It’s been a while since I posted a wrap up, huh? I’m not going to promise that this is my great blogging comeback or anything, because we all know how those have gone in the past. But I’m finding myself with a little more free time lately and a whole lot of motivation for various different projects of mine, so I thought I would write up a post about how I’ve been doing.
What happened in August
August was another incredibly busy month for me. Lockdown restrictions are completely gone here in the UK (for how long? Who can tell.) and so a lot of our friends are keen to meet up. I’m still being very cautious about meet ups and big groups of people, but I received my second vaccine at the beginning of the month so I’m starting to feel a bit more confident about everything.
My second dose (of the Pfizer variety) gave me more symptoms than the first dose did. Previously I only had a sore arm, and I think that was more from the kettlebell workout I had done than the jab. The second dose knocked me out about 24 hours later for an entire evening. But I had a long bath and slept a lot, and the next day I felt absolutely fine again. Not too bad, really!
A friend had a meet up in London one Saturday, and while I haaaated travelling by tube (only for a few stops, thankfully), it wasn’t too bad. The bar was nice, ish, but it didn’t really offer anything new. And the power went out a couple of times and the music was far too loud and it blew the speakers. It was nice to see a few people though!
A week later another friend had her wedding in Kent, which was lovely. I didn’t take many photos but I’m hoping their photographer captured at least a couple of decent ones of me and Quill. I had a lot of fun that evening dancing and exploring the massive grounds of the venue.
And then on the Bank Holiday, we travelled down to Longleat Safari Park and saw some animals! It was super busy and everyone there was quite annoying and weren’t able to follow directions, but we managed to distance ourselves from them for most of it and we didn’t miss any of the animals!
All in all, it was a pretty great month.
Books I Read in August
I’m slowly getting back on track with my reading after I completely (well, not completely, just mostly) dropped the ball after work became really busy. I read twelve books in August, so I’m almost back up to my average of 15! Speaking of averages, my average rating was a whopping 3.11 (it’s high for me, trust me) and I enjoyed pretty much every book I read. Here are some of the highlights from August!
Allegedly was dark, thrilling, and everything I wanted from my first Tiffany D Jackson read.
I picked this up from an Air BnB I was staying at in July and I absolutely adored it. The relationship between the two women was wonderful to read about. It turned out to be very timely considering the situation in Afghanistan at the moment too.
The final book in one of my favourite series! It felt a little weird to read this one due to the turn it took in the middle, but I enjoyed reading about Pip nonetheless.
Plans Going Forward
September is going to be a great month, I already know it!
Firstly, I’m taking part in two readathons in September: the Magical Readathon, and the Bookoplathon. I’ve created a TBR for both of them with some books that I can mix and match, and I am HYPED.
I’m going away to the Lake District mid-month and I’ll be staying up there for a week. I’m planning on climbing Scafell Pike and Helvellyn, and we’re going to be doing some ghyll scrambling too. It’ll be a very adventurous holiday so I’ll probably need a break afterwards. I can’t wait!
Otherwise, not much is happening, which is probably good as I’ll need some time to myself after all the walking I’ll be doing and the reading I need to get done. What are your plans for September?