Hello my dear followers and thank you for choosing to read my thoughts! It’s been 3 months since I last did a monthly recap and I felt quite bad about procrastinating since this is my favourite feature to do on this blog. I have to admit it has been really hard for me to write anything down, with school, a lot of exams, A-Levels getting closer, driving school, work, tutoring and university applications. Additionally, having suffered from depression and still suffering from anxiety is not really helping at the moment. I was afraid I might quit this blog if I kept tormenting myself with the thought that I was letting people down, and decided that I should just wait and the right time will come. However I can’t even promise myself to fully come back, but this also means I’m not quitting yet. And to end this sad talk on a more positive tone, I’d like to remember everyone that you shouldn’t keep doing something you don’t enjoy anymore and if you’re in a similar situation like I am, better times are coming and don’t let go of your hope.
Movies I Watched
Giving a movie a score 10 for me it doesn’t mean that the movie is a masterpiece, but that there was at least an aspect so wonderful that the movie will always have a special place in my heart.
1. Bad Moms (2016) (19.10) Score: 8,5
Together with my dear friend Iri and 2 other friends we watched this movie at the cinema. We laughed a lot and had a really great time 🙂 I can totally recommend this movie for a girls’ night or in general for a friends’ night. On of my favourite parts was the “interview” at the end with the actresses and their mothers. If you’re looking for a comedy this is definitely the right choice, but if you want something more intellectual with some kind of deeper life meaning you’re not in the right spot.
Amy: I’m Amy Mitchell, and I’m a mom. I had my first kid when I was twenty years-old, and I’ve been running late ever since. My days are filled with dropping the kids at school, then racing to work where I have meeting, after meeting,
after meeting. I usually end up eating a shitty lunch at my desk, and I try to work out once a week. Why do I suck at Zumba? Most days, I race back to school for the kids’ plays, and poetry readings and class projects, which I’m always late for. And then there’s PTA meetings, and volunteering and parent-teacher conferences. Jesus, Miss Wiggins
fucking hates me. At least once a day, I feel like the worst mom in the world, and I cry in my car. Then I shuttle the kids to piano lessons and soccer games and dance classes and doctors’ appointments, before my daily trip to the grocery store. This chick seems like she’s got it all figured out. But I feel like I’m screwing up all the time. Still, I love being a mom.
2. Memento (2000) (30.10) Score: 10
I never read anything about the movie or watched the trailer, but picked it up solely based on the poster, which as a bibliophile I know is not the correct way to choose a book or movie. Putting that aside I think this movie is quite close to a masterpiece since I’ve never seen anything like it. The movie focuses on a man who suffers from short-term memory loss (anterograde amnesia) and is on the search for his wife’s killer. What makes this movie (for many) hard to understand is the fact that the story is told backwards and it can take up to the end of the movie to fully understand it. That’s what makes it for me a great movie.
Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.
Leonard Shelby: I’m not a killer. I’m just someone who wanted to make things right. Can’t I just let myself forget what you’ve told me? Can’t I just let myself forget what you’ve made me do. You think I just want another puzzle to solve? Another John G. to look for? You’re John G. So you can be my John G… Will I lie to myself to be happy? In your case Teddy… yes I will.
3. The Breakfast Club (1985) (30.10) Score: 8
Comparing to Memento, I heard a lot about this movie before watching it and it has been on my watch list for a long time. I’m not saying that it is a bad movie, to the contrary. I enjoyed to a certain extent. I’m still a teenager, for the 10 months at least, and I can relate to many aspects of the movie. On the other side it shows something that I do not agree with, and that are stereotypes. Maybe because of my upbringing or just who I am, this movie did not completely work for me.
Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…
Andrew Clark: …and an athlete…
Allison Reynolds: …and a basket case…
Claire Standish: …a princess…
John Bender: …and a criminal…
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
4. Dracula Untold (17.11) Score: 8,5
5. The Holiday (17.11) Score: 9,5
6. Mortdecai (18.11) Score: 7
7. Orphan (18.11) Score: 9,5
8. Coraline (22.11) Score: 8
9. Spotlight (22.11) Score: 10
10. Epic Movie (26.11) Score: 6
11. Donnie Darko (28.11) Score: 10
TV Shows I Watched
Autumn is my favorite season when it comes to TV shows, as many of them release new seasons. Elementary, Lucifer, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time and Teen Wolf are killing me right now, because of how hard it is to stay up to date with all of them.
Anime I Watched
This autumn I started watching Yuri!!! on Ice, finished the first seasons of Free!, Psycho-pass and Kuroko’s Basketball and completed Elfenlied and Terror in Resonance.
Books I read
you can check out my list here.
- Jo Nesbo – The Bat (The Harry Hole Series #1) (September 4)
- Ken Hoshine – Macbeth (Graphic Novel) (September 6)
- J.K. Rowling – Quidditch Through the Ages (September 7)
- J.K. Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard (September 10)
- Rainbow Rowell – Kindred Spirits (September 10)
- John Green – Looking for Alaska (September 16)
- Andrew Lang – The Yellow Fairy Book (September 20)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #1 (September 28)
- Charlie Croker – Lost In Translation: Misadventures In English Abroad (September 29)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #1 (October 3)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #2 (October 4)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #3 (October 4)
- Judy Astley – It Must Have Been the Mistletoe (October 28)
- J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire (November 6)
- Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach (November 14)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #4 (November 14)
- Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #5 (November 15)
- Sindiwe Magona – Mother to Mother (November 15)
I’ve read a total of 3871 pages, meaning 42.5 pages a day.
Newest Additions To The Bookshelf:
As you can see in the pictures above, I bought quite a lot of books in the past 3 months. The October lot I got in England on my school holiday from charity shops and We Were Liars I got as a birthday present from a friend. All in all I manged to reduce my monthly book-buying habit (or so it seems).
And that is what happened in the past 3 months more or less. Thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful December.