Monthly Wrap Up: July 2015


Me in July

Overall, July has pretty much been a nightmare of a month. First of all, the weather has been absolutely crap. We normally have pretty good summers here in the south of England, but in July we had a few hot days and then rain. And clouds. And more rain. It was awful, and it set the mood for the entire month.

I started my training for my new role at work, which was fun but so, so exhausting. I did eight and a half hours of overtime over six days and all weekend I have been so tired. That said, I do really like this role, which is good because I’ll be doing it for another three weeks while various people are on holiday. Then I go back to my job and I will finally be able to relax a little bit (hopefully!).

I didn’t really do much in July other than work and get sad about not being in Virginia any more. Sorry about the negative section, but I had to get it out. I feel a little bit better now!

Books Read

1. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
2. Blind Date by R. L. Stine
3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
4. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
5. Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe
6. How To Love by Katie Cotugno
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Book of the Month

the demon king

The Demon King is bloody amazing! Raisa is a feminist princess heir and wants to fight to keep her queendom and to protect her people. It’s an amazing fantasy world and it calls out the typical stereotypes you find in other fantasy novels (and other realms within this world) and Raisa is a QUEEN.

In Case You Missed It

  • I brought Rank It to the blog after previously only having it as a feature on my Booktube channel. How would you rank the Harry Potter books?
  • I talked about how I balance book blogging and Booktubing. It’s a struggle, but I’ve got some sort of method.
  • I was really, really disappointed by Ashes to Ashes.
  • I posted my reading statistics for the first half of the year, and I can’t wait to see how they compare in December!

Movies & TV

inside out

I went to see Inside Out with a group of ladies from work last week and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t EPIC, but it still made me emotional and I would rewatch it. My favourite emotion was Disgust, which may or may not say a lot about me. Sadness was also adorable, and I loved how the movie showed that you can try to suppress sadness but really it does help when you need a cry. And emotions can go hand in hand. Such a lovely movie!

stanno whispering stanno hug stanno ily stanno

I’m not entirely sure you understand how much this OTP and this show (Hawaii Five-0, in case you were wondering) have taken over my life. I’m on season four now and I don’t want it to be over. It’s going to kill me to watch it weekly when it comes back for season six, I know it.

billy loomis

I’m still watching the Scream TV series and it’s not wow-ing me as much any more. I’m still interested in the mystery and the motives and everything, but I’m starting to question some of the characters’ intelligence. And I’m questioning my own shipping. Oh no. And no, that gif isn’t from the show. I just really like Billy Loomis and wanted to put him in this post.

Looking Forward

There’s  a bank holiday coming up at the end of the month, which means I get a day off work. I also booked the two following days off and I want to get a bunch of reading done, and possibly write a lot of posts and record some videos.

Other things to look forward to are my family coming over from Germany, going to a farm to see some animals and hopefully have a good day out, continuing to watch Hawaii Five-0, hopefully read The Dinosaur Lords, and… yeah. I want to relax so badly!

3 comments on “Monthly Wrap Up: July 2015

  1. Kaylie @ Potterhead Reviews 04/08/2015 6:27 pm

    The Demon King… Ahh. I started it once. A long time ago. But I never got into it and then I kinda forgot about it. I didn’t get too far in though (maybe 50 pages?) but I thought it wasn’t anything I hadn’t read before.

    Enjoy your time off at the end of the month! My holiday will also start around that time and I’m really excited to read about a million books. (usually when I say this sort of thing I end up with a reading slump and not reading at all) (so I might’ve just jinxed it)

  2. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic 04/08/2015 6:27 pm

    I’m moving to England this Sunday and I’m hoping the weather will be warm when I get there as this winter has been pretty cold in South Africa! Hope the summer improves for you! <3

  3. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books 05/08/2015 2:40 pm

    Ugh, the summer has been miserable for me too. I am living in Naples, Italy. The summer was hot last summer, but this summer has been so much worst. We have been experiencing a crazy heat wave and temps well over 100 degrees. Luckily, things seem to be cooling down slightly (it’s 80 degrees now), but I am so ready for it to be over.

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