Over halfway through the year and a month into the heat wave that has hit the UK!
🌍 Places I’ve been this month include:
- Corfu, Greece
- County Durham
📚 Books read:
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
🌟 Main highlights this month:
- Holiday! ☀️ 🌴
- My first BYC meeting!
- Maddox events (creators of WoSR) saw my blog post and contacted me on how impressive it was and now it features on their social media pages and here!
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
👏🏻 Things I’ve learnt:
- Taking time out is good for the mind, body and soul.
- Getting a train from London is even more stressful than I originally thought.
- Dutch plaits are pretty easy!
Rediscovering My Love Of Books 📚
Ever since I was a little dot I’ve loved to read. Enid Blyton books were my favourites when I was younger. I loved nothing more than reading The Twins at St Clare’s and Malory Towers series, which then evolved into dystopian fiction and now my favourite thing to read is classics. However whilst on holiday I always try to read books that I wouldn’t usually pick up.
On this year’s holiday I managed to read four books! Which is quite an achievement nowadays as I’m still reading the Dracula which Tom got me for Christmas!
And because I know I generally don’t get to read a lot, on holiday I really go for it and try read as much as possible.
This year I managed to read FOUR books!
I decided to read The Handmaid’s Tale as I’m currently watching the TV series, and I love it so far! But I wanted to understand the world of Gilead better, I decided to read the book, and it helped give me a lot more back story on the TV series.
Reading this lead me onto Alias Grace, which is based on notorious Canadian murderess Grace Marks and how she ended up in prison.
After two quite heavy books I read Wickham Hall because a bit of romance makes everything better doesn’t it!
And then finally I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I really wanted to see the film when it originally came out, but never got chance, and I can’t wait until I can because I think this was my favourite book overall.
I loved the letter style of writing, and how easily you sympathise with the characters and feel wrapped up in the ongoings of the island!
All I can say is I highly recommend all four of these books, and as they are so many genres apart – there’s no reason not to read one!
A Weekend Of Exploring 🚣🏻
Towards the end of this month Tom and I spent a weekend exploring different places around our local area. (Ok maybe they weren’t that local, but nothing that the cars couldn’t reach!)
We spent a day in Ilkey, where we went to Betty’s which is our favourite place to go for food – but we don’t go often so it really is a treat!
We had afternoon tea, purchased a box of macaroons to watch later on with a film, and then we went for a wander.
We walked down to the river and walked along the rocks so we were up close with the water and the ducks that were swimming on it!
The following day we went to Knaresborough and had an equally lovely day, topped off by going on a row-boat on the river!
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 🎥
Credits: Huffington Post
I don’t know many women that haven’t been super excited for Mamma Mia 2 to be released and in my family we were no exception!
I remember my Grandma taking me to see the original 10 years ago, and how I instantly fell in love with it, and how feel good it was, so going to see this one had me super hyped!
Obviously I won’t say anything about it – this is a spoiler free zone!
All I will say it that I loved it just as much as the first, and Lily James made an amazing young Donna, not to mention the soundtrack is so catchy I’ve been listening to it at work!
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