My Monthly Wrap-Up | July 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 (-).
Comic books read: 7 (↑1).
Manga volumes read: 16 (↑10).

Viewing Breakdown.

Movies Watched: 13 (↑3).
TV Series’ Seasons Watched: 1 (↓2).

Gaming Breakdown.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: Remastered (Back on it!).
Horizon: Forbidden West (Back on it!).

BOOK REVIEWS.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.

Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny.

MISCELLANEOUS POSTS.

Europe 2022: Belgium.
Europe 2022: France.


TOP BOOK.

Dragon Ball Vol. 14 by Akira Toriyama.

I recently started to reread Akira Toriyama’s classic and finished up his Dragon Ball run and this volume presented a fantastic accumulation of a little fella’s journey! More on this soon. 🙂

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.

Strange Adventures by Tom King.

Not a bad story in itself, featuring a lot of Tom King’s signature style but it wasn’t particularly impressive compared to his past stand-alone graphic novels.

TOP MOVIE.

(c) IMDb.

Out of the 13 movies I watched in July 2022, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was my favourite. I have been discovering/rewatching some of the cult classic horror movies that shaped modern cinema in the past months and got around to this beloved movie. My expectations were low, considering that a lot of classic movies are either dated or work less for an audience today because of everything they’ve seen from other directors who were inspired by these works. This turned out to be surprisingly good even by today’s standards, feeling timeless in so many ways.

What is A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) about? Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop’s daughter, Nancy Thompson, traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger, who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers’ children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen, must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world…

My thoughts: This was a macabre and spooky introduction to the devilish Freddy Krueger as young teenagers attempt to survive a terrifying ordeal in a world where reality and dreams seamlessly overlap while their only way out might be to face the agent of nightmares head-on.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

CURRENTLY READING.

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

Still working my way through this beast, only really focused on it since my return from my vacation.

PERSONAL LIFE.

July, July, July. I don’t even know how to summarize it. The first half of it was the second half of my vacation and was mostly an unforgettable and wonderful time in Italy (more about that soon). The second half of it was mostly dedicated to me trying to get back to my routine, mostly dictated by the tempo at work. Thankfully, I was serendipitously offered the possibility to work from home until the end of summer; not because I needed it but because it would allow me to better progress through some reports I need to write up. As a whole, everything since my return home has been smooth sailing. No jet lag to torture me, mostly left to myself to meet up with friends and family, it really couldn’t have gone more smoothly. It has allowed me to quickly reestablish some form of routine that I was so familiar with right before going on vacation and I look forward to maintaining this throughout the month of August! 😀


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,

Banner1
INSTAGRAM – GOODREADS – Letterboxd – TWITTER – OUTLOOK

22 thoughts on “My Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2022

  1. That’s so cool that you loved Nightmare on Elm Street. I need to rewatch it one of these days. And the trailer is great. There’s nothing like those old trailers from the 80s😁

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great news about getting back into your routine so quickly Lashaan, and being able to work from home must be really helpful with those reports. I didn’t realise they remade Nightmare on Elm Street. I think I have vague recollections of seeing bits of the original on video at a friend’s house, mostly through my fingertips! Or was it just the trailer?! I’m not a horror fan at all!! 😱 😱😱

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yep! It remains a lot of work but I’m glad to be able to do it all from home and not think about commuting and whatnot hahah And the Nightmare on Elm Street I watched was the original from 1984. It has multiple sequels, most are not adored by fans, and it was, however, rebooted in 2010. I hear there are projects for another reboot soon though. It’s really quite a terrifying movie hahah!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Going from Europe to Canada is always better than the other way around, when it comes to jetlag. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about. I’m looking forward to your tales from Italy and hope that August continues to be smooth sailing for you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of my favorite horror movies when it came out. I just loved that franchise, though of course it didn’t exactly get better as it went on. 🙂 I saw you were reading The Gulag Archipelago so I picked up an ebook copy recently when I saw it on sale. Glad to hear things have gone smoothly after returning from your vacation. It’s nice to have that somewhat calm buffer to give you time to better absorb the vacation times before everything gets crazy again. I hope that continues for you!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m hesitating a lot on trying the sequels knowing that the odds of them holding up to this original 1984 story are slim. I still want to see what they decide to do with Freddy, even if it butchers his original concept hahah Sweeet! I’m convinced you’ll find it so, sooooo eye-opening. So far, it has just kept on shocking me with what it reveals. Thanks, Todd! I hope the same for you too! 🙂

      Like

  5. Oh my! Freddie Krueger was indeed a nightmarish character, but I guess it’s one of those that remain imprinted on our collective cinematic unconscious. Now that you mentioned it, I will see if I can manage to rewatch it: a chilling movie is always good against the heat of summer! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. When I was younger, I watched horror movies, but not anymore. You had a great month and if you enjoy working from home, then you are very lucky to have the opportunity to do that for a bit. Have a great August, Lashaan.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to todd Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s