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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done a judge didnt i? insanely jealous of how talented everyone is hoping to soak up some by osmosis

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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.

February round up

For being the shortest month, I packed a lot into February! I ended up hanging out in London with my buddy Charlotte for a few days which involved visiting all my favourite spots in the city and getting into Matilda for £5! Yaaaas! This month I also saw me saying goodbye to my little Fiat and getting a new… well… Little Fiat and eating all the vegan treats, Tesco now stocks vegan fish fingers, so naturally, fish finger sandwiches had to happen and if that wasn’t exciting enough, the Foo Fighters played in my tiny Somerset town! I didn’t get a ticket because I’m not on their mailing list, but as I’ve played the same venue, I’m going to go ahead and tell people that I’ve opened for the Foo Fighters.

What I read this month:

18867162Just one damn thing after another – Jodi Taylor
I saw this series in a book haul on the internet and then thought of it again when I started watching Timeless (which is great btw, check out my video below for how much I love Timeless!). For the first book in a series, it is very slow to start and takes a while for the story to kick in, but when it does, God! What fun! Being a history nerd and a lover of science, I did enjoy this and I’ll be checking out the rest of the series, there is time travel and dinosaurs and conspiracy and relationship drama, what more could you ask for?!

8247122Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
I really wish I’d come across this book sooner, Carrie Fisher is such an engaging and hilarious writer, there are very few people who can make you sympathise, relate and howl with laughter all at the same time, but she manages it. Reading this made me not only appreciate her genius all the more, but also made me so sad at the loss of such potential, my new aim is to track down all the rest of her writings!

13262783Everyday – David Levithan
I read these in the wrong order, I read Another Day, which is the same story from Rhiannon’s point of view back last year and although I enjoyed the concept, I found the whole thing a little bit invasive and I’ll be honest, reading A’s account creeped me out on a whole new level, it’s so… rapey… I guess, I can’t think of a better way to explain it. I still think the idea of being a genderless being who experiences different identities every day is an interesting concept, but the contents of the story are still problematic for me.

28686840Holding up the universe – Jennifer Niven
I’d seen so many mixed reviews, though mostly positive for Niven’s other book, All the Bright Places, which I’ve yet to find at the library, but when I happened across this, I thought I’d give it a go, plus the cover looks pretty. The thing is, I’m not really sure how I feel about it, the romance felt a little contrived and the fact that Libby spends the whole book complaining that all she is known for is being the fattest person in the country and yet can’t stop reminding the reader every other second did irritate me no end! Not sure if I’ll be searching so hard for All the Bright Places now I’ve read this…

26200563Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel Miranda et al
OMG I WISH YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE THIS IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK I OWN. It is a fact commonly acknowledged that I love Hamilton (I have tickets for next June) so when I saw this in Waterstones, I had to grab a copy for myself, if you love Hamilton, or just shows in general, it is a wonderful art book full of anecdotes of putting together a stage show, from conception, to curtain up, as well as photographs showing the staging, costume design and additions from several contributors of the show. Photographs do not do it justice and I don’t think my words did either, but if you are interested, I reviewed it here.

70947Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
This month news broke that Philip Pullman was releasing another series of books based around his Dark Materials trilogy, this excites me! So, I figured I better re read them before the new book comes out! I’ve not picked this trilogy up since the first time I read them when I was a kid, so I had a wonderful sense of nostalgia reading this and it made me so sad that the film was awful! The first time I picked these up, I always wanted to be Lyra and have my own daemon, guess I’ll just have to play pokemon go more often so I pretend my vaporeon buddy is a daemon! These books are great by the way, so… like read them!

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!

  • Hurricane Bianca
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Divergent

Considering the cinema in town has reopened, I didn’t get to catch as many new releases as I’d have liked this month! Prepare for that to be rectified.

TV I watched his month:

  • Taboo
  • Shadowhunters
  • Teen Wolf
  • Timeless
  • Sneaky Pete
  • Supernatural
  • Riverdale
    My new obsession! I might start wearing dungarees, Jughead is my new icon.
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine

 

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

the fourth plinth is now very excited about something

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They say you should spend valentine's with those you love so T Hardz and I are having a lovely evening

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Kinda love walking down here when there's no one else around

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The carnege left by Storm Doris

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What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

I can’t not mention this from danisnotonfire, like for serious, were all music teachers evil because I related so hard when I think back to not only my piano teacher (she even said the same thing to me about Fur Elise and my fingers!) but my drum teacher too! (It genuinely was like Whiplash if you were wondering.) While we’re on the subject of danisnotonfire, this golf video with Phil was hilarious and I’m not entirely sure how this wasn’t flagged… I want to recommend a whole channel because with all the fake news and alternate facts flying around, if you need a good source for news, Philly D is your boy. Also twenty one pilots are documenting their final few nights on tour with a series of mini documentaries, here’s the first one.

