a good ol’ fashioned catch-up // ft. what I’ve been up to and new favourite books

a good ol' fashioned catch-up

hello hello hello!

it is i, resurrected from the dead.

well. i wasn’t really dead *gasp* but i’m back and I have a lot to tell you guys! This post is going to be a long one so prepare the snacks for a catch-up on:

  • what i’ve been up to in general
  • music i’ve enjoyed
  • movies/tv shows i watched
  • books i loved
  • goals for august

i also really want to hear what you’ve been up to because i genuinely love interacting with you and desperately need friends so please comment or slide into my DMs on Twitter or Instagram! i promise i’m friendly 🥺

also to all of you that followed while i was away, thank you so much!! i guess you sort of took a gamble on me but i hope you enjoy my content and choose to stay! you are amazing and i really appreciate you 🙂

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so the main reason i stopped blogging for a while is because of school. you’d think that covid-19 would mean that i’m less busy but it seems to have totally screwed over the wibbly wobbly, timey wimey… stuff.

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So in the UK, you take national exams at 16 called GCSEs. I’m taking these next year but because of Covid-19, I missed about 5 months of content so the stress levels are very very high. we did have online school but i found it pretty hard to teach myself and balance everything efficiently so let’s just say i am not thriving and leave it at that.

But on a more positive note, it is the summer holidays!! 6 whole weeks of pure fun!! i may not open a textbook ever again (she says knowing full well the amount of notes she has to make – don’t leave revision till last-minute kids).

I also went on holiday to Swansea in Wales and it was amazing! We spent a lot of time on the beach, went on a hike and i bought a new hoodie which is gorgeous!! watch it become the only thing i wear also long walks on the beach in the evening/early morning are EVERYTHING they’re hyped up to be in books!!

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Music-wise, I went through a huge Alec Benjamin phase and I am in love with all his songs (would anyone be interested in specific song recs??). I also really vibed with Gnash’s music and binged One Direction songs.

Taylor Swift dropped a new album which I am completely obsessed with?! i love so many of the songs in it and i’ve been listening to it on repeat. also does anybody get random lines of a song stuck in their head for days? because that has happened multiple times to me with iconic lines from this album. I will be doing the folklore booktag soon and I’m excited to share more taylor related fangirling then!

Other than that, I mostly just listen to the Spotify recommended songs so I don’t really remember any song names or artists. Please send music recommendations my way because I really need to stop listening to the same songs for weeks. i don’t really listen to a specific genre so i’m open to new music!

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I have spent an ungodly amount of time watching various shows during lockdown. If you have watched any of these, please scream about them with me!!

  • I fell in love with Glee. I started watching the show ironically because nothing else interested me but by the end of season 2 I was so invested?!
  • Never Have I Ever was another really awesome series! I loved seeing some Indian teen representation on screen and it was so fun to watch! Aditi wrote a really awesome post about this show and why representation in the media is important that perfectly sums up my thoughts! Check it out here.
  • I watched Season 6 of Brooklyn 99 and I love this show and cast with my whole heart. I need to rewatch this series asap because it is so funny and the precinct has such an adorable dynamic!

Currently watching:

  • I am currently halfway through season 3 on Friends and I am OBSESSED with it. This series is amazing and the whole gang has a special place in my heart. I now aspire to be as funny as Chandler. Please let me know if you’ve watched this because I need to scream about it to someone. I!! Have!! So!! Many!! Thoughts!!
  • I am also watching Fort Salem on BBC Iplayer which has witches!! and is so intriguing. It is sapphic and so exciting! You should watch it if you like magic, found families, chills and strong, badass women.

Need to watch:

  • Season 3 of Good Girls just came out and omg i am so excited to watch it!! I’ve already seen the first episode and I can tell this season is going to be amazing!
  • Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy has also been released and I can’t remember much about the first season but I think I really enjoyed it!
  • I am also really intrigued by Selling Sunset and The Office so I might check them out next. What shows are you loving at the moment? I need more reasons to procrastinate

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I read quite a few contemporaries during quarantine since they are usually very enjoyable and easy to get into! I also began to enjoy mysteries and thrillers and I want to read more since I love the suspense so do send recs my way!

