Hi guys, and welcome to my July wrap up!
As you may recall, I announced my first-ever semi-hiatus at the beginning of July. It was a tough decision, but I had been in a slump for too long already and I needed a little break and time to figure out a new blogging & life balance. And though I felt SUPER guilty about it, I’m happy I did it. I may not be 100% back yet, but I have a new-found drive to read and blog again. So please be patient with me over the next few weeks as I slowly but surely get back to blogging! In the meantime, let’s get into what I did during this hiatus:
It only took me about 7 years, but I finally, finally started this series! A big thank you to Uma of Books. Bags. Burgers for suggesting a buddy read to get me to finally stop procrastinating! You can check out her review here.
The writing style and the plot are similar to Percy Jackson. If you loved that series, I’m pretty confident you’ll love this book as well. I mean, what’s not to love about a couple of demigods going on a quest together, meeting monsters and gods along the way, getting themselves in lots of dangerous situations, with a ton of humor thrown in? Sure, the premise is pretty familiar, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Though it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan yet, I’m pretty confident the rest of the series will only get better and better so I’m saving my five-star rating just a tiny bit longer.
Rating: 4 stars | Check out my full review here.
It’s no secret I absolutely love, love, love Death Note. This volume feautures some of my favorite story arcs of the whole series, but also the most heartbreaking. The entire Naomi Misora arc really showcases the lengths Light will go to to reach his vision of a world free of criminals. I think this is where I first started to think of Light as a villain instead of a hero. Also, we get more L here, which is great, because L is intriguing and adorable.
Rating: 5 stars
Well, this is a quick one. There were no blog features in July due to my semi-hiatus that turned out to be more full-time than semi…
My hiatus kind of extended to music in July so I didn’t listen to a whole lot. Not much new anyway. Let’s see, there was:
– Kpop. Yes, I’m still quite addicted to kpop. Nothing new here. BTS especially claimed my playlist this month.
– Legends by Sleeping With Sirens. One of my favorite bands released a new song this month so naturally I was all over that the moment it released. I like it fine and I like that it’s catchy, but it also didn’t stand out to me that much.
– The Descendants 2 soundtrack. What? Yes, I’m actually quite addicted to these Disney movies and their soundtracks. My dance club uses the songs for our Halloween show and I LOOOVE everything Halloween, so I guess it’s kind of natural that I’ve also become addicted to these songs.
– Linkin Park. I’ve been a Linkin Park fan for over half my life. Ever since I was 15, when I heard Crawling for the first time somewhere and fell in love. This band and their music wasn’t only my gateway into so many other genres of music, but they were also the soundtrack to my coming of age. They helped me through so much and they have always had a place in my heart. They’re number one on my all time favorites playlist for a reason. I’ve also been lucky enough to have seen them live three times in my life: once almost ten years ago when I went to London especially to see them, once 2 years ago at a festival in Belgium, and once more on the first of July of this year at the Werchter festival. They were so amazing. I had tears in my eyes when Chester did an acoustic version of Crawling. I didn’t take any videos because I just wanted to enjoy the experience, but luckily this video still exists:
So when I first heard the news of Chester Bennington’s passing only 3 weeks after that, I was devastated. I still am and still can’t quite believe it… It’s hard to fathom that artists can create music capable of helping and saving so many, but then it can’t help themselves. These artists may be our heroes, but they’re also only human. Just know that this band and this man will always be special to me and I can only thank them for that. If there is one band that owns my youth, it is Linkin Park.
Coffee prince is one of the classic kdramas, telling the story of an unlikely romance between Go Eun-Chan, a tomboyish woman, who dresses like a man in order to get work, and Choi Han-Gyul, a young food empire mogul. Though I didn’t completely finish this drama yet, I am really loving it so far. If you love cross-dressing shenanigans, humor, lots of emotions and well,… watching people run a coffee store, I’d definitely recommend this one.
I love everything Marvel. And Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero. And though I’ve loved both previous Spider-Men, I was really curious to see Tom Holland’s take on my fave. Overall, I loved this movie. I loved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. I thought the humor was great and the diversity was just amazing. Also, Michelle is amazing and I applaud her so much. But, am I the only one who has kind of had enough with all these movies crossing over? Spider-Man did not need so much Avengers stuff. I do hope he’ll stick with being our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in any future film.
Game of thrones
Winter is here! It feels like I’ve waited ages for this season and now it’s here and I’m not ready. The first episode was not really my favorite, though the opening scene was EPIC. The second episode reminded me again that this is not a show where it pays to have favorite characters. But I’m so loving this series and can’t wait to find out how it’ll end.
- I’m getting a bit more settled in my new job and though it’s been harder than I expected going from too much time on my hands to not enough time, I’m still super happy with this opportunity.
- I even planned a holiday! In September my husband and I will be going to Tenerife, together with my best friend and her family. I’m already looking forward to it!
Do I have any posts scheduled already? No.
Have I figured out how to balance blogging with a full-time job again? Well… no.
Have I completely kicked my slump’s ass? Not exactly.
Have I caught up with commenting and blog hopping? Yet another nope.
BUT… I miss you guys. And I’ve just been itching to blog again. I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I know I don’t want to be away from the blogging and reading world for too long anymore. So over the next few weeks I’ll slowly but surely be crawling back to a regular blogging schedule! And I’m pretty excited about it all! 🙂