This is much more than I usually read in a month. It was semester break, so I took advantage of a July readathon. Thank you to the readers and friends who recommended great books. I’d like to talk about individual July books in later posts but so far, I’ve reviewed Ninefox Gambit. I randomly picked up and recoiled from Lovecraft but I admit that his work is still fascinating in a disturbing way. I recommend The Ballad of Black Tom for anyone interested in an inspired retelling of Lovecraft’s work. (Thanks to the Diverse SFF Book Club!)
I picked up the Umbrella Academy because I thought my brother would read a graphic novel by his favourite musician but he was too busy with his animation work. Finding time to read can be difficult for a lot of my friends and family. The Dreamblood series, Monstress and Finnikin of the Rock also made me reflect upon why I love grim dark fantasy and what sort of stories speak to me as both a reader and a writer.
I’m almost finished typing up the old NaNo project but I’ve been tinkering with other stories. I may cut down on TBR reading to focus on research and stories because I need to focus on other projects.
I’m back to attending classes tomorrow, so I expect my reading will be much less in the upcoming months. (Though I am tempted to try the August Pokemon readathon despite logic and other deadlines.) I may read more before assignments hit as the blog will be quieter – unless I blog for stress relief.
Pop culture consumption:
- W – Two Worlds: I’m enjoying a Korean drama about a comic book hero that comes to life. It has silly, ridiculous and romantic moments alongside some darker ones with a parallel worlds twist. The pilot didn’t immediately win me over but each episode gets stronger.
- I finished watching Cleverman – an Indigenous Australian superhero TV show. I don’t watch many local dramas because they rarely reflect the reality of Australia but I’m looking forward to season 2. Cleverman also streams in the US & will stream in the UK.
- I’m enjoying old school Star Trek on Netflix for the first time but I still need to start my Gilmore Girls re-watch.