Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2017

Hello lovely people!

Today we’ll revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! ๐Ÿ˜€



– 03/06/17 – The Long Drop by Denise Mina

– 07/06/17 – Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

– 08/06/17 – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

– 09/06/17 – Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

– 11/06/17 – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

– 15/06/17 – The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

– 18/06/17 – The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

– 30/06/17 – Into the Gray Zone by Adrien Owen


– 24/06/17 – Batman/The Flash: The Button (Rebirth) by Tom King


– 04/06/17 – Cinedote Review- Wonder Woman (2017)


– 13/06/17 – Top Fcked Up Books

– 26/06/17 – Upcoming Superhero Movies and How to Prepare For Them (Chapter 2)

Since I was always traveling, I didn’t have the chance to really discover any new books, but here are two that captivated my attention :

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell:ย After seven grueling years of captivity in the Gardenโ€”a burlesque troupe of slave girlsโ€”sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor.ย 

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Recommended by Lashaan ! ๐Ÿ™‚ -Based on some of literatureโ€™s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murdersโ€”and the bigger mystery of their own origins.


Flowers for Algernon – Discovered this thanks to Asia @ Lost Art of Reading Blog. This sounded like a fantastic classic that I everyone should at least read once in their life. Based on everyone’s reaction to it, I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be amazing.

Akira (Volume 1) – I knew about this series way back in elementary/high school when I was in an anime phase, but I never took the time to find out what it was or anything. It’s when Bookstooge mentioned it as a favourite that I knew I had to try it out now. It’s probably much more appropriate at my age now, where I’ll enjoy its subtleties.

Kim – All I knew about Rudyard Kipling is that he wrote The Jungle Book, but it’s upon Dani @ Perspective of a Writer that I added this recommendation to my TBR. After the not so amazing experience I had with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, I thought another author’s attempt to drag me into a foreign culture would be interesting to read.

The Fountains of Paradise – I definitely hope to read some of Arthur C. Clarke’s book in the future, and already had a couple of his classic pieces on my TBR, but after Chris @ Geek Blogger UK mentioned it being a favourite of his, I thought it would definitely be worth checking out. After all, we pretty much mirror our opinions on so many things.

The Shadow of the Torturer – I actually ran into this randomly throughout my Goodreads feed. It just sounded so epic. Check out its blurb, you’ll understand why. Have you read it? Would like to know your thoughts on it.


Trang: I have recently watched Wonder Woman and it was amazzingg!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I might do a review on the movie later ๐Ÿ˜‰ I started Mad Men and The Americans too, let me know if you watched it ;D

Lashaan: June has been quite busy. Just when you think that summer would be filled with free time, life has other plans for you. I haven’t watched too many movies and ended up completing the latest season of a couple of shows instead. First of all, I have to show some love for House of Cards!! Season 5 continued to be SENSATIONAL and ended on a HUGE cliffhanger. The Underwood’s will forever be the most fascinating couple of politicians. โค Gotham Season 3 had its ups and downs but continued to be fun to watch. There’s a lot of hate circulating around this show, but I like to see it as an Elseworld story and see what kind of twists they’ll take on classic Batman lore. But the last episode ended on one of the most anticipated moment in the show and I’m excited to see what the next season will do! After reading The Handmaid’s Tale, the next move was to OBVIOUSLY check out the show. I completed it and can confirm that it was an extremely loyal and amazing adaptation. It even expands the universe and brings in a couple of twists of its own. The first season cover the whole book, so I’m really curious to see what season 2 is going to be like. It’s like.. a sequel to the book waiting to happen! For those of you who don’t know, I’m a HUGE Breaking Bad fan. The moment they announced Better Call Saul, I was all in and couldn’t wait for it. Season 3 just ended and things are cooking up! It’s gonna be all good, man! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Finally, I, of course, saw Wonder Woman in theaters and loved it! You can check out my review to find out more on my thoughts (spoiler-free and full-spoiler)!

If you’ve seen any of these, feel free to mention it in the comment section. I’d love to fanboy/hate with y’all! ๐Ÿ˜‰



Trang: I’ve been obsessed with this song!!


Lashaan: You have no idea how much I freaked out when this trailer came out. I’ve been waiting for this adaptation to come to life ever since I read The Alienist by Caleb Carr. THIS IS GOING TO BE MADDDDD AMAZING!! โค

Thank you all for checking out our monthly wrap-up and donโ€™t forget to check out any posts that might interest you and that you might have missed out on!

