Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

Posted August 1, 2015 by Debby in Monthly Wrap-Ups / 6 Comments

July 2015: which was busy, busy, busy.

Phew. July is over. Good thing too, because I am drained – and this means my vacation is fast approaching! 26 days! I cannot wait. But overall I feel like July was a good month. I accomplished great things at work – particularly making a good impression on the CEO – and it feels like I’m finally hitting my stride there. Online, I’m feeling a little bit iffy again lately, but I’m taking a break from Twitter for a bit so hopefully I can get over it. And now it’s my birth month, yayyyyy!

July Reads

Books Read:

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
All Played Out by Cora Carmack
The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

DNF: Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

Book of the Month:

since you've been gone
July Stats
Total books read: 7
Total pages read: 2,354
Average rating: 4.07
1 2015 debut author read
3/7 (43%) standalones, 4/7 (57%) series
6/7 (86%) paper, 1/7 (14%) pixels
2015 Stats
Total books read: 73
Total pages read: 25,689
Average rating: 3.54
14 2015 debut authors read
33% standalones, 67% series
45% paper, 47% pixels, 8% audio

July Reviews

July Posts

On the Big Screen

Movies:
Despicable Me: Obligatory rewatch to prepare to go to see Minions, though the reviews are dismal πŸ™ I still like this one though.
Despicable Me 2: Actually watched this for the first time, but I wasn’t as excited about it as the first one. And I multitasked too much while watching so I have no memory of it either. Oops. Guess I need to watch it again.
Lucy: I watched this at my aunt and uncle’s, and I dunno. It started off promising, and I adore Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, but the story really took a dive in the end. Super anticlimactic ending.


TV Series:
This month I’ve only been keeping up with The Daily Show, @midnight, Suits, and Melissa and Joey – and I rewatched The Newsroom for the umpteenth time. So I got nothing.


Webseries:
Titansgrave: This is going to sound super geeky, but Geek & Sundry, led by the amazing Wil Wheaton, is putting out a series on YouTube of an original Dungeons & Dragons-type RPG, and I LOVE it. I never got into that particular geek sphere, but I love the storytelling, I love the decision making, I love Yuri Lowenthal, and I just love everything about it. We’re approaching the final episodes now and I’m sad, because I’m totally obsessed, and I hope they do more series like this in the future. (Also I need more Yuri Lowenthal in my life.) (Hank Green is also in this.)

Through My Speakers




(DON’T JUDGE ME.)

In Real Life


  • The weather was mostly absolutely beautiful in July, and I definitely spent my time enjoying it. I went on a boat trip to Kinderdijk to see the windmills with my mother, and afterwards we sat at Hotel New York all afternoon, in the sun, with snacks and bier, listening to some jazz music from the North Sea Jazz Festival. Loved it!
  • We had a barbecue at work on a Friday and it was super chill. I’m really liking my new colleagues πŸ™‚
  • I got to see my biffle! He came to the Netherlands to see family and was only in Rotterdam for one day, but we had dinner together and it was lovely. It was actually the first time seeing him IRL in like a year and a half, so that was o_o weird, but we skype so much it was just the same as always. Can’t wait for our trip to Turkey this month!!
  • I went to stay with my aunt and uncle at their new house in the middle of nowhere and it was the best. The weather wasn’t too great, but there was peace and quiet and super fresh air, and such amazing views. A perfect relaxing weekend.
  • Book club, once again! Sadly Mel was absent because she’s on vacation, but Daph, Daisy and I ate and chatted for hours, as per usual. Perhaps even longer than usual – I didn’t get home till 11:30. On a Wednesday. *sob* But it was worth it. They are my people β™₯


That’s it for me. How was your month?

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6 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

  1. I am sorry to see you absent from Twitter, but….you’re not missing much. I’ve been blocking and muting, and I am happy with the results.

    Demi Lovato AND Justin Bieber? *side eyes* Good thing I love you LOTS! (kidding :P) Hey, I have Selena Gomez on, so….I can’t really throw stones here.

    Yah! I am so happy to hear that the job is going well! I’m having issues at my job at the moment, and I hate it when other people are running into trouble, but it brings me a smile to see someone happy with their position at the moment.

    ARG! I was trying to read Since You’ve Been Gone, but I am LOADED with ARCs at the moment. I still want to read this one before summer is up.
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    • This time I wasn’t so much annoyed with negative people but more with the cliquish nature of certain groups and my overall feeling of being left out of everything. My answer to that is to pull myself out of the equation because logic. IDK, first I thought I’d take the whole month off, but I’m already feeling a bit better, so I’ll probably be back in a week or so.

      Hey, I regret NOTHING for Demi Lovato – I have always loved her, but yeah the Justin Bieber song is kind of shameful. I mean, it has to be a fluke though, because it’s a collaboration with Skrillex and that other dude. So it’s not all Bieber. I can think of excuses. Yup.

      Aww I hope your work gets better soon πŸ™ There are times that I’m a bit frustrated with certain things, but generally my colleagues are awesome and I’m getting the hang of my responsibilities. On Friday I heard that if things keep going the way they’re going, I can probably stay on past November πŸ™‚ so that’s nice.

      If you can, definitely make time for Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s the PERFECT summer read. But I feel you on the review copy thing. Although I’m finally eliminating mine. I’m down to SINGLE DIGITS. I’m really proud, ngl.

  2. Your talk of Newsroom always makes me think ‘hey, I should consider watching that’, but I don’t know where to find it. I don’t have Netflix (I know, who doesn’t these days, pfft!) but it’s definitely something you’ve made me want to do, so hey, points for that. So pleased to hear you’ve been having better look with this job than the last – who knows, maybe this one is for the long road? I have so many good Summer books like Since You’ve Been Gone to read, I just have so many other books to read first and it’s so frustrating, ugh!

    I’m also usually a lurker here, but really wanted to say hi finally Debby, so.. hi! πŸ™‚
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    • The Newsroom is amazing <333 I think it's on DVD too? I would think it's worth the purchase - not sure if it's on Netflix or not.

      I'm definitely enjoying the job, and actually on Friday my manager told me that if things keep going the way they're going, I'll probably be able to stay past my 6 month contract πŸ™‚ so that's definitely a good thing!

      Aww, thank you for coming out and commenting! It's nice to meet you πŸ™‚

  3. I did the same thing during Despicable Me 2. It didn’t hold my attention that much compared to the first on! I ended up seeing Minions before DM2 though for some reason. I actually liked Minions! It was cute. I haven’t read any reviews at all so I’m not sure what others are saying, but I liked it haha.
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