And another month has gone by… I can’t believe this is my last semester at college, everything just went by so fast. Still, I have a few important assignments this month that might determine whether this is indeed my last semester at college or not, but I’m not concerned.
- Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – 4 stars
- Lord of the Flies by William Goulding – 2/3 stars
- THEM: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson – 3.9 stars
Besides these, I’m (still) currently reading Lord of Shadows, I’m rereading A Court of Wings and Ruin as I wait for my copy of A Court of Frost and Starlight to arrive, and I picked Monstress Vol. 2 from the library which I’m hoping to read this weekend.
In terms of movies, this wasn’t a bad month at all, my favorites being Pacific Rim (which I watched twice! – I might have already mentioned this….), Avengers: Infinity War (what the actual fuck, right, I loved it), Love Simon and From Up On Poppy Hill (all Ghibli movies are lovely and this was no different).
I also finally got around to finishing the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale and I’m really looking forward to season 2. I watched The Terror on AMC which I loved, and I’m really interested in the real history behind it.
I’ll probably be publishing a post about my book haul this month and from previous months as well. I’m also hoping to review Traitor to the Throne and maybe, finally, write down my thoughts on The Secret History?
Lord of The Flies by William Golding
Goodreads: A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blues seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys’ delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behavior starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.
These are some of the books I read back in January. Although I remember them pretty well, I don’t really feel like writing longer reviews for these. I tried a few times during my hiatus, but it just wasn’t happening.
I’ve tried again and again to start this post or any post, but I can’t seem to find the right way to convey everything I want to and at this point, I’m just going to write this in one go and hope for the best.
Firstly, regarding my hiatus that started back in February: I think it was actually a really good idea and that it really made me feel more relaxed than I would’ve been if I’d continued trying to keep it up. I was in the middle of reading slump anyhow, so I didn’t have any concrete reviews to publish.
Also, due to several reasons (not health-related or anything bad, I’m fine, life was just fk complicated at the time), I had to stay with my grandma in the last few days of February and the whole month of March. So, I didn’t have that much access to a good internet connection and I had lots of assignments, but I managed to break through my reading slump and I watched lots of anime too. (And I got my license YEES!)
One of the things that really pissed me off about this slump was that I set a far too high reading goal for myself in the Goodreads Challenge, and personally, and I really wanted to achieve it but Life wasn’t having it. I didn’t have time, patience or will to read most of the time. That was extremely frustrating, especially since by this time last year I had already read twice as many books as I have this year. I’ve always been one to set unachievable goals though, and even now I think my goals for April might be a bit too much but that’s just me. So I lowered my GR goal, picked up one of my favorites and I slowly got out of that slump.
In regards to blogging, my main concern now is to write posts and plan posts and just try to keep myself organized and not stressed. This way I can keep blogging and not stress about how little time I have, with all that’s going on in other parts of my life.
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – 5 STARS
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (reread) – always 5 STARS
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt – 10 STARS because why not this book is perfect
It was just one of those books that everybody loves and I was so convinced I would dislike it for some reason, but I love every single thing about it! This was probably the best book I could’ve possibly read to get me out of this slump. Anyhow, since then I’ve also read Traitor to the Throne (in a day) which I’d been putting off for a long time for some reason, but I loved it, and I’m now currently reading Lord of the Flies and Lord of Shadows.
Other Than Books:
The Magicians S3 was probably that one constant thing that I kept looking forward to every week without fail and I’m honestly going to miss so much that now it’s over because it’s such a great show. (But season 4 has been confirmed!)
In terms of movies, there weren’t that many exciting ones in the cinema and I watched few at home, but some that I did quite like were The Light Between Oceans, The Shape of Water, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner, Pacific Rim, Annihilation, Beautiful Creatures, No Game No Life: Zero and Mary and The Witch’s Flower. (Also, I think Dunkirk should have won Best Picture instead of The Shape of Water). I’m also super excited to go see Pacific Rim: Uprising today!
Last but not least, as I mentioned earlier, I watched a lot of anime this month, which is something I haven’t done in a while actually. I binge watched a few seasons and started watching some of the new season ones and I just feel really nostalgic. (Back when I was in middle school, I used to watch A LOT, like 15 at the same time and finishing like only half, to be honest. My stalled list has maybe 100 entries.)
These are mainly what I’ve watched, though I’ve also finished a few others and started some new ones that I didn’t quite enjoy as much as these. Some here were surprisingly enjoyable to me, like A Place Further Than The Universe and Darling in the Franxx, and others completely blew me away, I mean I was just not expecting to love them so much, like The Ancient Magus Bride and Children of the Whales.
Basically, I really hope I can continue reading, blogging and watching anime/films/etc and at the same time do well in college since it’s my last semester anyway. Still, I can’t promise I’ll be terribly active but I will be trying… and that’s it for my March wrap up!
So, as I’m sure you’ve all realized I haven’t been active on this blog this month, just as I was barely in January. My classes have just started and I’m trying to focus on them. I have fewer than last semester but since this is my last semester and all…
And guess what, I’m still reading Tower of Dawn… I mean, I love it, but I just don’t want it to be over since the next TOG book only comes out in October… But in other news (and another reason for not reading) is that I’ve been writing! I’d like to say it was a lot, but it wasn’t but I’m getting back into it and it’s exciting and I’m liking it. It’s really weird but I’ve never been able to read anything very engaging when I’m writing (I guess I just can’t devote myself emotionally or mentally to both, and that would probably be bad for my eyes too…).
*In truth, I haven’t really been feeling very positive about this blog… It just feels like a chore or burden sometimes and that’s not what it’s supposed to feel like. I’m not sure what’s going to happen to it in the future, but for now, I can say that I’m not super enthusiastic about it. Maybe I’ll post, maybe I won’t. We’ll see.*
I had so much fun this month and I definitely feel rested. I have about two weeks until the next semester starts and I’m just looking forward to watching more movies, reading more books and just enjoying life in general. At the same time, I managed to finish my driving lessons (or I will next week when I have my final two classes). So hopefully, I’ll pass my exam!
Spice & Wolf by Isuna Hasekura
This review has been quite difficult to write, in all honesty, so I’ve turned into something that is more of a rant. There will be some minor spoilers.
For some reason, I’ve been putting off making this post, perhaps because I don’t have that many set goals, or perhaps because I just want to spend more time not planning and just doing whatever I feel like.
That being said, I do have a few goals for this year, of course.
Favorite Books Read in 2017:
This list was hard to put together but here they are, my favorite books of 2017 (in chronological order):
Now, beyond the books, I’ve watched lots of lovely movies this year and so this was a pretty hard list to make.
I’m putting these in chronological order because other than a vague top 5, it’s really hard for me to choose the best ones because I enjoyed them or rated them this or that way for different reasons. (I mostly rate them based on much I enjoyed them, though).
Favorite Movies Watched in 2017 (for the first time):
- Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
- Hidden Figures
- A Silent Voice
- Your Name
- Wonder Woman
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Spiderman: Homecoming
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
- Black Swan
- Dofus: Book I Julith
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
- Star Wars Episode VI: Empire Strikes Back
- Porco Rosso
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Atomic Blonde
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
- Call Me By Your Name