Monday, 1 August 2016

Monthly Wrap Up: July '16

Another month gone?! Aren’t we getting through this year a bit quick? Let's all just agree to calm down, okay?

This month’s monthly wrap up comes in a slightly different form, I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to let me know what you think!

Top 3 Books

In July, I managed to read 6 books in total, but these 3 were the ones that stuck out for me:

  1. Girl Up - Laura Bates

I won this through Maximum Pop! Books and was so pleased to finally get my hands on it! It is full of brilliant illustrations and sound advice, and I really need to give it to my little sister because it’s just a comprehensive guide to feminism that all young people need to read, and it’s also got a load of support websites and helplines which I imagine are incredibly useful.

  1. In A Dark Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

When I finished this book I was slightly disappointed, partly because I had raised my expectations due to hype and partly because I was just expecting something else. Looking back however, it was a really enjoyable read because I couldn’t stop listening to it and the narrator, Imogen Church, was fantastic. I love it when audiobook narrators give characters distinct voices, which is something she did really well.

  1. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

Although I didn’t give this book an overwhelmingly positive review, I can’t deny how much it has stuck with me and made me think about it and just been a part of my life in the last month. It has made me think more critically about a book than I think ever before, and just the pure achievement of having finished the mammoth 33 hour audiobook is surely worthy of note.

Book Haul
  • The Moving Finger - Agatha Christie

This month I went to Paris and of course went to the beloved Shakespeare & Co. bookshop opposite Notre Dame. Despite the fact I wanted to buy the whole shop, I walked out empty handed until we went next door into the cafĂ© and I spotted this as a secondhand book. I am a massive fan of Agatha Christie, and I love Miss Marple, I think she’s fab. I’ve never heard of this story before though, so I’m really intrigued and can’t wait to get started.

  • Miss Marple’s 6 Final Cases - Agatha Christie
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead - Agatha Christie

On my second visit to Shakespeare & Co. I spotted both of these Christies and immediately snapped them up. The Miss Marple one is a really lovely hardback and I’ve never heard of this particular Poirot mystery so very pleased with them both!

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

I’ll be honest: I don’t really know much about Maya Angelou, and if I hadn’t seen this beautiful secondhand copy, I’m not sure I’d have picked it up anytime soon. It’s one of those books that’s always been on my radar but I’ve never had a burning desire to read. Now that I have it though I think I’ll read it soon, because I have heard so many good things about Maya Angelou and her writing.

Personal Update

Lots of things happened this month!

  • I finished my Year Abroad and moved back from Germany, and although it was a little sad it was also a great relief - I’m finally back with all my friends and get to spend my time reading and travelling and seeing people; it’s great.
  • I had the best 21st party ever where 40 people turned up and loads of food and drink was consumed and there were a lot of avocadoes!
  • I went to Paris! It quickly shot up on my list of favourite cities in the world and within a few days I was able to safely say that I wanted to live there. It is such a beautiful city with so many things to do and see and I just can’t imagine myself getting bored living there.

3 Popular Blog Posts

  1. Monthly TBRs - Do you create a TBR pile specifically for each month? Do you have a TBR jar and just let fate decide? I would like to know!
  2. Ten Facts About Me - have you read about that time I went to stay with elephants?
  3. 4 Ways Bookstagram Has Changed My Reading Habits - It’s only been 5 months and already I have read more YA than in my entire lifetime. Do I regret it? No, don’t be silly.

5 Posts I Loved

  • Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks wrote about not apologising for negative reviews
  • Cait @ Paper Fury listed 10 Bookworm Confessions which I’m sure we can all relate to
  • Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook wrote about the term “success” in the blogging world and also showed some really interesting results to some questions she asked bloggers
  • Sierra @ Yearning to Read wrote a fantastic review of The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, a book I loved!
  • Bethany @ Curly and Wordy is someone I’ve only discovered recently but who I absolutely adore. Her posts are so funny and relatable and brilliantly put together, with such original content that boggles the mind. The post I’ve linked to is a tour of her body which is so much of a brave post it deserved a special mention.

So long July and hello August, here's to my birthday, Brighton Pride, and a month in India!
If you have also done a July Wrap Up please link it below so that I can check it out!
Love to you all,
Zoe