January round up

Did you think this was all over? Mwah ha ha. Ok, so the most important thing we should all remember from January is the stress of getting Hamilton tickets. I AM GOING TO HAMILTON YA’LL. Yes, it is next summer, but still… Anyway, the year began with me taking advantage of the bank holiday and spending all day at the cinema catching up on some new releases I missed (A Monster Calls was beautiful and made me cry and Rogue One was just so much fun!), my nephew turned three, there was much talk about thundersnow which then never happened and I got to play a musical instrument in an actual music venue. This month I’ve decided to take on Sammy Paul’s PMS project (more on that next month though) I just really want to document the world, though I’m not sure how much I want to remember considering what has been going on in the world this month. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and if enough sensible people stand up, we can stop these things happening.

What I read this month:

30095461-1Ultimatum – K M Walton
Bit of an emotional one to start the year! This was kindly sent to me by NetGalley and was reviewed here. The actual book will be out in March and so if you’re into character driven, family dramas, I thoroughly recommend. It isn’t the most fun of subject matters, but I am a sucker for a broken family trying to mend itself!

26138370-1Seven Days of You – Cecelia Vinesse
A cute, easy to read YA novel about an American ex-pat who has seven days left in Tokyo, the place she recognises as home and the struggles she faces as she prepares to say goodbye not just to her home and school, but also the friends she has made there. Cue the arrival of an ex friend returning to Tokyo who she happens to have a very complicated relationship with that makes the whole leaving in seven days thing seem even more dire. Though it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, it was fun, check out the review here.

33393021Relativity – Antonia Hayes
I was lucky enough to be included on the blog tour for this charming novel about three different stands of the same family, intelligent Ethan on the cusp of adolescence, his single mother, Claire, suddenly so aware of how old her son is and how much like the father he’s never met is and then we have Mark the absent father suddenly appearing in their lives again, all intertwined with science and astrology and all that good stuff. Read the review here!

33407778The Dead Inside – Cyndy Etler
This month is full of reading ARCS, which is always nice, send me more books in the post please! This was a difficult one to read, its Cyndy Etler’s memoir about her time in a rehabilitation centre of sorts, which, if nothing else is very good for me in my quest to read more non fiction. It is harrowing and not exactly bed time reading, full review coming soon!

852594A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snickett
As I started the TV show, I thought I’d pick up where I last left off with this series. It was just as fun and dark and wonderfully narrated as I remember, maybe this year I’ll re-read all of them? Who knows. I’d forgotten how much I loved these when I was a teenager! Even now, I think of Violet whenever I see someone tie their hair up!

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!

  • A Monster Calls
    Emotionally exhausting and really beautifully done – if you’re a fan of the books, don’t fret, they do it justice!
  • Rogue One
  • Beautiful Creatures
    Pretty sure the guy from this is the new Han Solo… Right?
  • La La Land
    Oh God. I cried. I hated it and I loved it and its beautiful.
  • The Duff

The Oscar nominations were announced this month! I’m such a charlatan I’ve only seen a few of the nominated films this year! My predictions for the main ones are as follows: Best film, La La Land (I haven’t seen the others, but I think its a given), Director, Damien Chazelle (I’m sure best film and best director are usually the same thing), Best Actress, I’d like Emma, but probs Meryl, Best Actor, I’d like Andrew, but probs Casey Affleck, Supporting Actor, Dev Patel, Supporting Actress, Viola Davis (she needs her EGOT), Best Song, I loved the two from La La Land, but I do really want the song from Moana to win so Lin-Manuel can have his PEGOT, it’ll probably be one of the La La Land songs though. That soundtrack was immense. What are your predictions? Let’s see who was right next month!

TV I watched his month:

  • The Crown
  • Sherlock
  • Brooklyn 99
    NINE NINE!!!
  • Timeless
  • Supernatural
  • Shadowhunters
  • Taboo
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Teen Wolf

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

❄️ icy af

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i just played on the same stage dick and dom are going to appear on. so there's that.

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la la land inspired shoes today

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What I did on YouTube this month:

So, I decided I wanted to make more stuff, so I am documenting my life this year (I know, self indulgent, narcissistic and boring af, but…) I want to get better and generally make things, so as you’ll see at the bottom, I’m doing Sammy’s PMS project this year. Enjoy.

