April 2019 Wrap-Up

So … I didn’t read anything this month. Or wait! Let me rephrase that … I didn’t finish any book this past month, because I actually did read something but I didn’t enjoy it very much and now I am stuck again. Honestly, I don’t feel super happy about the amount of books I am behind on in my Goodreads challenge (currently 6), but I also don’t know when exactly I’d want to make time for reading. It’s a struggle, but maybe it will happen again.

In general, April just sort of flew by and I don’t know why exactly. There was one week I spent back home in Vienna but I was also glad to hear from some people at work that they had missed me while I was gone. Other than that, I can’t really think of a notable thing that happened (barring the return of Game of Thrones and the release of Endgame).

The one thing I did figure out though, was that I want to make reaction videos. I am sort of clear on the content I want to cover but currently trying to get all the technical stuff I need, because having a Microsoft operating system puts me at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of editing and the likes. So, if any of you have tips about software or a good cheap microphone and/or camera, hit me up! (Also taking emails on the matter, if you prefer that, under: impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com)

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I want to say Game of Thrones, but there’s going to be a full post on that matter once the season is over and we are all done with the song of Ice and Fire. I also have a lot of feels about the new Avengers movie, but will likely do a discussion post about it too. So, I’d rather talk about other things, such as the revival of VERONICA MARS!!!

I was shocked when I found out how many of you didn’t watch the show, because I was obsessed with it growing up. I loathed missing an episode, as there was no way to check them out elsewhere and I owned the entire DVD box set. Veronica was just such a role model for me and never ceased to be one, even when she made mistakes. I loved that we got a movie, even if it was mostly fan service, but I am even more pumped about it returning to TV. Please, for the love of all good television, do check out the origins of that show if you haven’t yet, because there is so much to unpack and I am sure the new stuff will be en par with the first two seasons rather than the third (it had flaws and I will admit to that).

Another thing I truly loved was the Netflix movie Someone Great! Aside from a fabulous cast, I liked how simple the story was. You don’t always need a gazillion things to happen for something to be … well, great. To me, it was both beautiful and sad, but also quiet and loud. It showed how people who have been with you for a while shape you and how parting isn’t easy but sometimes necessary and how you can love someone even if they don’t turn out to be the one. Not everything has to be ugly, even if it hurts. I hope I didn’t give anything away here, but this was not just a depressive movie, it was really fun and I can only wholeheartedly recommend it!

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I hope you aren’t too disappointed in this rather short recap of the month! I wish you all a good start into the new month of May!

November 2017 Wrap-Up

I am tired of writing “where is the time going? How is it almost the end of the year?” but that’s basically what’s happening in my brain. Anyway, you won’t believe it, but I’ve actually read stuff this month and with stuff I mean books and comics! YAY ME!

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (4.5 stars)
  • Wynonna Earp, Vol. 2: Legends (4 stars)
    The characters look like the ones from the show, but the story is mostly different. Very different.
  • Superman: American Alien (4.5 stars)
    Did not love the art in every single issue, but the story was more than solid. It was a feast to see Clark coming into himself and Superman thereafter.
  • Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree (3 stars)
    To me, this was a silly idea to begin with. (Miles and Kamala are my ship!)

Saints and Misfits  Wynonna Earp, Vol. 2: Legends  Superman: American Alien  Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree

Just like in old times, click on the title to get to the review on the blog (if there is one) and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I spent the first week(-ish) of the month in Toronto, having a couple really awesome blogger meet ups, but mostly being over my Canada stay. I still wanted to be in Vancouver, but I hated that inbetween of being in Toronto and still having so far to go to be in Vienna. Then I finally got back to Austria and it feels like I barely had time to breathe since. There were appointments with the unemployment office, my short yearly stunt as a crew member at our local comic con and telling the same stuff over and over to different family members/friends.

I do understand that everyone wants to know how I’ve been, but the worst question to get after a 6-month-long absence is “So, how was it? What’s coming next?”, because I literally have no idea how to answer either. I mean, what part of the trip are we talking about? I was in more than 4 different cities for a decent amount of time. I basically had a second life in Vancouver and even there I lived in various different neighborhoods. Also, there is no way that I am arriving in Vienna with a game plan for my future endeavors. That’s just not how my brain works. I need time to arrive first, get back into the time zone and then I will take one step at a time towards what’s to come. Seriously, cut me some slack.

So, this turned into a bit of a rant. But, basically, I am back? Hopefully also into the reading game.

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How was your month? I hope it was a good one!

August 2016 Wrap Up

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I am quite content with what I managed to read this month. Somehow I have turned from amazing books to a reading slump, but more about that later. Here’s what I managed to read in August:

So, I technically put the following books on my TBR, because I got them all for my birthday, but I didn’t officially list them yet.

