June 2019 Wrap-Up

A tiny bit belated, but here I am with my wrap-up for the month of June. And you won’t believe it, but I actually read a book as well. It wasn’t my favourite book ever, not even a favourite of the year, but it is progress and I had a couple nice hours with it.

The Devouring Gray is an interesting mystery novel with magical elements. I had pretty high hopes for it, but didn’t click with the characters too much. That was probably the main downfall, because the story is intriguing for the most part and although not unpredictable exactly, still pretty nicely filled with twists.

Ultimately I could only give it 3 stars, which isn’t a bad rating, but also not a good one either. At this point, I would pick up a sequel although I wouldn’t be in a rush about it.

You can check out my review by clicking on the title and get re-directed to Goodreads by clicking on the cover.

June was just as packed as some of my previous months in terms of work and the end of my internship seems to be approaching just faster and faster. I don’t like this stage of actually having to do a lot, but simultaneously being sort of in the air in terms of what the future holds. I want to do everything right and apply for jobs and figure out where I am going to live, but it’s not that easy. However, my parents came to visit me in Berlin for a week and it was a really nice break from everything.

On the hottest day, we went up North to the coast and it was much cooler there. We weren’t too lucky with the trains, but honestly, who is? The German trains suck. Anyway, I always thought that any body of open water could make me happy, but apparently I actually do have a preference for the Pacific. Who would have guessed? *cough* everyone *cough* That’s not to say that the beach wasn’t nice and the destination a good idea for that particular day especially.

We also went to see a circus-esque performance. It was so weird, but also a lot of fun and very funny? There was just this one guy dressed in a bunny costume with a voice distortion thing going on and I swear it’s what nightmares are made of.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I very much liked the new season of Dark, I super enjoyed How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), but my heart goes out to Chuck. Sometimes I don’t need to binge all the new things, when there is some great stuff that holds up even close to a decade later. Just like with Veronica Mars, this show just sort of works for me, even when I know it’s not perfect (but honestly, what is?).

(lowkey can’t deal with the Australian voice over)

Other than that, I really enjoyed diving back into some old memories as I am prepping for a new super secret writing project. I have told a handful of people about it and I think it’s going to be fun! I am definitely looking forward to doing this all very differently this time around, with proper outlining and such. Usually, I just write about whatever comes to mind and then get stuck as soon as there’s a hitch because I have no clue where it’s all supposed to head to. Maybe this time will be different.

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That’s it from my side! I hope you all had a great start into July. Stay hydrated and out of the sun!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #12

From here on out, I am just going to put the “binge” in brackets, because I feel like that gives me permission to talk about movies as well. However, I don’t actually intend to make this a regular occurrence, to have a “what I’ve been watching” post just briefly before the “Sunday trailers” post. I am going to get my sh*t together eventually and return to a more regular blogging schedule … hopefully.

Dead to Me

You all know that I have a weird fixation on shows about death and grief and yeah … couldn’t resist watching this one either. It had some really messed up ethical questions and was simultaneously a lot of fun to watch. I don’t even remember the last time I saw Christina Applegate in a lead role, but she sure has the angry widow role down.

Just like with a whole lot of other shows that deal with “what happens to the people after someone dies”, I think it’s fascinating how little you sometimes know about a person you live with or who you’ve been with for years. It’s interesting to uncover those layers and to be faced with the reality of not being able to blame the person that is gone because they are, well, gone. The show also has a great finale that definitely sets up the next season, so I hope they get one.

If you want something that is fun, fast-paced, multi-layered with some deeper stuff that never gets too heavy – this show is for you!

The Society

The Society will probably be my latest obsession for a while. When I was little, one of the first shows I got really passionate about, was a show about teens and kids who had to survive after an epidemic killed all adults on the planet. This show isn’t the same, but it feeds into a similar narrative. What do you do when there are no adults around to keep you in check? Will you be able to build a life of your own, create your idea of a “society” or will you plummet into chaos and give in to fear?

I have to say, I was really impressed by the first three episodes of the show, then they temporarily lost me with a couple “plot twists” that I wasn’t too fond of. However, overall, the show kept a mystery going that I am still unable to solve (always a plus point if I can’t just do that!) while also not afraid of going really dark and sometimes sticking to simple but effective storytelling.

