My Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.

Reading Breakdown.

Novels read: 2 ().
Comic books read: 9 (↓9).
Manga volumes read: 7 (↓10).

BOOK REVIEWS.

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman.
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne.

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.

DCeased: Dead Planet by Tom Taylor.
Digital Mini Reviews | Alternate Realities.
Batman (Vol. 3): Ghost Stories by James Tynion IV.

MANGA REVIEWS.

Blade of the Immortal (Vol. 2) by Hiroaki Samura.

MOVIE REVIEWS.

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006).


TOP BOOK.

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne.

An excellent new series by author John Gwynne that promises a grim and epic adventure! Fans of the author are bound to enjoy this new one!

Check out my full review for more on my thoughts! 😉

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.

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Batman (Vol. 3): Ghost Stories by James Tynion IV.

Unfortunately, Batman wins this award this month… It’s not bad per se. It’s just not spectacular. Readers will, however, be introduced to Ghost-Maker and learn more about Clownhunter in this volume.

Check out my full review for more on my thoughts.

TOP MOVIE.

Silence (2016) - IMDb

Out of the 14 movies I watched in June, Silence (2016) was my favourite. I have been meaning to get out this rare Scorsese movie that I have not yet seen for a while now. I first thought I’d read the novel it’s based on but such ambition is not in my plans anymore! I’ll definitely keep the book on my TBR now though. This movie is something else.

The story is about two Jesuit priests who travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

It’s a challenging movie about one’s belief in divinity, the exploration of faith, and the trials bestowed upon the disciples of God.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CURRENTLY READING.

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The Fall of Kodi by M.R. Carey.

Time to find out how Kodi’s adventure comes to an end in this grand finale! 🙂

PERSONAL LIFE.

I was supposed to publish this last night but I had to put it on hold with the sudden passing of my grand-mother. Although I wasn’t particularly close to her, the tragedy was still significant for my mother and that’s what’s most important for me nowadays. It hasn’t been 24 hours yet but I do think she’s doing much better but this won’t pass until we’ve gotten through the funeral process first. Talk about a tough way to start a new month!

While that will probably overshadow anything else throughout the month, I’ll still mention the very immersive and illuminating experience I had for our body-cam project at work by going 6-hours north of our province. It was pretty awesome to get to know the cops there and to hear what they thought about the project and whatnot!

The follow week was then mostly dedicated to writing up an essay for university. Thank god for the two-week vacation I took from work. Come the last Monday of the month, I was exhilarated to finally hand it over! Now I just need to wait for my supervisor to look at it, destroy me, and then get back to work again. 😉

Throughout the month, our hockey team (Montreal Canadiens) somehow beast the Las Vegas Golden Knights to make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Although they are getting wrecked so far against the Tampa Bay Lightnings, it’s nice to see our team make this far after over 27 years.

While I wasn’t able to read and blog as much as I wanted to, I feel quite happy by the amount of things that was accomplished this month! Did I mention it was my birthday month? Jeez. Crazy, crazy month.

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you or that you might have missed out on!

Stay tuned for my Monthly Anticipation post coming out soon. 😉

So what’s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV series/movies I’ve checked out?

Yours truly,

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32 comments

  • Sorry to hear about your Grandma. I completely understand how it might not directly affect you but you are affected by how it affects others. Such is family life. Be strong for them.

    14 movies? That’s a movie every other day. That’s, ummm, a lot. It just blows me away to realize other people watch that much.

    Looking forward to your next post 🙂

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    • Well said. I’m not particularly close with any blood ties except my immediate family (e.g., mom, dad, and brother) and that’s probably because of how I was born and raised as a Quebecor/Canadian heheh. But death remains universal and being there and showing my respects is the minimum I can do.

      Hahaha you say that all the time. Do you realize how many movies tensecondsfromnow probably watches per month? Probably more books and movies combined between you and me per month! 😛

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      • I’m with you about family. Growing up my mom kept us all together with her sisters and their families, but once we all grew up, we went our separate ways and nobody really cares, you know?

        Yeah, I don’t think about Dix. He’s an almost professional reviewer. It’s his JOB to put his brain through the blender for us 😀
        Uh, oh, I’m at the stage where I’m starting to repeat myself. emergency, Emergency, EMERGENCY!!!!!!

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  • I’m sorry about your grandmother, Lashaan. It’s must be hard specially for your mother. I hope funeral goes well.
    Silence looks intense and a bit scary. I find the trials in name of god really terrifying.

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    • Thank you so much, Yesha. Everything went quite well. Things should be calmer as we progress through July.

      Oh yes. Very intense but so, so eye-opening. It will for sure make you question a lot of things too. I highly recommend it if you’re ready for a formidable thought-provoking movie. 🙂

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  • I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope memories of her are comforting for your mom. Some loses are especially difficult…we’re never old enough to lose a parent.

    My hubs and I are rooting for Montreal from California! 🏒

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  • So very sorry for your loss! These things are never easy ❤ I hope you can find some rest and relaxation this month aside from the preparations and work. Also, happy belated birthday!!! I hope it was a good one!

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  • Sorry to hear about your Grandma. Mine passed away last month, at an age of 100. None of us were close to her at all (I havent seen her for at least 20+ years, and neither has my mom as far as I know), but its still family. We offered to attend the funeral, but seeing as even her kids really didn’t find the whole ceremony necessary they really didn’t feel the need for us to come (especially with corona).

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    • Thank you so much. My condolences for your loss as well. Mine was 92 and I totally relate with you. Especially with the COVID situation, there was no way everyone around the world could come to us here too. Showing our respect is honestly all we could do in these cases.

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  • What a month, Lashaan, with quite a mix of good and bad, something life seems very good at dealing us every so often. Happy belated birthday. And sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’ve never been very good at dealing with those sorts of losses, and it can really hit hard when it affects those closest to you. I wish you and your family well while dealing with this and the healing that comes later. I’m glad to see, despite it all, you had some great entertainment mixed in and hope you’ll be able to continue that in the coming days. Take care, my friend!

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    • Thank you for the birthday wishes and for your condolences, my friend. I agree. Loss of people who aren’t that close to you affects us much less but during these past few days, it did make me realize that if the deceased was someone VERY close to me, I don’t know how emotionally stable I can remain… I haven’t yet dealt with such a loss and I’m convinced it’s going to be tough. The next days should get better for everyone and hopefully, I can get back to my routine quickly too! Take care as well, Todd!

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  • My condolences, Lashaan. Hope your Mom feels better now.
    Happy belated Birthday, old man! 😀 And good luck with your essays!

    Here’s to hope that July will be better.

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  • Oh wow! That’s quite a month you had, Lashaan. I’m sorry your grandma passed. My condolences to you and your family, and I do hope your mum is doing okay. It is hard to lose a parent.

    Sounds like the body-cam project is coming along nicely 🙂 And a happy belated birthday, yo!!

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  • I’m really sorry to hear about your grandma and the pain your mom is going through. 😥
    It sounds like your month was full of ups and downs. Hoping July will prove to be a good month for you! 🙂
    Also, Happy Belated Birthday! 😀

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