As you can tell from the title — and if you happen to be a regular reader of my here blog — (if so, hello, I love you and appreciate you), then you’ll know I missed out a month of my usual summary drawl. As months go, September wasn’t a bad one. In fact, it was relatively good. We moved offices at work to the gorgeous Milsom Street (not twenty metres from Waterstones, rejoice!), my mum had a lovely birthday induced with bubbles that made her all giggly. It was an alright kinda month. But then we lost my Nanny, somewhat suddenly and it cast a cloud over me and my family, and, like any loss, continues to because it doesn’t just miraculously get better and fix itself. It’s a gaping hole for us all and I know it’ll creep up on me as I go about life, living moments she won’t be able to live with me. She won’t be able to live the day I might get married or have kids quite like she did the days I talked excitedly about my plans for university and the day I called her on the landline to tell her I’d got a First Class Degree. And, to put it bluntly, that sucks. She had such a presence in our community that I’m still struggling to grasp not bumping into her in town, weeding the sides of the roads as she so often did. So that’s why I’ve not been around. But I’m here now and I’d like to update you as usual on September and October.
Things that made me proud/happy/feel some kind of positive way:
- I started September at Pilton Party on the Glastonbury Festival ground and saw Bastille for the first time live. They’re a band I’ve wanted to see live for forever and they did not disappoint. Their vocals are literally not of this world. Plus I wore lots of glitter, which made me feel ethereal af.
- Gym. I did the gym a lot. Not as much as I would have liked towards October time, but that is… understandable. On that line of thought, I wrote about my on going battle with my body image, which you can read here if you’d like.
- Lots of National Trust days to the likes of Barrington Court and Stourhead. Does this one always appear in my summaries? Having a National Trust membership is cool and you should definitely sign up immediately, now. Beautiful locations, fresh air. What more could you want?
- A lotta good music, including album releases from my childhood love Miley Cyrus and Niall Horan’s super chill solo debut.
- Victoria came back on ITV and left again and oh my heck, I love a historical drama and the BBC and ITV do it oh so well. I need more now, please, thank you.
- I’ve decided I’m making 2018 the year I re-read the books I loved, so naturally I bought a new complete collection of Harry Potter. As if I needed it… No need to question why this made it on the list, am I right?
- I got my hands on some stunning proofs, including Sara Barnard’s next YA and I am pumped!
- I also booked tickets for the Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library in February. It’s going to be, you guessed it, magical.
- Ended the month of October with Harry Styles and pumpkin carving. I think I want to write a full post on the gig, but I’ll leave you with the fact it was bloody lovely and I had a fab weekend in London with Beth, too. (You should check out her blog!)
And onto the bookish wrap-up…
- ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman
- ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ by Emily M. Danforth (review to come)
- ‘Tower of Dawn’ by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★
- ‘The Chaos of Longing’ by K. Y. Robinson ★★★★
- ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ by Leigh Bardugo ★★★
- ‘The Memory Book’ by Lara Avery ★★★★
- ‘It Only Happens in the Movies’ by Holly Bourne ★★★★
- ‘The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting’ by Holly Bourne ★★★★
- ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ by John Green ★★★★
- ‘Goodbye, Perfect’ by Sara Barnard (Thanks to MyKindaBook!)
- ‘It Only Happens in the Movies’ by Holly Bourne
- ‘Out of the Blue’ by Sophie Cameron (Thanks to MyKindaBook!)
- ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ by John Green
- ‘The Sun & Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur
- ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman
- ‘Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition’ by J. K. Rowling & Jim Kay
- ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera