Monday, July 30, 2018

July 2018 Update

July, oh July...what a weird month. In one sense it took absolutely forever, and in another it completely flew by! My classes are now officially done for the semester, and I get a chance to relax for a little while. Work is insane, but it is also slowing down now (well, after next week). I didn't watch tons this month, but overall the things that I watched were great.

Started Watching:
Great British Bake-Off season 8

Although I have avidly watched past seasons of this, three of the main four cast members have been replaced this time, and I don't know how much I'll be watching. The new hosts just don't have the same flair, and the newest judge seems fine, but I haven't had any chance to feel connected to her. Paul is still the same though - good ol' Paul. Well, we'll see.
This is My Love (My Love Eun Dong) started and finished
This was AMAZING. Full disclosure though: if you are not into obsessive guys or pining, then just stay away. Yes, it got a little bit much at some points, and I totally would have yelled at the male lead...but I loved it. This goes through three different ages of the characters, and the middle age of the female lead is played by the same person that was in the last K-Drama I watched, One Last Time. Yet, it was wonderful and heartbreaking, and I wanted to cry almost right away. So worth a watch if you are into intense love stories.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

TMST: Change in Reading/Watching Habits

Things have been so busy that I unfortunately haven't been able to participate in a few weeks, but here I am back again with another Tell Me Something Tuesday.

This week's topic from Rainy Day Ramblings is "how have you reading habits changed since you started blogging?" I definitely think this is an interesting one, because although I knew things had changed for me a little, I could really only identify it in terms of the movies and shows I was watching. So, I'm going to look at both.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge

You know those things that you keep meaning to get around to, and then just never end up doing? That's sort of been me the past few months. Now, if you don't know anything about my job, I work with children and teenagers. This means that during the summer school is out, and it is essentially non-stop chaos for me at work (which also makes it my favourite time). So while for most people the summer is a time to relax and catch up on all of their projects...that is definitely not the case for me. Anyway, I digress.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Period Drama: Lady Bird

Set in Sacramento in 2002, this period drama was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two Golden Globes.

What It's About:

Christine McPherson has pink hair, goes to Catholic school, and gave herself the name Lady Bird. Trying to carve her mark amidst the craziness of her final year in high school, she joins the drama club along with her best friend Julie, where she meets Danny and the two fall for each other. While making her way through college applications, relationship troubles, her father losing his job, and a contentious relationship with her mother, Lady Bird discovers that sometimes you have to take a step back to see the things that are the closest to your heart.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)

This post will essentially be Spoiler Free, however comments by other users may possibly contain information that spoils portions of the plot, so read at them your own risk. This book is the third one that I've completed for my 2018 TBR Challenge.

What it's about:

The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories centered around the tales told by a man's tattoos. This illustrated man is an outcast, never staying in one place for long. His elaborate body art is his curse - each story shifts and changes every day, and he sees them depict the future of those involved, no matter how horrible. Each tale in the collection relates to a different tattoo.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

TMST: Vacation Reading

This week's question from Rainy Day Ramblings is "Vacation Reading: What books would you pack for your vacation?" but instead of necessarily listing a bunch of specific books, I'm going to talk about the kinds of books I like to read over the summer.

For some reason, I always think Jane Austen is the perfect author over the warmer months. I like to curl up on the couch and pour through these. Maybe it's the romance, maybe it's the revisiting of old favourites, or maybe it's just about having the time and the focus to get into them, but I tend to crave these books in the summer.

I also love reading anything that's long, or takes a bit more effort to get through, like classics. I'm more likely to pick up Jane Eyre or War and Peace over the summer. Not only am I happier (and can therefore focus better without being stressed), but I also have more time on my hands...sort of. I tend to have more time to myself without being bothered by various people, and am usually out of school (or have a lighter course load), but I do end up working a lot more. For some reason, this combination means that when I am free, I read for hours on end. I don't tend to pick a lot of things that are too dark and depressing, but I am fine with reading something that is rather serious in nature.

Oops! I forgot to post this on Tuesday!