Well, it’s already August. When the heck did that happen? I’ve got a lot of things creeping up on me this month, but this post is mostly to talk about July! This last month was a bit of a whirlwind for me, but I still managed to get some good reading done, so let’s get into that!
I managed to fit in 4 books this month, which actually surprised me. Before I actually went and looked at my GoodReads, I thought I had only read 1, only to realize that I had just lost track of when I finished things. Granted, I had started a couple of these in June, but obviously they’re being counted now. Here’s what I got to:
- The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (started in June) (mini review here)
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (audiobook) (started in June)
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern
As you can see, this was a bit of a hodge podge of books. The Beautiful really surprised me in how much I enjoyed it, and I hope I get a copy of The Damned from the library soon (hopefully while I still have time to read it.) The Queen of Nothing was okay, I haven’t ever been a huge fan of The Folk of the Air in general, but I knew I wanted to see what happened. Just Mercy and The Buffalo Creek Disaster were the two books recommended as summer reading by my law school (after being advised by professors to not think about anything relating to the law this summer but oh well.) Regradless, I thought they were both riveting.
I am currently listening to Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, but I’m not very far into it since I haven’t been turning to audiobooks that much recently. I’m also about three-quarters of the way through The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee, continuing my current obsession with the Avatar universe, and I absolutely love it.
This is a short one because it’s just:
- The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern
Yeah, that’s it. I found a used copy online for like 3 bucks, so I ordered it because I have a feeling I may need it for future classes. I still firmly believe I won’t be buying (many) more books this year except for school, which is currently causing me a lot of anxiety because law books are EXPENSIVE.
You really think I would’ve watched a lot more given how relatively few books I read, but that’s not really the case. As I mentioned last time, my best friend and I were watching The Politician on Netflix and we finished it a couple weeks ago and we loved every second of it. The whole cast is PHENOMENAL (shoutout Ben Platt but definitely could have used more David Corenswet) and it was so surprisingly funny and heartbreaking and really just absolutely amazing. I watched Warrior Nun and Cursed by myself and while I didn’t love either, I did enjoy them enough that I watched both in full and will probably watch the second seasons when they come out, even if that won’t happen for a while. I tried watching Penny Dreadful because I’ve been meaning to for a while, but I couldn’t really get into it. Maybe I’ll try again in the fall when it fits the vibe a bit more, because I can see myself liking it.. BUT my favorite thing by far was The Old Guard. I’m sure a lot of you have seen stuff about this movie, but it’s for good reason: it is AMAZING. I liked it so much I watched it twice this month, and I don’t really rewatch movies. It’s just that good, go watch it if you haven’t already.
Guess what! I still didn’t do a great job at reading posts! I started off the month on top of it and then it really dropped off by the middle. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t read some great posts, so here are a couple of my favorites!
- At the beginning of the month, bookbloggingbooks made a list of popular YA books that deserve the hype, and I agree with pretty much every single one.
- Ash at Starlight Strands created a book recommendation list based on songs, and I absolutely LOVE the idea and her choices.
If you thought my lack of plan for July was bad, just wait until you hear about August. I am committing to absolutely NOTHING. Yes, I’d like to finish The Rise of Kyoshi, Infinity Son, and The Starless Sea (which I have from the library for another 10 days), but my life is about to get crazy. I am moving to a new city to start law school in a week and a half, my orientation starts in two weeks, and school actually starts the next week. So, yeah, I’m gonna have quite a bit going on. Who knows what that’ll mean for me and my reading and this blog, but we’ve been through a lot, so I’m hopeful. The only sad thing is that my new apartment has a beautiful exposed brick wall and amazing natural light, but also not a lot of room so I don’t know how many fun books I’ll bring. Maybe I’ll just commit to making the 45-minute drive home every couple of weeks to swap books just for bookstagram (not that I’ve been posting much on there recently)(oops). Oh, and I never figured out what it was that I meant to pick up last month so that’s still a lost cause.
And the bullet journal! I knew sh*t was getting real with school starting when I switched from single page weekly spreads to two-page spreads. But nothing was more intimidating than making my schedule pages, which I chose not to include here (but can share later if y’all really want it.) I really love making two-page spreads because they’re bigger and have more freedom than single-page. I don’t even know if bullet journaling will suffice as a law school planner, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try.
And that’s the wrap-up! August is gonna throw some big things at me, and I’m simultanesouly very excited and very terrified.
What did you read in July? What do you think August has in store for you?