March round up

March began, as all months should with a bout of randomness. I found myself  going on an impromptu trip to Cardiff (all the best trips to Cardiff are hastily planned tbh) to visit the Doctor Who Experience, which was amazing btw – totally go while you still can. Remember how for the past two year’s I’ve been on the judging panel for the local talent show? Well, this year was no exception and I did a momentous thing in March. You see, there are lots of places I want to visit, but I am perpetually alone, so I came to the conclusion if I want to visit somewhere, I should just go because if I wait around waiting to make friends, I may never get there, so I spent a few days exploring Edinburgh! You can read more about that here. It was with a heavy heart landing to the news from Westminster, but as that (sadly) fake sign says, we will bloody well keep calm and carry on.

What I read this month:

The Subtle Knife – Phillip Pullman
I can’t believe this is my first re read since the first time I read this series! Maybe I should make a more active effort to re read great things every now and again, I’m feeling very nostalgic heading back into Lyra’s world, but also, it seems so much richer to me now I’m older and understand more of the subtleties, getting very excited about the new Dark Materials books, whatever they may be!

The Amber Spyglass – Phillip Pullman
This was always my least favourite of the three and it was just as much a struggle this time around, the thing is, there is so many different strands to this series that I want to read about, Lord Asriel’s plan, Will and Lyra’s story… but there are so many passages dedicated to Mary and the wheeled animals she meets, which I know is important to the ending but still, just like the first time I spent those pages being anxious to get back to everyone else!

Yes Please – Amy Poehler
I ended up in the library the day after international women’s day and nabbed this off the women’s authors display just as it was being taken down. I do love Parks and Recreation and I do often gripe about the fact that I can only watch SNL on YouTube, so I was excited to see this. I did a proper review here (as is fitting for such a fine book.) and can tick another off my list of non fiction reads!

All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews
I’m still debating doing a review of this book because I have a lot of thoughts. So, this is the story of two sisters, one of whom has a seemingly perfect life, but is suffering with manic depression and the other (who narrates the story) having the complete opposite but not dealing with the mental ill health. On the one hand I liked this book because it proved that your circumstances do not equate to your mental well-being, that you can be rich and have a dream job, but still not enough chemicals in your brain and learning about a new culture was interesting, but I didn’t get on with the formatting of the book and I think it would have been more powerful from Elf’s point of view than Yoli’s as Elf was the one suffering. I might re read it…

High Rise – J.G. Ballard
Ngl, I did pick this up in the library because it was the movie tie-in edition (I’ve still not got round t watching it yet, any of you seen it?) and had Tom Hiddleston in a suit on the front… Honestly, I finished it and was a bit like… wtf did I just read? It is basically Lord of the Flies with grown ups. With Lord of the Flies, it was kind of plausible that the events would happen, being children and not spending so long in civilised society, but with this, I’m not entirely sure that a group of people living in an expensive, but badly serviced high rise, would form their own uncivilised society seeing them attack each other and eat dogs and stuff, but there you go. It was still fun though and whiled away the hour I was sat in Edinburgh’s departure lounge.

Hello you, it’s me – various
I was sent this for review, its a collection of letters from people aged 17-24 who have experienced mental health issues writing to their younger selves about the experience and how to survive it. As always with books I’ve been sent, I have reviewed it properly here, but for now, just know that this was an incredibly uplifting collection of stories that showed a lot of strength and I’m adding it to my to buy list for the actual release date.

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
I might do a whole review of this because having finished it, I have so many thoughts… Nicola Yoon is a gifted writer, her narration is engaging and endearing and although the insta love is kinda frustrating, it is an interesting take on the trope trying to use science to explain it, for me the main theme of cultural identity was what cinched it for me, the idea of being more than one culture and how those things coexist and also butt heads is super interesting – recommend me more books like that please!

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey
I read the Fifth Wave forever ago (I’ve still not seen the movie though – are you sensing a pattern?) and although the romance got on my nerves a bit, I did love the overall idea, so when I saw the library had a copy of Infinite Sea, I was all over it. The switching of the narrators was a little harder for me to keep up with this time around (it has been a looooong time since I picked up the first book), but now I’m ready for the third one!

