Uuuurgh can summer be over already? I’ve never been a fan of summer, but I am ridiculously over summer right now. I can’t wait for fall with its glorious colours and chunky sweaters and comfortable blankets and hot cups of tea and just… please bring on autumn.
On a brighter note, it’s been a few days since our Shattering Stigmas mental health event ended and I just wanted to take this moment to thank you guys for all the amazing comments, for getting in touch with our writers, for sharing our posts on social media, and for wrapping us in a big cloud of love. This event means a lot to me and I’m so glad it’s been well received for the second time.
Paperweight by Meg Haston // ★★★★
Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay // ★★★
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling // ★★
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke // ★★★★
Inherited by Freedom Matthews // DNF
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella // ★
You by Caroline Kepnes // ★★★★
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // ★★★
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // ★★
The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani // ★★★★★
Angelfall by Susan Ee // ★★★
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West // ★★★ 1/2
How Not to Travel the World – Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker by Lauren Juliff // ★★★ 1/2
Reading has been pretty good this month, because Aly and I are participating in the Pokémon Go Read-a-thon! Basically, you collect badges by finishing books, and the number of pages increases your Pokémon’s CP so they can evolve. It’s good fun, and gives me an excuse to pick up some of the books I’ve been meaning to read for ages. My biggest disappointments were The Cursed Child and Confessions of a Shopaholic. I expected to love both of them for sure, but I… didn’t. Especially Cursed Child still bums me out.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima ★★★★
In the Skin Of A Monster by Kathryn Barker ★★
The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury ★★★★★
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson ★★★
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (reread!) ★★★★★
Thanks to the Pokémon Go readathon hosted by the wonderful Aentee (link above!), I managed to read a lot this month. I realize that five books is probably not a lot considering how many some people have read, but with August being the busiest month ever at work, I’m actually surprised I managed to complete over half of the challenge. I loved The Sin-Eater’s Daughter and The Demon King the most out of all the books (except ACOTAR of course), and I am way too excited to read more by both authors!
Aug 1: The Harry Potter Book Tag
Aug 11: The Pokémon Book Tag!
Aug 17: [Guest Post] On PTSD
Aug 20: What I Do to Calm Myself Down
Aug 21: [Guest Post] On Bipolar Disorder
Aug 24: [Guest Post] On Self-Harm
Aug 27: Go Easy On Yourself
Aug 29: Shattering Stigmas: Thank You
I’ve been… kind of meh, to be honest. I’m still taking driving lessons — just once a week, but they still exhaust me so much. I’m also feeling really blocked when it comes to the blog — I don’t know if it’s the aftermath of hosting such a big event or not, but I’m not feeling very inspired right now, and kind of looking forward to taking a month-long hiatus in October. I’ll be having surgery then — nothing major, but I thought that would be a good time to step back and take it easy for a few weeks. The end of October and November will be exciting times for the blog though, so I’ll be back then!
I also played this narrative game called Life Is Strange, which was so good and so beautiful and so impressive. It had a really good storyline, didn’t shy away from taboos, and ended up being incredibly emotional. There’s not much gameplay, but the focus is on the story and your decisions and actions decide the outcome. The first episode is free to play on Steam, so go try it out!
August has been an absolute whirlwind for me. At the beginning of the month, I had a week off work and spent three days in London visiting my sister. Although I ended up spending one day in bed with a migraine (the heat and I just don’t get on. I’m a winter-lover for sure), we ended up doing so much on the Saturday. I bought far too many books at Foyles (you can see all my crazy purchases on my Instagram!) and also went to ogle at the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child display at the theatre. I ended up paying for the most expensive Mr. Whippy ice cream ever sold (it’s 99p pretty much everywhere in the UK apart from London, where it’s £2.50. What even?) but it was so hot and smoldering in London that it did just the trick.
The rest of August was literally a whirlwind of work, work, work. I’ll spare you the details, but guys, I am so bone-tired. YAY FOR AUTUMN/WINTER!
What’s your best memory from August?