This is probably a good show for fans of the teen elements on Dark and people who wouldn’t mind everything being very Americanized. (Not that there’s time travel … or is there? I don’t know … but I don’t think so.)

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

I was SO pumped for this movie and it did not disappoint. In hindsight, I think that a lot of elements were quite predictable, but it really fed into the nostalgia that comes with pokémon. I don’t think this was intended as a movie that would inspire possible sequels, and I don’t think I’d need that necessarily, but I would enjoy watching more films set in that world. As a kid, who of us didn’t imagine those little creatures were real and how it would be to live with them? Well, the movie shows just how that might look like.

Man, I still wish I had a Swablu or Altaria for real.

Serenity

This trailer might just be the most misleading thing in recent trailer history. I get that if you went into that movie expecting a regular old thriller, you might be disappointed. But I am not that kind of person. I don’t enjoy crime or thriller stuff. It just bores me. So, if you offer me a downright crazy sci-fi tale instead, I am ALL IN.

The movie has a bunch of bad reviews and ratings and I get it. It neither delivers on what it promises from the synopsis or the trailer nor does it make sense all the way through. Regardless of all that, I really liked it though and I cannot really put into words why. I don’t even like Matthew McConaughey and I couldn’t care less about Anne Hathaway outside of Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, yet still, this movie was awesome.


Have you seen any of the stuff I mentioned? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

February 2019 Wrap-Up

This month surely had its ups and downs. I’ve been sick to the point where I missed 1.5 weeks at work, which has never happened to me ever before and drove me slowly nuts. Nonetheless, I tried my best keeping up with my shows, the blog but I only read one single book. The Light Between Worlds was an absolute joy, and if you haven’t checked out my review of it yet, you totally should (click here). There wasn’t even a doubt in my mind that I would give it 5 stars, but I don’t think it should take up more space on this wrap up. I am instead going to talk a bit more about what else happened this month.

I am not sure all of you know, but my contract at work and therefore my internship would have run out this week, but I extended it for another 6 months and will be in Berlin until the end of August. Everything after that is still pretty hazy. I have some vague ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do, but I have given myself permission to just live my life until May and figure things out after that.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

(Because I have lost the ability to narrow it down)

For those of you who know me well, it comes as no surprise that Hozier is one of my favourite artists. I’ve been lucky enough to been to his concerts twice already, I met Andrew after the one in Berlin last November and now I got to attend an event that was just the cherry on top of it all! I got guest list tickets to an exclusive Hozier album listening experience. Wasteland, Baby! will be released on March 1st, however, I already had the privilege to listen to it in its entirety last Friday (so a week in advance), with Andrew/Hozier present, with him answering questions and a brief meet and greet photo opportunity. My favourite tall bean remains the kindest and most humble being. His music is magical and perfect as always! I can’t wait for you all to be able to listen to the new songs. They are quite more upbeat than the past album.

Also, look at that glow up from November 2018 to February 2019. We looked happy in the cold, but the professional photographer really pays off.

Something you will most likely also have noticed if you follow me on Twitter is that I have become very invested in SKAM … or more truthfully it’s German and French adaptations, Druck and Skam France. I don’t even know how this started. It was something about me wanting to watch more web series, my colleague knowing an actress on Druck, me checking it out and just being swallowed by it all. I still haven’t (and probably never will) watched the original, but I do adore what I’ve been seeing thus far. Also, I have been on a war path with the French language for years now and Axel and Maxence have managed to convince me to give it another try by portraying soft but cool and sometimes dumb Lucas and Eliott. I love them so much for it! (I talked more about this, but especially Druck, in my Galentine’s Day post!)

Lastly, there are probably a couple more shows that would deserve a shout out as they got me through my sick days, but I’ve already given you so many recommendations on what to watch anyway. I am sure I will include a lot of it in future binge-watching posts anyway.

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I hope you had a less turbulent month than me! Did you read something nice? Did you check out some of my posts? Let’s talk!

Top 18 Movies of 2018

Yesterday, I shared my favourite reads of 2018 and today I will continue with this theme of “best of”-posts by talking a little bit about my favourite movies. I think it is pretty well known that I am more of a TV person than a movie-goer, but last year was filled with a lot of both. It also included quite a lot of German movies and I debated for while whether I should include them now or not. Ultimately, I figured it won’t hurt to add them, even if only very few of you will understand the trailers. I’ll try my best to explain what they were about.

