The Netflix Book Tag

Seen as I am basically already an unofficial Netflix hype girl, I was more than happy when Heather @Frozen Books Blog tagged me to do the Neftlix Book Tag! I am so pumped to answer some questions! Let’s get started!!

RECENTLY WATCHED: The last book you finished reading.

Coincidentally, I have another tab open with the not yet finished review for this book and that is Dear Martin by Nic Stone! It wasn’t an easy read, but a necessary one that I absolutely loved. The actual review should be up soon!

TOP PICKS: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read. 

To Kill a Kingdom

Uhm, this is actually a tough one … I am currently reading To Kill a Kingdom and on the cover it says for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s writing – does that count? I am going to say it counts, just because in addition to liking Leigh Bardugo, I also ADORE siren and pirate stories, so it would make sense as a recommendation anyway.

RECENTLY ADDED: The last book you bought.

Technically that was also Dear Martin, but since that’s a boring answer, I am going to go with the last book that was delivered to me aka the last book mail I got. And that is the movie tie-in from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

POPULAR ON NETFLIX: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading.) 

Books I have read:

Books I haven’t read:

Please don’t kill me for not having read HP, but it’s just not going to happen anymore.

COMEDIES: A funny book.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1)

For some reason, I tend to gravitate more towards sad books, but The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is definitely a book that has had me laughing out loud a couple of times.

DRAMAS: A character who is a drama queen/king.

Stealing Candy

I don’t know why this book came to mind, but Candy from Stealing Candy basically enjoyed being kidnapped and decided one of her abductors was hot? So … she scream drama queen to me.

ANIMATED: A book with cartoons on the cover.

We Are Okay

Cartoon may be an overstatement but I do love the illustration on We Are Okay. It is so freaking beautiful and I am in love with the imagery and the colour scheme just as much as I love the story.

WATCH IT AGAIN: A book or series that you want to re-read.

Sooooo … I have said this a lot already, but I do NOT re-read. However, sometimes I go back and check on certain paragraphs and quotes and I have done that the most for Call Me By Your Name recently.

DOCUMENTARIES: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

I actually struggled to choose a book for this particular question. Born a Crime is a fantastic book that I would definitely recommend, but in the end I want to go with Quiet by Susan Cain, because I think it’s just more generally applicable. It touches upon the differences of introverts and extroverts and how we can understand each other better. I absolutely love it!

ACTION AND ADVENTURE: An action packed book.

My first thought here went to the Wolf by Wolf duology! It has a bike race, deceit and high stakes – if you don’t call that action-packed, then I don’t even know.

NEW RELEASES: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

There’s a lot of books I am excited to get my hands on this year. I feel like we just get better and better content each year (with a couple unfortunate exceptions), but Leah on the Offbeat has been on my list for probably the longest time.

I TAG THEE

As always, don’t feel obliged to do the tag if you don’t want to! And let me know your thoughts on my answers in the comments below!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 26-April 1)

Happy Easter everyone! That is .. if you are celebrating Easter? Otherwise, happy Sunday!! It’s already later than per usual, so I am not even going to waste any more time. Here are your trailers!

Movies

The Darkest Minds

I haven’t read the books yet, but I hear some disgruntled voices about how this looks like the YA version of X-Men. I still want to read the books before the movie comes out, but I think it looks badass. Just … please stop using Ruelle for so many trailers maybe?

The House with the Clock in its Walls

Is this like horror for kiddos?

Krystal

What is this cast? What are those accents?

Terminal

Not going to pretend I understand what the plot is really about, but I haven’t seen Max Irons in a movie in forever.

Daphne & Velma

I did NOT know this was going to be a thing.

Kodachrome

That cast basically guarantees that I want to watch it.

Cargo

Watching the trailer already made me really sad (and a tiny bit creeped out by the thumbnail alone).

I Am Not An Easy Man

I once saw a commercial like this, but a feature length movie should be interesting.

First Reformed

Not really my thing.

And Then I Go

I can see this getting very emotional.

Measure of a Man

Movies about bullying always make me feel feels.

Lu Over the Wall

It looks kinda cute.

TV Shows

Westworld (Season 2)

Never not going to get chills from that soundtrack.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)

I did not watch the trailer, just because I still haven’t gotten around to watching the first season. But it’s on my list!

