My Monthly Anticipation | July 2020

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

To showcase this, I’ll be sharing my top 3 for each category of things that I look forward to this month right here, right now!



The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket;
Release Date: February 2nd, 2000.

I’ve been hunting for this copy for my re-read for a while now and I’m going to finally continue this childhood favourite and remember why it was such a huge hit.


The Symposium by Plato;
Release Date: -380.

I’ve been meaning to make time for this classic and I couldn’t find a better moment than the present (or at least this month hehe).


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin;
Release Date: 1996.

By the end of the month I’ll have this legendary creature captured and finally slain only to be a memory of past reads! 😛



Peace Talks by Jim Butcher;
Release Date: July 14th, 2020.

I have yet to crack open my copy of Storm Front but I’m sure fans of the Dresden Files series are hyped up for the 16th book right now!

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Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler;
Release Date: July 21st, 2020.

I haven’t read anything by Django Wexler (especially his Shadow Campaigns series) but this new series does sound super promising for those looking for a new fantasy series to dive into this month!

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Malorie by Josh Malerman;
Release Date: July 21st, 2020.

I didn’t read the first book (Bird Box) but I did check out the Netflix movie adaptation when it came out (the comparisons to A Quiet Place were numerous and understandable and if I could say so myself, I believe A Quiet Place did do it better) but who would’ve thought a sequel would’ve been in the plans. Maybe just an attempt to capitalize on the movie’s popularity?


DCeased: Dead Planet #1 by Tom Taylor;
Release Date: July 7th, 2020.

I had a fun time with DCeased as a stand-alone what-if story but I can’t tell if sequels, spin-offs, and tie-ins for it are that necessary. I won’t, however, cross it off my list of things yet. I’ll give a shot if the hype and praise for it is high post-release!

Empyre #1 by Al Ewing and Dan Slott;
Release Date: July 15th, 2020.

Marvel launches their latest event and has the Avengers and the Fantastic Four working together to stop the Kree and Skrulls who are now also working together. There’s some potential in the idea. Let’s see where things will go.

Batman #95 by James Tynion IV;
Release Date: July 21st, 2020.

Part one of James Tynion IV’s huge Joker War story-arc begins here and with Jorge Jimenez handling the art department, you know my hype is real! See my recent reviews of Justice League (The Sixth Dimension or Doom/Justice War to know more)!


Season 1 premieres on NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock on July 15th, 2020.

Based on the classic science-fiction novel of the same name, written by Aldous Huxley, comes a brand-new live-action adaptation! I don’t know if it’s going to work but I’m intrigued by it. I know I loved the book though, that’s for sure! 😛

Season 2 premieres on TNT on July 19th, 2020.

Based on the classic mystery novel of the same, written by Caleb Carr, the series is now going into its second season! Based on the title alone, it seems like it’s going to tackle the sequel (which I never dared to read too) but the first book is a phenomenal stand-alone mystery novel!

Season 2 premieres on Netflix on July 31st, 2020.

Having read the original comic book series, I’m curious to see where the show will go next.

I’m making a special shout-out moment here for the release of the first trailer of the live-action TV series that has been in development for quite some time for another legendary classic science-fiction tale! While it’s only going to be released in 2021, you have no idea how exciting it is to see Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy getting this kind of treatment. Hopefully, they’ll know how to turn this into something worthwhile for fans!


Similar to the last two months, most of the promising movies—at least to me—have been delayed due to COVID-19.

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Here we are, the midway mark of the summer. I have no idea what I should expect or not from it anymore. Is it normal that I wish 2020 could introduce more positivity into our lives? Every month feels like a whole other reality from a parallel post-apocalypse world. It makes you wonder what the world would be like if we were to go up against even more intangible destructive forces that would challenge us into being better.

I’m maybe hoping that July will prove to be a good month in terms of organization and time management as I continue to develop my digital workplace through a recent app I was introduced to by my significant other. There are so many things I want to do but could never do at the same time and it forces me to prioritize according to importance and desire (you know those things that you don’t want to do now but want to when you’re in a specific mood? Yep.).

