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 5

Jade discovers the joys of HBO

I come to you after an exhausting day exploring Yellowstone (I’ll post about that later). I’m still recuperating from 9 miles of hiking, a mild sunburn, and too many bug bites. While I’m recovering, I can still talk to you about what I have read/watched/listened to this week.

HBO is my saving grace

Well I finally watched Game of Thrones! Wow, what a great start to the season. From the intense opening scene to the last lines uttered as a promise for the game to finally begin, I was enamored. I was so happy to have the show back that I didn’t care about Ed Sheeran’s random cameo. I don’t really understand all the people who were so upset to see him in Westeros. He’s probably one of the more high-profile musicians to make an appearance on the show, which was a bit jarring I’ll admit, but It’s not something to get up in arms about. Some other standout moments for me were when the writers threw in a jab at man buns and when Euron Greyjoy shaded Jaime Lannister hardcore. That was hilarious.

Another standout HBO show I started this week was Big Little Lies. Now that is a great show! I’m concerned at how much I relate to Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) considering I’m not a mom and I’m only 19. I love her pettiness and her fierce love for her family. She can be a bit overbearing sometimes, but she is still amazing. What I love about this show is that it portrays these women as multi-faceted and sympathetic, even though they can be real catty with each other. Definitely worth a watch!

Did she read?

No she didn’t. I don’t really have an excuse for why, but that’s the case. I will be starting a new book soon though, so I don’t need your judgement.

Songs of the Week

Tired of Love (acoustic) – The Dig

Breaking the Habit – Linkin Park (RIP Chester Bennington)

I hope you all have a lovely week! This time next week I will be turning 20 so I might not have a post on Sunday, but I’ll make sure to have one up on Monday.

 

Weekly Update 4

Hello world! Here’s is my weekly roundup of what I’ve been watching/reading/listening to.

The wait for Game of Thrones is over…

Or it would be if I didn’t have the slowest. wifi. ever. I just want to watch it before all the spoilers get to me. Is that too much to ask? I have been spoiled for too much on the show already and it angers me.  Oh and if you’re one of those people who posts spoilers to ANY social media right after it happens without tagging it as a spoiler, then you are a terrible person and I hope you incur the wrath of all your pissed off friends/family. There is no need to spoil the fun of everyone who can’t afford HBO or live abroad. It’s just uncool.

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Yes, I read a romance. Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. This was kind of my first foray into the adult historical romance genre (if you don’t count Jane Austen that is. I’ve read A LOT of Jane Austen.). I made sure to pick a book that didn’t involve too much abuse-masquerading-as-love crap that is popular in the genre (i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey). Also I am so tired of the whole brooding guy who pushes and pulls women in all directions because they want the woman, but they’re “too broken” to love. That is such bullshit and I’ve hated it since the days I read Twilight. Thankfully, this book isn’t like that at all. Cam is self-assured and comfortable (for the most part) with himself and his desires. So is Amelia. There is nothing that makes you not want to root for them to get together. It really is a fun genre. Is it my favourite genre? No, I’m much more of a sci-fi/fantasy gal who prefers plot with a side of romance or even no romance at all. Am I going to read more? Probably. The books are fun, entertaining, and the men are the stuff of dreams. If you’re someone who thinks that their taste is above romance, you should just get over your pretensions. Seriously, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Songs of the Week

Honey – Swim Deep 

Cold Blood – Jesse Woods

Seabird – Alessi Brothers (reminds me of The Suburbs a little bit)

Have a great week!