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 3

Jade finally finished a book!

Things have been looking up this week! I went camping for the 4th of July and made some of the absolute best s’mores on the planet! Turns out my aunt’s husband is a regional administrator for the EPA so we had some really interesting talks about the current state of the government, but I won’t get into that because it would just become a rant and that’s not the format of this post. Anyways, I hope you all had an excellent week! Here’s what I read/watched/listened to:

GLOW

To be honest, I didn’t expect to watch this, but I saw a few clips and I was hooked. I’ve been following Alison Brie since her time on Community so I guess I would have watched it eventually. I’m glad I watched it right away! What an amazing show! I never thought I would be into wrestling, but I was all there for it. It’s funny and heartwarming and just downright entertaining. I love the 80s aesthetic and this was the pinnacle of everything amazing about the music and fashion (those bodysuits though) of the decade! I also really appreciated every single character and the close bond the women shared. My favourite character was Sheila. It’s so refreshing to see such a diverse cast of women develop close friendships with each other, especially one involving wrestling.There’s no real emphasis on romance, instead on the real relationships formed between all the characters. A real highlight for me was Bash’s friendship with Carmen. It was so incredibly sweet and heartwarming! I would highly recommend this show to anyone.

Spider-Man Homecoming

What a movie! After watching Tom Holland in Civil War, I just knew that this movie would be entertaining. He is such a great Peter Parker/Spider-Man! Also how nice it is not having to see uncle Ben  die for a third time. Origin stories get boring once you’ve seen them multiple times. Also thank god for no Green Goblin. He’s just annoying at this point. While the movie doesn’t pass the bechdel test (which I mean come on it’s 2017, women are real people who have friends and talk about important things that aren’t men) Zendaya had the most memorable scene-stealing role of the movie. Give her more lines guys! Anyways, it’s a highly entertaining superhero film that is also a good teen drama if I’ve ever seen one (I’ve seen plenty btw). It’s definitely worth a watch!

Our Dark Duet (finally)

I did it! I finished it! I came, I saw, I cried (a lot). V.E. Schwab has knack for giving me endings that I might not always want, but endings that I definitely need. I just wish she would write more stories about the rise, fall, and aftermath of Verity and the rest of the alternate United States she sets up in this duology. God do I love duologies. It almost feels weird stopping at two when most YA series can go on from trilogies to 12+ books (I’m looking at you House of Night series). It just becomes too much sometimes. Anyways, this series was very original and I’m sad to see it end. I’ve been thinking of starting Good Omens by Neil Gaiman now. I read the first few pages in the library and it’s already hilarious. We’ll see.

Songs of the Week

Trust – Half Moon Run

My Tears Are Becoming a Sea – M83

I Saw You Close Your Eyes – Local Natives

I’ll be posting my insights to S’mores soon so look for that! Have a great week!

Weekly Update 2

Guess who finally watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World!

Happy (nearly) 4th of July everyone! July is my favourite month! Summer’s in full swing, it’s finally consistently hot, and it’s my birth month. Let’s be honest, our favourite seasons and months are always the ones that were born in. Really looking forward to this month! Anyways, here is what I read/watched/listened to this week.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Don’t kill me for this one, but I watched this film for the first time ever this week. I don’t know why it took me this long to be honest, but whatever. I’ve seen it now and I love it. I mean for one thing the cast is incredible! Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Cera (and way more) all in one movie! How? Can this happen again? Soon please? I really love the style and message of the film. It was satisfying and thoroughly entertaining! If you haven’t seen it yet (I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who took this long) please do yourself a favour and put it on the top of your watch list.

The Dark Duet (shocker)

Yep that’s right. I haven’t finished it yet because I have a bad habit of being sucked into the internet for hours doing absolutely nothing. I did read a few hundred more pages though. I’m starting to get more into it, but now I have family in town and I’ve been put on babysitting duty which is exhausting and time-consuming. I barely have time to myself right now. I will persevere though and finish it by next week (I swear).

Songs of the Week

Definitely slightly obsessed with Brie Larson singing in Scott Pilgrim.

Young Folks – City of the Sun

Benine Redux – STRFKR

4th of July – The Dig

Have a great (and safe) 4th of July!