Honestly, July was super tiring and quiet and lazy. I’m not… happy with how I spent my time this month but at the same time I did take a break from a lot of stuff and I think it did me some good. It’s hard for me not to be productive otherwise I feel super guilty for taking breaks and doing nothing. Even as I write this post I’m remembering everything that I did not do in July and trying to tell myself that it’s okay.
Anyway, I still have quite a few life updates despite it being a lazy and quiet month, so here we go!
July Wrapup: A Month Where I Did Absolutely Nothing
Books I Read
This section is going to be so freaking short! I haven’t been feeling like reading lately, partly because when I have time on my hands I tend to binge-watch stuff rather than read. Also because I may have gotten hung up over a book and just put off reading as a whole. Whoops.
THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS
First off, I’m talking about the one by Micah Nemerever. I’ve heard so many good things about this one and my friend never stops talking about it, lol. This wasn’t a genre that I usually read but I actually liked the book. It was quite dark, thought provoking and an excellent portrayal of broken kids and toxic relationships. 4/5 stars
SIX CRIMSON CRANES
WHAT A BOOK. Easily the best book I read this month. I just love the writing, plot, characters every freaking thing about this book. It’s so well thought out and I just love the retelling part of it as well. I’m now on a mission to read every book Elizabeth Lim has ever written, wish me luck. 5/5 stars
This was such a great concept that illustrated and executed the mentality of ‘girls are a burden’ in India so beautifully. I loved the writing even though the beginning was a lot of set up and sluggishly paced. 4/5 stars
SON OF NEPTUNE
Yet another Percy Jackson re-read, god I love this series. 5/5 series
Books I Hauled
This might be the first month where I’ve hauled more books that I’ve read…. RIP to my TBR.
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED
I read this book so long ago and I’ve been meaning to add it to my Becky Albertalli collection. The upcoming show is the perfect excuse and I found a second-hand copy so of course I grabbed it 🙂
KATE IN WAITING
My preorder finally came in! God I hope I can get to this book soon, I’m pretty excited about it.
ACE OF SPADES
I went to a bookstore last week and literally gasped when I spotted Ace of Spades! It was a good bargain and I can’t wait to get started on this much anticipated book.
SON OF THE STORM
Oh my god, I can’t believe this review copy actually came through. I had completely forgotten about it and I’m so glad to finally have a physical copy of this wonderful book!
HANI & ISHU’S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING
Another anticipated preorder came through! I’m hoping to start this next month, it’s extremely high on my tbr what with the fake dating trope and the fact that it’s written by Adiba Jaigirdar.
#1-3 TRIALS OF APOLLO
I also hauled second-hand copies of the first three books in the TOA series. I read the first one when it came out and wasn’t highly impressed but I really want to give this series another chance because I’ve read everything else by Rick Riordan.
Everything I Binge-Watched
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
Oh boy what a disappointment this was. I honestly was just watching this because it’s the only movie in the MCU which I haven’t seen. At least I was watching it with a friend and we could make fun of it. It’s just poorly written with no character development and very predictable.
LAVA KA DHAAVA S1
This was such a ride! Lava ka Dhaava is basically the show Floor is Lava translated into hindi and narrated by Javed Jaffrey. Javed Jaffrey is such an icon, both me and my friend are huge fans and we had great fun listening to his voiceover and watching the contestants fall, lol. Would 100% recommend.
This was a re-watch with some of my friends and it was so freaking amazing! I had forgotten some finer details of this show and god when will they get out the next season? It’s a time loops how and it’s pretty dark but super intriguing so go check it out if time loops are your thing.
I don’t know about you all but I was so freaking disappointed by this show. I’d rather someone wipe my memory and that I don’t have to see it again. And yet I’m still holding out a teeny tiny hope for the next season… let’s see.
LOVE, VICTOR S2
This was so good??? It was everything I imagined and I can’t believe I put it off for so long. I didn’t love the love triangle but other than that I’m pretty happy with the romance subplots and pairings and just everything that they brought up this season. AND OMG SEASON 3 GOT ANNOUNCED!!!
GREY’S ANATOMY S1 & 2
Dammit what have I gotten myself into. This has so many freaking seasons but my mom started watching it and now I’m addicted to it as well. For someone who feels squeamish at the mere sight of blood I’m actually holding up better than I thought, lol. But the whole will-they-won’t-they about Meredith and Derek is getting really fucking annoying.
DERRY GIRLS S1
This is such a weird and hilarious Irish sit-com! I’m watching it with some friends and it’s such a refreshing show where we get a non-American highschool experience for once. It’s so different and it did take me a while to get used to the accents but the show really gets you laughing.
Alright, I’m gonna try and keep this short. July sucked for me. All my motivation and productivity went down the drain. It’s just really hard to have any motivation when every day is the same sluggish routine of doing absolutely nothing. A lot of my time was spent struggling to maintain a routine and then getting anxious over not being able to do that. I was able to maintain a consistent workout routine though so that’s something. But I literally did no writing. My WIP has been staring at me and gathering dust for a while…
I did keep myself slightly busy with a workshop or two, my psychology internship and research project. But these were all light loads and I ended up lazing around most of the days. Which I’m trying to be fine with. Speaking of my internship, I applied for an internal transfer and fingers crossed if I get the position it would be an absolute dream.
Looking at some positive stuff, I finally went to driving school! You all driving is so much fun and anxiety provoking at the same time. I love driving a two-wheeler but it’s going to be a while before I’m entirely comfortable with a car. Oh and Nandini, Shruti and I successfully organised another round of the Indian Lit Readathon this year! I’m honestly amazed it went as smoothly as it did because all three of us were drained, overworked or going through health issues. I didn’t get through even half of my TBR for the readathon but it was still quite fun.
I’ve also been pre-registering for the next semester and good lord this semester can’t come any faster. I’m tired of holidays, two weeks would have been enough but its been two months now. I’ll probably make a separate post for my University Journals series soon but college opens on the first of September and I still don’t know if it’s going to be online or offline. Sigh. Honestly our entire country is waiting for the third wave of covid with bated breath, so everything depends on that.
A good decision that I made was to take a social media break. I was so freaking drained, and I’m still tired but taking a break made it so much more better. I came back to Twitter after a while but I still haven’t opened my Instagram and I don’t know when I’m going to. Feels like there’s a huge weight off of my chest 🙂
Anyway, here’s to hoping August will be much much better.
How was your July? Any plans for August?
Have you read any of the books I mentioned of seen anything that I watched?
What was your biggest achievement of July?