Monday, 1 July 2019

June Wrap-Up!


Summer has begun!!!!! Well, for me at least, I know that some schoolkids are still trapped (Sorry, but I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban!!!!).
I can now read whenever I want (except when I have to work - annoying) without having to worry about revising or any exam related stuff.
As a result of this, I have read so much in June!!! I read a total of 9 books (nearly 10) which is amazing!! I ended up reaching my Goodreads challenge and enjoying some really great books! I have also made the most of the sun when it finally came (it is confirmed that I am no longer a vampire) and participated in way too much socialising (who even am I?).

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Books read:


 Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi
4 stars (both)

These books really informed me on some important topics and enlightened me on how suppressed Iran was in the past. I really like Satrapi's style of telling the story and overall I believe that they were very important books for me to read.





Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
4 stars

As a lover of the musical, of course I was constantly comparing the different forms of telling the story, and although I do prefer the musical, I still really enjoyed the book. I like how the book had more freedom to explore the deeper reasoning within the storyline, as well as effectively expressing the protagonist's emotional turmoil.




We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
5 stars

I managed to convince my boyfriend to read this book (his review to come) and so couldn't resist rereading it myself so I could discuss properly.
I love this book and it always amazes me how something so intricate and clever can fit into so few pages! This is the type of book which your experience of reading it will change each time. The first time round is a pleasant surprise, but I think that rereading it is an even better experience which is unusual. My edition of this book is full of sticky notes!



Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus
4 stars

I have made many visits to the library recently and read the author's other book last month, so when I spied this on the shelf I decided to pick it up and see what it was like.
I really enjoyed this book, I believe that the plot is better than her other book (One Of Us Is Lying). The plot was clever and a slow reveal which built up the tension and mystery. It is safe t say that I did not guess the ending of this one!




All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
2 stars

This book was a disappointment. I love Carrie and I was looking forward to reading her books, but I just couldn't get on with this one. The plot felt too predictable and jumpy and it felt like the second half of the book was completely different to the first half. I just ended up mocking everything I was reading as it felt too far-fetched. I might try her other books in the future but I'm sad to say that I didn't really enjoy this one.




The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4 stars

This book was a really enjoyable read. As it's a middle-grade book, the writing was consistently light and didn't get too intense. I finished the book feeling content and happy.
It is exactly the type of book I would have loved to read when I was younger. I now plan on reading some of his other books.




A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
5 stars

Apparently I'm in a big YA murder mystery kick at the moment. Not sure if I should be concerned?
This book was really well written. The story was presented as a student's EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). I just completed my own EPQ which made the story even more interesting to read about. The plot was clever and every time you think you are close to solving the mystery it goes off in a new direction.
This is the author's debut novel so I am really looking forward to seeing what direction her writing goes.


Teen Angst? Naaah... by Ned Vizzini
2 stars

I tried this book firstly because I like Vizzini's writing style from his other books (one is also a musical!). Secondly, I was interested to see if it would be any good for my sister. She doesn't like reading but this book is short and simple and she's going through all the joys of a teenager. I decided that I probably won't ask her to read it though.
I just didn't really get on with this book. The stories felt jumbled and that their message wasn't very clear. The book just felt a bit too scattered and random.


Favourite stuffs:
(Basically the section of the wrap-up where I tell you my latest musical obsession)

Six the musical

When I first listened to this musical a few months ago I was not a massive fan of it. It is quite a lot of pop music which I do not tend to listen to.
Recently, my mum listened to it and enjoyed it (we have very different music taste) and started playing it around the house. Since then, the songs have been constantly stuck in my head. 
It is still not my favourite musical but I do like it a decent amount now.


Stuff bought/gained:

Books:
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (I needed a non-annotated copy for Aaron to read)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I now have 11 copies of The Book Thief and each one is stunning. No regrets.



Things done:

Finished college!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have finally finished all my exams and I am free!! Now just to wait until results day...
My future plan is to stay at the college for another 2 years and to complete a HND in Graphic Design.

Weekend away

Once I finished college, I went away with Aaron for the weekend to a small village in Devon which is my favourite place in the world. It was really special to get to show Aaron all my favourite spots and to make some nice memories.

Night out

I'm including this for my own entertainment. Basically, I was invited to celebrate my friend's 18th birthday. We went for a meal and drinks afterwards. I didn't drink any alcohol and I didn't go to the club afterwards so does it really count as a night out? 
I didn't really know anyone other than my friend and I was nice enough to provide my taxi service to everyone. I count it as an achievement as I was pretty scared about the whole evening and ended up enjoying myself.


Enjoying summer



Now that I am free and the sun has finally come out, I am trying to enjoy my summer as much as I can. Plenty of picnics and days out. 
I want to spend as much time with my friends as I can this summer as everyone is going off in different directions and no one knows the future, though I am pretty sure that it won't be the last I see of them.

Work

I have been working an awful lot recently.
I am a part-time waitress. Some of the shifts are absolutely exhausting and the hours are quite late but I love the people I work with and we have some fun so I don't mind so much.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I haven't posted much in June although I said I was going to, but I have a lot of half-written posts so I am going to crack down and get them completed today so hopefully I'll upload them soon!

Also, let me know of any ideas of things I should do over the summer!

Kaitlin

8 comments:

  1. https://media.giphy.com/media/wUrc9zZpRhRrW/giphy.gif

    We are freee!!! Devon was really special, thank you for showing me. :)
    I reckon it does count as a night out, you were out and it was night.
    I am starting to feel like I am finding you way too many Book Thiefs.
    I look forward to the rest of Summer!

    Aaron

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's okay. Thank you for coming. Hope you've recovered from the long cliff walks!
      Perfect!
      Yes, you are a bad influence haha.
      Me too!!!

      Delete
  2. If you want to read more Neil Gaiman then I highly recommend 'Good Omens' if you have not already read it :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats on finishing college!! We Were Liars is on my TBR and I'm so excited to get to it. Also, all the covers of The Book Thief are beautiful. This is my first time seeing so many side by side so thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!
      It is so good! Read it soon.
      They are. I can not pick a favourite

      Delete
  4. Summer has officially begun! Yay, we have loads of time to read!!!
    xx

    ReplyDelete