monthly wrap up: july, ’19


First and foremost, I want to thank you all for the overwhelming love and support I’ve gotten over the past days. I don’t even know how to explain it, but I’ve been receiving so many kind comments and good news and I’m just so thankful! I also reached 100 followers, which is a really amazing milestone for me and I truly can not express my gratitude enough. (Special thanks to Aditi and vaishnavi, who made my day recently with their sweet comments).

July was my winter break, and honestly, not much happened. Apart from being at home the entire time, which is my favorite thing and I’m not complaining, I mostly read, binge-watched a few shows and got some work done. I wish I could’ve been more productive, but, oh well.


  1. I watched Stranger Things!
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    here’s a gif of jonathan because i love him

    I know, I feel like I can finally call myself an “official” Netflix user now that I have actually watched Stranger Things. I’ve put it off for so long because the premise is exactly the same as one of my favorite movies ever, Super 8, so I just felt like I’d be setting myself up for disappointment because it would never live up to it. And, indeed, it didn’t, but it wasn’t an overall unpleasant experience. Season 1 is still my favorite – they all look adorable and tiny, and it’s definitely the scariest as well. I do have a few problems with it overall and it’s not one of my favorite shows ever, but it did give me an A+ soundtrack and Jonathan Byers, who is my most recent fictional boyfriend, so I guess that’s okay.

  2. I cleaned my room and I feel like a new person. Honestly, my room was never really that bad, because I feel like if my place is disorganized, I can’t function, so it’s always been generally tidy. However, there had been months since I’d last cleaned each book in my shelves and they were super dusty, so I finally took the time to clean every inch and it feels *so good*. Also, this video by Marla Catherine really inspired me, so go watch it if you need some motivation to clean and de-clutter too.
  3. I was nominated for The Third Annual Book Blogger Awards! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up with things lately and I didn’t get a chance to post my own nomination post, but I am totally taking part in Round 2: voting! I am extremely thankful for everyone that nominated me for Best Small Book Blogger. I don’t feel comfortable promoting it, so consider this my share of promoting my own nomination, but there are other countless amazing bloggers, so if you missed the nomination round as well, you can show some love by voting in all your faves!


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The first book I finished this month was There’s Something About Sweetie, by Sandhya Menon. I was super excited for this one, not only because I loved When Dimple Met Rishi by the same author, but also because this featured a fat main character, which I’m always here for. In short, There’s Something About Sweetie was, indeed, sweet. I do wish the relationship between the characters had a more slowburn take, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. What surprised me the most were the friendships, and I loved Ashish’s friend group a lot. Now, I’m dying for the second book, following Pinky and – my favorite character in this whole book -, Samir. The family relationship was also complex and beautiful, as expected from Sandhya Menon. I’ll admit, though, When Dimple Met Rishi is still my favorite. 🙈


I also picked up a romance to get me more motivated to tackle my TBR. I chose The Unhoneymooners, because it was a recent release that got a lot of people hyped. As expected from a romance novel, I got tired so quickly. I read 75% of it in one sitting and was really enjoying, but once the characters actually get together, I lost all my energy and interest. It’s a problem. I do appreciate the fact that this is in one perspective only, though, because it made me much more comfortable, since I don’t like romance from male perspectives. However, the main character being described as *curvy* kinda bothered me a lot, especially because it was a trait that was only brought up when it was convenient, which I’m not really here for.

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My re-read for the month of July was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Last month, I read the companion book, The Lady’s Guide to Peticoats and Piracy, and it made me realize how much I missed these characters. I didn’t remember how good this book was, truly. The first time around, I remember enjoying it, loving the writing style – albeit I struggled with the descriptions sometimes -, but still thinking the relationship between Monty and Percy felt a bit unbalanced at times, since Percy was almost too perfect. This time around, I listened to the audiobook (10/10 for the narrator, who didn’t make different voices for each characters and I could still distinct them perfectly) and I’m legit in love. I think I still stand by my thoughts, but the enjoyment of this time can not be compared. Monty is legit one of the best characters I’ve ever read about – and he’s not even that nice most of the time. Still, it just makes me love him even more.


I also finally finished The Weight of Our Sky, which I had put on hold for the past two months. The best way I can put it is that this book is intense. It deals with OCD and anxiety and it’s one of the most prevalent traits in the story, which can definitely be hard to read sometimes. As I mentioned before, enjoyment when reading a book is a big factor for my reviews. I read because I like the idea of feeling comforted by the characters, and that’s why I hardly ever pick books out of my comfort zone. Therefore, this book was a bit *too* intense for me at times, probably one of the main reasons why I put it down back in May.  The ending also felt a bit rushed and I would’ve liked more on that. I still really loved the setting, as I had never read any book set in Malaysia before, moreover in the 1960s, which is a time period I’m truly obsessed with. This was a really short novel, but extremely powerful as well.

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Opposite of Always, by Justin A. Reynolds was probably the most confusing read of the month. And not because the book it’s confusing, but because my feelings definitely were. This is a really adorable YA contemporary, that involves time-travel, romance and friendship. Best of all worlds, right? And, for sure, I loved most of it. I loved the friend group, I loved Jack’s parents, I loved the hilarious dialogues and I really was captivated by the time travel element. But then the last 20% came around, and I was so frustrated by the characters making really dumb decisions. The ultimate ending was also a mess and it made me mad, for real. It’s a shame, truly, because the book had everything going for it. Ultimately, I’d still recommend the story, since perhaps others may like the ending more than I did.


I also finally finished this duology, by reading The Rose and the Dagger, by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve read the first book probably back in 2015, when it was first released, and I just now finished the duology. So, yeah I’m a little bit late, but, you know, it’s fine. This book wasn’t bad at all; it had really good pacing and it was a true page-turner. However, I felt like some of the characters relationships just felt really forced and it was clear the author was trying to make us care more about certain characters, just so we can also mourn their inevitable deaths. Nonetheless, it was great being back in a fantasy world (the last fantasy book I’d read was in March!) and the romance here was really well done, but it’s definitely not the most memorable read of the year for me.

I am also currently reading Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass and really enjoying it, but I haven’t finished it yet when drafting this post, so I’ll probably only talk about it in my next monthly wrap up.



I am legit in love with this playlist. The title: “head west on 20” was inspired off of a Baby Driver quote (“I want to head west on 20, in a car I can’t afford, with a plan I don’t have, just my music and the road”). And even though I wasn’t really taking any roadtrips this month, it put me in one of my favorite moods.

I also have to thank Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words for recommending a lot of Norwegian artists and songs, which I’ve loved to listen to this month!


So, college is re-starting in a few days and I already want to die. I don’t know what it is about me and studying, but I hate it. A lot. At first, I thought it was because I was studying things I was not interested in back in high school, such as Chemistry and Maths, but even studying things that are supposed to be interesting is a struggle.

However, I do have great reading plans that will hopefully keep me motivated. Plus, Taylor Swift’s releasing a whole new album this month, which is the biggest motivator I can think of.

What are your plans for August? And do you have any new songs recommendation for me? Please share them down below!

31 comentários sobre “monthly wrap up: july, ’19

  1. Ah thank you so much for the shout-out!!
    Wow, I haven’t read any of these books but they’re mostly all on my TBR! Oof, I guess I’m not a Netflix watcher since I haven’t even watched Stranger Things 😂. Good luck for college!! My school starts soon and I’m not looking forward to it either 😑

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    • Of course! Thank you once again for all your kind comments!
      Hahah, I get that! It’s just because everyone around me is a fan of the show – kind of like Game of Thrones, but I hadn’t watched neither. I don’t think I’ll ever be interested in GOT, but I’m glad I gave Stranger Things a chance!
      All the talk on school getting back recently makes me really sad. I wish we could all have vacation everyday, hahah.
      Thanks for stopping by, Aditi! 😊

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      • Yeah, I don’t even have Netflix sooo 😂 (we got the 1 month free subscription last year during the summer and that was it lol) Yes, if I get it I’ll try ST!
        I need six months of vacay twice a year, ok?? – by whoever said that, modified with some sarcasm by moi 🤓
        No problem!

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  2. Congrats on hitting 100! I really need to watch stranger things, but I haven’t had the time to watch anything recently lol! Also I’ve been wanting to read Opposite of Always, because the cover is so cute and I love books with poc characters! Hopefully I can try it out this month.
    Good luck with college!

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  3. ahhh, stranger things is so good!! the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue is on my tbr and i’ve heard so many good things about it. since you added checkmate by conan gray to your playlist, i recommend checking out mxmtoon, cavetown, and chloe moriondo if you haven’t already! they make a similar style of music and i love them all. good luck on your college classes<3

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  4. LMAOOo your comment about how learning interesting things is still tiring is too relatable. Oof. Also, I read There’s Something About Sweetie too! It was sooo adorable and I loved Ashish so much. And Sweetie was just such a great protagonist. I have so much love for them!

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    • i wish i was one of those students that love learning no matter what. my sister is like that – she’s happy to learn whatever, because she actually really enjoys studying. i guess she got all the genes then, lol.
      sweetie & ashish were amazing protagonists! sandhya menon did it again, hahah.
      thanks for stopping by, ju! 💛

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      • OH WHAT SHE ENJOYS STUDYING I wish I was like that ahhhh!! It takes me so much effort to study, probably because of my own insecurities, laziness, and mental health issues but like AHHHH I wish all of my own barriers weren’t there. Sandhya Menon constantly makes the most interesting protagonists and I love her for it!! EVEN THOUGH TWINKLE FROM “FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE” WAS THE MOST NAIVE PERSON EVER. I LIKED HER.

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  5. congrats on making it to round 2 of the book blogger awards & hitting 100!! that’s awesome, so deserved and im so happy for youuuu!!

    i didnt love when dimple met rishi when i read it but your praise for ‘there’s something about sweetie’ is making me want to give the author another chance. i ADORE friendships and family relationships in ya, soooo mayyybeee ill give it a shot

    (you totally had a productive july) i hope your august is fantastic

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    • thank you sooooo much, may!
      i think you’ll be more likely to enjoy there’s something about sweetie if the one thing that bothered you in dimple & rishi was the characters, because they’re definitely very different. the family relationships are really great & fleshed out, so i think you’d enjoy it!
      thank you so muchh! wishing you a fantastic august as well! 💞

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  6. You totally deserve the nomination but I totally get you’re shy so I’m just gonna *whisper* I totally voted for you 💕
    I listened to the playlist, well bits of it & I’ve collected some songs that I wanna hear again! You brought my attention to Harry Styles’ album, which I’m excited about because I listened to kiwi from it & loved it but I never explored it more so I will go do that now!

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    • Congrats on 100 followers!! Even though you deserve so much more :(( Your nomination is so well deserved, trust me! (Also I was wrote a really long comment for this post but it didn’t send right so I’m mad and trying to rewrite it :( ) can’t wait to read TSAS. I didn’t need like when dimple met rishi much, but I’m willing to give TSAS a go because I haven’t read enough books with fat rep and Indian rep. I’m also so glad that you enjoyed TWOOS! I totally get what you’re saying about the ending, but I just loved that book so much and I think it’s my fave of the year so far ! I hope you have a wonderful June and that things work out in college 💖

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      • thank you so muchhhh! and thanks for taking the time to rewrite the comment, honestly! i know how annoying that can be.
        i think there’s something about sweetie is quite different from when dimple met rishi, especially in regards to the characters. so perhaps you’ll have more chance to enjoy this one!
        the weight of our sky was really good! i’m really happy that you and taasia talk so much about this book bc it was totally what motivated me to pick it up and i do not regret it at all!
        once again, thank you so much for all the sweet words! ❤️

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    • ahhh, el, you’re the best, hahah! thank you so much! truly! i don’t know why i feel so awkward promoting it, but i really can not handle compliments sometimes, hahah.
      that harry styles album is amazing! i really wish he’d release something new because it’s a really unique and beautiful record. meet me in the hallway – the one included in the playlist – is my favorite song, but the rest is really good too. hope you enjoy it!
      thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  7. Congrats on 100 followers!! Even though you deserve so much more :(( Your nomination is so well deserved, trust me! (Also I was wrote a really long comment for this post but it didn’t send right so I’m mad and trying to rewrite it :( ) can’t wait to read TSAS. I didn’t need like when dimple met rishi much, but I’m willing to give TSAS a go because I haven’t read enough books with fat rep and Indian rep. I’m also so glad that you enjoyed TWOOS! I totally get what you’re saying about the ending, but I just loved that book so much and I think it’s my fave of the year so far ! I hope you have a wonderful June and that things work out in college 💖


  8. Yay!! Big congratulations on 100 followers and getting nominated in the book blogger awards– you totally deserve it!! You write such great content and are such a lovely person!! So well done 💛💛
    I quite like stranger things and I am so glad you liked the soundtrack as that was one of my favourite things about the third season. And yes to Jonathan Byers– he is great. I just had a conversation with my sister and she said she didn’t like him but she hasn’t seen season one which was where I think we got to see the most from him so I am blaming that and telling her she needs to watch season one!!
    It looks like you have read lots of books this month– I really want to read The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and I do want to try out the audiobook. I don’t know when I will get to this but hopefully soon!!
    I do want to read The Weight in Our Sky but I did hear it was an intense book so I will read it when I am ready for that type of book.
    Best of luck with restarting college!! 💛
    I have been listening the Greyson Chance’s latest album (Portraits) this month and I am loving it. Even though I still go to say Conan Grey every time– the name aren’t that similar so I don’t know why I keep getting it wrong. I think it is the same initials in reserve and ‘grey’ that is throwing me off but anyway ‘portraits’ is a great album!!

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    • ahhh, thank you so so sooo much sophie! ❤️
      the soundtrack for s3 was SO GOOD! i kinda wanted to add all the songs to my playlist but i felt like that would be too much, lol. and s1 jonathan is my favorite!!!!! i feel like he was kinda forgotten after this season, which is a shame, because i think he’s such a great and loving character.
      the audiobook for the gentleman’s guide is very good. i believe the narrator is the guy who plays tom riddle in the harry potter series, which is a really random fact but may perhaps motivate you to pick it up, hahah.
      thank you so much!
      ahhh, greyson chance is SO GREAT. i used to be obsessed with him when i was 11 and his album hold on ‘till the night is so great. i’ll make sure to check out his newest stuff. hahah, that’s so true! but they’re both really good artists so i don’t think it’s bad to confuse them at all.
      thanks for stopping by & for the song recommendations! 💛

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      • You’re welcome Lais!! 💛💛
        Yes I could have listened to it again as well but I know what you mean– I am always worried I am going to overdo songs!! Yes S1 Jonathan is great but I do think he has been slightly forgotten lately which is a shame!! Still love S1 though!!
        Ahh.. that is amazing– I love that you can picture who is speaking. My library where I get my audiobooks from doesn’t have it at the minute but at one point I hope to get Scribd!! I’m glad you like the audiobook.
        Yay I haven’t listened to his younger stuff– I keep meaning to but just keep replaying Portraits haha but I will have to give it all a listen. I hope you like it!! 💛 Yes they are both really good but I am just terrible with names at times!!

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  9. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers!! So many of the books you read this month are on my TBR, I’m happy that you enjoyed them! Ugh, college is *the worst* I start in 3 weeks and I’m already stressing. It’s like an internal struggle telling myself to enjoy vacation and then saying oh wait no, why don’t we stress about your professors and all that. Best of luck with getting back into school! Hope you have a great August!

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    • Thank you so much, Chana!
      I really hope you get to enjoy the last moments of your vacation without worries. This first week has been okay so far, but I’m definitely not looking forward to the upcoming work pile for the next months, lol.
      But I’m sure we can make it! I’ll be sending positive vibes your way too!
      Thank you so much! ❤️


  10. Aaaaah so much good books! And omg I see “Venter” by Gabrille and “Alene” by Arif and “Ingen lager helvete som vi” by Cezinando on your playlist… that makes me so happy! I’m glad you liked those recommendations 😊

    Even though I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of Taylor Swift, I’m looking forwards to her new album this month too! I loved her music video for “You Need to Calm Down” and the message it put out. Maybe that can make us feel better about summer ending & having to go back to school? 😂

    Congratulations on being nominated for the Third Annual Book Blogger Awards, & best of luck with college!

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    • I loved your recommendations! It made me even more inspired to check out Norwegian music and I’ll definitely use the Spotify feature that allows you to check out the “most played songs” in each country. Hopefully, I’ll find even more Norwegian songs that I love!
      Taylor Swift has been my biggest motivator this month, hahah. You Need to Calm Down’s music video totally shifted my idea of the song. At first, I didn’t like it, but as you said, the message the music video put out is so important and made me replay the song so much I am now in love with it!
      Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by! 💞

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  11. AHH, congrats on 100 followers, Lais!!!🎉✨I’m so happy for you, you are beyond deserving of this!! You definitely deserve all the love and all the followers and I can’t wait to see your blog keeping growing. <33

    I'm looking forward to reading There's Something About Sweetie hopefully soon! I've read When Dimple Met Rishi (loved it) and From Twinkle, With Love (liked it) so I'm excited for another book by the same author and to see how it compares to the others I've read.

    Talk is on my playlist too!! I also have been hearing Cool by the Jonas Brothers more often, and I have to say I wasn't the BIGGEST fan of it at first but it's grown on me a lot. It's super catchy which is always important in a pop song. Also, Pocket Full of Sunshine will never fail to be an amazing song that vibes me lots of summer and yellow vibes!!

    I hope your August goes well!! Good luck with going back to college, and of course we have LOVER TO LOOK FORWARD TO, only 17 more days???

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