Monthly Catch Up #7 – July 2019

Hey, guys! How’s it going?

Summer’s been quite interesting so far. My bestie and I went on an impromptu trip to Sandown on Isle of Wight. We weren’t prepared to say the least. You know, when it’s 24C degrees in London, it can go multiple ways. You could be having a pleasant day, waltzing around in a dress, or you could also be wrapped up in scarves and jackets and still feel cold in the wind. So, when we saw it will be 20-22C in Sandown, we packed warm clothes. Well, it was a mistake. Those temperatures down there were sweaty as fuck, so I ended up strolling around in my only beach dress for two days.

The place is super cute, and everyone is extremely chill. To the point that it made us quite stressed, because clearly, we are doing this whole thing wrong as we can’t just switch off from one moment to another. It’s fascinating, really.Photo_talks_1564035146172.jpg

A friend of mine told me going to Isle of Wight is like going back in time. I thought she meant the architecture and the general style of decor. So you can imagine my face when we realized our hotel doesn’t have wi-fi. *gasps in horror*

Despite claims of Isle of Wight being the most haunted island in the world, we did not encounter anything remotely spooky. They did have a lot of abandoned hotels in the town though…

This was not our hotel… It’s totally abandoned and possibly full of ghosts and shit…

They also have this old-school little train that runs between Ryde Pier and Shanklin, and when it pulled up, my first thought was “well, this is how a post-apocalyptic movie would start“. It’s surprisingly fast though.

The Orchard is worth a visit. We loved the Red Squirrel Trail. Even though it sounds like a place for team building activities for communist children, it’s a great country trail with lots of green.

If you ever make it down to Sandown, you should definitely check out The Reef for some awesome pizza, and make sure you stop by at Muzza’s, this family restaurant cafe for a coffee and some yummy cakes. I’m not normally a big fan of home made stuff; you know, when I go out in London and end up paying Β£50 for some home-cooked bullshit, but this place was appropriately priced, and the owner was really sweet. Fancy a Pimm’s? Well, I do… In The Beach Shack!20190725_070908.jpg

Last Friday I met the lovely Sophie @Beware of the Reader, and we had a nice chat in this cute pub while getting rained on periodically. After the tropical temperatures of the previous days it was quite pleasant actually. Sophie is amazing to talk to, and after seeing her being super enthusiastic about The Exact Opposite of Okay, I totally want to read it!


Finally managed to read the new C.J. Tudor book! It was pretty creepy, I must say, and quite different from what I expected after The Chalk Man.


leviathanwakesLeviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, “The Scopuli,” they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to “The Scopuli” and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Hopefully August will be chill, and I’m not planning to do anything in particular.

I’m still pretty much into CSI, and finally got to the episodes with Laurence Fishburn. Haven’t seen those before!

I look forward to seeing what you guys are up to!


  1. this was fun! I need to post my holiday trips and books too πŸ™‚ I looked at your Goodreads to find the ratings, but couldn’t. So I have to bother you. What did you think of The Man Who Didn’t Call and Fangirl? Those are on my TBR πŸ™‚ Happy reading in August! x

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    1. Oh yes, you do! πŸ™‚
      I liked Fangirl. The “girl” in question was the sort of character that either gets on people’s nerves real quick, or they find her relatable a lot.
      The Man Who Didn’t Call was quite interesting, and i enjoyed it. Somewhat melodramatic though.


  2. what a fun trip!!!!!!!! gosh it LOOKS so peaceful and nice ❀ + i'm so scared of john green books istg, whenever I read something of his I'm weirdly obsessed with the book and can't put it down, but at the same time I'm not having a good time reading it????? *it freaks me out so much lol*

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    1. And it was also pretty deserted πŸ™‚ Which is how i like my holiday spots!
      Paper Towns was all right. I alternated it with a thriller, so it was all right πŸ˜€ I kinda get what you mean about not having a good time though. This was more like an adventure sort of thing though, so it was quite funny.

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  3. It was decades ago that I last set foot on the isle of Wight, and, from the sound of it, it hasn’t changed one bit! Ha! Ha! But a pimms on the beach sounds just up my street, as does the amble around the country side. I do love getting outside, which we’ve been trying to do here, despite it being in the upper 30-35+ range for 31 days of July! I’ve somehow managed to lose 20 pounds.

    Can’t wait for cooler weather so I can get back into reading, and might take a look at few of the titles you’ve covered. I need to find some enthusiasm. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes, apparently they deliberately kept the style! πŸ˜€ It’s quite cute.
      When i still lived in hungary we had the 30+C weather all summer long, so eating was usually out of the question. (Apart from watermelons, haha). Usually managed to lose weight too!

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        1. Ooo, how cool! I went to one in Edinburgh. It was quite interesting, but i was very busy trying not to freeze to death, so maybe i’d do it again not during winter πŸ˜€

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  4. It seems you had a lovely holiday. However, no wi-fi?! I’m not sure how I’d have survived that. But I think I’d willing make that sacrifice to visit the most haunted island. =D

    Wishes of a happy August! πŸ™‚

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  5. What an amazing reading month, Norrie! And what an amazing month in general! I love how you’ve described this place! The creepy, haunted, datedness of it all. So funny thing. My mom’s family is from a county called Isle of Wight in Virginia here in the US. It was settled by some of the first to come to the US who landed in Jamestown. One of the towns is called Smithfield, which I know there is a Smithfield in England, too. I would love to travel to this Isle of Wight! Thanks for sharing this with us and welcome back! β™₯️

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    1. Oh that is so cool!! So i take it the Isle of Wight in US is not an actual island?
      There’s also Smithfield in London, which is a market where William Wallace was executed. The market is still there. πŸ˜€


  6. the swimming pool cover is very atmospheric but also kinda ominous with that light?? i kinda dig it. i REALLY want to read leviathan awakes because everyone tells me that the expanse books are Very Good and my fingers itch to pick it up — but its so long??? i’m torn. PS: also had a phase once where i was totally into CSI lol what are your favorite episodes? happy reading!! c:

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    1. You just perfectly described that book! It was atmospheric and quite ominous too!

      Leviathan Wakes was pretty good. But yes, it is long, and considering it’s a long series also, it took a while for the plot to start. There was a lot of set up in the beginning. I usually alternate long books with some thrillers, so i don’t get tired of them πŸ˜€

      I think i liked the early seasons of CSI more. The ones with Grissom. He was pretty much my fave character in the whole thing. Kind of warming up to the new cast though.


  7. Loved reading about your trip and seeing your vacation pics! πŸ™‚
    My August is shaping up to be pretty busy already with no signs of slowing down so your plan to keep August a pretty chill kind of month sounds amazing. ❀ I'm jealous! lol

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  8. The abandoned hotel is spooky but I just LOVE the photo you got of it! I also love that drink photo. πŸ™‚ I can’t believe there was no wi-fi though, that’s def like going back in time lol. So cool you got to meet a fellow blogger, too! & I didn’t know about the new C.J. Tudor book. I gotta look it up now! Thanks for sharing, Norrie! β™‘

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    1. Oh damn, it’s the end of the month already!! Hope you had a lovely august too ❀
      I went on a ghost tour in Edinburgh too. Must say the lack of spooky stuff was the same. :/


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