Hello readers old and new! It’s been such a long time I imagine most of you guys have forgotten me, and you’ve had every right to do so! I’m still here though, lurking in the various corners of internet as always, and I humbly ask for your forgiveness. I have a strong feeling I’ve already done a few “shame” posts, so I won’t apologize and justify myself this time, because I’ll start to sound like a broken record. Instead, I will gift you with this wise quote:
“Life – sometimes it’s a doo-doo and sometimes it is not.”
-Marina Savić (Me)
So very wise. Anyway, I’ve been struggling with all kinds of nasty stuff, including work problems, bad health, lousy mental health, lots of stressss, etc. etc. but I won’t be bothering anyone with it in the post, if you want to ask then ping me in the comments section. On to the happier subjects, and what in the hell was I up to in these past few months:
- I’ve bought many, many wonderful books! I feel as if I weren’t a book addict, I’d be a heroin addict or something, so this is a good thing I tell you.
- I had my birthday in November and that means more books!
- I made a new friend! 🙂
- I’ve read several novels which are not fantasy *gasp*!
- I’ve got a
babycat! She’s the most precious thing in the world, even when she most preciously bites and scratches my hands until they bleed all over the place.
What I’ve Read?
Ohhh boy. I’ve been gone since October, so now would be the perfect time to tell you about all those nice books I’ve read, but as it happens I’ve only read a few. I did, however, make a shift in my reading habits and went outside of genre. I was in a truly bad place and needed some “feelgood” novels, and fantasy just couldn’t give that to me at that time. So, here’s what I’ve read:
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill was a buddy read with Kara @ Bernard’sBookBlog and I quite liked it, I’ll definitely read more of Hill, hopefully NOS4A2 next! Water Snakes is a graphic novel by the award-winning Tony Sandoval, I liked it and a review is coming soon. I’ve read The Haunting of Hill House because of the awesome show, it’s nothing like it but I quite liked the book. I also continued my magical journey into Fairyland with book #2 of Cat Valente’s series, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, and oh my god I love these books so much!!! I have book #3 patiently waiting on my shelf, and can’t wait to get to it. And for the holidays I finally continued the Discworld series and read Hogfather – a perfectly hilarious Christmas book which laughed me to tears.
Now, the “feelgood” books. The first two, Wonder and Room do not exactly come with easy subjects, but both are narrated by a little boy going through a difficult time, and both are brimming with optimism, so they made me feel better, and I enjoyed them, Room a little more. In both cases I watched the movie first but that wasn’t an issue because the books are great.
The other ones are the Bridget Jones series, which were officially my first “chick-lit” reads. I actually never saw the movies until a few months ago (*shame*), and all three were so fun! Especially the first two, and I can say the same for the books. I’m now finishing the third book in the series, which is chronologically the last one, and I chose to read them in that order. I like it a bit less, but it still has some undeniably hilarious moments.
What I’ve Watched?
A lot haha. No worries, I’ll only mention what’s left the best impression on me, and what I remember watching. I’ve watched the new Outlander season of course, and while I did love it, the first 3 were better, same as with the books. I gave True Detective a go too, and while I do like it so far, nothing can surpass the masterpiece that was season 1. I absolutely LOVED Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and I can’t wait for April and season 2!
I didn’t see any awesome movies in a long, long time, but I did like Bird Box, A Simple Favor, Peppermint, Summer of 84, and Hereditary. I also enjoyed Mortal Engines and I’m wondering if I should read the books, has anyone read those? I really like the concept/story, but the movie is too Hollywoodish for me, I’m guessing the books are better.
Oh, and for my true crime buddies – I’ve watched Abducted in Plain Sight and of course Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The former was good, left me dumbfounded to say the least, and the latter was excellent, I can’t wait for the Bundy movie by the same director.
Oh, and I’ve missed the whole hype/hate on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. All I can say is I loved it, not as much as the first one but it was great. I did have many issues with that ending, but we can’t do anything but wait another two years to see what’s the deal ehh.
Reading Plans and Goals:
I’m currently reading three books: the last Bridget Jones book, as I’ve mentioned before; The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, which I like so far; and I am continuing the Outlander series with The Fiery Cross, I believe I’ll manage to finish this monster of a novel before the next season airs, wish me good luck. As for my next reads, I don’t have any definite plans, but I got my eye on The Lingering, The Blue Salt Road, The Mermaid, and, finally, The Bear and the Nightingale. We’ll see where the wind takes me.
So that’s about it. I still need to share with you guys all the awesome books I’ve bought lately, I have tons of reviews and bloghopping to do, but I’ll take it easy, the point is I’m back. Anyone missed me? What have you guys been up to lately? I missed you all so much! ❤