July 2022 wrap up | yet another month bites the dust

Hey hi hello! It was as if I blinked and July was gone. Seriously, this month went by so fast I didn’t have time to even catch my breath. I have read more books than I thought I did, and discovered some gems of movies and TV shows. Read on!

what I read

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

As it is always with me and romance novels, my interest in the romance part of the story subsided greatly after the couple got together. Before, though? It was cute and steamy and angsty all at the same time, and I was invested. What I cared about most was the back story and the emotional baggage between the two sisters, Delilah and Astrid. My rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed

This novelization was the movie almost word for word, and with more character perspectives added, more back story, more context and perhaps a bit more heartbreak. (Why would you add the POV of that little girl Jyn saved when Jedha is getting destroyed. Why.) A lot of thanks to Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant for recommending this! My rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)

Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

This is probably the second queer Sri Lankan diaspora author I’ve read from, and the first YA book, so I was pretty excited to read this. Unfortunately, it didn’t meet all my expectations. The writing style really bugged me from the beginning, by I kept going because the protagonist Nima was really awkward and relatable. But the story kept going around in circles and even when the story ended I had a vague huh…? moment. I’m adding a star for all the casual queerness of the story. My rating: ★★★✩✩ (2.5 stars)

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Finally a women-led epic fantasy series! This book is HUGE. By that I don’t just mean the length of the book, but everything from the world building, lore, and back story behind the characters were fully realised. I immediately liked all of our main characters, Sabran, Ead, Tané and Loth. (Even though he’s sometimes a piece of shit, even Niclays grew on me as the story went on.) The story was engaging and I loved it in the beginning, pretty sure it was going to be my next five star read. But the story was never ending. Every time I that I thought it was coming to a resolution, there seemed so be a few hundred pages left to go. My rating: ★★★★✩ (3.5 stars)

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

If a Studio Ghibli movie was a book it would look something like this. Apart from a few confusing moments, this book was excellent, from the word building, prose and main character. The lack of character development for anyone other than Shiori might be where this book stumbled. I reviewed it over here! My rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)

What I watched

Bend it like Beckham: truly can’t believe it took me until I was twenty to watch this iconic showstopping utterly chaotic film. It was made 20 years ago so there are some ??? moments, but beyond that it’s a true comedy. If you haven’t watched this yet what are you doing with your life.

The Prince of Egypt: this movie is a freaking masterpiece cause WOW. The animation is amazingly beautiful and creative, the songs are pure brilliance and the story…just everything about this movie is perfect.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: this is the kdrama I’m watching these days (currently on episode 05). It’s about an autistic attorney called Woo Young Woo and I find the show delightful.

On blogging

In July I published two blog posts, finally breaking my streak of one post a month. Click on the featured images to visit the post.


➼ Cherry @ Letters to the Lost celebrated her second blogiversary!!

➼ Romi shares new book releases in August by Asian authors

➼ Sumedha writes about her SEO strategy as a book blogger

➼ Read Anoushka’s rage review for The Summer I Turned Pretty series for clear skin

➼ Min gives book recommendations based on kdramas!

➼ Sophie muses whether we would still keep posting if no one was reading our blogs

Life update

I’m still kind of stumped at how fast the month of July went by because I got nothing done. With everything happening in my country it seems like they’ve forgotten about our A/L results (unless they drop it randomly on me like a bombshell). The only exciting thing that happened was that I went to a wedding wearing a suit(!!) and feeling like a boss. One third of the month was me having night shifts at work so I was mostly asleep during the daytime.

So, did I reach all the goals I set for last month?

  • Drink more water ❌ (I’m so bad at this)
  • Deep clean my room ❌
  • Reach at least 10k words on my WIP ✔
  • Get back into blogging/ blog hopping regularly ❌✔ (kind of?)

I decided not to keep a monthly TBR because I have a bad track record of following through with them. I read none of the books I promised myself I will read last month. My goals for next month:

  • Read 6+ books
  • Blog consistently
  • Drink more and eat more
  • Write until my WIP hits at least 1.5k words

Also, my second blogiversary is days away and I’m thinking of doing a Q & A post. If you’ve got any any questions, now is the time to ask me!

