My Monthly Anticipation | June 2020

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  • Great post! I’m using block editor ever since I got that pop up ‘try this new features’. It looked tough at first but I’m use to it now. I agree copy paste is aweomest thing and it wouldn’t disapear ever. I’m going to read May NetGalley blast I was sent from publisher.

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    • I quickly looked at what it was all about back then too but didn’t want to make my life difficult so I didn’t bother… I’m getting the hang of things now so there shouldn’t be anymore ranting though hahaha Ohhh that May NetGalley blast sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you discover some amazing reads in June, Yesha! 😍

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  • Wow, good luck with LOTR 🙂 Fellowship is my favourite of the trilogy (although if we’re being pedantic it’s split into 6 volumes) it actually has humour in it.
    I read the books before the films came out and I loved Fellowship so much I saw it at the cinema 3 times (I was aged 12)!

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    • I never doubted that I would get around to it at some point so I’m very excited to finally share the experience with everyone. You’re definitely making it even easier to get ultra excited about it now though! You’re so lucky to have seen it in the theater! I believe the extended trilogy deserves to be re-released for a limited time in IMAX or something today hhahah

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  • That Norse Mythology cover rocks! 🙂 I never get enough David Mack (and Neil Gaiman, as well). I’ve been increasingly interested in We Ride the Storm, so I’m really looking forward to your take on it. And I LOVE The Lord of the Rings, so I can’t wait to read your thoughts on The Fellowship of the Ring. I also love Guillermo del Toro’s movies, but I don’t know that I’ve read anything by him, just about him. I watched a couple seasons of The Strain and enjoyed it, but never read the books. And I wish you well taming that procrastination beast. All the best to you this June, Lashaan!

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    • If anything, I prefer Mack’s variant over the original cover hahaha But I think I’m just in love with Mack’s work ever since you got me to read Kabuki hahaha 😁 I look forward to sharing my thoughts on both We Ride the Storm and the Fellowship of the Ring. So many exciting adventures await! I know that The Strain is one of Guillermo del Toro’s most popular books and, besides that, I also know he wrote a book post-movie for The Shape of Water! Hope you have a fantastic month of June as well, Todd! Stay safe! 😀

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  • Enjoy LOTR!
    I’m dreading the extra investment of time to create my first post in block editor! I heard that there’s still an option to switch back to classic within the new block editor?

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  • I look forward to your thoughts on The Fellowship of the Ring. I remember when I was 15, I was so addicted that I pretended to be sick for a whole week so I could spend my time reading that trilogy in bed 😂

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  • I haven’t read most of the authors you’ve mentioned, but I have read that Megan Miranda book. I thought it was pretty good, but not my favorite of hers. Good luck in your quest for structure this month!

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    • Yep, your review did enlighten me on it and there’s a good chance that it’ll just be put away in my memory for a day when I run into with a desire to read it! Thanks, Stephanie! Hope you have a fantastic month of June as well! 😀

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  • Hogan and Del Toro’s The Strain trilogy was decent.However, I am constantly getting them mixed up with Cronin’s The Passage series, so…. your mileage may vary. Also, I ended up giving the final book in the Strain trilogy 2 stars. So unless I see some stellar reviews for this new collaboration, I doubt I’ll dip into it.

    Looking forward to what you think of the Lord of the Rings. Having just done my own re-read a little bit ago I’m hoping I can keep up with your post and say something semi-intelligently instead of something like “Oh yeah, cool…” 😉

    And preach it about that stupid editor. I wrote my first full post with it last night and it was a flipping nightmare. Getting spaces between paragraphs was one of the most arduous things I’ve done in a long time. I’m getting pissed off all over again just thinking about it 😀

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    • Mixed in the sense that you were reading those two series around the same time or that they have similar plots and made it difficult to remember which one had what in it? 😮 I have the Strain on my TBR but I’m not exactly rushing myself to finally reading it. I do hope that this new book will give me a good idea of what these two authors are capable of.

      Hahahaha That rarely happens anyways. Your memory for books you adore is usually crystal clear. I look forward to finally diving into it and striking it off my life-bucket-list. 😀

      Oh man, tell me about it. So many functions from the classic editor disappeared and forced me into using HTML codes to get it done (like justifying my text instead of leaving it aligned to the left!). But things got a bit easier now. Hopefully nothing complicates this any more than it already is for many!

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  • Woohoo Lord of the Rings!!! 😀
    That Gaiman comic looks promising… though one raven is missing, and I cannot help but wonder whether it’s Thought or Memory 😛
    And Dini coming back to Batman – this may be pretty cool! 😀
    Have a great month, Lashaan!

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  • Ugh I really hate the block editor too! It’s sure easier in terms of copy/pasting, but I can’t figure out the simplest formatting options! When I first tried it, I couldn’t figure out how to make my list in justify alignment; after a few tries I just gave up and switched back to the classic editor. Now this day has come though, I have no choice but to struggle my way through 😭

    Have a great June!

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    • I just had the same exact problem as you hahaha I ended up centering my text, switching the block to HTML and changing “center” to “justify”. Hope it helps if you ever go back to the block editor hahaha It’s definitely such an annoying new feature but I think we just need to get used to it… At our own pace hahaha Have an excellent month of June, Tasya! 😀

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  • Good luck with reestablishing structure! And …isn’t Perry Mason an old show????? I don’t know why but I have a good feeling for We Ride the Storm LOL

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    • Thanks, Sophie! Yes, he is an old man, based on books that are just as old! But here he is, all-new, refreshed, and ready for dark tales for us! 😀 Ouuuuh, the Great Sophie has spoken her prophecy! I look forward to cracking open my copy! 😀 Have an awesome month of June, Sophie!!

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  • Haha, thanks for the mention Lashaan – yep, I am indeed looking forward to the Predator original screenplay which should be interesting (isn’t the Alien one due soon as well?).

    Likewise, Batman: TAS is one of my all-time favourite tv shows and can’t wait to check out ‘The Adventure Continues’ (I’ve avoided the weekly digital chapters in favour of waiting for the collected issues).

    I actually didn’t know that Del Toro also wrote novels! Great list as always Lashaan, it’s awesome to have things to look forward to in various mediums at any time, but even more so in the current climate, they prove even more sweeter a reward for us all.

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    • I think the Alien one has a December 2020 release date but can already be collected in single issues!

      I heard that The Adventures Continues is only six issues long and not an on-going series? If it’s true, it’s a bit sad. I can definitely see potential in the idea but if they only got enough juice for one volume, I’m okay with that too hahah

      Yep, he did! He wrote The Strain before it became a TV series, for example. And yes, absolutely, Chris. Even during these tough times, politically or health-wise, there are still things that can help us decompress… legally! 😀

      Have an excellent month of June, my friend. Looking forward to your upcoming articles.

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      • Ah ha, right – I’ll definitely wait for both the Predator and Alien original screenplays to be collected then!

        Unsure about the Adventure Continues but maybe the limited run is to test the water and they may do more (a bit like how Batman ’66).

        I’ve got a few posts in the works so stay tuned!

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  • I hope you would enjoy We Ride The Storm! And I have read some interesting things about The Obsidian Tower, I am curious to know what you would think of it, if you’ll manage to read it!

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  • Supposedly, you can click on some 3 dots for more and you will see the option of keeping the Classic Editor. I say supposedly because I read it on another blog but I have not had to do it. (Shhh… it looks like maybe I’ve been spared?)

    The books look so good! And look at the Predator’s cover. Stunning.
    “Perry Mason” has a couple of actors I recognize from some previous shows I’ve enjoyed, so I’m pumped!

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    • Hahahah I hope you were indeed spared. For your own sanity. I got used to its relative complexity now. It’s just not an easy ocean to swim in for newcomers if you ask me.

      Tell me about it. Loving the cover work on many of these! Hurrah for talented artists! 😀

      Sweet! Usually (most of the time), HBO shows rarely disappoint in terms of quality. I hope you enjoy this new take on Perry Manson if you decide to give this show a shot.

      Have an excellent month of June, Goldie. 🙂

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      • Every time I try the block editor, there’s something that doesn’t work so I end up switching back to classic. Like for today’s CW post – all was going well until I wanted to link the post to Twitter. I’m assuming there is a block for that, but I liked doing it in the options panel on the right. Quicker that way.

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  • I think you can switch back to the old editor, Lashaan. Resist!!! I am😁 Looks like a fun month, and I hope we both love We Ride the Storm😁

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  • I’m quite eager to read your thoughts on the LOTR! In the impossibility of granting myself the re-read (would it be my 10th? I’ve lost count…) I have looked forward to, I will travel with Frodo & Co. through your eyes – and I hope you enjoy the journey!
    Book-wise, I’ve had my sight set on We Ride the Storm for a while now, but my TBR is already staring daggers at me and mouthing “don’t you dare!”, so I will bide my time for a while now… 😀
    And I find it curious that you mention the Del Toro/Hogan book, since I’m doing a The Strain tv marathon these days and having fun with it – well, as much fun as one can have with a vampire apocalypse…

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    • Hahahah your unparalleled love for Tolkien has me super excited to finally take on the first of his trilogy and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you! 🥰

      I’m really curious about We Ride the Storm. I’ve only seen praise for it so far and, hopefully, this only means that we’ll both be discovering the existence of a must-read for fantasy fans soon enough! 😁

      Hahahaha the coincidence is indeed staggering! Have you read the Strain? 😮 I’ve always been curious about it and I feel like asking you this question is blasphemous considering your love for vampires too hahaha 😛 I hope I enjoy this new one though. It sounds promising!

      Have a fantastic month of June, Maddalena! 🥰

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      • I have not read The Strain (the usual “too many books, too little time” applies here…) but the tv series keeps me glued to the screen, also thanks to the possibility of binging on it through the Sky box-sets archive, and I’m not intrigued enough that I want to know how the human/vampire war will progress… 🙂

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    • It sure does! I hope it proves indeed to be a fantastic new release! Ohhhh, I’m looking forward to changing that status of myself by finally reading it this year hahaha Happy reading, Raven! Stay safe! 🙂

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  • Patrick Ness can do no wrong. Love ‘The Lord of the Rings’ books and to be fair the movie adaptations were really faithful, although there is this one character in the first book who didn’t make it into the films. He’s called Tom Bombadil. Never been quite sure what to make of him.

