Wednesday 30 August 2017

August 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

August has been Game of Thrones month. There’s no other way to describe. There are dragons and direwolves everywhere!

Favourite part?

When I initially thought about it, this month has seemed quite uneventful, although in reality, I have actually done quite a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time at home getting my mountain of college work done and I’m proud to say I finished both my History and English coursework. Proud or what?

Aside from that, I’ve spent a lot of time with family. We visited Beaulieu in the New Forest and Stone Henge and nearer the end of the month, we spent some time in Cornwall, relaxing and drinking wine. Pretty good, if you ask me.

One evening, me and two friends saw Mamma Mia! in an outdoor cinema outside our local shopping centre. It was raining, very heavily, but the waterproof I brought with me made sure I wasn't completely soaked through. It was silent, as we had headphones, so we must have looked like complete weirdos singing along to nothing, but it was so much fun. I will never forget dancing and singing along to Waterloo in the rain with good friends and strangers alike.

Best read?

This month I reviewed The Metropolis of Glass by Chloe Lee on this here blog as it was sent to me by the lovely people at Troubador Publishing. You can read it here, although I have to say it did feel quite average. I have also read Doing It! by Hannah Witton, one of my longtime favourite YouTubers. It’s a great information guide which I think should definitely be compulsory in schools across the country. I have also been reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and love it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, though I’ll have to do it slowly alongside my A2 year.

Favourite tunes?

The Anastasia soundtrack has been on repeat all month. I love it. I basically know it all off by heart. Dmitri is my love.

Favourite watch?

This month I watched the three series of Broadchurch and oh my god it’s so good. I would recommend it to anyone. So so good!

As I said before, August has been Game of Thrones month. My mum has been watching the series for the past year or so now and I’ve dipped in here and there with brief catch ups, though this month I watched The Story So Far programme and series 7 along with catching up through clips, rewinds and character stories on YouTube so that I’ve basically know everything. I’ve watched so many videos analyzing the symbolism of the different houses and lots of theories for so many different plotlines. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed.

I suppose I should have put Mamma Mia! in this section. Never mind...

What did I learn?

Redrafting coursework is hard! You can’t force yourself to do work when you’re not in the right mindset (although sometimes you have to). Doing a little bit of exercise here and there isn’t too difficult at all.

What’s happening next month?

I go back to college part way through the month and the weekend after I go to Newcastle and York for open days at the unis there, which I’m really looking forward to. Apart from that, there’s nothing except A levels to keep my mind busy.

What’s been on my mind?

The state of America (as in the crappy state, not a State). I cried for hours about the events of Charlottesville which made an even deeper impact as I was doing my History coursework at the time, which is all about African American civil rights. I want to help so much but I feel helpless. I feel proud of everyone who’s fought back and hope that fascists won’t win. They didn’t before, so why should they now? Those who have marched against fascism have already had some success, but we can’t stop fighting.

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I’ve been loving watching Jean Menzies aka BookishThoughts. No matter the subject of her videos, I always find them so interesting. I would particularly recommend her videos if you want a great BookTuber or some good advice for university and studying/productivity in general.

Favourite post?

I’ve written a lot and planned a lot this month, so I’m super proud of myself for that. Out of the posts published this month, however, I think I’d have to say that Why We Need to Stop Making Women-Only Reboots was my favourite. It’s something I feel so strongly about and it had a great reception. I started writing (and planning) a lot more study posts this month and I actually love it. This is the start of a new topic on Another Ranting Reader.

Biggest inspiration?

Deadlines for the beginning of September and panic at the thought of not getting into uni next year. That’s always the driver, right?

Any other favourites?

Cooking. It’s quite a random one but I’ve been cooking loads for my family lately and I love it. I’ve made several lasagnas, curries and have mastered a lunch of fried mushrooms on toast with soy sauce and peppers!

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