I was so bad at posting this month it was ridiculous! But it was both mine and Claire’s birthday month and I had a lot else going on besides (as always??). After my mum went back home at the beginning of the month, the fella and I went down to London mid-month (and saw Claire again!! YAY!) but that whole trip was super busy (and I didn’t get to see Claire as much as I’d have liked to… Booo!). Here’s a quick peak at where we went.
Unfortunately I didn’t think to do a compilation video until the last day when we just quickly visited the Tate Modern so although it wasn’t my favourite part of the trip, it is the one with the most footage haha
:’D …aaaahahah oh dear… I read a lot though!
Books Read (let me know if you want a review of any of these!)
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson ★★★☆☆
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami ★★★☆☆
Du sang sur les mains (Miss Pas Touche, #2) by Hubert (writer) & Kerascoët (illustrators) ★★★★★
Shelter by Jung Yun ★★☆☆☆
Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra ★★★☆☆
Bloodchild by Octavia E Butler ★★★☆☆
Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie ★★★★☆
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo ★★☆☆☆
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett (writer) & Christian Robinson (illustrator) ★★★★☆
Le Prince charmant (Miss Pas Touche, #3) by Hubert (writer) & Kerascoët (illustrators) ★★★★★
Book of the Month:
Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre:
Seeing this play was something I’d planned from about March. The setting really added to the atmosphere and it was interesting how the costumes were a hodgepodge of eras. Crowns, medieval dresses and leather jackets co-existed naturally in this world which added a sort of dynamism as though the tale could take place in any time period. The casting was refreshingly diverse (I hadn’t expected that) and the acting was brilliant. I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you get the chance.
Architecture & Ideology:
It’s my boyfriend who is particularly interested in brutalist architecture, but when I set foot in the Barbican, I couldn’t not love it. The juxtaposition of the imposing, unapologetic manmade structure sitting comfortably with the ‘river’ and plants everywhere was intriguing. The faith of an era in this socialist utopian dream that still functions today and is the largest art centre of its kind in all of Europe was inspiring. I’d like to do more research into it.
August was my birthday month! And I have to say, my 27th Birthday was one of the best I’ve ever had 🙂 I spent the day in Cambridge exploring by myself and I absolutely loved the entire experience. It was such a treat to see a different city, get out of London for a bit and finally be able to compare that age old rivalry, Oxford vs. Cambridge (in my biased opinion, Ox rules, Cam drools).
I also went on a Sherlock hunt with a few friends, that was the best ever! It was so much fun to pretend to be detectives and run around Baker Street trying to figure out Who Did It, Why and With What! Unfortunately the week after I got massively, disgustingly sick with some serious asthma issues (yay, hospital) but I managed to get over it pretty OK. I’ve struggled with asthma ever since I was 5 and it’s weird, I expected it to get better with age like everyone told me it would but its only gotten worse with time. Does anyone else have an experience with this? It’s just so frustrating, being unable to do something as basic as breathe.
I also went to the HP Studios this past weekend, but I will dedicate a special post to it because it was so magical, really and truly! If you’re ever in the UK or near London, I’d highly recommend a visit. Stay tuned for that special post 🙂
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley ★★★★☆
The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall, #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★☆
The House at Seas End (Ruth Galloway, #3) by Elly Griffiths ★★★☆☆
A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, #4) by Elly Griffiths ★★★☆☆
Audiobook: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Skin by Ilka Tampke ★★★★☆
Audiobook: Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix
Book of the Month
While this book lagged in the middle in my opinion, I will say I love the world this is set in, the entire world-building, it’s just magical and amazing. I’d recommend this series to anyone interested in fantasy!
Suicide Squad ★★★☆☆
Has anyone else seen this? While interesting, it felt very meh. Soundtrack was bangin’ tho’.
Library Books Borrowed
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Perfume: A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom
Maestra by LS Hilton
The Children’s Book by AS Byatt
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
How was your August?
The Bitchin’ Book Club pick for September is….
Feel free to read along with us!