This week hasn’t been as busy on the blog, but I can promise you, I’m already working on the next reading experiment, some arcs and am considering reviewing “What if …?” when it airs. So, there’s still loads to come this summer. But for now, let’s check out the latest trailers!
Whether you are currently in a heat wave or the sky won’t stop drowning you in water, I hope you are all alright and safe. I also hope you get to enjoy this trailer post in relaxation. Let’s see what we’ve got!
I’ve been a bit loopy this weekend, because I got my vaccine shot (woot! woot!) and I legit almost forgot it’s Sunday and therefore time for trailers. BUT the emphasis is on the *almost*, so, here we go!
June was a whirlwind of a month for me and I can’t really explain why. Somehow it just went by in the blink of an eye, but I can’t complain. I even think I got some decent reading in, even though I think you’ll find the books quite a departure from what you can usually see on the blog. So, let’s check that out right away:
No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh (3 stars)
This book was full of Buddhist teachings and very interesting to read, although a tad repetitive.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (4 stars)
Siddhartha was a reread for me, which I rarely ever do, but you’ll find out why soon enough!
As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews (where there is one) you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above if there are posts for them.
I FINALLY got my appointment for the vaccine! I know that there’s still many countries that don’t have a wide access to it and my heart goes out to them. I felt very annoyed at how long it took for my own city to open up bookings for my age group, so I don’t want to imagine the frustrations others feel. At the same time, I’m very glad to finally have my appointment this weekend.
As my social media break continues in a light version (I do check up on my accounts from time to time, but it doesn’t even equate to an hour a day anymore), I found I had a lot of time for other things. I read more, I wrote more and I felt more creative urges coming back to me. I still haven’t drawn anything in months, but if I have the time (which is a rare good these days), I know a portrait I’d really like to do. I’d also like to think that I was very consistent with my blogging, which makes me happy, because in June, I celebrated my 8-year-blogiversary! Can you believe how long it’s been!? Thank you so, so very much for sticking around – it means the world to me!
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Honestly, and I imagine you are all quite tired of hearing about it by now, but my favorite thing this past month was finally releasing my reading experiment, where I tried to see if Tom Hiddleston are compatible readers! As much as I enjoy doing other people’s tags and features on my blog, I wanted something that felt very me and fit on this site. This was like the perfect combination of things I love and I put so much work into it. I want everyone to know that I appreciated the responses to the post so much and am happy to announce that it’s now officially a series/feature on here! The next installment should be up in a couple weeks – feel free to guess which actor I’m matching with this time!
All of this was obviously fueled by my love for the currently airing Loki show! I ended up deciding on weekly reviews again, just because I love talking about all things Marvel way too much to not post about it at all. I noticed that there weren’t as many views on these reviews as there were on previous shows, but I’m past the point of caring. I just want to fangirl on my corner of the interwebs however much I please.
ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE
Sorry for this part of the wrap-up being so irregular, but here are some awesome posts from amazing bloggers!
I do these tags really irregularly, but I took the time to put something up last year and had a lot of fun with it. So, this is my attempt at bringing the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag back on a more regular basis. As in yearly. Hopefully.
*By clicking on the covers, you’ll be re-directed to the Goodreads pages of the books!*
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2021
I’ve only given 5 stars to ONE (fiction) book this year, so I feel like that has to be the one I mention for this prompt? I’m talking about Soulswift, a breathtaking and soul-crushing standalone fantasy novel here. I’m honestly still shocked that not more people have discovered this book yet.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021
The only books that were part of a series that I read this year were the Grishaverse books. I don’t feel super happy giving King of Scars this spot on the post, because I wasn’t actually as happy with it as I would have liked to be, but it’s the only one that makes sense. I should read more series again maybe …
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten is 100% up there! The book just sounds like it would be right up my alley and I’m really excited to dive into it once I can get my hands on a copy!
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I don’t know when this happened or why it really even happened, but I found myself drawn to more horror-esque books these past years. It’s such a weird change for me, because I literally hate being terrified, but apparently I don’t hate being just a little freaked out? I don’t know, but I’m super hyped to read The Taking of Jake Livingston.
I was so very sad to not have connected with My Year Abroad. I felt like there should have been enough basis from my real life experiences to make this book an outstanding read for me, but somehow, I just wasn’t the right reader for it. I saw a lot of people enjoy the style of writing, while I found it a bit dragging and difficult to get through.