Hope you all have a great month ahead!

28 thoughts on “July 2022 wrap up | yet another month bites the dust”

  1. I love Bend it Like Beckham! It’s such a fun comedy and because it has soccer in it and I have such wonderful memories of watching it together with my siblings as kids, I just adore it all the more 😊

    It’s a shame Priory of the Orange Tree dragged a bit, though…. I’ve been meaning to get to that one for ages! I still intend to try it, though 🙃

    As for Q&A questions, here are a couple:
    1) You get to trade appearances and lives with a fictional character for a year – and then you have to swap back and pick up where the other person left off, without anyone realizing the exchange ever took place. Who do you pick and why?
    2) What is something you really appreciate about living in Sri Lanka?
    3) What are the top three items on your personal bucket list?

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    1. Bend it like Beckham is so funny I lost it when that Indian aunty turned and said ‘lesbian? Her birthday’s in march I thought she was a Pisces?’ That was PRICELESS
      Hope you enjoy priory of the orange tree! It’s got a pretty good story and it’s got sentient dragons, so.
      Thanks for the questions!!

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  2. Ooooh i know right, July just slipped! But at least you read so much! 🤩
    I haven’t read any of these books but the priory of the orange tree is in my tbr.
    As for the q and a-

    1) what’s the one feature of WordPress you wud change, or one wordpress superpower u wud like to have?
    2) what was a silly dream you had as a kid?
    3) what belief that you used to have all your life was changed during the pandemic, and why?
    4) what’s your comfort clothing?
    And finally
    5) what did the fish say when it swam into a wall?

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    1. Extraordinary attorney woo was such a pleasant surprise I did not expect to love it so much! Ahhh I’m glad you like prince of Egypt as well!


  3. I am glad to see you enjoyed Delilah Green Doesn’t Care and Six Crimson Cranes. I would love to read these books, hopefully soon. ahh… The Prince of Egypt. I really want to go to the theatre production of this movie. So glad you love the movie!
    Wearing a suit to a wedding sounds amazing. Hope you enjoyed the celebration! Congrats on heading into your second blogiversary… my questions (if you want them)…. (1) what do you think is the hardest part of writing reviews? (2) what is a book series you have no interest in finishing? (3) what author would you pick to co-write a book with? (4) what are some of your favourite locations/settings to read about in books?
    I hope you have a good August 💕

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    1. hope you enjoy both of those!! they are both good in their own way. the prince of egypt was so amazing, i wasn’t expecting to love it so much!
      hope you have a good month ahead as well ❤ thanks for the questions, i'm looking forward to answering them!

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  4. oml congrats on 2 years!! I’m so happy for you, I’ve loved reading your posts 💙 My questions are: 1) What is your favourite and least favourite thing about your blog? 2) What’s your favourite book. Just the one.. 3) What is the first book you remember reading? congrats again!!

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  5. OMG BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE I’M SO HAPPY YOU LOVED IT BESTIE LATE IS BETTER THAN NEVER 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 wearing a suit is queen behaviour SLAY!! congratulations on two years!! my only question for you is: what’s your favourite and least favourite part of your wip?

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    1. bend it like beckham was so chaotic and comedic and heartfelt it felt like everything i loved mashed up into one movie lol. thanks for the questions! hope you have a great month of august ❤

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  6. Alssjskjsk how in the WORLD is it august already??? Time doesn’t even feel real at this point ahh
    And oooh I’ve been meaning to watch bend it like Beckham for the LONGEST time, so glad you enjoyed it!!
    Omg wearing a suit to a wedding is SO COOL, I’m sure it must’ve been AMAZING!!

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  7. Priory was a fun read but did go on for a bit too long – fantastic worldbuilding though, I would definitely with you on that.

    Happy blogiversary! For questions – do you have any blog-related goals in mind that you want to reach before your 3rd blogiversary? Do you have any new favourite books or authors that you’ve read in the past year?

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    1. there was just so much worldbuilding in priory – so many names and so many places and details, it was so well thought out!
      thanks for the questions! hope you have a great month ahead!!

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