July Wrap-Up | New Wrap-Up Style and Mini-Hiatus Announcement

Hey everyone!!

I hope you all had an amazing July and all had something good happen. Today I have my wrap-up but I am going to set it out differently as I have gone off my previous style– it felt like a lot of information so let me know what you think of this style in the comments and what is your favourite thing to see in a wrap-up!!

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Total Pages Read: 1,747

Favourite Read of the Month:Β The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Favourite Quote: “How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was completely different to my usual reads but I am glad I tried something different. The writing was really amazing for a debut author and I enjoyed the mystery aspects. I thought this idea was really unique and well executed. If you like murder mysteries and creative plots I would recommend this.

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Descendant of The Crane by Joan He/⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was a really good Chinese inspired fantasy which focused on political intrigue. The different plot lines all linked together well it in the end and I thought Queen Hesina was a great main character as she handled the role of newly appointed Queen. The second half of the book was stronger than the first but I enjoyed the whole journey we went on with these characters. I do wish I was more strongly connected to the characters but I do recommend it to fantasy lovers especially as the world is amazing.

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Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston/⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was a really fun contemporary that made me smile whilst reading it and talks about some important topics as well. This was a positive, uplifting story which wasn’t afraid to touch in the emotional side as well. I did enjoy reading this book but again I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I wanted to.

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Unboxed by Non Pratt/⭐⭐⭐.5

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A short story talking about how grief can effect you and reflects on old school friends. I like the way the story was told focusing on one night where the friends all meant up to open a box from the past. It was fun to see the characters reflect on the past whilst also looking to the present and future. It was a sweet, emotional read. One part I really loved in the book was how it talked about coming out to people who knew you before had ‘come out’ to everyone.

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I loved this book and I would recommend it to so many people especially teenagers as it talks about such an important topic whilst also being fun and engaging. Feminism is talked about a lot now (which is great) but I don’t think slut-shaming is talked about enough and this really brings light to the topic. But it doesn’t stop there (oh no) this book talked about so many important topics such as money, race, sexuality and I really like how it talked about privilege. I seriously recommend this book– it had a unique narrator voice but I found it super engaging and loved the humour but it might not be for everyone.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman- BBC dramatisation/🎧/⭐⭐.5

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This was a full cast dramatisation of the novel and I really enjoyed experiencing the background noises, cast and everything as I hadn’t seen that before. But I was slightly disappointed with the story and I actually preferred the movie *readers all put their book down and gasp* I didn’t get to engage with writing as it was a dramatisation so I could have felt differently if I read it but I preferred the ending and characters in the movie so I was slightly disappointed unfortunately.

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Favourite Thing Watched:Β Stranger Things 3

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I really enjoyed watching season 3 and I felt like this one had a great 80’s vibe and the soundtrack was AH-MAZING. I definitely love many of the characters and think it is really engaging to watch but that ending *ouch*

 

 

Image result for spider man far from home posterSpider-man: Far From Home

I love all the characters in this— Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is the best in my opinion and I loved Jacob and Zendaya and Jake. But this wasn’t my favourite to watch as I didn’t love the villain probably as I prefer less fantastical fighting if you know what I mean (yes I know it is all fantasy but this was more so) but I still enjoyed it a lot just not as much as I wanted. But Peter and Aunt May’s relationship is amazing— all the relationships are amazing actually.

 

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I finally watched this after everybody loved it so much and I did like it. It definitely isn’t my usual type of show as I don’t watch thrillers that much but I did like it. It was dark and definitely talks about bad characters but it is interesting and well filmed.

 

 

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I feel like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D lost it for a bit but I think this latest season has been much better so I am glad it has improved and I have been enjoying watching it lately. I really like the characters and the plot has been much stronger this season.

 

 

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What I’ve been doing:Β *not following my schedule but I put up some posts nonetheless*

The Latest News:

MINI-HIATUS ANNOUNCEMENT!! In August (yes I know we are already in August but you know) I will not be posting on my blog as I just want to prioritise other things and I’m not in the mood to write (hence the botched schedule this past month) and I don’t want to force myself. Plus I’ve been getting headaches all last week so think a break will be good. I will be absent on here and across social media (I might still post on Instagram though) in the pursuit of productiveness else where (but I might still try to reply to the comments of this post but I do apologise if I am late). I will see you all soon and happy blogging!!

