Another month has passed by and here in the UK we have just about made it to the hottest days of the year so far. It has mostly been a peaceful time, even though the ongoing situation has prevented me from venturing too far from home, but also a time that I have used to assess my short-term and longer term goals.
There are several things in July that I can certainly feel happy about. I am now pretty close to moving home, which feels both exciting and daunting at the same time! I have also returned to working in my office for three days every week, which has been wonderful and restored a sense of routine to my life that was slightly lost while working from home.
But above all, I just love being on campus. It is strange at the moment to be one of the only people there, but it is a great place to be and I can also read in the gardens again. Reading outside in the university gardens is one of my favourite things about summer.
Speaking of reading, I managed to finish four books in July, although there are two others that I currently have on the go. I was hoping to finish more, but the month began slowly and I struggled to catch up! All the same, I did chance upon a new favourite; only my third five-star read of the year.
Here are the books I finished in July:
The Guest List ⭐⭐⭐.5
Ruin And Rising ⭐⭐⭐
How To Disappear ⭐⭐⭐.5
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I had waited almost four months for a five-star read, so I was so happy that I decided to read A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. It was an exceptional read and I cannot wait to share my review with everyone. I also have an exciting TBR lined up for August, so I hopeful that it will be a great reading month.
As far as writing goes, I have had mixed fortunes. I have made slow progress on my WIP due to a combination of lack of time, and being slightly stuck on the chapter I am on. On the bright side, I have begun work on another, more niche project, had another magazine article published, and made a mental commitment to dedicate more time to writing poetry, as I believe that is my strongest area within creative writing!
Looking ahead to August, I definitely hope to read more, and I have some time off work coming up which should give me the opportunity to do that. I am taking a short holiday this week, and soon after that it will be my birthday, so I am looking forward to receiving some books! There is also a new album by The Killers, which I am eagerly anticipating. If the three songs that have been released already are anything to go by, then it should be brilliant.
As always, I am going to end my wrap-up by highlighting some of the other great posts I have read in July:
- July saw the voting take place for the annual book blogging awards, impressively hosted by the popular duo of May and Marie. I have enjoyed reading a lot of people’s nomination posts, discovering some fabulous new bloggers in the process, and I am extremely grateful to have received nominations from a few of them. I never expected it!
- Holly wrote a truly fascinating discussion, asking if our bookshelves are a reflection of us.
- My favourite book of the year so far is Where The Crawdads Sing, and Celine captured it perfectly in her review!
- The amazing Sofii talked about her experience of reading slumps and how to escape them.
- My favourite book blogging duo Chana and Malka wrote about the various aspects of book tags, and I found their thoughts very relatable.
That’s everything for this month. Have a wonderful August!
Happy reading 🙂