Summer Expectations

When planning your summer you expect to be hanging out every single day. You expect it to be sunny every single day. You expect to do things like go to the park, go to the cinema, go to museums, etc. Basically, you expect to do a lot of things.

Alas, I live in the ever rainy England. Where we complain when it rains and complain when it’s hot. We can never win. The past few months it has rained a lot but finally the sun decided to grace us with his presence these past couple of days so people have been stripping left, right and centre. BBQs are being brought out again. Sunbathing in the park is a must.

I don’t mind a bit of sun. It means I can top up my tan, so that when I go on holiday I am already deliciously brown when I decide to brave a bikini (eek). The only problem is that there is no breeze whatsoever, so you don’t feel need the need to do anything except drink a lot of water and lounge around. The fact that the sun came out of nowhere also took me by surprise, so I wasn’t expecting to be wearing my summer dresses, shorts and sandals even though it is July. Like I said, I live in England.

Anyway, I did promise a book giveaway in my last post but I complete forgot about it – so, sorry about that! See below for more details on my giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So basically, I know most of my readers are from overseas so worldwide shipping IS included. Yaaay. These books are some of my favourites but I am trying to make space in my room, so I thought I’d give these two away because I want you guys to enjoy them as well! So, one lucky reader gets to receive two books for absolutely nothing! Here are the summaries for both books, so you can decide whether you’re interested in entering or not:

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Seventeen-year-old Louise Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when she’s sent to Wildthorn Hall. Labelled a lunatic, she is deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayal that led to her incarceration, Louisa realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself to have a chance of being set free. And love will be the key…

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

It’s 1895 and, after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper baording school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemme finds her reception a chilly one. She’s not completely alone, though… she’s being followed by a mysterious young man, send to warn her to close her ming against the visions. It’s at Spence that Gemma’s powers to attract supernatural unfolds, as she becomes entangled with the school’s most powerful girls and discovers her mother’s connection to a shadowy, timeless group called The Order. Her destiny awaits… if only Gemma can believe in it.

Read the blurbs? Now go enter!

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Speaking of books, I recently finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adam which I absolutely LOVED. I’ve watched the film (randomly because it happened to be on TV and it had Martin Freeman and Zooey Deschanel whom I both love) and that was pretty hilarious. I was in Foyles the other week and picked it up and three of the other books in the series (or ‘Trilogy of Four’, ha). I’m already half way through The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and can’t stop giggling like mad. Adams is a brilliant author – so witty and funny! Plus, I love his characters. Especially Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. Definitely recommend if you love funny stories and science fiction!

Suits update: Recently watched the latest episodes of Suits. What I love about this show is that they aren’t afraid to take risks. This episode literally tugged at my heartstrings. I can’t reveal too much because I know one of my readers watches Suits as well (Elaine) but if you don’t at least have watery eyes during at least two of the scenes, then boy.

I’ve been doing my live blogs that I was talking about a couple of posts ago – read them here. My ask page is also open!


  1. July 24, 2012 / 7:33 pm

    When it comes to summer vacation, you have to expect plans to be made either last minute, ruined, or goes smoothly. But there’s so much you can do to control the weather. I suppose everyone complains when it’s really hot or cold. Even I do the same.

    I was thinking that I am the one who needs a tan since I’m really pale. Hopefully, the sun will shine in England sometime soon before the summer ends. Because summer ain’t summer unless you get that tan!

    Good luck with your giveaway! I will enter just for the fun of it. I wouldn’t mind reading some new books :)!

    I haven’t watched Suits in forever! The last time I watched those episodes was during the first few weeks into the first season. For sure the series I kept up with is Burn Notice.

    It looks like you’re having fun with your live blogs :)! Good luck!

    I saw the video you sent me with Robert Downey, Jr at Comic-Con! It was packed there! I had some friends that went and the line to see RDJ was really long- and it took hours to get in too. He is epic 🙂

    I’m sorry for the long post :(. I tried breaking it into segments, but I figured people would get tired of my posts eventually.

    I guess everyone has to experience the college life some day? And I’m glad you’re extremely happy that I got to experience this sleeping pattern. Seriously, I don’t know how everyone does it so easily- I was practically brain dead during class.

    I think it’s a lot cheaper to eat out on your own or eat at home. That’s just me :P. $3 is good enough for lunch compared to $9 per meal there.

    Gender splitting is the worse idea in life especially in the field of computer studies. It’s mostly male-dominated, so in order to be successful, you need to work with them. I’m not saying females are bad, teamwork is just the key to success.

    My date at the wedding is now my boyfriend :o! (You can look through my instagram for hints) Haha ;). Now it’s going to be an awkward story to tell others considering how it happened after the wedding :o. Weddings are awesome, I seriously can’t wait for more to come. XD.

    Take care 🙂

  2. July 24, 2012 / 7:33 pm

    yaaay thanks! <3 i'm just so glad to finaly meet mutay's bestfriend and now friend too.

    My fiance lives in US. At first we somehow wanted to settle here in the Philippines but decided just to move to California. His in Maryland right now so he's gonna be moving up to west coast on or before we get married. New life it is! 🙂 very exciteeed! and yes, deffo ignoring those negative people. it's not worth it to be wasting time over them.

