Hey everyone! How’s it going? This year I decided I’m only posting quarterly on here. I just launched two other websites (one for photography and one for lifestyle and books) and I don’t have the time to post on here as much. I love using my blog as a sort of digital diary or keepsake.
Books I Read
- The Paris Apartment by Lucey Foley
- The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
- Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
- Gallant by V.E. Schwab
- All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- The Comfort Book by Matthew Haig
- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
- Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Gideon the Ninth was a reread so I wasn’t in a rush to finish it. I did finish Part 2 of 6 of EOTV, but I’m struggling with Part 3 because it’s kind of dragging. Jay did introduce someone I think will become one of my favorite characters though. Hopefully, she will keep me interested enough to get over the middle slump!
Other Media I Consumed
- Gossip Girl (the reboot)
- The Flight Attendant (S1 & S2)
- This Is Us
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- The Batman – ★★★★★
- Arrival – (I’m not going to rate this one because I don’t even remember this movie)
- The Last Duel – ★★½
- Black Widow – ★★★½
- Spectre – ★
- KIMI – ★★★
- Oblivion – ★★★
- Tenet – ★★★½
- John Wick (rewatch)
- The Hating Game – ★★★
- Promising Young Woman – ★★★★
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – ★★★★½
I don’t normally go into details but the reason I can’t give the Doctor Strange sequel all my love is because it felt like a Wanda Vision movie. I loved, loved, loved that she was the villain but I almost wish she had her own movie? Still, this movie was unlike any MCU movie I’ve ever seen. The creative direction was so unique. There was horror. There was comedy. There was thrill. There were twists and turns. Since Doctor Strange is a well established character, he doesn’t really need a sequel that solely focuses on him. I did mislead myself into thinking that the sequel was about what happened in the last Spider-Man movie. Oops.
I finished my second first draft of my novel. The first first draft was a product of Nanowrimo in 2017 and I’ve been rewriting it ever since. I honestly think the second one is much worse than the first because my end goal was just to finish something. I’m not sure if this novel will ever see the light of day, but it will need considerable rewrites if it does. I’m finally venturing into a new book project but I’m starting off by writing a sort of prequel of short stories within that universe. I’m just not a rigid outliner. I have to jump straight into a story to really immerse myself.
I’ve been enjoying a few mini adventures all summer. Everything from donuts in the mountains to cupcakes in Washington DC. It was my birthday in May, so let’s just say I used every excuse I could to celebrate (and eat). My mom was sweet and actually gifted me a book, a gratitude journal, and some money. One of my good friends also sent me a gift. It was really nice to be thought of 🙂 I’m trying to stay positive because I traveled all the way to DC for a concert and ended up crying the entire time (it’s a long story). This is why I hate my birthday.
Looking forward to…
I’m actually really excited about my summer. I’ll be in Austin, TX for a photography workshop at the end of the month and I’ll be at a PUBLISHING institute online. I just got my pre-assignments and I only have a few weeks to finish them. I can’t wait to share more soon. I’m super nervous because if the past two years have taught me anything it’s that there’s no guarantee that my hopes and dreams will work out.
I’m also in the planning stages of trying to travel to Thailand or Indonesia next year. My loose budget is $2,500 including airfare. Any more frugal and I could probably go as low as $2,000 buuuuut I’ll likely have to save $3,000 in case of emergencies as well as shopping for things I’ll need.
Summer Anticipated Book Releases
- What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher – July 12, 2022
- Upgrade by Blake Crouch – July 12, 2022
- The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – July 19, 2022
- Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey – July 19, 2022
- Babel by R.F. Kuang – August 23, 2022
Summer Entertainment Line Up