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is an incredible YA thriller/mystery book. The plot is very intriguing and I really enjoyed trying to piece together the different clues along with Pip. I also loved the fact that this book is realistic and believable.  The sequel is also amazing!


The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit SweetlyThe Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton is beautifully written and a delight to read. I fell in love with Kit and became really invested in the story. You should check this book out if you are looking for a sweet contemporary with a touch of feminism and romance.


Are You Watching? Are You Watching? by Vincent Ralph is another thriller that had me completely hooked. I could not stop reading and Vincent Ralph’s writing kept me guessing. I also enjoyed the social media aspect as it gave this book a very unique concept. Definitely one of the best YA thrillers I’ve read!


Technically, You Started ItTechnically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson is a cute contemporary written as a series of texts. I loved the unique idea of this book and the conversations between the characters were adorable and so fun to read! This book made my heart smile and I didn’t expect to love it this much.


You Deserve Each OtherYou Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle is a hilarious lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance. I loved reading this and I laughed SO. MUCH. throughout this whole book?! The rivalry and romance between Naomi and Nicholas was spectacular and I am obsessed with the pair!

Divider1.pnggoals for August

I have so many things I want to do in August so hopefully, writing it here will make me feel accountable.

  • I really want to post twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) because I have so many exciting ideas!! but if i don’t, somebody yell at me to get stuff done please
  •  I want to drink two liters of water every day – I’ve been pretty good at this recently but I want to keep it going!
  • I also want to exercise daily because I’d like to have a healthier lifestlye and feel better in general.
  • I also need to make a ton of revision notes so that I don’t hate myself when mocks come around in November.
  • I would also like to interact more on book blogs and social media because you guys are absolutely brilliant! Please leave posts that you really enjoyed writing/are proud of so that i can check them out!

Chat With Me

Whew, that was a very long catch-up but I hope you enjoyed reading it! What shows are you watching right now? Any book recommendations? What have I missed? Divulge your secrets!

Hugs!

Kerys xx

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48 thoughts on “a good ol’ fashioned catch-up // ft. what I’ve been up to and new favourite books

  1. it sounds like you’re having a really fun summer! i recently finished season 6 of agents of shield last month and it was so good! daisy johnson is one of my fave MCU heroes. recently, i read the poppy war series (first two books) and loved it!!

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  2. I need to catch up on The Umbrella Academy and the Good girls, having liked the previous seasons. I am glad you had fun break. And also wanted to say, you are freaking hilarious

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  3. -You’re back! Missed your greatness
    -Ah that sucks, I hope you manage to catch up and de-stress a little!
    – ANOTHER FOLKLORE REC wow I really should listen to it then
    – Are you a musical person? Because my taste is literally just broadway, I’m not the most helpful for music recs
    – ooh yay more books to add to my TBR
    – SAME I need to do more blog-hopping
    – Wow everyone’s July sounds more productive then mine I literally did next to nothing for a month

    If it’s not obvious yet, loved this post, and welcome back! 🙂

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    1. Hi bell! You’re too sweet 🥺

      sksksk omg please give folklore a go! some songs are definitely better than others but overall it’s really good! omg is broadway the same as musical theatre (I’m clueless)?? I loved the soundtrack to six, dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton! I would love some similar recs!!

      Honestly you give me too much credit,,, I spent days on Netflix and my phone 😂

      It was really good to hear from you and I hope you’re doing well! Have a lovely August 💛

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  4. HI KERYS!! I’ve disappeared into the void and ignored all my notifications for over a month now… whoops? haha but THANK YOU FOR LINKING TO MY POST!! I also adore B99 except it’s copaganda :// but I still love it ahha. And I read 0 books in July so I’m glad to see at least someone’s reading well XD

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      1. honestly we should make an official blogger manual which requires us to basically disappear and come back over and over 😭 awww thank you so much asoidfjois!! haha yeah- i really hope that in the next season they address everything accordingly! hopefully they all leave the force and become firefighters hehe that would be HILARIOUS !