This list is completely 100% subjective! Not all movies I mention were released in 2018 and I completely understand if you disagree with me on one or more occasions. Having said that, I just want to point out that a film can have a different impact depending on when it finds you in your life. A lot of those films just had really great timing!

(my memory actually failed me big time on this topic, so I puzzled this list together from my diary on letterboxd. Feel free to check out my profile here)

18. Woman in Gold

I watched this movie when I was already living in Berlin and I felt a little nostalgic for home. I wouldn’t call it homesickness exactly, because then that movie wouldn’t have helped much. But it was nice to see something that represented my home (even if it is in a rather unflattering light) with such a star-studded cast. It may not be for everyone, but it meant a lot to me.

17. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

I usually don’t even like any of the Mission: Impossible sequels (I was quite into the first one), but I went to the movies with my dad – and believe me, this hasn’t happened in years – and I came out of the movie really entertained! That’s what you go to the cinema for, right?

16. Extinction

There are not many films that can claim to really have surprised me, but this movie sure did! There were twists I definitely did not see coming and I was rather impressed with the turn the story took. I could definitely see this being the start of a series even, but I don’t want to get ahead of anything.

15. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I cried for a CGI dinosaur – enough said! (Also, I adore Dallas Bryce Howard beyond anything and am always happy to see her as a lead)

14. Das schönste Mädchen der Welt

As you can see, we have our first German movie candidate. The translation of the title means “The most beautiful girl in the world” and I don’t think the trailer does the movie any justice (it’s far less dumb in real life). Where Sierra Burgess masterfully failed to do the whole Cyrano tale in a new fashion, this one was really fun. I neither like rap very much nor some of the crass humour German movies often include, but this movie surprised me in all the best ways. It was sweet and fun!

13. Whatever Happens

This was a beautiful deconstruction of what went wrong in a relationship. It tells the whole story in reverse and Fahri Yardim is definitely one of my actor crushes … so, there’s that.

12. Nappily Ever After

A lot of Netflix movies got so much buzz this past year and I feel like Nappily Ever After deserved way more attention. The story goes so deep and really touched me. I also low-key loved how the movie was divided in chapters based on her hair.

11. 100 Dinge

This is one of those movies that came to me at a certain time in my life and although I don’t want to go into detail, it just felt right (barring some stupid small stuff I have decided to just ignore and overlook). 100 Things (which would be the translation) is a movie about two friends who developed an app together and are about to come into some serious money. They are quite competitive and getting drunk, they go into a bet, going 100 days without any of their stuff and only being able to retrieve one thing at midnight every day. It’s about consumerism but also different relationships and I liked it a lot more in the end than I thought I would, because this is the most mainstream German movie stuff you could imagine. (then again, I am super mainstream in general)

10. Ocean’s Eight

These badass ladies were just a feast to watch! Also, I love me a good heist movie.

9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I loved the book, I also loved the movie. The casting was serious perfection!

8. Love, Simon

It felt like a small eternity waiting for this movie to be released in most parts of Europe! But believe me when I say, once I was in the movie theater I just loved it beyond anything in that very moment. There was a giddiness inside me and I cried and laughed and felt like it connected everyone in the room a little bit. I adore when movies can do something like that!

7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I feel like the content of the movie could have been better, but I was beyond impressed with the visuals. Granted, I watched it in IMAX 3D, which is something I usually never treat myself to. There were frame-break-effects and I felt like I was about to die with the characters more than once just because the images were so overwhelming. For that alone, I had to put it this high on the list.

6. I Kill Giants

This movie destroyed me in the same way the A Monster Call book destroyed me. I didn’t know what to expect at all and this was a movie filled with tears.

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

No lie, I have watched this movie more times in 2018 than anything else. It was just so cute and sweet and pretty and a really great adaptation. What it lacked to include from the book, it made up in improving in other aspects. I was so happy with this movie!

4. Black Panther

When I saw Wakanda for the first time on the screen, I got chills! This movie is a phenomenon and rightly so!

3. Avengers: Infinity War

I went into this not knowing what was about to happen. I wasn’t spoilered by countless memes on the internet yet. I just wanted to see some action, all my faves colliding and a bit of good fun but I did not sign up for my heart to get ripped out and jumped on like a million times. This movie was 10 years in the making and the result hurt! It hurt in all the right ways.

