me in june
The highlight of my month has to be my trip to Greece. I went to Kos for a week with my boyfriend Quillan and his parents to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The temperature wasn’t too hot, I was super careful with the suncream so that I didn’t burn, and overall I had a wonderful time. Greek people are the friendliest people ever, and the islands I went to were stunning. I’m hopefully going to do a series of posts about my travels so I’ll go into more detail when I get around to that.
Thanks to my super relaxing holiday, I managed to read ten books last month. I know. I haven’t read that many in one month since the beginning of 2016, before my life got all kinds of crazy busy. And because of those ten books, I’m now back in the blogging zone. Not quite as much as I was at the beginning of last year, mind you, but I’m getting there.
Oh, and I was promoted! June was a month full of training for my new position at work. It was exhausting, especially as I had a lot of Family Stuff going on. It completely knocked me out.
I’m also really into (“really into” meaning I’m being coerced into) exercising at the moment. I do a bootcamp session twice a week, and I’m currently doing Couch to 5K three times a week. I’ve noticed an incredible change in my fitness levels, and now that I’m kind of in the zone I find myself really looking forward to each workout. I’ve lost my mind.
And then there was the Steam summer sale. I bought a tonne of games, but I only spent about £35. I know, I’m impressed as well. My new games include Portal 2, the Trineology, Banished, Rust, and a few others. My boyfriend and I went looking for some good co-op games along with a friend of ours so we could play together. Now I just have to try not to kill Quill during a Super Mario Bros. session so I get to play the new games with him.
1. Revenger by Alistair Reynolds ★★★
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ★★★
3. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King ★★
4. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ★★★★
5. Alice by Christina Henry ★
6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★★
7. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances ★★★
8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn ★★★★★
9. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ★★★
10. The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★
book of the month
movies & tv
Game of Thrones – I’m making good progress with this! After two years of not watching, I’m finally almost caught up in time for season 7.
The Age of Adaline – I was having a terrible day a couple of weekends ago and I accidentally fell into a movie marathon. This popped up on Netflix and I thought I’d give it a go because I missed Gossip Girl. Logical! It was a surprisingly captivating film. It’s about a woman called Adaline who doesn’t age, and so she avoids forming proper connections and bonds with the people she knows. Until the guy from Game of Thrones shows up and everything changes.
Wonder Woman – YAAASSS.
Baywatch – So this wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was enjoyable. I don’t think the writers did a great job, but the director and the actors seemed to try to make the best of it. The script was clunky and it didn’t utilise Dwayne Johnson or Zac Efron properly. But I liked it.
Kingsman – I rewatched this in preparation for the next film. A modern classic, imo.
Eddie the Eagle – Yeah. I went on a bit of a binge. This was another really good film, but I doubt I’ll be rewatching it any time soon.
Mothers Day – Bad Moms was better.
Baby Driver – We went to see this last night after seeing it advertised for nearly half a year. They were really pushing this film! It was really good. I loved the soundtrack, and the main guy didn’t annoy me as much as he normally does. He did a good job with the main character.
July is going to be a bit more chill than June. I’m not going away anywhere, and I’m expecting to have a few weekends in which I’m free to just veg out. Towards the end of the month I’m taking my mum to see The Lion King on stage, and then we’ve got a couple of birthday parties to go to. I’m expecting work to be busy again, so I’ll probably do a tonne of overtime. And then there’s bootcamp and running, of course. Exciting stuff!