I think the best thing we can do now is to always keep our heads up and move forward despite adversity or impulse for procrastination! 🙂

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly anticipation post!

Now tell me what you’re looking forward to this month! Any new releases? Anything exciting you plan on doing?

Yours truly,



64 thoughts on “My Monthly Anticipation | July 2020

  1. I like the idea of going back and rereading childhood favorites. I have a number, from different times of my youth, that I’ve been wanting to reread. Maybe I should start doing that soon. But to mix that with Plato and Martin? Wow! Can’t wait to read about your experiences with them. I’ve yet to read any of those. I’d like to try the Dresden Files, seems something I might enjoy. But I’ll skip Malorie. I didn’t read Bird Box but did watch the movie, and just didn’t care for it. Perhaps I’d let the hype build my expectations too much. But I’m all onboard with keeping our heads up! Keep smiling, and have a great July, Lashaan!

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    1. I don’t do it often but I do love the idea of re-reading. I’m more of the “maaaaan there’s too many NEW things to read instead of rereading stuff I’ve already visited before” but since the Unfortunate Events series is short, I don’t mind squeezing it into my schedule hahaha And yes, that is indeed a pretty hectic combo for a month but I know it’ll be rewarding in the end! 😀 I sympathize with your thoughts for the Bird Box movie. We’ll see how fans will react to it when they get to it! You too, Todd. Stay safe and awesome, my friend!


    1. I’ve seen some good hype for Katherine Addison’s book and hope you enjoy it too! Ohhh man, I have to admit that I’ve been curious about Penny Dreadful ever since it was first announced but never really made time for it. Happy reading and watching, Kim! 🙂


  2. Can’t wait to see what you think of Game of Thrones.
    I really enjoyed Umbrella Academy. Well, I actually enjoyed the parts with Klaus and the kid. Some of the other characters didn’t interest me much, but I’ll certainly watch season 2.

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    1. Same here. I’m sure I’ll end up finishing the whole series before Martin finishes the series too hahahah

      I’m curious as to how the show will tackle the upcoming seasons considering the insanity of the comic book series. I have a tough time imagining how they can do some of the story arcs hahah


  3. Foundation? Oh man, that has some real potential. But all I can think is “how are they going to screw the true fans over?” Wheel of Time isn’t even out yet and I’m already dreading it.

    So what made you decide to start Game of Thrones, what with it not being finished yet?

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    1. Knowing how much you love the Foundation Trilogy, I think it’s best that you remain skeptical about it for the time being. Apple’s TV subscription is pretty new, so I can’t even tell you if their content are usually top-notch or not but I do hope that they’ll do the Foundation trilogy justice.

      Hahahahah I’m actually really curious for Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings by Amazon. They’re putting a lot of money into them and hopefully it’ll lead to something worthwhile.

      I don’t have much of a problem with unfinished series since I haven’t completed any of the big ones yet myself and by the time that I do, I am hopeful that they’ll be completed. 😛 And anyways, I had put GoT on my New Year reading resolution, so here it is. Did you actually ever start it before stopping or were you always waiting to find out if he’d ever finish it before realizing how he is with fans and being disgusted by it?

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      1. I did not realize Foundation was an Apple thing. In fact, I didn’t even realize Apple was a streaming thing. I wonder if that will last.

        I have been almost universally disappointed by amazon originals due to content, so while I am hoping to enjoy both of the franchises, I’m not looking forward to them.

        I never started GoT. My brother read the first 3 when the 3rd was released and when he told me about some of the content I just decided to not bother.

        Best of luck with it 😀

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  4. Ooh, Foundation series? I do wonder what they’ll do with it 😉

    And I do wonder what your take on GoT will be! The first book deserves the hype; it really is very good. The rest, though – not so much, and for me the quality was steadily going down since that first book – I’m not even waiting for the series to finish, tbh 😉

    I’m still on the fence on Umbrella Academy – haven’t watched the series, but I tried Titans, and it wasn’t good (no surprises there! :P) I tried the Alienist TV series, too, and another flop 😉 I’m very discerning when it comes to TV 😉

    Have a great month, Lashaan!