    Homayyy!! lol. that's so sweet of you not to be spoiling it. But it's all good, feel free. I'm still gonna watch it anyway. haha! and i'll be more than happy to read it, that way i'll be a lil updated with what's been going on to my favorite tv show. lol

    I love and hate Summer. lol and yes, we complain if it's hot and so when it rains. we do that a lot here. haha! I love rainy days when I got nothing to do the whole day but sleep. Summer is when you flaunt your legs and show a lil bit of skin by wearing shorts and whatever sexy top or a see through tops. haha!

    About the book, I'm really not a bookworm. Don't even like reading books. the only things I read are blogs. but when it comes to books? that's a different story. haha! I usually fall asleep when I read. I always wanted to be a lawyer but not until my friends who took up law told me that you got thousands of thick books to read. so Yeah. lol

  3. July 24, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    I’ve never done a 30 day anything before lol. So this would be my first! I tried doing a 365 on Tumblr on January 1, 2012, but I only got past two weeks & I stopped updating. I never had time & it was just a hassle to take pictures everyday lol.

    Yay! Thanks for letting me know. :3 I’ve entered! 😀
    A Great and Terrible Beauty caught my eye lol. It sounds so good! I always like reading “supernatural” books. There’s more action lol.

    Your first paragraph of your blog is how I expected my summer every year to be. But of course, that’s not the case lol.

    In England, it’s hot when it rains? ;o

  4. July 25, 2012 / 9:28 am

    Summer weather is great, but the rain and thunderstorms suck big time! I have a nice tan, but it could be much better. Hopefully the sun comes out so I can get some sun ;p

    Friendships are a very complicated thing. You can never be too sure of people’s true intentions.

  5. July 25, 2012 / 10:14 am

    ohmygod No not donna!! that is soooo not right. i’m getting upset now (you see I put a lot of emotions with this tv show lol). I so love donna. She knows harvey way too much and she’s someone Harvey really trust 🙁

    and mind if I ask what happened to Mike? 🙁 please don’t tell me he got fired too. lol

    thanks so much Chynna for updating me. It does helps a lot. and finally mutay contacted me. I didn’t know she still blogs. but thanks again hun <3

  6. July 25, 2012 / 11:34 am

    I love Summer! I wish I was in England right now. Haha! It’s a nice place. :”> Our Summer has just ended, hello rainy season. I will miss you, SUN!

    I love to read books. Btw, I joined. Goodluck with your contest. Have a great day & God Bless. xx

  7. July 25, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    Yaaaaaaay! atleast something good to hear about suits. I still can’t get over about the whole firing donna thing. :((((((( tell me more about it. hahaha!

  8. July 25, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    Hold upppp! I just saw my name. haha! did you just add that or I didn’t notice it. LOOOL! 😀

  9. July 25, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    Lol, awhhh. Thanks. :3
    I’d Cap That used to super popular towards the end of the school year, but it just faded out like the rest of the “popular” apps.

    LOL, I took a picture of myself making a double chin, my lips twisted in some weird way & my eyes wide open. My caption was “derp derpy doooooooo.”

    My cat is my baby! 😀 I’ll probably post a picture of her later. My sister’s cat is cute too… because he’s a fatty lol.

    Awh thanks for the support! It’ll be a while before I can get my channel up though. I only have one video on there, which is my makeup collection.
    My HD camera only opens in Quicktime, which is an Apple thingy (I forgot the word for it! Haha). I only have Camtasia & Windows Movie Maker on my laptop so I can’t edit the video. If I don’t edit them, the videos upload sooooo slow. It takes like, 7 hours. 😐

    Are you doing the 365 on your Tumblr?

    Oh wait. Sorry! I never used Rafflecopter before! But I think I entered now? ;o

    Lol really? Even though the weather is humid, I still want to visit there! I’ve never been anywhere in Europe. 🙁

  10. July 26, 2012 / 5:35 am

    I think the weather is cold when you come back! 🙂 I’ll just repeat the steps. I hope the widget will be good to me this time. Hahaha!

  11. July 26, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Here in Texas the weather changes constantly. Even if it’s sunny out, it’s not necessarily safe enough to actually go outside because of the heat. I’m not really into the summer things you listed, but that’s just me (and because I don’t really care for it), but I’m sorry you’re not getting to spend your summer how you wanted to. 🙁

    Good luck on your giveaways. ^^

    I’m in the USA, and I don’t know if you’re doing it internationally or not. P:

  12. July 26, 2012 / 11:55 pm

    I have heard so many UKers gush about the sun you all have seen recently. I live in Missouri,USA and I’d be more than happen to send over what we have. 100+ degree F temperatures, humidity but we are in a drought and mass amounts of sunshine. It’s so unbearably hot here that we’ve all spent our summer indoors. I did go swimming a few times with friends but that we before the major heat wave hit. I’m so ready for fall!

  13. July 27, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Yeah summer is that time! ;D

  14. August 8, 2012 / 4:10 am

    It always rains here, too. I’m in the Philippines. And worse, typhoons arrive all year round (except for summer, thank god). Yesterday a great storm washed over my city and there are still floods right now.

    This is very nice of you. And the books you chose to give away sound interesting to me, because I haven’t read it yet.

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