Monday, August 1, 2016

Month-In-Review // It's Over? Ju-Lying!

I can't believe it's August. I refuse to believe it's August.

2016 is officially The Year of Magic Tricks because I swear it has just vanished right before my eyes. I feel like we say that every year, "Wow, where has the year gone?" Maybe it's just an effect of getting older? Nonetheless, no matter how much time slowed down, I'd never have enough time to read and acquire all of the books I want. But anyway...

July was a pretty chill month. It was The Month I Got My Reading Groove Back.

Here are the deets:

Books I Acquired

So many! As you can see in the picture to the right, I picked up a few books from Barnes & Noble. I call this my Feminist Trifecta Mini-Haul: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I bought an e-book of Smut by Karina Halle.

I received a bunch of gorgeous ARCs to review for No BS Book Reviews: The Thousandth Floor by Katharin McGee, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, and The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles.

I may have also stolen a copy of Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon from my aunt's house when she wasn't looking. I'll give it back, I promise. (Insert smiling devil emoji here.)


What I Read & What I'm Reading

July was a really good reading month for me. I read:

 milk and honey by Rupi Kaur | This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Too Late by Colleen Hoover | Smut by Karina Halle | The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry.

I also stumbled upon some interesting reads on the internet:

'Guest Review: When We Was Fierce' by Jenn Baker for Crazy Quilts Blog | 'An Apartheid of the Imagination' by Justina Ireland for Story Magazine | “I AIN’T SORRY”: 17 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T APOLOGIZE FOR IN YOUR 20’S by Kiara Collins for Blavity

I am currently reading way too many books. First, I'm rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I'm doing a buddy read with Brandi from Brandi Janee's Bookshelf (Her Blog // Her BookTube Channel). We both really needed some motivation to pick up ACOTAR again, so we've been encouraging each other. I'm so glad I decided to reread ACOTAR because I think I love it even more than I did the first time around. And now I'm so EXCITED to pick up A Court of Mist and Fury which has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust for months.  

I'm also reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.


What I Watched & Listened To

Aside from watching way too much Grey's Anatomy, I got to catch up on Season 2 of Jane The Virgin. If you don't watch this show, I highly recommend you do something about that. Gina Rodriguez is brilliant (and stunningly gorgeous). The show is hilarious and smart and diverse. I literally binge-watched an entire season of this show in less than 2 days. It's that good.

I've listened to a little bit of everything. Reggae (in preparation for a concert), Country (in preparation for a concert). But, I have really been loving Chance The Rapper's latest album Coloring Book, as well as Bryson Tiller, Bibi Bourelly, and Birdy's Beautiful Lies. My music is honestly all over the place. But, I have a go-to playlist that I listen to pretty much every day. It's on Spotify and it's called 'Femme Fatale' -- it's a playlist that I've been curating for quite some time now. It's filled with feel good music that I listen to when I'm getting ready to go out, when I'm blogging or browsing the web, when I'm cleaning and cooking, etc. All of the artists in the playlists are women, hence the title ;)


Where Has The Year Gone?

  1. How did July treat ya?
  2. What did you read?  Watch?  Write? Listen to?
  3. What are you looking forward to in August?

Talk to you all next month!


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