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    1. Same here. I’ll remain skeptical about it till I’ve seen it for myself but at least it looks visually stunning. It’s the least they could do. As for adapting a multi-generational narrative on TV… I wonder if they’ll get enough talented actors to carry the weight of it all…

      Oh my. I think it’s the first time I’m hearing about that downgrade in quality with each GoT tome. What is it due to, for you? 😮 Characters? Story being muddled? Loss of traction, pace? Or the long wait just got you disliking each tome more and more over the past years? 😛

      I haven’t seen the first season myself hahahaha I’m too hesitant about it, considering that the comics aren’t that mind-blowing and that the ideas in the comics are too wild to be successfully done on TV. Hahahahahah I’m surprised that you dared try Titans! I only went through it out of curiosity to the “young adult” + Rated R adaptation of the Teen Titans and to see how wild they’d be with all their ideas. Clearly they were being explorative and ambitious… I haven’t tried Alienist either… And your couple of words on it are making me less likely to try it haahahah Did you read the book though? 😮 Can I assume that you enjoyed it and that’s what had you try the TV series?

      Happy reading to you too, Ola! 😀

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      1. Oh man, Game of Thrones is an awkward topic… We didn’t write a review of those books for a reason! 🤣🤣🤣
        I read it back when, long before the series even started. I really enjoyed the first book, Ned Stark’s fate actually took me by surprise, but all subsequent books just used the same tired old scheme and blithely went with it, disregarding the fact that such a surprise can work only once. And then the rest of the books just got longer and longer, filled with more and more boring descriptions, irrelevant POVs ending up dead after two chapters, more irrelevant POVs taking up their place, more blood and gore to create an impression that something is actually happening – you get the picture 😉 and as a result, the plot ground to a lurching, unpleasant halt somewhere after book 3. And don’t get me started on female representation in those books 😂😂

        You’re very forgiving toward Titans 😂 to me, the clash of campy aesthetic and the horroresque gore was baffling and seriously discouraging. Ugh.

        As for the Alienist, I haven’t read the book 😄 I just saw it on Netflix, liked the description and the lead actor, and decided to give it a try. But I’m very picky (I want to emphasize that ‘very’) when it comes to TV series – when I consider what to devote hours of my life to, I’m prepared to be ruthless 🤣🤣

        Thanks, Lashaan!

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      2. Ouch. It really does sound formulaic and predictable once you realize what made the first book so good for everyone. As for female representation… Hahahaha if it’s anything like what the show, I can only imagine where the books might have went in that department!

        I definitely understand with TV series. It’s why I had to cut down on my consumption of those since 2019. Too many of them took too much of my time and too many of them were essentially a waste of time hahaha

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts on GoT! They’ll probably stick around throughout my reading experience of the series and mitigate the disappointment if I ever end up realizing your very points myself hahaha 😀

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  5. I really liked the couple books I’ve read by Django Wexler, so I’m looking forward to Ashes of the Sun quite a bit!

    I also reread the Series of Unfortunate Events as an adult (although it’s been a couple years now) and found I liked them even better than I did before?

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    1. That sounds good! If you enjoyed his other books, something tells me that he can’t possibly disappoint you with Ashes of the Sun then! 😀

      Ohhh, that’s nice to hear. I read them over a decade ago as a kid and have been meaning to revisit them since I barely remember how it all ended! I’m looking forward to it now. Happy reading, Kate! 🙂

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    1. I hope we both enjoy TUA 2 when it comes out! I agree about COVID ruining a lot of our anticipation in general. At least some things persist! 😛

      I’m rewatching Avatar right now and need to check out Legend of Korra afterward, having never done so before! 😮 Happy reading, Tasya! 🙂


  6. I just knocked out Peace Talks in a little more than a day…it’s good 🙂 I’m also looking forward to tackling Malorie (haven’t read Bird Box either but have seen the movie…hopefully that’ll be enough!) and Ashes of the Sun!

