2017 Favorites: July

July simultaneously felt really long and felt like it flew by — I don’t know how, but it did. My monthly focus for July was reading, and I did a fair amount of it, so most of my favorites this month are book related.

BookTube-A-Thon

My favorite read-a-thon to participate in (and really the only one I do participate in, though I plan on doing more in the future) is BookTube-A-Thon, hosted by Ariel Bissett. You don’t have to be a BookTuber to participate and I do it every year – it’s so much fun and a little stressful. It’s a week long, with many challenges, but the main challenge is to read seven books. I did not. I plan on writing a wrap up post soon.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

One of the books I read during BookTube-A-Thon was by my favorite author Victoria Schwab titled This Savage Song. It’s set in an alternate future of the United States, telling the story of two teens from opposite sides of a divided city, crossing paths long after “the phenomenon,” an event where monsters are created from acts of violence. It’s such an imaginative, cool world and the story was engaging from start to finish. It’s just a really awesome book and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Another book I read for BookTube-A-Thon was the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. It’s a sci-fi story about a girl named Binti, chosen to go to the best university in the galaxy, having to survive an attack by an alien race on the ship taking her there. It’s one of the most interesting, imaginative stories I’ve ever read, from an incredible perspective of a black woman that doesn’t often get the attention from the mainstream as it should, especially in this genre — it’s the only one I’ve ever really heard of, but I know there is more out there. I’m excited to find more stories similar and I’ll be starting with the sequels to Binti.

Call Me By Your Name (Trailer)

Technically, the trailer came out in August and I’m writing this in August, but I don’t want to wait to talk about this film. I’m incredibly excited to watch Call Me By Your Name, a gay-themed drama starring Armie Hammer (one of my favorite actors). I’ve been waiting for this trailer for so long, ever since hearing about the film — I’ve watched it a dozen times already. And, it’s an adaptation of a book, so I’ll be hunting for that to read in time before the film is released.

In A Heart Beat 

This entire list is either something book related or something gay. I’m not mad about it. In A Heartbeat is the most adorable gay-themed animated short about a school kid who has a crush on his classmate and his heart becomes anthropomorphic, chasing down his crush, risking the boy being outed. It’s adorable, the music is perfect, and it’s an instant classic up there with some of my favorite animated shorts like Paperman, which has a similar vibe.

So that’s all my favorite books/films/etc. things from July!

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Monthly Selections: June + July 2016

Remember that time I had a lot of summer goals? And then remember when I became so busy that all of those plans/goals went out the window? Yeah, well, that happened. But that’s okay! I’m going to pretend I just skipped the last half of June and all of July writing on this blog on purpose and come back swinging with a favorites post for both June and July!

Heathens by 21 pilots

While I wanted to see Suicide Squad at the theater this year, I’m probably going to skip it and rent it later – mostly because I haven’t been seeing any films in the theater lately (unable to carve out the time—or have the money—for it) and also because I heard it wasn’t that great. But the 21 pilots song Heathens featured on the soundtrack is aces. I’ve listened to it non-stop for the last few weeks.

iPhone + Dots & Co

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After years and years of wanting an iPhone, I finally bought a 6s. I’ve been using the worst, oldest slider phone since high school and now that I’ve upgraded, I can’t imagine my life without it and it’s only been a few weeks. I also got a cool marble/geometric phone case from Redbubble.

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Because I’m new to smartphones, I was really excited to find a game to pass the time with on car rides and breaks at work, and I found the perfect game for me: Dots & Co. The design and illustration of the game is exactly up my alley and the game is addicting. I like puzzle games and this one is great, getting more and more complicated/difficult as you go through the levels. The concept is fun and I love playing it—I’m currently on level 41. (Dots & Co doubles as my design obsession this month(s) because I MEAN COME ON LOOK AT IT.)

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BookTube-A-Thon

In July, one of my new favorite summer events is BookTube-A-Thon, a week long read-a-thon created and hosted by Ariel Bissett, one of my favorite Booktubers, that brings the Booktube community, from creators to audience, to join in on the fun. There are different challenges for each day on Instagram and YouTube, and different challenges for the books you have to read. Overall, it’s a whole lot of fun, even if I only read 3.5 books this year compared to my 6.5 books read last year (again, this summer has been insanely busy). There were seven reading challenges: read a book with yellow on the cover, read a book that’s older than you, read and watch a book-to-film adaptation, read a book you heard about from Booktube, read a book from a favorite author, read a book only after sunset, and read seven books. The challenges could be combined with one book or not, it doesn’t matter, it’s all fun! Here are the books I planned to read/completed (bold=completed, italic=halfway completed):

  1. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughan (read a book after sunset)
  2. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (read and watch a book-to-film adaptation)
  3. The Time Machine by HG Wells (read a book that’s older than you)
  4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (read a book you heard about through Booktube)
  5. Rooms by Lauren Oliver (read a book with yellow on the cover)
  6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (read a book by a favorite author)
  7. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (read a seventh book)

And those are my monthly selections for June and July! I would have had more, however, I’ve been too busy to really enjoy anything or find anything new. But these were just a few that were favorites the last two months!