July was massive.
And to be honest I’m glad to see the end of it. It wasn’t massive in a bad way. Just massive in the sense that I didn’t get a lot of sleep. This is mostly due to the 24in48 Readthon I took part in about halfway through the month. It was pretty crazy. And because I’m basically an old lady it’s taken me ages to recover from it. But I’ll be taking part in it again because it was fun.
Because of the readathon, I managed to read 18 books this month (admittedly four of them were only about 50 pages each, but meh). Can you even believe that? I can’t. I also hit my Goodreads reading target of 52 books for the year – this is the first time I’ve ever actually finished this challenge so go team me.
July also saw the creation of my first blog poll which was pretty fun for me. I asked you guys to vote on which book I should take away with me on my holiday. Currently it’s a tie between Church of Marvels, and When There’s Nowhere Else to Run. So if you happen to be reading this and haven’t voted yet, please feel free to do so here, because otherwise I either need to take both of these books or pick the winner out of a hat.
Speaking of my holiday planning, this happened:
I JUST GOT A TICKET TO SEE HAMLET AT THE BARBICAN STARRING MR CUMBERBATCH AND I MIGHT DIE OF EXCITEMENT BEFORE I SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!—
Heather Croxon (@heather_c3) July 15, 2015
That’s correct, you guys. When I’m in London I shall be seeing none other than Mr Benedict Cumberbatch himself, live on stage performing in ‘Hamlet’. As you can see from the twelve exclamation marks in my tweet, I’m excited for this. This will be happening on my very last night in London which also happens to be the last day of my holiday (not including the few days I have to sloth around when I get back home); I can’t think of a better way to end my trip.
I’ll be flying out of Sydney on August 16th for my two weeks overseas – one week spent in Paris and one in London. I’ll also be doing things other than seeing BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH LIVE ON STAGE. Things such as:
- Going to Shakespeare and Company – a book shop in Paris that will hopefully fulfill all my book shop dreams. You should check out their website here. I’ll be leaving plenty of room in my suitcase for book purchases.
- Going to the Louvre Museum – I saw the outside of the museum last time I was in Paris, but I was only in the city for a short time so I didn’t have enough time to actually go inside.
- Watching ‘Richard II’ at Shakespeare’s Globe – yes, more Shakespeare.
- Visiting the Platform 9¾ Shop at King’s Cross Station for
my Hogwarts school uniformsome ‘Harry Potter’ merchandise . Because why wouldn’t I do that?
I know everyone wants to live vicariously through me, so I’ll try and blog the special parts of my trip while I’m away, and maybe I’ll Instagram and Tweet too. So if you have those things let’s be friends there and you can have more access to my holiday than you ever wanted. But I’ll be on holidays so who knows how bothered I’ll be with that stuff.
Now, here’s what I’ll be reading this month:
As I’ll be away for basically the entire latter half of the month, I don’t expect to get much reading done. Along with my mystery holiday read, I hope to read Other People’s Trades by Primo Levi before I go away. I’ll also be brushing up on my Shakespeare and reading Hamlet and Richard II (while listening to audiobooks). And because I don’t think it will be the poll winner, I’m going to read Mr Holmes because it’s nice and short and I should be able to get it finished before I jet off.
Review wise I’ve got The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster coming up. It’s seriously one of my favourite books I’ve read this year (like I haven’t said that before) and I think it’ll be one that lots of people will be talking about. I was also lucky enough to be invited take part in a blog tour for this book, so keep an eye out later in the month for a special feature post on the author, Scott Wilbanks. There’ll be some other reviews too, but The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is the one to keep an eye out for.
Basically August is going to be the best month of my life.