Hi everyone! We’re already on to our third quarterly rewind of the year, WHAT? I’ve had an incredibly busy summer, what with moving house, my sister coming over to visit from Australia and various events, along with of course, my seemingly never ending job search.
Anyway, today is the autumn equinox, the first official day of autumn (though for me Autumn begins on the 1st September because I refuse to be a summer baby, I am so much more of an autumn person!). That means it’s time for another Quarterly Rewind, the feature where I wrap up the current season on my blog, and take a look forward to what’s to come. Today I will be wrapping up summer, and looking forward to what I have to come this autumn. This post will cover 21st June-22nd September:
Image From This Summer
This is a recent picture, from my birthday last week when mum and I went on a spa day at the Harbour House Hotel in Richmond.
Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Summer:
“Perhaps that is the draw of books…..to show us the way even when we think the path is too dark to see.” -The Librarian Spy, Madeline Martin
There are so many wonderful (and honestly also quite harrowing), moments in this book and this one was one of my favourites.
This Summer In One Word:
Most Popular Review(s) of Summer:
I’m a little behind on my reviews (Quelle Surprise), and actually haven’t reviewed any of the books I read over the summer yet as I still need to catch up on them. In a first for this feature, both reviews I posted over the summer of books I read back in May and June had the same number of views, so I’ll be sharing my reviews of both Portrait of A Thief and When Women Were Dragons here:
Top Two Books I’ve Read This Summer:
I’ve not read as much as I would have liked this summer, usually summer is my best reading time but being between jobs and not having the commute to work means that I’ve just not read as much as I was reading back in January/February when I was commuting to work almost every day. This does mean though that it was fairly easy to pick my two favourites of the summer as there were two I liked better than the other one I read:
- Talking As Fast As I Can-Lauren Graham
I’ve been meaning to read Lauren Graham’s memoir for years and just never got around to it, but after my most recent Gilmore Girls rewatch this summer (yes I know, I did it in summer, not Autumn, I’m a rebel!), I felt in the mood for it. I definitely recommend it if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, it’s super funny and gives a lot of insight into what it was like filming both the original series, and the Netflix revival.
2. The Librarian Spy-Madeline Martin
This was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, so I’m happy to say that it lived up to expectations! Madeline Martin is definitely one of my new favourite authors and I’m so excited for her next book, in what seems to be a niche of “WWII book-themed historical fiction”.
TV Shows I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn:
Autumn is the best time for TV, so I couldn’t very well leave this section out! All my favourite shows have either already returned or are returning this week, so I’m very happy!
- The Great British Bake-Off
Okay so this started last week but I had to include it because IT’S BAKE OFF SEASON. The time of year when we gleefully watch lovely people getting very stressed over cake. It’s the kind of low stakes drama that I thrive on and it’s just such lovely, cosy autumn TV.
2. Strictly Come Dancing
YES STRICTLY IS BACK TONIGHT! There’s nothing that brings joy to the cold autumn and winter evenings like the glittery warm hug that is Strictly and I can’t wait for it to get started again.
3. All Creatures Great and Small
Another one of those shows that feels like a warm hug, this started back up again last week and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for the residents of Skeldale House.
I’m talking about the original British show here, not the American remake. I have heard that the American one is quite good, but I’m generally not a lover of American remakes of British shows, so I’m not sure if it’s one I’m ever going to watch. Anyway, that was a complete sidetrack, point is, I’m super excited to see what shenanigans the ghosts get up to in the new series!
5. Resident Alien
WE FINALLY HAVE AN AIRDATE FOR PART TWO OF SEASON 2! I’m so excited, my mum and I finished watching the most recent episodes back in June, so we’ve been waiting a while to find out what happens next and it finished on quite a big cliffhanger.
Two New Obsessions This Summer:
- Agatha Raisin-I watched all four seasons of Agatha Raisin at the end of August/early September and it’s safe to say I’m completely invested in Agatha and all of her escapades. I really hope there’s a Season 5 because I need more!
