Monthly Wrap Up

September & October Wrap Up

Hello my friends!

Can you believe we are in November? Less than eight weeks till Christmas. How did that happen? 😊 Not that I am complaining, I love Christmas and am already super excited about all that magical atmosphere that is coming our way.

By the way if the non-linearity of time puzzles you as much as it puzzles me, perhaps you could join the SciFiMonth that is currently happening across this lovely book community. I am looking forward to finding some inspiration there and exploring the sci-fi genre a little bit more.

Last couple of months have been – taking a big breath – busy. You see I dislike the word busy as I sometimes use it to justify not wanting to do certain things. 😉 And it sometimes makes me feel overwhelmed – hello ‘anxiety’ my friend. Me being ‘busy’ sometimes results in me lying on a sofa watching Netflix… so yes, busy is not my favourite word but nevertheless, that’s how the last couple of months felt. 😊

Apart from working a lot, I had heaps of fun travelling. I managed to travel with my sister for our ‘girls only’ extended weekend to the German Alps and then James and I took two weeks off work, hired a campervan and went to explore British Columbia and Canadian Rockies. Both of these trips were a lot of fun, required certain degree of planning and made me stop reading all together as I was fully present in those moments with my loved ones and just did not feel like reading at all.

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I will write a summary of our Canadian adventure in a separate post as it was such an amazing trip. I am still buzzing from it and feel so blessed to be able to experience it. If that’s something that would interest you, please stay tuned. 😊

Books

 

 

I read seven books in September and zero books in October. September was a light-hearted month full of short contemporary YA reads. October was a month of travels. 😊

I pick The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen as my book of the month. It was my first of Sarah Dessen‘s books and I enjoy both its emotional roller-coaster as well as Dessen’s story telling style. I am planning on checking more of her books soon.

Jenny Han’s:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) – review here
  • S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
  • It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)
  • We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

My favourite out of Jenny Han‘s six books was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I did not enjoy her Summer trilogy as much as I did the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. Han‘s books feature a lot of love triangles and I got tired of them after a while. Her sequels also slightly disappointed me as I expected more.

With that said, I finished all of those books and would recommend them for a quick and fun contemporary read.

Movies

 

 

 

Avengers – Infinity War – I finally got to watch it. I know, I sometimes do feel like I live under a rock. Anyhow, I have quite mixed feelings about it. I liked it and I didn’t. There was something about this movie that just made me left slightly disappointed. It may have been the ending… or the lack of chemistry between actors. I am glad I watched it but sadly I can not gush about it. Fingers crossed I enjoy its next instalment more.

I Feel Pretty – I watched it on a plane with a set of dodgy earphones. It may have been the plane’s environment but I pretty much forgot what it was all about right after I finished watching it…

I think it was more me rather than any of those two movies… !  😊

TV Shows

 

  • Outlander – I got back into watching Outlander and I am enjoying it. I am currently on season 2 and loving the lush and decadent atmosphere of the 18th century’s French court.
  • Mad Men – I am completely hooked on this show. I blame this show for my current lack of reading. It is just too good to resist. The characters are complex and well developed, all that drama and manipulation… oh, I’m loving it. And I can’t wait to finish it. I’m on season 5 right now so still plenty of episodes for me to watch.
  • Westworld – James and I got back into watching Westworld. I really enjoyed the season 1 but am slightly confused about season 2 so far. It could be that I have missed something … we are in the middle of this season so this ‘confusion’ may change shortly. 😊
  • Bodyguard – James and I also watched BBC’s Bodyguard. We both enjoyed this gripping show. It’s current, relevant and features a lot of tension and drama. Plus it features Richard Madden, aka the Game of Throne’s ‘King of North’ but this time, he is speaking in his native Scottish accent… what’s there not to like? 😉
  • The Apprentice – Lord Sugar’s Apprentice is back. I love watching this show with James and speculating who could win it and how contestants perform during those gruelling tasks. So much fun!

Bookish

I managed to visit a charming bookstore Café Books whilst vising Canmore in Alberta. Below are a few photos I took:

 

 

 

Of course that I could not resist and had to buy quite a few of their books. My bag’s allowance was nearly exceeded on our way back to the UK because of that. 😉

The café was really cosy and I found drinking coffee whilst being surrounded by books highly therapeutic. I need to find a place like this one near where I live. Mind you it could become rather dangerous for both my wallet as well as for our tiny house’s storage capacity!

Thanks for being here. I really, really appreciate everyone of you. ❤️ Hope you all had an amazing couple of months! ❤️

What have you been up to? Fancy sharing it with me. I love hearing from you. ❤️