It’s been a scorching hot June here in the UK, and it looks like the warm weather is going to continue through July. In fact, I think it’s supposed to be a month-long heatwave!
I always start out by enjoying the warm weather, but after a while I find it starts to get a bit much, especially when I’m at work and having to wear a uniform that includes three layers, and involves standing by industrial ovens.
I’ve been trying to make the most of it though in the evenings when it’s been slightly cooler. I’ve been sitting out on the swing seat in the garden a lot, usually reading my book with a cold drink, and it has been lovely!
I didn’t really do a lot else in June, although July should be much more lively! I’ve actually got a couple of weeks booked off work starting next week, so I’m looking forward to a few nice days out and lots of relaxation.
It’s also mine and my boyfriend’s third anniversary today, so we’re going to do something to celebrate that this week (we’re both working today, so we’ll only actually see each other in the evening), so that should be nice.
This month hasn’t been an amazing reading month, purely because I got held up at the start of the month by a book that I really struggled with.
I started out the month reading Foundation by Mercedes Lackey, as I’d seen her books in the fantasy section of Waterstones and had been curious. So when I saw Foundations, the first book in her Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles series for sale on Kindle I bought it.
However, I found it really hard going, as I just didn’t gel with the characters, and I was randomly put off by a certain aspect, which I won’t discuss here as I have a whole post about it coming soon! Needless to say, it took me a while to get through the book because I didn’t massively enjoy it, but I hate DNFing, so I carried on.
After that I felt like I needed to read something very different and much shorter, so I read Daisy Buchanon’s book How To Be A Grown Up. I’d heard about the book some time ago on Emma’s Gannon’s ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ podcast, and so when I saw that this was also on sale I snapped it up, and absolutely loved it! It was super relatable, and super comforting, as it seems to peel back the veneer of people ‘having everything figured out’ and shows that really, no one does. We might see other people as ‘proper grown-ups’ but most of us don’t feel like it, no matter how old we are!
I then read Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and it turned out to be my favourite of her books! I really liked the characters and their complicated relationships, especially the trio of Victor, Sydney and Mitch (although Eli and Serena made fantastic villains!).
I also finally got round to reading Big Little Lies which is a book I’ve wanted to read for ages. I had heard the tv show was supposed to be good (and I think it won tonnes of awards?), and I always have to read the book first. I’m so glad I finally got to it! I literally devoured this in a couple of days (most of the time whilst chilling in the garden- it made for a great summer read!), it was so amazing!
I’m now halfway through a non fiction book about writing short stories (How To Write and Sell Short Stories by Della Galton) as I thought it would be helpful with my Camp NaNoWriMo project.
As I mentioned in this post the other day, I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, and have decided to do something a little different. I’ve chosen a word target of 30,000 for the month, but this time I’m going to be writing 30,000 words worth of short stories, rather than a novel.
So far it’s going very well! As of writing this (Sunday 8th) I’m halfway through my fourth story, and have written 8,070 words.
So I thought I’d add a couple of new sections to my Life Lately posts! I’ve decided to include what I’ve been watching recently, and the music and podcasts I’ve been listening to.
This month I’ve been watching a couple of things. My boyfriend and I have been watching ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, which is absolutely hilarious! I had seen a few episodes when it originally started, but due to always being in work on the night it showed in the UK, I missed it too many times and never bothered catching up. We’re now nearly up to date, and I’m so glad it’s been picked up by NBC, and isn’t being cancelled after all!
I’ve also been watching ‘Vikings’ on Amazon Prime which I’ve also been loving! I’m nearly caught up with it as well (I’m almost at the end of season 4 out of 5), although I felt like the earlier seasons were better? I’m still enjoying the later seasons, but I’ve definitely slowed down my watching of it from when I started. I love the characters though (particularly Floki! He’s my fave! But I also love Laegetha – she’s such badass!), and I’ve been finding the historical aspect super interesting. I didn’t know much about Vikings before watching the series, and whilst it’s probably not 100% accurate I have learnt a few things!
I’ve never really talked much about music on this blog, which is weird, because I listen to it every single day!
I’m mostly a fan of rock and heavy metal, and pretty much haven’t changed what I listen to since high school, so I’m not really up on the latest music. I just like what I like!
A few songs I’ve been listening to a lot lately are:
- ’Prey’ by Parkway Drive
- ‘The Frost’ by August Burns Red
- ‘Leaving Tonight’ by The Birthday Massacre
- ‘Shake It Out’ by Manchester Orchestra
- ’We Can Breathe In Space, They Just Don’t Want Us To Escape’ by Enter Shikari
Some are old favourites I’ve rediscovered, some are new finds, but I’ve been loving these songs lately!
It’s called 88 Cups of Tea, and it’s a fantastic writing podcast where host Yin Chang interviews an author each week. It’s had some really great guests on, such as V.E. Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, Kiersten White and Tomi Adeyemi, so I’m super excited to listen to the backlist!
This month I posted a few discussion posts:
So how was your June? What have you been up to, and what have you been reading?