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 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!

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 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!