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Starting at the beginning of the month (a fab place to start) Emma Blackery uploaded this that sums up exactly how I feel about New Year. Jack and Dean came back with another Good, Bad and just plain shit parts of 2016, Erika uploaded her final instalment of CRAMPS for 2016 and my God, I wish I were able to make things that looked that good! This video from Amelia Ace about her bisexual headcanons, purely for her Han Solo explanation alone and I feel that as creepy as this is, I’m going to link to the danisnotonfire live shows, which now get uploaded to danisnotinteresting purely because they actually are very interesting… so I’m just gonna leave a link here. Casey Neistat uploaded a couple of great videos this month, firstly this one from the time he went bowling in the white house and this one, from when he visited JFK after the ban on visitors from certain countries. Finally, let’s leave this round up on a happier note, Hazel and Jack did a cover of a song from La La Land way better than I did, Lucy Sutcliffe made this wonderful short film and Tom Fletcher uploaded this very cute video about his wife.

November round up

November feels like its crept up on me and now its only weeks before the end of the year! I think we can all agree that the world feels like a very strange place thanks to events of November and I don’t really know where we go from here… In more local news, this month saw my niece turn five (HOW ON EARTH IS SHE FIVE YEARS OLD?!), I joined the Emotional Roadshow in Brussels and though the trip wasn’t quite as planned, Brussels was a very interesting place and the show was amazing, you can see more of that here! I also got to see Billy Elliot live on stage (by jove that was fun) and spend time in my home town hanging out with the fam. My parents and I did a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which was so good, I also got to witness my dad get mad at tourists for ruining his photo op when he was being a complete tourist! Actually, I spent a lot of time with my parents this month which has been really nice.

What I read this month:

26117652The Rest of us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
Urgh. I love Patrick Ness so muuuuuch. So, like, you know all those stories where the unlikely hero/heroine is just this teenage kid that goes around slaying demons/ saving the world whilst handing in their history homework and stuff? Do you ever wonder whats going on with their classmates and what they think of the situation? Well, wonder no more! This is the story of Mikey, his friends and his family who live in a town regularly invaded by aliens, vampires etc but its ok because they’re not the chosen ones and the indie kids at school always sort those problems out for them which is fair enough cos Mikey has enough going on with his dysfunctional family life and all he wants to do is graduate and go to prom before yet another apocalypse begins so… Just pure and utter brilliance once again from someone who is fast becoming my favourite author ever. I’m not sure if by writing this Ness is admitting to being a complete Buffy fan boy or if he hates it, but either way. AWESOME. Also, if you didn’t know, Patrick Ness is the writer behind the Doctor Who spin off – Class, which is as the title suggests, Class. Check it out!

10814687Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
Finally I got around to reading the next in the Rivers of London series! I love the way these are written, I’ve said it before, the Peter Grant books are how I hoped the Harry Potter series would end up. Other than the magic, the wonderful narration, the humour and the way the mysteries are shaped, I do love books where the setting itself ends up being a character and as I love the city of London and know it well, its always a bit special seeing all these places I’ve stomped around coming to life as Peter goes about his business!

20733840Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour book store – Robin Sloane
This has been on my to read list for what feels like forever, then Sophie posted a review, so I had to bump it up a few spaces! Also according to my goodreads (be my friend?) a couple of other people started reading this around the same time as I did, so I’m looking forward to their thoughts! This was one of those really addicting books that I kind of felt lost without, its a mystery set around a bookshop with an enigmatic owner and has the power of google and the power of books coming together to solve the puzzle! That’s about as much as I can say without ruining it completely. If nothing else, you have to love a book about books!

16122237Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander
(Should I credit this to JK Rowling or is putting Newt’s name on it ok?) After watching the film, I thought I ought to return to the magical world and so picked this up! Fun fact, I brought this with my first ever wage packet and haven’t looked at it since! While its a shame that this doesn’t include instructions on how to do the mating dance as beautifully demonstrated by Eddie Redmayne in the movie, it does fill my Harry Potter loving heart with joy!

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!

  • In Bruges
    Thought it would be a good way to prepare for going to Belgium. It just made me want to go to Bruges too!
  • The Aristocats
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    This was so charming! I was a bit wary what with how bad the cursed child script is and the fact that Johnny Depp was named as a cast member, but it was just so lovely! I nerded out about it for about a week after seeing it and now I have so many theories and I love Newt and I want to give Credence a hug!