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)   Gone Wild   Player   The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)   The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)   The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)   Hamilton: The Revolution

As always, click on the titles above to get to the reviews (or on the name of the people I read the books with, to get to their reviews if they are up yet) and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

InOtherNews

I am on my FIRST holiday since starting to work at the bookshop in February and it doesn’t feel like a vacation at all, because every day is fully scheduled and busy to no end. I wish I could take more time off, but it will have to do. However, the closer my days off came, the less and less I read. I have absolutely no idea what inspired this massive reading slump, but at least I caught up on some of TV watching habits. Most notoriously I got obsessed with Wynonna Earp and Stranger Things, because why not? And I got into a funk because of Roadies ending and am already a little bit in love with Victoria. Don’t even get me started on movies! Whiskey Foxtrot Charlie occupied my mind for days!

Remember how we were close to 700 followers last month? Well, Life and Other Disasters surpassed 765 followers and it’s all thanks to you! You are all amazing (and slightly crazy) for following my random ramblings, but I appreciate each and everyone of you to Mars and back! If you haven’t entered yet, there is still a little birthday/thank you giveaway going on right now and you have about 2 more days to enter for a chance to win a book from Book Depository up to 15 Euros! Just click here for more info! I wish you the best of luck.

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Tell me folks, how was your month? Any highlights you would like to share? I am all ears!

Trailers You Might Have Missed

Last week was full of Trailer and promo releases and I thought I’d share a short summary of my thoughts as well as the trailers with you guys to discuss in the comments!

Movies

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

I am not a huge fan of the franchise, but I have watched the first movie. I thought it was funny and Megan Fox was a lot less terrible than I thought she would be, but it still didn’t blow me away. Now, the second movie looks a little better to me, but that’s probably mainly due to Stephen Amell. YAY – Oliver is branching out!

The Legend of Tarzan

It looks so different from my childhood memory of the story! I know that Tarzan has been made into movies with real people a lot of the times, but I always associate it with the animated version. This one looks so much darker and grown up, but I kind of like that. Also, Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård are both so swoon-worthy! And Christoph Waltz is always great to watch as well!

The Nice Guys

In the beginning, I thought it looked weird, but weirdly genius. I think I’d like to watch this, even though I am usually not that much into violent movies.

X-Men Apocalypse

I HAVE NO WORDS! My mind just goes blank whenever I watch it, but I am super excited. The X-Men franchise is one of my favourites of the comic universe.

TV Shows

The 100 Season 3

My first thought was, “What did Clarke do with her hair?”, but then I realised how close the Season 3 premiere is and that made me extremely happy. The 100 is just so good and it seems to be getting better each season. (Also, please reunite Bellarke soon!!!) – Disclaimer: full trailer will be released on Monday!

Chicago Trilogy Crossover

You know how obsessed I am about the Chicago shows. This is going to be EPIC!

Teen Wolf Season 5B

It’s looking so grim … January 5th can’t come quick enough!

I do realise that that was a lot at once, but did you know about all of them? Did I show you something new? What are your thoughts?

Doctor Who: Before the Flood

I know that I am terribly late with my Doctor Who review for Before the Flood, but I have good reasons. Yesterday I went and sold some childhood memories at the flee market. It sounds way more dramatic than it was, because they were all things I neither needed nor wanted, but it was freezing and we basically had to stand there all day long. So, after getting home, I mostly tried to get some warmth back into my body and slept a lot – hence my slightly belated review. Now, beware of Spoilers ahead!

What was it about?

The Doctor and Clara are separated through time. While Clara struggles to stay hopeful facing the Doctor’s ghost, he is off to change the future in order to keep Clara safe. 

My thoughts?

After last week, I was quite excited about how Moffat would resolve the issue of the Doctor’s ghost appearing, but when the episode started and the Bootstrap Paradox was mentioned, I knew it wouldn’t be an entirely satisfying solution. However, it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good episode, I just think that ending it with a question rather than the answer can be a bit of a cop-out sometimes. Funnily enough, I did suspect the ghost of the Doctor to be a hologram, so I was kind of happy to be right about that one.

I still think that Sophie Stone as Cass was a brilliant addition to the cast and the story – her being deaf actually added to the narrative and that was amazing! Also, her and Lunn were just super cute. I liked pretty much all of the people from the underwater base though and was sorry to see Bennett so shattered in the end. He had one of the best lines after meeting Albert Prentis in 1980 – “My first proper alien and he’s an idiot!” – I definitely laughed out loud at that! Also, he at least gave us a bit of a chance to explore Clara’s emotions after loosing Danny. I feel like that’s just being pushed aside like it wasn’t that big a deal in the first place, but moments like the one at the end of Before the Flood showed that it changed her at least a little.

Now there was a new monster – the Fisher King. I think the episode could have used a bit more of him. He looks quite terrifying, but since the costume made it difficult to move, he looked stiff and awkward sometimes. I wish they explored his motives and the monster in general a bit more, but what can you do, there is only so much you can show in 45 minutes.

