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At last, a new weekly recap! Haven’t done one of these in ages. Truth be told, I rarely feel like I have enough content to fill these up, but I have missed linking your posts so much. So bringing this feature back was a no brainer. That said, I’m not sure if I’ll publish them weekly or bi-monthly, we’ll see how it goes!
books + books + books
Just a couple of days ago I finished a book I’ve been reading for a month. It was Meagan Spooner’s Hunted, a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Beauty is a badass hunter. And while I didn’t love it (it was okay), I am thankful to it because it successfully broke a long chain of DNF’s that started in early 2017. There’s nothing I hate more than not finishing a book I’m already invested in, if even the investment is pure curiosity.
DNF-ing right in the beginning is fine, you just realised the book wasn’t for you. But that was not the case here: I’ve been dropping books I read 60-80% of, which is insane! I’d start a book, dig the story, get excited, only to have the plot die on me halfway through it. I still think about how Wintersong or Passenger might’ve ended – I may never know! And that almost happened with Hunted, but I powered through and it payed off because, at the very least, it felt like a spell was broken, ha.
…and some more books
Technically, I did read an entire book while avoiding Hunted, but it was a contemporary MC romance – a fleeting, superficial affair whose life-changing powers are, at the very least, unreliable. So let’s say Meagan Spooner did the trick. Of course, even if she hadn’t, I knew I’d be out of this slump in no time because there’s A NEW PENNY REID BOOK in stores! I said to myself “you’re going to take it slow this time Sofia, prolong the enjoyment, it will be better this way”.
I read it in two days. And that’s because for the most part of one I had an exam and was out all day so, really, I read it in one night and one morning. No self-control. Now I’m sitting here waiting for her next release because, what else am I going to do? She’s one of the best contemporary romance writers out there, it’s a fact.
I’d like Dating-ish (in all the excitement I totally forgot to say what book it was) to be my first book review here on the blog, but I’m still wrapping my head around writing a book review. I tried taking notes but I get so into books that, before I know, I’m in the final chapter, feelings out of control, unable to form a coherent sentence about any of what just happened – what did happen? I fear it will be “I LOVE THIS BOOK YOU MUST READ IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT” every other line. But I guess I’ll just go with my gut and see what happens.
films & tv shows
TV-wise, I’m still watching Twin Peaks (trying to finish before the revival’s premiere TOMORROW), and slowly re-watching Mad Men. I’ve also adopted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey as my study background noise, which frankly hasn’t worked out so well because that show is fascinating. The visuals are so gorgeous, I could stare at galaxies all day. For movies I re-watched Guardians of the Galaxy because I haven’t seen Vol. 2 yet and desperately needed my baby Groot fix.
+ this week’s posts & updates
Lately I’ve posted the usual monthly recap where I talk about the great tv shows I’ve seen recently, a list of the book releases I’m most eager to read this month, and our new podcast episode on On The Waterfront, so be sure to read/listen and tell me what you think!
All social profiles are back in business too, particularly Twitter (where I mostly share Twin Peaks screens these days), Facebook (are any of you still on there?!), and Instagram (where a themed-feed is coming alive).
and finally, all the links!
+ first and foremost, let me share Nikhat’s film school project!! It’s a short/music video of Muse’s awesome cover of Feeling Good, and it is badass. Give yourself a present and watch it, share the hell out of it, and then give her your feedback! #SOPROUD
+ this week’s Thursday Movie Picks topic (a feature I need to take part in again!) was the Renaissance, you can check all the entries on Wandering Through the Shelves
+ Mettel Ray celebrated 7 years of blogging fabulousness with the comeback of a much beloved blogathon: The Movie Alphabet! Her own Vol. 2 is already on her blog, where you can also sign up for the event
+ Film Grimoire shares five reasons to watch The Young Pope, and I’m sold!
+ Sati did another instalment of her Visual Parallels feature, this time comparing Logan with Mad Max: Fury Road and the results are insane
+ Brittani reviewed I Am Michael, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and more!
+ Katy shared her thoughts on the new poster for Darren Aronofsky’s Mother, which is enticingly creepy
+ and lastly, Maria from Big City Bookworm held a blog tour of author Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger, a highyl anticipated mystery novel I’m putting on my TBR for a rainy day
How was your week? Have you read or seen any of the things I’ve shared?