I wish that I could say that August was a great reading month for me, but it wasn’t. I did not get through everything that I wanted to, which sucks. Now I’m left playing catch-up.
On the bright side, I didn’t read any bad books! I also saw some pretty awesome films that I want to talk about. I know this is a book blog, but I thought I would expand on my wrap-up by including all of my general favorites. (Also it’s a good excuse for me to blab about my favorite things).
Let’s get into what I read this month!
Books I Read
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo — This is a carryover from July that I finished early on in the month. It is a cute YA Contemporary about a girl who uses K Dramas to get a man. I was pretty pumped to read this book when I heard the premise. I am into Korean pop culture and it’s a love story, so I thought that it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. While I thought Desi, our main character, was hilarious and loved all of the Korean culture references, it lacked depth. I wish that the story lines were more fleshed out and that Desi had a stronger personal journey. This book is like k drama, but without some of the complexity. This was just okay for me. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller – Mask of Shadows is the first book in a YA Fantasy series that follows Sal who is auditioning to be an assassin for the Queen. Mostly so that they can get their revenge on. I was lucky enough to receive an digital ARC through NetGalley in exchange an honest review. It was pretty enjoyable. Something that sets this book apart from your average YA Fantasy is that the main character is genderfluid. I really enjoyed all of the action in this book. I did not expect it to have nearly as much action as it did. My biggest problem with it was the writing itself. It could have been stronger on all accounts. To read more of my in depth thoughts, please check out my review. That being said, I am interested to see what happens next. Miller has got me hooked. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – This was my book club’s book of the month. It was the month that my friend Kim finally picked a fantastic book, loved by everyone. Especially me. It is hard to summarize this book without giving away too much. What I can tell you is that this book follows Ove, a grumpy old man whose world gets shaken when a young couple moves in next door. It is a quirky tale that manages to be hilarious, but also heartbreaking and sweet. I was bashed over the head with feels. I don’t know what I enjoyed more, the characters or the writing. Ove leaps on the page, and it’s hard not to fall in love with him. The writing was also fabulous. I loved how it was light hearted, but still incredibly deep and sad at times. I laughed, cried, was touched, and felt sad. It made me feel a range of emotions, sometimes in the same chapter. I think that is hard to do, and I give major props to anything that manages to make me laugh out loud and cry my eyes. This was easily the best book that I read all month. (Rating: 4.5/5 Stars)
Last month I set some writing goals for myself, in attempt to push myself to be more productive. However, I got into a really bad funk that set me back across the board. Spoiler alert, I’m pretty sure I failed at all of these.
1. Post at least 1 review a week – I posted a solid two reviews this month, Mistborn: The Final Empire and Mask of Shadows. Technically, it’s only one since I posted my Mask of Shadows review yesterday, the first of September. I’m counting it though since I wrote it in August.
2. Try and come up with discussion topics – This one didn’t really happen either. While I did start a series revolving adaptations, I did not post any discussion topics.
3. Post at least 3 to 4 times a week – Okay, so this was a MAJOR fail considering I took a two week break from Book to the Becky. My funk is completely responsible for that.
Creative Writing Goals
1. Finish a full chapter – My blog was not the only one thing that suffered due to my funk, my novel did as well. I honestly haven’t touched it since the beginning of the month. I really need to get back to it.
2. Come up with a sketch idea – I did not come up with a sketch idea, big surprise. I wasn’t terrible in the sketch writing department though since I completely rewrote an old sketch. I’m gonna say I half completed this goal.
I did do some writing though despite the fact that I failed most of my goals. I started working on a scene for my wedding series which has been a lot of fun. I’m almost finished with it too! So, I haven’t been a complete failure.
Favorite Things I Watched
I wanted to share and gush about my favorite films that I watched this month. I would mention some of favorites in the TV world too, but I sadly haven’t watched a ton of TV this month. The only thing I have been religiously watching is Show Me the Money Season 6, which is a Korean rap competition show. It’s been good, but there have been so many heated moments that I’m still not over. Enough random TV, let’s talk movies.
Dunkirk – Alright, so Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time. I love the way he tells stories. It’s always in a unique and interesting way. Needless to say, I have been excited for this film’s release since it was first announced. I wouldn’t call this a war film. It more accurately tells the story about how all of these British soldiers were rescued. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but this was a complex film about heroism. I loved the way the story told and the many layers in this film. On top of that this film had incredible cinematography that Nolan is sort of known for. It was especially highlighted by the fact that there was little to know dialogue. I would say this film was an experience and one that lends itself to viewing it in a movie theatre. While it is definitely not my favorite film by him, it was still solid. (9/10 Stars)
Girls Trip – This film took me completely by surprise. I went into it thinking that it would be a fun rom com, but holy crap! I was absolutely blown away. First things first, I was so wrong about it being a rom com. This was a straight up comedy. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at a film. It was hilarious! Tiffany Hadish stole the fucking show and had me tearing up, that’s how hard I was laughing. Aside from being a brilliant comedy, this film also had a ton of heart. I loved that it was about female friendship and female empowerment, black female empowerment at that. There were a few moments that hit me so hard and that I related to so much. I said this about A Man Called Ove, but anything that can make me piss my pants and cry gets a high rating from me. I loved this film so, so, so much. Honestly, it might be my favorite film of 2017 so far. That’s how good it is. If you have not seen it, please go watch it. (FYI, it is rated R. If you’re under 18, make sure it’s either cool with your parents or something that you feel comfortable watching). (Rating: 9.5/10)
That about sums up my August, at least in terms of books, writing, and movies. Even though I was in a funk, I watched and read some pretty cool things. So I can’t complain really.
What books did you read this month? Did you read any of these? Let’s chat down in the comment section below. Also, let me know if you watched any awesome movies or TV shows. I’m always looking for some recommendations.