Also this past month I got nominated for the friendliest blogger in Book Blogger Awards 2019 which AHH.. I am still speechless about and cannot thank everyone enough– it means so much and I cant’t believe it. Just know I am very thankful for the lovely nominations and if you decided to vote for me. I am very honoured to be included. Also I am so sorry I didn’t get to write by own nominations post but as I said I haven’t been motivated to write so I didn’t get around to it but I do plan on doing a ‘bloggers love and appreciation’ post where I can put 100% into it. Thank you again!!

Blog Posts I’ve Loved:

Emma @ AFCTL shared a post aboutΒ how stories influence our decisionsΒ and I thought it was really interesting and not something you see talked about that much so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Aditi @ One In A Million shared a post about diversity in YA books which is a really important topic and it is definitely worth a read.

Cait @ Paper Fury shared a post on how to stay motivated whilst writing and I certainly needed this.

Emme @ A Literacy Latte wrote about guilt within the book community and it was a great discussion which I could definitely relate to.

Kat @ Novels And Waffles began her series ‘The Bibliosmile Project‘ talking about the positive impacts of books and spreading lots of smiles which sounds amazing and I loved reading her first post. Be sure to read it and follow her blog so you can keep up with this series.

Alex @ Scribbles & Stories talked about differentΒ romance tropesΒ in books which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I adored the way it was set out.

Kelly @ Another Book In The Wall talked about how to use Trello to organise your blog and I had recently got Trello so it was useful to see how I could use it best.

Kathy @ Pages Below The Vaulted Sky wrote about broken, awkward, incompetent heroes which I loved and the post had plenty of recommendations for me to try out as well.

Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters shared a post about why you should read Aristotle and Dante and IT WAS PERFECT. It expressed why I loved it so much and was perfectly written.

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea shared a post about why you should never compare your blogging statistics with others and it was so true and I think everyone should read this!

Olivia @ Purely Olivia shared a post talking about hyped books and it was a great discussion which covered so many thoughts and I enjoyed reading it. Plus I could relate to feeling the pressure of hyped books.

Shri @ Sun and Chai shared another brilliant discussion about siblings in books and how they are written including the lack of sibling representation. It was a really interesting read and so true– I loved it and I think you should all go and read it.

May @ Forever and Everly shared 4 things that you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger and I thought it was a great post which was definitely comforting to read.

Mahana @ Sapphic Library wrote a review for How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters and you know when you read a review and are just like ‘I need to read this book now’.. well this is what happened when I read this review. It was a great review and this book sounds super interesting so check it out to find out more.

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books shared a post about different discussion topics you can write about on your blog which is really helpful as it can be hard to come up with new discussion topics and there are so many great ideas here.

 

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Favourite song of the month: West Texas by Greyson Chance (all of the portraits album really)

Plot twist of the month:Β I have been really in the mood for contemporaries (what?!?!)

Cutest thing my dog did this month:Β My dog (Layla) doesn’t like water and we were out walking her where there was this pond which had green algae on meaning she didn’t realise it was water (do you see where this is going?!?) so she walked into the water and immediately tried to get out because she hates it.

Funniest thing of the month:Β I was in the supermarket for the weekly shop and at the corner of the aisle they have the buffers to stop people walking in the corners etc. and I walked into one and tripped over it basically but I didn’t fall, I pulled it off in a bit of a stumble walk.Β  But then I heard a couple say ‘did you see that girl trip?’ and… I was ‘that girl’. (I am pretty sure you are suppose to talk about me behind my back but hey)

I am the girl and the cat is life ⇓⇓⇓

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Stupidest thing I did this month:Β I didn’t wear sun-cream and this is what my arms looked like ⇓⇓ (remember the sun-cream folks)

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Writing update of the month:Β *nervous laughter*

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How was July for you? What has been your favourite reads of the month? Have you got a favourite quote from any books?

Have you watched Stranger Things this month? If so, who is your favourite character?

What are your goals for August?

