July came and went so quickly! I’m not sure if it’s because I had both my birthday and YALC to look forward in the middle and end of the month, but the month just flew by and now it’s August already. Time is moving way too quickly this year!
I won’t lie, the first half of July was fairly boring as I just worked and studied. oh, and I started packing for YALC at the beginning of July because I was excited but also because I wanted the books I was taking down with me out the way. As mentioned already, it was my birthday on the 19th July so I had the day off work for that as it was on a Friday this year. Any excuse for a day off work and I’m there. I went to Bletchley Park with my parents and then went for a meal with my parents, sister and boyfriend. It was quite a nice day, despite the fact it rained for the majority of the day. It was really interesting to go to see where the Codebreaking in WW2 took place, especially as one of my final year University essays for my History degree was based on Bletchley Park.
After my birthday, I then headed down to London for YALC on the Wednesday afternoon. I was staying with my friends Amy, Christine and Melissa and we decided earlier this year that we would go down a day earlier than usual so that we could go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour on the Thursday. This was my fifth visit to the tour but the first time seeing the new Gringotts expansion. It was such a fun day but it was also the second hottest day on record in the UK so I was very thankful for aircon in the tour. It was then YALC for the rest of the weekend and then I returned back home on Monday.
YALC was extra special for me this year as I met three members of the cast of Harry Potter. It’s been 10 years since I became a full-on Potterhead and so it’s really quite fitting that this is the year I finally got to meet some of the cast. I had my Philosopher’s Stone signed by both Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan) but I also met and shook hands with Jason Isaacs as Sammy got her book signed by him too. Just honestly, what a time to be alive.
So onto reading! July was an exceptionally good reading month for me, despite the fact I don’t really feel like I read much at all. I ended up reading a total of 8 books which is unexpected but also something I am very happy about. I know I won’t be reading as much as I did n July this month due to an upcoming exam but I already knew that would be the case anyway. I do have plans to read 4/5 books though, but we shall see. Like I said, I have an exam and that is my priority this month! I wonder if I can count my text book towards my Goodreads goal…
Monthly Reading Total: 8 || Total Books Read In 2019: 40/30
Reading Goals for Last Month:
- S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
- A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
What I Actually Read:
- S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett ★★
- Book Love by Debbie Tung ★★★★★
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ★★★.5
- The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ★★★.5
- Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia ★★★
- Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman ★★★★★
- Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco ★★★★
- A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven ★★★★
This month I almost read every single book on my TBR. I was so, so close but missed out by one book although I am 100 pages through it so I guess not all is completely lost. It’s annoying because my TBR for July actually wasn’t that big but I did end up reading a lot of shorter books instead because that’s just what I fancied. I’m also finding We Hunt the Flame to have quite a long start up which is why I didn’t complete it this month.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
I’m participating in N.E.W.T.’s this month which I have never done before. I didn’t actually complete my O.W.L.’s in July, however I have given myself the benefit of the doubt as 1.) I was only one book away from completing them 2.) Had started the book before the end of July and 3.) I was away for YALC for 5 days and so that was 5 days out of the month for me as I don’t usually read anything over the YALC weekend!
What was your favourite read of July? What books are on your TBR for August? Are you participating in the N.E.W.T.’s?