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    • I haven’t read anything bad from him yet so I’m with you on Ness. That’s very interesting! I’ve indeed never heard of that character but I’ve heard that there are things cut from the book that make the book really good. I look forward to discovering the original Tolkien piece this month! 😀 Oh and thank you so much for dropping by, I appreciate it! I look forward to checking out your own corner of the blogosphere soon!

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  • so so excited for you to start lotr!! It is my absolute favorite and i really hope you like it! Would love to know your thoughts after you’ve read it. I’ve been hearing so much about Dark. It sounds like something I’ll enjoy. Looking forward to it. Have a great month.

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    • Ohhhhh that makes me sooo excited to finally read it!! I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you as soon as I’m done with it. It has been on my TBR for… EVER!

      If you want a darker, stranger, twistier take on Stranger Things and are fine with a German production, I think you’ll enjoy Dark a loooot!

      Have a fantastic month of June, Anushka! 😁

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  • I am so ready for new Patrick Ness. His novels are always so thoughtful and surprising.

    I’ve never read Lord of the Rings either! I look forward to reading your thoughts about it. I keep thinking I should dive in but I don’t quite have the enthusiasm…

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    • I totally agree with you! The one’s I’ve read have been quite the ride.

      Ohhh, I see. I’ve heard both camps of the readership for LotR and I look forward to finding out what I’ll think of it for myself with all the fantasy experience I have from other known and new authors!

      Have a fantastic month of June, Lydia! Stay safe! 😁

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  • Obviously, I fell a bit off the radar myself lately, so I can relate to wanting to show your blog who’s boss! I’ve been doing a good job staying on top of posting lately, but it’s been stressful. Book reviews and blog hopping I’m still working on. Give yourself baby steps and don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t the head mob boss by the end of the month. It’s okay to just be boss over your small portion of the city– you’ll grow back into it. 🙂

    Ah! First read of Fellowship! Now, if you’ve seen the films, it’s worth noting that in the film they reach Rivendell about 45 minutes (1.25 hours in the Extended) into the film. They reach Rivendell in the last 45 pages in a 300-page novel. So, prepare thyself for something different from the films. Totally worth it, but Jackson cut a lot of singing, walking, and poetry. Plus a few of my favorite characters and their personalities… I cannot wait to see what you think of Aragorn.

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    • Hahahah loving the mob boss analogy. 😉 I’ve been doing really good with the blog though. I’ve disciplined myself for it to make sure that I’m able to post a consistent frequency while interacting with all those who show interest in me/my content too! And I agree. Baby steps and not beating yourself up are key! I was mostly referring to everything else in my life, like university work hahaha When you don’t have classes or any real “obligations” but still need to write articles and whatnot, it’s not always easy to not let procrastination kick your butt hahaha 😛

      You have no idea how your love for Tolkien’s work through this comment has made me super excited to drop everything and crack open the Fellowship of the Ring!!! 😮 I’ve seen the movies when I was a kid and plan on revisiting them once I finish the book but what you’ve mentioned here does make the books so much more promising!!! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you when I’m done! 🙂

      Have a fantastic month of June, Jackie! 😀

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      • I find that I’m always more successful during work days where I have random meetings spread throughout the day. That forces me to manage my time effectively. If I only have open swaths of time, I’m more likely to blog than work. Oops!

        Brilliant! I’m glad my comment was inpsiring and not dread-filling. I use that example to scare off a lot of people who I don’t believe will ever appreciate Tolkien’s works. His writing certainly isn’t for everyone.

        It’s been almost a decade since I’ve last read LotR and I am due for a re-read. My husband and I always listen to audiobooks together during road trips. We originally had enough road trip time scheduled this year to get through The Hobbit and The Fellowship easily. Alas, with COVID and quarantine and all that, our plans have been thwarted. We are going to wait to listen to them now… but we’re both being impatient. Anyway. That’s a long way to say I hope that you’ll love reading it and I look forward to reading your thoughts; hoping I can add more of my own modern thoughts on the trilogy sooner than later, too.

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        • Hahaaahha I love your passion for Tolkien’s work! I do hope you both get the chance to re-visit it soon! I think that reading the first volume will inevitably lead me to want to get on with the rest as soon as possible too. It’s going to be a wild 2020 finish! 😉

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  • Oooow I can’t wait for you to start LotR! 😍 And yeah, I’m sure June will be an amazing month for you and I also hope the weather will be stable through the month! 😂 Wishing you all the best for this new month 🍀

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  • A bit late for this post but YAAAAY The Lord of the Rings!! 😍😍 I can’t wait to read what you think of it Lashaan! I haven’t read The Hobbit (I know, I know…) and really enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, but they are very different apparently! 😊
    Also, if you want to share any tips on beating procrastination feel free to share them my way, they are desperately needed 😂 Have a lovely month Lashaan! 😊

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