I can hardly believe July is over. It went by so fast! We’ve had some very hot and stormy weather here, but the month is going out with warm breezes and pristine blue skies. The perfect days for sitting out in the sun and sipping iced tea with a book.

What I Read:

Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

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This was a short, well-written book about the importance of designing usable web pages and doing ongoing usability testing. Though I’m not in the business of web design, it’s something I find interesting. Recommended to anyone who builds websites or apps. 4/5 stars.

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

This is probably the most beautiful book I have read all year. C.S. Lewis’s writing is gorgeous, with rich descriptions and deep, heartwarming themes. I don’t want to say much else, because this is a book that I think is best read knowing little about it going in. 5/5 stars.

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

This is the second book in Lewis’s Space Trilogy, sequel to Out of the Silent Planet. Though I loved the first more, this book was an undoubtedly fantastic and wonderful work of literary art. Lewis’s descriptions are just as vivid and rich as in the first instalment, and in this book he delves directly into the deep and complex philosophical struggles of the main characters. 4.5/5 stars.

What I Watched:

The Secret Life of Pets

Overall a disappointing movie. There were some very sweet moments, and really cute animation, but a lot of useless and excessively violent plot in the middle. Overall, I’d say don’t bother seeing it.

Sherlock Season Two

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I re-watched this with my dad and my grandfather, and it never gets old! The Rickenbach Fall is my favourite episode in this season.

Interstellar

Another re-watch with my dad. The score is stunning, the cinematography breathtaking, and the plot mind-blowing. If you liked The Martian you’ll like Interstellar (and vice versa).

Star Trek Beyond

This movie was so fun! The third instalment in the movie remakes of the beloved show, it was full of hilarious jokes, breakneck action, and everything that makes Star Trek awesome. If you liked the first two of these movies, you’ll love this one too.

What I Wrote:

This month I wrote a CONTEMPORARY short story. (Whaaat ?!?!?!?!?!) It was very sad, but a surprising amount of fun to write, because almost all the world-building was pre-made by the *real* world.

Aside from that, no progress was made towards any other writing projects. The Sidekick/Hero story is taking some time off to stew in the depths of my subconscious, as I have hit a bit of a roadblock with the direction I want the story to go and where it is currently going. :/

Here on the blog I posted:

A rave review of the Red Rising Trilogy

Some philosophical ramblings

And a Beautiful People Link-up

What I Did:

This month was packed to the brim with relaxing and hanging out with family and friends. I spent two weeks at the lake with my whole family. There was lots of swimming and canoeing and the windiest sailing adventure I’ve ever had. 😀 (There may also have been fresh wild blueberry pancakes and blueberry pie, but we like to keep that on the dl). Since getting back from the lake, I have read two books and gone to a wedding and run around getting ready to go to camp and to university this fall.

Which brings me to an ANNOUNCEMENT:

For the month of August, I will be taking a hiatus from all blogging-type things. While I am at camp I want to focus on what’s going on there and I don’t want to have my shiny blog distracting me from that.

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Fare thee well, dear readers! I hope you have all had fantastic Julys and wish you all the best Augusts. See you in September!

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