Friday 30 June 2017

June 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Thank god exams are over!

Favourite part?

To be fair, this month has been exam and coursework centric, so I haven’t been able to have much time for much else. Which is why I can’t wait for the summer to properly begin!

I did love the heat wave, however, as much as I complained, I loved being able to sunbathe, eat ice creams and play Frisbee outside with my friends.

Speaking of the heat, I can’t believe I managed my Silver D of E expedition in 30-degree weather. It was a struggle, but I did enjoy it (the bits when I wasn’t walking up a hill or walking at all). Exmoor is such a beautiful place, and I would love to go back and visit it properly some day.

Best read?

At the beginning of the month, I finished reading Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer (again). My favourite story retold through the eyes of one of my favourite characters (I will never deny my love for Mr. Darcy) will always help me when I’m stressed. If you’re looking for something original though, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book as it is mostly regurgitated Austen quotes, although I do love it anyway, probably for that precise reason.

I also reread The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my English course, as I thought that I should refamiliarise myself with it as I haven’t revised in months. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks feminism shouldn’t exist.

Currently, I’m reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It’s a shock gothic novel and I’m really enjoying it so far – I’ll update once I’ve finished it!

Favourite tunes?

Melodrama by Lorde is an incredible piece of art. She is a truly talented writer and musician. I am in awe of her.


Favourite watch?

A few weeks ago, my dad recommended watching Gran Torino (directed by and starring Clint Eastwood), so my family and I watched it together. Please watch it – it doesn’t necessarily end how you think it will and is a beautiful story about overcoming prejudice and the main character, Walt’s character arc and development is so lovely to watch.

TV wise, I have finished Downton Abbey (again) and am about half way through the third series of Sex and the City (Carrie so doesn’t deserve Aidan, he’s a gem who needs protecting). I’ve nearly caught up with Brooklyn-99 and am proud to say that I’ve got my family hooked. No one can resist Jake Peralta and the gang!


What did I learn?

Exmoor is hilly, man.

What’s happening next month?

I’m going to Berlin with my college next week, which I am so excited for! I can’t wait to go and explore a city and country that I’ve never been to before but looks so so interesting. I finish college in little over two weeks and then I’m free for the summer – which, of course, means more revision of the first year, coursework, research and continuing college, but you know: freedom. I’m also going to see the UK tour of The Addams Family with a few friends and I’m ridiculously excited – I love the actors in it and the music so much. I know it’s going to be great.

What’s been on my mind?

Exams and coursework. I feel like this is the same every month, but that's the reality of sixth form.

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I’ve really been loving Melanie Murphy’s videos recently. She’s so honest and open and I really love her relaxed tone. She’s really great to watch, particularly at times like now when I’m super stressed with A Levels.

Favourite post?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t posted as much as I have planned this month due to exams, coursework and all the extra work that comes with starting my second year at college but I’m doing my best! I might have to say 5 Underrated ABBA Songs as it basically just gave me an excuse to listen to ABBA for a whole evening instead of revising.

Biggest inspiration?

72% youth turnout at the election.

Any other favourites?

Dark chocolate. I’ve had so many cravings for it this month. It’s all that is good in this world. 

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