TV I watched his month:

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Class
  • The Missing
    It was recommended that I catch up on this and dear God, if you need a thriller that keeps you guessing at every turn you should track this down!
  • How to get away with murder
    All I have to say on this is Coliver: 
    iwillgodownwiththisship
  • Supernatural
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life
    I don’t know how I feel about the revival. On the one hand there is all the Luke/Loralai which I LOVED, the life and death brigade came back which I LOVED, Emily had the best storyline and there were so many wonderfully nostalgic moments but then there was that weird musical number and the destruction of Rory and the barely mentioned Lane and barely any Sookie and how has Chris not aged?! And of course, those last four words.

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Grand place, Brussles as the lights start waking up

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Sorry not sorry for all the pics from Brussels…

I had a rather lovely day in London this month, during which my parents and I did a tour of the Houses of Parliament which was SUPER INTERESTING. The only thing that was kind of sad is that despite the fact that MPs are constantly on their phones during PMQs, you aren’t allowed to use your phone or take photos while in the building, there were so many ridiculously ostentatious rooms and so many pretty bits of design work and I’m worried I won’t be able to remember them!

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Firstly, Hazel Hayes did a Tipsy Talk with Amy Adams which was wonderful, she also made this little animation which was the cutest thing ever and I did love September’s instalment of Time of the Month, no matter how late it is! Philip DeFranco explained how the American Voting System works – I knew it was a bit more complicated than in Britain by wow, how did that system even come about? Lex made a beastly favourites to advertise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she also did a slightly spoilery review of the Gilmore Girls revival and I agree, so… Check it out! Also, Wes Anderson made a Christmas themed advert for H and M, yes, you did read that right. It’s amazing, watch it here!

October round up

Winter is coming.
I can now legitimately say that. That is terrifying, 2016, you need to slow the eff down. Anyway, October. Firstly, the month started with my friends, Chris and Julia tying the knot! The heavens may have opened, but it was such a lovely day and so nice to see them happy! Also Chris and a bunch of my buds performed in the band at the reception which was incredible! Well done guys! This month, I also spent a few days at Disneyland Paris, it was cold af, but there was barely anyone there which was amazing, I may be British and therefore good at queuing, but I do not enjoy queuing, so it was amazing to only have to wait five minutes to enjoy all my favourite rides.  This time I got to actually stay on site, which I’ve never done before and was a bit of a surprise as my friend booked the whole trip and kept that bit quiet until we got to the airport. I do bloody love Disneyland, like, seriously, I do well up every time I walk towards that big pink castle.  October also called for another birthday event, this time for Charlotte’s birthday, which involved us trying really hard not to cry at the stories on Stand Up To Cancer in front of each other while she opened her presents. And of course there was the terrifying clown epidemic, big bag of nope. This month, the aforementioned Chris and I also began our next writing project…! You can download our previous collab here for free!

What I read this month:

7537072I heart Paris – Lindsay Kelk
As I was in Paris at the beginning of the month I thought I’d give this a go. I haven’t read the other books in the series and I don’t know if I’ll bother tbh… While this saw me through an hour and a bit on the train as I started my travels to Paris, (I got upgraded to first class for part of my journey purely for being the only person on the train! Result!) I spent most of the time shaking my head in bewilderment at what was printed in front of me. Like for serious, how does so much ridiculousness happen to one person? Seriously, the mishaps in Bridget Jones were believable, the mishaps in this one? Nope. Not one bit. How has this woman managed to survive this long?!

19501Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ll admit I was a little sceptical about this… Most people I know who have read this have complained about it so I was a bit wary, but I was loaned it because of the whole wanting to read non fiction thing. Anyway, I think Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer and a talented story teller, reading about Italy and its culture was super interesting, as was learning more about a subject I don’t have an awful lot of knowledge on (yoga)… However, it was a tad religious for me and I couldn’t ever really get past the fact that the writer is in an incredibly privileged position and had the opportunity to run away for a year to learn Italian, find herself and then find love… The majority of people suffering from depression and existentialism don’t have the financial support to be able to do those things and I think that should have been acknowledged in the book, but it was a solid ok, so… Non fiction reading is clearly going well. I also watched the movie this month.

22466429Kids of Appetite – David Arnold
Firstly, many thanks to Bookbridgr for sending me a copy of this! You can see a much more thorough review here, but for now, let me just say that I really enjoyed this! I liked the last David Arnold book I read, though it did have a few moments that were a bit problematic…. it was kind of wonderful to see how much he’s developed as a writer with this follow up. This was just so engrossing and I really enjoyed the way the story was told. Also, how interesting were all the characters? Do check this out if you get the chance!

