*awkward wave* oh hey!
For life (read: uni) reasons I didn’t really have time to blog much at all during most of May, the whole of June and the beginning of July. So I’m just now trying to write a wrap up that includes some highlights, because it’s a type of post I love doing, and I will try to keep it short for everyone’s sake.
So, overall I did manage to read quite a bit although my life was a complete mess, but there’s a trick I used?? I realized I couldn’t get to my ARCs unless I tried something, and I’m glad it worked, because for basically two whole months I never had the time to like, actually sit down with a book. So I saw on twitter that there are reader apps that can read to you and I downloaded one (PocketBook, which is free for Android and iOS and didn’t sponsor me – I could only wish) and basically have let it read my ARCs to me ever since. The voice is just you usual google voice without much emotion in it so it’s not the same as an audiobook experience, but extreme time calls for extreme measures, and with it I read 6 ARCs total (plus two in July, which will be in my July’s wrap-up). Other stuff I read was actual audiobooks or short stuff like comics and poetry.
📖 The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore | ★★★★.5✩
📖 The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson | ★★★★★
📖 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett | ★★★★✩ (rating for the first read, I’m rereading and it will probably be a five stars this time)*
* trust me, we are NOT done talking about Good Omens, but we’re keeping this post short (still, see end of the post for some more rambling)
📺 Detective Pikachu (Movie Theater)
This was the last thing I allowed myself to go see at the cinema before my two-months-lab started and it was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!
📺 Our Planet (Netflix) – Status: complete
My friends introduced me to this series of documentaries and they were amazing. The amount of emotion I got from simply watching nature do its course, and then see how we are ruining what took geology and evolution millennia and even longer to build… I would say don’t go into these documentaries hoping for escapism, quite the contrary, but they’re so important and so, so breathtaking.
📺 Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)
AHHH!! All-Asian main cast, Keanu Reeves, laugh-out-loud fun, I had the best time watching it.
📺 Good Omens (Amazon Prime) – Status: complete, watched x2
Listen. If you have me on twitter (you probably shouldn’t, but if you want to: @/verelaurent) you know how much I loved Good Omens given the amount of fanart + headcanons I retweet every day. Being in this fandom even just from the sidelines has been a complete joy for the almost two months that the show has been out and I hadn’t felt that way since…well, since Yuri on Ice, really.
📺 Lucifer (Netflix) – Status: currently just started season 4
I don’t know what to say, I just love Lucifer (the character and the show) so much and everyone is so beautiful and I’m extremely bisexual.
📺 Bonding (Netflix) – Status: complete
This was not something I thought I’d like but after two episodes I was hooked and I binged it in one afternoon (they’re 15-minutes-long eps). It’s kind of uncomfortable to watch but there’s something that just makes it so watchable, it’s worth checking out.
📺 Please Like Me (Netflix) – Status: DNF’d after a few episodes
I usually don’t make a conscious decision to drop watching something, more like I leave it there and never go back to it, but this time I decided it was just not worth my time. I found the acting weird, the plot and the characters weird, and the humour was just not my thing.
📺 Tales of the City (Netflix) – Status: currently “watching” but more like on hold for now
A friend (hi Lia) recommended it to me and I totally see why. It’s such an inclusive show, it’s basically about a house for queer people in San Francisco and i’ts great to see all different identities represented. And it talks about some very real issues that queer people face, and I’m not talking just about homophobia but specifically intra-community issues. Which is why I also find it a little heavy to watch and I’ve been postponing it for a bit now, just because I have other stuff to watch that fits more my definition of escapism. But I do plan to get back to it whenever I’m in the right mood for it.