July was a pretty weird month. June hadn’t really been a fun month for me, so I haven’t really been in the very happiest of moods, but it’s also the official start of the summer. And therefore time to relax, unwind, and finally catch up on my reading challenge. At the beginning of the month I was about 18 books behind. I hadn’t been feeling like reading, and I’m not the one to force myself to read, so the number of books I was behind kept getting bigger and bigger. As of right now, I am proud to announce that I am *drum roll* only 7 books behind on schedule. Is that an applause I hear? Sounds like music to my ears, haha. I am finally feeling that holiday spirit, am relaxing, and finishing book after book. 18 July I left with my family for Sweden. We traveled by boat (which was absolutely lovely *cue sarcasm* because I get terribly seasick). After the horrors of the boat journey were over, we arrived in Sweden to pretty rainy weather, so we drove all the way to Kalmar: the only sunny spot in Sweden, yay! I’d never been to Sweden before, and I didn’t really know what to expect, but the nature is absolutely stunning! And the best part was that there were running trails all the way around the campsite, through the forest and alongside the sea, so I was able to go on a run every single day. Loved it. Right now, I am in Potsdam, Germany. We arrived today, and as it is a city with a lot of history I am looking forward to exploring!
- Went to the movies with friends and watched Age of Adeline & Magic Mike XXL . I loved Age of Adeline. It had a bit of a fairytale-like quality to it, and it was cute all around. Plus, as a Dutch girl I gotta support Dutch actors (because watching Michiel Huisman on the big screen is just SUCH a hardship, haha). And watching Magic Mike… well, not really the best of movies, but totally a guilty pleasure.
- Rewatched The Swan Princess. I was absolutely obsessed with Derek when I was younger and I was feeling nostalgic. It was a bit of an anticlimax, because it fell a bit short for grown-up me, but it was fun to rewatch on of my fave childhood movies.
- I got back on track with my workouts!
- Babysat my niece and nephews with my sister. Family quality time is ALWAYS a highlight in my book.
Lux series (reread – 5 books): 5 stars
Dark Element series (reread – 2 books): 5 stars
Sweet Evil trilogy: 4 stars
Daughter of Smoke & Bone: 5 stars
Since You’ve Been Gone: 4 stars
Stormdancer: 5 stars
Moby Dick: 3 stars
Every Last Breath
I’ve read a total of 14 books (and still counting). I’ve given some pretty high ratings this month, but then again, it is my holiday and I was sure to pick books that I KNEW I was going to like. I needed to get out of that ugly reading slump. And so far, I think it’s safe to say: Mission completed!