Hey guys, welcome to the July edition of the Monthly Wrap Ups, a series where I wrap up my month in books and movies, within the first week of the next month (or so I wish).
However this time, it’s only the last day of the month today, and the post is already up! *pats self on the back*
This time we are also going to shake things up a bit, and start with Movies, instead of Books. If you are wondering why that is, it’s because it’s Harry Potter, that’s why. No rules apply to this series – it eternally occupies the #1 slot in my heart.
As you all know (or at-least you all must know by now) – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released today! In anticipation of which, I dedicated the month of July to a Harry Potter movie marathon.
Now I use the term ‘marathon’ pretty loosely here, because I have spread out these movies over the course of 1 month. In another life I would have been able to do this over a weekend, or 3 or 4 days at the max. But that was then; this is now. A decade, a full time job, and a toddler later – a month is more realistic for me to catch up 8 movies.
Past me would have been horrified if she got to know of this in her future. But then, past me would have never even entertained the thought of refreshing the series by watching movies. She would have most certainly re-read the books. Shortchanging books for movies would have amounted to blasphemy in her world. But like I said, that was then, this is now.
Wiser, practical me realized that I shouldn’t kid myself with the idea of a reading marathon, because – new job, toddler, sleep, life. So I went with the next best thing – the movies (which I must say are very very well done!).
Now I am primed and ready, and I can barely contain my excitement; the anticipation of starting the book tonight is getting the better of me! Speaking of which, I would have much preferred if it was an actual book, rather than a play script, but at this point, I will take what I get of Harry Potter, thank you very much.
You can order the book here (if you haven’t already) –
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Amazon)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Flipkart)
If you would rather wait for the review, I will have it up on my blog under a week.
During the beginning of July, I was skeptical about getting much reading done this month. Mostly because, I had just started going back to work full time, after a career break of some years, and I used to get completely exhausted by night fall, which was essentially my reading time.
But as things fell into a new routine, I found my groove, and started utilizing my long commute to work, for reading. Also, the DC Metro, with its Safe Track program, and frequent breakdowns, ensured that my long commute stayed super long. Which meant, more reading time, than I ever had before!
Tales of Sunshine by Sundari Venkatraman (3 stars)
When I began the month, my plan was to stick with light reads, preferably romances, because with all the new variables in my life, I just did not have the bandwidth for anything else.
Due to which, I read Tales of Sunshine, a collection of short human interest stories. These were fine. I had read many of these stories on the author’s blog, which is why, there was very little novelty for me. But overall, if you have read anything by the author, and like her style of narration, you will like this too.
Tales of Sunshine (Amazon)
Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie (3.5 stars)
Next I read an Indian Mills & Boons – Trouble Has A New Name. Unless I am mistaken, this is the first ever M&B that I have read, which is by an Indian author, in an Indian setting. It was a decent read. It had all the trappings of a good romance, and it was set in the exotic islands of Andaman & Nicobar, which ensured that the visual imagery was pretty awesome.
The only thing that irked me was in the epilogue. I can’t really mention the exact issue without spoiling the story, so let me just say that, while I do enjoy surprises – I would never want someone to ‘surprise’ me by fixing my own wedding or any other such life-altering event. I am possibly overly controlling, but this part of the epilogue did not sit well with me.
Nonetheless, it was a decent read. It fulfilled the expectations I have from a romance, minus that thing in the epilogue.
The Girl on The Train (4.5 ish stars, possibly 5)
This I completed just last night, and am yet to process it fully, so I am waiting for my thoughts to settle before I write a review. However, I did enjoy it, very much in fact. It’s just that I am trying to wrap my head around all that happened, and going back to re-read some events. Which is why, I am hesitant to write a detailed review just yet. But would I recommend it? Yes, most definitely. Especially if you enjoy this genre, but even if you don’t. Because I am not very into mystery/thrillers, and I really enjoyed it.
This is it from my end, guys. Have you read any of these books? Any another books that you read that you really enjoyed? Have you also been catching up with Harry Potter, in anticipation of the new release? Do share. I would love to hear from you!
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