2. Set It Up

Yes, I am going to be so extra and put a Netflix romcom on the 2nd place. I HAVE MISSED (GOOD!!!!!!) ROMCOMS SO MUCH! And I know To All the Boys is even cuter, but Set It Up hit all the right marks with me. There is even a writer main character. I am forever going to love this movie and you cannot tell me otherwise. I even ended up in a Twitter moment with my live tweets about the movie. It’s one of my biggest accomplishments of 2018.

1. A Star Is Born

I went into this film thinking that I would know exactly what was going to happen, but I was not prepared for the emotional duress I went through. Watching this alone was hard and I was simply heartbroken in the end. Bradley Cooper did a banging job for his directorial debut and the songs were beautiful and the acting was really deep and … yeah, that’s it! A Star is Born was amazing.


Have you watched some of the movies I mentioned? Which ones? Are you disappointed not to see a certain film on my list? Let’s chat!

December Wrap-Up – 2018 in Rewind

It’s no secret that I haven’t been reading much these past months. I am glad to say that I managed to read at least 3 books (two of which were comics) in December. It’s more than I have read in a long time, so I am still quite content. If you’ve missed my mini-reviews, you can read them all here.

  • Heart of Gold (Act I) by Eli Baumgartner/Viv Tanner (5 stars)
  • Venustransit by Hamed Eshrat (3 stars)
  • Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter (4.5 stars)

Heart of Gold Act I  Venustransit  Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)

Just like in old times, click on the book cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

And even though there really isn’t as much to show as there was in previous years, I still want to share my reading statistics from Goodreads with you! (If you have a Goodreads account of your own, you should be able to find these stats on the right hand side of your profile.)

It has been the lowest amount of books in YEARS for me. As a bookworm/bookdragon, I am not entirely happy with that number, but then again, it’s the most I could have done in 2018. It may not be as much as others have managed, but there are people out there who read 1-2 books a year and they’d surely think I was crazy for reading so much. There’s always two sides to each story.

In addition, I am not surprised my shortest book was THIS short. I have started to read more and more graphic novels and comics and a lot of the time they don’t have an enormous page count. But tomes like Obsidian are rare for me anyway. I whole-heartedly agree with my average page number, because around 300 pages is truly what I feel most comfortable with length-wise with a book.

Lastly, my average rating has also gotten lower in 2018. I was usually somewhere just about 4 and this is the first year that I have ended up below that average. It’s nothing bad per se, it’s still a really high rating overall, but it also means that I wasn’t as good at picking my reads this year. Here’s to hoping 2019 I will get back on track!

2018 once again was a year of very irregular blogging for me. Aside from the trailer posts, I have really struggled to find a work-life-balance that includes this little corner of the internet. No matter how much I tried, I was unable to do more than the bare minimum and engage with everyone (especially on their platforms) the way I wanted to. Still, you showed up anyway and kept this blog from plummeting into nothingness and I am so very grateful for that! 

Just like 2017, this year was also a strange one. Some really amazing stuff has happened, but in the end, 2018 leaves a bitter taste behind. The general atmosphere was filled with loads of anxiety, stress, frustration and sometimes helplessness. I genuinely hope that 2019 will have an overall better vibe, because we all deserve a break, but I don’t want to leave it on a bad note and rather celebrate some really amazing milestones instead.

  • The blog currently has 2,267 WordPress followers, a number that kept growing even when my posts dwindled. Add the 31 people who follow me via e-mail and we are SO close to 2,300. What a nice number!
  • This is post #999, so I will start the new year with a fantastic milestone!
  • I really, really want to give a shout-out to my top commenters, because they are such lovely people and always brighten my day. Thank you Marie, The Orang-utan Librarian, Caro, Savannah, Beth, Marta and Rami!

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2018

(click on the title of the post to read it!)

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook (Book Review + Movie Trailer): I am honestly a little bit surprised that my most visited post is a book review, especially for a book that was written FOR a movie and not the other way round. I can’t say this was a favourite read of mine, but I am glad people seem to be curious about it nonetheless.

Still Star-Crossed: Book vs. TV Show: This review was actually written in 2017, but I think it actually got more views this year than when I actually wrote it. I guess people miss a cool historical show with POC characters. Who can blame them?

