This is how the month of July shaped up for me in terms of reading books and watching movies (okay, a lot of TV).
Picture Books: 33
Middle Grade: 1
Total Pages Read: 5568
Favorite Reads in July:
The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter: I’ve already extolled the virtues of this one, but it’s still a stand-out read for the month. I think it would make a great movie, too.
This House, Once by Deborah Freeman: A great picture book with sparse text and gorgeous illustrations. There was something so beautiful and simple about this one. I just loved it.
Perennials by Mandy Berman: I think this was a really strong debut, and Berman will be an author to watch. There’s a lot of good stuff here, and the characters have stayed with me long after I finished the book.
Total Movies: 4
Favorite Movies in July:
Okja: My mom emailed me after watching this late once night and told me I had to watch it immediately; then she called me that night to talk about it some more. So, I watched it. And I loved it. It’s sad and beautiful and weird and sneaky and wonderful. It’s definitely worth your 2 hours.
Other Things I’ve Been Watching:
I’ve been slowly slogging my way through ER Season 2, and that’s been an experience. Everyone looks so young, and every episode feels so long!
Because I’m a masochist, I’ve been rewatching Dawson’s Creek, mostly as background noise while I do other things. It’s still terrible, and every character is total garbage except for Pacey, and yet somehow I can’t quit it.