This is my first wrap up back, and I’m not sure what I want to include in it. Since I will be talking about more than just books on this blog, I figured I would include the movies and TV shows I watched as well.
Across the board, I did not consume a lot of content. I blame my busy schedule, but it happens. I can’t complain too much, because I read a new favorite (I think?) and watched an incredible season of television.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
This was not a book I picked up on my own. It was one I had to read for book club. Literary Fiction is very hit and miss for me. I had high hopes for this one, because it was by Margaret Atwood, who writes more speculative fiction, and I tend to like literary fiction that leans speculative.
I really enjoyed the speculative element. One of the story lines (this book follows four different ones technically) is about this fictional world that a character makes up. It was the most interesting part of the book, I almost wish the book was entirely that story. The rest of it was fine, but I was bored quickly because of the incredibly slow pace.
Technically, I did not finish this book as I skimmed the last fourth of it. This was mostly in part due to the fact that I had to finish it in a short amount of time, but at a certain point I was just ready to be done with it. There is only so much I can stand of a slow paced book that does not hold my interest. This book overall was not one for me.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
This month was my pick for book club and after reading The Blind Assassin, I needed something fast paced, and fun. I had heard really great things about Skyward, so I picked it as my choice. It was exactly the kind of book I was looking to read, and I loved it.
Brandon Sanderson is not an author who is new to me. I’ve read and loved both the first two books in The Mistborn trilogy. I was unsure of how he would tackle the YA sci-fi genre, as he is known for his adult fantasy. I don’t know why I was unsure, because he pulled it off. I really appreciated all of the specifics we got on the technology and planes. It was easy to understand and made things feel more real. One of the things I like about his world building in general, is how plausible he makes the world and how things have rules and consequences.
What really stood out to me in this book though was the humor! I know that seems out of left field considering that we’re talking about a YA Space adventure here, but my god was this book hysterical.
I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to humor. In my “real life,” I do comedy and it’s made me a bit of a snob. Also, I think comedy is hard to write in general. Many of the books marketed as comedies don’t make me laugh out loud. Skyward did. MULTIPLE TIMES. Throughout the entire book really. It honestly is probably one of the funniest books I have ever read.
The other thing I really liked about the book was it’s cast of characters. Even though this book is told in first person, Sanderson gives you a great team and kind of an ensemble cast. I’m not sure if I would full out label it as such since this is Spensa’s story, but I loved the cast of characters. I cannot wait for the sequel, which thankfully comes out in November!
Attack On Titan Vol 1 & 2
Ever since I started watching Attack on Titan, I’ve been OBSESSED! I’m pretty sure I was hooked when the first ten seconds of the opening of season 1A rolled. That opening is hands down one of my favorite anime openings of all time!
Anyway, we’re here to talk about the manga not the anime, because of course I picked up the manga after I ran out of episodes in the anime. I haven’t decided if I’m going to get fully caught up with the manga yet. Unlike Noragami, the other manga series I’m currently reading, the anime is for sure still going to be coming out with episodes. I just have to wait.
A part of me finds it fun to watch an adaptation first, then read the source material, because I find more often than not there is just more information in the source material. We’ll see what happens. I am so invested in these characters I may not be able to resist.
BACK TO THE VOLUMES I READ! FOR REAL THIS TIME!
They were both great! Something I find interesting is how fast the manga moves. The structure is different. For instance, we get the first battle where Eren and the gang are cadets right away where as in the anime we get two episodes of watching Eren in boot camp. In some ways, I think skipping right to the action is more exciting. On the other, I think the two episodes we get of Eren training to be a solider does a better job of introducing you to the important secondary characters.
I’m highly considering rewatching the first half of season one after I get to the end of the arc in the manga, so that I can fully see the differences. Regardless, I quite enjoyed the first two volumes and can’t wait to continue on!
Stranger Things Season 3
Like most, I have been patiently waiting for the third season of Stranger Things. So obviously I binged it soon after it was released on July 4th. I LOVED IT SO MUCH! THIS IS EASILY MY FAVORITE SEASON OF STRANGER THINGS YET! YES THE ALL CAPS IS NECESSARY.
I will be coming out with a whole post dedicated to this season. It has been drafted, so you will be getting that within the next few days. Look out for it!
I would give you some specifics on what I loved, but it was everything. I don’t think I’ve been this impressed with a season of television since I saw the first season of The Good Place. I just hope that the wait for season 4 isn’t as long.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
I love Spider-Man. I particularly enjoy Tom Holland’s portrayal of the character. It’s been really refreshing seeing someone play Spider-Man who is actually under the age of 25. Tom Holland really sells that at the end of day Spider-Man is a kid!
Anyway, I was really excited to see this film. Especially after what happens in Avengers: Endgame. I was interested to see how the events would effect Spider-Man as a character.
Far From Home was a lighter film than I expected, but I really enjoyed it. I’ve been describing this film to people I know as am “action-adventure romcom.” It feels like the most romcom superhero movie I’ve ever seen, and I was about it. All of the romance interactions between Peter and MJ were on point in both cuteness and awkwardness. I think Marvel fans needed something like this after the emotional roller coaster that was Endgame. I definitely did.
Also, both post credits scenes made me really excited for what’s to come in Phase 4. Shit looks like it’s gonna hit the fan, again. It’s almost like the creators were trying to say “Enjoy this light film while you can, cause we’re coming to wreck your favs soon. Kthanxbye!” I don’t know if I’m ready guys.
Those are all of the things I read/watched this July. As long as this post ended up being, I am sad I didn’t get to watch and read some more things. My life feels super busy this summer, and it’s been hard to find time to sit down and absorb content.
We’ll see what August brings, but so far it already looks like it will be the same as July. Where life just hands me my ass. Let me know your thoughts on any of the things I talked about in the comments section below.
Peace out! #ScoopsTroop4life
P.S. You don’t understand how much I was trying to get this up on 8/1. It pains me that I’ve posted this on 8/2.