wrap up

July-August 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the July-August 2021 wrap up. Because we are finally catching up on things!! YAAAAAAY!! (Oh, I seriously hope that sentence doesn’t come back to jinx me…)

Unfortunately I actually spoiled August’s big news in the May-June wrap up when I told you that I got a new job… Which is unfortunate since I also stopped recording all the things that I was watching and listening to. So, this could be a very short post. But then again, I did catch up on blog-hopping too!!

So, please keep your fingers crossed that I will continue to achieve a regular posting schedule for the rest of the year. And with that in mind, let’s look at what I did in July-August!!

July-August 2021 wrap up

what i read

Unfortunately for my reading goal, the dive I took in June (yes, the grand total of 2 books) continued in both, July and August. Which, after being 11 books ahead of schedule in May now puts me seriously behind. I think I was about 9 books behind schedule at the end of August. You know, which is only mildly terrifying. It’s funny, because out loud I’m always like “It’s ok if I don’t read my goal this year. 2021 has been tough.” But then in my head I’m like “Whyyyyyyyyyyy am I so behind?! How can I let this be the year I don’t read 100 books?!” So you know, there’s no pressure or anything. ๐Ÿ˜“

What I do need to keep reminding myself is that last year I only read 1 book over 500 pages. And this year I’ve already read 12 over that page count, including one book at 751 pages, and one at 862. But, I’m hoping this will all come out in the comparison tables.

Anyway, to get back on topic, I read 4 books in July, and 3 books in August.

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sport references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿฅฐ friend pick โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿšซ DNF ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ buddy read ๐ŸŒ€ reread
๐Ÿ“š Beat the Backlist ๐Ÿญ PopSugar

Emoji table for reference

the books

Book
Author
Series
Symbols / Year of publication
Rating
Cover
Tomboy Avery Flynn The Hartigans #3 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿž ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2019

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Tomboy by Avery Flynn
Cruel Prince Ashley Jade Royal Hearts Academy #1 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2019

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Cruel Prince by Ashley Jade
Ruthless Knight Ashley Jade Royal Hearts Academy #2 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿง  ๐Ÿž ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2019

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Ruthless Knight by Ashley Jade
Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows #2 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐ŸŒ€

2016

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Any Way the Wind Blows Rainbow Rowell Simon Snow #3 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿ–‹ ๐Ÿช†

2021

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Any Way the Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
Misadventures with a Professor Sierra Simone โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2018

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone
Emerett Has Never Been in Love Anyta Sunday Love, Austen #1 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2021
โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Emerett Has Never Been in Love by Anyta Sunday

the faves

Uhhh… it was a pretty ‘light on’ two months, and apart from my reread of Crooked Kingdom (which almost broke me, again), there weren’t really any stand-outs. Of course it was nice to finish the Simon Snow trilogy, and I really liked where Rainbow Rowell took it. But yeah, everything else was just… good.

what i did

Uhhh… well. We went back into lockdown (and are still in it), so… not really much happened at all. I feel like it’s just been a lot of staring at walls and watching trash tv. Apart from the new job thing, which happened in August. The new job also meant saying goodbye to my old job. I’d been at my previous workplace for 8 years (and 1 day), which is the longest I have ever worked anywhere. I’d had a few promotions over time, but the last 5 years were split pretty evenly across 2 areas. I was very sad to go โ€” it’s always the people you get attached to โ€” and I don’t know that I really got to say goodbye properly because we were in lockdown at the time. But yeah, it was a bittersweet time.

My new job is definitely a different pace though, which means no working until 8pm. Which means, hopefully, more time to catch up on blogging and reading (which I desperately need to do)!!

gaming

The Sims 4 Cottage Living came out in July, and that is all that I have played since. I’ve been having a lot of fun creating the recipes that turn animals different colours, and then having a pink llama walk around my homestead. Plus the new challenge of not being able to buy food, but only to make recipes from what is in my fridge, has been really good. I highly recommend this new expansion!!

We also started a new D&D campaign… which means I have 3 characters on the go at the moment. I have to say, it is getting harder to remember their unique voices and traits. But, I’m still having fun!!

tv and movies

So, I have a small group of friends that I chat to every day. We’ve all been in and out of lockdown over various stages this year. And not everyone (except for me โ€” and possibly Em) had seen all of the MCU. So, we started watching it together on Disney+ group watch (link if you don’t know what this is or how to use it). Which was really fun. Except when Disney didn’t have the movie, because of reasons. (Also, I believe in including the Edward Norton Hulk film, so that was added complexity.) So, there’s a lot of Marvel below โ€” all of it rewatches for me. Which, counteracts the amount of P&P you normally see!!

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • WandaVision

We watched more in September, which you’ll see in the next wrap up, but this was pretty good since we watched most of it in a month.

Other things I watched:

  • The Kissing Booth (rewatch)
  • The Kissing Booth 2 (rewatch)
  • and, The Kissing Booth 3 โ€”ย Yes, I may have watched these in a marathon
  • The White Queen miniseries eps 1-4
  • The Matrix (rewatch)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (rewatch)
  • and, The Matrix Revolutions (rewatch) โ€” We also watched these in a marathon
  • What If…? episodes 1-3

So… I know this is two month’s worth of watching. But, it’s also now very obvious how I only read 7 books during this time. ๐Ÿ˜…

on my blog

Top 5 Tuesday for July was all about hyped books!! Topics were top 5 hyped books:

That was pretty much all I posted in July…

August’s Top 5 Tuesday topics were like a cover love scavenger hunt. I had SO MUCH fun with these, that I think I want to make this a regular thing. Topics for August were, top 5 books with:

And again, that was pretty much all I posted in August. I have to say, if I wasn’t hosting Top 5 Tuesday then I probably would have gone on hiatus the last little while. But once you’re on that kind of hiatus, I find it hard to get back into the swing of things. So, I’m really glad that I had this tethering me to the blogging world.

on your blogs

So, I did start to catch up on blog-hopping in August. The below list isn’t super long, but it is a start of all the posts I was catching up on.

Recommendation lists:

Discussion posts:

Reviews:

How were your last few months?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

9 Comments

  • Kristina

    Aaay we just entered a lockdown too!! Though a cheap one, it doesnโ€™t even make sense ๐Ÿคญ you canโ€™t meet with anyone that doesnโ€™t live with you- BUT you can go with other people into places like my work who ask for full vaccination proof?? Also, all schools remaining opens while itโ€™s where most of our cases are.. aswell as daycares.

    Iโ€™ve been having such a blast with cottage living too!! Im glad I caved- though I especially prefer the barn to the coop? Would be nice to get more farm animals like goats, pigs, or even quails!
    (i love how you can tricot them clothes too ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ)

    • meeghan

      Ooof. Lockdown is good, and it does minimize cases, but you have to properly lock down, which then kills the economy and small business owners. Which I hate. I hope you guys end yours soon!! (Weโ€™ve been I lockdown for 2 months now and I am tired of being at homeโ€ฆ)
      Also, yes!! The barn is way better than the coop. Iโ€™ve had a cow and a llama now. The llama is definitely more fun though. And I would love to get other animals!! I hope thatโ€™s an expansion pack for later. Like a โ€œfarm animalsโ€ pack or something. I remember having a horse in one of the earlier gamesโ€ฆ maybe Sims 2? Or 3?

    • meeghan

      Yeah, Iโ€™m interested in seeing my final page numbers for the year as well. Good luck to you as well ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ“š

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