Saturday, 1 August 2009

July: A Recap

Books

Total Books Read this month: 4

Books reviewed: 3

Books by Female Authors: 3
Books by Male Authors: 1

Fiction: 4
Non-Fiction: 0

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Authors discovered: Rob Reger, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Shauna Cross.

Challenge Progress ...

50 Books Challenge: 28/50
Classics Challenge: 1/5 (No progress in July)
GLBT Challenge: 1/5

Summary/Opinion: Four's not great but it's pretty good considering I moved this month and lots of things have been on my mind lately. Not a great number but Let the Right One In was an absolutely superb read. I also joined the Harry Potter reading challenge and read my first book for the GLBT challenge - both of which I'm uber excited about. I suck at the Classics challenge so far. Erggg.

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Films/TV

Total Films watched this month: 18
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • Wild Child (2008)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  • I Love You, Man (2009)
  • Bruno (2009)
  • Smart People (2008)
  • Slackers (2002)
  • Religulous (2008)
  • Mean Girls (2004)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Idiocracy (2006)
  • Garden State (2004)
  • 3 Men and a Baby (1987)
  • 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Newly released films seen: 1
Films Reviewed: 1

Films New to me: 8
Films Rewatched: 10

Films in production/about to be released that I'm most excited about:
Film of the month: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

TV Shows watched this month:
  • Undeclared (All episodes)
  • Freaks and Geeks (All episodes)
  • Big Love (First season)
  • How I Met Your Mother (All four seasons)
Summary/Opinion: I think the visual award this month goes to Jason Segal for influencing me during the first two and a half weeks of July. I barely moved from my monitor as I watched Undeclared and Forgetting Sarah Marshall over and over, then needed higher doses of Segal, and quickly watched I Love You, Man and all four seasons of How I Met Your Mother (that show doesn't give the man justice when it comes to how funny he is). I've been a complete couch potato this month, which is probably to blame for my lack of reading.

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Blogs/Web

Favourite Blog/s: The Book Zombie (again!), The Zen Leaf (I've been visiting for a while but Amanda's blogs are always so awesome), Friendly Atheist, Awful Library Books & VampChix.
Favourite Site/s: Channel 4's oD (On Demand - to catch up with ... *gulp*, don't shoot me, Big Brother!).

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Music

Favourite Bands: The Libertines & Peter Doherty. (It's just all about Pete this month ... again!)
Songs stuck in my head: UnBiloTitled by Babyshambles, You Talk by Babyshambles & What Became of the Likely Lads by The Libertines.
Concerts Attended: 0

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Personal

First month of living with my parents has been better than expected. The first couple of weeks was fine, then I started feeling grouchy, depressed and ick. (There's something about living with 50-something year olds that isn't quite right when you're in your twenties. I'm definitely still full of that 'youthful optimism' that the parents have kind of ... forgotten about :-P ). But, luckily, my friends in Cardiff are very near by and I've gotten to see them often. :-D

(Check out us cool kids in the audience of BBC's The Big Questions earlier this month. We're the bored-looking six young 'uns, second row from the back.)
 

6 comments:

Amanda said...

Yes, considering you moved, 4 books is a huge accomplishment! Not to mention living with someone else always makes it harder to do certain things.

Thank you so much for kind words about my blog.

gautami tripathy said...

You read real good books!

July 2009 Wrap up

naida said...

looks like you got some great reads in, I want to read The Color Purple.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I have never read The Color Purple. It is one of those books that I have always meant to.... your post here reminded me. :)

Melody said...

You've read some good books there! I've Love, Aubrey and Let the Right One In in my pile. I really look forward to reading them soon.

Lady Lazarus said...

Amanda - You're welcome. :-)

Gautami - Thank you. :-)

Naida - I'd definitely recommend The Color Purple. Incredible read.

Sheila - Yeah, definitely check it out. It's so worth it!

Mel - Let the Right One In was amazing - I can't wait to see what you think of it. And Love, Aubrey was beautiful.