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July Wrap-up and Favourites

July Wrap-up and Favourites

July has been incredibly busy at work, and after the great page count of June, I’ve read very little.  That fact would be bleak enough in itself even if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve actually been excited about the books I own (and the *ahem* few new ones that I’ve acquired) and about getting back into blogging. I’m away for work a lot during August and sometimes that sees me reading more (because there’s limited work I can do while on short haul flights and fewer distractions in hotel rooms) but sometimes less (because I’m away on a busy project) so I guess we’ll see.

The bright side is that what I did read was actually really good! After a bit of a Twitter appeal when I was struggling to decide what I fancied, I picked up The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I bought it online on a slightly tipsy whim one night and sober me is glad I did! It’s a bit of a buzz book at the moment and I wasn’t sure how it would fare against the hype but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll review it soon because I think it’s a book that deserves talking about.  I had a bit of a change of pace after THUG and went for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  I’m often not too big a fan of stories about the fae and during the first half of this one, I wasn’t convinced that this would change that. And then the second half was so good, I’ve already started the next book in the series! It was really fun, completely gripping and everything I’ve come to expect from Maas’ Throne of Glass series.  Last up (yep, I only read three books in July…) was a Hanna recommendation! She’s been reading my favourite fantasy series, Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, and we were texting about fantasy and whatnot generally (it’s how we roll).  So I bought Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings.  It was just what I needed while I was busy at work – it’s a properly fun, slightly old school fantasy story about a farm boy who (shockingly) may not be quite what he seems.  It’s funny and charming and I’ve got the next book lined up to get read soon.

Book of the month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Other Favourites!

TV Programme of the Month: How to Get Away with Murder.  It’s been on Netflix for ages and we decided to start watching it because we were at a bit of a series loose end.  The episodes are punchy, with each episode featuring a legal case being handled by a legal professor and her team of favourite students.  The series also has an overarching story arc that gives the series its title.  It’s maybe not the most accurate in terms of legal process but it’s an easy watch.

Film of the Month: Another month, another lack of film watching…

Recipe of the Month: When I’m busy, I tend to lean on easy to cook old favourites and I have been doing just that during July! Think cheese pasta and vegetable bake (homemade cheese sauce is the best comfort food), fish pie and chorizo stews.

Beauty Product of the Month: If like me you are clumsy and manage to chip normal nail varnish within about an hour of putting it on, I’d recommend Gel Shine nail varnishes from Avon.  They’re really reasonable and they really do last a lot longer than ‘normal’ home nail varnishes. I’ve got a lilac shade that I can’t see on their website but that I’ve really been loving!

Activity of the Month: Finally moving this blog! I find WordPress so much nicer and easier to use and I’m so glad that I moved over.  I haven’t mastered incorporating images into posts and I’m sure that I’ve only just scratched the surface in terms of features and plug-ins but I’m looking forward to learning!

And that was July! August looks set to be busy too, both because that’s my work life at the moment and because I’ll be celebrating my birthday. Let’s hope there’s at least some time for books! 🙂



  • Ellie

    I wasn’t that keen on A Court of Thorns and Roses, I found it a bit generic fantasy and I had some issues with the relationship. So I haven’t read the other books even though I love ToG.

    I liked THUG but it wasn’t as powerful as I was expecting from what everyone was saying.