Honestly, before I started reading Any Human Heart, I really didn’t believe I was going to like it. I had read (or at least attempted to read) another book by the same author and I was incredibly bored. With this one though, despite me not really liking the main character, I felt it had so much emotion. In the end, I really enjoyed the journey we had together.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
You all know how much I adore Morgan Matson and how I will devour anything she writes? Well, I found an author with a similar style of writing, who evokes the same feelings in me. Through The Summer of Broken Rules, K.L. Walther managed to capture my heart and I would love to read future books by the author. This one transported me right to a summery vacation destination, so I’m here for more.
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
To further elaborate the previous answer, I really, really enjoyed The Summer of Broken Rules because it introduced me to Wit. He’s such a lovely love interest and I don’t know how else to put it. I like caring, at times dorky guys with a healthy dose of humor and he provides all that!
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Hmmm … that’s a tough one. I met some great characters throughout the year so far, but I think I might have to give this one to Nina Riva from Malibu Rising. I don’t know how to explain it, but I found a lot of myself in her, which made me feel uncomfortable at times. But I also loved it?
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Ugh, I hate repeating answers so much, but Malibu Rising it is again. That book lost me a little bit in parts of the second half, but I felt a really big emotional connection to it and it definitely had me well up a couple times. Something about the setting and the family theme just got to me more than I expected.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
While Hana Khan Carries On definitely has some more serious elements to it that weren’t always easy to handle, Hana’s passion for her podcast and a career in the world of radio had be so excited and happy to keep reading this book. The fact that she also has a “You’ve Got Mail”-style romance was just the cherry on top.
FAVOURITE BOOK TO SCREEN ADAPTATION
Okay, this just HAS to be Shadow and Bone! Despite some flaws, the casting of this show was impeccable and gave us so much fun and heartwarming new content for the Grishaverse. I mean, that show made me utterly fall in love with Mal and while I liked him in the books (contrary to most of the fandom, I think), I ADORED the boy on the show. Cannot wait for season 2!
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
This is also super easy to answer for me, which is rare to be honest. I’m not trying to say that I’m not usually proud of my own content, but I was especially happy to publish my “Are Tom Hiddleston and I compatible (readers)?” post a few weeks back. It is now developing into a full blown series, where I read the favorite books of celebs and see if we would be a match or not. I think it’s such a fun feature that combines my love for reading with my admiration of all things TV and film. I hope you enjoy reading it just a fraction of how much I loved creating this post/future series.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
Last year, I mentioned a poetry collection for this special prompt and I’m going to stick with that again this year. I think Where Hope Comes From is such a gorgeous book inside and out! It was written during the times of Covid, so I understand if not everyone is up for that emotional exploration, but I think it was really beautiful.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
SO. VERY. MANY. But just because I’m a terrible person and haven’t read the books I mentioned in 2020 yet. I’m going to put those exact same ones here again.
IfWe Were Villains and Dark Age. are still on my shelf and I have no excuse as to why I haven’t picked them up. Literally none. (Other than the fact that the size of Dark Age scares me.)
I TAG THEE
I tag whoever wants to do this as well! If that’s you, then I tag YOU!!!
What did you think of my answers for the prompts of the tag? How is your reading year going so far? Let’s talk!!
Can you believe we are nearing the end of June? It’s been really sunny and hot where I live, which wasn’t always easy, but overall, the month wasn’t so bad. But this isn’t a wrap-up yet and our weekly trailer post instead. Let’s get started!
I have to say that I was really excited to share the Are Tom Hiddleston and I compatible readers?-post with you this week and it was probably my highlight how well received it was. I want to thank everyone who took the time to read and comment on it, especially those who encouraged me to keep going with the series! The next candidate is already fixed and I hope that (as long as time permits it) I will be able to keep you entertained with this feature in the future! But today, we are back to our weekly trailers!!
It is Sunday and that means I have a fresh batch of trailers for you. I also want to use this opportunity to prepare you all for the fact that I’ll be busier starting next week and don’t yet know how that will affect my blogging schedule. I still plan on doing Loki reviews (although not an hour after the episode airs each week, I will need more time), Thursday Movie Picks and Sunday trailer posts, but just in case something is late, you have been warned. Now on to today’s trailers!
Just yesterday, I whipped up a post to celebrate 8 years of blogging (check it out here) after forgetting that the blogiversary was happening and now we are already back to our regular Sunday trailer post. Can you believe that I haven’t missed a single Sunday post in over 4 years? All of this is wild to me. But let’s get started!