Weekly Update 7

I have way too much time on my hands.

Hello dedicated following (all 2 of you)! It is once again Sunday so I shall give you a rundown of everything I watched/read/listened to because I don’t have an active social life.

And she finished another book!

The Girl From Everywhere was so good! I know time traveling pirates are kind of a niche genre, it has to be my second favourite niche genre behind reimagined Russian fairytales with badass heroines (I’m referring specifically to Uprooted by Naomi Novik). I actually got it based off  a review on NPR because I’ve read some crappy books that came highly recommended by Goodreads users and Kirkus. I think I might be alone in this, but I decided to read The Magicians by Lev Grossman because of Kirkus and I did not like it at all. I have yet to find a reviewer that I can trust completely, but I’m also unaware of what is out there, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment!

She watched so much tv

I’ve been bouncing between shows because I have the attention span of fly. I started watching The Flash. It’s actually pretty good, but I’m so upset that the villain is once again a conventionally handsome middle-aged white man who lost his wife early on in life. I have so much beef with Arrow and the continued presence of Malcolm Merlyn. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Barrowman, but I’m so annoyed that Merlyn hasn’t faced the ending he deserves. It’s just annoying at this point. Don’t even get me started on the fact that no one on these shows stay dead. I really can’t handle it sometimes.

I started watching True Blood and two episodes in I started laughing so hard I sounded hysterical. Everything about the show is just over the top and the brooding vampire just pushed me over the edge. I’m so over it, I don’t know why I even tried to watch it. I bet I could get hooked into it easily, but it’s just too much and after watching Alexander Skarsgård in Big Little Lies, I don’t know if I can watch him in this show.

I also started The Man in the High Castle and this show is incredible! It’s suspenseful and such an intriguing premise. I like that the stakes are so high and you can really feel how high the stakes are. I look forward to binging the crap out of this show!

Songs of the Week

Put Your Money On Me – Arcade Fire 

The Way She Said – Velour

Song on the Beach/Photograph – Arcade Fire

You should also really check out Spirits which is a hilarious podcast of two women who get drunk together and talk about mythologies, urban legends, and monsters!

Weekly Update 6

Jade turns 20!

Hello everyone! I would apologise for the delay, but my birthday celebrations supersede everything else in my life. Work? Nah it’s my birthday. Budgeting? It’s my birthday so I get to treat myself. Diet? Psh everyone knows that birthday calories don’t count. Anyways this week was full of interesting stuff that I read/watched/listened to.

Where is she from? Everywhere.

You guessed it. I started reading the YA time travel fantasy The Girl From Everywhere. The day I bought it, I read 330 pages. Jade’s binging habits are back! What a fun and refreshing read. The book follows Nix, a 16 year old whose father can sail to distant times and lands both real and fantastical as long as he has the right map. He has been fixated on returning to a time before Nix’s mom dies so he can be with the love of his life. This threatens to change Nix’s life completely, which could possibly cause her current self to be erased from history. A good portion of the book so far has taken place in Victorian era Hawaii and it’s such a rich, beautiful, and complex setting for this story. I love Nix. She is such an interesting character and her struggles are so complicated, you can’t help but feel for her in her situation. Definitely pick it up if you love adventure, time travel, history, and a little bit of piracy!

What hasn’t she watched?

Wow, where to start? I’ve watched so much this week so I guess I’ll start with the most ridiculous.

Arrow season 3. Oh my lord. What a roller coaster. This show has been on a steady decline since its first season not gonna lie. The cherry on top of this mess of a season? It has to be the forced marriage trope. I laughed so hard watching it. It wasn’t meant to be funny, but it sure was silly. Also does anyone actually ever die on this show? Like I’m not even sad when people die because they’re more likely to come back than the people who exit the show without dying. I’m currently debating whether to finish the next two seasons. I don’t know if I have it in me.

On a very different note, I finished Big Little Lies at the beginning of the week and I’m still shook. What a heart-wrenching and fitting ending to a great miniseries. If you haven’t watched it yet, start it this instant!

I went to the movies this week to see Dunkirk. So I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work, but I didn’t have the highest expectations for his foray into historical war cinema, but was I wrong. I was blown away by the beautiful cinematography and minimalist feel. Even knowing how the story ends, I was on edge the whole movie. Hans Zimmer once again creates an exquisite and fitting film score. Also I think I’m in love with Jack Lowden so there’s that.

I also went to a play/vaudeville on my birthday. I spent the day in Virginia City, Montana, a historical town that has a beautiful old opera house where the Virginia City Players put on a show and vaudeville act during the summers. The play was Robin Hood, which was charming in its humor and handmade stage props. The vaudeville portion had me laughing so hard I was crying. I would highly recommend going to anyone who finds themselves in southwest Montana!

Also what a way to top off my birthday with new Game of Thrones AND Rick and Morty. Both shows give me life! Too bad I have to watch them week to week instead of all at once. That’s the best way to watch anything!

Songs of the Week

PSA: Stop what you’re doing and listen to the new Arcade Fire album!

Hollow Life – Coast Modern

Almost Anything – DAUNT

Enjoy!

 

Weekly Update 1

Arrow, Victoria Schwab, Arcade Fire and more!

Hello again! After my inaugural post, I thought I would start a weekly segment about what I watched, read, and listened to this week. Like any person who does not have enough time in their everyday life to keep up with all the trends, this content will not always be new. (Just me refusing to start something new and untested, instead waiting to jump on the bandwagon when it becomes big.) Here’s what I consumed this week:

Arrow

Ok so this show has been around for 5 seasons already. I personally know a lot of people who watch it and praised it, so I started watching it last week. I am now on season 3. This is quite a feat for me, because I get so tired binge-watching 40+ minute-long shows with 20+ episodes per season. I used to live for those binge sessions, but I’m trying to spread my limited free time across multiple platforms, so I just feel bad about spending it all on one show. I couldn’t tell you why I’ve broken that rule now to watch Arrow, but I don’t really regret it. While the show is at times cheesy and some of the female characters are way too forgiving and patient with the men in this show, I am thoroughly enjoying myself watching it. My absolute favorite character is Felicity Smoak because she is the comic relief that keeps this show from taking itself too seriously. Overall, I don’t find myself overly attached to the show, but I’m entertained enough to keep coming back for more. I’m also tempted to start The Flash now, because Barry Allen is adorable!

This Dark Duet

So I met Victoria Schwab (AKA V.E. Schwab AKA my favorite author of all time) for the second time two weeks ago to get her to sign my copy of the newly-released sequel to This Savage Song, This Dark Duet. I’m about 2/3 of the way through it. Because I read the first book over a year ago, I’m not fully remembering the details of it, so I’m struggling through some references to past events and people. I am enjoying it, but it’s not my favorite story of hers. I think I still might be hung up on her last book A Conjuring of Light, which brought an end to an incredible series. I’ve also heard that the ending is heartbreaking so that might be another reason I’m dragging my feet on it, but I’ll be finished with it by the end of next week, so I’ll give a full review then! If you haven’t read any of Victoria Schwab’s books, I highly recommend doing so!

Songs of the Week

Here were the songs I played on repeat this week:

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

Writer in the Dark – Lorde

Answer – Phantogram

That’s all from me. I hope you all had a great week!