i think i’m well overdue for a nice chat like this, because it’s mostly been books-this and books-that – and then only time i ever get to really…. talk, is for 300-500 words in a monthly recap. idk why but i’m feeling the vibes here guys! i’m doing this instead of a month-in-review-thing this month since it feels like the time is right ❤ hope you like it!!
i’ve….. never really done this, not since my first year of blogging
when i basically used this as a diary-type-thing it was awful but i think it’ll be fun. and please let me know how you guys have all been in the comments!! i really love chatting to you all, it makes me happy ❤
because of the whole covid-19 thing… i have done literally nothing. i spent the first two weeks of july seeing a couple of friends and watching movies and catching up on my goodreads import and reading… but that’s it. i listened to a lot of music – i’m in love with rina sawayama’s new album, and i’ve also been listening to lorde’s past albums! and of course taylor swift’s folklore… is it too early to say my favourite album so far? is it bad that for the first however many days after it came out i listened to that and nothing else? (also i think it is very impressive of me to think they’re all connected and then 2 hours later find a beautiful theory that basically… put all my thoughts into words)
this is completely unrelated to everything but i mistyped bookstagram as bokstagram to a friend…… she made an entire fake instagram about bok choy purely to mock me, and if this doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about my friends nothing will.
i cut my hair AGAIN and… it sits above my shoulders now (like… well above) but even though i can barely get it back i still love it!! <3… my mum is very talented haha.
i’ve been slumping for months now, and while in july i finally got out of that (even if i counted fence as one book) it wasn’t fun, because i was reading 4 or 5 books a month which i hate!! part of the reason i think is because i had ~fancy new books~ from my parents to read!! i read books on scribd, ones i received for my birthday, and then some library pick-ups!
some recent reads!! i reread 6 books… which i don’t feel awful about? five were for the nostalgia haha
i read so so much, like i said, but they were all SO GOOD as well. it’s been a while since i read incredible books (mostly aftg) but these just… ripped my soul apart and screwed me a million times over!!! kjahtkjhd my heart….. dkljskldj.
i also finally finished importing all my books to goodreads from jan 2019 to present time…. and y’all. it was a massive task (of like 170 books) and i forgot about it for like 5 days but it was SO GOOD and i’m DONE.
i also bought some books!! the falling in love montage was a birthday book from my parents but it came a little late in the mail!!! ….also guess who finally caved and bought the six of crows special edition when they got a voucher from a friend!!! ❤ tbh no regrets – i adore the squad so much, and i now own a paperback with notes and a pure one….. whoops?? anna k is another book i bought since i had so much in book vouchers left from my birthday (i’m still saving) and i’ve only heard good things about it!!
well…. back at the start and middle of july we got disney+ and i rewatched many many movies – the first two high school musical movies, zootopia, frozen 1 and 2 (the second is better i don’t make the rules), and a couple others. i also saw the first jumanji movie (the video game one) and it was hilarious!! why did i wait so long!! i saw the sequel at the end of last year with a friend, but i hadn’t seen the first (of the remakes…. i have never seen the original and after a friend said it was trash i don’t plan to??)
i also caved and saw hsmtmts and while it was awful it was the good kind of awful??? (if nini and gina (who’s names i originally wrote and thought were mimi and gia) had gotten together that would be a POWER COUPLE!!!) it inspired me to revisit the original movies which i hadn’t seen in at least 5 years… they have not aged well. no. no no no.
i also watched a show with my family on netflix called indian matchmaker…. it’s hilarious and i’d really recommend!! netflix parties with friends were also a big hit!! (we rewatched the start of atypical and i love them so much omg!!!)
saving the best for last… i saw the first season of love, victor (the spin-off series of love, simon which i’ve seen five times and i adore) which was simply incredible (yes predictable and yes very drama-filled but i don’t care ok). i may or may not have cried in the finale (the mother daughter stuff got me ok) and i saw it in like 3 days and it was amazing. so so good. (i then saw it again with my family….. look it’s good and i love it and we got through it also very fast and i 100% don’t have tentative plans to watch it with a friend again soon no what are you talking about)
i actually did it!! i posted every four days and still can’t believe it? it definitely helped that for most of it i had pre-scheduled content a week ahead at least for the whole time – if you can (possibly the least-accessible advice ever), i’d recommend it as a technique!!
i also drafted and came up with SO MANY ideas for posts!! i might not be thriving in covid-19 but my blog sure is hehe ;)) i’m super excited for some of my content this month!! (also! thank you so much for the support on my recommendations by black authors post!! i did NOT expect it to do that well but i’m thrilled honestly!!)
