Changing Things Up (Again) - Quartz Gazette June & July 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017
Quartz Gazette June & July 2017

Not a lot's happened in the last two months it being summer break and all, but I did finally get my AP Human Geography test score back, and I got a 5! Haha it was a pretty nice surprise, considering how damn worried I was after finishing the test, but Human Geography is the easiests of the AP exams and 10.6% of all test takers got fives, so it's not a huge deal. Oh well... can't wait AP World History *groans*.

In other news, I'll be a sophomore soon and ugh, I'm not sure how I feel about school starting again....

I always end up getting listless and a bit depressed over the summer, having too much time on my hands is never a good thing for me, but when school gets back into the swing of things I always end up harried and stressed, so, lol, neither of those scenarios are terribly attractive. Let's just hope I can finally conquer procrastination this year so I can end up being a little less harried and stressed....

August should be a pretty big month for Quartzfeather....

I'm planning on finally revealing the new blog design I've been working on nonstop for the last month and I'm also hoping to finally launch a little something I've been wanting to do for awhile. So look out for all that!

One last thing, I keep messing around with the content and formatting of my bi-monthly recap posts because I can't seem to decide what I want to do with them.

Everything I do feels unsatisfying in one aspect or another, ugh I hate being so damn indecisive.... So uh feel free to leave your suggestions below. If I changed something you liked or you'd like me to add something please tell me!

Books Read in June & July

(click on the covers to read the complete reviews)

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly ReviewInternet Famous by Danika Stone ReviewCarry On by Rainbow Rowell ReviewThe Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente ReviewWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ReviewThat Crazy Perfect Someday Review by Michael MazzaYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour, David Levithan ReviewOnce and for All by Sarah DessenThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine ReviewWindfall by Jennifer SmithThe Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger ReviewTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han ReviewMechanica by Betsy Cornwell ReviewOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Shows & Movies Watched in June & July

(click on the titles to read the complete reviews or see the trailers)

Watched in June & July: A Silent Voice, My Hero Academia, Star Vs. the Forces of Evil

A Silent Voice // This film first caught my attention because it beat out Your Name for the best anime of the year award, and I mean, have you seen Your Name? Anything that beats that film must be amazing, and true to word, A Silent Voice was magnificent. I'll be posting a review for it pretty soon, so keep an eye out for that, but let's just say this film deserves a lot more attention.

My Hero Academia (Season #1-3) // Say hello to my latest obsession... (god, how many more fandom holes can I fall into). I mainly started watching this show cause I had nothing better to do with life, so I wasn't expecting much out of it, but I quickly fell in love with Midoriya and the rest of the show's wonderful cast of characters (well expect Mineta, that little perv can get wrecked... *gags*). I kinda want to write a fully fledged review, but I'm not really in the habit of doing that for TV shows, hmm maybe after season 3 ends....

Star Vs. the Forces of Evil (Season #3) // God, that season premiere was really something.... While a bit overstuffed in places, all two hours of The Battle for Mewni were action packed and absolutely wonderful. The rich mythology was further explored and Star's powers were tested to their limits. I really can't wait to see what the rest of this season has to offer, too bad we have to wait till November... *cries*.

Bookstagrams of June & July

(photos link to my instagram: @quartzfeathers)

Bookstagrams of June and July

Words Discovered in June & July

(some fantastically long and whimsically obscure words to know)

  • Perihelion noun - the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is closest to the sun.
  • Personalty noun - personal, movable property.
  • Troglodyte noun - (especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave.
  • Idiosyncrasies noun - a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
  • Culpable adjective - deserving blame.
  • Schlepping verb - haul or carry (something heavy or awkward).

Cover Reveals of June & July

(ten new covers that are too pretty for my mere mortal eyes)

My favorite covers that were revealed in the last two months

Interesting Links from Around the Web

(posts, youtube videos, and other random, stuff I thought was cool)

  • Molly Shares 5 Small Blog Changes that have big effects
    Sometimes when we’re visiting other blogs, there might be something that is on their blog that makes our lives easier. It makes contacting them easier, it [...]
  • Austine Shares How to Support Your Fave Book Bloggers
    Yesterday I tweeted something that became fairly popular (compared to all my other tweets lol) after a few people commented on some of my reviews this [...]
  • Francina Shares Her Thoughts on the Carve The Mark Controversy When this whole mess first exploded awhile back, I stayed far away from it.... Trying to fully dissect a Twitter controversy is generally a pretty impossible task, but I found this Youtube video on the topic to be pretty informative. While I'm not completely sure if I agree with all her views on Carve The Mark, I try to withhold judgement on topics I'm not well versed in, her video is definitely worth a look at.
  • May Shares Why She Might Unfollow Your Blog
    I’m a very easy-to-please person. You’ll see that on Goodreads I rarely rate anything below 4 stars. I don’t even have any books on my one-star shelf. I’M JUST REALLY [...]
  • Ilsa Launches a New Blog
    Hello, awesome creatures of the universe. Welcome to the explosion of life: MY BLOG. Though I’m not sure if it’s mine. It’s a bit of wild beast at the moment who apparently does not like cages that are [...]

What have you been up to in the last two months? Is school starting up again soon for you too?