June was great and filled with fun times with friends. 🙂 It was a great start for summer.
Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever the hell happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.
June was wonderful! I had fun and even managed to relax a bit despite my jobs. In my personal life, I attended a Caribbean music festival, which was loads of fun and got a little crazy toward its end, but I enjoyed it all. 😛
I traveled to Denver for work and was surprised how much I loved it there. It was my first time visiting the city and I was beyond excited. I was excited to get a window seat on the plane so I can observe how the American land changes as I fly west. I was excited when I touched down in Denver and felt the dry heat. It was my first time experiencing that. Being from Jamaica and living technically in U.S. south (the DMV is basically the border between northern and southern U.S.), I’ve only ever experienced tropical climate or whatever it is Washington, D.C., has. The dry heat was a nice change. If Denver didn’t get so cold in the winter and receive so much snowfall, I would seriously consider moving there. The air was also lighter and easier to breathe, and it was easy to navigate the city as well. I didn’t expect it to be so flat, though, and the mountains were a breathtaking view. I just kept staring at them.
But the thing I was most excited to see, was one of my bucket list items — the demonic horse, a.k.a. the “Blue Mustang” that guards the entrance to the airport.
I forgot how I learned about this sculpture, but I’ve wanted to see it ever since. It’s a 32 feet tall sculpture of a blue horse with fiery red eyes that some folks refer to as the demonic horse or Blucifer because of its appearance. I’ve only seen it in the day, but even from a distance I could see the pulsing red eyes. I’m sure it must look more intimidating at night. Apparently, a part of the horse fell and killed the sculptor Luis Jiménez before he could finish the project, which helped in giving the horse such negative pet names. Visit Atlas Obscura to learn more.
Anyway, Denver was great and I managed to visit a sweet bookstore while there — Tattered Cover Bookstore (when I got there, I learned that Nicole Dennis-Benn had a reading there the day before 😮 I was so upset that I missed her) — and bought a red cloche hat, which I’ve been searching forever for (can’t wait for autumn to wear it 😀 ).
I got back home and attended early screenings of Men in Black: International, which wasn’t as great as I thought it would be, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was fun, and I was invited to attend the American Library Association Conference that was held in Washington, D.C. A couple D.C.-based bloggers and bookstagrammers were invited by the D.C. Library Association to attend. We were all grateful and beyond excited! I got so many books and ARCs (major book haul to come), I didn’t know what to do with myself. By the end of the weekend, I felt as if I was lifting weights because of the amount of books I was toting around.
Natural hair journey update: I cut my hair again, so no more permed ends on my head, which means I’ve succeeded in getting an AFRO!! 😀
Now June is on its last legs, and I’m looking forward to what July will bring.
I didn’t complete as many books as I’d have liked in June, but what I read was great so I don’t much mind that I only read these three. The first I completed was the audio book of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, narr. by Paul Michael Garcia. It’s Sheff’s memoir about his drug addiction and seeking treatment. It was a harrowing read. I couldn’t help feeling bad for the dude and, because of the “famous” people he mentioned, I kept wondering who exactly he was talking about. I was so nosy; I kept googling to find out but didn’t find anything. Oh well.
This month, I finally completed Michelle Obama’s Becoming, her autobiography that takes us through her childhood and into her time as First Lady of the United States. It was a great read, but my reading experience with it was slow. I started it in March and though I enjoyed it and could have completed it that month, I got distracted by fantasy novels and took a long break from Becoming to read a bunch of them. I couldn’t help myself.
After those two, I needed something light; so I picked up The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, which is the last book in his Percy Jackson series. As expected, it was fun and quick and I enjoyed it immensely. I didn’t expect to be sucked into these middle-grade fantasy books again as an adult, but it’s easy to get lost in them. I’ll start rereading the Heroes of Olympus ones next.
I haven’t been reading as many articles as I used to. I only managed to read one this month (the first link below), so instead I’ll share some blog posts I enjoyed.
— An excerpt from Ebony Thomas’s book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, published in May (which I NEED to get). In this excerpt, she touches on the experiences of people of color engaging with fantasy genre and the lack of representation in it.
When people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, we have often discovered that the doors are barred. Even the very act of dreaming of worlds-that-never-were can be challenging when the known world does not provide many liberating spaces.
Coping with Claustrophobia: The Mental Health Journey of Storm (thecomicvault.wordpress.com)
— Jamie discusses the X-men character’s struggle with claustrophobia. (I highly recommend Jamie’s posts, many of which uses comics and comic book characters to discuss mental health topics.)
Three Books on Writing (clydeumney.wordpress.com)
— Josh reviews Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury, Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott, and On Writing by Stephen King. I also highly recommend Josh’s blog for other book reviews as well as movie reviews.
— Brittle Paper presents an excerpt from Nnedi Okorafor’s new book, which was published on June 18. (I need to get it!!)
These Books Are Meant for Walking — An Audiobook Rec List (thefantasyinn.com)
— Jenia from the Fantasy Inn shares some audio book recommendations.
Interview with Christina Henry — Author of The Girl in Red (booksbonesbuffy.com)
— Tammy interviews Christina Henry to discuss her new book that was published on June 18.
42 Summer Reads for All Ages (perspectiveofawriter.com)
— Dani shares a variety of picture books, novels, and comic book recommendations for all ages: kids to adults.
A Guide to Instagram Hashtags for Book Bloggers (catonthebookshelf.wordpress.com)
— Carrie has put together a helpful guide about different types of IG hashtags.
My favorite song right now! 😛 Love Machel and Skinny and Bunji!!! 😀
I managed to watch a few shows. I got here:
I was excited to see this because
Thor Chris Hemsworth is in it, so I jumped at the chance to attend the pre-screening. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t as funny as they were trying to make it be. The jokes didn’t work for me, but I think Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson did great. Pawny, the little alien dude, was probably my fav, lol!
The series is on Netflix, so I decided to watch since EVERYONE has been talking about it. But guess what? I didn’t like it. 😦 I was bored and sometimes I couldn’t understand the accent and I really don’t like time travel. Just a bad combo for me. I stopped somewhere in season 1. Haven’t made up my mind yet if I’ll continue.
Avatar: the Last Airbender
That’s the cover of some book, but I placed it here because I watched Avatar this month. 🙂 This is becoming my Harry Potter equivalent for TV shows, meaning it’s something I’ll rewatch often. I mostly watch it while doing my hair because I know all the episodes by heart so I don’t need to pay attention.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
It’s on Netflix, so I decided to give it a try. Hmm… haven’t made up my mind yet. Then again, I’ve only seen the first episode, so…
Spider-Man: Far From Home
😀 I LOVED it. Well, okay, that’s a minor exaggeration because I didn’t love it as much as Homecoming, but it was enjoyable and funny. I was worried about where it would go regarding the whole “the world needs a new Iron Man” thing, but I think it worked out well. I’m not familiar with the comics, so the villain was a surprise for me. It was great. Highly recommend that you go see it in theaters.