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  7. So excited to read about the books you plan on reading this month! The Series of Unfortunate events is such a great series, now I kinda want to read it again myself ahaha 😂 I hope you manage to organise your life in the way you want thanks to the great app that I can only imagine is Notion 😀 Have a great month of July, Lashaan!

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  8. Foundation might be great, the books definitely deserve that. It was my gateway into serious sf…

    I’m quite excited about the new Dresden, but also in a dilemma… it happens with series like that, when I start something already quite big, and than catch up and have to wait for further volumes – shall I buy it know, or wait for paperback 😉 I don’t like to switch formats, it does not look good on the shelf 😉

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    1. It really was an excellent trilogy. I haven’t dared go beyond those three books since I hear they’re a mixed bag of tales. I do hope the TV series will do it justice.

      Do you have the whole series in Polish or do you collect them in English? But I sympathize with the looking-good-on-bookshelf dilemma. It is key for a healthy mind. 🙂

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      1. Foundation is so foundational to me, as a reader, I bought it ages ago in Polish (but now I also have a Folio edition of the main trilogy). Dresden I buy in English, and it’s one of the series I recommend to my friends who want to start reading in that language at any given time at least one volume is on loan to someone 😉

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  9. Wow. So many things!
    I didn’t know Brave New World was getting a TV adaption! I’m going to have to reread it. It’s been far too long.
    I also didn’t know about Foundation, so that’s going to have to be moved up the TBR. It’s time to finally read these big sci-fi classics.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Right? And yes, I didn’t know about Brave New World till I found it while doing this post. Who would’ve though! Hahahaha I’m glad to hear about the Foundation trilogy (and there are some pretty editions out there too. 😉 ). First Dune then Foundation! All these awesome classics are getting a nice visual treatment this decade! 😀 Happy reading to you too!

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  10. While I was aware of the screen version of Asimov’s Foundation, I did not know that there was a series focused on Brave New World! I will have to keep on the lookout if it ever is acquired by some of my accessible channels…
    As for starting on GRR Martin… good luck! I became enthralled by ASOIAF in 2002, when there were three books available, and have been “suffering” ever since, waiting for Evil Uncle George to bring his saga to conclusion as the next two books came along at a lethargic snail’s pace. But at least the journey up to the current point will be an intriguing one 🙂

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    1. Tell me about accessible networks for Brave New World hahaha I didn’t even know of its existence and didn’t even know what it was airing on even today. Hopefully, it’s a good enough adaptation to make me want to hunt it down!

      I can only imagine how much waiting you’ve been doing for it and I admire the patience you’ve got for the next book. I recently heard that his promised July release was pushed again and that he even told fans that they could put him in jail if he doesn’t meet the deadline. 😮 I really wonder what’s REALLY going on in his mind with this next book.

      Happy reading, Maddalena! 😀

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      1. There was a time when I waited expectantly for new releases in the ASOIAF saga, but as the hiatus between books grew exponentially (A Dance With Dragons was published NINE YEARS ago…) I’ve somewhat lost faith and interest – and often wonder if Martin himself lost interest, especially since the TV adaptation removed the weight of finishing the story from his shoulders. I will of course read the new volumes if and when he will publish them, but I will not hold my breath while waiting…
        ***SIGH*** 🙂

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  11. “Maybe just an attempt to capitalize on the movie’s popularity?” You think? 😉

    I’m going through similar trials and tribulations regarding things to do vs. time. Hopefully, this month will be THE month.

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  12. I just got Malorie after having both read the book (in 2018) and watching the movie this past weekend. I’m probably in the minority but feel the movie was so much better. The sequel…just pure curiosity.

    I’m a Harry Dresden fan but stalled in the series a couple of years ago. They’re great stories.

    Wonderful post💜

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    1. I do hope Malorie will pull off the impossible. If the first book ended like the movie, I would’ve preferred that it remained a stand-alone tale myself hahah

      I’m glad to hear about Dresden! It definitely gives me hope for the first book whenever I finally get around to it.

