Autumn Recap (September, October and November Monthly Recaps Omnibus)

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

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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.

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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.

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Books I read

you can check out my list here.

  1. Jo Nesbo – The Bat (The Harry Hole Series #1) (September 4) 🇬🇧
  2. Ken Hoshine – Macbeth (Graphic Novel) (September 6) 🇬🇧
  3. J.K. Rowling – Quidditch Through the Ages (September 7) 🇬🇧
  4. J.K. Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard (September 10) 🇬🇧
  5. Rainbow Rowell – Kindred Spirits (September 10) 🇬🇧
  6. John Green – Looking for Alaska (September 16) 🇬🇧
  7. Andrew Lang – The Yellow Fairy Book (September 20) 🇬🇧
  8. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #1 (September 28) 🇩🇪
  9. Charlie Croker – Lost In Translation: Misadventures In English Abroad (September 29) 🇬🇧
  10. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #1 (October 3) 🇬🇧
  11. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #2 (October 4) 🇬🇧
  12. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #3 (October 4) 🇬🇧
  13. Judy Astley – It Must Have Been the Mistletoe (October 28) 🇬🇧
  14. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire (November 6) 🇬🇧
  15. Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach (November 14) 🇬🇧
  16. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #4 (November 14) 🇬🇧
  17. Takaya Kagami – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign #5 (November 15) 🇬🇧
  18. 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.

-Demi x

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10 Characters That I’d Name My Children After

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


The lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish decided that this week should be a Freebie Week, which means that we can either do something of our choice or go back and choose an older topic. I feel like I’m going to totally cheat on this one, because I have a tiny obsession with names and I’d probably need to have at least 10 children to satisfy my need of name giving (and all of them would get 2 names). I get my inspirations mostly from TV shows, but a few book names will be recognisable too. (Note: I’m not 100% I’ll choose these exact combinations, so bear with me)

Noah Killian & Abigail Hope

Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits; Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time, the BEST TV show there is, in case you love fairy tales. I know this is probably a weird name and my child would probably hate me for it, but he would have 2 names so win-win. Abigail Hobbs from Hannibal. She’s not exactly some one you wish your child would become someday, but I think the name it’s pretty beautiful. Hope Mikaelson from The Originals.

Kai Samuel & Liesel Ariel

Kai from The Vampire Diaries; Samuel Winchester from Supernatural; Liesel from The Book Thief; Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Peter Landon & Lina Sophia

Peter Pan; Landon from A Walk To Remember; Lina from Between Shades of Grey; Sophia from The Longest Ride

Ruth Hermione & Ira Neville

Ruth and Ira from The Longest Ride; Hermione and Neville from Harry Potter

Luna Merida & Kyle Niklaus

Luna from Harry Potter; Merida from Brave, Kyle from The Host; Niklaus from The Originals


Another wonderful Top Ten Tuesday (or should I say 20?). What about you? What names would you choose?

-Demi

Monthly Recap: May 2016

Hello everybody and a Happy International Children’s Day for those who celebrate it (a day later)! I’m happy to say that I achieved the goal I set last month and also managed to balance my free-time activities and make time for everything that I wanted to do. 🙂


Movies I’ve watched:

So… this month I only watched 4 movies, which I know is pretty weak, but hey it can’t always be the same (last month there have been 5 and the month before 13. Hopefully I’ll watch more this month #NewGoalSet)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)  #540       Score: 9.6                  25.05.2016
As a huge superheroes fan this was definitely my cinematic highlight this month. My full review to this movie is here.

Erik Lensherr: Does it ever wake you in the middle of the night? The feeling that one day, they’ll come for you? And your children?
Charles Xavier: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to my school looking for trouble.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)  #539       Score:9.2         20.05.2016

Clare Abshire: Honey, do you know who that is playing with Alba?
Henry DeTamble: That’s Alba.
Clare Abshire: Yes, I know, but who is that with her?
Henry DeTamble: That’s your daughter. She’s time-travelling.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)  #538       Score: 9.6         19.05.2016
I’ve read a lot of comments on this movie from people saying that they shifted back and forth between team Cap and team Stark, which I found quite strange, because I, from the begging to the end, was only on Steve Roger’s side. I was quite disappointed with Tony Stark. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a heart and felt sorry for what he has been through, but felt he lost his superhero spirit. He didn’t seem to want to fight any more and wasn’t really joining the Avengers. You could be thinking ‘And what about Thor or Hawkeye or let’s not forget Hulk. Aren’t they doing the same?’ The answer is yes, BUT Iron-Man has been my one true hero for more than 6 years and seeing him quit fighting and accepting to sign the Hero Registration Act broke my heart. A lot of people seem to think Cap is the ‘bad guy’ now, which is wrong. I think he did the right thing defending his best friend and fighting for the truth.

Captain America: [about Bucky] He’s my friend.
Iron-Man: So was I.