also! i do try not to talk or think about stats much but we hit 300 followers this month and i’m…. honestly in shock and like thank you so much??? i died a little when i saw that?? ksjhdfkjhsd anyway no words but thank you for that!! (i was also nominated by some people for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards and i’m STILL screaming. kjdhfsjk thank you to everyone!! (some of my tagbacks haven’t been working so if you did nominate me please let me know below because i’d love to look at it and cry :’))
on the note off the book blogger awards, i have no idea if i got through to the voting round, but if i did it would mean the world to me if you voted for me!! i might actually cry :’) (turns out i did!!! you can vote for me as best blogging/writing voice (!!!!) here because i would actually die <3)
also!!! i changed my header because… i’ve been meaning to for a while but i couldn’t figure out what i wanted??? but i hit 20,000 hits and i’m super proud of myself and so i decided to actually spend some time figuring it out and it happened!! i like it ❤
- ash reviewed a book i’ve been meaning to get to for forever, and even though i can’t find a copy in a library or my local bookstore, this made me want to go online and buy it immediately. (it’s picture us in the light, by the way!!)
- akjsfkjsd nimika did a romance lines in YA post and like. i cried. kajhsfjksd the ones i recognised were simply beautiful (and they brought back Painful Memories of books)
- may posted about why she loves book blogs and ways to support book bloggers and just… so many points she brought up are so real??? and i’d really recommend checking it out!! (especially leaving comments, sharing our posts, and following!! it truly means a lot <3)
- ilsa created a tag based on folklore… and i love it so much. that’s all i can say about this, but i truly adore it – thank youuuu ❤
- olivia gave us book recs if you like [insert tv show] and the gilmore girls ones made my heart soar!! the books are all matched so well haha :))
- maha recommended some fluffy romance novels and they’re perfect for me this month!!
(also! i had an idea – since reviews get so low engagement from most of the community, i want to start boosting them more by promoting a couple in my recaps and i might post linking to some of my favourite, well written reviews/review blogs!! if that’s something you’d be interested in participating in or you want me to have a look at some of your reviews, let me know <3)
some a lot of poetry! i wrote two that are… definitely a little too personal and emotional to share here (but i really love what i did with one), but there were some not super sad things too and i like one in particular so i’ll put it in a spoiler tag below. it’s not meant to be based off anything, just like a story as a poem haha. anyway enjoy i guess xx
poem based off some spotify playlist bylines a friend had
damn did i really do that? did i really just tell her? did i just ruin my life in three words, i might have. so why am i not scared? doctor look into my eyes, i’m just not there, it’s too much for this small being to comprehend. the first thing she asks is are you gonna write a song about me, i might already have. just the thought of it makes me blush, i don’t know how but i kept going. i always keep going. i don’t know how to read i just know how to read her expressions. we’re gonna take over the world, one kiss, one miss, one kiss on a cheek, one missed call, i messed around and got attached, soon i’m sending you letters with my heart dispatched. i know i shouldn’t, but she’s my soulmate, what can i do? google searching how to be a star just for you, i won’t be, all i could ever be is a sparkling star built to support her galaxy. her galaxy would be a world too powerful, is a world to powerful, the thought of it my dear might put me to death. she put too much sugar on her cereal this morning, made her life taste a little sweeter so she could keep going. i’ve got nothing to do and neither do you, so we drive for soft ice cream and i call you my coney island queen, head back home and you get a facetime request. i fell down the rabbit hole a while ago but i haven’t hit the bottom yet. i hope there isn’t a bottom. i’m still falling. you pick up the phone and look into his eyes, and in an instant i keep falling but the gravity is finally working wonders and i can feel myself getting faster and closer to the ground. damn, did i really do that? really gave myself away for a girl who could only ever love a version of me i am not, only ever love someone who is not me. the thought of this, my dear, will put me to death, and i’m just not there. i thought we’d take over the world but now because you have something to do, i again have nothing. nothing to do. nothing to say that will get you to stay.
looking at august…
i’m really excited for august!! i want to try and read more on scribd, because my free trial will run out around the 20th, and i also want to reread some middle grade books because i’m craving the serotonin and nostalgia!!! i did a penderwicks reread near the end of july… i love them so much ok
i have a plan to mostly just read fluffy contemporaries…… apparently i read enough sad stuff? basically the whole month will just be happy, light books. (and i got a couple rereads in there!!! legend and aftg… i’m giving in even though they’re a little less than fluffy heh – COMFORT READS) looking above…. i’m rereading aftg again with a friend and i love it?? it’s so addictive and i’m probably about to slump again but i don’t care??
i’ll be continuing online school for at least part of it, which i’m surprisingly not unhappy about? i mean, i think i’d rather see people, but i like online. i’m also doing a school thing that i got a good group for and i’m excited for that!!
i…. might go for walks? there’s literally nothing for me to say here because, hey, worldwide pandemic!! it’s great!!!
been up to anything exciting this month? have you been like me and just chilling and not doing much? watched any good movies/read any good books? any writing happen for you? wishing you all a wonderful july xx