It’s the time of the month that all bloggers/vloggers/creators partake in: the monthly favorites post. This month, and going forward, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things from the month. What I include will cover everything from my favorite music and entertainment to favorite beauty products. Whatever I mention, I’ll try to include link and review of the item as well. So, without further ado, here are my July Favorites!
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace- I normally hate poetry books. Poetry was always my least favorite thing to read or study in school. But then, at the beginning of this month, I was walking through my local bookstore when this book caught my eye. On one of the lower shelves was a very simple looking book: matte black with plain white letters marking the title of the book. It wasn’t flashy or colorful like the other books surrounding it. I picked it up. Huh, a poetry book. I ended up buying it after flipping through a few pages. Four hours later, I was finished with the book and completely in love with it. This quickly turned into one of my favorite poetry books (not that there are many of those). The poetry is free form and thoughtful and emotional. It is just beautiful. Lovelace uses poetry and her own experience to address life, love, grief, healing, empowerment, and so much more in three sections: the princess, the damsel, and the queen.
Excerpt from my favorite poem:
We are the generation
you didn’t want to see fail
then ensured that we did.
Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham- Now, I have always loved Bo Burnham’s comedy. It’s intelligent, relatable, and just very funny. Even with the darkest of topics, Burnham can deliver a laugh. This style of comedy continues in his book of poetry, Egghead. I know, another poetry book? You just said you hated poetry. Well, I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages now so I finally got it. Much like princess, I finished this book in about three hours and kept flipping back to reread my favorite poems. Reading this book reminded me of reading Shel Silverstein as a child. In fact, I’d say that if you loved Silverstein when you were younger, you’ll love this book.
Favorite poems from this book:
- Kiss You
- I Fuck Sluts
- Disembodied Heads
- Using You
- The Little Words
- Father Time
- She Waits
- Wooden Soldiers
- I Don’t Give A Fuck
- Fuck in the Woods
- Forever and an Instant
Every month and every season change has me creating playlists of my favorite music for that month. Earlier this month, I shared my summer playlist but here are some of my favorite songs for this month. They are necessarily new songs but they are the songs that I’ve loving the most right now.
Goodbye by Echosmith– Their first release in three years, Echosmith is back with the catchy tune about movie forward from bad experiences. At first listen, this song is nothing special. But then it embeds deep into your brain and you catch yourself singing it to yourself CONSTANTLY. I love it.
We Move Like The Ocean by Bad Suns- While this song and the album it’s from is now three years old, it is still a great song/album. If you’re looking for just some great, laid back music you can chill to, this is it. Everything about Bad Sun’s music just feels like relaxing in the summer until you get into some of the deeper meanings of the lyrics. Perfect.
Way It Goes by Hippo Campus- Again, this is just another chill song– perfect for summer. Personally, this is one of my go to driving songs this summer. There is just something about the sound that is perfect for rolling down the windows and just going somewhere with the stereo turned up as loud as it can. Perfect for that mental sound track that we all have for our lives.
The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu- This show deserves every single one of its award nominations. It has amazing writing, an extremely talented cast, and beautiful cinematography. If you are unfamiliar with the book (of the same name) that the show is based on, let me fill you in a little on the story. Offred (Elizabeth Moss) is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States. Here, women have few rights under the Christian government that has formed in the aftermath of a coup. Offred and the other handmaids are used for the purpose of reproduction as many women have become barren and unable to have children for whatever reason. It is a story of survival that echos loud and clear in this age of Trump. Check out the trailer below.
The Nineties on CNN- One of the best documentary series out there are CNN’s decades series. This month they started their series on the 1990s and everything that happened during the decade. Currently there are only three episodes out but they are fantastic so far. They start this series with an episode entitled: The One About TV. Perfect for all of us craving some 90s nostalgia. Too bad as time goes along you start hearing stories that seems to have just happened months ago rather than two decades ago.
What are your favorite things right now? Share in the comments!