- Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, 3/5 stars
- Portrait of a Murderer (e-ARC) by Anne Meredith, 3/5 stars
- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, 5/5 stars
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (e-ARC), 3/5 stars
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo, 4.5/5 stars
- To Be Read at Dusk by Charles Dickens, 3.5/5 stars
- Odd & True by Cat Winters, 4/5 stars
- Warcross by Marie Lu, 4/5 stars
- Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie 4/5 stars
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, 4/5 stars
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 4/5 stars
Ten days ago, I was in Copenhagen and completely fell in love with this city. I was with my boyfriend and we walked everywhere, visited the city, castles, museums, ate a lot, it wa
s so amazing. From the very first moments we were there, I started feeling that it was the type of city I could live in. Even though it’s a capital, it’s not as overwhelming than capitals like Paris or London (I love those cities too, though), it’s so peaceful, maybe it’s due to the way of living in Denmark, I’m not sure. But it’s a city near the sea, when I’ve always been a sea kind of girl, it’s a city where you can actually breathe as there are enough parks and let’s be real, it’s quite stunning. *sigh* I already miss it so much.
*if you caught the reference, here are phantom cookies for you!
I’m in the second year of my master’s degree, which means I have to write… A master’s thesis! To be more precise, it’s my second one because we already had to write one last year. *cue intense crying* I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty hard, especially considering how much we’re supposed to write, so I decided that to motivate myself to write a huge part of it in April, I would do Camp NaNoWriMo. It was such an amazing experience, as you set your own writing goals and while I couldn’t write every day because of my last assignments… or life in general, it was a huge success for me, because I love stats and competing with myself. While I’m not anywhere near done, I wrote so much of it that I know I’m on the right path. I got this. If you’re in the middle of exams/big assignments/a master’s thesis/anything stressful, you got this too.
PS: I won’t talk numbers, because I know that seeing people talking about a number of pages stresses me out and it’s probably the case for other persons haha.
Finally, after more of a year of waiting, A Series of Unfortunate Events, adapted from Lemony Snicket’s series, which was my favourite as a child (I named one of my family’s cats after Violet Baudelaire, after all), returned with its second season. I have to confess that I watch it in French (gasp!), because I watch it with my family and it makes the experience all the better, especially when my 10 y.o. brother starts screaming that Sunny wasn’t supposed to walk that early (he’s so precious). In any case, once again, Netflix did a stellar job at adapting the novels, I was still as scared as I used to be during The Hostile Hospital, they so captured the aesthetic of the series, it makes me feel so nostalgic. I am eagerly waiting for season 3 next year, because The Carnivorous Carnival ends on such a cliffhanger (I knew it, but still) and I need more.
I screamed a lot about it two weeks ago on social media, because I’m still not okay with the fact that Netlix decided to not renew it for a second season when it’s been out for… TWO MONTHS. Everything Sucks! is set in 1996 in the town of Boring, it follows high school life, with all its ups and mostly its downs, it has lots of pop culture references, one of the most diverse cast of characters and the representation is amazing. I wrote an entire blog post about it that will describe it so much better, but I watched the entire thing in one evening because I couldn’t stop.
Black Lightning (CW and it’s on Netflix)
A few months ago, one of my friends recommended me Black Lightning and I finally got around to watch it (I think I finished it before she did in the end, haha). This show airs on the CW and is based on a DC comics character, but hear me out, for once you don’t have to be all caught up with four different shows because there is no crossover (so far), FINALLY (I’m so done with their stupid technique to make me watch their superhero shows, I dropped out of half of them at this point lmao). Anyway, Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce, who stopped being the vigilante Black Lightning nine years ago, after seeing the effects it had on his family. However, he is forced to become a vigilante once again when a local gang leads to increased crime and corruption in his community of Freeland.
In many ways, Black Lightning reminds me of Netflix’s Daredevil that I adore too. BUT, one of the things that make Black Lightning particularly amazing is the diversity. Not only are all the main characters black, but it’s set in a black community (only two significant characters are white, but they’re secondary) and has an openly lesbian character*, Anissa Pierce, which is the best character of the show. It also has amazing family dynamics, the plot is brilliant and we binge-watched the entire thing in three days with my boyfriend, when we’ve barely watched any TV shows for the past year. It’s so good.
*I’m highlighting this even more considering Everything Sucks! had a lesbian character too, but got cancelled and there is so little representation that I needed to point this out even more, okay I’m done ranting.
The second season of Legion (FOX) is currently airing and if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I adore this show (and here is why), which was my favourite of 2017. Sadly, I only had time to watch the first two episodes (which means I’m two episodes behind already, I hate life), but I adore it so far and I can’t wait to catch up and continue as it airs for the next few weeks! I’m only half-including it in this because I literally watched two episodes, that’s so little, but I LOVE IT ANYWAY. Bye.
> There are two movies I’m particularly excited about for May, the first one being The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, because Adam Driver is in it and it will be released in France the day it premieres at the Cannes festival (aka May 19th). Solo: a Star Wars story is also coming out this May and I have a complicated relationship with it, because I am terrified I will be disappointed by it, but I’m starting to form hopes… As it’s the only Star Wars content I’ll get for a while. Oh Episode IX, come faster, you’re already driving me crazy.
> For TV shows, I’m just excited about the second season of Dear White People, which will be released on Netflix this Friday! The first season was so amazing, I hope it’ll also be the case for the second one. I am in the mood to start so many TV shows though, it’s not great for productivity.
> For books, there aren’t a lot I’m specifically looking forward to, but We Are Young by Cat Clarke is coming out this week, I adored Girlhood that I read last year by her, so I want more. As I also need to feed my Star Wars addiction, Most Wanted by Rae Carson, a Solo novel by a YA author, is quite an anticipated release for me. It follows Han and Qi’ra and that’s all I know. See, that’s what I was talking about, I’m starting to have hopes for Solo, it’s not good. *cries*