I saw Hamilton and one of my best friends got married and I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to do falconry – June was a wild month! So, first off, the month started with me heading to the home town to finally see Hamilton, I’ve literally been waiting 18 months to see it and it didn’t disappoint, now I guess I have to wait another 18 months for the next round! Seriously, go see it if you haven’t it is A M A Z I N G. The following weekend one of my dearest friends from school married her childhood sweet heart and omg it was the cutest thing ever, we had an old school sleep over and got to watch her go do this huge grownup thing and honestly, I am so happy for them! They’re doing the honeymoon of a life time rn so I am also a bit jealous! As if that wasn’t enough, my dad and I went and played with some birds of prey for his father’s day present, I had the best day ever, fun fact, hawks purr when they’re happy! If you live in the Somerset area, check out the North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre near Cadbury Garden centre. It was such a good experience! From hawks to cockatiels, I also adopted a little feathered friend this month after my landlady said I was allowed to foster a small bird. I’ve named him Kylo Hen and I intend to get him singing the Imperial March soon!
What I read this month:
The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill
Well, I think Louise O Neill might be one of the greatest writers to walk the earth, this book, like every other book of her’s I’ve read, this was amazing – I literally read this in one sitting it was phenomenal. If you were looking for a book about women realising their worth and power and a more modern telling of the Little Mermaid then you needed this book yesterday. Honestly, this was amazing.
Ivy and Abe – Elizabeth Enfield
Here we see Leah finally reading one of the many ARCS I’ve been sent and not managed to read yet. This is a cute love story that plays with the idea of fate and the multi verse. We have a collection of short stories all centreing around Abe and Ivy as they meet at various different ages and how their lives play out when meeting at 70 or 40 and it explores the idea of meeting the right person but at the wrong time and how the idea of people who are meant to meet but not necessarily be together. It was a really interesting concept, but the repetitiveness of it did get to me a bit. See my full review here.
Ink – Alice Broadway
I’ll be honest, I did only pick this up because I liked the cover and well, I’m a tattooed person now so I feel like I should read anything to do with tattoos! This was a really enjoyable quick read, I liked that this was a world in which people with tattoos are seen as being normal, civilised people and that getting inked is something that is celebrated. There was an interesting bit of mystery in there and Alice Broadway is a talented storyteller, I’m waiting for the second one to appear at the library!
Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
I’ve been a long time fan of this collaboration, Nick and Norah, Naomi and Eli, Dash and Lily, these are all phenomenal stories, but honestly, no matter how much I love these two, both on their own and together, but the last few books I’ve read by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn I’ve been a little disappointed and I’m sad to say, that this was another one that didn’t really do it for me. This should have been so good, but I don’t know, it just fell a little short for me.
Shatter Me – Tarhareh Mafi
I know the world and its cat has already read this series and has been getting excited about the latest installment, I am very late to the party, sorry. Because of the hype, I was super excited to sit down and read this and I loved the narration, I just don’t think I was told enough about what was going on. Like, I get that Juliette was locked away because the government was scared of her but I didn’t really understand how she had this ‘power’ or what had happened to the world outside her window… Guess I’ll have to wait until I’ve read the rest of the series to find out!
Margot and Me – Juno Dawson
This is my second Juno Dawson book this year and I think I preferred this one! This is the story of Fliss who is dragged from her comfortable life in London to a tiny village in Wales to live on a smallholding with her maternal grandmother, Margot, who she has never really gotten along with. While staying there, Fliss has to deal with starting a new school in a new country, her mum not being well, Margot’s snarkiness and a whole host of other things not going her way, then she finds Margot’s teenage diary and the book really starts to get going. I loved the time jumps between Margot as a 16-year-old and Fliss in the present. Think this might be Juno’s best book so far!
Rebel on the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
This book has been on my radar for what feels like a lifetime and I finally had a chance to pick it up! This is a Middle Eastern story full of magic and history and legends. It’s such a unique and interesting story I was lost in it from the beginning – I want to read more books that are outside my own culture and this was so different to anything else I’d read before! Though I loved the story, I was a bit meh about the romance, I literally couldn’t care less about that, but the rest of it I enjoyed!
Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
When there is more than one book in the series at the library, you kind have got to go for it! I think I preferred the characterizations in the first book than in this one… I don’t know what it was but Amani was so much more bad ass in the first book and the whole rebellion seemed so much more worthwhile. I think part of my problem was that Amani spent far too much of her time just creeping around when she could have been doing the things I was expecting of her. I mean, I know that characters are supposed to develop, but I just found I didn’t like her as much in this book… I did find a new prince to like though, Rahim, what a bae.
Station 11 – Emily St John Mandel
I remember seeing this mentioned in one of Sanne’s book club videos and thinking, oh that sounds interesting, but that was about it because I’m not that into sci-fi. Ony then I spotted it at the library and saw that it had won a load of awards and had a really interesting premise, so I grabbed it. Honestly, this book was amazing. The story is difficult to explain to people, but the narration is fantastic and I really loved this!
Guards, Guards – Terry Pratchett
I’ve never read any Terry Pratchett before, I know this isn’t the first DiscWorld novel, but we all have to start somewhere, so I grabbed this when I saw it. I’ve been meaning to read Terry Pratchett for the longest time, so I want to try and get to some more of the DiscWorld books in the future. I think I’d been putting it off because the amount of DiscWorld books is a little overwhelming and I’d thought they’d be really hard core fantasy books, but it was more Douglas Adams than George R R Martin. I really enjoyed it!
Films I watched this month:
You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television/ cinema screen this month!
This was a bit of a poor film month for me tbh…
TV I watched this month:
- Handmaid’s Tale
- The Staircase
My favourite Instagram posts this month:
What I’ve been listening to this month:
What I did on YouTube this month:
What I loved on YouTube this month:
I too hate spiders but I couldn’t help but find this from Dan and Phil Games H I L A R I O U S. Honestly though, I have always kinda hoped that Dan and I would meet and fall in love and eventually cohabit, but we’re going to have to rethink this now that I know he’s has hopeless with spiders as I am! Tomska is continuing with the #content and I am loving it. I particularly enjoyed the West Country Accent moment! Emma Blackery has a new song out and its a bit of a bop and speaking of bops, Paul McCartney joined James Corden on Carpool Karaoke and it was AMAZING! Check it here.