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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Month 07

So it's already the last day of July and although I still have another month left of holidays before school starts I have a feeling it's going to pass annoyingly quickly. I had the most wonderful time with my friends in Wales - it was exactly what I needed, but I'm planning to write about that properly soon.

In July I...

Read: Finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I absolutely loved it, such an interesting read which I won't write more about as I fear I'm one of the last people around to have only just read it. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. This is the second in a trilogy which starts with Delirium, I was unsure for a long time about whether or not I really wanted to read this second one as I adored the first one so much and believe it had a fantastic ending that I was worried continuing it would be unnecessary and ruin the story. But alas, curiosity won once again. However, I'm not all that sure what to make of it. I loved the same concept which it retained (the books are set in the future when love is believed to be a disease), I find that idea fascinating. Sadly though, although it was well-written and kept me interested, I do think that it ruined the story a little and that there was no need for the sequels. I'll probably end up reading the third one at some point, simply to find out what happens. Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble. I've read a number of Noble's books before and have immensely enjoyed each one, as I also did this one. It's a story about a family and how they deal with the loss of their son/brother when he is killed in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. I know, not all that cheery. It is set about two years after the tragedy and I found the story and the way it was written incredibly intriguing. I have found that in all of Noble's novels she has a way of making me really care for the characters, it's a real gift and holds me captivated every time I pick up one of her books. I have also just started The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble. I'm only a little of the way in but it's about four friends who met at university and their lives years later. So far I'm not enjoying it as much as I did Between a Mother and Her Child. However, I'm definitely enjoying it and am looking forward to seeing what happens.

Watched for the first time: Like Crazy: I remember seeing the advert for this a couple of years ago and wanting to watch it; I finally did. I really enjoyed it, definitely not one of my favourite films, but I think it's worth watching. Private Lives: the wonderful Coward play which I wrote about here. One Day: I read this book about two years ago and adored it so I finally got around to seeing the film, and despite Anne Hathaway's wavering British accent I loved her and the film. Despicable Me 2: I'm not even ashamed, I loved the first and now having seen it, I loved the second too.

Bought (clothes): Two dresses: one and two.

In school: I helped with the new year sevens' induction day, it was a little odd as it's almost as if they're our new year group and we used to be them. But I enjoyed helping it out, I can't believe we were once that small!

Out of school: - went bowling and didn't lose this is a major achievement - had lunch at Bill's with two of my lovely friends - spent a day helping out at my dad's school - helped at my friend Rosie's church stall, we were making and serving crepes, I loved it! - went out with Harry and his family to celebrate his Nan's birthday - went on a hilarious trip to Ikea with my best friends - went to watch the X Factor auditions - went on an amazing holiday to Wales - started Italian lessons with an incredible teacher as I'm starting a level in September

Also I have been listening to Wakey Wakey non-stop all month, I love them. Here are my favourite four songs, if you have time have a listen: one, two, three, four.

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