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57 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up | New Wrap-Up Style and Mini-Hiatus Announcement

  1. Thank you for including my review and I’m glad it made you more excited to read How to be Remy Cameron! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° I haven’t watched Stranger Things S3 yet but I’ve heard amazing things about the new lesbian character (and I’m probably going to finally watch it when the hype is officially dead hahahahah). I’m glad you highly enjoyed all of the books you read last month and hope the same for August! πŸ’œπŸ’•πŸ’–

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    1. Of course I hadn’t heard that much about How To Be Remy Cameron so I am so glad I cam across your review and I can’t wait to read it myself. It was a wonderful review!! πŸ’›
      Aw.. I hope you get to watch Stranger Things soon as I thought the new series was great and I know which character you are on about and she is amazing, I can’t wait to see more from her!! Yes I can understand waiting until the hype is dead haha!!
      Thank you, I had a great reading month again! πŸ’› I hope you had a great August too!!

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  2. I loveee Stranger Things!! This season was really good! I love the new friendship between Max and Eleven. Also love Steve and Dustin!!
    I also watch Agents of Shield and I agree that this season really brought it back!! Flitz-Simmons are the best!!
    I hope you have a great month and you achieve everything you want to in your hiatus!

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    1. Yes strangers things is amazing!! I thought this series had a great 80’s vibe as well. The friendship between Max and Eleven was fantastic, definitely one of my favourite bits. Steve and Dustin are amazing too– they are so close and their friendship feel so real. Ah… it is great!!
      Yes I am so glad this season was stronger, it reminded me why I loved it. Yes Fitz-Simmons are amazing and I love Deke with them as well!!
      Thank you so much!! I hope you had a great August (I can’t actually believe it is September already)!! πŸ’›

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  3. YES FAR FROM HOME!! I watched it a couple days after it came out and I was hyped for a week afterwards.

    Ughhhghhthghh finally my ship came together! And I love Mysterio because he literally started to become a father figure to Peter and tricked him into giving him EDITH and it was AMAZINGLY EVIL. I could go on forever how much Mysterio is Such. A. Great. Villain.

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    1. Yes I do love Spider-man and I think the whole cast it great!! I know MJ and Peter are so sweet, they are perfect together. Haha Mysterio was interesting in that he betrayed Peter but I felt so sorry after everything Peter has gone through– he needs a break and a hug. Plus that ending?!?!?! I was shook, haha!!

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  4. Sophie I loved this wrap-up ahhhh! and definitely take a hiatus! It’s so good for your health, and btw, you bet I voted for you in the blogger awards because you deserve it so much ahhhh! I have only watched Killing Eve season 1 but I may continue on. seeing as you liked it, I probably will when I have the time! Also, that gif is such a mood! I hope you have an amazing August and that you make more writing progress πŸ’– p.s. so glad you liked the post!

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    1. Ah.. thank you so much Caitlin!! I prefer this wrap-up style so I am so happy to hear you like it!! πŸ’› Yes having breaks is so important and generally improve a lot of things– thank you for your kind words!!
      Aww… thank you so much *sends you a hug* and of course I voted for you and I just saw today that you won which makes me so happy and you deserve it so much– you are an amazing new blogger and I love your blog!!
      Yes I liked Killing Eve because it was so different from what I usually watch (which is just B99 on repeat a lot of the time), season one was probably my favourite out of the two but season 2 was still good. I hope you enjoy it when you get to watch it!!
      Haha that gif is definitely a mood!!! Thank you so much, I had a good August. I hope you had a great month too. Yes it was a wonderful post!! πŸ’›

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  5. Ahh, Sophie, I loved this wrap-up!! The organization was so cute and concise and I seriously had the best time reading this post.πŸ’–

    Thank you very much for mentioning my post, I’m really happy to hear that you liked it! Also, congratulations on your blogger award nomination, because you deserve it a thousand times over.πŸ€—

    I hope you enjoy your hiatus!! Here’s to being really relaxing and lovely and in general awesome. I’ll miss chatting with you on the blogosphere, but it’s so healthy to take a break!

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    1. Ahh…. thank you so much Olivia and I’m so happy to hear that!! I was trying to make it more concise as I felt like I had massive blocks of texts before. Thank you πŸ’›πŸ’›!!
      Of course it was a wonderful post and I loved reading it!! Thank you so much, I can’t believe it really but I appreciate that, you’re too kind!!
      Thank you- it is so nice to have a break, sometimes you just really need it!! I did miss chatting to you and everyone but I’m glad I decided to have a hiatus and it was went so fast, I can’t believe it is September haha! I hope you had a great August! πŸ’›

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  6. I’ve heard lots of good things about Red, White, and Royal Blue, and the cover is so cute, so I’ll probably have to check it out!
    I haven’t watched Stranger Things, but it’s on my list of things that I’d like to at least try out once.

