Juy Favourites: A Monthly Roundup

5 August 2020


 Hello Readers & Friends,

We're officially closer to Christmas than not! I for one can't wait for Autumn to roll around - these London heat waves are quite enough. But anyway, this month was a very difficult month for mental-health wise. There were a couple of instances I couldn't even get myself out of bed. But I decided to make a full-blown plan for mental, spiritual and physical health which I'm now working on. Some tasks on it are little, like taking a walk every day, and some are massive, like unlearning learnt beliefs, which I'll probably need self-help books for, but I can't carry on this way. It's not fair to Steven or myself, so I am going to work my hardest to do everything I can to feel better. I'm back on my anxiety medication now as well, which I hope will help with my panic attacks which have been starting to resurface. I read a lot this month, whether it was to escape reality or not I don't know - but I read some brilliant books which I'm excited to share. 


July Book Roundup:

Ten books this month! Really happy about that, I don't know why this month seemed to go in slow motion and drag - probably due to my mental health - but I feel like I just had so much time to sit and read. I particularly enjoyed Queenie and the rest of the ACOTAR series - my new all-time favourite.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams *****
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass *****
Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan ****
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson ***
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass *****
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ***
The Guest List by Lucy Foley ****
Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson **
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge ****
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan ***

TV



Anne with an A - Netflix

Bronte recommended I try Anne with an E. It's not really my typical type of television show and I found Anne thoroughly annoying for the first two episodes, but she grows on you and once you get over her annoying, dramatic shpiels it's actually a really lovely and heartwarming show with a host of loveable characters, particularly the Cuthbert's who I have a soft spot for. I've enjoyed whittling the evenings away with this. 

Books



I could rant and rave about the ACOTAR trilogy for days - I was in such a terrible bookish hangover that I bought the special edition AND A t-shirt. I have a full review coming so I shan't bang on about it here, instead I'll talk about Queenie. Again, not something I would usually pick up to read (I don't generally opt for contemporaries) but it was incredible and I devoured it in a day. It follows Queenie, a young black woman in London navigating a bad break-up and racial micro-agressions. I just loved the characters, I found it to be so well written that I felt every heartbreak Queenie felt. It shines a light on important issues that we should all be discussing about racism in Britain today and I think that it's an important piece of modern literature for feminists and all women. A brilliant depiction of what I imagine it feels like to be a young black woman in Britain.

Misc.


Birthday

It was my birthday! I turned 28. Obviously because of lockdown we couldn't do anything big, but Steven managed to get us a reservation at a michelin star tapas restaurant where we stuffed our faces. It was delicious. And before getting my masked uber back home, we managed to pop into the Waterstones flagship which was just around the corner so I bought some new books. It was wonderful just to be in a bookshop again! The next day, for my actual birthday, we stayed in and made our own pizzas and watched Harry Potter, which to be honest is my perfect night in.



 How was your month?
Love, C x 

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