The History of Twin Peaks – Mark Frost
I’ve been watching the series this month after my friend recommended it to me, now I’m prepared for the revival! It is genuinely one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen (seriously, there is a woman who tells the future using a log who is just known as the Log Lady). I liked it, but I’m not sure why! The book is made up of dossiers, documents and articles about the various strange goings on in Twin Peaks with cameos from the show’s characters, it’s a fun companion to the series, so do check it out if you’re a fan!

The Cows -Dawn O’Porter
When I was sent a link to Dawn O’Porter’s new book I couldn’t just ignore it! I loved Paper Aeroplanes and while I wasn’t as enamoured with the sequel, The Cows did have me at the introduction! Plus, the cover is super pretty, you can see my full thoughts soon!

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 this month!

  • How to train your dragon
  • Logan
  • What if
  • School of rock
  • Doctor Strange
  • Star Trek Beyond

TV I watched his month:

  • Riverdale
    This is my new obsession! We must protect Jughead at all costs.
  • Supernatural
  • Twin Peaks
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Iron Fist

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Hanging at Cardiff Bay doing the Doctor Who Experience today

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still on the birthday bandwagon

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when in edinburgh you have to check out the birth place of ya boy hp

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Ok, first, ya boy Joe made a video every day this month, so check out his channel, Dan and Phil did that thing Nintendo told us not to, but the reactions were funny af, Casey Neistat uploaded this movie WHICH MY GOD WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED, he also uploaded this video about getting help in Somalia and yaaaaas to the vlog making a come back! Amelia Ace made this video about demisexualitywhich was super interesting and watching Emma Blackery take down a certain pos was also pretty great. Also, I can’t not with this Deadpool Beauty and the Beast parody.


Film Reviews in ten tweets or less – Bill Murray’s Christmas Special, Indiana Jones, Aladdin

As no one has told me that they hate my narcissitic ramblings yet, I’m going to continue with this for as long as possible. Just so you know.
I moved recently, so haven’t had many of my films with me to watch, but once I did, I ended up binging a couple!

A Very Murray Christmas

a-very-murray-christmasBill Murray rounds up an all star cast for an evening of music, mischief and barroom camaraderie in this irreverant twist on holiday variety shows. 

Picture the scene, I’ve just unpacked a load of boxes in my new place, set up netflix and then immediately started missing all my books and dvds which are still at my folks place while I await the buying of bookcases, I turn on Netflix and find this and well, who doesn’t love Bill Murray?

5th December

This bill murray christmas special is great

it has amazing cameos!

i’m waiting for miley

miley has arrived

she’s dancing with bill also george clooney is here, he’s making cocktails. What a guy. 

i hope george sings. 

he did! i cringed a bit. 

It has terrible reviews, but if you treat it like the cheese on toast that it is, yule love it. Pun intended.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artefact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.

I haven’t watched Indiana Jones since it was last on the TV… But the series is a firm favourite of mine and as my star wars collection is still at my parents house, I had to get my Harrison Ford fix from somewhere.

13th December

Now i have some dvds i’m watching indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark!
God i’d forgotten about the horrific trantula scene at the beginning 🕷

They showed us how they did these stunts at disney world!

I always wanted a hat like indiana jones

Its not the years its the mileage

Indiana Jones is one of those films that you think of really nostalgically and then you watch them and you’re just like, God, I love these films. I hate how some of the women are portrayed, but you know. Sign of the times.


AladdinWhen a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

This is legit one of my favourite Disney movies. No word of a lie, I sang along very loudly to everything when it was on TV not that long ago and when I was at Disney World, I cried like a baby when they showed the geni on the castle during the wishes performance.



13th December
Aladdin is like my fave Disney film

Do you know who else stole bread and sang about it? Jean Vajean.

yes I am singing along obnoxiously.

Still I think he’s rather tasty…

The cave of wonder’s guardian sounds like me when someone dares text me while I’m sleeping.

Prince ali fabulous he ali ababua

Tonight the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark, sinister, ugly man...

Eurgh what a great film that is.

Other films I’ve watched recently included Mockingjay part 2Scrooged (just can’t get enough of Bill Murray this holiday season), The Jungle Book (I got my dad to sing along and everything), How to Train your Dragon 2 (not as good as the first one, but awesome anyway and made me miss my cats), Twilight (it was on Channel 4 in my defence and I was waiting for Supernatural to start – not that I mind Twilight if you treat it as what it is, a trashy vampire movie), Love Actually (I hate uncle Jamie!), The Good Dinosaur (a bit too long, but made me cry nonetheless), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and A Knights Tale.