The “I’m not dead*” Wrap Up│Summer 2015

*Nothing to do with the 2009 P!nk record.

wrap up summer 2015

Well hello there! How are you doing? I don’t even know how to blog anymore, how do you do this?

So… Last post on this blog was my June wrap-up… So over 2 months ago. Right. I’m trying to get back into this blogging thing, but it’s hard. I even tried to film a video for this article, but I hated the footage, and I don’t even have the skills to edit, so it kind of went in the garbage bin. Sorry… Would you even want to see that kind of thing? Me in front of my webcam (yeah, I don’t have a good camera), trying to speak English and talk about books? Well…

OKAY. Moving on! This. Wrap-up. Summer. Go.

(Since I haven’t posted any reviews in the meantime, I’ll make quick mini reviews here)
PS: I’ve written the bulk of this very late at night, so please excuse me if it seems somewhat disjointed.

Books

The Bees by Laline Paull (audio)

So I listened to this on audio, and I’m gonna be honest, I don’t remember much about it. I’m still getting the hang of the audiobook thing, but so far I haven’t been enthralled by those I’ve been listening to. This one, I listened to sporadically over the months of June and July. My main thoughts about this: A Bug’s Life with adult content. Basically. But with bees. Doesn’t make any sense to you? It’s normal. I’m not making a lot of sense right now.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Oh God. This took me THREE MONTHS to finish this. I don’t get it. I don’t know. I think that the fact that I had already seen the movie before I read the book spoiled the experience for me. I knew the story, the twists and turns; so I wasn’t gripped by the story and the reading experience. I didn’t really care. It’s really too bad, because due to my struggle getting through this, I’m not sure I want to read the sequels anymore (which I own).

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

I think I actually need to write a proper review for this one, because I have a lot of thoughts. Let’s just assume that I’ll do that in the near future, I will try to keep it short and brief here.
I was so interested by the concept of this book: Ender’s Game told from the perspective of a secondary character. How cool? I don’t know about you but I’ve always been interested in that kind of story, like the Harry Potter books told from the point of view of Neville or Ron. I’d buy/read that. So Ender’s Shadow in particular, while I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this, I was a little let down by the “secondary character POV” thing; simply because this was not what I expected and what I wanted from this type of thing. It’s a really personal feeling, and it does not prevent the book from being very good. I will most likely read the sequels to Ender’s Game, but probably not the sequels to Ender’s Shadow, though.

Movies

The True Cost│Fruitvale Station│Hot Girls Wanted│The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?InsurgentAnt-ManMission: Impossible — Rogue NationFantastic Four│Pitch Perfect 2│In a World…│Fargo│Camp X-Ray

italic: rewatched
bold: seen in a movie theatre
link: my review on Letterboxd

Recap

3 books (including 1 audiobook), 12 movies.

That’s a pretty meagre wrap-up for the Summer months… But oh well. You can’t exactly fight a reading slump, and I at least got a couple of things read.

Currently Reading & TBR

Today is September 9th and I’ve already read 6 things so far (including 4 comic trades). I’m not currently reading anything because I just finished Fight Club last night and still haven’t picked up anything else yet. I do have The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu sitting next to me (literally), and it is definitely on the list I want to read soon. Other than that, I might keep trying to kill my comic/graphic novel TBR. We’ll see how everything works out during the month.

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