Hi everyone! It’s summer at last, and I’m hoping this means that we might actually get some nice weather here, since we’ve had A LOT of rain over the past few weeks! Anyway, for those of you who have started following me since I last did one of these, this is a feature that I do every few months at the beginning of a new season, to look back on the previous season and look forward to the one to come. It was originated by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Today is the Summer Solstice, which means it’s time to wrap up Spring on the blog and look forward to what I have to come over the summer. This post will cover 20th March-20th June:
Image From This Spring:
This is me, back in April, just before I went to my last ever Uni Sports Ball.
Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Spring:
“The most magnificent things are worth living for” -Finale, Stephanie Garber
While I didn’t totally love the book, man did it have some killer quotes!
This Spring In One Word:
Final (mostly because I did a lot of final things for Uni).
Most Popular Review This Spring:
I read ten books in the period that this Rewind covers and once again, I had a tie between the most popular reviews this winter, between Uprooted and Catwoman: Soulstealer, which doesn’t surprise me as both are massively popular books:
Top Two Books This Spring:
This is really difficult to pick because I had 3 5 star reads this Spring and I loved them all, but for very different reasons. Still, if I have to pick two favourites, these are the two I choose:
- Becoming-Michelle Obama-I am not usually a big memoir fan, but I absolutely loved Michelle’s. She writes in such an engaging way and I learned so much that I didn’t know about her before, far beyond just what we saw when she was First Lady.
- King of Fools-Amanda Foody-The sequel to Ace of Shades was SO GOOD YOU GUYS. So many exciting plot twists, new characters, even more action and a game changing ending, I need the third book like now!
Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:
- GRADUATION!-Let’s start with the obvious, I’m graduating on Tuesday! Uni has been the last four years of my life and it’s going to be really weird saying goodbye to it, but I’m super excited to celebrate with my friends and family and to pick up the degree that I’ve spent the last four years working towards.
- YALC-It will be my fifth year of going to YALC this year, I’m going with Hannah again at the end of July and getting to see lots of favourites like Derek Landy and VE Schwab. YALC is always one of the best weekends of the summer, and I can’t wait to go back again this year.
Three New Obsessions This Spring:
- Good Omens-My mum and I binged the entirety of Good Omens over two days a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. Having not read the book, I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought it was brilliant and at some point, I definitely had to read the book.
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries-Nicola got obsessed with this show, which meant that in turn she got the rest of us obsessed with this show! I’ll be honest, I didn’t really watch this show for the mysteries, more for the clothes and the infuriatingly brilliant slow burn romance between Phryne and Jack.
- The Miss Fisher Philes Podcast-An extension of number 2, Nicola also got me into this podcast, where the two hosts, Mary ahd Chandler talk about each Miss Fisher episode.
Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Spring:
As always, my five most popular blog posts from this Spring were all Top Ten Tuesday posts:
- Top Ten Tuesday #215-My most popular post of this Spring was this one from last week, where I talked about LGBTQ+ books in honour of Pride Month, which was a really fun list to write as I’ve wanted to do a recommendation list for Pride for quite a while.
2. Top Ten Tuesday #216-My second most popular post of this Spring was my TTT post from this week, where I talked about my most anticipated releases for the rest of the year, which is always a fun one to do.
3. Top Ten Tuesday #213-This actually tied with number 4 for my third most popular post, but it’s much neater to arrange them in the usual way. This post was about my favourite books I’ve read in the last ten years, which was a really fun and slightly different TTT than I’ve ever done before.
4. Top Ten Tuesday #211-This was also my third most popular post of the Spring, and I’m glad that it got so much attention as it was a list of books dealing with mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week which I think is a really important topic.
5. Top Ten Tuesday #214-My fourth and final most popular post of the Spring was this one, from a couple of weeks ago, which was a mega list of my favourite fantasy books.
Four Posts I’ve Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Spring:
Honestly, I’ve not been the best at keeping track of these over the past few months, but I’m going to try to come up with four for you guys!:
- Emilia Clarke did this amazing essay for The New Yorker about her near death experiences with brain aneurysms and although it’s not technically a blog post, I really wanted to share it, because I thought it was a really powerful story and I am in awe of this woman for surviving what she has, dealing with all of that whilst filming Game of Thrones could not have been easy!
2. Cait @ PaperFury did a great post about the experience of having her second novel, The Boy Who Steals Houses published, and I love how candid she is about the difficulties of publishing, I feel like authors now are being a lot more transparent about the harder parts of the process, which as someone wanting to go into the industry, I really appreciate!
3. Arub from Arub Unwritten did this great post about reading YA as an adult which really resonated with me, for as much as I love YA, I am getting to a stage in my life where I don’t really relate to it as much as I used to, yet it’s difficult to find books that I want to read with characters my age as they tend to be romances rather than fantasy or historical or basically any of the genres I actually enjoy reading.
4. My friend Hannah from Books, Life and Other Oddities did a great post about relationships in YA and whether they really set a good example for the teenagers who read them.
Five Things That Happened This Spring:
- I finished my degree! I’m graduating with a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts With Honours in History and Journalism studies on Tuesday.
- I got a job for the summer, I’m going to be doing the same thing I did last summer, working at an English language summer school, for seven weeks.
- I went to the Superstars of Gymnastics with my family, which was a really fun gymnastics exhibition event.
- I started querying my book-AGHHHHHHHH! (This has been me for the last two months waiting to hear from agents).
- I went to the Edinburgh Dungeons with my friends for two of their birthdays which was a super fun day out.
Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Spring:
- The Royal Doulton Music Hall-Mary Poppins Returns-This wasn’t my favourite song on the soundtrack when I watched the film but I have a newfound appreciation for it now.
- Hollywood Ending-Anna and The Apocalypse-Honestly, I love the entire soundtrack for this film, but this one is a particular banger.
- Look What I Found-A Star Is Born-I don’t really remember this song from the film, but I’ve really enjoyed listening to it since I downloaded the soundtrack.
- Nowhere To Go But Up-Mary Poppins Returns-Another Mary Poppins Returns song that I’ve had on repeat for the last few months.
- She Used To Be Mine-Sara Bareilles-Honestly this is one of my absolute favourite songs, and the main reason why I want to go see Waitress!
- The Room Where It Happens-Hamilton-One of my favourite Hamilton songs!
So there we go, that was my Spring! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Spring? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this Summer, books or anything else? Let me know in the comments!