See 52 New Films
It was quite a good month for films, mainly because I went away to the caravan and watched three films, two of which I hadn’t seen before. I also went to the cinema to see Olympus Has Fallen (you can read my thoughts here), and watched the frankly appalling GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra on the television. I haven’t had a chance to write up my thoughts on that, or the two I saw at the caravan; Perks of Being a Wallflower and New York: I Love You. Suffice to say, the latter two were a lot better than GI Joe. I also watched The Green Mile at Anna’s house, last Sunday. I had never watched it, because I had it in my head that it was a certain type of film, but it was actually a lot different to what I expected, and I loved it! I’m entering a Tom Hanks obsessive-phase. They come around every now and again.
Read 75 Books
I’ve been worrying about my books total for a couple of months now, but I actually think I’m more or less back on track now. I finished six books in May, and 75 books in a year shakes out at 6.25 books a month. I’m determined to get there! I read a book called Chaplin and Company, which was my first book from Net Galley, and I reviewed it at Hanging On Every Word. I also received In The Summertime from Net Galley, and I’m planning on writing a review of that in the next couple of days (BEDM got in the way!).
I also read my first Harlequin romance, Overheated, which I was all prepared to be embarrassed about, but in actuality, it was a lot less smutty than I expected. I read The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell, for book group, and loved it. And I read two non-fiction books, that couldn’t have been further apart in terms of quality! The Other Mitford, by Diana Alexander, was the worst Mitford book I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot), and is going to get a scathing review from me on Goodreads when I get round to writing it. Monuments Men, by Robert M. Edsel, on the other hand, was a fascinating book that I am planning on writing a proper post about at some point. Such a fascinating story, and a really well-written book.
Go to a music concert/gig
Even though I have already ticked off this 2013 goal, when I went to see Status Quo, I thought I’d include this; I went to see The Big Reunion at the O2 with my sister, niece and her friend. It was all a bit last-minute, I filled a gap that had been vacated, but I enjoyed it, and I got a keyring!
31 Before 31
I managed to cross off another item in May, which is good, because I worry that I’m stalling a little. I am going to be really pro-active about the remaining goals this month, and see if I can have a more positive update next month!
Number 23 – Complete a cross stitch was the one that I crossed off, I finished a Gandalf cross stitch for my friend Jen’s birthday.
Number 1 – Read 26 books – one for each letter of the alphabet is going well. The Other Mitford, Monuments Men and The Hand That First Held Mine all qualified this month. I’ve completed A-H, which is aesthetically pleasing on the list, as well as a few more post-H, and I’ve only got eleven more authors to go.
Number 20 – Have an international penfriend is still not crossed off, because I haven’t blogged about it (neither have I replied to Bev’s letter!). Both will be done this week.