So June happened. I’ve been expecting this heat wave to finally break, but apart from a few overcast days that were uncomfortably muggy, my poor Welsh personage hasn’t had a chance to cool down. I’ve been demolishing as much ice cream as I can get my hands on which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’ve also remembered that the summer months mean pollen and pollen can only mean one thing: hay-fever. It’s no coincidence that I am a bookworm who prefers to bury myself under the covers, and while I thought it would be nice to take a book outside for a change, I have been reminded that I’m actually quite allergic to the outdoors. No lying in the grass to read for me.
It’s not all bad news though, I’ve managed to read some pretty good books this month!
I read 3 books this month, four if you count the second Belinda Blinked book because I am still powering my way through the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast. I’ve been a bit slower this month because I had quite a lot of work reading to do. I find it immensely annoying that I can’t add manuscripts to my Goodreads challenge.
- Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue
- Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I went to the lovely Daunt bookshop near Hampstead Heath a few weekends ago and could not resist picking up a book, and then another, and then another. It got to a point where I actually had way more than I could afford and I was begging my friend to help me choose. In the end I picked up Ordinary People by Diane Evans, Swan Song by Kelleigh Jephcott-Greenberg and a signed copy of Putney by Sofka Zinovieff. I also bought a copy of Jennifer Chang’s poetry collection Some Say The Lark this week.
I saw Fleetwood Mac, which was sort of surreal and doesn’t feel as if it actually happened. I think I might have fallen more in love with Stevie Nicks and her sparkly shawls and tambourine. I went to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring the brilliant Gwendoline Christie at the Bridge Theatre which was probably the best production of a play I’ve ever seen. I visited the beautiful, picturesque and heavenly Kew Gardens and took my first trip to Hampstead Heath. So I managed to pack quite a lot in this month!