August 05, 2019

Wrap-Up| June 2019

As far as productivity goes, June was actually rather successful. I finished a lot of books, got my degree classification results and celebrated my 21st birthday.

American Gods
Neil Gaiman
My Thoughts:
I actually don't remember when I first read American Gods, I just know it was some point after I had read Good Omens. The curse of not keeping my Goodreads account as accurate and up-to-date as I should have back then. I really enjoyed revisiting the story and working out all the bits that have been translated onto the small screen and what had changed to suit the changes in the way we interact with technology. I ended up flying through this 600-page tome in just under a week!

Being Miss Nobody
Tamsin Winter

My Thoughts:
I received this in a giveaway, this time last year, and while I was interested in it, I wasn't sure if it was my cup of tea.  Overall, I really the story and learning more about selective mutism, and possibly why it might affect children like the main character, Rosalind.

The Unbound (The Archived #2)
V.E. Schwab

My Thoughts:
The greatest tragedy of the YA world (I'm really going for that hyperbole here) is the way in which readers and publishers treated this series. But, I am so glad to see that slowly but surely it is finding new readers with its rerelease.

Written by Neil Gaiman; Read by Neil Gaiman

My Thoughts:
This was another reread for me; apparently the only books I seem to be able to read at the moment. I think originally I gave this four stars when I first read it, but I'm bumping it up to a full five. It's definitely one of my favourite Gaiman works. 
I don't think this one is for everyone, especially those who are looking for something radical, but I'm completely soft for this book.

Ravencry (Raven's Mark #2)
Ed McDonald

My Thoughts:
Okay, first of all, excuse me, Mr. McDonald, um... HOW DARE YOU?
No spoilers, of course, as this is the second book in a trilogy, but my favourite character? Really? Way to break me like that. 
I will be reviewing this one. When? Soon. Not only that but I will also be getting to the final book in the trilogy as soon as I'm mentally ready to because I need to KNOW.

The Electrical Venus
Julie Mayhew

My Thoughts:
Before starting, I didn't realize how romance heavy this book would be, so the rating is to reflect that it's a me-problem as to why I just didn't connect to the book as much as I would have liked to.

Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan

My Thoughts:
I found this book in The Works for £2, on their 3 for £5 deal - so if you're in the UK, have look if you're after a bargain deal! 
I will admit, I did the faux-pas of watching the film before reading the book, but that didn't make any difference. I still loved it, as well as the additional changes that were made. I found it to be a fascinating, hilarious and entertaining read. Which was precisely what I needed.

Yup, I got roped into going to see Detective Pikachu. Considering my Pokemon knowledge is more limited than I would like it to be, I really enjoyed the film and the premise that bought these creatures into an alternate vision of the modern world, just with an added spice of Pikachu. I will say that this film is clearly aimed at children, as it follows very simple plot points, but fans of the anime and game will love it too. Trust me when I say, having Ryan Reynolds be the voice of Pikachu makes a whole lot more sense once you have watched the movie.
Thank you to my friend, who shall remain nameless (unless you drop me a line and I'll edit in your name later), who bought me the ticket as an "early" birthday gift. 
Not keeping up with these monthly wrap-ups, might have been a mistake, seeing as everything seems to endlessly blur until the end of May, June, and July all blend together into one hot sweaty, please-make-it-winter stream of thoughts. Let's think, what happened in June? 
First, there was a lot of bouncing knees and impatient tapping, as I waited for one more result to come in, and then, even more, bouncing knees and impatient tapping as I waited for the confirmation email of my degree classification. I am pleased to say I got a 2:1.

As I have previously mentioned, I turned 21 this month. I feel like 21 isn't such a momentous age as it used to be? It was a pretty straight forward birthday, I had a bit of cake, spent most of the day occupying my time (Twitter and reading) and then went out in the evening with a friend I know from school, the same one who I went to see Detective Pikachu with. 
We went to see A Midsummers' Night Dream at the Bridge Theatre. The tickets were a complete impulse buy when I saw that one of my favourite actresses was going to be performing in one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (it's in my top three with Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing).  
In the photo (left) you can Gwendoline Christie, quite literally, in a glass box. What if I were to tell you that we had Gwen standing behind us for a solid 10 minutes as she prepped herself to go out? Cause she did, and I was trying to hide the fact I was crying with panic. 
The play was fantastic, and I really loved the way it was interactive with the people in the pit. Kudos to the crew, as much as the cast, for the work on ensuring a safe and fun experience for everyone. 
I would love to go again, but my dwindling savings are proving that to be a difficult task. But if you are in the position to see it, do it before August 31st. Side note: if you're under 26, go on to the Bridge Theatre website and sign up for discounted tickets!!

The only other thing that happened was that I got my younger sister to take the Pottermore test. As you can see, she was sorted into Slytherin, which I have been saying she was for years. Lauren 1, Sister 0.

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