I’m writing this post in advance since I’m trying to lessen my blogging load for the end of August and September. I sincerely hope that Baby has already arrived (I’ll probably be offline but I’ll try to let you know somehow) because by the time you’ll be reading this, a week will have passed since my due date.
*update added on August 31, in the evening* Baby hasn’t arrived yet. *sigh* It seems more and more likely that my kids will share a birthday. I can tell you – I’ve been over due twice now and it’s not fun. Gah.
Today (September 1st) is my first son’s birthday; he turns two today and I’m so incredibly grateful for this experience. He’s a good kid and we’re so, so lucky to have him. We bought him a toy drum for his birthday present, which, now that I think of it, is probably the worst idea ever since we’re about to have a newborn in the house, but he loves instruments and has been talking about drums ever since he got a chance to play one at a festival.
August was a very good month in general. Yes, I spent most of it complaining of various aches and uncomfortable moments that come with the last weeks of pregnancy but my husband had two weeks off and we managed to get in an incredible amount of quality family time, which is exactly what we needed. We didn’t go anywhere far (I really wanted to give birth in Ljubljana) but we went on day trips every day, we spent as much time in nature as possible, and took care that Kiddo was entertained and properly tired each day.
Honestly, it’s been hard thinking of anything but the Baby. I like to think I’m not one of the people who talk about their kids all the time (I really try to make an effort, especially around childless friends, because I am more than a mother) but it’s hard when there’s a little future human constantly poking me from my belly, demanding attention. Plus there are all the preparations to think of, the aches, the anticipation… Well.
I didn’t read a lot, probably due to the fact that I kept starting new books. The best one was No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron, probably my most-anticipated summer release, and also Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – I never know what I’ll get when I start a new series but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I also got Karen Hawkins’ Mad for the Plaid to read as an ARC, which was most welcome because I’d been meaning to buy it anyway. I was seriously, horrendously disappointed by Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Torn, which prompted me to write a post about reading bad books.
We went to see both Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond (yes, two movie date nights in one month, woop!). I liked both of them but didn’t love them. Ghostbusters is awesome and campy but also ridiculous at times. I loved the fact that there were no unnecessary sexy scenes, the receptionist’s role was just such a caricature that I loved it, and I will never be fed up with watching badass ladies kick ass. I was really glad we’d re-watched the original movie from the 80s before going to see this new one, though, because I would have missed every reference – I think I was about 10 the last time I’d seen it.
As for Star Trek, I really liked the first movie, thought the second was pretty good, but this one was… well, a sequel. I liked the fact that there wasn’t too much romance (Le gasp! I know, I always say I want more romance but it would have made me roll my eyes here.). My friends complained about the shaky camera but I wasn’t too affected by it. I liked the Beasty Boys scene but also thought it was perhaps too simple? The entire plot was a bit simple, in fact, that’s what bothered me the most. Also, don’t watch this one if you haven’t watched the previous two because there’s just so much history between the characters. I’m not sorry we went to see it but it wasn’t revolutionary.
What I Wrote + Link Love:
- Reviews: Son of the Shadows, Torn, No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, Lock & Mori, Mad for the Plaid
- Discussions: Reading Bad Books, Re-reading Childhood Favourites
- Other stuff: My July
This month’s post is a bit shorter than usual. Some links may be missing. And if I’m suddenly not responding to anything, I probably have a pink, screaming, adorable excuse.
- Daisy Ridley (from Star Wars) will star in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy! I liked her a lot in Star Wars, so if she’s playing Viola, I’m okay with that – though that would mean they’re aging the characters quite a bit if I’m not mistaken…
- Some beautiful symmetrical photos.
- On romance being a despised genre – this is so good!
How was your August? Did you do anything unexpected?
What was the best book you read this month?
I’d love to hear from you! :)