Recap

MONTHLY RECAP – FEBRUARY 2k19 // Stress, Hauntings, The Day of Love + lots of: she did THAT. (she not being me in any of those cases tho. i WISH lol)

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I can’t fathom that February is already over. I don’t even want to believe it. That’s so surreal and the fact that time seems to be constantly sprinting through 2019 just added more weight onto my shoulders. They are already exhausted!! I’m already exhausted!! Please stop, I’m begging you, universe and all the powerful gods and goddesses listening right now and/or looking down on me. I feel like I’m on a constant productivity deadline when all I need right now is two months off from college and essays and homework and applications to just get some sleep and breathe. through. Stress, stress, stress. Stress here, stress there, stress everywhere. I’m tired. Emotionally, physically. Just all-around Hard Workℱ and Internal Screamingℱ is a #mood.

LIFE IN GENERAL

I’ve been super duper busy this month — and that’s definitely going to continue in the beginning of March, too. Uni stuff, soft hearts. Me: tries to write something for uni. My last two brain cells: *crying* How do you write that word again? *yelling across the room that is my brain* helP ME. –> I’m going to be so happy when this time is over!! Puh, well, that needed to be written. Couldn’t hold it in anymore. 😭

On another note, I’m thinking of STARTING A BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. Mostly because I want to get back into photography, grow as a book blogger and connect with readers/book lovers that only/mainly interact on that platform. I want to set that project into motion in, like, two months?? But I have to do so much before that!! Find my theme, learn how to properly use TAGs, research challenges/topics/theme weeks and readathons etc. I can’t believe I’m about to make my life even busier after I only just re-started my blog. Wish me luck, soft hearts!! Also: if you have any tips, please tell me in the comments. ♄ 

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Book-wise I haven’t been reading THAT much but (!) — if you’re counting the fanfictions I’ve been reading before bed and while riding the bus + the articles I’ve been reading as research for some of my papers and essays for college –> then it’s A LOT MORE. So there is that, folks. Moving on: I read Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating (check out my review here) and it’s been my fourth read (and best) from writer duo Christina Lauren –> It was super cute in the beginning + I’m the #1 fan of the friends to lovers trope but it kinda didn’t give enough time to aspects of the story that were important for me to really fall into the story and completely immerse myself in their love/life. But: it made me realise that I indeed do still have a marshmallow heart.

My second read is The Silent Companions written by Laura Purcell. It’s a gothic horror story about a widow arriving at her late husbands estate and it’s 10/10 atmospheric, indeed. I’m currently taking my sweet sweet time going through this book. It’s very good and I would love to just sit down with it — but I can’t because I don’t have the time yet. I’m too busy with writing and not-writing-but-researching my papers (it’s a struggle). My third read is Marlon James‘ Black Leopard, Red Wolf — I’m only at the beginning (75 pages in) and it’s not one of those books you can just rush through. It’s full of minor characters, lots of violence, sexual situations and intricate history that doesn’t make sense to me yet. I’m 100% confused but also 100% intrigued. We will see how it goes; the aspect I’m the most interested in are the shape-shifters so that’s a good sign because it seems to be a big part of the story (judging from the title of the book lol).

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  • Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (Christina Lauren)
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Marlon James)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend)
  • Rayne & Delilah’s Midgnight Matinee (Jeff Zentner)
  • Migration (Helen Marshall)

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I WATCHED BIRD BOX. After reading the book (and loving it!) – check out my review here – I was super hesitant and nervous going into this film. I can’t believe that I’m saying this and I’m super positively surprised — but I shouldn’t have worried because it was real good?? It was different plot-wise (obviously –> like every book-into-movie adaptation) but those changes didn’t ruin the movie and/or lower my enjoyment (!). I was genuinely scared at times and the atmosphere was so perfectly captured that it totally reminded me of the book in that aspect. Creepy. Creepy. Creepy for sure. Also, the whole forest scene that wasn’t in the book?? A++ for THAT.

TW: self harm, suicide

Sandra Bullock, Julian Edwards, and Vivien Lyra Blair in Bird Box (2018)The Mummy (1999)

Also: watched July 22 on Netflix and I don’t really want to think too much about it because it’s something that really happened and that’s scary. Definitely hits too close to home. Movies about scary things like THAT put a different kind of fear into your heart than Bird Box did because it feels more real-life and could-happen-to-anyone and people-like-that-are-out-there and that-happened-and-it-could-happen-again. I cried twice.