Next week we will finally find out who Maisie Williams is playing on Doctor Who – massively excited for that! But what was your impression of Before the Flood? 

Arrow Season 4 Premiere

So, the Arrow is back! I’ve already posted a First Look including Spoilers for the entire Season a couple of weeks ago, click here to read that. But right now, let’s take a look at the episode 1 of Season 4! (If you haven’t watched it yet, this obviously also includes Spoilers!)

The Season starts with Oliver and Felicity in domestic bliss, while everything goes really badly in Star City. As usual, let’s break it down into characters:

  • Oliver wants to propose to Felicity! That was like the best news in my opinion. They are really happy together, if only it wasn’t so boring in the suburbs. Oli’s proposal attempt failed when Thea and Laurel showed up to ask for help. You can see that with them being back in the city, their relationship will also change. For now he has put the engagement off, but I don’t think it’s forever.
  • Thea is out of control! I mean we all knew the Lazarus Pit would take a toll, but she is so aggressive and doesn’t even have a problem with it!
  • Diggle‘s helmet has not fully convinced me yet. However, I do get his lingering animosity with Oliver. He was his best friend and he betrayed him, that’s just not cool. Still, he needs to let it go! They need to be a team now and Oliver is trying. He knows that he can’t call all the shots anymore.
  • Damien Darhk is scary af! He has some sort of mystical blood-magic powers which make him super strong, possibly telekinetic and allow him to kill people by touch. That is freaky! He has a Hive that works for him and that instantly rang a bell for Diggle. I wish he would have told the others about having heard about it before. He can’t be mad at Oliver for keeping secrets and then keep something big like this from the others as well – that’s just him being a hypocrite.
  • Big shocker to me was that Captain Lance is seemingly in it with Darhk. Okay, okay, he has no choice, but that is still a really bad image in my mind …
  • Flashbacks: you know I am not a huge fan of those, but they are now about how Oliver got trapped on the island again.
  • Flashforwards: this apparently confused a lot of people and I can tell you it was a real shocker to me as well! Just to clarify though, the season will not continue from this point onwards. It was a look at the future and we will get there before the Season Finale. However, the Arrow bosses refuse to give any clues about who’s grave Oliver and Barry were standing at. They also won’t mention when the death will occur during the Season in order not to spoil it. That is fair enough but I do wonder who will die. Apparently the person, whoever they are, won’t be revived but is dead for good. I have this bad gut feeling that it’s Felicity, but that would ruin the show for me … I so hope I am wrong!
  • In other news: Oli is now officially the Green Arrow. While people still believe Ray is dead, Felicity is the CEO of Palmer Tech. Also, the Flash Day was mentioned. And greatest sentence ever: “Felicity Smoak, you have failed this omelette.”

So, where you as shocked as I was in the end? Any thoughts you want to add? I think it was really mean of them to do that …

The Flash Season 2 Premiere

Why stop when I am on a run? So, let’s also talk about the Flash Season 2 Premiere. Like always, beware of Spoilers ahead!!

The Flash Season 2 Premiere takes place a couple months after the occurrence of the singularity. The public is celebrating the Flash, wanting to give him the key to the city, but Barry has retreated into himself. He’s turned into a lone wolf, because he blames himself for the past events. But the team won’t give up on him

Here’s the break-down:

  • The team is divided. Barry thinks he can take on the world by himself, but he couldn’t defeat the weekly villain by himself. He blames himself because he couldn’t stop the singularity and Firestorm had to step in. They had to separate in the eye of the storm and that lead to Ronnie dying “again” and only Dr. Stein getting saved. He’s a funny addition to the team and  has sort of assumed the role of Dr. Wells. Cisco even let him pick out a name – that has to mean something. But Garber has also signed up for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so while we will definitely get to see a lot of him in the future it’s not necessarily on the Flash.
  • Caitlin left STAR labs after the incident, but she wasn’t mad at Barry, she blamed herself instead. So, basically everyone felt guilty somehow. As Joe said in the end, everyone made their own decisions that day (also poor Eddie) and they therefore equally share the blame.
  • Wells is apparently not entirely evil because his last will is a video in which he admits to the murder of Nora Allen and exonerates Barry’s father. Yet, Henry decides to leave, which makes Barry very sad but gives him the chance to mature.
  • The real big event took place in the last seconds of the show though. Jay Garrick (played by Teddy Sears) appears and warns the gang about what’s to come. He was the Flash in his own universe and apparently will become something of a big brother to Barry since he has a lot more experience.

While I really do like the Flash, it wasn’t one of my most anticipated returns of the season. I think the first episode set up some interesting things for the rest of the Season, but we will have to see in which direction it will really go. What did you think of the first episode of Season 2 of the Flash?