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  5. Evening walks on the beach are the bomb!!! Ugh, I haven’t been to the beach in so long and now it really makes me want to go.

    Also I’ve been feeling the same that somehow during COVID I’ve been waaaay busier??? (not in school, so work has been busier) and it’s soo weird????

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  6. ahh, i really missed seeing you in my reader!! i hope everything goes well with schools and exams! i just started online school, and i’m curious to see whether it makes things easier or harder :””( also i’m so excited to read you deserve each other for that serotonin 😌
    wishing you a great august 💗

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  7. Ha
    Ha
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    Excuse me while I fade into the void, far away from GCSEs *smiles though the pain*
    Honestly though my summer holiday has been filled with mainly history revision because our teacher has decided it would be beneficial to us to have a whole checklist to complete I WISH I WERE KIDDING & also finishing textiles work that whoopsie I ignored for a couple weeks 😬
    But NETFLIX! Our lord & saviour 🙌 I binged the first season of the politician & am a good way through the second one rn but also so excited to watch the new good girls! So glad you liked the first couple episodes although I’ve completely forgotten everything that happened 😅
    WELCOME BACK! (However permanently?) 💞💞

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          1. Ohhhh I just reread my comment sorry it was just ages ago & I forgot what I said but yes it was good although I kinda didn’t pay attention bc I was doing other things 😅

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    1. i will join you in the void… we won’t have to pack much right?

      A WHOLE CHECKLIST?? that must be torture but i am so proud of you for revising El! just think about how great you are at history now!! oh god that reminds me of the computing project that i have done absolutely nothing for – good luck to us both?? 😅

      i would happily let Netflix take over the world because 🙌 how have i not heard of the politician?? it sounds so good??? hard same – why is it so hard to remember plot?! i hope you enjoy it though!!

      THANK YOU!! (hopefully a very long time! *fingers crossed*) 💛💛

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  8. Um hello queen nice to see you!!!

    Firstly I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: YOU GONNA SLAY THE EXAMS eyyyy. Really YOU. CAN. DO. IT. But also omg highkey relatable with the hoodie, I reside in my thick Stranger Things one welp

    Eeeeppp so excited to see your folklore book tag answers xx (you should listen to Conan Grey btw, I have like a 10000 music recs but especially have been living ALL his music)

    I am ALWAYS ready for FRIENDS screaming bc YES!! I did not know you were watching it. Also wow Glee throwback. I remember when I first watched and felt exactly the same. Both of these are both kinda problematic but I still have fond memories of watching them.

    SO SO SO excited to get to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and also You Deserve Each Other. Def adding all the others to my radar though. Also you SLAY those goals friend (also need to drink more water and exercise wow calling me out)

    K cool bye that is all I love you

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    1. hi hi 🙂

      aww that means so much!! thank you for being so supportive 🥺 i wish i could just wear hoodies forever. ooooh i didn’t know you were a Stranger Things fan! my friends love it but i’m not sure whether i want to watch it since overdramatic teens aren’t really my thing 🤨

      thank you for tagging me!! i’ll be posting my answers soon (probably late August/early September (wow that feels so far and so close at the same time)). oooh i’ll definitely check him out! i think I might have heard a couple of his songs before.

      omg i deffo need to talk to you about friends because it is honestly ALL i can think about at the moment! yeah they are a bit problematic but at the same time, they were also fun to watch

      I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO READ THEM!! they are so good! sksks i literally have done no exercise in august 🙈

      love you 💛

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  9. Yay !! You are back ……June and July were not great months for reading….I was in a reading slump full June and in July I mostly re read Percy Jackson…..which really helped to get out of the reading slump…. otherwise I have been watching Brooklyn nine nine….I just started watching the series…..and I am loving them …..I even started watching never have I ever….I think just a week ago….and I am soooooo happy that there is an Indian as the mc ….I am an Indian my self and am just tired of only seeing whites as MC. I too really want to watch umbrella academy…. however I did not watch much of both series as my tests are starting next week and I really need to study also it took me a while to get used to online school which started in june

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    1. Hi Krisha! It sucks that you didn’t have awesome reading months but I hope that August is better for you! Rereading books is always a good way to get out of a slump and yay for Percy Jackson!

