, but I still managed to complete it by the deadline. 22 whole miles of swimming! Go me!

5) It was fathers day  – I and the youngest of three daughters, and unfortunately due to my sisters moving and travelling around the world I was the only one present for fathers day. I had a really nice time with my dad though, and he loved the drone I had bought him (such a big kid!). I may moan about him most of the time, but I really am so lucky to have him in my life.

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Song of the Month

I have been obsessed with Coldplay’s new album since it was released, but watching them perform live at Glastonbury (on the TV! Unfortunately I wasn’t there) has meant having all of their songs stuck on repeat in my head ever since. Yellow has been one of my all time favourites.

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

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 6

It’s been a bit of a slow few months for reading, but I finally feel like I am getting back into it which is perfect for the summer weather and chilling outside in the sun reading! I’ve only actually read 3 books in May but all of them were amazing, so they all make my list!

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The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melinda Salisbury) – I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this one because it is amazing! Such an amazing world and a great start to the trilogy.

The Sleeping Prince (Melinda Salisbury) – No chance of second book syndrome with this book! An incredible sequel and if possible I loved it even more than the first.

Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig) – A hauntingly honest and powerful book about one mans experience with depression and anxiety. I really opened my eyes and is really worth the read.

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Fav Quote this month

“And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.” – Reasons to Stay Alive

I could have chosen a million quotes from this book for this post, but this one was one of my favourites, hence why it made the cut. I just loved his feelings towards books and felt that they were very much the same as mine, but explained in a way that I would have never thought to do so.

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Most Pop Review

The Sleeping Prince Cover

The Sleeping Prince Review
As mentioned above, this book sticks a big middle finger up to second book syndrome and is an incredible sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I was slight

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Most Pop post this month

Things I Want More of in Books – I did my ultimate bookish wishlist of all the things I want authors to write about more. Hopefully some of them saw it and have begun working on my list already!

Bookish Bars – I found out about some amazing bars in London that are also full of books that you ca read whilst you drink. Perfect for when I go to YALC at the end of July!

Harry Potter Phone Charger – It’s been a little while since I did a bookish craft post and I LOVED this HP themed phone charger so much that I had to share it with you all! And you guys loved it!

Comparing (and judging) Harry Potter Covers – I find it crazy that it is nearly a year after I first published this post and it is still one of my most viewed posts! I really enjoyed putting it together and found it so interesting seeing all the different covers

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4 posts I bookmarked

1) This post by Cait @ Paper Fury about what book bloggers actually do. It reminded me of how awesome us book bloggers are, and how underappreciated too!

2) This post by Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa about bookish acronyms. Who knew there were so many?! I will definitely be referring to this post in future, I always get so confused by them!

3) This hilarious post by Emily @ Loony Literate about YA Genre swaps. What if Harry Potter was contemporary? What if the Hunger Games was a romance? Such a funny post!

4) This post in reaction to the Orlando shooting in which Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life talks about the importance of books in teaching us empathy and respect for all types of people.

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Excited for Next Month

1) YALC! – My third year at YALC and I am so excited! There are some great authors attending this year and I’ve already got my pile of books ready to be signed! Plus it’s 4 whole days in London with one of my besties Sam.

2) My mum is graduating   – My mum has been doing a part time Business degree for the past 5 years and she has finally completed and will be graduating in a few weeks and I couldn;t be prouder of her! I remember how nervous she was when she first started and was scared that she would do it. But she did and I am one very proud daughter!

3) Books!   Chasing Impossible, Summer Shadows and Deep Redemption are just three of the books I can’t wait to get my hands on when they are released in July

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How was June for you? 

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

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2 Responses to “Monthly Review – June”

  1. Elizabeth @ Book Yabber

    Wow, that photo is breathtaking! I would have loved to be there. I love rainstorms. They’re so peaceful! That glass room looks like the perfect place to watch a storm.

    Congratulations for your mom! That is amazing news!

    Have a great July!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Thanks so much! Very proud daughter at the moment.
      It really was incredible, I love big full wall windows and they were perfect (and peaceful) to watch the storm through.
      Hope you have a great July too!