In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.
Hello waffles! How is it the last day of July already? I feel like I just danced the night away in a New Year’s Eve countdown last month.
So, I’ve seen Game of Thrones earlier and okay. I’d been pretty chill since this season premiered (we’re on the 7th now in case you’ve lost track) but, dang, the recent episode is SO good! ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is the strongest episode yet in terms of plot and character development. Although, I’m still getting used to the velocity with which everything is moving (it’s pretty alarming after having watched Arya practically spent one season traveling to Braavos). But Benioff and Weiss definitely nailed this one down by shifting the focus from the war to quieter scenes, playing at key moments with nuanced dialogues and outstanding performances. I’ve always loved Lena Headey and Diana Rigg in this show, and episodes like this is why.
Otherwise, this month-end “report” doesn’t look too . . . charming. I finished three books and wrote two reviews and zero personal content. But hey, Bookworms Unite! was a success and that is something, right?
Books I Read
- Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty – Compellingly readable and exceedingly satisfying, this is a delightful sequel to its predecessor. This is also probably my favorite in the trilogy.
- Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty – It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to a cast of characters you’ve followed in a series. But Beatty once again hits all the marks. This is vastly imaginative and utterly enjoyable.
- Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano – Basically, NICOLAS TAMAYO WHERE ART THOU?
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – This is only a sampler (and in fact, the three stories here aren’t new) but, gosh, Leigh Bardugo you guys! The writing is spare, with the mark eerie cadence of fairy tales—at once sumptuous and unsettling. Plus, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.
Other Stuff I Posted
- Unmissable Weekly: July 9, 2017 – HuffPost published an extensive look on what J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series did for middle grade and young adult fiction.
- Unmissable Weekly: July 16, 2017 – The Lightning Thief cast album got me feeling nostalgic!
- Unmissable Weekly: July 23, 2017 – We had our first look—and a trailer shortly after—at Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.
- Unmissable Weekly: July 30, 2017 – Everybody and their mothers saw this coming but it’s official! Warner Bros. announced a release date for Wonder Woman 2!
Happy book birthday to Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Disney Hyperion), The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s), The Library of Fates (Razorbill), and Little Monsters (Delacorte Press), which all found a place in the shelves this month!
August means Wonder Woman: Warbringer (29th, Random House BFYR) will be out in the wild! Along with See What I Have Done (1st, Atlantic Monthly Press), Little and Lion (8th, Little, Brown and Company), A Map for Wrecked Girls (15th, Dial Books), and Wicked Like a Wildfire (15th, Katherine Tegen Books).
Bookworms Unite! happened last July 16th and it still overwhelms me to think that my friends and I have now been doing this for three years. Cheers, JM (Book Freak Revelations), Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions), Hazel (Stay Bookish), Salve (Cuckoo for Books), and Jas (Jasmine Pearl Reads)! It is infinitely heartwarming to meet fellow bookworms and I just want to thank every single one of you who came and hung out with us! This is definitely one for the books since it’s the first time we had kits, live reading, and a panel.
Around the Interwebs
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talked about the struggles of being an international book blogger and, really, yes to everything she said!
- “Witches, sluts, and feminists are the trifecta of terror for the patriarchy,” explained Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive author Kristen J. Sollee and that’s all I need to hear.
- The best YA books of 2017 (so far) according to Paste Magazine include Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me, Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, and Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi, to name a few, with Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited at the #1 spot. I approve of this!
- Hazel @ Stay Bookish posted a video of her BookExpo and BookCon 2017 haul and, nope, I refuse to be jealous.
- Here is an infographic of The Most Iconic Book Set in Each Country in the World. Reading challenge, anyone?
- As part of Epic Read’s ongoing Mental Health Matters blog series, Sam J. Miller shared an empowering, if heartbreaking, essay on body image, eating disorders, and the painful ways in which self-harm warps your sense of perception. “When I was a teenager, every handsome boy I saw made me sick to my stomach.”
- On brighter news: Daily Mail Services, a partner of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, is on track to mail its 100,000,000th book by the end of 2017. Currently, it sends more than 1 million books every month to children across the US. (I mean. Wow.)
- Nerd alert! The British Library digitized a compilation of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. All 570 pages of them, available for your perusal online! Well, that is, if you read Italian.
- Here are 14 Reasons Why Lady Olenna is Game Of Thrones‘ Best Character. This contains spoilers though; you’ve been warned.
- Lastly, not book-related, but Netflix premiered the trailer for Stranger Things 2 at SDCC and IS IT OCTOBER YET?!
How was your month bookworms? Are there specific titles you’re most looking forward to in August? What was the last book you read? Are you still watching Game of Thrones? What did you think of Episode 3? Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s talk!