How is it September already? I’ve had the most wonderful summer… aside from several seizures and a mini-stroke! (a story for another time). I was determined to thoroughly enjoy Leo season by checking off a few things from my bucket list. I spent some glorious days with my friends, and enjoyed some new books and music while recovering.
I took a trip down to Devon to visit my family and celebrate my Grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. I had a lovely time catching up with the family and spending time with my little brothers. In typical seaside fashion, we had to get some fish and chips on the beach and have a Hocking’s ice cream! Hocking’s honestly have the best ice cream in the world, if you ever visit Devon make sure to try one. Please excuse my chipped nail polish in the above photo, I’m a disgrace!
I managed to get last-minute Fleetwood Mac tickets for myself and my friends when they performed at Wembley Stadium in June. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to, featuring all of my favourite songs. I cried when I saw Stevie Nicks in real life!
Florence & The Machine at British Summer Time Festival
One of the highlights of my summer was definitely watching Florence perform while the sun was setting, ending with the moon above her. Magical!
British Summer Time festival was great fun, I enjoyed the sunny weather one of my best friends Elisabetta, her boyfriend Jack, and my flatmate Andrew. We saw a few other musicians, most notably Lykke Li and The National.
I’ve been wanting to see Hamilton for a while, and I finally got tickets in August. Alicja and I had a wonderful time, with a box to ourselves complete with a little table for our gin… fancy, right?! I can probably recite the lyrics from the majority of Hamilton by this point, the soundtrack is amazing. I already want to go again.
Top 3 Albums
This summer has been filled with new music from some of my favourite artists! I treated myself to some amazing Marshall wireless headphones, which have been perfect for providing a soundtrack to my life when I’m not playing vinyl at home.
- Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell. Did I tell you I’m SEEING LANA IN FEBRUARY?! I’m ridiculously excited, and I’m so glad the new album is totally my vibe. I’ve been listening to it on repeat, I love her voice and lyrics. My favourites are Doin’ Time, Bartender, and F*ck it I Love You.
- Melanie Martinez K-12. Melanie’s new album only came out a few days ago, but naturally, I’ve already watched the 90-minute movie (which is beautiful, witchy, and very Wes Anderson!) and picked up the limited edition mint vinyl record. My favourite songs are Strawberry Shortcake, High School Sweetheart and Recess.
- Taylor Swift’s Lover. My favourite song from the album is Paper Rings, although London Boy is definitely a guilty pleasure!
Top 3 Films
- Spiderman Far From Home. Spiderman is my favourite superhero, and it’s set in Venice and London. Need I say more?
- Detective Pikachu. I wasn’t 100% sure if this would be my kind of film, but I loved it! I wasn’t very into Pokemon as a kid, but this film is worth a watch.
- Ophelia. Daisy Ridley is spectacular as Ophelia, I’m a sucker for romantic period dramas.
Top 3 TV Shows
- Good Omens. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of this Amazon Prime series until now, but man it’s hilarious and so well-made. David Tennant and Michael Sheen play an Angel and a Devil, their bromance is cuuuuute.
- The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3. I’m a huge fan of the Handmaid’s Tale, and the latest series didn’t disappoint. It’s so emotional, I cried a few times while watching (especially during the finale). Elizabeth Moss is absolutely brilliant.
- Mindhunter Season 2. Mindhunter is definitely my favourite Netflix Original – I need to read the book! I’m always blown away by the incredible casting choices, it’s creepy how much each actor looks like the real-life serial killers they play.
Top 3 Books
I’m lucky enough to be allowed to read a book at work when it isn’t busy, but I’ve also been listening to a few audiobooks on my commute, and while tidying the house. I’ve been very into non-fiction this summer, and I’m glad to have finally given Audible a go!
- The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack The Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold. This book is absolutely gripping. I thoroughly appreciated Hallie’s insight into the lives of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane, and life as a woman in Victorian England. Amongst the fascination surrounding Jack the Ripper, the lives of these women got lost in the mystery, but this book gives them a voice. This year marks 100 years of women’s suffrage, so it was certainly fitting to pay respects to those women who had their lives tragically taken. Note: this book did make me emotional, but it does not focus on the murders themselves at all.
- Fire & Fury, by Michael Wolff. I’ve not finished this yet because it’s quite long, but wow, it’s insane. Detailing Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, and providing a White House insight, Fire & Fury is worth a read whether you’re interested in US Politics or not.
- Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher. After reading The Princess Diarist, I knew I had to read more of Carrie Fisher’s books. Wishful Drinking is a comical self-deprecating autobiography, based on her stage show of the same name. I related to quite a lot of the honest mental health confessions, and appreciated hearing anecdotal stories about her experiences not only in Star Wars, but her childhood, and later adult life. I listened to the audiobook on Audible, read by Carrie, which felt more personal and emotional.
I’m looking forward to:
- Finally getting to see Hozier in concert at the end of this month, I absolutely can’t wait.
- Submitting my MA dissertation… the end is nigh!
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood, and have been waiting for a sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale for years.
- A cosy autumn, and of course my birthday on Halloween.
- Listening to Mahalia’s new album, and seeing her perform again in November.
All the best,