Welcome to another wrap-up and greetings from (currently not so sunny) Italy.
I’m back home for the rest of summer because I deserve some beach time after the past few months. I’ve officially passed my lab 🎉 and more exams will wait for me in late September but for now I can relax a bit and enjoy time with my family and my friends and most importantly my cat 🐱 oh and books, I do some of my best and most-focused reading at the beach and on the commute there.
But let’s see how this past month went for me.
I had some more free time in July than I had in the past months so I managed to read a lot.
My numbers this month:
○ 15 books total
○ 4 novels
○ 7 ARCs
○ 10 graphic novels/webcomics/manga (5 of which were different volumes of the same manga)
○ 1 radio dramatization (shhhhh, I decided it counts)
📖 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | ★★★★.5✩ | review to come
📖 The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill | ★★★★★
📖 Given (volumes #1—#5) by Natsuki Kizu | avg rating for the five volumes ★★★★.2✩
📖 If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio | ★★★★.5✩ | review to come maybe
🔖 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – I’m rereading it after listening to the audiobook (and watching the show twice, and listening to the radio adaptation, yes I know) and I’m kind of skipping stuff to read the AzCrowley scenes lmao but I love it so much and the more I read it the more I like it.
🔖 The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book by Neil Gaiman – yes I know but this is my hyperfixation lately and I find it so cool to have so many different sources (book, show, script, radio adaptation) because it makes me feel immersed in this world. Also there are a couple of deleted scenes in the script and stuff that got moved around, but the highlight of it are Neil Gaiman’s comments, for example: “Crowley glares at him, glarefully.” AFHKAHGSD Neil pls. Also this is the first script I read and I kind of wanna read more.
🔖 Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé – this is an ARC I’m actually enjoying quite a bit. It’s YA horror and I would pitch it as Sadie meets Never-Contented Things. I’m almost finished and I don’t know what to expect from the ending.
(There are more books on my Currently Reading shelf but I haven’t touched them in months ghslkhg)
📌 A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian
📌 Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
📌 The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill
📌 Failed Future by Elise Kova
📺 Spiderman Homecoming
I’ve been wanting to watch it for ages and finally it became available on Netflix Italia just in time before FFH came out. It was amazingly fun and I love Tom Holland, I’m not a big Marvel fan but I believe his Spiderman is the real one.
📺 Spiderman Far From Home
So after watching Homecoming I immediately bought a ticket to go see FFH. I was never bored and even if the movie referenced a lot of the stuff that happened in Infinity War and Endgame (which I haven’t seen but know all about ghskl) it wasn’t hard to follow. I love Peter and MJ so much and this movie really made me happy and even if I don’t care about the rest of MCU I want to know what’s next for Spiderman (that ending + after credit scene………….scream).
📺 Blown Away
This is a Netflix show about glas blowing and it’s kind of fascinating to watch. It’s in the form of a contest so every episode one contestant gets eliminated and there are different creative challenges. I love seeing what everyone comes up with and the different glas blowing techniques that are being used. It looks so difficult and my heart always skips a beat whenever something breaks or I feel like it’s about to break and it doesn’t.
📺 Queer Eye (season 4)
It’s QE season again and as always I have to watch. I don’t have much to add to what I’ve said before but almost every episode always makes me cry at some point. It’s not a perfect show but I feel like with every season and with every new person they meet, the Fab 5 really are learning a lot and doing better.
The anime started being aired (it’s available on Crunchyroll with English subtitles) and after two episodes I decided to read the manga too. I like the anime, it adds some more stuff to the manga (at least so far) and I like actually being able to hear the music they’re playing. If you don’t know what it is, it’s about a band and a guy, Satō, who wants to learn to play the guitar he always brings everywhere and asks Uenoyama, the guitarist of the band, to teach him. There’s only three episodes out so far but the manga features multiple m/m relationships (everyone in the band is queer). I’m looking forward to continuing to watch it and see the differences/similarities with the manga.
📺 La Gabbianella e il Gatto
This was one of my childhood’s favorite movies to watch and the first time I ever watched it (I was…6? maybe) I literally couldn’t stop crying and my mom had to pause the VHS before I could continue aghshd anyway I don’t know why I felt like rewatching it when I was talking about something on twitter with my mutuals and since it’s on Netflix Italia I went with it (and yes I cried). This is one of the best Italian animated movies and yes it’s for kids but it’s still enjoyable and emotional. It’s about a tiny seagull who was hatched by a cat after the cat, Zorba, promised her dying mom to take care of the egg she laid. The seagull, Fortunata, is raised by Zorba and his group of cat friends and they all have to defeat evil rats and eventually teach Fortunata how to fly. I don’t know if it’s available everywhere but it’s also translated in English on Netflix Italia so I think it might be worth a search if you want to try it or want to show it to your kid/sibling/cousin/etc.
📺 The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King was my favorite Disney movie when I was a kid so I had to go see this remake. I don’t agree with all the criticism, especially about how the lions are expressionless. Of course their face isn’t human-like but if you think they’re expressionless you’re quite simply wrong and that’s a hill I will gladly die on. I also think debating on remaking famous animated movies is in a way valid but it erases the fact that so many people got to work on them and are given a huge opportunity they otherwise maybe wouldn’t have had (thinking of all the Black voice actors in the Lion King and of the Asian actors cast in the upcoming Mulan). Anyway, like everyone I have remakes I’m absolutely not interested in (like the flop that was Dumbo) but that’s literally how it works with movies lmao, if you’re not interested don’t go watch it and don’t give them money and yes, sometimes it actually is as simple as that.
📺 Are You the One (season 8)
Okay listen I’m actually a little ashamed of this because I never watch reality TV. But what’s a girl supposed to do when she learns that everyone on this season is MGA and everyone could potentially end up with everyone?? The sheer power that that has gives me +8 Queer Strength. Also I dislike about half of the people in this show but I can’t stop watching it because they might be messy kids but they’re MY messy kids.
Have you read or watched something mentioned in this post? Did you like it? How are you spending your summer (or your winter depending on where you are)? Let me know 🌈