Why are the months flying by so fast?! Slow down, Father Time! FFS!
So, July. Things at the other half’s job went from worse to much-much worse and he handed in his notice at the start of the month. If all goes well he will be signing a contract with another company this week and hopefully we can put all this horrendous stress behind us.
We took Millie for walks in the woods. See pictures below. This is a mere ten minutes by car from where we live and it’s just lovely and quiet.
Our walking efforts were promptly rewarded by discovering Millie had a tick behind her ear. Because why would it be in an easily accessible place, right? Now, in the almost sixteen years that we were lucky to have Yoshi, she never NEVER had a tick. So, needless to say there was quite a bit of headless-chicken-running around the living room stuff going on as we tried to read up on how best to tackle this horrid little creature. In the end, it went quite easily and Millie didn’t move a muscle until it was over. But still. Shudder.
She had a pampering session with the doggie groomer and got a bowtie for being a good girl. But mostly it was just warm (hello, 42C, WTF!) and there was a lot of lazying around. (Not taken during the highest temperatures so don’t come at me.)
The heat stopped me from reading for a few days. It was hard to concentrate on anything. I love the heat but this was something else entirely. We once had a 45C in the SUN in Italy (and even I thought that was a bit out there at the time) but this was 42C in the shade! I didn’t even want to know what the temperature in the sunshine was but I wouldn’t at all have been surprised if a camel had wandered by.
Anyway, I did feel I read up a storm during the rest of the month. But I might have been wrong, judging by the line-up below.
| WHAT I READ IN JULY |
Honestly feel like I read more than this. Still, eleven is better than nothing, is suppose. I’m also at 15 books read for my 20 Books of Summer Challenge so it looks like I might finally nail that with some time to spare, for a change!
| BOOK OF THE MONTH |
Really, was it ever going to be anything else? 😳
| WHAT I BOUGHT IN JUNE |
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m genuinely making an effort to buy less books. Someone is happy but thinks there is still room for improvement. Let’s be clear : that someone is NOT me. 🙄
| RECEIVED FOR REVIEW |
Thank goodness for publishers and the black hole that is Netgalley, which I’ve been using a lot more again due to the aforementioned buying-less-books effort.
| WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING |
Still continuing my re-watch of Criminal Minds and am currently in season 10. It’s going a bit slower these days because of books and also because this seasons seems somewhat weak. Also, really don’t like Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The other half and I finally started watching The Boys and it’s brilliant! Bit gory sometimes but also really funny AND it has Karl Urban. What more could you want? Really enjoying it.
| ON THE BLOG IN JULY |
Review : Jenny Blackhurst – The Girl Who Left
Review : Lesley Kara – The Apartment Upstairs
Review : David Jackson – No Secrets
Review : Holly Seddon – The Woman On The Bridge
Review : Victoria Selman – Truly Darkly Deeply
Review : Karin Slaughter – Girl, Forgotten
Review : Sarah Gailey – Just Like Home
Review : Mike Gayle – The Museum of Ordinary People
Review : Fiona Cummins – Into The Dark
Review : Imran Mahmood – I Know What I Saw
Review : M.W. Craven – The Botanist
Extract : Jack Jewers – The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys
This is what happens when I join the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. I can’t even remember the last time I posted so many reviews in one month. It’s been fun. And also slightly exhausting 😅.
| COMING UP IN AUGUST |
July 22 : Blog tour | Review | Seventeen by John Brownlow
July 30 : Blog tour | Review + extract | The Last Girl To Die by Helen Fields
I should also have reviews for The Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier, The Wrong Woman by J.P. Pomare, and Stay Awake by Megan Goldin. Plus one more to complete my 20 Books Challenge but I’m not entirely sure what that will be just yet.
Hope everyone had a great month and I hope August treats you all just as well. Stay safe and keep reading! xx