      B99 is so awesome and I really hope you love it! I agree!! Diverse representation and seeing POC as main characters is amazing! I really hope there are more Indian MCs in the future!

      Good luck with your tests and online school! Thank you so much for reading and leaving a lovely comment! I hope you have a great month! 🥰

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  10. hi I missed you and please let me throw Ateez at you to try out their songs, they just had a comeback and I’m very soft and also erm prone to shrieking about them a lot atm. Also boo to GCSEs, I’m probs not much help with GCSEs as its been a few years since I did mine but I remember doing the new style for English and Maths and I– I am so sorry the Government screwed y’all over by making them harder :/

    Oh if you want help with studying I’d suggest looking up StudyTubers on YouTube, I follow Jade (UnJadedJade) her older videos may help you with revision tips idk I discovered her after my exams but I follow her still for her other content, she’s a gem ❤ Sending you so much love

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    1. hi clo!! i missed you too 🥺 ooh I haven’t heard of Ateez but I’ll definitely check their music out!

      oof gcses definitely suck but fingers crossed it’ll be okay. omg i absolutely love studytube! unjaded jade, jack edwards and ruby granger are honestly my holy trinity at this point! I hope you’ve been good and have an amazing August! love you loads 🥰

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  11. HOODIES ARE THE BEST. Also, I’ve been LOVING The Umbrella Academy Season 2??? And I’m almost done with season 1 of Glee and part of me is like “ugh this is so cheesy” and the other half is like “AGH BUT ITS SO GOOD THOUGH” lol! And a Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is fantastic! Hope your August goes well💜

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    1. YES HOODIES ARE SO AMAZING!! The only downside of summer imo is that it is too hot to wear hoodies 😭 omg i’m so glad you like the umbrella academy s2!! i will likely come scream about it to you when i watch it because it is honestly impossible for me to keep my thoughts to myself 😂

      yes!! it is so bad but i am still incredibly obsessed! glee gets better after season 1 so if you stick around, get ready for a ton of feels!

      thank you so much for reading and have a lovely month! 🥰

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      1. TRUEEE (sometimes i’ll just straight up wear shorts and a hoodie haha) and yesss, feel free!! i need to scream to more people about it as well!!

        ooh okie, thank you for telling me! i can’t wait to continue on to the other seasons then!

        you’re welcome, i hope you have a lovely month as well💜

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  12. KERYS!!! you’re back!!! and omg i’m HIGHKEY obsessed with glee, never have i ever (the indian rep was truly incredible), and b99 as well ❤ i can't wait to get to technically you started it and you deserve each other because they both genuinely sound amazing and i'm glad you enjoyed!!

    also for the second time i'm so glad you're back

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    1. RHI!! I will be coming to scream about Glee in your GR DMs because it HAS MESSED WITH MY FEELINGS 😭 (bear with me) yesss we need more desi representation because it just makes me so happy!! 🥺

      i really loved those books!! do let me know what you think if you read them!! i’m glad to be back!! love you 🥰

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  13. hahahahahah I only wear hoodies too and hEY WE HAVE MATCHING HOODIES IN OUR PFP!!!!!!! AND I cANNot wait to get to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder I bought it recently and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh everyone says they like it so I’m exicttetd I hope you have a great month and hOPEFULLY there will be less pressure for youUU!!! But just keep being awesome and don’t forget to brush your teeeeeeth ahahahh

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    1. YES HOODIES ARE TOP TIER!! omg i genuinely need to join things so that i can get matching hoodies because they are *chef’s kiss*.

      pls feel free to scream your thoughts about it my way and i really hope you enjoy it!! also haha i saw your comment before going to bed last night and it definitely reminded me to brush my teeth so thanks 😂

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