This annoyed me so much. All I wanted to say to Tony was ‘If YOU would have been a true friend, you would have listened and trusted Steve no matter what!’ Breath in, breath out Demetra. It’s just a movie. I’m more enraged by Iron-Man than Donald Trump at the moment, which I know it’s not healthy. ‘giggles’. To put it in a nutshell, the movie was great, even if I had to say goodbye to my hero. But hey, it is a free world and if you are on team Stark that’s fine with me, but never tell me that you would be on team Trump, because that I won’t accept.

Spider-Man:Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?
War Machine:Jesus, Tony, how old is this guy?
Iron Man: I don’t know, I didn’t carbon date him. He’s on the young side.

Steve Rogers:This job… we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody. But if we can’t find a way to live with that, next time… maybe nobody gets saved.

Goosebumps (2015)  #537       Score:9.3         06.05.2016
I didn’t know much about this movie; it was my brother who convinced me to watch and I’m very glad he did. It’s got some big similarities to Inkheart, but it didn’t bother me. It was a nice cozy movie, until Jack Black appeared and all of a sudden it got serious, a bit scary, funny and adventurous all at the same time. The plot idea, although not very original, it’s very appealing; who wouldn’t want his/her book girlfriend/boyfriend to come out of a book?

R.L. Stine: All the monsters I’ve ever created are locked inside these books. But when they open…

TV Shows I’ve watched:

This month has been pretty rich in watching TV shows. I’ve finished watching The Vampire Diaries (season 7), The Originals (season 3), Supernatural (season 11), Elementary (season 4), Once Upon A Time (season 5) and most of them traumatized me and then made me happy again. Oh, how much I love this shows!
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I’ve also started watching season 3 from Da Vinci’s Demons, but I’m not as interested in it as I was in the begging. I think is going to far with into sci-fi and that’s not why I wanted to watch it the first place. Anyway, it was cancelled so I just have this one season to watch and then I’ll be over with it. I also have season 3 from Hannibal and from season 8 on from Doctor Who to watch. I hope to finish these 2 this month as Pretty Little Liars and Beauty And The Beast are all starting this month and I wish to focus more on the new seasons.
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With the help of this wonderful website I’m now able to keep track of how much time I spend watching TV shows ‘yay’. This month only I’ve spent almost 53 hours watching movies and TV shows.

Books I’ve Read:

I’ve read 1138 pages in total, 37 pages a day.

Newest Additions To The Bookshelf:

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1.-6. The General – Paul Williams, Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell, The Uninvited – Clive Harold, Needle Street – Jim King, The Tightrope Men – Desmond Bagley, Best SF Stories from New Worlds, Vol. 5 – Michael Moorcock (I got these from a local open bookshelf)
7.-11.  Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult, Carolina Moon – Nora Roberts, Whispers And Lies – Joy Fielding, Tell Me Your Dreams – Sydney Sheldon, No One To Trust – Iris Johansen (I got these from a local thrift shop)
12. OZ: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 – L. Frank Baum
13. Juliet – Anne Fortier
14. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
15. The One I Love – Anna McPartlin
16. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
17. Looking For Alaska – John Green
18. Bridge To Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
19. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
20. Holes – Louis Sachar
21. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
22. The Late, Lamented Molly Marx – Sally Koslow
23. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
24. Brida – Paulo Coelho
25. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling


-Demi

“John Winchester’s Journal” by Alex Irvine

John Winchester's Journal (Supernatural)My rating: 3/5
Published: 2009 by It Books
218 pages

To be truly honest the book gave me a mixture of displeasure and enjoyment. Do not get me wrong, I truly liked the book, unfortunately I read it from two points of view, one of a Supernatural fan and one of a bookworm. As a fan of the series I definitely recommend all other fans to read it, because it gives you an insight on Sam and Dean’s childhood and basically how they became the hunters that they are today. You also get to know John a little better, although he never goes in depth about anything personal. The best thing would definitely be the accumulated knowledge on the occult and supernatural creatures. But, there is also a downside. I know it is supposed to be a journal, so John had a reason for every research he wrote down, but sometimes it was hard for me to see that reason. In addition to that, there were also some researches you could not possibly understand, unless you speak Latin. My “favourite” journal entry: from 1987(pages 36-41) the whole Rituale Romanum, which had no translation. Also the Enoch/Viking runes had no translation. I am very meticulous when it comes to details and that is what I missed sometimes. The next big thing I did not like reading about was John Winchester’s character, which up to this day I had not paid much attention to. I never realised how selfish and blindly driven by revenge he was. He kept reminding “us” that he became a hunter to revenge his wife, many would say it is a act of love. I disagree. My personal opinion is that, if he had truly loved his wife, he would not have ruined his sons’ future and probably should have given up after 5 or 10 years, since he could not have brought Mary back to life anyway. At some point he should have realised he is not driven by love any more but by revenge. I also disliked John’s choice of dates for his entries, Sam and Dean’s birthdays, his wedding anniversary and Mary’s death, which I found annoying at times, inasmuch as I wished that he wrote more about different things. To summarize it all I did actually like the book with all its flaws. I believe it is a book every Supernatural fan should read, but not so much others, as it would be harder to understand.

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For my Reading Challenge: A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (USA)