As we near the second half of 2021, it’s a great time to evaluate your habits and do a personal mid-year review. Are you on track to reach your goals? Are you being the best version of yourself? Is there anything you can do better?
You might be in a position with work or education where someone else will conduct a mid-year review for you. Whether you’re in this position or not, it’s always a good idea to review your year by yourself. You may see things that others can’t.
Summer is nearly here and I’m actually dreading it. I really don’t do well in the heat.
One of the things that I am looking forward to though, is sitting in the shade with a book in my hand. Reading outside just feels so much nicer than reading indoors.
I plan on reading a lot this summer so I figured that it would be a fun idea to share some of the books that are on my Summer tbr…
A Tangled Summer by Caroline Kington
‘In the West Country village of Summerstoke, the family at Marsh Farm are too preoccupied with living their lives to notice the farm sliding into ruin. Charlie Tucker, dreaming of victory in a motocross race and flirting with the local barmaid, is unaware of the danger the farm is in; while little sister Alison, busy with her A levels, is determined to dispense with her virginity before the end of the summer and falls for the enigmatic biker, Al. Their brother Stephen is hopelessly in love with the star of the local Am-Dram society, while mother Jenny dreams of escaping to Weston-Super-Mare in the arms of the local vet. Fed up with watching her family squander their birthright, septuagenarian grandmother Elsie – the only Tucker with a lover – issues an ultimatum: either her grandsons find brides by the end of the year, or they lose their share of the farm. And that’s only half the problem… Up on the hill in Summerstoke House, the land-grabbing, unscrupulous, Hugh and Veronica -call-me-Vee Lester watch the demise of Marsh Farm with undisguised pleasure. If they can get the Tuckers turfed off the land, their dreams of owning a bigger stud farm will become a reality; and if they can help hasten the demise of Marsh Farm with a few schemes of their own… And at Summerstoke Manor, in the heart of the village, live the three elderly Miss Merfields and their ancient nanny with nothing better to do than pull strings and watch.’
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
‘Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of “buccaneers and buried gold”. First published as a book on 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co., it was originally serialized in the children’s magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North. An old sailor, calling himself “the captain” – real name “Billy” Bones – comes to lodge at the Admiral Benbow Inn on the west English coast during the mid-1700s, paying the innkeeper’s son, Jim Hawkins, a few pennies to keep a lookout for a one-legged “seafaring man.’
Oh my gosh, how am I already on the tenth edition of this post?! I shared the first edition back in December 2019 which really doesn’t feel that long ago even though it’s over a year and a half. What?! How?!
As always, some of these films are re-watches and some of these films are first time watches.
Now, here are my rating of my most recently watched films.
I came home from town one day to see that The Modern Milkman had posted a flyer through the door about their service. I usually ignore that kind of stuff but I was intrigued so I looked up their website.
They seemed to have all the daily essentials that anyone can need. And it was all plastic free!
Since it seemed so great, I couldn’t help but place an order.
I placed my order on Wednesday and requested for my first delivery to be on the Friday.
My reading journey has been a little bit of a rollercoaster. Up until I was about 14 years old, I refused to read for fun. I read when school made me but that was it.
I had a friend who loved reading. She would read what I referred to as ‘adult books’. And no, I don’t mean anything sexual as you’re probably thinking. I meant that she would read books that we targeted towards adults. None of the YA fiction or middle grade stories. I was amazed by her reading skills. She read out loud with so much speed but could still understand what was happening in the book. It shocked me and I was a little jealous. I wanted to love books like she did but I just couldn’t make myself.
One day, another friend of mine asked if I wanted to borrow one of her books. She liked reading but she read more young adult fiction than my other friend. The book she offered to lend me was Airhead by Meg Cabot. I reluctantly took it from her and started to read. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did and after reading it, I had caught the reading bug.
Since then, I have been in and out of reading slumps. Sometimes I’m only in a slump for a few weeks but other times, it can be months. I thought that the months that I wasn’t reading were terrible. I knew that I had great books sitting on my shelf that I wanted to read but I couldn’t force myself. If only I knew that I would end up in the worst reading slump ever and those months were nothing in comparison.
I accidentally developed a Youtube obsession. It all started when I decided to waste a bit of time during these never ending lockdowns. What started as a time waster, has turned into a favourite part of my day. It sounds silly but I just love getting into bed in the evening and watching some of my favourite youtubers.
Recently I’ve been watching a lot of videos about vintage fashion, cottagecore, books and home decor. I do love other types of content too and I will watch all sorts, but those are the most common for me to watch recently.
Anyway, here are some of the youtubers that I’ve been watching recently..