Would you believe it, we have reached the end of July! For me it was a busy month of fluctuating emotions, but it had some real high points. Another memorable aspect of it was the heat, where the UK recorded its highest ever temperatures – those were a few very uncomfortable days!
Although I had to take shelter from the worst of it, I spent plenty of time enjoying the nice weather too, and I will talk about some of my adventures later in the post. Alongside that, work has been a bit of a challenge at times due to ongoing change, while one of the best things about July was that it was my best reading month of the year so far – yay!
I managed to read a total of six books in July, including two that I awarded the full five stars – with one of them turning out to be easily my favourite read of the year so far. It also included a reread, and a really nice mix of genres. Here they all are:
The Smallest Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Miniaturist (audiobook reread) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Daughter Of The Moon Goddess ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
As Good As Dead ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Call Me Star Girl ⭐⭐⭐
Concrete Rose ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just look at all those high ratings!! That certainly makes a change for me haha. Honestly though, I was blessed with the books I picked up last month, I really enjoyed all of them. Despite being my ‘least favourite’ book of July, Call Me Star Girl was still a great read for the most part before the ending let things down slightly.
But I simply must talk about Daughter Of The Moon Goddess! That was a special read for me and it will definitely rank among my favourites. It was brilliant from start to finish with its thrilling, intense, and unpredictable plot, along with one of the best protagonists I have ever come across.
I also handed five stars to The Smallest Man, which was just such a great piece of historical fiction storytelling. At the start of the month, As Good As Dead was my most anticipated read and it certainly lived up to the hype in terms of drama and tension – I could not believe some of the things that happened and it made me speechless at times.
It was about time I read Concrete Rose, the excellent prequel to The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas is such a great author and I connected with it all the way in what was a very fun read. I also loved revisiting The Miniaturist, ahead of the release of the sequel, The House Of Fortune.
Indeed, that is the very first book on my TBR for August; a month that has a lot to live up to from a reading perspective! Also on the agenda are The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo (finally!!), Truly Devious (again, finally), and Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins – among others. It is also my birthday month, so I should hopefully be gifted a couple of books there too.
There is little for me to report on the writing front, but after skipping an issue for unexpected reasons, I have another edition of the Soccer 360 magazine to work on. I began work on my own article the other day and have all the editing to do in the next couple of weeks, so that will certainly keep me busy.
As far as other media goes, I was fashionably late to watch series four of Stranger Things. Overall I really enjoyed it and the best thing was how the concept felt much different and intriguing to the previous three. It may be a tad overhyped and contain too many character narratives, but it is undoubtedly a brilliant show. I also saw a theatre production of Les Miserables (delayed by two years because of the pandemic!), which was a lot of fun.
Now to my adventures! At the beginning of the month I had a couple of beach trips – one quite local to me and then an evening in Devon after visiting Paignton Zoo earlier on what had been a sweltering day. Just after the heatwave ended, I travelled to Cornwall for a few days, mainly exploring the countryside and taking lots of walks. I had a wonderful time there, and will be sharing more about it in an upcoming blog post.
Finally, I cannot end this post without talking about England winning the Women’s European Championships. It was a special thing to watch and the team – indeed all the teams at the tournament – were very inspiring. So proud of them, and great to see an England football team win something.
I think that is everything! I hope you have a wonderful August!
How was your July? What were your favourite reads? Let me know in the comments!