First off, I am a wizard. (YES, THIS IS PERTINENT.) Because wizards are never late. They arrive precisely when they mean to.
Which means this post is on-time and definitely not absurdly late. That would be awkward.
Since I never managed to get my FF post up in June, I'm combining the June and July posts into one MASSIVE wrap-up post. IT IS GINORMOUS, I TELL YOU. Proceed at your own risk. And remember me as I pass out from exhaustion at writing this post.
ANYWHO. Now that we've established my status as a wizard, let's talk about...
// June //
I honestly don't remember anything that happened in June. *refers to calendar because I've failed at journaling and therefore know nothing that happened the last two months*
The first week of June brought with it a terrifying experience in which I almost lost my glasses, a dance program at my church (I was not in it, don't worry; I would inevitably scar people for life if I tried ballet), and a trip to the local pottery studio with my bestie.
Which brings us to this. I finished painting my latest project, an Inside Out plate! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and gladly put it in the place of my Tangled plate...which is not the best, in case you were wondering. :P But yes! You probably didn't know I painted, did you? WELL, I DO. This is proof.
|See? I told you it was decent.|
Along the lines of school, I attended an orientation meeting for the local community college. Yup, folks, I'm starting college courses this fall. I haven't graduated yet, but they allow students to be "dual-enrolled," meaning you can take a few college courses in addition to regular high-school level ones. Fortunately, I'm only taking one and it's online. But it's speech so it will be painful. #thisintrovertisdying
Then, just one week after my summer break began, I got a cold. WHICH COMPLETELY SCREWED UP MY PLANS. But hey, I got to rewatch The Fellowship of the Ring so it wasn't all bad. (Besides, now I can look forward to reading Howl's Moving Castle next time I contract one. ;D)
The month rounded off with lots of visits from family, an overnight stay in a hotel (in which we made s'mores at an actual campfire instead of a microwave), and an impromptu decision on my part to join Camp NaNo.
// July //
My July was INSANE. Heh, so much for a relaxing summer. :P I actually think it's been almost as stressful as the school year. Which makes me depressed. D:
Much of the insanity revolved around Camp NaNo, which I jumped into with no outline, no plot, no notes--nothing. It was hugely overwhelming, and I now realize my goal was entirely unrealistic. There was no way I could hit 30k with everything else happening that month. So I didn't win my first NaNo, BUT I got over 22k written, which brings my novel up to 50 pages. *dances* I also had wonderful/crazy/slightly eccentric cabin mates who were a BLAST and kept me laughing late into the night. So it was still fun...but in an I'm-really-stressed kind of way.
I celebrated the Fourth with my family by going swimming, eating hotdogs and delicious red-white-and-blue fruit pizza, and watching fireworks from our pool. Our neighborhood went all-out this year with the fireworks so we got quite the show.
My mom, sister, and I went on another girls' day (which involved a trip to the bookstore, naturally) before we left for our Kentucky trip. We stayed there for about 10 days and enjoyed cooler weather for about half that time. During our stay, I caught fireflies, blew dandelions, ate an absurd amount of icecream, visited the new Ark, and drained my social energy levels due to all the family gatherings. We also went to a bookstore (where the books were all half-price!) and a place called Big Bone Lick where they have a lot of dinosaur fossils and such. It was a very exhausting yet enjoyable trip, for sure.
The rest of the month consisted of tons of SAT prep (UGH), birthday celebrations for my dad, lots of books, and freaking out over college things.
// June //
Four books again. *facepalms* Argh. Well, at least I enjoyed them all. Since this post is already really long, I'll just list the titles and a brief summary of my thoughts. At least, I'll try to be brief. ;)
~ Gatekeepers + Timescape + Whirlwind. Yes, I'm cheating a little by grouping all three of these together. But they're all part of the same series so we're good. I can't expound on these without giving stuff away, but I will say that they get better with each book. THEY'RE SO STINKIN' GOOD. But argh, I'm still mad about that cliffhanger. I needs the last book, preciousss. Seriously, my library has EVERY BOOK EXCEPT THE LAST ONE. *glares* GAH. I shall have to suffer. D':
~ A Spark Unseen. EEEEEP!!! This boooook. <333 It takes place in France and has delightful French guys (like Lane Moreau *smiles*), plus a great heroine and a cast of adorable, eccentric, and hilarious side-characters. Oh, and there's action and great descriptions and just asdhfldkf. THIS AUTHOR IS MY NEW FAVE.
// July //
Things picked up in the reading department during July. Which is ironic because I also wrote like crazy, did tons of test preparation, and was actually social. Not sure how this worked out or I even slept/ate/lived, but yeah.
