July Wrap Up Part II – Life Updates, My Non-Bookish Favourites, Movies and TV

It’s September, and I’m already drowning in school work and I can’t wait until October. It’s a fun time.

This is an accurate depiction of my life right now:

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Life Updates

July was an absolutely crazy month. Surprisingly, I read a large number of books while running around, packing to move, and heading to London and Jersey (I’ll talk more about the Jersey section in August’s wrap up, which will be coming by MID way through the month, promise!)

I went to London for a couple of days and took a day trip to Oxford. It was so fun to revisit London, which is one of my favorite cities in the world, and to visit Oxford, which I’ve never been to. It was so beautiful and just a wonderful time. I also watched four shows in London: As You Like It at the Globe, The Mousetrap, A Midsummer’s Night Dream (through the Oxford Shakespeare Festival) and Hamilton (yes, it happened!!) Plus! I stopped over in Dubai and took a day trip on my way back to Singapore. I loved going to new countries and new regions of the world – it’s just so interesting.

P.S: I’ll be reviewing all of the plays and musicals I went to in a separate post because it’ll be way too much to review in this one post. Highlights from London include going to the Globe, shopping, buying way too many books, and just chilling.

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Monthly Favourites

Image result for high hopes panic at the discoHigh Hopes – Panic! at the Disco

So many people in the bookish world loved this song, so I decided to give it a try, and clearly, I love it. It’s just so catchy, the melody flows well and it’s just fantastic.

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Look, you guys, this is actual goodness combined into one ice cream. It has everything I love about this brand rolled into one – the classic vanilla underneath, with the white chocolate coating and the crumble of chocolate chips, sprinkled all around the top. I need to have it again.

Image result for zebra sarasa clip 0.5 4 pack snoopyZebra Sarasa Clip 4 Pack (Snoopy Edition)
The ink flows incredibly well and the clip is also super helpful! These pens are so well loved (especially the black one) that I suspect the ink of the pens will run out soon and now I want all the colors ahh

Youngblood
I don’t typically listen to 5SOS, but I know a lot of my friends are die-hardImage result for youngblood 5sos fans of them. I heard good things about their (at the time) relatively new single, and I just really clicked with it. It’s just so iconic and it’s just great.

Pilot Mogulair 0.5
Image result for pilot mogulair ice blueI’ve been using this pencil since I was gifted it and it’s such a good quality mechanical pencil. I just love it and the color I got (I just love ice blue) need to find the lead for it so I can refill it soon.

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Pastel Set
This has been on my wishlist for ages, and I’m so glad I finally got it. The colors here areImage result for tombow dual brush pen pastel set just so muted and beautiful, and I used a lot of them in August in my new bujo (do you guys want more bujo posts?)

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Movies/TV shows I watched

Gilmore Girls | ★★★★

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^ Yeah, pretty much.

And I did it!!

Ok, after like, a year and a half, I finally finished Gilmore Girls. I loved the mother-daughter relationship between Rory and Lorelai, and the cast is just perfect, even though Kirk is really quite annoying. The last season was just missing so so much, and it’s why I’m docking a half star. I’m definitely going to rewatch some of my favorite episodes for sure. Season 3 just broke me, and I have to say, I can’t decide between Team Jess or Team Logan – yeah, fight me.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Of | ★★★★.5

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(Note: This contains mild spoilers for both Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Of)

You guys, this was really fantastic. The dialogue really shines through in this one and the Gilmores still channel my fast-talking self. The exploration of Emily’s grief in this one is so real, raw and so painful to watch, and I can’t believe Richard’s gone (bless Edward Herrmann’s soul, I’m still crying). There were a couple of 2005-era jokes that I really did not appreciate, and Rory was kind of a jerk and a mess in this remake? Oh my god, girl get yourself together.

Also, I have to add how much of a badass my girl Paris is and I am living for it. The focus on the relationships between the three Gilmore, particularly Emily and Lorelai’s, is done so wonderfully and I just loved this so much. Winter was a great introduction to the series, Spring was fine, Summer teetered on the edge of boring (and that musical, really?) Fall just made me bawl my eyes out and ripped my soul from pieces to pieces. Highly recommend.

Also, this contained one of my favorite lines on TV of all time by like one of my favorite characters in the whole show: “Your name is Molly. Why?” Yeah, that cracked me up for like 10 minutes.

P.S: You know what you did, ASP. I do not accept this.

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Ocean’s 11 | ★★★★

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I rewatched this with my dad, and this movie can be summed up by 1 word: fun. The acting was done so well, the heist was so complex, and the dynamic of the team was fantastic. It had some lighter moments too, but you’re always never sure of what Danny Ocean’s going to do. I felt like that ending left a bit of a cliffhanger, but it was acceptable, I guess? Recommend for sure.

Ocean’s 12 ★★★

This was enjoyable, like the last one, but frankly, I don’t reallyImage result for ocean's 12 understand why this was made? It really paled in comparison to the first one, and it was just nothing special. The dynamic of the crew was still great though. At this point, I’m just pushing through this trilogy because of Ocean’s 8 because how can I not (I just watched Crazy Rich Asians and Awkwafina is such an icon, and she’s in Ocean’s 8 so like even more reason to get through Ocean’s 13. Great.

Crooked House (DNF)

Image result for crooked houseThis is an adaptation of one of my favorite Agatha Christie thrillers (I’ve only read like 5, what a fake fan I am .. anyways) and I was really hyped for months. I’m so so disappointed: maybe it’s because I’ve already read the book, I felt like this adaptation was missing that suspense, moral ambiguity and sinisterness that the book had. This movie was British to the core, which I liked, but it had nothing much to truly hold my interest.

Podcasts

One of my new favorite things that I found this year is podcasts. I listen to them basically everywhere I go and can (classes, on the underground, walking, doing chores etc) and it’s a good time.

The Girls ★★★★

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This podcast is literally the coolest thing ever. It’s based on the upcoming novel Sadie, which is about a young girl who has been murdered, her distraught, enraged older sister (Sadie) on the hunt for her sister’s killer, and a radio personality hosting a podcast about the murdered girl and also trying to find her. There’s apparently (haven’t read the book yet!) pansexual rep, with our main character having a stutter. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic.

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What was July like for you? Did you do some traveling? What was your summer like? What were some of your favorite (non-bookish) things of July? Any good movie, TV or podcasts recommendations?

I need more of these obviously.

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6 thoughts on “July Wrap Up Part II – Life Updates, My Non-Bookish Favourites, Movies and TV

  1. Wow, London and Oxford! These are two of my favorite places in the world, it’s so great you got to visit ❤ ❤
    AND GILMORE GIRLS AHHH. I love this show so, so, so, so very much as well, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! ❤ ❤

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