It's time to wrap-up another month - where is 2015 going? We got some lovely weather here in the UK throughout June, so I've been enjoying the sunshine.
Somehow I managed to read twelve books this month, which I definitely wasn't expecting - in fact I even ended up completing my Goodreads challenge of reading 40 books! I can't wait to see how much more I can read this year.
There were some graphic novels, a dash of nonfiction, a couple of modern classics and a childhood favourite amongst my reads this year. A good month!
by Sylvia Townsend Warner
by Samantha Ellis
by Jerry Spinelli
by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
by Roald Dahl
by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen
by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Jordi Bernett
I discovered a new favourite show in June: Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
I know, I know, it started back in 2o13, but I only just got around to watching it in June, and I couldn't stop. I marathoned the first season and loved it. I usually struggle with comedies; I know it makes me sound really miserable, but I get bored of laughing. That sounds ridiculous, I know, but I hate those shows with canned laughter (apart from Friends, which I will always love) that just continually make fart jokes and boob jokes, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine was so much fun. I laughed out loud more than once, and I can't wait to immerse myself in season two!
I also continued to watch Penny Dreadful, and season 2 is almost over! I loved Angelique so much, and I continue to adore Ethan Chandler who is just adorable.
And Hannibal returned in June! And then revealed season 3 would be its last because NBC have decided not to renew it...
Why is it always the best shows that get cancelled? Hannibal is such a fantastic show - how can it not be with Bryan Fuller at the helm and that fantastic cast? - and us Fannibals are all hoping that Netflix will pick the series up. I don't want this series to end! But, if it must, I trust that Bryan Fuller has created a brilliant finale. #SaveHannibal
As much as June has felt like another month that's gone by quickly, I also feel like I've packed a lot more into June!
In the middle of the month I ended up returning to Lancaster, where I went to uni, for the night because the publisher I work for published a short story collection written by one of the Creative Writing professors there. I helped to organise the book launch because I have contacts up at Litfest, so I travelled up there with Penny, our fiction editor, and then went out to dinner with two of my friends from uni who are still in the area. We had a lovely dinner at Bella Italia, and I completely forgot to take any photos because I'm rubbish, but it was so nice to be back in the city I love, even just for a night.
One of my friends was lovely enough to offer me a room for the night, and then I got back on the train down to south Wales the next morning. I also received some pretty cool news while I was up there; it turns out the portfolio I worked on for my MA last year is up on the uni's website for the current MA students to look at because it was one of the best from last year - I was so surprised!
I strayed into England twice in June; first to Lancaster, and then to Glastonbury. I moved around quite a bit while I was in primary school, and for a few years I lived very near Glastonbury in a little village in Somerset. I love Glastonbury; it's a fun, kooky little place that also claims to be the place where King Arthur is buried, in fact people still journey there every year to leave flowers for him at Glastonbury Abbey!
He and Guinevere have been missing since the dissolution of the monasteries (we have good ol' Henry VIII to thank for that) though it's doubtful that he was ever really there at all, as the monks happened to discover him at a time when the Abbey was in need of money. Still, it's nice to believe in things like this, isn't it? And he certainly means a lot to people; while we were there someone left him a rose.
If you ever have the chance to visit Glastonbury then I recommend going, especially if you've never been! It's a beautiful part of the world and Glastonbury Abbey is well worth a visit if you're a fan of history - in fact it's worth a visit even if you aren't! There are lots of fun little shops in Glastonbury, too, selling jewellery and incense and all sorts, and if you'd rather do something more outdoorsy you can always visit the Tor!
|My mum explores Glastonbury Abbey...|
|These tiles are 800 years old!|
I'm going to be doing some more exploring in July, a little further afield, as my friend Elena and I are off to Rome!
Becky Albertalli wrote a guest post @ Pop! Goes the Reader for Ladies in Literature month all about Body Positivity in Literature
How was your June?