My Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2022

Hi guys,

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: 1 (↓2).
Comic books read: 6 (↓2).
Manga volumes read: 6 (↓5).

Viewing Breakdown.

Movies Watched: 10 (↓5).
TV Series Watched: 3 (↑2).

Gaming Breakdown.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: Remastered (Pause for vacation).
Horizon: Forbidden West (Pause for vacation).

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.

Berserk Deluxe Edition (Vol. 1) by Kentaro Miura.

MANGA REVIEWS.

Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto.

TV SERIES REVIEWS.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) Season 2.

MISCELLANEOUS POSTS.

Europe 2022: A Passport Nightmare.


TOP BOOK.

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

A short and powerful read exposing a thought-provoking message about mankind’s ability to overcome extreme circumstances and how!

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.

I haven’t read anything under four stars this month, and with the little that I did get around to reading, I think this section can remain void of a winner for this month.

TOP MOVIE.

(c) Wikipedia.

Out of the 10 movies I watched in June 2022, I Saw the Devil (2010) was my favourite. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, I was looking for something dark, mysterious, and fully-engaging, and voilà. This turned out to be as dark as one could expect and a poetic exploration of revenge.

What is I Saw the Devil (2010) about? Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.

My thoughts: This was a visceral yet cerebral exploration of brutal, unhinged, unshackled, and bloody revenge through a top-secret agent and a deranged psychopath as their story of sadistic terrorism depicts the descent into prolific madness, the inevitable transformation into a monster to face a monster, and the revelation of a twisted world filled with unpardonable vice, twisted pleasure, and absolute chaos.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

CURRENTLY READING.

The Gulag Archipelago (Vol. 1) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

As previously mentioned, this is the only book I’m working my way through during my vacation and probably more in the second half of July!

PERSONAL LIFE.

The first half of June was the calm before the storm. I had no clue what was coming for me right before my trip to Europe and so I made the most of it by embracing the familiarity of my routine before it was too late. It was also marked by my birthday, quietly celebrated indoors with my girlfriend and my family on a peacefully rainy day. And then began the horrors relative to my passport and my departure to Europe. Thankfully, things didn’t go so bad, smoothly transitioning into the second half of the month when I got around to visiting Belgium and France (more on that soon). A couple of days ago, I finally found a couple of seconds to open my laptop and update my stuff and it feels great to do things that are so familiar with a routine that I once had pre-vacation. I can’t lie that I do look forward to finding my routine again but for now, I’m making the most of my time with fantastic company. 🙂


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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19 thoughts on “My Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2022

  1. Sounds like a great birthday, or at least the way I enjoy celebrating them. 🙂 It’s quite an interesting mix of media you’ve tackled this past month, some pretty heavy stuff. Were you planning that, figuring your vacation would be forced to balance it all out with some great, enjoyable times? I wasn’t aware of I Saw the Devil. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of Korean cinema so I might consider that one, though it does sound pretty dark. Looking forward to hearing more about the vacation. Take care, Lashaan!

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    1. Yep, I’m definitely not the kind to celebrate it with hundreds of people with a lot of noise. I prefer that particular day to be calm and hassle-free if anything. 🙂 I didn’t particularly pick my media consumption to balance anything out but I did make the most of my free time knowing that I’d be less “productive” with my hobbies during my vacation. I also naturally tend to check out darker stuff, sometimes just because I’m in a phase of something. If you’re up for something dark, engaging, and sadistic, then do check out I Saw the Devil! I loved the concept behind the movie and the execution was awesome. Thanks, Todd! 😀

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  2. Seems like June was a great month for you, Lashaan, despite the airport and passport-related nightmare! I’m not sure I would pick a book about Gulags as a summer read but you do you! 😛

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  3. Happy Belated Birthday.
    I been watching a lot of good Korean films and shows. So I would has to check out I Saw the Devil. It looks really good.

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