    Happy August, and have a good break!
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    1. Yes there certainly has been a lot of talk about Red, White and Royal Blue in the bookish community and I do think it is worth it. The cover is really cute, I love the way it is set out!! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it.
      I really like Stranger Things and the plot is necessarily something I would pick out but the characters are great and you get so wrapped up in the story so I do recommend it. I hope you like it too.
      Thank you so much!! I hope you had a great August!! πŸ’›

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  7. I really enjoyed Descendant of the Crane as well! And YASSS Stranger Things 3 was so good, I LOVED Steve and Dustin and Robin’s story arc so muchπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Aww, I’ll miss your posts and comments! But of course, do whatever is best for your health, have a good monthπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. Yes Descendant of the Crane was good overall and it felt quite different to the usual fantasy as well for me which I liked!! Stranger Things 3 was great– yes Steve, Dustin and Robin were all great! I can’t wait to see more of them when we get a new season (which I want now)!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your kind words– it did feel strange to not be blogging but the time went so fast!! I hope you had a good month too!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  8. I love your new wrap-up style!! It’s perfect! Ooh I need to read The Exact Opposite Of Okay- it sounds great! Descendant of the Crane has been on my TBR but I’ve heard mixed reviews – it’s nice to hear a positive one!
    I get it- sometimes the movie’s actually better than the book! And your expectations change. Ooh I loved Far From Home! Peter was ahdorable like always 😍
    Wow, eight posts is great! Aw I’m gonna miss you during your mini-hiatus, but you should definitely take a break! I hope your headaches get better πŸ˜“ and thank you for linking my post!! It means a bunch πŸ˜—
    Have a wonderful August!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I prefer this style as well so I am very happy to hear you like it too!! Yes I loved The Exact Opposite of Okay and I do recommend it– it has a certain style of humour so might not be for everyone but I think you will like it!!
      I’m glad Descendant of The Crane is on your TBR– I have been seeing mixed things and I can kind of see where they are coming from but I really liked the writing and the topics so overall I recommend it. I hope you like it when you check it out!
      Yes sometimes the movies are better– it is a different interpretation that you might be prefer and I love the movie so at least still have that!!
      Yes Peter Parker is amazing and just needs a hug!! I love him!!
      Thankfully I had a few pre-written so I could get 8 posts up otherwise I definitely wouldn’t have, haha!! I did miss you and everyone during my little break but I think the break was really helpful. Thank you I think the headaches in that last week was to do with the heat and think I need glasses to be honest as staring at a screen can give me a headache sometimes!! Of course, it was a great post and I was happy to share it!!
      Thank you, I hope you had a great August!! πŸ’›

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    1. Haha I hope you enjoy it when you read it and you will have plenty of people to talk about it with as it is very hyped!!
      Stranger Things 3 was great and I love so many of the characters– yes SCOOPS AHOY for the win!!
      Thank you– I agree sometimes you need a break and to take a step back. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you had a great August πŸ’› !!

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  9. Thank you for including my post!
    I hope that you august goes well, and am looking forward to your return!
    Putting yourself first is SUPER important !
    The wrap up style is so good, and super easy to read! I love it!
    See you soon!
    -Emma πŸ™‚

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    1. Of course, I really enjoyed reading your post and I was happy to share it!!
      Thank you so much– it was nice to have a break for a while but I am excited to share some more posts!! I agree sometimes it is important to do what is best for you!!
      I’m so glad to hear that, I think my previous wrap-ups had massive chunks of texts so this is more concise!! Thank you for your kind words!! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m happy to hear that!! I’m glad it looks aesthetic as I was trying to improve on that area so yay– thank you for the feedback!! πŸ’›
      Yay I’m glad you liked Stranger Things 3 too– same El and Max were great. Their friendship was one of my favourite parts of the new season. I can’t wait to see more from them!!

