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No Books Allowed (#18)

Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a new monthly feature hosted by me, used to  discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events! The feature is usually posted on the last Thursday of the month unless that coincides with a blog tour/other book event.
August 2014 
So August was a tough month. It wasn’t as fun as I hoped and it wasn’t the summer I wanted, thats for sure. I had a lovely birthday and spent some quality time with friends following on from it, however the following week my grandmother passed away. I’m not going to go into details on here because I’m not sure that a) I want to and b) that my family would be ok with their business being over the internet. I’ll miss her but its good to know that she’s at peace and that she lived a happy, long life. She was the first member of my family to die which possibly made it even tougher than it would have been but I just keep thinking about how lucky I am to live until 26 and not have a family member (that I knew properly) die until now.

So yeah, a little while was spent in the North East for the arrangements so I got to see my parents and siblings and spend time with members of my family that I don’t see a lot. T met my aunty for the first time (he’d met most of the others before but not this particular one) and she embarrassed me in the way only aunties can! And whilst me and T were up there we managed to play a mean game of ‘The Last Night on Earth with my awesome friends Stef and Mike. Can’t beat a bit of zombie board-gaming!  

An awful lot of time this month has been spent doing stuff I don’t normally do. Seeing friends and generally relaxing. I read and relax but this month hasn’t involved a lot of that so this has been different types of relaxing. We’re steadily making our way through all of Sopranos and I’m enjoying it so much more than I expected. I’ve also been watching movies a fair bit. Guardians of the Galaxy was amazing (I AM GROOT!) and the passing of Robin Williams resulted in a rematch of Aladdin which I haven’t seen since I was a kid… I still love it! Toy Story 2 and Up were also rewatched cos I love those movies and we saw Gravity – it was ok but not incredible. My workmate also loaned me a Michelle Williams movie form 2001 called Me Without You and I really, really enjoyed that – its a friendship movie that follows two girls growing up from 1973 (I think!) to 2001 and the agony they bring each other, totally my kind of movie with a bit of an edge to it too! 


Gaming has been spares the past year if I’m honest but this month T bought me Octodad for my birthday and I have to say its quite possibly the most bizarre, yet brilliant, game I’ve played. You are an octopus who lives life as a human man and you have to try not to draw attention to the fact that he’s an octopus. Its hilarious, but frustrating too! I haven’t finished it yet, I really must! 

Finally T got a new job this month and started this week! Yay! Its a fair commute though and because he doesn’t drive he doesn’t get home until 7 every weekday evening. I’m combatting this by making lush teas that I never usually make because they take too long. Last night was Sausage casserole that was gorgeous but there wasn’t a lot of so next time I’ll have to bulk up the ingredients and tonight, oh wow, tonight was the best shepherds pie I have ever eaten. It was made with quorn mince and there was so much of it that I’m having it for lunch tomorrow! I actually can’t wait! 

So yeah, there were a lot of pros to August and a lot of fun was to be and but a major not so good thing too. Here’s too a better September! 
  • So sorry about your grandmother, Raimy xx

  • That board game looks amazing! Where do I find it? And Very sorry to hear about your grandmother though, hugs! x