July 2014: Month in Review

Reviews Posted in July:

I’ve been running a BIT behind lately, due to actual life stuff mostly. However, I’ve had some great reads and not too many bad ones. A good month, I’d say. 😀

5 star:

Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

4.5 star:

Mambo in Chinatown – Jean Kwok
One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet – Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

4 star:

The Cabinet of Curiosities – Stefan Bachmann, Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne, Katherine Catmull
Fat Cat – Robin Brande
The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks
Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
Illusive – Emily Lloyd-Jones

3.5 star:

Nice Dragons Finish Last – Rachel Aaron
Boomerang (Boomerang #1) – Noelle August
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) – Kendare Blake
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) – Kendare Blake
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson
Landine – Rainbow Rowell

3 star:

The Stepsister’s Tale – Tracy Barrett
Love and Other Perishable Items – Laura Buzo
Mermaids – Patty Dann
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) – Colleen Gleason
Gorgeous – Paul Rudnick
Premonitions – Jamie Schultz

2.5 star:

Ruin & Rising (The Grisha #3) – Leigh Bardugo
Rogues – George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.
Navigating Early – Clare Vanderpool

1.5 star:

Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project) – Val McDermid


Not too many DNFs this month, but I also didn’t do a great job reading bunches this month. >.>

Midnight Thief – Livia Blackburne: I really, really wanted to love this one. I mean, I want to love everything I read, but I had especially high hopes here. The plot sounds like it was made for me. Unfortunately, the characterization was lacking and I still didn’t really care at about the halfway point. I don’t have time for a meh read. Full DNF review.

Adam – Ariel Schrag: This book was making ME uncomfortable with its vulgarity, which isn’t an easy thing to do tbh. I was also afraid that instead of being awesomely LGBTQ+, it was going to be more MPDG. Full DNF review.

And We Stay – Jenny Hubbard: Sometimes I DNF audiobooks because of the narrator with every intention of returning. This is not one of those times. Again, I didn’t care and I was also really annoyed that the narration would say “libary.” One of the characters does for a reason and that’s fine, but by no account should the third person narration do it imo. Full DNF review.

What I’ve Been Watching:

On top of doing a lot of reading, I’ve got a major TV obsession. I’ll share my thoughts on the movies and television shows I see.


Miao Miao: This was a random movie selected off of Netflix that sounded like it would be an adorable lesbian romance. Yeah, not so much. Mostly just boring.

Blazing Saddles: REWATCH. Everyone should watch this movie.

American Hustle: So bad. Just. Why. What a waste of talented actors.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: Much explosion. Such Khan. Very space. This was super fun, especially on a large screen with bamf speakers. The plot wasn’t the most solid structure, but whatever it was wayyyy better than American Hustle.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Watched with Debby (Snuggly Oranges) for Fuzzling Flicks. AMAZING. Such a great interpretation of the book. Many feels and much alcohol were had.

Silver Linings Playbook: Watched with the boyfriend. After many fruitless hunts for it at Redbox, he got it on Netflix. It was worth all the searching, because so fucking good. Really must read this book now.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Hilarious! I went with a big group and I think most people loved it. I really liked it, but didn’t quite love. It’s part superhero movie and part parody of a superhero movie. Definitely entertaining.

Television Shows:

Nail Shop Paris: This kdrama was fabulously silly. It’s about a girl who wrote what was pretty close to fan fic, was about to sell to a publisher, and then the deal is lost through accusations of plagiarism. To recover her reputation, she sets out to write something new, inspired by someone in real life. She follows a hot guy who happens to work in a nail salon. The interpretations of her story are, I think, intentionally terrible, but the ships are great and I had many feels. Oh also, GENDER BENDING.

Sink or Ship?

After I had so much fun discussing the ships I would love to send the way of the Titanic on Twitter, Gaby (Queen Ella Bee Reads) got me thinking about adding this to my monthly wrap up. Each month, I’ll share any ships that I would go down with and any that just plain need to go down. I’ll try not to repeat ships unless there are status changes, because otherwise some would happen EVERY month.


Silver Linings Playbook:
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6 responses to “July 2014: Month in Review”

  1. A big behind, you say? ;D

    I watched Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday, and, like you, really enjoyed but didn’t love it. I thought some bits were really funny, but other parts were awkward. Quill’s nakedness though *___* And I CRIED SO HARD OVER GROOT *dies* Best character.
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    • Christina Franke says:


      I also had many Groot feels, and I looove Rocket too. And Quill’s nakedness, yes. I actually could have done without the romance aspect, such as it was. The dance scene at the end made my life.

      • That was one of the most beautiful typos I have ever seen.

        The dance scene was wonderful! I wasn’t expecting that at all. And I totally agree re. the romance. It came out of nowhere, and I was expecting thingy to get with the big guy rather than Quill (names… who needs them?) because that would have made just as much sense.
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  2. I will go down with the Pat/Tiffany ship as well <3 I really need to watch that movie again now that you mention it!

    Looking forward to your Fuzzling Flicks for Perks 😀
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  3. Katrina says:

    Amazing month, both for books and films! I loved ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’, and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is a FANTASTIC FILM! Also, I loved Guardians Of The Galaxy when I watched it with the boyfriend, Rocket Raccoon was hilarious!

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  4. Awhhh, so sad to hear you didn’t like Midnight thief. That book has been on my wish list for a while, because it sounds so good. I will be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy soon and Silver lining playbooks is also on my watch list.
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