Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Month in Review: August 2020

August was as normal a month as we could make it and was a lovely, but tiring, month. 
With all the doom and gloom predictions for Autumn and Winter, it was super important for us to seize the opportunity to live a little and get outside and go (mostly local) places while we could. 
With social distancing, sanitising and masks we were pretty comfortable while out and about and the one time we weren't (while heading into the town centre for school supplies, funnily enough) we left and went back for them another day. 

With the end of August came a big slump in energy and a spike in anxiety probably caused by the sudden change in routine once more! Schools went back (actually, I'm straying into first week of September now, but oh well...) and I went back to work full time having done three-day weeks all summer. I'm in office 2-3 days a week now, the professor is 4-5 days in office and with school it's been a big adjustment again. But we're settling in.

I'm sorry I've been neglecting to visit your blogs and I'm posting erratically. 
I just haven't had time or energy to be consistent but I try to get as much read as I can in fits and bursts and often I'm reading the posts but am too brain dead to muster a coherent comment! 
Hopefully, this month, I'll get back to a semi-normal... But so far it's been worse, I think!

Since I don't want to finish on a complete downer, I'm going to share some of the places we went this summer.

Our village spent months growing a sunflower maze which opened to the public in August with donations going to our local hospital charity which was lovely. We also spent a lot of time in the New Forest, hanging out by the river, walking by the Cathedral and in our local parks...

We ventured into London to visit the Imperial War Museum and it was unbelievable how quiet the city was! My local city was busier!

No trip to London is complete (in the little dude's mind) without a visit to Leicester Square's Lego Store.

We visited the home of the WWII code breakers at Bletchley Park and it was a fantastic and super interesting day out.

We went on a mini-break to the Isle of Wight and hit so many of the local attractions:

Amazon World

Carisbrooke Castle

Blackgang Chine

 Robin Hill Adventure Park

The Needles, New Battery & Alum Bay


St Catherine's Lighthouse and ComiCoffee (which freaking ruled!)

In August, I read 8 books... 
And that feels kinda sad. I feel like I barely read anything so I should be happy I actually read 8 full-length stories but I feel deflated instead. I just can't get my reading mojo going at the moment. 😟

My favourite book of the month was The Switch by Beth O' Leary followed closely by Warping Minds and Other Misdemeanors by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen.
My least favourite read was Booked For Murder by R.J. Blain.

Progress towards this year's reading challenges is diabolically bad but I'm not actually bothered anymore. 2020 can suck it in general and this is another perfect example of why...

Audiobook Challenge is at 9/20

I finished one audiobook in August and it was Beth O'Leary's, The Switch.

I absolutely adored this book! I was cackling like a mad bat while listening to it and it gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings. It's a pure joy so I highly recommend it for escaping the shit show of 2020!

New Release Challenge is at 42/31

I added five new releases to the total last month!

Beat The Backlist is at 43/80 

Three additional books off the backlist! (A million and one to go!)

Retellings Challenge 1/10

None, but I HAVE started Geekarella so I'll have one in September's round up! 😆

Bookish Resolution - Shut Up & Read It 2/16 


Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.1) 0/16


Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.2) 3/21


Bookish Resolution - Read The Series 1/12

One more off one of my target series but I'll never get through them all this year... Oh well. I've read plenty of other series instead!

Bookish Discussion Challenge 2/10

(But my bar was always pretty low for this one... I only wanted one! I achieved that.)


  1. I haven't been doing much blog visiting either. I just don't have the time most days.

  2. I have a pile of great postcards of the Needles. It looks like the kind of area me and my camera would love. If I lived near London I'd have been in there too, taking advantage of fewer tourists to get photos of everything! Our town and county is in lockdown again. My old school has had a virus outbreak and the kids who go there use the same local shop as me and my dad, so we're having to be extra careful.

  3. Wow, you were lucky to visit so many lovely places! Love the photos! Happy September!

  4. I love all the pictures! I am a bit jealous of how much you actually did this summer. I did, um, NOTHING. Wow! It's great that your area is returning to normal with back in the office and back to school. I can imagine after WFH for so long it could be a difficult transition. Hang in there!

  5. What great photos! I'm glad you had a break. I'm struggling off and on with energy. I read people's posts and I end up retweeting or liking if I can't manage a comment or don't have anything to say.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. I read 6 books and I think almost everyone is struggling with blogging right now. I think with everything going on right now it's better to get out right now and take advantage of the weather.

    I'm a little worried about winter and what that will mean but I guess we'll find new things to occupy us.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  7. That's awesome you were able to get out this summer and do some fun things. It must have been so weird to have London be quiet like that. I can't even imagine!! I'm trying to find things to do now that it's almost Fall and feels pretty good to be outside - a lot more outdoor events are happening before Winter. I'll try and do what I can; it's rough being cooped up all the time.


  8. I’ve always wanted to visit the Needles. When I was in primary school we watched a tv programme that was set on the IOW and I was fascinated by the Needles! It looks like such a great place to visit.

    Lego store looks fun too, I love Lego and in my dream home I’d have a big room like they have in the Lego movie!

  9. I totally get the not having time or energy to post regularly. And I've decided that consistency is vastly overrated. LOL From now I'm doing what I can/want to, when I can/want to. End of story. :) Love all the pictures of your outings... you really did a lot! So glad you found a way to make all that possible.

  10. I loved the Switch! And the Imperial War Museum is a favorite of mine! Now I want to visit the Isle of Wight too!
    About blogging...don't beat up yourself Nicci as life is really weird this year and we all do our best!