29638189When the Floods Came – Claire Morall
Yet more thanks go to the lovely folk over at Bookbridgr for also sending me this! Its so pretty, look at that cover, also a very believable dystopia about future Britain after being ravaged by extreme weather and disease. The narration was a little hard to get to grips with at some points as it goes off on tangents and then back to the original point frequently and it is very slow, its definitely something that you are going to spend a lot of time on, reading this is almost a committment… Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for a review coming 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!

  • Pitch Perfect
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
    This is my niece and nephew’s new favourite movie. I think I’ll be watching it many times in the coming months
  • Drive Me Crazy
    I couldn’t not watch this after hearing Sophie’s podcast!
  • Wayne’s World
  • Eat, Pray, Love
    I read the book this month, so thought I’d check out the film.
  • Corpse Bride
  • Paranorman

TV I watched his month:

  • Gogglebox
  • Ripper Street
    Dat ending though! I’m debating getting Amazon Prime just so I can see the new series now!
  • Go 8Bit
  • Great British Bake Off
  • Luke Cage
    I’m not sure what to make of this, I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but it was entertaining! I might give it a rewatch!
  • National Treasure
    Technically, this aired in September, but I finally got around to watching it this month and OMG it was incredible. All the awards, just take them now.
  • Once Upon A Time
    ITS BACK CAPTAIN SWAN HAS RETURNED
  • Brooklyn 99
    I am up to date now. Also I have a planet sized crush on Jake Peralta. Don’t tell anyone.
  • Supernatural
  • New Girl
  • Class
    Is it technically a webseries? Whatever, I watched it and it was amazing. Legit, this show is better than the last few seasons of Doctor Who, I may write an essay and present it to Steven Moffat. Well played Patrick Ness. If you don’t believe how great this show is, “Holy mother of Kanye” is a genuine line from it.

I accept that I have watched a ridiculous amount of TV this month. In my defence, I don’t have many friends. Also – even though I dip in and out rather than watch religiously, I do have to give a shout out to Emmerdale this month, not only was their car crash story line incredibly well done, but an actual character on actual British TV actually said the line “I’m bisexual.” I thank the Gods for Robert Sugden.

I was thinking of doing a whole post about it… But then I found this article that summed all my thoughts up so much better than I could do!

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Awaiting the arrival of the world's best glam rock band #ChrisandJuliasWedding

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So this month began with Chris and Julia’s wedding, which was such a lovely day and included the groom performing in the wedding band – pretty awesome!

Sorting through photos and unpacking. I wanna be back in dlp

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The biggest thing I miss about living with the parents is that they have cats and I can’t have cats! I want to live with cats again!

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

If I were more interesting, I would aspire to do a monthly video round up like Erica’s videos because CRAMPS is honestly one of the best things on YouTube and the September instalment was incredible and heartbreaking and I felt all the emotions (just check out her whole channel its so good). I am mentioning this episode of the Philip DeFranco show, partly because Philly D is part of my daily routine (also a bit because I tend to accidentally recite his outro whenever I’m telling someone I’ll see them tomorrow) but mostly because there has been some crazy clown nonsense going down and like most people I am TERRIFIED of clowns but my boy Phil got my back with his three rules on how to cope with a rogue clown. Also, as its halloween month and all, have to mention Spooky Week on Dan and Phil Games really don’t we? And of course, here’s my bud Joe being all articulate and intelligent again.

April round up

Literally moments after returning home from the Wunderbar pop quiz where my team (the easter egg-istential crisis) came fourth, I looked at my calendar and thought, wow, April’s pretty empty, my buddy Amber messages me and asks if I fancy a trip to Cardiff – looks like taking impromptu trips to see 5SOS has become a trend, the same thing happened last year! This month also saw the return of Game of Thrones, the opportunity to geek out at the local camera show, getting to hang with my bestie and raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund. I also started writing my next novel this month! Excite!

What I read this month:

25398649Your Fathers, where are they and the prophets, do they live forever – Dave Eggers
What a mouthful of a title! When I spotted this at the library, I was initially drawn to the cover because the buildings reminded me of the ones at Auschwitz. (That was a weird sentence to type…) You can see it though, right? This is so different from anything I have ever read before, its told entirely in dialogue and tackles so many of life’s unanswerable questions.

20555443The Martian – Andrew Wier
I went to see the film back last year, so better late than never reading this eh? Besides you can’t not love a book when the opening line is “I’m pretty much fucked.” really can you? Also this is the second book I’ve read this month that features an astronaut! This does get a bit sciency in places that is a little hard to get my head around but its every bit as thrilling as the movie and even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat!

