Another year over. Jesus Christ I am going to be THIRTY in 2018. THIRTY. I AM GOING TO BE THIRTY AND WTF HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE?!?! Though, this year I did get a ridiculous 11 day holiday over the Christmas period, so *shrugs*. Here’s what I got up to!
Firstly, I played two gigs this month, in 2018 I want to do more of these, they’re so much fun! I finally found a dairy free advent calendar and then regularly forgot to open it, Churro Tuesdays returned, I spent a lot of time helping my mum sell her art at craft fairs – she’s setting up an online store soon, so look out for that and I FINALLY got that tattoo I’ve been putting off for eleven years. Though 2017 didn’t exactly end on a happy note, I am looking forward to what 2018 will bring.
What I read this month:
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Nivan
This has been on my radar for what feels like forever, so when I finally spotted it in the library, I couldn’t leave it behind. I think my main issue with this book was that I had such high hopes for it, everyone told me how amazing it was so I’d really built it up and while it was infinitely better than Holding Up The Universe, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it though!
Anita and Me – Meera Syal
This is one of those books that I’ve heard of over and over again, but have never actually read… Until now! While I did really enjoy this book and loved reading something with such interesting characters, I did find it a bit hard going. The chapters are excessively long and the type in the edition I read was TINY! There is a film version that I might try and find, just to see how it compares!
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Ok, so the entire premise of this book could literally have been taken care of if these two just used their words and had a conversation! Even so, I did actually really enjoy this – yes, the first book was better, but I kind of liked that we got to follow up on these two a year later and see that it isn’t all sunshine and roses, that they have a real relationship which is rocky at times and difficult to navigate, like a lot of relationships are. I feel like a lot of books that centre around a meet cute tend to exclude the difficult relationship bits, so it was nice to see a bit more of that here and of course, I love these characters. Dash is still in my list of top fictional boyfriends!
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
I know this has been out for ages now and usually, I would read a John Green book on the day of publication, but as I was still in a pretty bad place with my brain when this came out and the MC is a girl who is sometimes overwhelmed by her thoughts, I thought it best to hold off until I was somewhat recovered and I’m glad I did – reading about Aza’s experiences were difficult at times because I spent a lot of time being like, lol same. I didn’t think this was in quite the same league as TFIOS or LFA, but it was a decent read and I loved the raw and realistic looks at mental health.
Genuine Fraud – E Lockhart
It turns out E Lockhart is a bit hit and miss for me. I adored We Were Liars and so was super excited about Genuine Fraud, especially after picking up a sample at YALC and loving it, but then I read Dramarama and was bitterly disappointed, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. Basically, I read this in one sitting, it didn’t have quite the same impact that We Were Liars did, but it was one wild ride and there wasn’t a single point where I could stop! It’s restored my faith in E Lockhart and now I want to read the rest of her back catalogue!
There’s someone inside your house – Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins is a little guilty pleasure of mine, the Anna, Lola, Isla books are all super cute and I can’t. But as those books are all so cute and fluffy, I was intregued to hear she was writing a slasher, horror book… Which is why, even though I’m not the biggest fan of horror books, I grabbed this when I was in the library. It reminded me a bit of Scream, but as pretty much all the victims weren’t main characters, I didn’t particularly care that much that they’d been murdered… Also the MC had the stupidest back story in the history of bake stories which ruined it a bit.
The Last Days of Archie Maxwell – Annabel Pitcher
I have loved every Annabel Pitcher book I’ve ever read and this was no exception! This was a really interesting novella actually, its part of a collection of books that are for people who find reading difficult, the font is good for people with dyslexia, the pages are a certain colour to help the text stand out better and its a different shape to usual. Its a short story about a bullied kid with LGBTQA+ themes and suicide, so the usual cheery fare, but I thought the layout was really interesting.
This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvadis
I received a sample of this in my Illumicrate box but then the whole book was at the library, so why the devil not! I don’t really know how I feel about this book, I mean, the story is an interesting one, the world building was incredible and I think the writer’s voice was great… But it just wasn’t all that well executed. I had figured out the PLOT TWIST about two chapters in and the instalove was a bit much for me. I don’t know if I’ll bother with the rest of the series or not, maybe I’ll revisit it!
The Revised Fundamentals of Caring – Jonathan Evison
I watched the film version a while ago and loved it, so thought I’d give the book a go. I know this is sacrilige, but honestly, this is one of those books where I prefer the film adaptation. The film is funny and warm, Trev is a delight to watch and the roadtrip whilst picking up random people on the way was so much better played out on screen. Also Ben’s character came across much better in the film version, though obviously he has had a rough time, I didn’t sympathise with him or understand his motivations to go into caring as much with the book as I did the film.
Naruto vol 1-3 – Masashi Kishimoto
I have never read a Manga before, thought I’d give it a go and honestly, I was super excited at the prospect of actually reading it backwards so this was already a winner for me! I watch a lot of anime, but I’ve never read the original manga, so thought I’d start my journey with a story I don’t know that much about. Though I enjoyed the art style, I didn’t really get on with the characterisation and think I’ll go for something more familiar next time.
The Keeper of lost things – Ruth Hogan.
I was sent this for review back in the summer. Woops. I finally read it right at the end of December, finishing it on the very last day of 2017 in fact. It was a bit of an odd one, it took me some time to get into it and used to the story, but there will be a full review (FINALLY) up in the new year!
Films I watched this month:
You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television/ cinema screen this month!
Let’s be honest, what is the point of December unless you’re stuffing festive treats into your mouth and watching movies?
- The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
- The Holiday
- Mary Poppins
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
- The Last Jedi
Yes, I saw it twice!
- Jurassic World
TV I watched his month:
- Peaky Blinders
- Full Metal Alchemist
- The Crown
- Little Women
(I’m not sure how I felt about this adaptation, thoughts?)
- Doctor Who
My favourite Instagram posts this month:
When you and your work bff decide that you want a CHRIS mas tree in the office.
What I did on YouTube this month:
What I loved on YouTube this month:
December is the month of vlogmas so naturally, there were a million videos going up, though sadly, no advent calendar from PJ this year, we did get another amazing round up of his year though. Some things I liked this month were: Tomska’s latest Christmas sketch and his vlog about coping with the bad days, all the nostalgia of school lunches with Amazing Phil’s lunchtime comparison video (though I’m with him on this one, dairylea lunchables and baybel are disgusting) and lets just say the whole of gamingmas shall we?