One Day at a Time

WE ARE GETTING A SEASON 3!!!

The Originals (Final Season)

Why are terrible voice overs making a comeback?? Also, there better be a lot of Caroline/Klaroline or I am not going to be happy with however this show ends.

That’s it! Hope you found something you would like to watch. Let’s chat!

March 2018 Wrap-Up

I honestly haven’t posted anything on a Saturday for more than 6 months straight. It’s strange, because this is usually my designated resting day from doing various things on my laptop, but since it’s the end of the month, I figured I might as well do the wrap-up post now. Before we get to the general monthly update, here are the books I managed to read:

Midnight Sun  King's Cage  Annihilation  Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I don’t really know what to say about March. It wasn’t a very eventful month, but it also wasn’t the worst ever. Still without a job, I had to attend various workshops assigned by the unemployment office and while the content of those classes wasn’t really all that fascinating, I got out of the house on a schedule and got to meet a lot of interesting new people. It didn’t help me much with my job search, but it did help me realise something else. I don’t really want to talk about that publicly just yet, but I do have some new plans and I am at least somewhat excited about that.

I am so sorry for not posting anything new for Arcadia, but I am working on it more and more again. I have had some hiccups along the way, but the motivation definitely is there. It was more an issue of lack of energy this past month.

When I shared my insta profile for my art (katimpossibledraws) last month, I was really nervous. I know I am not bad, but it’s still just like sharing your stories with the world – exhilarating and nerve-wrecking at the same time. I am sooo happy to announce that I have surpassed 100 followers and that I have got amazingly positive feedback. The last three portraits I made were for a German mini-series/movies titled Ku’Damm 56 (or Season 2 was titled Ku’Damm 59) and one of the pages dedicated to it has shared my drawings and it got sooo many likes and nice comments. I hope it stays that way!

Lastly I just want to thank you all for getting the blog to 1 person away from 1800 WordPress followers. That is amazing!! I wish I could do some sort of giveaway to celebrate with you, but it’s just not possible right now. I promise to think of something when I get to 2000 though!!

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

You all have been so lovely and engaging on my blog, so I finally wanted to join the many people who lift up the other bloggers and share some of my favourite posts from this month from bloggers all around the blogosphere before doing the summary of my own posts. Please give them a visit if you have the time and not read it yet!

  • Analee has bravely opened up about the unspoken pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews.
  • Marie has discussed something that has been at the back of my mind for a while and has eloquently explained of how she sometimes struggles with the question of whether book blogging is still relevant.
  • Michelle has come up with a super fun (but also not that easy) way of talking about one’s very own WIP in Gifs!
  • Andie opened up a discussion on what she would like to see more of in YA reads.
  • Marta has started a YA book club and even though I am not currently able to take part, I think it’s a fabulous idea for the community. I think their first read will be Stalking Jack the Ripper and I have only heard amazing things about it.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian has started reviewing all the Game of Thrones seasons and I am absolutely living for it! They are always so great to talk about and I just love them, but I only wish we could get the final season right after she is done with her final season review. That would be the best, but alas HBO doesn’t grant wishes like that.

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

So, that was my month! What did you think? What were some posts you enjoyed? Let’s talk!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Book Review)

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Page Count
: 402

When Caraval was released last year, I remember it being all the hype. People compared it to the Night Circus, which is one of my most favourite books in the world and therefore set standards very high. I bought one of the UK mystery hardcover editions very early on, but then soon realised that the hype was just too much and there was no way I could possibly enjoy it as much as I might have if I hadn’t heard a thing about it before. So, I waited and let some time pass to allow my brain to forget some of the things it had learned and I think that was a good call.

First of all, Caraval still wasn’t close to the Night Circus. Magic was there and it might have still been very intricate, but I feel like the focus of the story was less on enchanting the readers, but more on creating drama and putting all the characters in constant peril. As a whole, I still very much enjoyed the book. The story in itself was absolutely fascinating, but my issue was more along the lines of the characters.

