Monthly Round-Up for July
July has been a crazily-busy month, as the last month of the school year always is. I met my new class for September on Transition Day which was very exciting, but it is also hard to let go of my current class as, every year, I feel like I’ve gotten to know them really well they’re where I want them and we can do loads together…and then I have to give them to someone else!
I am in the process of moving classrooms, prepping my old classroom for a new teacher and moving the library…phew!
How has your July been?
Picture books: 15
Graphic novels: 0
Middle Grade: 9
Young adult: 9
Both the non-fiction books I read were aimed at children (Herstory and Welcome to Our World) and were fantastic – watch out for full reviews coming soon! I will be getting copies of both for our school library.
My favourite YA books of the month were Shadowblack and Sanctuary. I did enjoy Defy the Worlds but not as much as the first book in the trilogy, Defy the Stars.
For MG, my favourites were The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Light Jar, although I think the Murder Most Unladylike series is getting better with every book.
My favourite adult novels were Spinning Silver and The Light Between Us. I’m glad to have finally read The Lost Words from cover to cover, despite dipping into it numerous times before – this is definitely a book to be savoured and enjoyed over and over again.
I was spoilt for fantastic picture books this month by The Day War Came, If All the World Were and A Perfect Day were all excellent at evoking emotion, whilst The Night Dragon and Magpie’s Treasure had some of the most beautiful illustrations i have seen.
What were your favourite reads this month?
Sources of books
ARC: 11 (9 e-ARCs from Netgalley)
Multilingual flashcards/Language Learning: None (oh dear!) I have been listening to podcasts and music, as well as studying a little, but haven’t written any posts.
I also took part in:
July Achievements and Highlights
I haven’t done as well on the blogging front as I had hoped this month as I did not manage to post every day, but I do feel like I am posting quality content so I hope not to lose readers even if I miss a day here or there! I am also hoping to get ahead with scheduling a few posts which will take the pressure off me somewhat when life or work gets busy or I have a residential, reports, etc.
Attended the book launch for The Storm Keeper’s Island at Waterstones and met Becky Chambers at an event where she talked about the third book in the Wayfarer’s series, Record of a Spaceborn Few. This was the first time I had attended the #ScifiSessions at Gower Street Waterstones and I loved it, even if it was exceptionally hot!
Went home to Ireland for a few days for a good friend’s wedding and it was amazing to catch up with everyone!
Food/Drink: I have just discovered a cheddar cheese and chive dip which is incredible. I may or may not have eaten my weight in tortilla chips and dip since then…
Skincare: Loving the ANEW Sleeping Cream from Avon which is designed to make you look as if you have had 8 hours of sleep, even when you haven’t. I have also bought some of the 80p face masks from Primark because I have heard good things about them so will let you know next month.
TV/Film/Games/Music: Haven’t really been watching anything on TV – we have only managed a further two episodes of Stranger Things! We have been playing co-operative mode on Don’t Starve and Stardew Valley which has been great fun though. I am also completely addicted to Hogwarts Mystery, despite the flaws.
Also, listening to The Greatest Showman OST on repeat even though I haven’t yet seen the film…
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