Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A sunny, humid and stormy June has passed here in the UK and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
Well, this has been one rollercoaster of a month for me! Starting with a gloriously sunny school’s half-term break ☀; bogged down in the middle with the anxiety and stress over my job future 😟; and lifted at the end with a super fun, if exhausting, camp out on the school field with the kids. 🏕 Phew!
I must thank you all for your prayers and good wishes during this tough time, and I am now thrilled to announce that, after a successful interview with our new headteacher on Monday, I have been offered a new, fixed-term contract at my school. It may only be for year, but it is another year at a school I love, with great colleagues and ‘my boys’! ❤
Through it all, I also (mostly) successfully continued my healthy food plan, that included trying three new healthy recipes: American Style Chopped Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing (The Hairy Dieters: Make It Easy by Si King & Dave Myers), and Cauliflower & Potato Cakes and Tagliatelle With Mushrooms & Stilton (both from Quick Cooking by Mary Berry). 🥗
💜💜💜 Books 💜💜💜
With all that going on, it is no surprise that my reading has taken a dip! I mean a real dip! I only finished a measly two books and had to DNF another one, which makes June officially my lowest month of the year, so far:
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini [re-read]
- The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis ⭐⭐⭐
- S5 Uncovered by James Durose-Rayner DNF
I took great comfort from my two completed reads, but the graphic, gritty style of S5 Uncovered just didn’t suit me, especially with the lower mood I have been in; so I replaced it with the nostalgic The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram, which I am currently flying through! I have also continued dipping in and out of the beastie The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
The one positive of a low book numbers is that it is very easy to name my pick of the month, which has to go to Lewis’ insightful and comforting The Four Loves. Plus that’s now two books read, one DNF’d and two ongoing for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge.
💜💜💜 TV & Films 💜💜💜
Similarly, with everything that’s been going on, my new viewing has dipped a little, too, with me watching just one new-to-me series and two new films in June:
Although as you can see the quality was high and my pick of the month has to go to the gripping crime-drama, Mare of Easttown – I highly recommend checking it out! Over the month, I have also enjoyed comforting re-watches of series two of the fantasy-adventure Merlin and more of the original Star Trek films. 🖖
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Finally, here on the blog was a little all over the place: sometimes really busy, sometimes dead! In this rollercoaster month of June, I was able to catch up on five reviews for these books from May and June:
- Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
- The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Anna of Kleve: The Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
- The Red-Haired Archaeologist Digs Israel by Amanda Hope Haley
- Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wykhadden by M.C. Beaton
I also had great fun taking part in Top Ten Tuesday | The Very Best of Best Friends From Books and Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Summer TBR 2021, and announcing Six in Six 2021 Edition is Coming! I now only have my reviews from June to share with you, probably the most up-to-date I have ever been, another positive of less reading?! 😅
For now, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday for my regular weekly reflection, and in a month’s time to see how July has treated us all. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!👋
(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post)
Now in the comments let me know: How you are? What you have been reading and watching? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post or monthly wrap-up post.