Scarlett and I have a difficult relationship. I appreciate her undying devotion to her sister. I like that she has principals she is unwilling to relent on, but some of her behaviour just didn’t add up. Her past is tragic and I very much understand her mistrust in others after the abuse she has suffered from her father. However, she kept making the most naive decisions and wasn’t cautious with her trust at all. After a while, I was just constantly frustrated with her choices and and the people and things she chose to believe in or not believe in for that matter. Also, she constantly criticised her sister, Tella, for being impulsive, when literally none of her actions were thoroughly thought through. Speaking of Tella, she didn’t have the benefit of being present much in the story, but despite her overall motive of wanting to save Scarlett from a life in misery, she just still seemed utterly selfish to me.

I hear that the second book, Legendary, has Tella as a main character and that it is supposedly better than Caraval. I am definitely curious about how the story continues in the sequel, because Caraval was full of wonderful twists and turns and revelations. I call bullshit on anyone who claims to have predicted everything that happened in that book, because I am usually very good at spotting those kind of things and there was no way I could have guessed all of those twists.

In the sequel, I hope that we get to go a little bit more into detail on how Caraval actually works and that we get to find out more about Legend. I like a mysterious villain who may not be a villain at all.

 

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Liked the story more than the characters, if that makes any sense.

Have you been enchanted by Caraval? Is it a book you’d be interested in? Let’s chat!

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Book Review)

Publisher: MCD Fsg Original
Page Count
: 200

Once again, I have turned to Twitter to help me make a decision and once again the result was a tie (Why do you keep doing this to me?). So, I have made the decision to review the first book, Annihilation, of the Southern Reach trilogy and that I will do another post for the movie and the remaining books. I still haven’t watched it yet, just because I have heard that there are some parts of the other books in it, even if it is supposed to only be about the first one and I don’t want to be spoiled. But for those of you who wanted a big post about everything concerning this series, you will still get it when I am done reading and watching.

I went into this book with fairly low expectations, which probably helped me incredibly in getting completely sucked into the world. I can see how the writing might not be for everyone, as it is very factual and without many embellishments. I would even go so far as to call it cold and distant, but considering the setting we were in, I kind of appreciated that scientific detachment. In a way, it added a layer of realism to it more than a flowery language ever could.

You never find out the names of any of the people involved, our MC is simply called the biologist. She wants you to think that she is objective when she details what happened in Area X, but it is very clear that she had an agenda of her own when she got there. Some part of me never quite liked the biologist, but at the same time I could relate to her on so many levels. I understood her need for solitude and I share the same ability of completely getting lost in my work. And I might not be identical to her when it comes to friends and family, but I still sort of got her behaviour.

Despite everything this book is, I didn’t expect to also find a heartbreaking love story in it, but all the bits about the biologist and her husband gave me exactly that. I am not saying those parts were my favourite … but they kind of were. It was so much about letting people in, knowing them in ways no one else does and about how everyone needs something different from a relationship.

“I loved him, but I didn’t need him, and I thought that was the way it was supposed to be.”

Should you ever pick up this book, I hope you don’t expect to find answers in it. It is an enigma until the very end. It probably leaves you with more questions than you started out, but there is beauty in its mystery. I am very much looking forward to what the next books have in store for me, but I also have a feeling that we, as the readers, will never get that full picture of everything. Still, it is so very imaginative and chilling! I know I probably should have been scared (seen as this is a sort of Horror SciFi book? And I hate horror?) but I was weirdly fascinated instead. I am also very curious to see how that all translated to the screen, even though I already know that they changed quite a bit (and made it look scarier from what I could tell from the trailer).

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A promising start to the trilogy.

Did you read the book? Did you watch the movie? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed (March 19-25)

Last week was kind of just a blur of events. I wanted to do a lot of things, but never had the time or energy to actually do them. It was strange, but my workshops are ending next week and we will see where things go from there on out. For now, let’s get distracted with trailers!

Movies

Deadpool 2

All I saw in the beginning was Vancouver.

Tag

I can’t believe this is based on real events, but it looks like so much fun! I want to watch it!!

The Spy Who Dumped Me

I was like “this looks kind of dumb” but then I saw Sam Heughan and Kev Adams and I AM IN!

Under the Silver Lake

Is this an adult version of Paper Towns?

Terminal

It has my curiosity.

The Titan

I think, just because it is Sam Worthington, I can’t help but constantly think of Avatar while watching this trailer.

Amateur

I don’t watch Power, but apparently the MC was really annoying on that show and that clouds people’s judgment for this movie, but I think it looks alright.

