Hello, dear friends, how’s it going? I hope all is well and if not I hope brighter days head your way soon!
I realize I’ve been mostly gone this month, sadly. I regret to report that… I had an overwhelming amount of schoolwork due. Yes, it’s a sad excuse, but what’s even sadder is that it’s true! But I am finally free (!!!) of my schoolwork and my summer break has begun!
Of course, because I had school, I didn’t consume too much media. But let’s take a look at what did go down this past month…
what i posted
what i’m reading
👁️ The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake …*big sigh*… Are we even surprised anymore? But good news is I’m nearly done!! Truth be told, I didn’t do much reading at all, periodt, in June, so I’m excited to dive back into this book in July!
what i watched
⚔️ The Wheel of Time (Season 1) I finished this season of The Wheel of Time and…wow! This show reminded me of why I love high fantasy stories! I was totally swept away by the intrigue, the action, the adventure—the everything!!! I’ve never read the books that The Wheel of Time is adapted from, so I can’t comment on how well the show adapted the source material, but on its own…this show is breathtaking, y’all.
✈️ The Flight Attendant Honestly I feel kinda “meh” about this one? It was sold as an intrigue-filled mystery/thriller with light comedy sprinkled in, but truthfully I feel like the actual hook of the first episode wasn’t too strong. I also feel like the show hasn’t so far given the audience any good reason to be invested in the characters. I’m gonna give it a few more episodes to see if it manages to grab me, though, so for now the jury’s out on this one.
☀️ The Summer I Turned Pretty I’ve never read the book trilogy by beloved YA author Jenny Han that this Amazon series is based on, but nevertheless I love it! I feel like this show does a really good job of capturing the feeling of being a teenager (yes, I do remember it, even at the ripe, old age of 27 *sigh*) and I found myself feeling so wistful and nostalgic as I watched it. It’s also, like, the perfect summer show! Bottom line: I highly recommend The Summer I Turned Pretty.
what i listened to
🌊 The Kleio Files This is a fascinating audiodrama all about an archeological expedition investigating a mysterious sunken city discovered in the Indian Ocean. Funnily enough, I actually discovered this podcast via the book community, as it’s actually written and produced by a writer whose tweet I saw in passing. And I gotta say: I’m glad I discovered it!
🎶 “Quiet On Set” by Remi Wolf This is such a fun, youthful song that gives the feel of sneaking around with your friends and getting into teenage shenanigans!
🎶 “Blutooth” by Blu DeTiger and Chromeo I’ve come to really appreciatiate the bass-centric groove of Blu DeTiger and mixed with a hint of Chromeo’s pop-funk, it’s perfection!
🎶 “Otro Atardecer” by Bad Bunny and The Marias What a summery song!
🎶 “Spring 1 – 2022” Arr. Max Richter I love this arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Spring”! First off, Vivaldi has always been my favorite classical composer and second off this arrangement is AMAZING!! I feel like it really recaptures the freedom of the original work, with a slightly modern twist that’s not too overbearing.
what i bookmarked
- Rachel talked about how Pride and Prejudice does enemies-to-lovers different than modern YA books
- Fanna recommended 12 YA queer books by authors of color
- Gauri chatted with Racquel Marie, author of Ophelia After All
- Kashvi talked to Jake Maia Arlow, author of How to Excavate A Heart
- Jayati interviewed Hannah Whitten, author of For The Wolf
- Rabhya compared authors she liked when she started reading vs now
- Lori highlighted 10 books featuring asexual characters, as well as 20 queer romances
- Kashvi invited bookstagrammer/book blogger Zainab to discuss discovering one’s queerness while having little to no queer BIPOC representation in mass media and also interviewed Aislinn Brophy, debut author of How to Succeed in Witchcraft
- Michelle reread and reassessed books she read in 2017
- Maddie shined a light on 30+ books with asexual and/or aromantic representation
- Malka gave tips on how to gain more bookish friends
- Saima shouted out her favorite sapphic books
- Emma gave us a book lover’s guide to NewYork City
- Author Helena Rho guest posted on Bookish Brews and looked into if English literature is only for White people
- Eustacia wondered are book blogs poised for a revival?
- Siena focused on the future of book blogging
- Jayati showcased queer book recommendations from queer authors
- Maria recommended books based on My Chemical Romance songs
- Jo explained why TV adaptations of books are (generally) better than films
- Amanda showed off books featuring magical libraries
- Zalia walked us through why the enemies-to-lovers trope sucks
- Amber recognized the work done in the queer community and recommended queer Black books
- Ruby interviewed Lynn Painter, author of The Love Wager, whose cover Ruby also revealed in the post
- Sahi recommended their favorite queer books
- Felicia interviewed Elisa A. Bonnin, debut auther of Dauntless and also interviewed Jason June, author of Out of the Blue, as well as interviewing Ashley Herring Blake, author of Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
- Gabrielle talked about the queer history of Scooby Doo
- Krysta wondered “Are blog discussion posts dying?”
- The Orangutan Librarian pondered the nebulous topic of ARCs
- Cherelle returned with a discussion all about heroism, villainy, and the in-between
what i did in june 2022
Have you ever given three speeches in a row??!?! Cause lemme tell ya—I had to this past month and even this here big ol’ extrovert was EXHAUSTED by the end of it!!! That being said, I managed to finish both of my courses exhausted but intact and with good grades! Success!! I’m still surprised that I somehow managed to pull it off, tbh. *wipes sweat from brow*
Not much happened aside from school, though! I was pretty fatigued and had a couple of bad pain flares through the month, which was unfortunate, but thankfully I’m feeling a bit better now.
what i plan on doing in july 2022
July is looking to be a fun month, seeing as I’m on summer break and already have a few plans! I’ll be headed to the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, so that’s bound to be a great time, plus I have a few other things up my sleeves that hopefully I’ll manage to pull off! It should also be pretty relaxing since, as I mentioned, I’m off school!
spill the beans, friends!
- How was your June?
- What are you looking forward to in July?
- What’s on your July TBR?