At this point I might as well already be saying Merry Christmas to you all because WHERE IS THIS YEAR GOING?!
It might be August but I’m still in May to be honest with you. And somehow semi in September because I’m sat here with my tea and it’s drizzling outside (so I’m just British really).
Nevertheless, the end of the month does mean it’s time for a recap, and as these are always my favourite posts to write…
What did I read this month?
August was actually a pretty good reading month for me, with 5 books in total!
It dragged to start because my first book was a slow one (always is with classics for me) but then towards the end of the month, my pace really picked up.
Plus!! I didn’t have any DNFs this time around.
& I didn’t spend more than 99p on any of these books. Pros of only reading ebooks :)).
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ★★★★☆
I really enjoyed this one! It was quite a slow read and definitely very character-driven, but I loved this when I was younger and I loved it this time too! For sure want to read the rest of the series at some point.
& I finally watched the film which was so good! Also not in a mean way because it’s super cute but doesn’t that cover look like it was made on Canva.
- How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters ★★★★☆
Another character-driven one & if I’m honest with you, I don’t remember much of what happened. (Apart from Remy constantly being horny but whatever ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
I did really love this one though, and it’s probably one I can see myself rereading in the future. Am excited to read Winter’s debut novel soon!
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone ★★★★☆
This book really isn’t talked about enough. So beautifully written, with such an important subject matter too. It wasn’t an easy one to read and I felt so angry and frustrated throughout (especially the court scene oh my goodness) and it’s one I’d really recommend. The only reason it wasn’t 5 stars was because I still had questions and I felt like it could have been a bit longer?
- Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali ★★★★☆
Apparently not all books with people on the cover are bad?? I really loved this one. Plus, it also covered some important topics such as racism and Islamophobia (which again, made me so so angry to read). Again, would 100% recommend!
- What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
First and foremost I loved that this one featured the book community and it was so fun to see a book blogger in a book!! I also really loved the concept and think it was executed really well. The only thing I didn’t love was that Halle was kind of annoying at times? Maybe it’s just me but I still really enjoyed the book so don’t let that put you off!!
Life and blog stuff:
Say hello to aliterarylatte.com
I finally made the jump to upgrading my site and I’m honestly so excited about it!
It doesn’t get old seeing that .com at the end and even though I’ve kept the same colour scheme and stuff (I feel like that blue/green is my trademark now??), I love the new site layout, pages and graphics! (& I’d love to know what you think too!)
Not many other exciting life things but other general things include:
- Seeing friends and family more now restrictions have been eased.
- Having a social media detox which was so refreshing! (you can read more about that here).
- The weather was so hot for about a week or so and it was so sticky and gross. So that did mean I had no energy for a week but what’s new ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- And that’s about it. Just prepping for back to school really?!
- Stop picking my nails ✓✓✓ Heck yes. I’m proud of myself I won’t lie.
- Write my personal statement for uni ✗ Let’s not talk about that one.
- Grow my Instagram to 1800 followers ✓ I actually took a break from it this month but I did reach this goal which is cool
(because I was worried everyone would unfollow me).
- Edit my EPQ ✓ I’ve only done one edit after the original first draft, but I have sent it over to my supervisor now. I might do a second round but I don’t have much time before I go back to school and it’s due pretty much straight away so we’ll see.
- Mentally prepare for back to school ✓ This definitely varies because sometimes I do look forward to going back and then other times I’m just nervous. So.
- Write my personal statement and finish EPQ I actually need to have both of these done by the end of the month. Otherwise… we won’t talk about it. I guess once I’m back to school and actually working in my free periods (if I have them, who knows what my timetable will look like now) I should get this done.
- Work on my anxiety (back-to-school) A personal goal but something I am a bit nervous about? But I’ve got this, I’m sure I’ll be fine.
- Keep posting on aliterarylatte.com Am I throwing in the website just because? Yes. I am. But September last year was when I went on a several-month long, unannounced hiatus and I don’t want that to happen again!! I’m not setting a post amount because my blog is my only social media where I really don’t worry about stats at all and I want to keep it that way by not causing unnecessary stress.
And that’s all of the updates for August! A pretty good month overall and I’m pretty happy with how it went – here’s hoping to the same for September!
The number of times I wrote a different month instead of August and had to go back and change it was ridiculous oh my.