Best of 2019: Books, TV, and Film

2019 has come and gone within the blink of an eye. We were spoilt for choice in entertainment last year with more streaming services being developed, quality films being produced, and a slew of compelling books to add to our tbr’s. It’s hard to keep track of them all, but here are some of my favourites that I read/watched in 2019.

Books

As many of you know, 2019 was not the best reading year. However, instead of focusing on the number of books read, I’m choosing to look at the quality of the books. Two books, in particular, stood out for their creativity, characters, and intricate world-building.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has a way with words that will leave you feeling enchanted. Strange the Dreamer, while slow to begin with, is an example of just how vivid and creative Taylor’s writing is. Strange the Dreamer is a lot of things, but at the heart of the book, you have a tale of a community shadowed by their history. Weep is a character in itself as the city is overshadowed by the constant reminder of their desperation and the destruction that followed. Both humans and monsters alike were victims of such brutality. Yet, hope remains as Lazlo Strange comes to understand the consequences of the atrocities committed in Weep, and his compassion could be that bridge that unites the occupants of Weep. This is a book that will sweep you off your feet. Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching: Dysfunctional Superheroes and light-hearted Crime-Drama.

So far, I’ve done myself proud with how many new shows I’ve been watching. Usually, it takes me an age to decide what to watch, but recently I’ve decided to go with the watch what looks good approach. It helps that there were a lot of new releases that I’d been anticipating as well. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been watching.

Russian Doll

Going into this show I had no expectations. The trailer showed a lot of promise, but never did I imagine it to be this good. The concept follows Nadia, a young woman that repeatedly dies and relives the same night. Now, a TV show that repeats the same event at every episode may not sound appealing to some, but within this concept, we explore deeper themes to contrast the hilarity of the situation. It offers some brilliant character exploration and its unpredictability makes it an easy binge-watching experience. Continue reading