And then: I re-watched The Mummy and The Mummy Returns because CHILDHOOD and MELANCHOLIA and I was sick and always coughing and my nose is running and I just needed ice cream in film form?? And it was just what I needed!! Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are #goals and their kid in the second film is the perfect mix of both of their personalities and all the references to the first movie?? Iconic. Maybe I’ll watch the third movie tonight, I’m hyping myself up right now. It’s not perfect (which film is??) but there are so many Good Thingsℱ!! Evelyn is the clumsy queen of my heart in this film, 10/10 love her, me *in different tones with different emotions behind them throughout the whole movie* she did THAT

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First (1st) order of business: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. New obsession? Check! I binge-watched the whole season in two days and continued to follow the twitter account, reblog memes from it, search for fan videos about #5 (my fave) and Klaus (my other fave) and just screaming into the void everytime someone mentions it (!!). The whole family dynamics are perfectly complicated and ridiculously interesting and every character is so complex and well done?? AND THE MUSIC CHOICES. Don’t even get me started on that music timing and placement and the huMOR.

Soft hearts, if you haven’t given this show a chance yet, you definitely should.The dialogue is super duper fantastically funny and relatable in it’s delivery and the interactions between different characters open up so many potential storylines and — just everytime I’d watch an episode I would find another dream team (Klaus/Ben) or dynamic duo (Luther/Diego) or my personal favorite who I nicknamed „Doom & Despair“ (Number 5 & Klaus) and I would fall deeper into this black hole of love and affection for The Umbrella Academy. *whispering* please try it? It’s a different kind of superhero show with messy characters, complex relationships, lots of time travel and so much potential.

Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Jack Lewis, Aidan Gallagher, and Emmy Raver-Lampman in The Umbrella Academy (2019)The Rain (2018)

MY SECOND OBSESSION OF THE MONTH IS THE RAIN. I wasn’t expecting ANYTHING but that show totally grabbed me by the heart. I went on my second binge-watch marathon of the month and just straight up consumed the whole first season. The Rain is a danish post-apocalyptic TV show that starts with a virus (that is spread through the rain) killing millions of people by contact and two siblings and their parents finding shelter in a bunker. The first episode was good and made me watch the next one — but suddenly I was into it, really into it. There was that one moment in the 2nd episode that absolutely sold me and that made me go „SHE DID THAT“ and I still have to shake my head in astonishment and affection everytime I think about that scene.

I’m not 100% yet and need to get my thoughts sorted but yes, it’s not perfect at all and the show has a few issues/plot holes with the main storyline and also yes, the characters make dumb decisions sometimes. Yes, yes, yes to (probably) all of the things that people haven’t liked about the show but I kinda really adored and loved it anyway?? It just has so much charme and heart and made me feel so much!! And the way the characters interact with each other?? it’s so real and human. In every interaction (and especially when they first meet each other/new people) the scenes are filled with tension and they practically brim with all the emotions that come with being human. It’s about morality and humanity in the big scale, yes, but also in the little things and where is the line and when do you cross and do you even need to and can you live with yourself if you do? There is so much jealousy, anger and fear but also understanding, affection and love. It’s just very honest in it’s portrayal of the different feelings you go through?? and i love THAT so much. I can’t properly put it into words right now but I’ll definitely rewatch it soon-ish and hopefully that will make me put everything into coherent sentences. This is getting TOO long so I’ll stop now.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

^^ I know I’m super late to THE PARTY but I just started watching The Haunting of Hill House (I’m on episode 3) and it was supposed to be a buddy-watch with my older sister but guess what? She already watched the whole season in, like, four days because she got addicted and couldn’t stop and only told me when I asked on what episode she was? lol. That should tell you that IT’S GOOD, SOFT HEARTS. The spooky atmosphere is more than only SPOOKY; it’s creepy in the obvious way that haunted houses are creepy but it’s also creepy in other ways too that surprised me and captured my attention. I’m watching this over the course of the next three weeks (probably) and hopefully after that I can still walk in the dark through my own room without feeling watched. *fingers crossed* wish me luck, soft hearts. lol.

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  • Favorite Romance Books + Anticipated Romance Reads
  • that’s all lol
  • there was supposed to be two more posts but i got sick and time kept running and there was uni and life and depressed me under a cover of blankets
  • but!! i’ll try to make this monthly recap thing a regular thing so that’s one post for sure every month (if i make this work)

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  • apparently Disney’s Christopher Robin is coming to Netflix in March, so I’ll definitely watch that movie finally (hype hype hype)
  • being DONE with college assignments and for the semester to finally come to an end (time to breathe through in the last two weeks of March before it starts again in April :c)
  • my mom’s birthday!! and my nephews birthday!!
  • spending time with my friends and family in my semester free time

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  • new book covers were revealed!! and they are pretty!!
  • The Water Dancer (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • The Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)
  • The Mystwick School of Musicraft (Jessica Khoury)

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  • Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky)
  • War (Laura Thalassa)
  • Eight Will Fall (Sarah Harian)

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That's a wrap!

