I tried to feel less anxious this month and enjoy my life and you know what, I did it! I felt good, I felt happy. Sure, I had some darker moments, but who doesn’t? Life isn’t sunshine and daisies, everyone knows that. Still, November was a great month.
And I finally moved! I’m now living in Santa Cruz, Portugal! (More specifically, I’m living in a three-bedroom house with a backyard that makes my 11-year-old doggo happy – that is just a 15-min walk away from the beach).
Personally, I strongly believe that moving here is part of the reason why I feel less anxious and happier. The ocean has always been a huge part of my life, I’ve always felt really connected to it (does this sound weird). I just feel really grateful to be able to see it whenever I want, hear it, smell it. It’s just the most amazing thing.
I moved just a little over a week ago, and it was a week without any internet or TV, we still don’t have all our stuff here, and it’s still mostly a mess but it’s slowly becoming a home.
(I’ve been really into cooking and baking in the last few days. I’m eating healthy and I’m going to bake so many (healthy) muffins in December like you won’t believe it.)
What I Read:
- Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brenan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman – 4 stars
- Monstress vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Lu and Sana Takeda – 4 stars
- Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 3.5 stars
- Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 3.5 stars
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars [reread]
- Kingdom of Ashes by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
- Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – 4 stars
- Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley – 3.5 stars
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – 4 stars
- Spice and Wolf Light Novel Vol. 8: The Town of Strife I by Isuna Hasekura – 3.5 stars
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 4 stars
Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brenan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman: Review
Monstress Vol. 3 Haven by Marjorie Lu and Sana Takeda: Review Coming Soon
Saga Vols. 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: Although I definitely liked Saga, I’m not sure I’ll be continuing with this series. It’s really fun, super unique and always unpredictable – but it just didn’t hook me the same way Monstress did, for instance. Still, who knows, I might read some more at one point.
Kingdom of Ashes by Sarah J. Maas: There won’t be a review because I just can’t write a review that encompasses the 980-page journey that is Kingdom of Ashes. Somehow I managed to do so for A Court of Wings and Ruin, perhaps because I knew it was not the end. (Certainly, there will be lots of fanfiction written about all of these characters but it’s the final book and I’m just…..)An emotional rollercoaster, that’s what KOA was. I was constantly crying, worried and fearing for all the characters. I loved it!
Spice and Wolf Light Novel Vol. 8: The Town of Strife I by Isuna Hasekura: I’ve always found that the problem with light novels and other sorts of continuous publications that are spaced out is that the authors feel a need to perpetually recap a large number of facts that we all already know. Recapping to a certain point is acceptable and even welcome at times but some of it is just outright annoying. This is volume 8, I know that Holo was worshipped as a harvest goddess and that she was called the Wisewolf. There’s no need to repeat that at this point.
Anyway, the beginning was a bit boring but it quickly became pretty intriguing and I’m very interested in what will happen next. Still, the reason why I didn’t rate this higher is mainly that I was often confused throughout this book not only because of all the usual monetary/business stuff but also because of something silly, such the lack of dialogue tags. I often couldn’t tell who was speaking because apparently everyone in this volume is a highly witty, wily merchant when they speak!
So, Essentially, it was a bit dull at the beginning but it grew much more interesting and as always I will continue to read this series because I just love the two main characters to death. They’re the reason I started the ordeal of reading 17 light novels in the first place. They’re adorable and lovable and just frigging perfect.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Review coming soon?
So this month’s books are kind of all over the place? My TBR only included the Throne of Glass series books – mostly which I wanted to reread, though I only ended up rereading QoS – and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. Everything else I just kind of felt like reading…
Some of my blog posts,
What I Watched:
I didn’t watch many movies this month and among those, only these four are worth mentioning.
Firstly, Crazy Rich Asians was the best movie I’ve watched in a damn long time! It was happy, romantic, funny as hell and it was set in Singapore! I’m really looking forward to reading the book series.
The Spy Who Dumped Me was also incredibly funny! (I’ve gotta say there have been some great comedy movies in 2018). It was pretty badass and heartwarming as well (Audrey and Morgan’s friendship is goals). I really liked it!
I’ve been meaning to watch The Shallows since it first came out. My main reason was that it was a shark movie and I love shark movies (even if most of the time they turn out to be pretty shitty). I wasn’t really sure about it because of Blake Lively. I love her, I really do, but I thought it was going to be one of those shitty shark movies that had hired a famous actress simply for the publicity…. but I was wrong! I really liked it! Blake Lively’s character was a strong, really intelligent young woman who made smart choices and actually survived (they normally don’t in shark movies let’s be honest) and the shark behaved in a believable way (mostly). I was pretty satisfied with it and I would watch it again. By the way, you should all check out Sia’s Bird Set Free song.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was fun and I enjoyed, I really did, but it was also a disappointment. You can expect a lengthy review later this week/month.
When it comes to TV series, I watched more of the same, really. My Favorites were definitely Legacies, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Rookie.
The only anime worth mentioning I’ve watched this month was One Piece. As always I’m in awe with Eiichiro Oda who after all this time still manages to make thoroughly entertaining, unique adventures for the Straw Hat Pirates (who could ever guess way back in the first few episodes that it would turn out like this).
My only complaints are, firstly, with Toei Animation’s female bodies and, secondly, the first five minutes of every episode and the endless recapping (its been 800 episodes, mates, we know about the New World and Gold Roger already, its time to stop).
Everything else is still perfect!
In the episodes I’ve just watched, Luffy’s party has just reached Whole Cake Island – so I’m like 70 episodes behind. Whenever I catch up to One Piece, I usually stop watching for a while. This is just one of those shows I like to binge watch. Plus, it’s kind of annoying and anticlimactic when battles last like 4 or 5 episodes (or more) and you have to wait a week for a new episode.
Anyway, I’m really looking forward to catching up to it in December.
So that was my November! I hope December goes just as well!