The Netflix Book Tag: We all love Netflix. No surprise here!

How I See Myself as a Fictional Character: This post was actually one of the most fun to write for me this year, so I am very, very happy to see it resonated well. Eden Rhodes will forever be my alter ego!

Your WIP in Gifs Tag: It seriously warms my heart to know that people want to know more about Arcadia. I don’t know if the success of the post is due to the gifs or not, but I am elated either way. (In case you missed it, I also did my WIP in Gifs for the #witchyWIP, click here to check out that post!)

MY (DECEMBER) POSTS

Lastly, here is what I’ve written this past month:

WRITING RELATED

TV SHOW RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had great holidays if you celebrated and even more so, I hope you have a great start into the new year! Do you have any resolutions for 2019? I am going to do best of lists for 2018 in the upcoming days, with a special focus on TV shows and books. I hope you’ll enjoy those posts as well!

Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Love is in the air! May it be the slow building romance or a whirlwind affair, many ships can evoke all kinds of feelings in us. So, I want to thank Sophie @Blame Chocolate for tagging me in this wonderful Soul Ripping Romance Tag! I always enjoy talking about my ships and I really hope I could make it a good mix for you all.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

MY SHIPS

Kaz & Inej (Six of Crows)

(Source)

For a couple that barely touches in the entire duology, they are just so precious and gave me all the feels. There’s background, history and development there and I just love them so much.

Waverly & Nicole Haught (Wynonna Earp)

No one is as precious as WayHaught! Their awkward getting-to-know-each-other phase was everything and they are one of the most lovable couples out there. Definitely always happy tears with them!

Karen & Frank (The Punisher)

Karen and Frank are some of the most frustrating people out there. They CLEARLY have feelings for one another, they protect each other and now they just need to act on those feelings. Pretty please!

Kasia & Dyson (Arcadia)

No one said I couldn’t use my own couple, right? Kasia and Dyson are my babies and they have made me laugh and cry and scream in frustration. I just really want to get their story right. (You can read all about Arcadia here!)

Abbie & Sam (Irreplaceable You)

If you know anything about the premise of this movie, you will understand that I ugly cried through at least half of it.

Elio & Oliver (Call Me By Your Name)

I still haven’t watched the movie, but the book was beyond beautiful and sad and tragic and raw and real. I just have to reread certain paragraphs and it will immediately open the floodgates. “I remember everything.”

I TAG THEE

I hope you enjoyed this little tag! What are your thoughts? What are some ships and fictional couples you can get behind?

 

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jan 30-Feb 5)

trailers

Sooo, today is Super Bowl Sunday, but the game is not for a couple more hours. In fact, it will be about 11 PM local time when they start showing it here. Therefore don’t expect any of those new trailers to be here. They will most likely all be in the post next week though. Let’s see what I’ve got for you now:

Movies

Beauty and the Beast

Don’t know if I already shared this, but it doesn’t matter because it’s Beauty and the Beast.

Girls Trip

For a chill movie night at home, I would definitely watch this.

Transformers: The Last Knight

I thought this was done like 3 movies ago, but I will most likely watch it.

Fist Fight

I am not sure I find this funny.

Ghost in a Shell

The visuals for this look stunning.

Life

I only like peaceful alien movies like Arrival.

Speech & Debate

SHE AUDITIONED WITH HAMILTON! And Lin is in it! And Darren Criss too.

The Beautiful Fantastic

I think this looks sweet.

From Nowhere

Seems current to me.

TV Shows

Animal Kingdom (Season 2)

I am SO looking forward to having the family back. Bad is bred.

Time After Time

Soooo, remember how I complained about all those shows messing with time? Here’s another one! But I still want to check it out. I quite like the cast.

Famous in Love

Seriously, if it had a different lead, I would be all over this … but Bella Thorne just isn’t my person.

Will

Yeah … not sure. I mean, Shakespeare has been done a lot.

Claws

No idea what this is. How do you do anything with nails that long? All I’d accomplish would be scratching myself and getting frustrated with my phone.

Doubt

I doubt that I want to watch this

American Crime (Season 3)

Just clicked because of Sandra Oh. This gives me chills and I don’t want to see it.

What are you watching? I am quite obsessed with Riverdale at the moment! Let’s talk!