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What are some of YOUR favorites this month? Anything you can recommend? Are there any TV shows that you binge-watched this month? 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Kommentare zu „MONTHLY RECAP – FEBRUARY 2k19 // Stress, Hauntings, The Day of Love + lots of: she did THAT. (she not being me in any of those cases tho. i WISH lol)

  1. Girl, I know exactly how it feels to be stressed out in University and let me tell you IT GETS BETTER and IT’S WORTH IT!!! I don’t know how much longer you have but I know you’ll keep working hard and crush it! In response to your wrap up, I LOVED Hill House and bet you will too! The ending is great, push through all the confusing parts! Umbrella Academy is next on my list, looking forward to watching 🙂 great wrap up, hope you have a great March!!!

    GefÀllt 1 Person

    1. Thank you so much!! I need all the Good Thoughts send my way that I can get because I’m having a massive academic crisis at the moment. I’m at the end of my third semester and starting my fourth one in April. I have a feeling that I’ll love Hill House at the end and I heard there is going to be another season kinda?? fingers crossed that you’ll like Umbrella Academy as well because I really really liked it! Hope you have a great March, too, this comment was so sweet!! c:

      GefÀllt mir

    1. Definitely can’t say anything about Black Leopard, Red Wolf yet because I’m not too far into it at all but I’m ready to have my mind blown!! I totally understand and feel you –> the concept really scares me and the only reason i could talk myself into watching the film was because i had read the book already and knew what AWAITED me lol. Yes to checking out Umbrella Academy!! it’s totally special in it’s execution of the superheroes are complex theme and if you just let yourself fall into the story, i’m (almost) sure you’ll at least find some aspects to really like!! xx

      GefÀllt mir

  2. Great post! I hadn’t heard of The Rain and I’m usually not into post apocalyptic stuff lately but I don’t think I’ve ever seen or read something that takes place in post apocalyptic Europe so I might just watch it! Oh and i really need to watch umbrella academy too 🙂

    GefÀllt 1 Person

  3. Aww.. stress is horrible!! I always need a two month break when deadlines are nearing!! I hope March is a bit more stress-free for you!! And best of luck with everything!!
    I just got bookstagram recently and I have no tips because I don’t l know I am doing (same as always) 😂 but posting regularly and commenting on others posts is a great way to grow your instagram!!
    I’m heard about black leopard, red wolf and I’ve been tempted to pick it up. I hope you enjoy it!! 😊
    The mummy movies are classic– I love them!! 😍
    I just started the umbrella academy and I am loving it– Klaus is my fav at the minute!! And I love the music in it too!!
    Have a great March!! 💛

    GefÀllt 1 Person

    1. it is!! so horrible!! that right there „need a two month break when deadlines are nearing“ so completely true. Thank you so so much! That is so sweet of you! Definitely immensely enjoyed the Mummy movies and really liked the characters in Umbrella Academy! Especially Klaus and Number 5! I’m absolutely loving the music in it, too – it’s so well done how everything arranges itself with the sound! I hope you have a great March, too! ❀

      GefÀllt 1 Person

    1. very busy indeed! here’s hoping to a less busy March this time around lol. I, personally, really really enjoyed The Rain and Bird Box. Especially The Rain. I truly connected to that series on a level that I can’t even properly name. I just couldn’t move on easily after finishing it because I was still *so* into it and the whole atmosphere and feelings it created. Hope you like it, too if you get to it! Wishing you a great March! ❀

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  4. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY START A BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. Honestly, it’s something that I was really dubious about starting myself because my photography skills are not great, but now I am OBSESSED. It just inspires me on a daily basis and I love sneaking on all the book subscription unboxing posts that are on there. If you start it, let me know and give me a follow! 🙂

    The Mummy is one of my all-time favorite films. I love all the silly laughs and gags, and I was kind of obsessed with Egypt when I was younger so it was perfect. 🙂

    Someone else recommended The Umbrella Academy to me the other day so I need to check that out!

    GefÀllt 1 Person

    1. I will definitely try! BUT IF IT FLOPS, IT NEVER HAPPENED. Deal? Deal. lol. That’s exactly what I want the most! To stay inspired to create and grow and just feel like I can be proud that I was brave enough to let myself be out there and be a part of the community, you know? Also, The Mummy is a wondefully funny and goofy adventure ride and I’m always in for it. Hope you have great March! ❀

      GefÀllt 1 Person

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