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Friday, 1 July 2016

LIFESTYLE | Hello July

It's the first of July today and I absolutely refuse to believe it. As well as the lack of warm weather, the fact that we're pretty much half way through the year makes NO sense to me whatsoever.

I mean, I came back from my summer holiday this week and my first day back at work was spent getting right into our Christmas guide. OUR CHRISTMAS GUIDE.

It's crazy.

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Signs of You by Emily France has caught my eye. It tells the story of sixteen year old Riley Strout who has recently lost her mother, but the book has a unique twist when Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, and her friends have similar experiences. This drama/mystery book will no doubt tug on my heart strings and despite being a mystery, I can already see this book resonating to me on some level. It contains a little romance and mystery surrounding the afterlife too, which is a unique mix. It's going straight on my Amazon wish list and is due for release on the 19th.

Star Trek Beyond
is finally released on the 22nd and I can't tell you how excited I am for this - nor how bittersweet it's going to be. I hated Star Trek growing up but have come to love the movies and it's kind of mine, my brothers and dads thing. I don't know who I'll be watching it with this year but I am looking forward to the return of the quirky characters. It's going to be especially moving however after the recent death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the series. Anton Yelchin was actually one of my favourite actors, I genuinely really liked him, had a huge crush on him and thought he had tons of talent. It's the first time a 'celebrity I've cared about' has passed away and it was definitely a shock to read about it while I was away, especially being that Anton was only 27. If you don't go and see Star Trek this month, I'd recommend watching Anton in Like Crazy, a moving, sweet and heart breaking indie film about long distance love and subsequently the film that introduced Anton to me as an actor.

Frank Turner is doing an intimate acoustic show following a book signing at House of Vans on the 13th. If you don't already know, House of Vans is this uber cool venue in London that hosts art, music and skating. They often put on tons of cool and exclusive events, and this one with Frank Turner is to help celebrate the release of Ben Morse's book featuring a bunch of photographs of his time on the road with Frank. It's going to be a great night and very intimate, and you can register for free tickets via a ballot here, up until Friday 8th. Good luck, and I'll hopefully see you there.. 

I really love how alternative bands are being used more and more in movies/general media. Back in the day, You Me At Six wrote a song for Thorpe Park's ride, The Swarm, and we've also got Fall Out Boy collaborating with Missy Elliott producing/singing the theme tune for the new Ghostbusters film. But one song I am really loving so, so much this month (even though it was released last month but I just heard about it recently so it still counts for this month. Hey, my blog, my rules!) is Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, which is the theme song for Suicide Squad. It is so, so good and the song - from the lyrics, the video and just the general feel of it, suits the film perfectly. It's edgy, a little dark and beyond catchy. I bloody love Twenty One Pilots and I know they're already very popular, but it's so nice to see them being recognised and producing a song for such a big block buster movie.

You all know The Conjuring 2 is all out, but I bet you don't all know just how true the events are. I mean, yes, obviously the film is advertised as being based on true events, but doesn't every horror movie claim that these days? The Conjuring 2 is based on the well known paranormal activity that took place at a house in Enfield - better known as The Enfield Haunting. I actually remember this 'story' greatly as during high school, there was a book all about it in the library which I often used to read. I found it fascinating - and still do - so can't wait to see the movie. It's also quite interesting how a lot of horror movies are being based on true stories these days and not just claiming to be. As well as a new Amityville Horror coming out, I'm sure there's plenty more. Can you think of any? Do let me know. 

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