It’s Sunday July 31st here in Australia, which means that tomorrow is AUGUST. I don’t know about you, but I swear I was only just sitting around unwrapping Christmas presents a few weeks ago and now it’s only about 145 days or something (depending on where you are in the world) until I’ll be sitting around unwrapping Christmas presents. Ugh, but yay.
I had a pretty nice July as far as Julys go. Since I don’t have the internet at home yet (which is a whole other disastrous and possibly expensive story) I took this study period off so I had no uni assessments and it was the best. I got my marks back from my last two units and got High Distinctions for both. I want to take some time to brag about this because I was stupidly busy at work last study period + moving house + generally stressing about everything when I did these two classes (and two classes is basically the equivalent of full-time study), and I still managed to do really well – I’m pretty proud of that. So I’ve been taking it easy this month and it’s been the best. Some reading things from July:
- I read another 186 pages of War and Peace (which I’ve been reading since January) and it was a good time. I still ♥ Pierre forever.
- I subscribed to my very first literary magazine, Slightly Foxed, and it was really the most delightful thing I’ve read. There was an excellent article in there about Gulliver’s Travels that has me really excited to read the book – which I’ve never read; but I know the story so well (or do I? according to the Slightly Foxed article) that I feel like I’ve read it. And look how lovely Slightly Foxed looks with my new fox cardigan I picked up.
- Also, the longlist for the Man Book Prize was announced a few days ago and the frontrunner for My Favourite Book of 2016, The North Water by Ian McGuire, was named with a bunch of books I haven’t heard of (you can see the list here). To get a bit braggy again, I predicted in my review of The North Water all the way back in January, that it’d pop up on a few awards lists and I WAS RIGHT. Seriously, you need to read this book (but not if you have a weak stomach).
The 24 in 48 Readathon (which I wrote about here) also happened this month, and I took 18 hours to read Justin Cronin’s The Passage (draggier than I remembered) and half of its sequel, The Twelve (I keep saying this was better than I remembered, but after reading my completely gushing review of it I’ve realised that my memory just ain’t what it used to be). I proceeded to finish The Twelve and I’m now reading the final book in the series, The City of Mirrors, that I got for my birthday last month and which is currently doing all kinds of things to me.
August is going to be another quiet month which is good. I’ve got The City of Mirrors to finish (even though I kind of don’t want it all to be over), then I’ll be reading Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett, maybe some more War and Peace, and a NetGalley ARC called The Gentleman by Forrest Leo, which is about a guy who does a deal with the devil. The devil is probably my favourite bad guy ever (especially this tv version of him), so I’m really excited to read this.