Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mel's Random July

July is over and perhaps it was the heat in London, but I felt like it was a very long month. At the same time I can't quite believe it will be August tomorrow! This month has been pretty busy with work kicking into gear and lots of personal upsets still. But I am thinking positive especially as I'm heading to Canada at the end of August for two weeks! I've visiting family in Toronto so plan to do all the touristy stuff like CN Tower, see a Blue Jay game and visit Niagara Falls. Plus family definitely has a shopping gene at least in the female side and a variety of cousins are planning on helping me stretch my shopping muscles! Still in the meantime I hope to leave plenty of lovely review and surprises for you while I'm away - although if anyone fancies a guest post on a subject of their choice please let me know!

In the meantime I'm going to leave with the view from Box Hill over Surrey where I went for a brief walk with my Dad, brother and brother's girlfriend on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day and the view spectacular - as you can see we weren't the only ones to step out on a Sunday afternoon!

View from Box Hill, Surrey, UK
So how did this impact the reading situation in June...?

Transcendence - CJ Omololu
Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan (British Book Challenge)
The String Diaries - Stephen Lloyd-Jones (British Books Challenge)
Odd Interlude - Dean Koontz
Mistress of the Sea - Jenny Barden (British Book Challenge)
Nowhere - Jon Robinson (British Book Challenge)
Kitty Rocks The House (Kitty Norville #11) - Carrie Vaughn
Etiquette and Espionage - Gail Carriger
Deep Fathom - James Rollins
Stung - Bethany Wiggins

Stalking The Others (H&W Investigations #4) - Jess Haines
Forsaken By The Others (H&W Investigations #5) - Jess Haines
Mist - Susan Krinard
Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) - Jennifer Estep
Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square - William Sutton (British Book Challenge)

Novella Review
Meridian Six - Jaye Wells

Sarah's Review
The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold

Other Posts
Book Confessions: Genre Burnout
Book Confessions: Are Paper Books More Valuable...?

So updating the challenges -
British Books Challenge - 25 Read - half way to my personal target of 50 books by British Authors!

Best of the Bunch: Etiquette & Espionage just rocked!

Honorable Mentions: Nowhere was just a great read and I had fun with The String Diaries and Odd Interlude as well!

So what was your month like? :


  1. Wow, Mel! Canada! One of the places where we have relatives too, but I've never been. I hope you have an absolutely cracking time, sweetheart! :)

  2. I hope you will have a lot of fun in Canada

  3. Wow! You still rocked the reading! Oh and that view is lovely!

    I hope you have lots of fun in Canada! Hope you shop and find lots of treasures. :)

  4. Where did July go? *looks around*

  5. I was waiting for the six weeks hols to start, so I agree, July felt like a verrrrry long month!

    Have fun in Canada, I want to see pictures when you get back :)

  6. I LOVED Etiquette and Espionage! I would have been my Best of the Bunch pick for May :D

    Have a fabulous time in Canada!

  7. Wow, I've missed a lot. It's still crazy here. Hope you are doing well and loving that view. :)

    Thank you!

  8. Shame you probably won't be spending any time around the east coast of Canada. If you were, I'd kidnap you for a day and show you around the country's oldest incorporated city! (Hey, where I live has to be good for something, right? :p) But definitely have fun; Toronto's got a lot to offer, amazing food, good sight-seeing, and I don't think you'll spend a minute of your time there being bored!