- House of The Dragon-Like many, many people, I’ve been watching House of The Dragon since it started back at the end of August and I’ve been very gripped. I’m very interested to see how the story moves forward from the next episode with the older actors playing Rhaenyra and Alicent.
Three Things I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn:
Slightly less things on here than I had for the summer, but they are three very exciting things!
- Seeing Moulin Rouge on stage
YES IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING. I’m going to see Moulin Rouge at the theatre next week, and I can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to see this ever since they announced the production was coming to the West End and I just really hope that it’s as good as I’ve been picturing in my head!
2. Going to Australia
My family are spending Christmas in Australia this year for the first time (but I arrive in the period this quarter covers, so I wanted to include it here), and I’m really excited. I’m dreading the long flight, but we haven’t all spent Christmas together since before my sister moved out there, so it should be really lovely.
3. Jodi Picoult book event
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan are coming to the UK for a tour supporting their new book Mad Honey, and I’m super excited because I’ve not been to a Jodi Picoult book event since her one in Glasgow for Small Great Things (I guess she didn’t come to Scotland on her tour for A Spark of Light or I would have gone!), and that was back in 2016, so I’m super excited as her events are always so great, she’s such a great speaker and she always has such cool stories to tell about the research she did for her book.
Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:
Another mixed bag of posts this time and the first time my review of Addie LaRue has been out of the top five since last year! We’re back to the list being mostly Top Ten Tuesdays after a top five without them last time, but we also have a discussion post and a Book Vs Movie, which feels great as those posts don’t always get as much love as I would like them to!
- Book Vs Movie-My Sister’s Keeper
I have to admit, I’m kind of stumped as to why this one is my most popular this time around, it’s a fairly old post back from when I first started doing Book Vs Movie in 2019, the only thing I can’t think of is that I may have mentioned how much I hated the movie when talking about My Sister’s Keeper when I did the Banned Books post for Top Ten Tuesday a few weeks ago and that led people to seeking it out? Anyway, I’m glad there are lots of other people out there also furious with how dirty they did My Sister’s Keeper with the movie.
2. Jo Talks Books: Can Reading Be An Addiction? Is That Necessarily A Bad Thing?
This one was on my top five list in my last Quarterly Rewind, and it seems to have maintained the popular momentum, and even gained more as its moved up! I still don’t really know what’s made it so popular, I’ve not linked to it in any recent posts, but I’m glad that it’s getting the love!
3. Top Ten Tuesday #376
This Top Ten Tuesday is back from July, and it was when I shared a Summery Book Covers list. No surprise that this one did really well, my cover posts are always super popular, which I do appreciate as it takes so much longer to do image posts with the new Block Editor on WordPress than it did before!
4. Top Ten Tuesday #380
This is a post from back in August, where I shared some more of my favourite Funny Percy Jackson Chapter Titles (my spin on Humourous Book Titles) and it was such a fun list to put together, so I was so pleased that so many of you seemed to love it as much as I did!
5. Top Ten Tuesday #381
This is a post from last month where I talked about Books I Love That Are Over Ten Years Old. It was a mammoth list that took a long time to put together, but I was so pleased by the feedback I got on it, and it was so great to share the love for some of my favourite older books, so I’m glad that you all seemed to enjoy it so much!
Three Posts I Enjoyed This Summer:
I have to admit, I totally flaked on bookmarking any posts from other blogs to share in this Rewind, so this section is going to be taking a break this time around, and hopefully when I do this feature again in December, I will have something to share with you guys!
Five Shows I Enjoyed This Summer:
- Agatha Raisin
I mentioned this show up in the “New Obsessions” section of this Rewind, so of course it’s in this part too. Agatha Raisin is just such a fun, cosy, brilliant show and I hope it continues for many years to come as I so enjoy seeing what mad adventures Agatha and the gang get up to with each new case!
