It’s my first weekly recap! This is just a list and a few comments about things I’ve read, seen, and listened to in the past week or so. Some things are what I am looking forward to now that it is July and other things are about what I am looking forward to or I want to watch or read or whatever. I hope you enjoy some of the things that I mention here:
What I read:
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas: I bought this the day it came out right before my graduation. I know it took me two months to read it, but it was definitely not because it was boring! I think my mind went “Graduation????” and then attacked any book I could get my hands on (I was reading up to 18 books at one time…I’m a big poly-reader). This is the third of the first trilogy of this series (three more of another arc plus two novellas will be coming out between 2018 and 2022). Not to say any spoilers but it was very good (what by Maas isn’t though?). I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I gasped. A good roller coaster of a book.
HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer: I have always loved Meyer since I started with CINDER and the LUNAR CHRONICLES a couple of years ago. I might be late on the HEARTLESS train, a solo rendition of the story of the Queen of Hearts of Wonderland, but it was a sweet tale of a hopeful baker turned evil queen. Truly whimsy and wonderful, it reminded me why I love Meyer and I look forward to RENEGADES coming out in November.
FLAME IN THE MIST by Renèe Ahdieh: This is the first book of a duology of Ahdieh’s version of the Ballad of Mulan. I really enjoyed both her THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (and their respected novellas) and I was glad when I picked up FLAME IN THE MIST. As much as I liked her other duology, I just might like FLAME IN THE MIST more. I really liked the characters and I like the main character’s arc. It is good. Check it out.
PERFECT SCOUNDRELS by Ally Carter: When I was in late middle school/high school I really like Carter’s GALLAGHER GIRLS series and I got into her HEIST SOCIETY series. It did take me forever to get the third book but I was able to slip into it easily as if I read the others relatively recently. The third one I think is the best one of the three and I’m glad I finished it this week.
What I watched:
BABY DRIVER: SOOOO GOOD. Amazing cast. Great director. Awesome story. I prefer going into movies with knowing very little of the storyline because I hate that I don’t try to but do anyways and guess the plot. I feel like that is a writer problem and I’ve realized that if I stopped trying to read what the movie is about beforehand, the less of a chance I’ll guess the plot. Now while it is disappointing to guess the plot and be semi-correct, I love trying to figure the plot out like a game and be wrong at every turn. To me that is a really good writer when you can anticipate what the audience might expect and put plot twists in. BABY DRIVER was exactly that. The beginning was beautiful with the heist being choreographed to music like a musical featuring cars, heists, and life. I commented to my boyfriend it almost reminded me of a ballet. Soo good. Go see it, like, right now.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Trailer: You can find my personal review of it here.
THE OTHER GUYS: Featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg…I will admit it personally was not my favorite. A few things were funny, other things were awkward. Ehh. Definitely not my highlight of my week. I, however, did appreciate the references to the 2008 financial crises.
What I listened to:
DISNEY EDM by Double Take: Very, very good. Probably one of my top Disney mashups and one of the best ones I’ve heard in a loooong while.
Sorcerer Radio: I listen to Sorcerer Radio more often than not when I’m working. A really great website and app to listen to Disney park music and Disney podcasts. My favorite hour is 11am-noon which is Epcot hour.
EVOLVE by Imagine Dragons: I loved Imagine Dragons first two CDs, NIGHT VISIONS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. This CD is good too, but maybe not as good as the others, close, but not. I really like BELIEVER, RISE UP, and YESTERDAY. I will probably grow to like it as I listen to it more because I really do like Imagine Dragons. This CD has a bit of a 80s flair to it and occasionally I hear Queen-like musical references, but at the same time ties to NIGHT VISIONS.
WONDER WOMAN: A really beautiful score that I enjoy listening to when I write (especially NO MAN’S LAND, WONDER WOMAN’S WRATH, WE ARE ALL TO BLAME—actually just go listen to the entire CD. IT’s too good to pick). TO BE HUMAN by Sia and Labrinth is a really nice song too, so don’t overlook it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 & 2: Let me just start off by saying I saw GUARDIANS VOL. 2 earlier this summer and it. Was. So. Good. So good. And the soundtrack does not disappoint either. To me this is the soundtrack for summer ’17. It is that good.
What I am currently reading:
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN by Ray Bradbury: I just started this the other day and it makes me want to get writing short stories again. I read THE VELDT when I was in tenth grade and I have been wanting to read the entire book since then. I was fortunate enough to find this at my local second-hand shop.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I picked this up at the same second-hand shop a couple of years ago (whoops) but I wanted to read something not brand new, right off the presses. I’m not very far along, but I enjoy the growing world building especially with being from a small Southern town.
What I am looking forward to in July:
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (July 7)
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (July 14)
ATOMIC BLONDE (July 28)
THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy (July 4)
THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana (July 18)
TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas (Sept. 5): I love Maas and the book cover came out this week so I had to put a shout out there. This is a companion book to EMPIRE OF STORMS, book 5 in her THRONE OF GLASS series.
RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 7): I mentioned it earlier, but I thought I should list it too.
Articles coming soon!: I’ve been working on some articles as mentioned earlier, but they should be coming out soon! Watch out for my Facebook, Instagram story, and Twitter for them. I will also post their links here too.
What are you looking forward too? Have you read/watched/listened to any of these this week?
Thanks for stopping by,
MG, Media Gal