Summer Favourites!

Words 'summer favourites' over the books Strange the Dreamer and Our Dark Duet

*rolls in* That’s right folks, I’m back! And I am here with a summer favourites post! I am sacrificing the vaguely nice weather to write this so, you know, hopefully it’s worth it. And hopefully I can stop thinking about going back to school (yikes). Here are some things I have been loving over the last three months.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor I’d been putting off buying this for ages because, well, it’s kind of expensive in hardback, and I thought it might come into the library, but in the end I just went for it. I’m so glad I did! Although it was a pretty long book, I was super invested in it, and I especially loved Lazlo. As ever the writing was stunning, let me cry.

Angels in America This is showing at the National Theatre right now and although I couldn’t get tickets to see it live, I was able to see it broadcast live at the cinema near me. I saw it with my grandma and parents, which I think was pretty interesting since we each had really different personal experiences relating to the play. Even though I was a bit worried about the long running time (it’s about 8 hours) I thought this was incredible and I ended up becoming very invested in the characters. Even though most of them were kind of not great people? But I guess, you know — people suck sometimes. The production of the play was also stunning, oh my goodness.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of this at YALC and I loved it even more than Lauren James’ other books, I think! What can I say, I just LOVE space stories. It was such a page turner; I read it in like 12 hours because I just couldn’t put it down. I’d definitely recommend you to read it when it comes out next month!

The Incredible Jessica James I just watched this movie (on recommendation of the excellent Secret Feminist Agenda podcast) and I LOVED IT. Jessica was just, super funny & cool and I definitely didn’t almost cry at the end. GIRLS SUPPORTING GIRLS GIVES ME LIFE. (Also Jessica Williams is pretty oh my goodness.)

Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab Is it supposed to be Victoria Schwab because YA? I dunno. I’m pretty sure the UK version is VE Schwab. Anyway, this book tore me apart and also tore me apart with writing. *flails* That is really all I have to say.

You by Dodie I’m fine…ahaha… No, actually this EP was SO WONDERFUL and I LOVE IT A LOT. In particular I think I really love the titular song, You, which I’d never heard before! Though of course I adore all of them.

The Bright Sessions Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages talks about this podcast a lot so I decided to start listening and…well…I AM OBSESSED. I finally caught up about two weeks ago and just. MY HEART. It’s about people with superpowers except it’s more about how they interact and arGH I LOVE ALL OF THEM SO MUCH. (Except some of the characters who are horrible. But, you know.)

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Another book I finally picked up after hearing so many wonderful things. I just adore books about nerds and cons and this was hella cute! Again, I devoured it in like 12 hours.

stuff from around the internet:

  • On the blog I started a new series called #evestudies about my school life, talked about LGBTQ+ books I want to read, and why I love the podcast Witch, Please.
  • Following the events in Charlottesville, Sara Benincasa compiled a list of organisations you can donate to if you’re able, and Ijeoma Oluo wrote about fighting white supremacy on The Establishment. Although these events happened in the USA, and I’m in the UK, I think this piece is still super relevant.
  • Em @ (the newly rebranded!) Yellow’s The Word talked about resources you can use for language-learning. Although the post is for learning over the summer it’s still super useful!
  • The trailer for A Wrinkle in Time was released and WOAH IT LOOKS GOOD. I can’t remember reading the book, I confess, although my mum swears I loved it, but I’m super pumped to see the movie.
  • Mish @ Chasing Faerytales recced some books with Muslim rep for Ramadan.
  • Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff imparted to us mortals (hehe) some tips for how to make cool aesthetics.
  • I also updated my Redbubble shop! I put on a bunch of new designs featuring cats, blogging, and space and I actually love them a lot so, if you fancy buying one or forwarding on the link do check it out. 😉

in the diary:

