I hope you all had an amazing July and all had something good happen. Today I have my wrap-up but I am going to set it out differently as I have gone off my previous style– it felt like a lot of information so let me know what you think of this style in the comments and what is your favourite thing to see in a wrap-up!!
Total Read: 6
Total Pages Read: 1,747
Favourite Read of the Month: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Favourite Quote: “How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?” – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was completely different to my usual reads but I am glad I tried something different. The writing was really amazing for a debut author and I enjoyed the mystery aspects. I thought this idea was really unique and well executed. If you like murder mysteries and creative plots I would recommend this.
Descendant of The Crane by Joan He/⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a really good Chinese inspired fantasy which focused on political intrigue. The different plot lines all linked together well it in the end and I thought Queen Hesina was a great main character as she handled the role of newly appointed Queen. The second half of the book was stronger than the first but I enjoyed the whole journey we went on with these characters. I do wish I was more strongly connected to the characters but I do recommend it to fantasy lovers especially as the world is amazing.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston/⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a really fun contemporary that made me smile whilst reading it and talks about some important topics as well. This was a positive, uplifting story which wasn’t afraid to touch in the emotional side as well. I did enjoy reading this book but again I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I wanted to.
Unboxed by Non Pratt/⭐⭐⭐.5
A short story talking about how grief can effect you and reflects on old school friends. I like the way the story was told focusing on one night where the friends all meant up to open a box from the past. It was fun to see the characters reflect on the past whilst also looking to the present and future. It was a sweet, emotional read. One part I really loved in the book was how it talked about coming out to people who knew you before had ‘come out’ to everyone.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this book and I would recommend it to so many people especially teenagers as it talks about such an important topic whilst also being fun and engaging. Feminism is talked about a lot now (which is great) but I don’t think slut-shaming is talked about enough and this really brings light to the topic. But it doesn’t stop there (oh no) this book talked about so many important topics such as money, race, sexuality and I really like how it talked about privilege. I seriously recommend this book– it had a unique narrator voice but I found it super engaging and loved the humour but it might not be for everyone.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman- BBC dramatisation/🎧/⭐⭐.5
This was a full cast dramatisation of the novel and I really enjoyed experiencing the background noises, cast and everything as I hadn’t seen that before. But I was slightly disappointed with the story and I actually preferred the movie *readers all put their book down and gasp* I didn’t get to engage with writing as it was a dramatisation so I could have felt differently if I read it but I preferred the ending and characters in the movie so I was slightly disappointed unfortunately.
Favourite Thing Watched: Stranger Things 3
Stranger Things 3
I really enjoyed watching season 3 and I felt like this one had a great 80’s vibe and the soundtrack was AH-MAZING. I definitely love many of the characters and think it is really engaging to watch but that ending *ouch*
Spider-man: Far From Home
I love all the characters in this— Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is the best in my opinion and I loved Jacob and Zendaya and Jake. But this wasn’t my favourite to watch as I didn’t love the villain probably as I prefer less fantastical fighting if you know what I mean (yes I know it is all fantasy but this was more so) but I still enjoyed it a lot just not as much as I wanted. But Peter and Aunt May’s relationship is amazing— all the relationships are amazing actually.
Killing Eve Season One and Two
I finally watched this after everybody loved it so much and I did like it. It definitely isn’t my usual type of show as I don’t watch thrillers that much but I did like it. It was dark and definitely talks about bad characters but it is interesting and well filmed.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season Six
I feel like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D lost it for a bit but I think this latest season has been much better so I am glad it has improved and I have been enjoying watching it lately. I really like the characters and the plot has been much stronger this season.
What I’ve been doing: *not following my schedule but I put up some posts nonetheless*
- Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets To The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- My Thoughts On Star Ratings!!
- The Summer Bucket List Tag
- Book Haul Y’ALL
- Introducing Myself As A Writer: The Writer’s Tag (thank you for all the kind words on this post it means the world *hugs you all*)
- Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He
- Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
- Movie Series: Comedies
The Latest News:
MINI-HIATUS ANNOUNCEMENT!! In August (yes I know we are already in August but you know) I will not be posting on my blog as I just want to prioritise other things and I’m not in the mood to write (hence the botched schedule this past month) and I don’t want to force myself. Plus I’ve been getting headaches all last week so think a break will be good. I will be absent on here and across social media (I might still post on Instagram though) in the pursuit of productiveness else where (but I might still try to reply to the comments of this post but I do apologise if I am late). I will see you all soon and happy blogging!!