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    1. Oohh.. I hope you get to see them both soon. Killing Eve is so different to what I am used too and I love the cast for Spider-man, they all play their parts brilliantly. I hope you get to read Red, White and Royal Blue soon as well. I will be excited to hear your thoughts on it!!
      Thank you– yes I think the break was really useful and like you said– it is really important to take a time out when you need it.
      Oh thank you so much, I might take you up on that when I need some new recommendations, thank you πŸ’›!!

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  10. Omg once when we were on holiday I was opening the door and there was a pond behind me but it was like a step up so my dog ran to me, didn’t see it & just fell in πŸ˜‚

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    1. Haha that’s amazing, my dog isn’t the only one who falls into water like a mad woman!! It is kind of funny to watch but then I feel so bad but then she shakes and gets me wet so I don’t feel so bad then haha!! Dogs are great though and funny!! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you so much Kelly!! I’m so glad you like the new style– I think I prefer it as well so I’m happy to hear you do too.
      Yes Stranger Things 3 was great and I love all the characters– I really need season 4 immediately! πŸ˜‚
      I love the soundtrack!!
      Yes Peter and Aunt May are my favourite– I am living for their interactions!! πŸ˜‚
      Of course, it was a wonderful post and so helpful!! πŸ’›

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  11. Absolutely LOVE the new style of your wrap-up, Sophie! Also, the biggest of thank yous for including my Ari & Dante post; I’m so, so beyond happy that you enjoyed it! ❀ Not to mention, all of your kind words about it makes my heart swell.

    I’m still so excited to hear that you liked The Seven and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I always eye that book in the store, and you’re just making me want to pick it up even more so! I also still have yet to read Red, White, and Royal Blue, but I’m sorry that you couldn’t connect to the characters as much as you had hoped to.

    AH. STRANGER THINGS 3. I 100% agree with every single thing you said about it, and I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it!! The ending was unfortunately spoiled for me, but STILL PAINFUL NONTHELESS. Also, as an answer to your question, I’m always going to be super biased about my love for Steve Harrington, but I really loved El and Max’s growth this season.

    I hope you enjoy your mini-hiatus! Always take time for yourself, and just know that we support you all the same! Also, you SO deserved to be nominated for friendliest book blogger! From day one, you have always been so kind to me!

    Your dog sounds so unbelievably cute, and I’m dying over here.

    Thank you so much again for mentioning my post in your wonderful wrap up, and I hope you have a great August!!

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    1. Yay I am so glad you love the new wrap-up style, I am excited about it!! Of course Lauren, it was a wonderful post and I absolutely loved reading it as it gave me all the ari & dante feels!! It was honestly amazing and I loved it!!

      The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was a great read as it is so different and creative. I would recommend checking it out especially if you like murder mysteries. I’m sorry, your purse might not like me haha!!

      I hope you enjoy Red, White and Royal Blue!! I did like it but I just didn’t have that spark with the characters, you know!! I still found it a good story though.

      Yes Stranger Things 3 was amazing– I need season 4 immediately!! Ah.. it is a shame the ending was spoiled for you (the internet is a dangerous place) but I’m glad you still got to experience all the emotions even if it was painful. Yes Steve Harrington is great!! 100% agree!! I loved El and Max this season too– their friendship and growth was great!!

      Thank you– it felt really nice to have a break!! Thank you so much for your kind words Lauren, all your support means a lot πŸ’›!! Aww.. thank you so much, that’s really kind. I couldn’t believe it and I have always loved your blog so I am happy we met.

      I might be bias but my dog is the cutest thing ever, haha!!

      Of course, I loved the post!! And thank you, I hope you had a great August!! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you– it felt really good to have a break and like you said sometimes it is just what you need!! I hope you get to see the new spider-man and yes I think Tom Holland plays him brilliantly. I really like the whole cast for the new movie!! πŸ™‚