  • Oh wow, June feels so long ago. Erm…well, I had internal exams at school! And they went well overall!
  • WHOO SUMMER HOLIDAYS. I went camping with my family which was super fun! I got to spend a bit of time away from everything and also spot the various cute animals around the campsite.
  • I went to my first ever Pride in London which was WOAH. Somehow my friends & I ended up walking in the parade with all the commercial floats, so sorry about that? But also it was so amazing to be around so many cool people and just, like, see other visible LGBTQ+ people??? yeah?? it was fun?
  • In July I went to the Young Adult book event, YALC!  Aah! I’d been looking forward to this event for so long and it was SO GOOD. I just love books a lot, y’all. Please do feel free to check out my full recap here. 😉
  • I don’t know how much you follow my personal rambles about gender so just to let y’all know, I’m currently using they/them pronouns.
  • Probably some other stuff happened but as ever I…can’t really remember it. I’m off to school this week which is kind of yikes.

You might remember that this time last year I decided to switch from monthly to seasonal favourites. Short story is: I think I might do monthly ones again! However, I won’t doing my usual layout with all the items in an image, because to be honest that’s the most difficult part.  I’m not completely sure yet, but three months is just a super long time to keep up with stuff, and I simply don’t have the space to include all the things I love. So, maybe monthly ones it is? We’ll see. *nods*

how have your last few months been? are you returning to or back at school? read any of these books?

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10 thoughts on “Summer Favourites!

  1. I really want to read Strange the Dreamer and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. They sound unique and right up my street, and I’ve been hoping my library gets them in (although I’m not sure my local library has ordered a new book in in years – it’s quite a barren place). I also wanted to see Angels in America! I don’t know much about it but I found out I’m studying the play this year, and I’ve heard very good things. Our Dark Duet made me cry so much, which was strange because I didn’t love it? But I was so attached to those characters and I miss them.
    The trailer for A Wrinkle in Time looked fantastic, and I can’t believe I hadn’t actually heard of the book before? I have it on hold in my library and it sounds like a magical adventure I will adore.
    I’m glad you’ve been having a good summer, Eve! 🙂

    1. Aw I do hope you get to read them! It can be frustrating when the library just doesn’t get in books that you want to read. Oh, that’s so cool! I expect studying Angels in America would be a very different experience but I’m sure very interesting.
      Oh, I’m so glad you thought so! I feel like it might be a good idea for me to read (or reread?) the book because it does sound very cool. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Wasn’t Dodie’s new EP absolutely incredible? I think perhaps my favourite song was “Would You Be So Kind”, though to be honest the entire thing was so, so lovely. It sounds like you’ve been consuming gorgeous art since you last shared with us – so glad to hear your summer has been this bright, & here’s hoping the start of school doesn’t get you down too much! xx


    I’ve heard such great things about Stranger the Dreamer – I must get to it soon. If only for Lazlo because he sounds adorable.

    Wow Angels in America is that long?! That’s amazing haha. Do you have to watch it in one go with one break or is it split up?

    And yay for Queens of Geek! So happy that you liked it 😀

    I’ve never read A Wrinkle in Time but the trailer is INCREDIBLE so I’m really excited for the movie 🙂

    Sounds like you had a great summer! I totally understand wanting to go back to monthly favourites – I think it’s incredible that you managed to remember some favourites every season, I already have trouble keeping track of stuff for my weekly wrap ups 😂

    Thank you so much for sharing my post ❤️

    1. Aww yay thank you! Yep, Strange the Dreamer was a bit intimidating to start but I ended up loving it. Also HELL YEAH BOOK PEOPLE.

      Yeah, I have no idea how the playwright managed to write it all haha. I watched it over 2 evenings (there are 2 parts) and each part had 2 intervals. But I believe that you could watch both parts back to back if you got the tickets?

      YAY TO ALL THE THINGS. Honestly same — it was nice to have a break from monthly faves when I wasn’t enjoying them, but I’m excited to have more space to put in all my fave things. You’re welcome! ❤

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