Guess what, I’m as shocked as the next person that it’s pretty much 2018 now. Wtf? Anyway, at least now its socially acceptable for me to wear jumpers all the time.
So, what did I get up to this month? Well… Not a lot. Its cold and dark out, so I’ve spent most of my time lying in a pile of blankets watching Netflix. Sorry, not sorry. To be honest, after that tiny mental breakdown I had in September that then leaked into October and November this month has mostly been me recovering, so the majority of my socialising has been at group CBT… But anyway, on with the round up.
What I read this month:
Here we are now – Jasmine Warga
I adored Jasmine Warga’s first book, My Heart and Other Black Holes, so I was super excited to get a chance to read a proof copy of this. What we have here is a very different story, set over the course of five days, we follow Tal as she finally meets her father at the age of sixteen and discovers not only is he a celebrity, but he’s entered her life now to introduce her to her dying grandfather, so an adventure to say the least. You can see a full review here.
The Other Half of Happiness – Aiysha Malik
This is the second installment of Sofia Khan’s life, I read Sofia Khan is not obliged back last year and LOVED it and after seeing Aiysha Malik at YALC this year, I made it my mission to find and read this. This is just as fun as the first book and I didn’t realise how much I missed her until I picked this up. The only thing I will say about this is the covers don’t match and that upsets me!
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
Pretty much every booktuber that I watch loves this book, so I finally thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. At first I was a bit unsure, the writing style is very flowery, using five words where you only really need one, but once I got used to that I fell in love with this book and in particular, Tric, I must find and devour Godsgrave at the first opportunity! I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I think you should give it a go!
The Undercover Princess – Connie Glynn
I know, YouTuber books, I know, but I read a sample of this back in the summer and I liked what I read and you know what… why am I defending my love of fairytales? Though I am really not the intended audience for this book and it is written for much younger readers, I did rather unashamedly love this from a purely nostaligic point of view, it reminded me so much of all the boarding school stories I used to devour as a child.
It only happens in the movies – Holly Bourne
Another book that I got a sample of while I was at YALC, I actually think this might be my favourite of Holly Bourne’s books that I’ve read so far! I enjoyed every second of it, from the exploration of unhelpful tropes in romance novels, to the fact that the book’s “bad boy” character actually listened and respected the MC in her wishes and the portrayal of friendships and relationships and being strong and independent. Audrey was probably my favourite of the cast of strong female characters that Holly Bourne is known for and of course, being a bit of a film fan myself, it was great to see holes poked in all those romance films and discussion around that.
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!
- Murder on the orient express
- Hunt for the Wilder People
- Justice League
Man, that CGI top lip was something else!
- Spiderman – Homecoming
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone
TV I watched his month:
I still don’t know if I like this or not… Anyone else seen it?
- Peaky Blinders
- Unemployable Me
I know someone on this show!!
My favourite Instagram posts this month:
What I did on YouTube this month:
What I loved on YouTube this month:
Ok, first off, Dan and Phil and Dogs was perhaps the greatest thing on the internet, they hung out with a Shib. I was unable to even. Continuing the Dan, Phil and dogs theme, they also made a video with a sims dog and of course we have PINOF this month. I also want to mention Hannah Witton’s Hormone Diaries.