So whatโ€™s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies weโ€™ve mentioned?

Yours truly,


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57 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2017

  1. @Trang:
    I would be really interested in a WW movie review from you. I know that I’m going to watch it at some point, but the more reviews I read, the better I’m adjusting my expectations ๐Ÿ™‚

    Akira. Go for it!
    Flowers for Algernon. One of the top books I’ve ever read. Almost made me cry.
    Kim. I actually like this the best of all I’ve read of Kipling.
    Shadow of the Torturer. Read it back in the early ’00’s and haven’t read a thing by Wolfe again. He seems to have real cult following though, so I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Oh snap, thanks for confirming for Kim. I’ll definitely push it up on my TBR. Thanks for your thoughts on Shadow of the Torturer too. I was actually planning on asking you about it on your next “favourite books” post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. You SLAVE DRIVER!!!

            Actually, with all this downtime, I’ve been writing like crazy [for me]. It helps me focus a bit if I have an idea of what I’m typing up before I start.

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    1. Thanks Kim!!! I appreciate that. I’ll actually wait till Trang reads it and confirms its awesomeness too before I ever add it to my TBR too hihih ๐Ÿ˜› When a blurb sounds THAT good, my level of skepticism just skyrockets for YA novels hahaha

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  2. Glad to see a lot of love for Wonder Woman here!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ
    Sadly, I can’t really speak for the rest as I haven’t watched/read any of your choices but I just might, in the future โ˜บ๏ธ
    Great post, guys! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Wonder Woman was the baws!!! โค Can't wait to see more of her in Justice League!

      It's all good! Always a pleasure to hear from you, Sophie! Hope you month of June was awesome! I haven't seen too many posts from you!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      1. Me too! ๐Ÿ˜€
        And thank you, Lashaan! June was super busy and chaotic for me, but not necessarily in a bad way (just not in a very blogging productive way hahaha)
        Oh yeah I haven’t had much free time so the blog has suffered… But I plan to make up for it! Thank you so much for your support! ^_^

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  3. Great post! I have Flowers Of Algernon on my TBR pile as well and I like the sound of Garden Of Thorns and The Strange Case Of The Alchemist’s Daughter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Great recap for this month, and it seems like you both had an amazing June as well. Trang I hoped you had a really great time travelling. Both Garden of Thorns and The Strange Case of the Alchemistโ€™s Daughter look like great books so I’m definitely going to check them out on Goodreads, see if I want to add them to my to-read list.
    Lashaan I need to start watching Gotham. One of my friends recommended it to me so it’s on my to-watch list but it looks amazing! The Handmaidens Tale is something else I need to read/watch, hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Again great recap, and I hope you both have an amazing July as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks Beth! Gotham is definitely a lot of fun. It has plot holes, sometimes bad writing and sometimes a bit too cheesy, but it definitely has entertainment value. It’s pretty cool to follow James Gordon’s adventure rather than have Batman center stage! Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it. I definitely recommend The Handmaid’s Tale, both the book and the show. The show is an excellent adaptation, and I’m definitely looking forward to season 2!

      Hope you have a wonderful month of July too Beth!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. That’s all right! ๐Ÿ˜€ From what I’ve seen it looks fun. I watched the first episode ages ago (I was on a long-haul flight and it was one of the shows offered) and it was a lot of fun but then I never got around to the rest of it. I’ll have to read the book version before seeing the show, but I’ve heard great things about it so I can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thanks Lashaan! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Great Post!I already have Garden Of Thorns and The Strange Case Of The Alchemist’s Daughter in my tbr. Akira is a popular Anime and Comic but I never gave it a try. I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I heard about Akira too, but now it just feels like something I just HAVE to pick up soon. Thanks Raven! Hope you had a wonderful month of June too. Here’s to an awesome month of July, filled with good books! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I feel like I missed out on something big as a kid. I definitely need to fix that.

      Oh snap! Someone else who’s read The Alienist?! You just ranked up among all my friends, Icky. ๐Ÿ˜› Have you read its sequel by the way? The Angel of Darkness? I see a lot of disappointment from fans of The Alienist. I’d love to know your thoughts on it before I read it in the future.

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      1. Thanks Lashaan, but no, I have not read ‘The Angel of Darkness’. ‘The Alienist’ made me think of Sherlock Holmes in America. I think it is supposed to create that vibe.
        Happy Reading!

