Wanna know how I started off my year? By breaking my wrist while ice-skating in a country where I didn’t speak the language! Yay!
But seriously, though travelling with a cast made everything harder, it was totally worth it. I had an amazing time with my best friend and I miss her so much already. I also got to go to Norway which has been a dream of mine for a long while… okay it was just the airport but even that was gorgeous. I can’t wait to travel again.
Returning home after so much travelling was… odd to say the least. I still had three weeks left of break, in which I did absolutely nothing productive. But well, that’s what breaks are for. As of writing this, I’ve begun classes and we’re finally studying the 19th and 20th centuries. I can’t wait to read the romantics and modernists! (wow, I’m such a nerd).
Considering I spent the first 3rd of the month travelling I think I did okay. Five books is not bad at all, honestly, and I did enjoy most of them!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★¾☆
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ★★★★½
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire ★★★★½
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin ★★★★¼
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★☆☆
Faves of the Month (tie)
I wrote my 100th post this month!
I wasn’t writing for the first third of the month, but travelling on my own left a lot of time for my mind to wander. I got a ton of new ideas, some which I might actually end up using for the sequel to the book I’m writing. Others were so bad I don’t even want to think about them. but there’s something about taking a pause in the middle of a book that sort of feel so liberating and filled with possibility. I came up with much of my current novel while I was travelling last year.
Now, onto the bad side of taking breaks. It’s always hard to jump back into the nitty gritty of getting down a draft. I struggled a lot with part 3 of the book, mainly because it’s a bit of a detour. As I’ve said, this book is very much driven by characters and theme, rather than a plot (though there’s is one… or more than one). I’m still getting used to that.
Also my scenes are getting long winded and that worries me. This book needs some serious trimming. I’m two thirds through and already at 90k… which would be less bad if this wasn’t the first book in a series. And this, my friends, is what happens when you let an idea simmer for over a year.
- I watched the first half of the second season of Outlander, and I really enjoyed it. After an entire semester of looking at 18th century history and literature, I got so much more out of this show. That said… something really sad happens on episode 8 so I’ve been putting off finishing the season.
- The Man from UNCLE. This was total plane watch. It was fun though. It had a bunch of scenes in Berlin which was one of the cities I went to.
- Iron Man 2. It was okay. I only watched so I can finally get to the Thor movies in my Marvel marathon. Loved Black Widow though.
- The End of the F***ing World! I watched this on a whim and couldn’t stop. The character development was so well done, and it made me cry. Aghhh it was just what I needed. Also Netflix please don’t make a season two. I don’t want another 13 Reasons Why situation.
- Scandal season 6. This show is terrible and yet I keep watching it help me.
- The Good Place continues to be the best show currently airing.
I had a bad music month, mainly because I haven’t found much new stuff??? Also I had few car rides which are like, my sacred music-listening hour of the day. Now that I’m back in school I’m hoping that will change.
This is such an underrated artist! I love how atmospheric her music is, also I’m a sucker for a good string accompaniment.
This song is such a ride! Worth the six minutes.
I listened to this while reading An Artificial Night and it fits in more ways than one!
NEW LORD HURON!!!!! If you’ve read my previous recaps, then you know they have made it into my favorites of the month quite a few times.