Mornings spent in the early-morning sun with a good book; late night walks beside the sea; staying up until the early-hours on social-media. They're done for another year. School continues in a few days and teenagers across the country - who have only just recovered from the last exam season - are preparing for the next, new school uniforms ironed ready for class. I don't want to say goodbye. My TBR pile is slightly smaller, and I've had time this August to read books I never would have had the time to during term. I've also scheduled posts - I'm ahead by over a month - and am pleasantly surprised with how organised I am.
Most of the holidays were spent trying to forget that Results Day was approaching. In fact, I was pretty naïve and never thought the day would arrive. It did hit me though, as the weeks went on, that I would soon know, for certain, whether I had any form of maths skills. There would be no more pretending that I could multiply or divide. I was scared. These were the GCSE Results for those exams I sat a year early - the likes of English and Maths which most fifteen year olds now sit - so, I attempted to relax by reminding myself that I could resit, and of course, that didn't work. When the 21st August came, I spent the morning shivering and shaking before heading into school, reading online that passes at GCSE had fallen(a huge mistake). I had planned to not open my results until I arrived home, and could comfortably cry in front of my parents, but that was before my Maths teacher shouted, "Open it!" and I was forced to. Actually, "I" wasn't: I handed them to my friend to open instead.
I was the last person to know my own results, I think. But, overall, I was happy. And confused. Managing to pass Physics with the same mark as English was not a result I was expecting, though I'll take it! As the day continued, my favourite thing was the atmosphere, as I talked to friends who had also received their results. Hours were spent on the phone and online after I arrived back from school, and I soon came to the conclusion that I couldn't wait until the next one.
This year, when I wasn't fretting over my impending Maths D Grade(I passed!), I fell in love with the holidays, spending more time with friends than I usually would. There were trips out bowling, to the cinema and for pizza; one afternoon the decision was made to look for Prom dresses, but inside the store rather than from the window. We watched a man dance - who thought we couldn't see him - until he noticed, and awkwardly waved at us. We found out how to delete scores when bowling, which I did to one friend continuously for ten minutes without them realising, thinking that there was problem with our lane. And we waited - a lot - for buses to arrive, and wished that there was a better way to travel.
|Books Received/Bought in August|
In total, I read three books in August:
A Game of Thrones(A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin - 4 Stars
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - 5 Stars
Heroes by Robert Cormier - 4 Stars
I had a reading-list planned for the holidays, but I only read two from that. Instead of re-reading series' I still haven't finished, I decided to read This Song Will Save Your Life instead, and I loved it. It's definitely by book of the year so far.
Now to start Heir of Fire!
So, how was your August? Did you have a results day?
Tell me in the comments!