17225311Tampa – Alissa Nutting
I put this book on my TBR list a million years ago when I saw a blog I follow mention it in a book haul, the cover intrigued me because it was so obviously sexual and seeing a book with the insinuation of female sexuality so blatantly on the cover was a bit new to me. This is an unsettling read to say the least, its Lolita but a modern day version with the genders switched, its about a 26 year old woman who becomes a teacher because she has a sexual desire in teenage boys, a very specific type of teenage boy come to that and she talks you through the process of starting at a new school, selecting the next boy she intends to seduce and the story of how she does it. Its disturbing because like… I’m not attracted to muscles and hirsute gentlemen, but I draw the line at pre pubescent people under the age of 18 and reading about their encounters wasn’t pleasant, but it was also interesting being in this woman’s mind.

23129410Welcome to Night Vale – Joseph Fink, Jeremy Cramer
The podcast is great. Like, legit great. The book I’m not so sure about, but when you see something from the internet in real life, you can’t just ignore it and move on, you have to check it out of the library! It was typically Night Vale… So basically, weird af and is not going to help introduce anyone to the world of Night Vale… I’m not sure if it works as well in book form, but I like Night Vale so much that I wasn’t all that bothered!

27158835You Know Me Well – David Levithan and Nina La Cour
Despite not enjoying the last David Levithan I read, he does still remain one of my favourite authors, so I couldn’t not request this when I saw it pop up on Netgalley, also because it is co-written with Nina La Cour, who wrote the Disenchantments which I LOVED and Everything Leads to You, which I also really enjoyed! Basically, I went in with high hopes. The cover isn’t anything special and the title is a bit wordy, but this was a wonderfully bittersweet story. Review here

28110862Wrecked – Maria Padain
When I read the blurb for this I was a bit hesitant because the subject matter is such a difficult one to stomach. There are a lot of books about this subject available now and they get such great discussions going that I couldn’t really pass up the chance to request this. Review here.

 

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!

  • The Help
    I told myself I wouldn’t watch the film until I’d read the book. I read the book like two years ago… Finally got around to it!
  • Easy A
  • Donnie Darko
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Just as good on tv as it was in the cinema!
  • Look who’s back
    I read the book a while ago and noticed the film is now on Netflix (it is in German, so if you don’t speak German, subtitles are your friend), the book was fairly traumatic enough, what with it being about Hitler returning and doing what he always did, but the film was a terrifying look at how easy it is for history to repeat itself.
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Thank you Film 4 for Tom Hardy season. Thank you.
  • This Means War
    Again, thank you Film 4.
  • Die Hard
    I’d never seen it, it appears on Netflix, that was Sunday sorted!
  • Her

TV I watched this month:

  • Once Upon a Time
  • How to get away with murder
    Finally finished season two. DEAR GOD THIS IS LIKE THE BEST THING ON TV. Its so tense!
  • Supernatural
    Its back, I wish I knew how to quit you.
  • Girls
    Season 5 just started so I thought it was about time to catch up… I think I said this last month, but… Adam Driver is my favourite thing about this show. I think most things can be improved with the addition of Adam Driver tbh. Its a mega frustrating show, I could write an essay on how much Hannah irritates me! I did manage to watch all five seasons in one month though, so I think I deserve some kind of special recognition award.
  • 11/22/63
    The best thing about NowTV is getting to watch live tv. Also this is a time travel show about James Franco going through a time hole to save JFK from being assassinated.
  • The People vs OJ Simpson
    The series finished and now I understand how OJ managed to get off. Honestly, that entire trial was a complete shambles!
  • Orphan Black
    I LOVE THIS SHOW. I was super annoyed to hear that series four wouldn’t be coming to the BBC, but then netflix went and saved the day. Well done Netflix.
  • Your Lie in April
    If you aren’t big into anime, give this a go anyway, its just so beautifully put together and it makes me sad I’m not better at playing the piano. (Also as it was April when I found this on Netflix  I thought it was very appropriate)
  • Game of Thrones

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

These converses will be missed

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My parents have decided that my room isn’t my room anymore and so we had to go through all the cupboards where I found my favourite shoes. They were broken, my mum made me bin them. Sad face.

