Let’s Rewind: July 2019

July was a great beginning for the summer season. It was a busy time for me, but I had so much fun. 🙂

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.


Despite the blistering heat wave that hung around the northeast for much of July, I managed to stay cool and enjoy the month. 😛 I had family over to visit for the U.S. Independence Day weekend, which made that holiday loads of fun. I just love it when my family gets together. We talk, we laugh, we cuss, we shout, we love each other. And no matter what happens, eventually we get along. Lol!

It was a great weekend spent shopping and just hanging out. We even had a barbecue; well, my mom did and I laughed at her because there were no hotdogs or burgers at the barbecue although there were buns for them. Apparently, she doesn’t like those things, but she likes the bread. So we had those buns, baked mac & cheese, barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, mixed vegetables, and plantains as well as watermelon. My aunt mixed us up some tasty mojito (very strong mojito) that succeeded in getting everyone tipsey. I placed what was left in the fridge but forgot about it, so it was in there for about a week after the barbecue before I drank it thinking it’s juice and got a little drunk. Lol! It was very strong by then.

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Best Books So Far in 2019

Everyone is has done one of these posts. So here I am with mine. 😛 I enjoy reading them and have gotten recommendations from a few, so I hope you all will get as much out of mine too. 🙂

These are the books I’ve read in the first half of the year and have given the highest ratings. I’ll start at January and work my way to July. Rereads are not included.

Not all are my favorites, but I’ll indicate which are as I go along.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

★★★★☆ 1/2

Summary: An epic fantasy story, City of Dragons is the third and shortest book in the Rain Wild Chronicles in which we follow the dragons and their outcast caretakers as they seek the fabled city of Kelsingra.

Why I like it: I loved it for the development we get in the plot and characters. And that’s all I’ll say because this is third book so anything else would be a spoiler.

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Half Year Book Tag: 2019

I know I just did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, but I still want to do this one as well because the questions are a little different, and I just love doing book tags.

The Half Year Book Tag was created by BexnBookx.

Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

This was included in a library haul. It’s a middle-grade contemporary novel that’s reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. It’s about two girls whose dads are dating. The dads want their daughters to meet and get along, so they send the girls to summer camp. But the girls have no intention of being friends or allowing their dads to date each other. The story was quick and fun and sweet. I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It’s impossible for me to select just one, so I grabbed my two best. Dopesick is a nonfiction book about how the opiod epidemic began in America. I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by the author, and thought it was great. It’s well written and very informative. I highly recommend it.

Wundersmith is the second novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who everyone believes is cursed. I’m so glad I read this and the first book, Nevermoor. They both carry the charm of the Harry Potter books, but I love Wundersmith more because we learn more about the amazing world in this installment.

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2019 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of the year has drawn to a close. I’ve read more books, compared to my first reading quarter, and have enjoyed more books. I guess this was expected since in this quarter I participated in 2 readathons, one of which focused solely on fantasy novels — my favorite genre. All around, this quarter was a great one for reading and bookish events, but not so much for blogging. I’m way behind on reviews and such.

Books | Audio Books | Comics

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Let’s Rewind: June 2019

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.

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Let’s Rewind: May 2019 | #WyrdandWonder Wrap Up

Here’s my wrap-up post for the month and for Wyrd and Wonder, a month-long celebration in May to celebrate all things fantasy that was hosted by Imyril at There’s Always Room for One More, Lisa at Dear Geek Place, and Jorie at Jorie Loves a Story. I had so much fun participating in this event, and I plan to do so again in May next year (hopefully better prepared).

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.


Personal Life

May was great, although I felt the build up of exhaustion from January to April in it and took a week off from all things, except blogging, so I could spend some time with myself and some friends. Now I feel rested and back to feeling like my good ol’ self. But summer is coming and I’ll want to hang out more, so I don’t know how that’s going to work with my jobs, but I’ll figure out something.

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