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  6. Lovely wrap-up, it seems like you both had a great month! ๐Ÿ™‚ Garden of Thorns and The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s daughter sound so intriguing, I’m curious now ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you both will have a lovely July! โค

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  7. Thanks for the mention Lashaan, hope you enjoy Arthur C. Clarke! I haven’t really read any manga before but partial to a bit of anime (mainly Ghost in the Shell) and Akira was one of my first anime experiences so I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts on the manga.

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    1. No problem, man! Yeh, I had a manga/anime phase as a youngster and learned to appreciate those mediums a lot before transitioning to live-action TV series and what not. I’m putting Akira as my new entry point into the manga world now. Well.. If not entry point, at least a quick revisit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Sounds like you guys had a very productive June. The Strange Case of the Alchemistโ€™s Daughter isn’t a book I’d typically pick up but the concept sounds really interesting. Now The Shadow of the Torturer sounds like my kind of book. Everything about it screams EPIC fantasy. Hope you both have a lovely July. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I know, right? I was surprised that I had just learned about The Shadow of the Torturer. Hopefully it lives up to its blurb and to the love it receives from fans. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the visit!! Hope you have a wonderful month of July too!!! Happy reading, Lois! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Fabulous June for you both! As always, I have enjoyed every post and review ๐Ÿ™‚ I have Garden of Thorns and Akira both buried in my TBR. I loved the Akira anime film. But not sure when I will have time. I do agree that The Handmaid’s Tale was done so brilliantly. I have been a huge sucker for Hulu and Netflix originals lately. Anne With An E was fantastic! Here’s to a wonderful July!

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    1. Akira really has me by strings right now. I’m super curious about its story, and I’d really love to revisit mangas/animes. It’s been too long since I’ve dropped them.

      The Handmaid’s Tale!!!! I’m really excited for season 2, but I’m also scared of the direction it’ll go. I mean.. It’s literally going to be a sequel to the book, and a sequel to that classic isn’t exactly something I can envision. I do hope it’ll turn out pretty impressive!

      I kept Anne with an E on my watch list, but I just have this need to read it first that forbids me from touching the show. Definitely something I’ll check out in the future! Here’s to a wonderful July indeed!! Take it easy and happy reading Danielle!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I can understand about Anne with an E. I always prefer to read first and will hold back on film and shows for the same reason ๐Ÿ™‚

        I have the same slight apprehension with The Handmaid’s Tale, but keeping faith ๐Ÿ˜‰ So far, it has been executed well so if it doesn’t get rushed, we are in for a treat eh?

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  10. ooh The Strange Case of the Alchemistโ€™s Daughter and Garden of Thorns both have me intrigued!! I actually never got caught up with House of Cards for some reason, even though I really liked it- gonna have to rectify that at some point! And I’ve been planning on watching the Americans *forever*! Awesome post!

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    1. Ohhh maaaan!!! You totally have to catch up with the show!! So much of the themes explored are actually quite relatable to issues of today. This show is cinema-gold!! โค Thank you for stopping by!! Hope you have a wonderful month of July!!

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  11. I’m so glad that I have convinced you to add Flowers for Algernon to your TBR. I’m sort of in love with it right now.

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    1. That finale of Better Call Saul though!!! I felt like this season had a little less Mike in it too. The next season is going to push so many characters into the dark side. I can feel it!!! And yass!!! Can’t wait for GoT!! I also wish it wasn’t going to ever end. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I haven’t ever really took the time to look into those comedy cartoons, but there are a couple out there that so many people have been raving about and that I’d be willing to try some day (Horseman Bojack? Rick and Morty?). I’ve heard about Silicon Valley (just the name) but never knew what it was about. I’ll keep a mental note for that show though, thanks for the rec! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Lashaan – Yay for Kim! I’m so glad it sounds good to you! And Akira! I want to read that too, it is an older manga so more subtle in the drawings (i.e. Totally obscure to me at times) so I haven’t tackled it yet, but it is a must read for manga lovers I understand.

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    1. Hihi ๐Ÿ˜€ I can see how the artwork can be.. not so compelling. I hear that often about golden/silver/bronze age comics too. Somehow I find it unique and fun to indulge, especially if the story is crazyy good. Definitely looking forward to trying Akira out in the near future.

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