Siri knows more than jon snow

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Siri is bae

Amber and I went on a beautiful, impromptu trip to see 5SOS which involved her birthday outfit being mistaken for hen party attire and then resulted in her being sung to by the staff at the Disney Store and Hamleys! Good times,

Don't stop doing what you're doooooooin

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Live SOS

I have a dining table now! My aunt and uncle donated me their old kitchen table when they moved and then my mum sanded it and painted it so it would go in my living room and then my brother and my dad delivered it to me! Eating my first meal at it was a bit of a big deal! It feels wrong not eating at a table!

Bridges

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Exploring.

What I did on YouTube this month:

 

What I loved on YouTube this month:

April Fools is the reason I have trust issues, but some of my YouTube faves did do some awesome things on the YouTubes for April Fools, my favourite had to be the return of Dan and Phil Crafts PRO TIP. I know I’ve already mentioned him, but I actually pulled a muscle laughing at Dan and Louise’s story about an awkward dinner, so I kind of have to tell everyone else about it. Keeping up with tradition means I have to link to at least one Casey Neistat video, so here’s his adventure in France for his son’s birthday. I also wanted to mention Dodie Clark’s new song and Pj’s new animation.

March round up

I don’t know about anyone else, but it felt like February went on forever! Finally we’ve hit Spring! This March was significantly better than last March because my mother didn’t spend Mother’s Day in hospital this time around, even if it wasn’t a particularly great month for me mentally… Anyway! In March I got to do my usual coverage of World Book Day which was just as incredible as always (there was a Princess Leia this year and so many Mary Poppins’ as well as a Jake the dog, a Finn the human and a Scooby Doo!), I judged a talent show for the second year running, finally got all my instruments moved into my house (I learned how to play the Jaws theme and see it as being my greatest achievement of the month), I bought a coffee table (adult level unlocked), finished college and you know this post I made two years ago about whether or not to get a tattoo? Well, I’ve spoken to three tattoo parlours this month….!

What I read this month:

tumblr_o39c0rauQI1ugamu7o1_1280Escape – Leah Smith
I know, I’m a douchebag featuring my own book, but one of my goals for the year was to finally finish and upload this to my proper grown up website with all the other silly little stories I’ve written over the years, so I started the month by actually getting that last full stop on the page and copy editing. Its not the best thing I’ve ever written, but it isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. You can download a copy for yourself free from here if you like!

25337019Hot Feminist – Polly Vernon
Eurgh. So, I wanted to read more non fiction books on gender politics etc because that stuff is super interesting, so I was really excited to see this listed at Bookbridgr and requested it asap. It’s a shame then that the author of this book doesn’t really seem to understand the fundamentals of feminism and decided to really patronisingly explain how she is ‘hot’ and also a feminist. Like, yeah. and. Anyway, for a full review, you can head to this post here, even though I really hate giving bad reviews.

4584Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. I just found that it was very style over substance and not in a grand Fitzgerald kind of way, but more of a look how linguistically clever I am with all these intermingling narrations and all these fancy bits and pieces I’m putting in here. It just felt a little… like it was trying too hard. Either that or I’m just  not clever enough to understand it properly…

25152479The Dolls – Kiki Sullivan
It feels like forever since I read a straight up YA fantasy. I was also drawn to this because it had very pretty pink edging on the pages and when the book was closed it just looked super awesome. I really need to stop with the being suckered in with a pretty cover, if I look for personality in people, I should do it in books too (this is why I don’t get on with Tinder very well) anyway, I was, from the blurb, hoping for a whimsical True Blood style story about witch craft and voodoo set in Louisiana where its all warm and hazy and all that… but honestly, it was just a bit… Meh.

20800223Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
My friend Sophie recommended this to me ages ago, she also mentions it a lot on her YouTube channel, so I grabbed a copy when I was at the library because seriously, Sophie does have a great taste in books. I’d heard a lot about this book, mostly that it’s a great book for the LGBTQA+ community, but actually I think its just a great book for anyone who is growing up and realising who they are and who their parents think they are doesn’t have to be the same thing. Review here.

The night that everything changed PB.inddThe Night that Changed Everything  – Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
I was sent this from the lovely people at Penguin Random House, I love it when people send me things! If anyone else would like to send me things, I would be more than grateful! This is a wonderfully entertaining story about two well matched people who’s entire lives are turned upside down by one throw away comment on one night. Check out my review and grab yourself a copy!

6473592Gone – Michael Grant
Can you believe this has been sat on my bookshelf for over two years? I know this because when I thought, I’ll read that and opened it, I found a voucher that entitled me to the sequel half price that expired in 2013. Ooops. Sorry I was so late reading this book whoever gifted it to me! Anyway, I was excited about this because its cited as being a modern day Lord of the Flies, but honestly I was kind of disappointed. I know its a series so there are four more books in which the various details of how it all came to be, but this one just didn’t answer enough questions for me. Also it just wasn’t dynamic enough considering all the stuff that was going on. So, I’m not entirely sure the half price voucher would have been used anyway!

