Okay, so I didn't manage to do a wrap-up post in July, nor did I think it was really worth it since I only posted twice in July. But today I bring you the double edition of my monthly wrap-up, where I am wrapping up July and August in one go! Whoo! ?
Books I reviewed in July & August
- Tangled Webs by Lee Bross (★)
- The Dark Light by Julia Bell (★★)
- What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (★★★★★)
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (★★★)
- Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (★★)
- Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (★★★★)
- About a Girl by Sarah McCarry (★★★★½)
- Another Day by David Levithan (★★★★)
(Clicking on the links will take you to the reviews!)
Things that Happened in July & August
So, I did that teaching internship I mentioned in my June wrap-up post! That was pretty much full-time work for six weeks so I was quite busy. The other intern I was co-teaching with was really nice and we got to hang out quite a lot when we weren't working and I had a great time discussing feminism and LGBTQ stuff and such with her. Teaching was mostly quite fun too; some of my students were really lovely.
Besides teaching, I've been watching TV shows and movies. My favourite movies this summer have been Inside Out and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which were both awesome in different ways. (I cried so much at Inside Out.)
As for TV shows, I watched Steven Universe! I'm now all caught up and excited for new episodes in September. ? It's such a great show and I'm in love with all the characters but especially Garnet, of course. GARNET IS MY FAVE. Also Pearl's love for Rose Quartz makes me cry a lot. I really love how refreshing the show is when it comes to gender and EVERYTHING ABOUT GARNET IS DELIGHTFUL OKAY.
I also watched Penny Dreadful. I had mixed feelings about this show to begin with: I find the pacing in Season 1 mind-numbingly slow, and the dialogue is cringingly cheesy at times, but I made it through somehow. I think it's got an amazing cast who can really really act and it helps that a fair few of them are extraordinarily attractive (EVA GREEN ?). And Victorian London + gothic horror is really fun and definitely my thing. I find the show definitely settles more into its own in Season 2, since that was when I finally managed to start paying attention properly instead of getting distracted all the time because of the TERRIBLE PACING. And then I got super emotionally involved. I finished the last available episode recently, and I cried. IT'S SO SAD. VANESSA IS SO WONDERFUL AND ETHAN AND VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN AND OH MY GOD EVERYTHING ABOUT DORIAN GRAY IS RIDICULOUS AND THE BEST. SEASON 3 PLEASE COME SOONER. ?
I've actually been reading quite a lot as well, but just...... not writing any reviews for any of the books I'm reading. ? I'm so lazy. I'm really into David Mitchell's books lately; I read The Bone Clocks and Ghostwritten and both were so good although I did like The Bone Clocks better. David Mitchell is just a master at character study and I always feel so immersed in his books.
I also caught up on the Rivers of London or the PC Peter Grant series as it's known in the UK. If you haven't heard of it it's an excellent modern urban fantasy crime/mystery series set mostly in London, and it's got five books so far with a sixth coming out this November. It's really awesome and I'm hoping that I will be able to do a post on it soon explaining why you should all read it!
I discovered Beatrice Eli recently, who is a lesbian singer from Sweden, and she's awesome and I love her music. Here's Die Another Day, one of my favourite songs by her. ♫ It's a beautiful day. Clap your hands if you're feeling gay. ♫
And of course, of course, I am in love with Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko! ☺️ Everything about the music video is utter perfection.