~ Reapers. So I actually started this book in June but got distracted. #lifeofabookaddict I gotta admit, it wasn't my favorite Davis book. I usually adore all of his books, but...this one just fell a little flat for me. It still earned 3.5 stars, though, because it had lots of action and exciting things happening. I moderately liked the characters, but they weren't all that memorable to me. *shrugs* I dunno. It was good but not amazing.
~ Silver Blaze + The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. Yay for Sherlock Holmes! :D I always love a good mystery, and these were especially enjoyable. Probably some of the best Holmes stories I've read yet. I particularly liked the latter, though the other one was fun, too.
~ Howl's Moving Castle. Oh. My. Word. I AM IN LOOOOVE. The characters were by far THE BEST part of this book. I JUST LOVED THEM. <333 My favorite was probably Calcifer (shush, all you Howl lovers; I still like Howl :D), but it's really hard to choose when they're all delightful squishies. Oh, and the magic and humor and world-building were frabjous. Methinks this one shall have to be reviewed at some point. *hugs book*
~ The Merchant's Daughter. This is one of my favorite Dickerson books! Annabel and Lord le Wyse are ADORBS. That is all.
~ Plain Kate. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY FEEEELS? *dissolves in a puddle of tears* Ack, it's been weeks since I've read it, and I still can't determine what I thought of it. BECAUSE SAD THINGS. BUT ALSO TALKING CATS. I don't even know what I'm saying at this point. :P
~ Unveiling Grace. Okay, so I rarely read nonfiction, but this one was so gooood. It was a real eye-opener. The author of this book actually visited our church last summer, along with a band called Adam's Road (a Christian music group formed by several of her adult children). I technically finished this book on August 1st, but who's being technical?
(A few highlights from the two months because you probably don't want to know about them all.)
// Revisited Faves //
~ Cinderella (2015): SO MUCH GORGEOUS. *dies* Also, I'm still wondering how the costume designer is such a genius.
~ The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): Um, of course I'm rewatching The Lord of the Rings. Never mind the fact that I've seen them five times already, there's always room for a sixth viewing. ;)
~ Tarzan (1999): For those of you who don't know, Tarzan is one of my favorite Disney movies. I just love it so. <3 The characters are fun (I especially love Jane), there is lots of emotional stuff occurring, and the music is to-die-for.
~ The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): Because Will Turner and witty one-liners. This movie is probably in my top five. IT'S THAT GOOD. (It also deserves a review. Perhaps soon?)
|I AM DEAD.|
~ The Two Towers (2002): MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVER. *huggles it* Not much remains to be said except that Legolas is awesome. ^_^
// Newbies //
~ The Secret Life of Pets (2016): Oh my goodness, this movie was ADORABLE! I died of the cuteness! The characters were hilarious, eccentric, little fuzzballs. I think this landed in my top ten animated movies because I loved it so much. Eep!!!
~ Paddington (2014): Rather endearing. There were a couple things I didn't like, but other than that, it was adorable. The themes of acceptance and the importance of family really stick with you. <3
~ Risen (2016): So...I had a really hard time hearing this movie because of my grandparents' TV and was also really exhausted when I saw it...but I think I enjoyed it? I'll have to rewatch it sometime when my brain is clearer. XD Very inconclusive, I know. APOLOGIES.
~ Um, excuse me while I die of the brilliance. This is such an amazing piece of music, and she plays it to perfection. Go listen to it. Right now. You have no excuse since I was nice enough to include the link. ;)
~ Back Home by Owl City. OBVIOUSLY OWL CITY. He's a genius, folks. This particular song of his reminds me of summer days. What better way to celebrate summer than back home with the family you love?
~ AAHHHH!!!! This song is beautimous! I adore it! Her voice, though. O.O
~ Lots of Rend Collective. I'm obsessed with their music now, and I'm not even sorry. This song has especially captured my attention in July. (Because duh, Fourth of July and fireworks.)
~ Ha, judge me if you want, but I'm still in love with the '50s and early '60s music. It's so fuuuun! In celebration of summer, I've been playing this song by Annette on repeat. Because Annette! And pineapple! THERE'S A SONG WITH PINEAPPLE. ISN'T THAT THE BEST?!
(Mostly an onslaught of pictures because I feel like it. :P)
|This is what happened when I attempted|
to make a schedule before NaNo. XD
|View from the airplane. Stunning!|
|Big Bone Lick|
|Kentucky countryside is lovely. ^_^|
|Watching The Two Towers with Patches. |
She was apparently not entertained. XD
Are you still alive? Well, if you didn't die while reading this huuuuuge post then I applaud you. *claps wildly* Sorry for the lateness of it!