23363874 (1)Reasons to stay alive – Matt Haig
I feel like maybe my review of this was a bit of an over share, so lets not go into it again. Just know that this is a great book regardless of whether you actually need a reason to stay alive or not. Its an honest, candid read that is sympathetic without being patronising and was exactly what I needed.

 

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.

  • Tomorrow Land: A World Beyond
    So many Disney feels, I want to go back! Though I have no idea what the hell happened. I can just assume that the Brit is a bad guy as per and that George Clooney, a robot and a teenage girl who likes baseball caps saved the day? Yes? Someone correct me below if it is in fact something completely different.
  • This is where I leave you
    Dysfunctional family story where not a single sibling looked anything alike. I find that a bit odd about films, like at least pick people with the same colour hair or similar shaped noses or whatever. Also, as great as Jason Bateman is in Arrested Development, he doesn’t make great choices when it comes to films really, does he? The best bit about the whole film was the fact that Yellow jacket from Ant Man played Kylo Ren’s big brother. (See what I mean about family members looking nothing alike?)  Adam Driver was the thing that kept me going until the end, he is a little (well.. 6’3) cutie and should be everyone’s baby brother.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
    I haven’t seen this since the cinema! Oxfords not brogues every time. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
  • Tangled
  • Cinderella
    Fun fact, I saw this in the cinema and thought it was alright, I watched it on Now TV and cried like a baby every time someone said “Have Courage, Be Kind.”
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Licence to Drive
    I bloody loved this movie when I was a kid! I found it on Now TV and honestly, if you have Now TV, watch it! Its one of the worst things you will ever see in your entire life, hard core eighties cheese with the two Corey’s and a very young Heather Graham.
  • Zootropolis
    Great film, made up for the disappointment that was the Good Dinosaur! I really love the direction Pixar is going in at the moment! Also, finally Jason Bateman! You made a movie I liked!
  • Morning Glory
    Harrison Ford was the best thing about this film. Sorry. 
  • The Great Mouse Detective
    The best Disney movie. Like for real. You can fight me on that.
  • Hop

TV I watched this month:

  • The Night Manager
    Man, this just got better and better, more T Hiddles please! How great was the final episode!?!
  • The Aliens
    I bloody love Michael Socha! Confused the hell out of me that they swapped Tattoo Fixers around to put this on on a Tuesday instead! I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the concept, but I will watch pretty much anything with Michael Socha in, so…
  • Pretty Little Liars
    HANNA!
  • The People vs OJ Simpson
  • Once Upon A Time
    ITS BACK. ITS BACK. I GET TO SEE HOOK AGAIN AND HOPE THAT CAPTAIN SWAN RESURFACES.
  • Shadowhunters
    I came crawling back. Simon got hot. So….. Are Magnus and Alex ever going to get it on?
  • How to get away with murder
    I forgot it was back! If you’ve not seen this before, its basically a how to guide to excude sexual tension with everyone around you. Also how to get away with murder.
  • DareDevil
    Series two hit Netflix and I am so pleased to have Matt and Foggy back in my life again! Is it weird that I’m starting to ship Frank and Karen? #Kastle

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

As its world book day, my phone is repping the HP love

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Covering WBD is a highlight of being a journalist tbh.

Snow joke

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We had snow!

Close up!

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I found a tree full of wagtails in the middle of Bath, here’s a close up!

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My niece took this picture of me and my nephew! I think she’s a better photographer than me!

On my last night of college I finally managed to take a picture I like.

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College is over, but I finally took a picture I like.

My brother is amazing!

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I bought a coffee table. Because I am an adult now. And my brother dropped by and built it for me. Because he’s awesome.

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:
I’m so glad I started this feature because HOTDAYUM if I hadn’t I’d have needed to make an entire post just dedicated to this slam poem from Leena, I wish I were that articulate and creative. I also need to mention Tom Fletcher and his family being adorable, the new Civil War trailer 9OH GOD HAVE YOU SEEN ANT MAN AND SPIDER MAN ARE IN IT?) ((is it me or does the new spider man sound EXACTLY like Tyler Joseph?)). I also enjoyed PJ‘s interactive story and Tomska‘s latest sketch! I feel like I can’t break tradition, so I’ll also mention Casey Neistat, he celebrated his 365th daily vlog this month, so you can watch that here!