So, it’s already 1st August. Where did July go? It seems like yesterday when I was about to read my dissertation and I had all the summer holidays ahead. Well, I still have a good part of them ahead and in the time gone I’ve enjoyed my free time like I’d never done before. So, basically, I’ve been reading and writing a lot, doing research on to-read books and watching amazing films with inspiring actresses and main characters. I’ve been also enjoying my free time with my lovely family, especially visiting Grandpa and having tea together (none of us will refuse an ice-cream and some chips, but then, who would?).
As Leah pointed out, July was all about the 1920’s for me. It started with a historical biography on Zelda (Sayre) Fitzgerald which I loved and can’t wait to re-read. Then, I decided to do some compared reading with Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, my first venture into non-fiction which proved to be a great experience. Finally and without fully realizing its setting before reading, I reviewed The Other Typist which is also set in the 1920’s. All this made it a glamorous month. I just kept reading red lipstick, red nail-polish and women bobbing their hair, so much so that one evening I even fancied bobbing mine yet again.
Comparing my reading to previous months, July has seen an increase in the number of books I read per month. I’ve been reading more than in previous months but not as much so as to forget what I read. My mind seems to forget about the books I read in short periods of time which I think is partly due to how much I like spending as much time thinking – or even writing! – about the book as reading it. But in July I seemed to balance my reading and non-reading time just perfectly.
For what remains of my summer holidays, I plan on keep reading both my books and the review copies I’ve requested. There are so many new books out there! My last request was Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach. Again, I read Naomi praising it (who else?! :)) and I knew I had to read it. However, I’ve also longing for some turn-of-the-century stories, so I asked for a review copy of Summer in February which I expect to read as soon as possible to watch the film starring Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley.
So, how did you spend July? Did you survive the heat wave trying to dehydrate us in both England and Spain?