June 2020 Favourites

July 15, 2020 in Lifestyle

Another month of well… very little actually. Life in the UK is still going back to normal and for some of us, that shift back to normality is slow and steady while others have seemingly forgotten why we had to adapt in the first place. For us, not much happened so I’m going to skip the recap part and jump straight into the things I loved last month.

June Favourites

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I actually put this one off for ages because I’d heard it was boring, uneventful and kind of a drag. But I actually really enjoyed it. It was thrilling, it held my attention throughout and honestly it was one of my favourite MCU movies so far. (Yes, I’m still really really behind!) 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 1

Again, this one didn’t strike me as something I’d enjoy so I delayed watching it for years. And again, now I’m left wondering what the hell took me so long. Guardians is hilarious. It’s the most iconic found family that I can think of – I mean, a group of space criminals? Um, yes. More of that please. This was actually one of the first MCU movies that my husband wanted to sit and watch with me so we had a bit of a date night to watch it which was really nice too.

 

Kim’s Convenience

This is a family-centric sitcom that’s available to stream on Netflix in the UK and it’s a true delight. It’s about a South Korean family, the Kims, who run a convenience store in Toronto. The characters are great, really well-written and developed as the series progresses and not even just the main ones, the recurring characters enrich every aspect of the show too. It’s my current go-to when things feel a little bit too heavy!

 

Space Force

Speaking of Netflix… This sitcom from the masterminds behind beloved shows like The Office US and Parks and Recreation arrived at the very end of May so we watched the majority of the episodes in June. It’s a slow burner to begin with, I think made worse by the fact that the trailer for the show is every single funny or action-packed moment of the pilot. (When will Netflix stop doing this??)

But by the end of the third episode, we were hooked. It has its hilarious moments, its heartwarming moments, it even has the odd emotional moment. I wouldn’t say it’s anywhere near as good as say The Office but it is still great in its own way.

RELATED: 10 Hilarious Sitcoms To Stream Immediately

 

How to Get Away With Murder

One of my favourite shows is back for its final season! *sobs* As always, there’s a mystery unfolding before our very eyes only this time we’re going to find out who killed Annalise Keating. Yeah. I know, right? It picks up pretty soon after the events of the previous season’s finale so we’re left dealing with all these questions like where is Laurel? Is she safe? Are any of them truly safe?

 

Dear Martin
by Nic Stone

Dear Martin is, without a doubt, one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m passionately for its inclusion in an education setting to modernise racial themes for teenagers instead of reading important but outdated literature on the topic and ignoring the fact that these issues are still prevalent today. It’s a YA novel so it’s easy to read even with all of the heavy themes. And bonus – its sequel, Dear Justyce, is out later this year.

RELATED: Dear Justyce by Nic Stone – ARC Review

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy
by Noelle Stevenson et al

This is quintessential summer reading. It’s a graphic novel about a group of teenage girls at a summer camp where they discover that mysterious beasts live in the forest. Adventure awaits but so does endless peril and it comes with a side of pop-culture references.

In many ways, the Lumberjanes series reminds me of all the things that made Buffy great so there’s that. Obviously it’s less vampire-y and more mythical creatures but the general vibe is the same.

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

That’s all I’ve got for you this month but if books are your kinda thing, you can catch up on the 16 books I read in June!

What were your June highlights? Let me know in the comments below!

Featured Image: Pitsch from pixabay

17 Comments

  • Meera July 15, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Really love the sound of Kim’s Convenience! I’ve been looking for something new to watch on Netflix for ages and this seems like the perfect option. A lovely list of Favourites with some really good film and book suggestions! I think my biggest June highlight was probably the book ‘Why I no longer speak to white people about race ‘ by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It’s so powerful and really explains racism in current day England. Really educated me on things that I had no idea about and would definitely recommend if you’re looking for something new to read. Thanks for sharing your faves x

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:08 am

      Oooh thanks Meera! All the books on systemic racism that I’d seen a lot of were more focused on the US so it’d be great to read one primarily about race relations in the UK, I’ll add it to my TBR immediately.

  • Carolyn July 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Great list of recs! I absolutely LOVED Kim’s Convenience (funny, but surprisingly sweet and heartwarming…though I think the two actors who played the parents were better than the kids), and I’m so glad to hear you liked Space Force! My husband and I heard it was bad, but decided to watch it anyway and were really surprised. We were laughing hysterically throughout! I can’t believe there were people who didn’t like it. Will definitely check out some of this other stuff. Thanks!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Oh 100%! I love the parents in Kim’s Convenience, they’re so funny! And I know right? I mean I can understand being put off after the first episode because the humour felt a bit forced but Space Force is a fantastic workplace sitcom.

  • Lauren July 15, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Great highlight, you can’t beat Marvel movies!

  • lifestyleseason July 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Great post! Thank you for sharing! I love captain America it’s such a great movie!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:03 am

      Thank you so much! Gotta love the Cap!

  • Anika July 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Great favourites! Captain America: The Winter Soldier is definitely one of my top three favorite MCU movies, it feels a lot like a spy thriller! Glad you enjoyed Dear Martin too, such a good book.

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:02 am

      It really does feel like a spy thriller, you’re so right!

  • Lisa Marie Alioto July 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I’m a fan of how to get away with Murder too – lots of plot twists and turns in that series!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Soooooooooo many plot twists!!

  • Heather July 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I love Kim’s Convenience, it is such a feel good comedy. We’ve been watching Space Force too, I know what you mean though, it takes a little while to get into. I wonder if they’ll make another series.

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Right? It’s so hard to explain to people that you just need to push on through a few episodes to get to the good stuff. I really hope they do renew it for season 2! *fingers crossed*

  • The Book View July 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Guardians of the Galaxy *chefs kiss* Such a funny and clever show. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it though so maybe I’ll have to watch it tonight.

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Yessss it’s fantastic! Hope you enjoyed your re-watch! 🙂

  • […] I loved Dear Martin so much, I had very high expectations for this and I’m pleased to report that it exceeded all of […]

  • Leave a Reply

    I accept the Privacy Policy

    Hey There!

    Hey There!


    I'm Hayley - a UK book blogger & reviewer. Also: introvert, homebody & mum. Kinda emo. 🖤🤍💜

    Pronouns: she/her

    Please note: I am currently not accepting book review requests.

    Follow Happily Ever Homebody on WordPress.com

    Disclosure

    Hayley by the Book receives compensation in the following ways:

    • Free books in exchange for honest reviews
    • Commission from affiliate links

    For more info please check out my Disclosure page.

    Let’s Connect

    Latest Posts

    Featured

    Archives

    Netgalley

    Professional Reader

    Reviews Published

    10 Book Reviews

    80%
    ×