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Back From Hiatus + Round-up

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How ashamed I feel right now.

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:

What’s New?

  • 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! πŸ™‚
  • I’ve read several novels which are not fantasy *gasp*!
  • I’ve got a baby cat! 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.
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“Witness me, peasants!” :3

 

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! ❀

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21 thoughts on “Back From Hiatus + Round-up

  1. YOUR CAT IS ADORABLE. As I always say, a vicious cat can kill me as long as it’s cute. πŸ˜‰

    And wow, that cover of Water Snakes…is gorgeously creepy. And I’m loving your TBR! They all look fantastic, especially Bear and the Nightingale considering I KNOW it’s fantastic. πŸ˜› Welcome back from your hiatus!

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  2. I never finished The Bear and The Nightingale πŸ˜” I don’t even know why. It was good and interesting, but my bookmark’s still at the halfway mark and now I’m reading two other books lol. I feel like you’d like it, though! I still wanna try to finish it.

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  3. Welcome back!
    And oh, hello kitty! ❀ What an adorable lil' cutie πŸ™‚

    I loooved Sabrina as well. One of my fave shows last year.
    Just finished reading the Lingering. Hope you'll enjoy it πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Norrie! πŸ™‚ Hehe, cute but deadly. πŸ˜€

      Eeep, glad you loved it! Can’t wait season 2, I’m so glad about it being released so early! How did you like Lingering? I’ll check your blog for a review if you wrote one. πŸ™‚ Thanks! ❀

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  4. Conversations with a Killer was so good! I read one of the books it was based on and it was fascinating. I finally watched Abducted in Plain Sight, and eek…that was unbelievable!! I was so unsettled.

    Your cat is so cute I can’t even believe it!! Hope your days are getting easier soon!

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    1. I knoow, I watched it all in one night hehe. πŸ™‚ Now that I’ve seen so much footage of Bundy in one place, I totally get what they’ve been saying about him being a human chameleon! πŸ˜€ Yup, Abducted in Plain Sight is really really weird!

      Hehe thanks! Yup, getting better by the day, thank you! πŸ™‚

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  5. You’re back AND you’re going to read The Bear and the Nightingale, I’m don’t know what I’m more excited about! Just kidding, definitley more excited you’re back. I really missed you ❀️❀️ So sorry to hear you’ve been going through a tough time, I hope your work situation and health’s improved!

    Om my god! You’re new baby is so beautiful!!! What’s her name? I really look forward to seeing all your new books! (And more cat pics, pretty, pretty please)

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    1. Yesss, finally! I bought book #2 in October, when it was translated in Serbian, and I was delaying it for so long because book #3 will come out this October yikes. :/ Hehehe thank you so much, I missed you too, and love your new picture, you look like a fairy! πŸ™‚ ❀ No worries, I'm powering through and I'm out of a months long apathy/depression now. πŸ™‚

      She is, and she uses that as an advantage against me xD She doesn't have an official name yet, though I narrowed it down to Astrid, Lyra or Luna (All book characters hahaha), but I have a speech impediment and can't pronounce R well, so I'm still mulling over. πŸ˜€ Oh yes, more book pics and many cat pics are sure to come, she's a natural model. πŸ˜€ Hope you're doing well too! πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. I wish it’d be translated into Norwegian too, so I could force all my friends who don’t read in English to read it πŸ˜‚ Aw, thank you so much ❀️ I wish I was a fairy! I’m so glad you’re feeling better, winter can be so rough!

        Those are all lovely names! I look forward to hearing which name you settle on – and to ALL THE CAT PICS 😍 I’m doing good too 😊

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