Monthly Favourites – July 2020

August is already underway, but I still have to share with you my favourites from last month. I haven’t forgotten! They include a book, a film, a blog post and a music album.

My favourite book from the four that I finished in July is The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. It is an engrossing retelling of the Iliad that, despite being told mainly from the point of view of Briseis, who became a bed-slave during the Trojan war, also presents the perspectives of Achilles and Patroclus at some occasions. As the story is told from different viewpoints, it successfully sets a contrast between how women who became slaves had to grieve quietly, while men were free to do so openly. It features believable, intricate characters and evocative descriptions.

Throughout last month, I mainly watched TV series, but none blew me away. I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon 2, the only film that I watched, far more. Taking place a few years after the first film, this computer-animated fantasy film is both sad and comforting. Vikings and dragons live in harmony until their lives are disturbed by Drago. I also cherished learning more about Hiccup’s family.

Music-wise, I was not disappointed by HAIM’s latest album, Women in Music Pt. III. It has a 90s vibe to it! I like the vast majority of the songs (only a couple are kind of meh), but my favourites are ‘3am’, ‘Don’t Wanna’ and ‘Now I’m in It’.

From the great blog posts that I’ve read last month, I have to highlight Emma’s review of Nada by Carmen Laforet. It is thorough, explanatory and reminded me that I’ve been meaning to read another book by this Spanish author since also enjoying Nada some years ago.

These are my favourites from July! Which are yours? Tell me in the comments!


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