2. House of The Dragon
Again, I mentioned this one earlier, but I’ve been really enjoying the prequel series to Game of Thrones over the last month, definitely more so than the latter series of Game of Thrones. We’ve got 5 episodes left, and we already know there’s a Season 2 coming, so I’m interested to see where this season leaves off, and what more there may be to come in the future.
3. Everything I Know About Love
I had vaguely heard of Dolly Alderton’s memoir, but never read it, but I heard such good things about the show that I had to watch it. AND I LOVED IT. I loved that this show put friendship front and centre in a way that most shows don’t, and it was so painful watching Maggie and Birdy grow apart. I really hope there is a Season 2 because it can’t end like that!
4. Only Murders In The Building
I rewatched Season One of this before diving into Season Two a couple of days ago, and a) Season One was just as good as I remembered, but also b) Season Two was EXCELLENT. I just love this show so much, it ticks so many of my boxes: quirky, funny, charming and the mysteries are great, I’m so happy that there’s going to be another season.
5. Love, Victor
I watched the final season yesterday, and though I will say that it felt like kind of a rushed ending, I do appreciate that it didn’t try to keep running past its expiration date like a lot of high school set shows and I’m glad things ended in a satisfying way for all the characters.
Five Things That Happened This Summer
I had a very busy summer, so I definitely couldn’t stick to just two or three this time!
Yes, YALC was back in person after two years of being online due to the pandemic and it was so, so great! It was so lovely to be there again and I made a great new friend, got lots of books and naturally made a fool of myself in front of authors I like because before this year, I hadn’t been to an author event in three years and so I’m back to square one of being nervous and awkward! I will say that I massively missed having Hannah there this year though and it wasn’t quite the same without her, so I’m obviously hoping she’ll be back next year.
2. My sister visiting from Australia
It was so lovely to have my sister back in the UK for a few weeks, and I can’t wait to be out in Australia with her, her partner and my parents over Christmas.
3. Commonwealth Games
I really loved seeing the Gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, even if we missed the start because of issues with the queue and had to leave before we got to see Team England on the final rotation, it was still a fun evening out.
4. Theatre trips
I’m combining two in one here as I’ve been to see two great shows in September: the first was Jack Absolute Flies Again at The National Theatre, which is definitely one of the best last-minute theatre ticket decisions I’ve ever made, it was so much fun and my mum and I had a fantastic night. The second was Grease last Saturday to celebrate my birthday which was also a brilliant night, and shout out to Cameron from the Champagne Bar, who is definitely not reading this (and I did thank him in person at the time) because he was so lovely and left a little birthday note for me with our drinks.
5. My birthday spa trip
I had such a lovely birthday this year, my mum and I’s trip to the Richmond Harbour Hotel and Spa was really lovely and I had such a great day, if you’re in or around Richmond and looking for a day trip for a birthday or other special event, I really recommend them because it was a lovely day out.
Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:
- All Too Well (10 Minute Version)-Taylor Swift
I didn’t think this song could ever be topped, and then she released the long version!
2. El Tango De Roxanne-Moulin Rouge
Every time I watch this film (which is a lot, it’s one of my favourites), this is the song that gets stuck in my head, particularly the part Ewan McGregor sings as he’s walking out of the hall of dancers (yes, I’ve seen it that many times I can name the specific part).
3. Shivers-Ed Sheeran
This one comes up on my iPod shuffle a lot.
4. Your Song-Moulin Rouge version
Another one that comes up on my iPod a lot, and one I just like to listen to, I now have three different versions, the one from the movie, and the two from the stage show!
5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You-Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
This is one I always love listening to because it reminds me of my favourite part of 10 Things I Hate About You.
6. We Go Together-Grease
Honestly, since I saw the show last week, this is the song that’s been stuck in my head, which I wasn’t really expecting!
So there we go, that was my summer! It’s been a bit of a manic one, but I’ve been having a great time being back in London, and definitely appreciate it here more now than I did when we moved, since I was only seven! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this summer (or winter for my Southern Hemisphere readers!)? What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments!