monthly wrap up: july, ’20

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Hello, friends!

I realized I didn’t properly do a recap for June, because I ended up doing my wrap-up for the Olympic Games Readathon. Not that you missed much in my life because June was as eventful as all the months prior to that, BUT the beginning of the month was quite stressful, as my dad tested positive for covid-19 and we had to quarantine him at home. Thankfully, my mom, my sister and I all tested negative, but it was stressful nonetheless because I had to share a room with my sister as my mom slept in my room. My extended family has also been having some healthy issues and it’s just *a lot*.

But things perked up in July and the past month ended up being one of the best ones. Things are opening back up in my state, but getting worse in the rest of Brazil. I still don’t feel safe leaving the house and I wonder when I will start to feel, though.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I finally watched Hamilton! Wow, I know, I’m super late to the game, but now that the whole musical is on Disney+ (and everywhere else in the internet ofc), my sister finally convinced me to watch it and it’s great! I loved the soundtrack and the characters (Burr is my favorite, btw). I know it’s kinda of a controversial musical, but personally, I was able to very distinctly interpret it as a very well done work of fiction.
  • I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal for this year was to read 50 books and I’m really surprised that I was able to achieve if half way through the year. I won’t be changing it on Goodreads, but I have another lowkey goal which is to read 80 books by the end of 2020. I don’t know if I’ll make it, considering the only reason why I read so much this year was because of lockdown, but I’ll be trying my best!

One Direction also celebrated their 10th anniversary, which was emotional albeit underwhelming and not the reunion I expected, but oh well. Taylor Swift also released an entire new album, that I have yet to *fall in love with*, but I really like it so far, it’s just not my favorite yet.

WHAT I READ

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★★★★☆

While I definitely don’t think Let’s Call It a Doomsday will be for everyone, I was so invested in this book and this story! The representation is awesome: we follow Ellis, a questioning bisexual Mormon girl with anxiety, who’s fixated on the idea of the apocalypse. She meets Hannah, who’s a lesbian, and within Hannah’s friend group, we also have Tal, who was also bisexual and half-Brazilian (Katie Henry always comes through with the South-American rep). I did not love how the book ended without much of a conclusion of Ellis’ relationship with her family, but I adored the intense ride that we went through and loved the characters’ relationships, albeit incredibly flawed.

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★★★★☆

I think I may have finally found my favorite adult romance book: The Bromance Book Club was such a great read! I loved most of it, especially the interactions between the members of the Book Club. I liked both Gavin and Thea as characters and appreciated how the author made sure to highlight how both of the characters needed to grow and improve. However, I did not love Liv’s character, as it didn’t sit right with me how she’d be projecting her own insecurities and unpacked trauma into Gavin and Thea’s relationship and I felt like the book dragged a bit, especially towards the end, but it made me super happy and it’s one I recommend if you like the failed marriage trope.

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★★★☆☆

I really wanted to read The Sound of Stars, even though sci-fi is not my genre, mostly because the idea of a book that highlighted the importance of music and stories in changing the world felt like something I’d love. I indeed really liked the premise, the characters – both of their narrations felt equally engaging – and I feel like the book had both a really strong start and finish. But the middle dragged a bit, it felt repetitive and the writing made me feel like I was mostly being *told* these characters’ feelings, rather than being *shown*. Because of that, I could not 100% buy into their development individually or relationship.

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★★★★☆

Loveless was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I plan on writing an entire review on it. This book follows Georgia, a freshman at university, who’s figuring out her identity as an aro-ace girl. I related *a lot* to Georgia’s character and there were moments where this book brought me to tears. I loved the highlight on the importance of platonic relationships and the supportive queer community around our protagonist. However, I did not like some of the side characters’ decisions and there were moments where I felt like we were mostly watching the rest of the cast, rather than Georgia, even though she was our main.

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★★★★☆

The Devouring Gray was for sure a pleasant surprise. Set in a small town, this YA fantasy novel had a lot of mixed reviews and I didn’t think I was going to like it as much, but I was proven to be wrong. Diversity-wise, this book has a lot of bisexual characters, which was really great to see. I was very invested in all the characters and their relationships, the mystery kept me intrigued and I really appreciated the setting. I am actually very much looking forward to continue on and pick up the second book, especially because I need more conclusion on the romance (!!!!).

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★★★★☆

10 Things I Hate About Pinky was another one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I am not even surprised by how much I adored it. While it did disappoint me a little bit that Samir was more confident than I anticipated, from what he’d seen in the previous book (I was more excited to see Pinky being the straight-forward one in the relationship, not Samir), I still loved the angst and sexual tension and how well Sandhya Menon also adressed topics such as family relationships and social activism. This book was such an entertaining fake-dating summer romance, I really had a great time.

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

If you got the reference for my playlist title, let me know! There are a lot of old bops in here and definitely some One Direction too, so you could tell I was in a mood. Lauren also inspired me to listen to the Lightning Thief musical and I am so thankful! I loved it, and I really want to get more into musicals!

LOOKING FORWARD

The next university semester will be online, so August will probably look exactly like the same months until now. But Lobizona and Darius the Great Deserves Better are coming out in the next weeks, so at least there’s that to look forward to!

How was your July? Have you guys listened to Folklore and what are your thoughts on it? And if you’re a Hamilton fan, what’s your favorite song/character? Let me know in the comments!

 

28 comentários sobre “monthly wrap up: july, ’20

  1. kindnessreads 1 de agosto de 2020 / 13:43

    I LOVEEEE Folklore! & What did you think of the 10 year of 1D anniversary?

    Curtir

    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 1 de agosto de 2020 / 17:53

      Soooo, I really expected more from it, for some reason? I mean, they’d been hinting since the beginning of the year and it was rather lack-luster. But I really loved their Instagram posts and the website was actually really cool! What about you?

      Curtir

  2. Mel 1 de agosto de 2020 / 15:21

    I’m happy to see you enjoyed the devouring gray! That’s probably going to end up being one of my faves this year 😊

    Curtir

    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 1 de agosto de 2020 / 17:54

      It was so good! I was legit impressed. I don’t read that much fantasy, but I love these books that are fantastical yet set in our world. This one was a lot of fun!
      Thank you so much for reading, Mel! 💞

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:13

      Thanks, Tasya! He’s thankfully doing a lot better now, but he still experiences some trouble breathing ): Thank you so much for reading! 😌

      Curtir

  3. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea 2 de agosto de 2020 / 04:55

    I’m so sorry about your dad, Lais! I really hope he gets well soon. ❤ I’m also wishing you all the luck with school next month! I’m actually writing this on my last day of summer (lmao i got a five month summer break, it still seems unreal), and I’m excited yet nervous to see what online school will be like

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:15

      Thank you, Caitlin! He is doing a lot better, but he still has some trouble breathing and hasn’t recovered sene of taste entirely, and we don’t know if these will be permanent, but hopefully not!
      I am wishing you all the luck with online school! Next semester will also be online, and I am not entirely excited because I don’t really thrive online and definitely prefer the in-person classes.
      Thanks for the comment! 💕

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  4. Clo @ Cuppa Clo 2 de agosto de 2020 / 08:47

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad, hope he gets well soon Lais <3 As for the Folklore album I have to say it's definitely growing on me, it reminds me of her older albums where she did country. I think my favourite songs though are Betty, My Tears Ricochet and The Last Great American Dynasty. Hope everything goes well for you next semester :)

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:19

      Thanks, Clo! He is doing a lot better, but sadly COVID can cause some long-term consequences that he hasn’t recovered entirely from.
      I loooove My Tears Ricochet so much! It’s definitely one of my favorites, along with August and Seven.
      Thank you so much! And thanks for reading! 😌

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  5. Gemma 2 de agosto de 2020 / 19:24

    I absolutely love folklore. Might be my favorite since Red :)

    Hope your dad is feeling better! Best wishes!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:22

      I am so glad people are loving this album so much! I think it will grow on me with time.
      Thank you so much! And thanks for reading! 😌

      Curtir

  6. Margaret @ Weird Zeal 3 de agosto de 2020 / 15:19

    Oh man, I’m sorry that you had such a stressful time this month with covid. Hope your dad is doing well, and I’m glad to hear that things are looking up.
    Hooray, congrats on finishing your goodreads challenge!! Double hooray for Hamilton! :D Burr is one of my favorite characters too, and I also love Eliza with all my heart <3 Though my favorite song is probably Satisfied!
    The Bromance Book Club has been sitting unread on my kindle for months, but I guess I should really read it now??
    Happy August – I hope it’s a wonderful month for you!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:24

      He thankfully is doing a lot better, thank you!
      Hahah, Eliza is such a great character! I think she’d be my second favorite, but I related a lot to Burr.
      Bromance Book Club was definitely a surprise. It’s super funny and fast-paced, so I’d recommend!
      Thank you so much! And thanks for reading! 🥰

      Curtir

  7. Ruby Rae Reads 3 de agosto de 2020 / 17:14

    Ah Lais, so sorry about your dad, but glad the rest of you are doing okay xx

    YAY for completing your challenge. 50 books is amazing omg YOU KILLING IT. And yay for all the 4 stars last month. Literally need to read ALL of them welp. Loveless!! Even more pumped now bc I forgot it was set at college so yes please. I also am SO SO SO EXCITED about The Devouring Gray, its so up my alley and we love the bisexual rep. Also really need to give Sandhya Menon a try and glad you enjoy her books.

    I’m also starting uni this month, literally this week, so wishing you luck also <3<3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:25

      Ahh, wishing you all the luck in uni, Ruby! Will it be online? I don’t thrive in online school and definitely prefer in-person classes, so I was disappointed that the second semester will be entirely online, albeit definitely understandable considering that the covid situation is still very rough where I live.

      Thank you so much for the kind wishes and for your comment! 😊

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  8. Olivia @ Purely Olivia 4 de agosto de 2020 / 23:26

    Lais, I’m so sorry about your dad! I’m glad the rest of your family and you are all right and I hope you all continue to stay well.❤️ Sending thoughts your way!! xx

    I loved watching Hamilton last month too! I was in my most obsessive phase with it a couple years ago, so it was so nice to see it performed after so many months in the past spent listening to the soundtrack over and over again. Ahh, congratulations on hitting your Goodreads goal! That’s SO amazing and a wonderful accomplishment. I relate to having a lowkey goal that isn’t set in Goodreads but is in your head…literally me every year.👀

    I hope you have a great August! Wishing you all the best.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:30

      Thank you so much, Olivia! He’s definitely feeling a lot better, but he still experiences difficult breathing and his sense of taste hasn’t recovered completely, but hopefully these things will get better with time.

      Hahah, I mean, as long as no one else knows about my lowkey goal, it doesnt’ feel that bad in case I don’t accomplish it, right? Hahah.

      Thank you so much, Olivia! And thanks for the comment! 🥰

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  9. Caro @ bookcheshirecat 5 de agosto de 2020 / 07:37

    I’m so sorry to hear abou your dad, I hope he and your family are doing okay! Glad to hear things got better in July though ❤

    I also read The Sound of Stars this month and I was a bit disappointed as well. I loved the focus on stories and music, but the pace was truly slow at times 🥺 Happy to hear that you loved Loveless! I’m currently reading 10 Things I Hate About Pinky and I love it so far 🥰

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 5 de agosto de 2020 / 17:31

      He’s definitely doing a lot better, Caro, thank you!

      Ahh, 10 Things I Hate About Pinky was so much fun! I think it’s the perfect summer rom-com, I had a lot of fun with it and I hope you do to.

      Thanks for reading and for the lovely comment! 😊

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  10. Lauren @ twenty-seven letters 6 de agosto de 2020 / 15:20

    I’m sorry about your dad, Lais. I hope that him and your family are all doing well now!

    YAY for watching Hamilton, and congratulations on accomplishing your Goodreads reading goal! That’s always a huge accomplishment.

    And, I’ve got to say, I really loved hearing your thoughts about Loveless. I’ve seen a few bloggers gushing about that story, and I’m absolutely geeked to pick it up soon. I’m also absolutely loving all of the old music you included on your playlist, and even happier that you enjoyed The Lightning Thief soundtrack! I’m always more than willing to gush about musicals.

    And oh boy, have I been listening to folklore. Every single day since It’s come out; I haven’t been able to stop. It’s such a fantastic album, probably my favorite of hers, and I really don’t know what we did to deserve this album. What are your thoughts on it?

    Here’s to a fantastic August!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 10 de agosto de 2020 / 10:13

      Thank you, Lauren! He’s thankfully doing a lot better!
      Loveless was pretty amazing, I was excited and I think it totally delivered. And I really need to listen to more musicals! Hadestown and In the Heights are in my list and I’ll try to give them both a listen this month.
      I really like folklore! It’s not my favorite and I was a bit underwhelmed but the more I listen to it the more I like it.
      Thank you so much for reading! 💕

      Curtir

  11. Marta @ the book mermaid 16 de agosto de 2020 / 20:48

    I also only watched Hamilton quite recently, so don’t feel left out! :P But I loved it a lot and I’m IMPRESSED at the Helpless + Satisfied scenes, they’re exactly how I pictured them in my head, but better hahaha Congrats on achieving your GR Reading Challenge, that’s amazing! I hope August is being a better month for you and your family, and that you all stay safe and you dad recovers soon <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 20 de agosto de 2020 / 20:46

      Same here! I was so shocked when she throws the whole *rewind* scene, hahah. I’ve been since seeing comparisons of the two scenes and it’s wonderful how they mimic each other perfectly!
      Thank you so much! He’s thankfully feeling a lot better! Thanks for all the kind wishes, Marta, hope you have a great month as well! 💛

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