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  12. i really hope this hiatus is for the best, sophie! you work very hard on this blog, so it’s totally okay to take a break if you feel like it’s needed. i’m sure this time away will be great to reignite your inspiration and you’ll come back feeling much more productive & motivated.
    i’ve talked about stranger things already, but s3 was so great and i simply can not miss an opportunity to talk about jonathan byers. i am seriously considering re-watching s1 but just his scenes, lol. i don’t even know why i adore this character so much; i don’t think he’s particularly outstanding and the actor is not even that good looking imo but every time he showed up, i was just so drawn to him. i definitely have a weakness for the plot-line “i’m the lonely outsider from the wrong side of the tracks”, so maybe that’s why!
    i watched far from home as well, but i really didn’t like the villain. i think his motivations were poorly done and his powers weren’t even that scary. i guess this spiderman franchise really isn’t for me! but comic con happened this month and i was really excited to hear about the upcoming movies in the mcu, especially the changes in thor!
    (also, how rude it is for those other customers to point out that you’d tripped? when this happens, i always pretends to not notice so the person doesn’t get any more embarrassed).
    hope you have an amazing august! and enjoy your hiatus! πŸ’ž

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      1. Thank you so much Lais. It was really nice to have a break from it and like you said, it can make you feel more motivated when you come back and you feel all inspired so it is good to have a break away from it when you need it. Thank you so much for the kind words and support– it honestly means a lot to me!! πŸ’›
        Yes stranger things 3 was great. I do really like Jonathan Byers too and I think it is because he is the lonely outsider because I often really like that character. I just started watching season one as my mum wanted to see it and it is reminding me why I love his character and he is a great brother as well. I was so surprised to find out the actor was British though and that he and the actress who plays Nancy are actually dating which it is kind of sweet!!
        Yes I did think Mysterio’s motivations in Spider-man were lacking, I mean it was kind of interesting that he betrayed Spider-man but I knew that going in so it wasn’t a surprise. He isn’t one of my favourite villains of the MCU either. Yes I was so excited to hear about the MCU next phase and it was great!! So many of the films look wonderful and I am so excited for the next Thor– Thor Ragnarok is one of my favourites so I’m excited to see more from the whole team!!
        Yes I would pretend I didn’t see if someone tripped, I was laughing at the time which might make it more okay but still I thought a little discretion could have been had haha!!
        Thank you so much– I hope you had a great August!!
        Thank you so much (I couldn’t believe it) and thank you for voting for me– you’re too kind. I of course voted for you too. Yes I thought that was a good idea– I look forward to reading your post!! πŸ’›

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  13. Oh I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling unwell, Sophie! Could it be the heat, or stress? Either way you should definitely rest and not force yourself to write if you don’t feel like it – a break is always a great option and when you come back you’re usually much more willing and excited, so it’s a win-win πŸ™‚
    I definitely want to try some of these books, but I’m sad you didn’t enjoy Stardust as much as you’d hoped! I have the BBC dramatisation to listen to as well but never got to it… I remember watching the movie a while back but don’t recall much from it, which is good because I don’t want the story to get too predictable. But maybe I’ll read the ebook instead, based on your experience. I’d hate to hate on a Gaiman book since they’ve all been so lovely!
    Anyway, amazing wrap-up and I’ll look forward to your return! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes it can be annoying to feel unwell but it could have been worse. I think the heat could have something to do with it. Also I think I need glasses so if I spend a lot of time on the computer I don’t think it helps but I have been feeling much better so it all good. I think the break was really helpful and nice to get some time away. That’s so true when you come back you do feel more motivated so it is definitely useful. Thank you for all the kind words!! πŸ’›
      Yes I think with the BBC dramatisation of stardust you didn’t get to experience the writing so it wasn’t as immersive. I think if you read the book beforehand you would really like it but as I didn’t have that I was probably comparing to to the movie which might be unfair. The dramatisation is still impressive and well put together but maybe not for me. I hope you enjoy it or try the ebook and like it because I think the characters and story certainly have promise.
      Thank you and thank you, I hope you had a great August!! πŸ’›

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      1. Oh it could definitely be that… Be sure to get one of those lenses that filter blue light. I heard it helps, but I don’t have them myself so I can’t speak from experience. They might be a bit pricey so be aware of that, too.
        I’ll definitely give it a go in written form as I absolutely adore Neil Gaiman ❀
        I did, thanks so much! Hope you did too πŸ™‚ So strange to see it gone already, it's like it was just here yesterday :O (also sorry for the late reply but I've been on holiday and away from my computer – the wordpress app is terrible)

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        1. That’s a good idea actually, I will look into them thank you!! πŸ™‚
          Yes I read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman which I loved, he is definitely a talented author.
          Good good, I did thank you very much!! I know it did go super fast!! It’s completely fine, don’t worry πŸ™‚ I hope you had a nice holiday!! I do miss my computer when I don’t have it ahah!!

