You may have noticed that June yielded zero books in the bookpile, due to me napping more than reading. Which is fine to do sometimes, right? So this is a double month.
In June I was reading City of Heavenly Fire at home whilst Scarlet was my on the move book of choice. COHF is a tome - look at it, its utterly ridiculous so clearly it wasn't moving from my bedside, which meant it took a whole month to read. Hilarious as I read the entire rest of this series in a month alone (5 books, remember Morgenstern Month in 2013?). It's good, but I can't work out if it is the last in the series? Scarlet was as good as Cinder if not better, I like the introduction of new Disney Princesses (for lack of a better collective term) with each new book in this series and I can't wait to see where it all goes.
I picked up Gone Girl after it was highly recommended by a pal. I generally avoid the kind of books I see everyone reading on the tube to avoid The Da Vinci Code syndrome, but I was sold on this (also the movie looks good). I would have given Gone Girl 4 stars if it hadn't been for the ending. The ending was the MOST disappointing ending I've read in a while. 2 stars. ONLY TWO.
How I Live Now had been on my list for a while, after the film shot straight to the top of my Best Movies of 2013 list, in a lonely hotel room last December. I really, really loved the book, and I really, really enjoyed seeing how they changed things to make it work better as a film. I would normally hate these things. I like that in the film Daisy was more neurotic, everything was a bit darker. I like that the book wasn't as dark, but the ending was a bit sadder. I like the contrast between the two. I want to watch the film again.
SIGH Battle Royale, I am reading (still, still reading) Battle Royale. I don't know if its just that I'm struggling with the translation, or I'm just more of a Hunger Games kind of girl. But I'm not loving it (SORRY SOPHIE) - I don't like any of the characters, I don't care about what colour their socks are (way, way too much detail) and I want them all to die. Its not terrible, I'm just struggling to stay interested in this book.
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I've already visited Chapel Allerton cemetery in Leeds over here on the blog, where I shot a few colour photographs and this whole roll of black and white using my little Mamiya 135EF, a handy little dude that easily fits in my pocket and shoots 35mm film with sharp brilliance.
I was a bit nervous about how these would come out, it was the first time I'd used my little Mamiya and it has fixed focal depths I was still working out.
... As you can see here, woops!
I'm loving these pictures though. Chapel Allerton Cemetery is such a special little hidden paradise, so many wild flowers and butterflies.
If you happen to be in Leeds with some spare time, get the bus up to Chapel Allerton and have a wander.
Check out the colour version of this Cemetery Tour - and while you're at it, why not browse the Cemetery Tour archives!
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Matthew regularly frequents the Sunday Sessions events down at the Draft House on Charlotte St, and I'm always a bit jealous when he comes home with tall tales of epic food adventures so I let him drag me along to the event in June hosted by the Wild Beer Co. It featured a bunch of "sour beers" which apparently I enjoy, so why not.
Sunday Sessions is a good excuse to eat some nice food and drink some nice beer, as matched by the Draft House team in collaboration with a different brewery each time.
It all sounds a bit random, so I just went with it. The beers were pretty tasty, and the food was delicious.
Yeah that guy is smoking fish on a bar! It was all pretty chilled out. A perfect Sunday afternoon, maxin'n relaxin'.
I'm not a beer blogger (I leave that to the expert in our house) so I don't have much to say about this day, other than I could have eaten these butternut squash balls all day until I exploded and died. But I only got one. Insert a single, golden tear.
I just had a really nice afternoon, taking photographs and chatting with people, eating good food and having a few cold sour beers.
Looking back at these photographs, its funny to me that all of the colours are perfectly matching as well. Beetroot tart and blackcurrant beer - perfect. Also lets give this Basil Crème Brulee its moment to shine, I could literally eat tubs and tubs of this stuff.
I'm not sure I'd become a Sunday Sessions regular, just because I'm not generally a huge beer drinker (novelty sour/fruit beers aside) but I highly recommend popping down if you are. Its a good time.
Sunday Sessions are held at the Draft House on Charlotte St in central London. You can find out more on the Draft House website.
graze boxes are, but I just got a bunch of the Breakfast Variety boxes in and they have basically saved my life, so I wanted to give them a shout out.