Wow! July has gone by so freaking fast! It’s hard to believe that I’ll be back on my campus in 16 glorious days. I’ve really missed Vandy (Vanderbilt University), and I can’t wait to be back.
So, this month has been pretty successful. I caught up on a lot of my favorite series. Something that I’ve been meaning to do for almost 3 years. IT FEELS SO GOOD.
Plus, I read 3 of the 4 books on my July TBR! I think that I did pretty well this month.
I’ve also done a lot of Netflix binge watching that I *probably* shouldn’t have done… but oh well!
What did I read/listen to this month?
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – THIS WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. I don’t think that I can quite articulate (though I’m dern sure going to try when I write my review) how I felt about this book. It was so good! It’s probably my favorite in the series. Despite September being a couple months away, it feels like such a long time to wait for Empire of Storms.
- The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – It literally took me almost 3 years to read this one. I feel so DUMB not reading this sooner. The Heroes of Olympus series has always been pretty lackluster for me, but the last two books in the series really solidified my love for this series.
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – Riordan brilliance strikes again! Once again, I really enjoyed this books. It was a pretty good ending for the series, even though I had some issues with it. I honestly think that the ending was rushed. However, it really reminded me why I love Rick Riordan’s books so much.
What did I watch this month?
- Gilmore Girls – As you can tell from the title of the blog post, this month was, once again, defined by my love for Gilmore Girls. I blew through another three seasons this month! I finished season 6 this morning, and I’m SO ANGRY. (*yells dramatically into the air* WHY LORELAI, WHY???). I only have one season left, and I’m really sad. However, DID Y’ALL SEE THE TEASER FOR GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE?!
- Finding Dory – This was such a cute movie! While I think that it ran a little long, I still enjoyed it.
- Shakespeare: The Legacy – I actually just watched this one. It’s a Netflix documentary about William Shakespeare, and it was pretty good. I already knew a lot of the information, but it was still well done.
What did I post this month?
- Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings
- Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
- The Book Love Tag
- Top Ten (Probably Boring) Facts About Me
- Waiting on Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
- Review: The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renée Ahdieh
- Please Give Me a Heroes of Olympus TV Show
- Waiting on Wednesday: The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
What did I get/buy/borrow this month?
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Borrowed from library
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Bought eBook
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Bought eBook
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.