Hi everyone! Welcome back. You may or may not notice I took a little impromptu two month hiatus. I’ve been so busy with starting a new job as well as super focussing on my writing. At the same time, I hit a massive reading slump which meant I hadn’t read much and therefore didn’t have a lot to talk about. But I’m finally starting to get my reading groove back, and with it comes my desire to blog and talk about books. So I’ve decided to do a little recap of the past few months and walk you through some things I’ve been reading and watching and what I’ve been up to, hope you enjoy!
The major point of August is that I got a new job! I unfortunately lost my old job due to Coronavirus, but I’m really happy to have a new position now. I was super busy in August, working a lot and having to learn a lot of new things for my job, so I didn’t so much else at all, unfortunately. Although, it was my best friends birthday which was a lot of fun, and my football team (Australian Rules football this is, not soccer), had a bit of a form patch in August which was nice, because honestly my team (Fremantle, yes Australian’s you can point and laugh) don’t win that many games 😭
But I did watch THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, SEASON TWO which I enjoyed so much. I think this series has such great characters and I liked season two a lot more than season one. I also watched 3%, season three. Which is a really underrated Netflix show set in a future, apocalyptic Brazil with dystopian elements. I love it a lot, especially since season three gave me CANON SAPPHICS.
In terms of reading, I read LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME in August which I loved. It was so beautifully illustrated and I enjoyed the story so much. I feel like we need more books talking about how lgbtq+ relationships can be toxic without the narrative implying lgbtq+ people themselves are inherently toxic because of their sexuality, and I think this graphic novel did a great job of that.
For most of the month I was working on reading STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA by Ibram X. Kendi which was excellent. It’s non-fiction that is both incredibly informative whilst also being easy to follow and well-structured. I am so glad I read this and I honestly think it is a /must read/.
I also read THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL by Anne Bronte, which I enjoyed a lot. I finally read THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir, like 6 years after the hype. I thought it was alright, maybe a little too long and the main character too imperfect but it was fun. Finally I read PRINCESS BARI by Hwang Sok-Yong which is a translated South Korean novel about North Korean refugees with fantasy elements. I liked the writing a lot, as well as the portion set in North Korea. Hwang Sok-Yong lived in North Korea illegally for some time so the book encapsulates some of his memories of the country, especially during the Cold War.
In September I tried to do the Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt, which is a challenge where you need to watch 30 movies that fit within 30 random prompts assigned to you. I failed the challenge, as I always do, but I did see some movies I liked. I finally watched SAMSON AND DELILAH which is a classic Australian movie featuring a romance between two Aboriginal kids by an Aboriginal filmmaker. The movie is mostly spoken in Warlpiri, an Indigenous dialect, which I thought was really cool.
I also saw Christoper Nolan’s TENET in the cinemas which I had been so highly anticipating. I enjoyed it a lot, probably not as much as Inception which is shares similarities with, but I still liked it a lot.
Other movies I saw included THE OLD GUARD, which I loved for it’s representation. The immortal gay husbands live in my mind rent free. I watched KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE, a documentary about grassroots politics in the United States. I also saw KILL BILL finally, and HUSTLERS which I missed in 2019.
But my favourite thing I saw was definitely PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE ! It’s a French film with a lesbian romance and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It’s beautifully shot, beautifully acted with such lovely thematic exploration and quotes that actually made me ache (Do all lovers feel they are inventing something? IM FERAL)
In terms of TV, I got obsessed for a second with OUTER BANKS on Netflix. My friend told me it gives ‘Teen Wolf: Season one vibes’ which basically means it’s extremely cringy and bad but also excellent and entertaining. I can definitely back that up. This TV show is insane and makes no sense and was kinda cringy but I loved watching it so much it was so entertaining.
I also finally watched FLEABAG and oh my god I loved it so much. Fleabag is all about grief and family and regret and god I just adored it so fucking much. It’s also actually laugh out loud funny. Phoebe Waller Bridge is a genius, that is all I have to say.
I also started to get back into reading in September.
I finally read Ronan Farrow’s CATCH AND KILL: LIES, SPIES AND THE CONSPIRACY TO PROTECT PREDATORS which is about the Harvey Weinstein investigation. This was excellent and I really am glad I finally read it.
I reread THE GILDED WOLVES which is one of my favourites ever (review here!) and then read THE SILVERED SERPENTS arc I had which is the sequel. I didn’t like the sequel AS much but I still really liked it a lot and I cannot wait for book three.
I also read THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton which has been on my physical TBR for so long so it felt nice to finally get to it. The last book I read was TERRA NULLIUS by Claire G. Coleman. Terra Nullius is an Australian science-fiction novel by an Aboriginal author. This book kinda didn’t work for me because it relies on a plot twist I figured out early because of seeing a spoiler review , but I did still like bits of it.
OCTOBER (SO FAR)
I’ve been trying to focus on reading in October. I finished CHAIN OF GOLD by Cassandra Clare, another book that had been on my physical TBR a long time. I didn’t like it as much as her previous books, but it was still entertaining so I gave it three stars.
I also finished two audiobooks, BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore and BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall. I love Anna-Marie McLemore and think they write such stunning books, and I think this one just pipped Wild Beauty as my favourite of their books. Boyfriend Material is a contemporary romance with the fake dating trope which was a lot of fun. Romance isn’t a genre that always gets me particularly invested or moved but all I ask if I have fun which I did with this one.
I’m currently reading FOUR BOOKS which is a lot. The first is OVER NINE WAVES, which is a book of Irish legends I picked up in Dublin. The second is HIZBU’LLAH: POLITICS AND RELIGION for a book club I’m in where we read Political Science texts. I’m reading THE MOONSTONE, which is a classic mystery novel written in 1868 as part of #Victober and finally, I just started IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky which I’ve owned for so long and never got to.
In terms of movies, I watched Enola Holmes which was very sweet. I also finally got around to watching Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) which was a lot of fun and had such a great performance from Margot Robbie. Finally, I have been trying to watch movies from around the world so I decided to watch a 2019 film from Kosovo, Aga’s House. This was a very slow-moving movie but I loved the way it was filmed, the characters felt extremely authentic and the representation of women was excellent, especially since it looked at the effect of the Kosovan War on women, specifically, which is often overlooked.
That is my little recap of what I’ve been up to. I know it’s a little messy and long-winded but I hope it gives a little snapshot. I’m starting to plan out content for this blog again so I hope to properly be back soon. I’d love to hear what you thought of anything I’ve been reading/watching if you have too, and what you were up to the past few months.
until next time!