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Friday, 31 May 2013

Month 05

Guess what? I'm actually doing this month's end of month post on time! I'm going out for dinner with my best friends in a couple of hours, which I'm sure will be filled with laughing and much-needed catching up as we're used to seeing each other almost every day and it's been about a week now since we last saw each other. Anyway, that's besides the point.

In May I...

Read: I finished You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, which was a read I really enjoyed - it was interesting to see McFarlane explore the idea of 'the one that got away'. I then proceeded to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I have a feeling I could ramble on about the greatness of this book for a very long time. It made me see things from a completely different perspective and though some parts were upsetting I thought it was imperative that I read on, and I'm so glad I did - a remarkable book, I must see the film. Next was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I wanted to read this before the significantly anticipated film. I was pleasantly surprised b how much I enjoyed it, the book is very short but incredibly well-written. I finished The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith this morning, it's one of those books that keeps you captivated for the entirety of it and although is possibly considered 'light-reading', explored some really interesting topics that I found I could relate to. I've since started An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I'm only a few pages in but I can already tell I'm going to adore this book as much as I adore Green's other novels.

Watched for the first time: The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic which I wrote about here. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I actually had no choice in watching - there was a group of us and we were outnumbered - but I loved it, anything with Stephen Fry in it's got to be worth watching in my opinion. Finally, The Great Gatsby. Apparently it's been receiving awful reviews, which I fail to believe is reality having seen the film. I saw it on Monday with Harry and we both loved it, Leonardo DiCaprio was stunning as always, as were the rest of the cast. I thought it was wonderfully done and am eager for it to be released on DVD as soon as possible.

Bought (clothes): I haven't had much time to shop as I've been cooped up revising, but I had some time last weekend so headed to Topshop to get a few things. I bought this white lace skirt, this black skater skirt (I needed new skirts!) and this t-shirt.

In school: I went to my year group's concert for The Royal Marsden, where a boy in my year is currently being treated, it was a truly wonderful night. We had our leavers' service, during which our form tutors and head of year sung for us and memories were recounted. After we got out leavers' hoodies and began our exams. For our last citizenship lesson a Christian rapper called Jahaziel came in to perform for us, I've never really seen much Christian rap. I believe in God and I'm not ashamed to say it but I'm not as religious as many people are. But this man was so inspiring, watching him perform, with no shame or embarrassment whatsoever in talking about his difficult past and his faith made me in complete awe of him. It was a really nice last citizenship lesson. We had our last official day of secondary school, which I wrote about properly on Wednesday.

Out of school: I introduced Harry to my God-family, which I really enjoyed. My friend James came back from Australia for a flying visit, it was great to briefly see him. I went to see my new house on Saturday, which felt odd but I liked it, I think I'm really going to be happy there. I also received a lovely card from my sister wishing me good luck for exams, it made me smile a lot.

I hope you all had a wonderful May!



  1. Thank you for the blog comment! :)
    I read you had me at hello a few months ago, I had to finish it all in one go I loved it so much! I always try to start The Great Gatsby aswell but I just can't get on with it and always get bored and give up!

    How do you feel now you've finished school?? x

    1. You're welcome! I think Gatsby is one of those books that you either get into straight away or don't at all, oh well! It all still feels a little surreal and I'm waiting for it to sink in really, but I've still got a couple of exams to go so that's keeping me busy :) x


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