Round Up

June Round-up

Hail June, cause June was a good month! I’ve finally managed to pull myself out of the reading slump, and I have some awesome books to thank for that! On the other hand, two weeks ago I discovered Stardew Valley, and ever since I’ve been spending most of my time playing it, instead of reading, so I’m very ashamed, but also Stardew Valley rocks!

What I’ve Read/Bought in June+ July TBR

The weather here is awful, which is nice because I prefer staying at home anyway, but it’s also weird, because it’s July? Anyway, I hope it gets warmer soon, so I can go to the beach and read! I didn’t compose a summery tbr for July because I don’t really read that kind of books, but I did compose a list, which consists of some ARCs I need to finish, and some new books I bought, yay! First, my precious loot:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I’ve put the original covers I own/will own soon, because I thought it might be interesting to look at different covers we all have. I didn’t request any ARCs this month, because I need to be a responsible adult and read the ones I already have, so a large portion of my July TBR will consist of those. But, first, what I’ve read in June:

Locke & Key, Vol. 1 – 6 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez   Vol 1 Review

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton   My review here

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente  Review coming soon

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson  Review coming soon

Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman  I’ve got 15 pgs left, but I’ll finish it today, review coming soon.

The only one I haven’t read from my June TBR is My Plain Jane, which I’ll start tomorrow, so I’m including it in my July TBR which is:

ARCs:

Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson

Chimera: Book One – The Righteous and the Lost by Tyler Ellis

Other:

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

Uprooted by Naomi Novik   (If I get it from Book Depository on time)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss   (Same)

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Eight novels and one six-volume comic eh, it’s a challenge all right! I’ll try to control my Stardew Valley addiction and get some reading done!

TV/Movies

I’ve only watched two movies this month, and both cartoons: Early Man, which was good, but I expected more from people who did Wallace & Gromit and The Pirates! Band of Misfits – some of my favorite cartoons. My rating on IMDB: 8/10. The other was Sherlock Gnomes which was a much bigger disappointment, since I really love Gnomeo & Juliet, its predecessor. It’s fun, but a waste of time really. My rating on IMDB: 6/10.

 

I am still watching Charmed, and I’m almost done, so you’ll stop listening me nag about that soon. 😛 I finished Westworld, and I’m blown away. I still don’t know what to think of the ending, I loved some revelations, but others not so much, and now I’m left wondering what will next season be about anyway, I haven’t a clue. I also binged the second half of the last season of Grey’s Anatomy. Say what you will but it’s quality drama, and I love it.

Music

This weekend I traveled five hours to the eastern part of Serbia to see Billy Idol. Even though I had several other chances, I’ve never seen him live until now, so I figured it’s time, because he’s not getting any younger. 😕 I’ve grown up mostly on British 80s punk rock and post punk music because of my mom and dad, and I’ve always had a kind of nostalgia for the eighties, even though I was born in 1990. Most of the bands I love are disbanded, dead, or don’t tour Serbia, so this was a unique chance for me to relive those feelings, and it was great. Billy is still awesome, and he even came to play after a pneumonia and sinus infection, after cancelling two shows, and the one he played in Serbia was for free, go figure. The concert was cut short, but I managed to hear some of my favorites, and they even played The Sisters of Mercy songs before Billy started, pure bliss.

 

Other

Like I said, I’ve been playing Stardew Valley for the past two weeks, so everything else is kind of blurry hehe. I usually hate pixelated games, and farming games, but this one is so much more, and so awesome. I’ll stop blabbing about it now, no worries. 😛

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And that’s it for June! What have you guys been up to, and what are your plans for July? Have a great reading week everyone! ❤️‍

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11 thoughts on “June Round-up

    1. Hahaha thanks, I’m so happy now! 😊 Me too, so I decided to put any Serbian ones I have from now on. 🙂 Hahaha well if your native language isn’t English you’ve got to learn it to fit in with the world. 😂 You can learn anything on Duolingo, it’s so interesting, I’ve been learning Portuguese and can read in it now. 😊

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      1. Oh yes, definitely put the Serbian copies on! I find book covers of different places really interesting because I always wonder what they keep the same or what they change (and why)! Mass kudos to you for reading in three languages! That’s such an achievement!

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        1. I will hehe, but some are so ugly I just have to buy English editions haha. xD Me too, I saw some French and German ones that are gorgeous, pity I don’t understand either. 😀 Hehe thanks, but I can only read simple articles and stories in Portuguese and I managed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that’s my biggest achievement haha. xD

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  1. Oh yay, glad to hear you got to see Billy Idol! ❤ I don't often go to concerts, in fact, haven't been for years, but it sounds like fun!

    Those first book covers made me do a double take! Didn't realise the author's name would be "translated" in some languages. It's pretty interesting!

    Locke & Key has been on my list since forever! I keep telling myself to get on with it, since i'm interested in graphic novels, but haven't read too many. I'm not so much fan of the super hero ones, but more so stories like this, or even manga. But i get always distracted by non-graphic books… 😀

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    1. Thanks Norrie! 🙂 Oooh I love concerts but I don’t go as much as I used to, because I’m getting old. 😅

      Hahaha, well our language’s rule is to speak as you write and write as you speak, letter by letter, so those authors’ names are written as how we pronounce them. 😀 It makes more sense when our official alphabet, cyrillic, is used, but we’re using the latin script more and more these days. 🙂 Although there are some mistakes idiot translators make often, like with Neil Gaiman, it should be Gejman, not Gejmen. :S

      Ooooh read it! 😀 It’s only 150~ pages per volume, and of course you read it faster because it’s a graphic novel, and it’s so interesting! 🙂 I dislike the super hero ones too, except Batman, I like the story form more too. 🙂 I never got into manga sadly, but I adore anime haha. 😀

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      1. Ah, that makes sense with the spelling. My native language does that too, but only with words, not names of actual people. It resulted in some veeeerrry interesting pronounciation of originally english words that was super hard to get rid of when i learned English. 😂

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        1. Haha same as with us and book characters/writers, as sometimes they translate as it’s pronounced in english, which is good, but sometimes they translate as it’s written in english which sounds terribly wrong. 😂

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