It’s been a while since I did a monthly recap hasn’t it? Let me check… Whoops, the last one was March. Which is longer ago than I thought it was. About time I pick this up again. Anyway, this is what has been going on ‘In real life’
In real life
– My little niece stayed with us for a weekend. It was part of her late birthday present, she got to pick a movie she wanted to see in theatre, eat at McDonalds and spend the night. It was so much fun!
– Trip to the theatre with my sister and one of her best friends. 22 Jump Street.
– My sister and I made a trip to London! Which included lots of book shopping (half a suitcase worth of books!) and lots and lots of sight seeing.
– Included in our trip to London was YALC. This is the biggest bookish event I have ever been to. It was quite the experience, inside it was incredibly busy, but so much fun as well. The queue was ridiculous on Saturday… On Saturday, while still long, it was much better.
– Rainbow Rowell event!
– The Fault in Our Stars! *sobs* I cried so much during this movie, this absolutely beautiful but extremely sad movie.
– University acceptance letter, while I was pretty sure I would be going to Leiden University upcoming school year, it’s always nice to get some confirmation! So Yay! I’ll be studying English Language and Culture.
– Another trip to the movie theatre with my sister. This time we saw the new Step Up movie. I have a weakness for these movies, which probably has to do with the dancing and hot guys haha.
– Lastly, I signed up for a photography course! I’m really excited about this, I love taking pictures, so I’m looking forward to getting to know more about photographing.
July in Books
I finally managed to pick up my reading speed a bit, I’ve been hopelessly behind on my reading challenge and the amount of books I’ve read so far in 2014 are nowhere near the amount of books I normally read. I’m particularly happy with that because I would hate to not reach the goal I set for myself at the beginning of this year. Anyway, out of the 9 books I read this month, I reviewed 6.
Splintered by A.G. Howard (5/5)
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5/5)
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (5/5)
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (5/5)
Solitaire by Alice Oseman (4.5/5)
After the End by Amy Plum (3/5)
The One by Kiera Cass
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
I’m slightly surprised by the high ratings I’ve given in this month. If it wasn’t for the fact that they each deserve them. I mainly read books that I bought for myself and still hadn’t read yet (an attempted to make the TBR a bit smaller) and they ended up being awesome reads! July was a good month!
Top 3 July Reads
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales I have heard lots of good things about this book and somewhere along the way I’d forgotten all about wanting to read it. So when I found a copy at Foyles at the beginning of this month I bought it. I’m glad I did too, because the story was beautiful. I loved the part music played in the book, as a music lover it was well appreciated, but even better about the book was the way bullying and teenage insecurities were approached. This Song Will Save Your Life was a quick and beautiful read that I’d highly recommend to anyone who has yet to read it!
Splintered by A.G. Howard This book! Or better, this series! It’s the perfect retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Its darker than the original and slightly macabre, and I love every page of the book. The book is original and unique, the characters are out of this world, and the whole book is pure awesomeness. I love what A.G. Howard did with the tale! I can’t wait for Ensnared, I loved the first 2 books in this series and I have every bit of faith that the third book is going to be as awesome (if not even more) as the others.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman This book too was perfect. It tackles teenage depression and teenage life perfectly. I’d been wanting to read this one for a while, and when I got myself a review copy at YALC at the beginning of this month I was thrilled. Also, the book is filled with awesome fandom references that a booklover will be sure to love. I love Alice’s debut, it was a great and inspiring read. (I highly recommend this one!)