Also this past month I got nominated for the friendliest blogger in Book Blogger Awards 2019 which AHH.. I am still speechless about and cannot thank everyone enough– it means so much and I cant’t believe it. Just know I am very thankful for the lovely nominations and if you decided to vote for me. I am very honoured to be included. Also I am so sorry I didn’t get to write by own nominations post but as I said I haven’t been motivated to write so I didn’t get around to it but I do plan on doing a ‘bloggers love and appreciation’ post where I can put 100% into it. Thank you again!!
Blog Posts I’ve Loved:
Emma @ AFCTL shared a post about how stories influence our decisions and I thought it was really interesting and not something you see talked about that much so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Aditi @ One In A Million shared a post about diversity in YA books which is a really important topic and it is definitely worth a read.
Cait @ Paper Fury shared a post on how to stay motivated whilst writing and I certainly needed this.
Emme @ A Literacy Latte wrote about guilt within the book community and it was a great discussion which I could definitely relate to.
Kat @ Novels And Waffles began her series ‘The Bibliosmile Project‘ talking about the positive impacts of books and spreading lots of smiles which sounds amazing and I loved reading her first post. Be sure to read it and follow her blog so you can keep up with this series.
Alex @ Scribbles & Stories talked about different romance tropes in books which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I adored the way it was set out.
Kelly @ Another Book In The Wall talked about how to use Trello to organise your blog and I had recently got Trello so it was useful to see how I could use it best.
Kathy @ Pages Below The Vaulted Sky wrote about broken, awkward, incompetent heroes which I loved and the post had plenty of recommendations for me to try out as well.
Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters shared a post about why you should read Aristotle and Dante and IT WAS PERFECT. It expressed why I loved it so much and was perfectly written.
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea shared a post about why you should never compare your blogging statistics with others and it was so true and I think everyone should read this!
Olivia @ Purely Olivia shared a post talking about hyped books and it was a great discussion which covered so many thoughts and I enjoyed reading it. Plus I could relate to feeling the pressure of hyped books.
Shri @ Sun and Chai shared another brilliant discussion about siblings in books and how they are written including the lack of sibling representation. It was a really interesting read and so true– I loved it and I think you should all go and read it.
May @ Forever and Everly shared 4 things that you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger and I thought it was a great post which was definitely comforting to read.
Mahana @ Sapphic Library wrote a review for How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters and you know when you read a review and are just like ‘I need to read this book now’.. well this is what happened when I read this review. It was a great review and this book sounds super interesting so check it out to find out more.
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books shared a post about different discussion topics you can write about on your blog which is really helpful as it can be hard to come up with new discussion topics and there are so many great ideas here.
Favourite song of the month: West Texas by Greyson Chance (all of the portraits album really)
Plot twist of the month: I have been really in the mood for contemporaries (what?!?!)
Cutest thing my dog did this month: My dog (Layla) doesn’t like water and we were out walking her where there was this pond which had green algae on meaning she didn’t realise it was water (do you see where this is going?!?) so she walked into the water and immediately tried to get out because she hates it.
Funniest thing of the month: I was in the supermarket for the weekly shop and at the corner of the aisle they have the buffers to stop people walking in the corners etc. and I walked into one and tripped over it basically but I didn’t fall, I pulled it off in a bit of a stumble walk. But then I heard a couple say ‘did you see that girl trip?’ and… I was ‘that girl’. (I am pretty sure you are suppose to talk about me behind my back but hey)
I am the girl and the cat is life ⇓⇓⇓
Stupidest thing I did this month: I didn’t wear sun-cream and this is what my arms looked like ⇓⇓ (remember the sun-cream folks)
Writing update of the month: *nervous laughter*
How was July for you? What has been your favourite reads of the month? Have you got a favourite quote from any books?
Have you watched Stranger Things this month? If so, who is your favourite character?
What are your goals for August?