Come Sunday

I don’t really have thoughts on this.

Action Point

I just never think it’s funny when people get hurt.

Unbroken 2

They … made a sequel for a movie that didn’t necessarily need a sequel with a different main actor?

Backstabbing for Beginners

Theo James should be in bigger movies than this.

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado

I never watched the first one?

TV Shows

Cloak and Dagger

This is the only Freeform thing I allow myself to be excited about.

3% (Season 2)

WE HAVE A DATE!!

Pose

I cannot claim to know what this is about.

Troy: Fall of a City

It’s not technically new as it was already released in the UK on BBC or something, but I guess it’s now coming to Netflix.

Nightflyers

It’s a George R. R. Martin series. I expect a lot of death.

New Girl (Season 7)

I hope this doesn’t disappoint.

The 100 (Season 5)

Looks like it’s going to be dark and brutal.

What are you watching? How was your week? Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: On My Block

Today I continue the theme of “shows that could do with more buzz“. After having talked about Here and Now on Tuesday, I wanted to do something that was targeted more at a teen audience. It was a close call between Everything Sucks (which is a nice nostalgia bomb for 90s kids) and my actual choice for today – On My Block. Maybe I will get to that other show at another point in time, but for now I think On My Block deserves more attention.

The show only premiered on Netflix a week ago, so I don’t expect everyone to know about it, but I didn’t see nearly enough people talking or tweeting about it as I would like to. Since it just came out, if obviously only has one season so far, but I really, really, really need it to continue because it ends on a terrible cliffhanger. I know that will scare some people away from watching, but I see no use in withholding that information from you just so you can be mad at me afterwards. It’s still very much worth watching and hopefully encourages everyone to give it another season.

On My Block is a coming of age story about a group of friends living in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles.

There are so many reasons why one should watch On My Block, I don’t even know where to start. First off, our main group of friends are all people of color who live in a poorer neighborhood of LA. As with a couple of recent Netflix shows, they are really trying to move away from the predominantly white middle-class perspective and I am sure it will pay off on the long run (just think about how beloved One Day at a Time is! And yes, I will keep mentioning that show over and over until I finally hear something about its renewal).

On My Block generally has a quite light tone buckled with a lot of humour, but as the season continues it deals with increasingly more emotional and heavy topics. The actors and actresses are mostly newcomers and could definitely still improve, but nonetheless gave solid performances throughout. I am sure I am going to forget some of the topics that were talked about, but the show had such great moments all over, you don’t need to know every single one anyway.

Themes like first love, friendship and family are present during the entire season. Once again, this show proved that parents can be present and demanding and loving without being a hindrance to their children’s adventures and development. I love shows with complicated but positive family dynamics. We need more of that – always! And there were definitely difficult situations, especially in regards of generations being part of a gang and how difficult a legacy like that is, yet I am here for stories like that every time. There was also a great scene where one of the characters boldly called out cultural appropriation or another one that treated the devastation of current immigration laws. The show lets boys be vulnerable and girls be tough and also talks about how objectifying someone (no matter the gender) isn’t okay. None of the characters felt like fillers, but each had their own storyline and background. And I most of all loved how friendship prevailed and how despite some really stupid fights, they were all mature and recognised what was really important by the end of the season.

And, I seem to have a hand for those lately, On My Block is yet another show with a killer soundtrack. Music is so important for tone and vibe and it worked amazingly well for this show.

I am having difficulties with this segment this week, because a lot of the time I thought of the squad as an entity and not separate people. Obviously, they all have their own personalities and stories to tell, but it is difficult to just pick one because it will always be intertwined with someone else in some way.

I liked that Jamal’s story was without any hint of a love interest, because we need that too sometimes. I liked that Ruby fell in love with a girl and was ready to wait for her without pressuring her, fully knowing she could break his heart. I love that Cesar wanted to go public because he liked Monse so much, even if it could disrupt their group dynamic forever. I love that Monse was unabashedly herself and put others first even if that was one of the hardest things to do. I love that Olivia was simply a part of the squad because she needed them as a family and they had no hesitation in taking her in.

So, I am really into them as a group and that has to suffice. They all work together and they work as separate characters. In the end, this was just so much fun to watch and I binged the entire season in one day – no regrets!

Did you watch On My Block already? Do you want to? Let’s chat!