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          1. I haven’t read Norse Mythology yet but loved Coraline, The Ocean At The End of the Lane, and Good Omens πŸ™‚ I’ve also watched a bit of American Gods but was a bit turned off by the gore…
            I did, thank you! Hope you feel better soon and get some nice glasses ❀

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            1. Oh.. I’m glad you loved them!! I want to read The Ocean At The End of the Lane!! 😊 I’ve seen American Gods advertised but never watched it myself!!
              Good I’m glad!! πŸ’› Thank you so much Sophie πŸ’•!!

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  14. I hope you’ll feel better soon, Sophie and I hope that this hiatus will do you good, too, sending you all of the love ❀
    I'm happy you liked Red, White and Royal Blue, it is such a lovely read πŸ™‚ and I can't wait to read the exact opposite of okay someday, it sounds AMAZING ❀
    I hope you're having a lovely August, I'm sending you tons of love ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Marie. I do feel better and I think the hiatus really helped– it’s good to step away when you need to and focus on yourself. Thank you so much, all your kind words really mean a lot to me. πŸ’›
      Yes Red, White and Royal Blue was a really nice read and I’m glad I got the chance to read it. Yay I’m so glad you want to read The Exact Opposite of Okay it is really good and the more I think about it, the more I love it. I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you read it one day!!
      Ahh…Thank you so much. That’s really kind!! I had a good August. I hope you had a great August too!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  15. I hope you have a wonderful, stress-free break, love! ❀ I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Evelyn Hardcastle! It was such a fun read for me, and I loved trying to put all the plot pieces together (I swear, there were smoke coming out of my ears by the end of it :P) And oh gosh, I trip EVERYWHERE I go, so I relate hard with your supermarket incident!

    P.S. I'm LOVING the new wrap-up layout πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy!! It was really nice to have a break and just relax. Yes I like Evelyn Hardcastle it was so different and like you said it was so fun to put the plot pieces together and you are constantly thinking how is this going to end. I think it was delivered well.
      Yay I’m glad I am not the only who spends a lot of time tripping everywhere– I just seem to walk into things as well which isn’t helpful at all haha!!
      Thank you so much, I’m happy to hear it!! I prefer it over my old one as well which is good!! πŸ’›

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  16. Sorry for bombarding you with comments whilst you’re away. I’ve loved reading all of your posts though ❀ ❀ I hope you feel better soon and that the headaches stop as they can be so horrible. I’m glad we can still talk on Instagram too (:
    I’m glad you finally watched Killing Eve xD I still need to watch season one of Stranger Things… maybe once I’m done with Downton. Although there’s also How To Get Away With Murder, which you mentioned, and I’m very tempted to buy the Tudors too :L
    I’ve had three similar incidents to what you’ve mentioned in this blog :L 1) When I was younger and my grandma was house sitting some of the family went there for the day and there was a swimming pool, with a cover over it which led to my dog running onto it and falling in. 2) I ended up getting in the river to get my dog’s ball back whenever it went out of her depth (she loves water but won’t go past a certain point) and almost fell over when I lent forward to reach it (I was wearing rolled up leggings so I was trying not to go passed a certain depth either). I’m so glad I didn’t fall in :L so at least you now know you’re not the only clumsy person :L

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    1. And the third was a bit like your shopping incident too. There was a barrier up when I went out the other day and I was wearing a light cardigan that’s sort of netted and always catches on things, so of course it caught on the barrier and dragged it along with me -_- I really need to be more careful :L

