Quarterly Rewind (June-September ’19 edition)

Hello everyone! We’ve finally made it to my favourite season of the year, Autumn, or at least meteorologically speaking, for me Autumn starts as soon as it hits September, since that was when we always went back to school and the summer holidays ended! Anyway, for those of you who are knew to this blog since I last did one of these, this is a feature I do every month at the beginning of a new season (well the equinox/solstice anyway), to look back on the previous season, and look forward to what there is to come. It was originated by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Today is the Autumn Equinox, which means it’s time to wrap up Summer here on the blog and look forward to what I have to come over the Autumn. This post will cover 21st June-22nd September:

Image from this Summer:

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Me at my University graduation, back in June!

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Summer:

“How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?” -Vengeful, V.E. Schwab

Marcella Riggins has the “I’m done caring about what other people think” energy that I think quite a lot of women can relate to in 2019!

This Summer In One Word:

Change (graduation has a way of doing that!)

Most Popular Review This Summer:

I read 9 books in the period that this Rewind covers and reviewed all of them. For the first time this year, I actually had an out and out winner for my most popular review, rather than a tie. Unsurprisingly, given the hype around this book, my most popular review this summer was Strange The Dreamer, which I didn’t love as much as I was expecting to, unfortunately.


Top Two Books I Read This Summer:

I’ve had kind of a mixed bag of books this summer, some that I’ve really loved, and some that weren’t so good. There were two that definitely stood out above the rest though, which makes doing this section a lot easier:

  1. Vengeful-V.E. Schwab

Probably my absolute favourite book of the year, not just the summer! I really enjoyed Vicious, but Vengeful was a whole new level of awesome, with all of the brilliant women, the complex and perfectly paced plot and the amazing cast of characters.

2. Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant #12)-Derek Landy

I haven’t been wildly keen on the newest phase of Skulduggery Pleasant books thus far, but this was definitely a return to form for the series. It had more humour, more excitement and loads more exciting twists and I can’t wait to see where the next book goes.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn:

  1. Going to France with my friends-I’m going on holiday with my friends in October and I’m really excited, I love going away with my friends and it should be a nice, relaxing trip.
  2. In Conversation With Deborah Joseph-I’m going to an event hosted by my mum’s old school alumni network, with the Editor in Chief of Glamour, which should be really fun and hopefully really helpful for my future career.

Three New Obsessions This Summer:

  1. Lover-Taylor Swift’s new album came out last month, and yes, of course I’m obsessed! I think this is actually my favourite album of hers since Red, it felt like a perfect blend of Country Taylor and Pop Taylor and there are so many great songs on it!
  2. Audiobooks-I got Audible over the summer, and consider me a convert to the audiobook bandwagon! They are so convenient to listen to on the bus, and I’ve managed to read some books that I probably wouldn’t have got around to without Audible.
  3. The Luminaries-If you haven’t been following Susan Dennard’s Twitter Choose Your Own Adventure story, then where have you been? I’ve been on the edge of my seat following it for months, and it’s definitely made me want to pick up one of her books!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:

I have a little bit more of mix of these than usual, which is quite nice. Most are still Top Ten Tuesday posts, but I got quite a lot of love for some of my older reviews, which was quite nice, because so often reviews aren’t the most viewed of my posts:

  1. Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11) Review-My most popular post this summer was this review of the eleventh Skulduggery Pleasant book, which was quite a surprise to me as I wrote it almost a year ago!


2. Unsouled (Unwind #3) Review-My second most popular post this summer was this review of the third book in the Unwind series, which again was quite a surprise because it’s quite an old one, but I’m glad if more people are discovering this amazing series through my reviews.


3. Top Ten Tuesday #221-My third most popular post this summer was this one about settings I’d like to see more of in books, and it was a really fun one to write, so I’m glad that you guys seemed to enjoy it.


4. Top Ten Tuesday #223-My fourth most popular post this summer was this one about Cover Redesigns That I Loved/Hated and I definitely need to do more of these cover themed posts because they always seem to go down really well.


5. Top Ten Tuesday #224-My fifth most popular post this summer was this one about book characters I’d like to be friends with, which was a really fun one to do as I’ve always enjoyed thinking about what characters from books I would get along with if they were real.


Four posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Summer:

I’ve not been the best at keeping track of these over the summer, just because I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had too much time to visit other people’s blogs.

  1. Author Heather Demetrios did this article that was buzzing around Twitter on Tuesday night, about how she burst through her advance and then regretted it, and as someone wanting to go into the publishing industry, I really appreciate the transparency and honesty of posts like these.


2. Vicky from Vicky Who Reads did this great article about the disconnect between YA writer and teen readers, which is definitely something that needs to be addressed more.

“A lag is happening” : A disconnect between YA writers and the readers the books are written for

3. Christina Orlando did this great post for Tor.com about Lila Bard and her relationship with gender in the Shades of Magic series, which I thought was really great, though Lila doesn’t have the language to describe her gender in the 1820s, it’s clear that she doesn’t fit neatly into the gender binary.

Traveling Between Genders in V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic

4. One of my favourite feminists, Deborah Frances-White, did this awesome article for British Vogue about the small ways that we can tackle gender inequality in our lives.


Five Things That Happened This Summer:

  1. I graduated from University, in June, with a 2:1 in History and Journalism.
  2. I got a new job! I’m now working at John Lewis.
  3. I turned 23.
  4. I went to see Wicked with my friends last Monday, and it was just as brilliant as I remembered it being from the last time I saw it, four years ago.
  5. I went to YALC with Hannah again, my fifth year going.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

  1. Miss Americana And The Heartbreak Prince-Taylor Swift-One of my favourites from her new album (tbh, most of these will be from Lover).
  2. Daylight-Taylor Swift-Another one of my favourites from Lover.
  3. The Archer-Taylor Swift-I’ve had this one stuck in my head pretty permanently since I first heard it.
  4. One Short Day-Wicked-I’ve had this one stuck in my head ever since Monday!
  5. Dancing Through Life-Wicked-Another one of my favourites from Wicked (though let’s face it, they are all amazing).
  6. How Far I’ll Go-Moana-Probably one of my favourite Disney songs!

So there we go, that was my summer! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this summer? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this Autumn, books or otherwise? Let me know in the comments!


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