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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

LIFESTYLE | Hello June

How the bloody well in hell is it June already? I'm also not very happy to be writing this as it pee's down outside, despite having spent my long weekend on an adventure, stumbling around a forest and loving the sunshine - but more on that later.

Here's what I'm looking forward to this month.

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THE FILM
Despite a lot of backlash, Me Before You is released this Friday and I'm really excited. I'm still in two minds about the casting, but I read the book by Jojo Moyles and adored it, so I can't wait to see how it's adapted to film. I know a lot have people have been quite negative against this film and believe the idea that (spoiler alert) the main character, who is disabled, is suicidal, but I personally believe it's a great thing to see a film focusing on such a serious questions. Obviously I can't weigh in entirely about the way that someone with a physical disability is being portrayed in this film, but I do think that the audience watching this aren't naive enough to believe that one persons story represents everybody elses. There's not much else I'm willing to say on the subject except for I'm looking forward to this film!

THE BOOK 
I've heard good things about You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour, and I'm already a fan of David's writing from his previous collaborations for books such as Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (an ultimate favourite of mine) and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. You Know Me Well follows an unlikely friendship between Kate and Mark who have sat together in school for an entire year, but have never spoken. Both characters are gay and I love how many of David's books feature characters of different sexual orientations - I also love that it's not such a big deal anymore, meaning it's becoming more and more normal to feature a variety of straight, gay and otherwise characters in print. The book is published on the 7th June and will be in my suitcase for my holiday in a couple of weeks!

THE ARTIST
Bit of an old band wagon now - because we all know how slow I am at jumping onto the cool band wagon when it comes to artists - but I am absolutely digging Jack Garrett right now, after catching his headline set on the Sunday evening of Lost Village. I love his sound and let me tell you now, he's even better live. I enjoyed his songs that had chill, almost wavy verses that you could just sway or sing along to, followed by more upbeat, sexy choruses that really got us all moving. Check him out now, if you haven't already.

THE SHOW
I'm ever so disappointed that series two of Scream is being uploaded to Netflix with an episode per week. PER WEEK. Which means no binge watching for me. Instead, I'm looking forward to binge watching the new series of Orange Is The New Black but unfortunately there's not much I can tell you about this show (as you all know how awesome it is) except it'll be available on Netflix from the 17th of June and it's going to be darker then the last series.

ANYTHING ELSE?
I'm super happy to share details of Invicta Magazine, which officially (re) launched today! Yes, I finally decided to get off my ass and do something about that other passion of mine and the team have not only been super inviting, but have thrown me a couple of damn good opportunities already. You can hear about my review of Lost Village Festival on the website now.

So there's what I'm loving and looking forward to this June - is there anything else you can think of to add? Let me know!

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