Monthly Wrap-Up: June

I feel as though June has lasted 1 day and 1,000 days simultaneously but – just like that – we’re almost through another month. The (almost) start of one month means another wrap up post (you can read the rest: here, here, here, here and here).

I’ve really enjoyed this month. This month saw my work contract be extended until the end of October, I’ve been writing more pieces for The Indiependent and I’ve been enjoying more time with friends and family. I’m exploring potentially dating again – though I’m unsure where that’s at currently (I’ll be sure to update..if there are any updates 😂) – but I’m also extremely content with my self and my own company..which doesn’t happen often!

I haven’t watched that much this month, but I’ll still give you an insight into what I watched. Starting with TV shows, I finished the first season of New Girl. I’m several years late to the party but, aside from a couple of jokes that don’t sit as well as they may have done originally, I’m enjoying it (and of course I fancy Nick).

I also watched the most recent series of Glow Up. It’s a miracle that I get my makeup right half the time but I really enjoyed watching people create breathtaking looks and the contestants really did feel like my mates by the end of it.

I watched the second series of Feel Good on Netflix. I posted my full review here but I will say it’s a fantastic blend of comedy/romance and the soundtrack is great as well.

Lastly, I watched The Great British Sewing Bee. It’s not quite The Great British Bake Off but, whilst it’s lacking in delicious cakes, it’s still as wholesome and lovely (plus Joe Lycett is a brilliant host).

It’s been a bit of a rubbish month for movies, despite the fact that cinemas are back open, but I still managed to watch a few. First off, I watched Something Borrowed. It was ok but I was frustrated by the ending and definitely thought there could’ve been more of John Krasinski in it 😂.

Next up, I watched Fatherhood. I’m not Kevin Hart’s biggest fan but it was good to see a more sensitive side to his acting and I really appreciated the balance in this film between emotional and wholesome.

My next watch, Nobody, wasn’t as wholesome but was definitely an interesting watch. I tend to avoid movies like this but I really enjoyed the original idea in the end.

My final watch for this month was The Duff. I started this one a while back and didn’t get round to finishing it. It wasn’t the best rom-com I’ve ever seen but it was an interesting one and ideal for nursing an unfortunate hangover 😂.

I posted the (rather short) list of books I’m hoping to read next month yesterday but – before I crack on with those books – I might as well give you an insight into what I read in June.

I read a rather lacklustre total of 5 books this month, a mix of upcoming releases and already released books.

The first book I read was Reputation. I remember reaching out to/pestering the publishers for this one – as my sister wouldn’t stop going on about it – and I was made up to get my hands on it. I’ll be posting my full review of it in July but, for now, I’ll say it’s a ridiculously funny regency romp.

The second book I read this month was Songs in Ursa Major. I didn’t post a review of this one on the blog, because I didn’t really fancy writing one, but it was a good contemporary book filled with music, family and a dash of romance (a bit like Malibu Rising ).

The third book I read this month was Make Up Break Up. I had this one on my NetGalley TBR for what felt like a lifetime and – as you might be able to tell by the lack of a review – I was underwhelmed. It was ok, and I liked where it could have gone, but I think the main character just wouldn’t stop annoying me so I couldn’t get behind the romance as much as I wanted to.

The fourth book I read this month was The Couple. The Shelf by Helly Acton was a bit hit-and-miss for me but I really enjoyed this one. As a single person, who is constantly asked why I’m single or encouraged not to be, it was nice to see this idea flipped on its head. I’ll be sure to post my full thoughts on this one next month, as I’m more than happy to share a review for it.

The final book I read this month was Is This It? I read this after listening to this podcast and I think it’ll definitely be on my top reads for the year list. I haven’t read Tovey’s first book but I loved the humour and tone of this one and I found the relationships and characters so relatable, reminding me of Ghosts by Dolly Alderton.

I started a new series of music posts First Play Friday (you can read the latest posts here and here) as well as my Music Mondays posts.

As well as this, I’ve been listening to Back In Love City by The Vaccines, Home Video by Lucy Dacus and Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest.

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So that’s my monthly wrap-up for June. I’d love to chat about what you got up to this month!

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