A Very Late August Wrap Up

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Eeek, this is so late! I apologize. The beginning of September was insanely busy for me. I went on a bunch of trips and time got away from me. Much like the month of August. I have no idea where it went. You’d think with three vacations, I’d get some quality time with my books, but no.

I think I’m being a little too harsh on myself considering that I read 8 volumes of manga, but I just had high hopes for these vacations. I wanted to read all of the books. Especially since my TBR keeps growing.

BOOKS

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flat Share

I saw this book floating around on Bookstagram, and was immediately drawn in by the cover. After hearing that the book was about two people who share a flat, but have never met, I was intrigued. Even more so, when I knew that there was going to be romance. I really loved this book.

August, all I wanted to read was contemporary romance and this filled that need. I particularly enjoy contemporary romance that is quirky, and this book is definitely super quirky. Tiffy, our female protagonist, works for a publishing house that specializes in books on arts and crafts, so hearing about her crazy clients and the book publishing world was fun. Also, I loved all the descriptions of her weird ass wardrobe. Leon, our male protagonist, is not as outwardly quirky as Tiffy, but he goes on this mini-adventure to find one of his patients’ long lost lover which is fun. He’s a nurse by the way.

Both characters had such depth to them. I was dying for them to get together. For all its quirks, there was interesting conversations about emotional abuse as well. My favorite kinds of books (and movies) are ones that are both zaney, but have a serious element to them. This book had the perfect balance of that. Highly recommend, especially if you enjoy contemporary romance.

One thing that took some getting used to was Leon’s voice. He is so reserved, that it made some of his chapters a little jarring and hard to get into. It gets better as you get used to it.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My favorite half-night stand.jpg

Still high off of feels, I picked up another contemporary romance. One trope I really enjoy is online dating, probably because it’s fun and something that I’m personally dipping my toe into. Christina Lauren is also an author I’ve been trying to read more of, as I enjoyed Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not DatingSo I picked this one up to try.

It was so fun. Like literally, I think this book is the definition of “Fun Read.” I had a blast. I enjoyed Millie so much as a protagonist. Reid was super sexy, and they had such a cool friend group that I was obsessed with. The shenanigans that they get into are so much fun to read about. I honestly wish the epilogue was just the group going on another mini-adventure.

This book delivered on satisfying my need with the online dating trope too. I almost wish there were more bad dates, cause that’s real life and also fun. However, I didn’t care too much, because the chemistry between Millie and Reid was so intense. All I wanted was for them to get their shit together.

My one issue with the book is that I felt Reid could have been a more flawed character. He was almost too perfect. Millie does so much growing, it almost leans into the area of her changing for a man. I think the growth she went through is growth she needed to go through for herself, regardless of Reid. He just wasn’t as flawed so the end made me feel a little weird. Didn’t fully take away from my enjoyment of the book, but wish he had gone through a major change.

Overall, I had a blast reading this. It had all of the things I love in contemporary romance. A couple that you ship so hard, good characters, and the fun factor (which is the online dating aspect). Would recommend if you’re looking for a light, fun read!

Manga

The Promised Neverland Vol 1-5

The promised neverland 1

I watched the anime to this series when it was released back in January. It hooked me immediately, and I found myself obsessed. You don’t know how painful it was to wait a week for the next episode to drop.

After the anime finished, I desperately needed to talk about it with someone. Since I had no one, I went to online reviewers. There, I ended up finding a ton of reviews from people who had read the manga series and were slightly disappointed in the anime. It wasn’t too surprising to me, as I know a lot of people prefer the original source material to the adaptation. But one thing was clear, the manga itself was outstanding and so I picked it up.

Not only did I pick it up, but I decided to buddy read it with my friend Scott, so I could have someone to talk to about it. This is one of those series where there is so much at play that you need to talk about it withe someone. So then I binge read the first five volumes, half because manga is easy to get through and half because I could not put it down. Holy shit.

The Promised Neverland 2Even though I knew the story line, as most of what is in the first five volumes of the manga is in the anime, I was still so hooked. The art style in the anime is beautiful, but the sheer detail in the manga is probably better. There is so much happening in each pane. I’m not an avid manga reader, but I still can tell that the art is special.

There is so much foreshadowing that I did not pick up on as I watched the anime. It was fun to be in on that this time, but some of it also made me sad. Needless to say, that I’m having a blast reading the manga. I’m still blowing through it and am almost at the point where I will need to sign up for a subscription to Shonen Jump’s reading thing.

Is it better than the anime? I’m not sure. I enjoy both a lot, but they do different things. I’m planning on making a post comparing the anime to the manga, because there are differences that I think are interesting. Keep an eye out for that!

Noragami 10-12

Norgami vol 10

I finally got to start reading this series again! If you have not read my saga about getting the tenth volume of Noragami, you should check it out.

TDLR: It took FOREVER for volume 10 to come in from the library.

I picked up this manga series mainly because the anime ends so abruptly, and I needed to know what happens next. I’m finally past the point of the anime, which is so exciting! These volumes get more into Yato’s backstory, and you find some cool world stuff that I’m so interested by.

Also, there are more cute moments between my OTP (Hiyori and Yato). Unlike The Promised Neverland, I don’t have any spectacular thoughts beyond just it’s been really good and I’ve been enjoying it a lot! The “father” plotline is very interesting and I’m excited to learn more.

Movies

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Ocean's eleven

This was a rewatch for me, as I’ve seen Ocean’s Eleven countless times. It is one of my favorite heist movies. The reason for the rewatch, aside from the fact that I’m always in the mood for a good heist film, is that I’m in the process of making a podcast about heist movies. For our first episode, we are tackling this great film. Will keep you posted on the podcast, for now it’s still a work in progress. I’m excited to get it out there.

I enjoyed the film, though not as much as I usually do. This time around I watched it with a critical eye, so I think that took away from my enjoyment. I was so aware of the fact that the film could be paced better. However, it still holds up I think. Definitely recommend if you haven’t seen it yet.

Shazam! (2019)

Shazam

I missed this film in theaters, so I was excited to see it available to watch on my flight to Denver (one of the three trips I took). I’m not as invested in the DC Universe as I am with Marvel, mainly because their film franchise is inferior. However, I had heard good things about this film, so I wanted to see it. I also really love Zachary Levi.

It definitely lived up to the hype, it was great!It  wasn’t your typical super hero movie, which is why I liked it. I loved the themes of family, the comedy was great, and the ending was great! Honestly, I think the end made the film for me. I would get into why, but that would spoil it. I’m really trying to make these wrap-ups spoil free. It was a good ending though, know that.

Something that surprised me was Freddy’s character. It’s always nice seeing some disability rep, but I was not expecting for it to hit me in an emotional way, but it did. My sister has a disability, not the same one as Freddy, but her experience in school was very similar to Freddy’s. Also Freddy has this great line about feeling like he’s not seen because of his disability, which are things my sister has always expressed. Seeing these conversations happen on screen in a big mainstream move was refreshing. Especially because I think that people with disabilities are not being represented enough in film/tv and books.


We’ve made it to the end. Woo! I hope you’re still with me. This blog post is coming in at over 1,700 words and counting.

If you’ve watched or read any of these things, let’s talk about it down below. I think if I had to pick a favorite thing I read/watched this month it might be The Promised Neverland. I’m so obsessed with this series right now. I’ll definitely be talking about it more in next month’s wrap up. Which will be soon, since it’s almost the end of September. What?

 

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