      Happy reading, Jonetta! 😀

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      1. Haha, glad I’m not the only one who found that funny. Just the concept of “Release Date” back in Ancient Greece… I imagine Plato and Socrates walking the streets of Athens, debating when to select publication date to optimise impact amongst the target group, given the limited marketing budget. 😉

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  13. I’m about 400 pages into Ashes of the Sun and it’s amazing so far! I still need to read Peace Talks, but I’ve heard equally incredible things about it. I agree with Ola on GoT; good through the first three, and then… less so. Whatever you think, it all sounds like a full month! Enjoy!

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    1. I’m quite glad to hear that Ashes of the Sun is turning out to be quite compelling! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it now. Oh snap about GoT. I really didn’t know that that there are some who actually thought that the series only got less and less good at what it was doing. Thanks, Will. Hope you have an excellent month of July too! 😀


  14. I rarely reread coz there are just too many good stuff and too little time 😅 but I do browse some books I’ve read before just to show them some love again 🙂 I’m however a big fan of the Unfortunate Event series!! I love the way it was written and the illustrations too! 🙂 Great post, Lashaan!

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    1. I too rarely ever reread unless I know it’s super quick to read hahaha But I still love the idea of doing so, even if it’s in a far future! The Unfortunate Events just seemed like one of those childhood series that I wouldn’t mind revisiting especially when I forgot how it ended. Thanks, Jee. Happy reading to you! 😀

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  15. I feel the same way about the seeming sameness. it’s like we’re suspended in this bubble that just moves along because time keeps moving. Every day is a drop of water that continues to accumulate in a bucket, signifying the finiteness of our existence. Once the bucket is full, that’s it. We’ve kicked the bucket. Couldn’t help using that cliche to play off the bucket analogy used in a different way. Oh, I am so full of nonsense. I’m being a pandemaniac, not to be confused with panda maniac – one who loves pandas. No, this doesn’t mean I love pandemics.

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    1. Hahaahahha I hear you, Karina. This whole epidemic has been terrible on our consciousness over the past months and I fear it won’t change too much for a while now, especially if an economic crisis is to happen too. I do like the bucket analogy and it does feel like that far too often. I guess it’s our duty now to destroy that sameness as much and as often as possible!

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  16. I’m so excited about the books you’re reading this month!! 😍 I can’t wait to hear and read your thoughts about them! I didn’t know they’d make a series from a Brave New World! I loved the book and I’m very curious (though very perplex too) about it! 🤔 And I guess it’s time to start reading Asimov! 😄
    I wish you a wonderful month, dear Lashaan 😘

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    1. Hahahhha I’m glad to hear about your excitement for them! 😛 Makes me want to read them all as soon as possible! 😀 I too am skeptical about Brave New World. I think I mostly am so with science-fiction stories since they tend to be harder to grasp visually. 😮 And yes to Asimov! Do it! 😀 Have a phenomenal month of July, Caroline! ❤

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  17. Great list Lashaan, I’m reasonably (but also cautiously) excited for Joker War, intrigued to see how it’ll all unfold and where it might take the Batman/Joker conflict…it’s surely difficult to do anything new there but I’m interested all the same!

    I’m curious about Empyre from Marvel, I’ve not followed any Marvel events since Civil War II – I need to read some classic Avengers/Skrull stories, I’ve got the digital copies of the Kree/Skrull War and Avengers: Operation Galactic Storm which seems a good place to start (along with a re-read of Secret Invasion)…and then wait for Empyre to be collected.

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    1. I agree. I think Tom King successfully kept me skeptical about any new Batman stories too. And knowing how Tynion IV writes does help a lot in gauging his ability to deliver such huge stories.

      I too only read as far as Civil War II but never really grasped the extent of Marvel’s events (I have the impression they have one every week!) but Empyre does sound like a solid new one with plenty of tie-ins to justify its relevance too hahaha

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