January Wrap Up 2020

January is a strange month. A new year, new you, they say, but I find that January is more like limbo. You’re still recovering from the festivities but forced back into a daily routine when all you want is to continue indulging and searching for adventures. January is limbo.

I hope that didn’t sound too gloomy, so let’s talk good news. I finished Beartown. I laughed, I cried, I raged, and I both love and hated the occupants of Beartown. There is a lot to say about this gorgeous book, so watch out for my review.

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January was also the month I decided to catch up on my movies. After the disappointment that was Rise of Skywalker, I found myself going through Adam Driver’s catalogue of films, and let me tell you, that man is one of the most compelling actors I’ve ever come across. There’s subtle complexity in every performance that’s captivating.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Predictions – 5 Star Reads on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The elusive 5-star rating does not come out often, so when it does, you know you’re in for a treat. Some books are great, others are memorable, and some are so profound and moving, and stay with you for years afterwards. Those books are usually my 5-Star reads, and here are my predicted 5-Star reads on my TBR.

1. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman: As someone who has already declared Beartown to be the best book they read in 2020, there is no doubt that Us Against You will be an equally compelling story about the residence of Beartown. I’m ready to go on this emotional rollercoaster ride.
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TV Talk: Sci-fi Family Adventure, a Test of Brotherhood, and Scandi-Noir Thriller.

Currently, I’m in the middle of the second season of You, and it’s so stressful I’ve had to take a break to write this post and destress. When the time comes, a lot will be said about You. However, until then, this post will treat you to a discussion on three completely different programmes, each with a compelling storyline and interesting character dynamics.

Lost in Space (Season 2)

Looking for your next sci-fi fix? Look no further than Netflix’s Lost in Space. A surprising gem in Netflix’s catalogue, Lost in Space spotlights the Robinson family’s quest to navigate their way through space to a well-established colony on Alpha Centauri. Along the way, they have to confront the unresolved tension between family members, overcome some extreme physical challenges, and carve out their place in the family and within this space colony. Narratively speaking, the second season of Lost In Space had two primary objectives. Reach Alpha Centauri and find the robot. Some may say that this season does nothing to push the narrative along, but the core of the show has always been the relationship between the Robinsons and it did a phenomenal job at exploring the various dynamics between the family. With that, we saw the emergence of Penny. The middle child whose skills lie in her words often struggles to fit into the family of scientific geniuses, and this season provided an opportunity to get an insight into that struggle. Out of all the characters, Penny is one that we can relate to most, and it’s clear that by the end of the season she carries the emotional heart of the family. The tweet below sums up everything you need to know about season two. It is a character-driven season, but one that set up some interesting dynamics that has the potential to shake the very foundations of the Robinson family. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Forest of Souls

Originally created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, and adapted to Can’t-Wait Wednesday by Tressa at Wishful Endings, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Forest of Souls (Shamanborn, #1) by Lori M. Lee

Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020

Goodreads Summary
Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

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Midnight Movies: An Adam Driver Special

Adam Driver has easily become one of the most prolific actors of our time, displaying his range as an actor in every role he takes. He’s one of those performers that instantly captivates audiences with his nuanced performances, turning one-dimensional characters into complex and compelling individuals. Here is a small selection of films that demonstrate just how versatile of an actor Adam Driver is.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

And so we come to the end of the Skywalker saga. The final trilogy of this saga has not been as smooth sailing as they’d like, with The Last Jedi facing the scorn of fans and The Rise of Skywalker causing further divisions. However, if there is anything that we can take away from this sequel trilogy it’s the way it celebrates the legacy of this epic sci-fi saga. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: If I Never Met You

Originally created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, and adapted to Can’t-Wait Wednesday by Tressa at Wishful Endings, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Publication Date: March 4th, 2020

Goodreads Summary
If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

The festive period is well and truly over and now that we’ve settled back into a routine, it’s time to make room for the multitude of books we’ve acquired on the already full bookshelves. As always, readers are spoilt for choice for when it comes to stellar books, and I am so excited to get my teeth sunk into the recent additions to my bookshelf.

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