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      1. No it’s completely fine– thank you so much for taking the time for reading my posts and commenting. It is really nice and I appreciate it so much. Thank you!! πŸ’› It makes me so happy to hear that you have enjoyed my posts!!
        I have been feeling better– I think a combination of the heat, staring at a screen and maybe feeling stressed was what did it and I feel better after a break. I am back but maybe a bit less active then before. I am glad we get to talk on Instagram as well– it has been so nice!! πŸ’›
        Yes me too– I enjoyed watching it and seeing what everyone was on about!! 😊
        Stranger things is really good and the characters and storyline is great!! Yes so many great shows to watch, it is hard to know where to start πŸ˜‚ good luck deciding!!
        Oh no poor dog!! It is so weird watching them fall but they can get back up easily which is always good!! I’m glad to hear my dog isn’t the only one falling into water πŸ˜‚
        Aww.. having to go in to get your dogs ball is very dedicated and that would have be dangerous as you risk falling in. At least you didn’t fall but it does make me feel better to know I’m not the only clumsy one πŸ˜‚
        I am very familiar with those cardigan that get caught on everything!! Oh no it got caught on the barrier– those cardigans can be very awkward πŸ˜‚ it is hard to be careful with them!!

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        1. That’s fine (: I do worry about people thinking ‘OMG what the hell is she doing?’ when I catch up on everything in one go though. I do try to just like a few things instead but with a lot I can’t help but comment :L

          I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better. Yeah I can understand that. That’s kind of what happened to me when I took my break although that wasn’t what was causing my headaches, I think it was the cause of my sleeping problems. Well I look forward to reading your posts then πŸ˜€ I’m trying to balance catching up on mine as well as spacing them out so they last a while so I’ll see how that goes. Yes it has (: it’s nice being able to message you so easily xD πŸ’•

          Yes a lot of people do think so, so I’ll definitely check it out eventually. Thank you. I’m sure I’ll manage somehow. My TV schedule is really quiet right now besides Downton catch up.

          Yeah I couldn’t believe it when it happened. She was fine though and I think it only slightly sank, it was too strong a cover to completely fall in. I expect a lot do it at times :L

          Oh it’s fine, it wasn’t deep or particularity fast. I just didn’t want to fall as I had my clothes on and was trying to avoid going passed my knees as my leggings were just rolled up. You’re definitely not the only clumsy one. I’m so clumsy that I walked into my bed… and broke my toe /: Yes it was so embarrassing and they can be such a pain. I love them though as they’re so light to wear in the heat. But yeah, they are rather catch prone too :L

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          1. Haha I think the same when I am catching up πŸ˜‚ aww.. that’s so sweet, I really appreciate it!! 😊

            Thank you!! Yes it can all make a difference, that’s why breaks are so important for you. It’s a shame sleep is causing you to have headaches 😞
            Thank you!! Yes I am trying to get better at balancing everything. Hopefully we will both balance it all!! πŸ˜‚ It really has been πŸ’›

            Yes it is very popular but I can see why!! Haha yes you will did to add some new shows to your list πŸ˜‚

            Aw.. It’s good that she was fine and the cover held up. Yeah I bet a lot of dogs do it πŸ˜‚
            I get that and I think I’ve done it before with wellies but it is hard to balance as the floor is so slippery. Oh no broke your toe on the bed — that’s so bad. You must have hit it with a lot of force.
            I do think they are so comfy and stylish even if I bit annoying πŸ˜‚

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            1. I’m glad it’s not just me. And it’s fine, I love reading your posts πŸ˜€

              Yeah they can be useful at times. Oh it isn’t now. I still get them but IDK why /:
              Aww well make sure you look after yourself (: and yes, hopefully πŸ’›πŸ’›

              Thanks (:
              Oh yeah, slippery floors are awful. And when its icy; I hate going out then. Last time it snowed really badly (which isn’t very often tbh) I nearly fell over in the garden. Yeah I guess so; I honestly don’t know how it happened.
              Yes I agree (:

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              1. Haha nope you are not alone!! πŸ˜‚ Thank you again πŸ’•
                Yes they can be!! It is annoying you still get them, I wish they would go!! Thank you so much, you too πŸ’›πŸ’›
                Yes icy surfaces can be horrible– I wish for the power to teleport when it is icy πŸ˜‚ oh no that’s horrible and it always hurts when you fall over. The fact that is it rare when the weather is dangerous is good but it does mean we are poorly prepared πŸ˜‚

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                1. Its fine πŸ’•πŸ’•
                  Thank you, so do I. I’ve always had them to some degree though /:
                  I’d never thought of it but that would be awesome :L and rather vital in those circumstances. Yes that’s true, I can’t believe how much havoc it causes whenever the weathers bad. I do like the snow tbh but it’s not worth it considering how much chaos it causes.

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