July Round-up: Books, Booking Trips & Game of Thrones

I know, I know, we’re almost a week into August and I’m only just publishing my July round-up. I’m just not organised enough to publish on the last Friday of the month so this will have to do!

When this goes live I’ll be in Edinburgh working at the Fringe, but right now I’m still in the Midlands fretting about going to Edinburgh for a month.

Anyway! In July I started to read again after getting into a bit of a slump and falling way behind on my Goodreads challenge (let’s be pals on Goodreads). I also booked a couple of trips- the aforementioned one to Edinburgh and one to Madeira over Christmas. I’m very excited to not have to spend another grey, miserable Christmas in England this year (i’m a bit of a scrooge, can you tell?)

July also saw some low points, which I touched upon slightly in this mental health post, but I seem to be coming out of that finally. This has meant a lot of planning for the future. I have lots of exciting trip ideas swirling around my head so watch this space!

 

Travel

July, unfortunately, wasn’t full of travelling, but it was full of booking trips which is the next best thing!

airplane

A much needed family weekend in Brighton-  At the beginning of July I went down to Brighton for my dad’s wifes’ birthday party, where I met his friends and some of my family for the first time. I was nervous but ended up having such a great weekend. It cheered me up no end!

Booking a train to Edinburgh- As I mentioned in this life update post I’m spending the whole of August working at the Edinburgh Festival. A few days ago I had a little meltdown in front of my boss as I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. I’ll let you know how it’s going in my first update this weekend. I have a feeling I need not have worried.

Booking a Christmas holiday to Madeira- As a child I always spent Christmas abroad and that has made me hate spending it in England. A cold Christmas just doesn’t seem right and it makes me miserable. That’s why I’m so happy that, this year, I will be in the Portuguese archipelago off of the North-West coast of Africa. Woo.

Nottingham City Beach- Not a trip because I spend every day in Nottingham but their city beach returned in July. I spent a sunny afternoon drinking a Starbucks on the wall by the beach (after unwittingly plonking myself down inbetween an elderly woman arguing with a man throwing bread to a flock of pigeons). It was a nice little break from the monotony of working life.

When I was a child I remember the beach being a big sandpit in front of the fountain in Old Market Square (which presumably acted as the sea) and a few deckchairs. There may have been a doughnut or ice-cream van or something but that was it. Now you can barely see the sand! There’s a huge pop up bar, a couple of rides and plenty of food vans. It’s pretty amazing to see how it’s been transformed and how they manage to fit so much into quite a small area.

 

What I’ve been reading

This month I’ve decided that I miss that feeling of snuggling down under the duvet with a cup of tea reading a good book (shout out to the fan in my room for making me cold enough to do this in the summer) , so I went on a mini book haul. If anyone wants cheap places to buy books from charity shops are god sends (Oxfam have an online store), and worldofbooks.com do newish books from just over £2 (free postage).

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Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo- This is the second in the books about brutal murders in a sleepy Amish town, the first of which I mentioned in this post about dark books. The story follows Kate Burkholder and her colleagues as they investigate the torture and horrific murder of an Amish family, found dead in their home in the middle of the night. I’d read a few reviews that said they didn’t like how Kate was dependent on her sort of boyfriend in this one, which put me off a little. After reading it I have no idea what those reviewers meant because she’s still the bad-ass, independent female detective I sometimes wish I was!

Paris For One by JoJo Moyes- A cheesy romance novel about an unadventurous girl ending up in Paris alone after her boyfriend ditches her. It follows her as she finds her feet and explores the city with a mysterious, Parisian stranger. It’s not a classic and the writing is very simple but it’s a nice, easy read. And, as it’s only around 100 pages, it can easily be read in one go. Full review coming soon!

Bones Of You by Debbie Howells- I’m only about half way through with this book but I was hooked from the first page. It’s a slow-burning psychological thriller about an eighteen year old girl who goes missing from her sleepy little village. Some of the chapters are told from her POV, where she remembers stories from her childhood as she lies dying in the woods. The other chapters are told from the POV of a mother living in the village who ends up becoming friends with the girls’ mother. I think I read the ending on Goodreads but I scrolled past it quickly so I’m not 100% sure it was the end. This has spoilt it a little for me but I’m enjoying it a lot.

 

What I’ve been watching

Like with books, I just haven’t been giving TV much attention but there have been some shows that I’ve been enjoying in July:

TV Collage

Love Island- No hate! I despised this show last year and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to watch it. This year I’ve been hooked. I hope series one and two are still on the ITV hub when I get back from Edinburgh in September so I can binge watch them.

*Side note* Is anyone else bored of the sly comments on twitter about Love Island and the people who watch it?There’s no need for this; people can watch what they want to watch and it doesn’t determine what kind of a person they are or their intelligence. If you don’t like a show, don’t watch it. If you don’t want to hear about a show, mute words associated with it from your timeline.

Pretty Little Liars- I’ve not finished the final season yet but I already know who AD is (I won’t I spoil it, don’t worry!). I was fuming when I found out. It was definitely not the outcome you want from a show you’ve dedicated the last few years to- especially not one that’s become as far-fetched and ridiculous as this one!

Game Of Thrones- Very, very happy that my favourite show of all time is back (see nerdy images below for some evidence to back this up). Very, very sad that I’m going to have to wait until September to watch the rest of the season. I’m taking my laptop up to Scotland with me so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up every week.

Who are you rooting for? I’m all for Cersei remaining right where she is (I think I’m a little bit in love with her and her villainous ways!) but, I hate to say this, Dany is really starting to grow on me.

game of thrones collage

*If you fancy a trip to King’s Landing  itself then check out the 7 Things Every Game Of Thrones Fan Must Do In Dubrovnik!*

 

That’s my July in a nutshell. I’m hoping to start doing these every month as I love reading other people’s monthly round-ups!

What have you been up to in July? Let me know in the comments!

 

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