The month of July

Is it bad that with July drawing to a close, I’m becoming more and more aware of just how close autumn is and, wait for it, Christmas. Okay, okay, I won’t be that person, but I am stupidly excited about the leaves changing and reaching for scarves and knitted jumpers. I love layering up and wearing cosy clothes. As happy as the sunlight makes me, as much as I love, love, love those scents of freshly mown grass and hot tarmac that’s been beaten down on all day long, crisp mornings and frosted edges are more my thing. I am a winter baby after all. I’m more comfortable in the cooler months, partly because wearing anything remotely exposing is a tad difficult with my body image issues, but just… Orange and yellow leaves, pumpkin picking, candles and fairylights and holding a hot chocolate takeaway cup in your hands, letting the heat bleed into your palms. It’s all good stuff and I am about it. Obviously July didn’t bring any of that (I am the Queen of tangents), but I guess whilst we’re talking about July moods… my autumn af-ness is shining through.

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Book Bites ft. Louise Pentland, Carlie Sorosiak & Jennifer Mathieu

Here we are again. More reading has been done and reviews written in — fairly  quick succession. I say that, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read at least two point five more books since finishing these three, so I’m probably, definitely still behind. But anyway. Fabulous books? Turns out I’ve been reading them. I loved all of these quite a bit and, quite coincidentally, they actually go from a three start review to a four, followed by a five. The best until last (even though, duh, I loved them all, I already said that). Again, unintentional, I promise. Read them all. They’re all pretty special in their own ways and I’ll get onto exactly why right… now!

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‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon

/5 stars

Published by Hodder & Stoughton!

Both Dimple and Rishi come from Indian families, but whilst Rishi is set on upholding the practicalities and traditions of arranged marriage, for Dimple holy matrimony could not be further down her list of priorities. With a place confirmed at Stanford University and her heart set on summer program, Insomnia Con, Dimple is ready to make her mark as a coder and meet her idol, Jenny Lindt. A marriage proposal, or even just love, isn’t on her radar. To be fair to Rishi, who’s focus is on the practicality of a union rather than the romantic side of things, love, it would seem, is not on his either. In fact, it’s the last thing both of them would expect.

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The month of May and June

As we talked about at the end of April, my blogging habits have slipped a touch. I had become pretty consistent with it, but the good old phrase of ‘shit happens’ kind of, well, happened and I didn’t feel much like writing on here across April, straight on into May, either. And then June was a complete blur and I was actually — surprise surprise — quite busy. So, hello. It’s me. I’m back. I’m here. I’m going to pull my socks up and bring you up to speed, and summarise some book stuff for both May and June, too, because why the hell not?

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