January Wrap-Up

Ugh god, was January just the longest month in existence, or was that just me? After battling the flu this month, managing a chesty cough, work being chaotic and generally not feeling on top of my game, I am GLAD to see the back of it and to kick Feb off with a bang.

However, I thought it might be fun to do a little ‘January favourites/ mini-review’ style blog post about all the NEW films, tv shows, books and music that I watched, read and listened to last month – and give my thoughts on it in mini reviews. Enjoy!

Films I saw: Jan 2019

Glass

After watching ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ last year, I was massively hyped for the final in the trilogy from M N Shamalan. However, although this was an enjoyable movie – I felt like it lost it’s direction a bit and definitely did not do the character of David Dunn justice. It felt slightly like an afterthought – and although the story was unpredictable in places and didn’t follow a traditional linear plot structure, I found that I wasn’t as invested in the characters and that the ending fell short. James McAvoy was STAND OUT however!  He’s such a fantastic actor and brought so much to the table in this one. 6.5/10

Mary Queen of Scots:

We went to see Mary Queen of Scots on the day of release for my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary. Although I’m a huge fan of historical fiction (The Other Boleyn Girl was one of my top films ever) I felt like this one might be slightly less my cup of tea, knowing very little about who Mary Queen of Scots actually was. (I know, would you believe I have a history A-level week) I really enjoyed this film however. Saorise Ronan really dazzled in every scene she was in, the filming on location was stunning – and although there wasn’t that much about Queen Elizabeth, I found learning about their dynamic and the ‘’history’’ of this so interesting. I’m sure a lot of it was way overdramatised, but it was enjoyable (although perhaps 20 mins too long?) 7/10

Beautiful Boy:

I had really not seen the hype for ‘Beautiful Boy’ when it was advertised, but on a whim, my husband and I decided to go and see it. The story follows Steve Carrell and Timothy Chalamet characterising David and Nic Sheff, as Nic battles an addiction to drugs. Although most of the critics didn’t rate it highly, I absolutely loved this movie. Watching Nic’s slow demise, repetitive cycles and the cracks forming between an addict and their father was fascinating. The story was beautifully crafted, the soundtrack was immense and it was an incredible delicate and emotional film. 8/10

Books I read: Jan 2019

Everything I Never Told You: Celeste Ng

The story follows a Chinese American family after the death of their oldest daughter Lydia, through supposed suicide. What starts as a suggested accident, soon becomes more complex as you find out about the dynamics of the family and the way that race is perceived in small-town America. Celeste Ng is one of those writers whose words just absolutely flow with such elegance. I read another of her books last year, and although the character style and themes remained the same, I could not put ‘Everything I Never Told You’ down. 8.5/10

My Thoughts Exactly: Lily Allen

I LOVE Lily Allen and after being gifted this book, I’ve gotta say that I love her even more. This is an ‘autobiography’ of sorts, except it’s SO raw, honest and hides no details about the realities of fame, that it’s one you have to read. I really enjoyed it and it definitely gave her music a new view and lease of life in my eyes! Not the best writing, but definitely a story worth your time! 7.5/10

Happiness For Humans: P Z Reizin

What happens when AI becomes self-aware, and starts meddling in your love life? This is essentially the story that ‘Happiness For Humans’ tells. I don’t want to write too much about it for fear of spoiling the story, but my goodness this is one of the cutest, most lovely and lighthearted stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I would thoroughly recommend. 9/10

Lullaby: Leila Simani

On the first page of Lullaby, we find out the ending. The nanny murders the children. As soon as I picked up this book I knew it was going to be something stand-out, and I wasn’t wrong. Although this book has a troubling subject matter, is incredibly dark and definitely not a light read-  I absolutely loved the characters that Leila Simani formed and the weird subtle hints of how the nanny and the family relationship changed throughout the book. 8.5/10

One Day In December: Josie Silver

I felt like I’d read a lot of intense books across January, so I picked up a trashy chic-lit my mum recommended me at the end of the month, during my bout of flu. Although it was cheesy and a bit silly, I really enjoyed this book and the characters were really believable. I thoroughly enjoyed! 8/10 

An Edited Life: Anna Newton

Although I am an absolute whore for organisation and trying to streamline my life in as many ways as possible, I really didn’t enjoy Youtuber Anna Newton’s book very much. Although it was pretty and there were some nice passages, I felt like none of the tips were anything much more than common sense and I found myself pretty bored when reading it! 5/10

New Music I Listened To: Jan 2019

Billie Eilish: Bury A Friend

Okay I know that Billie Eilish is only 17, but my goodness does she have some RAW talent. I discovered her a long while ago, but her latest single release is SO SO good lord help me. It’s haunting, her voice is so ethereal and the song is so fresh and completely unlike anything else that’s coming from any other artist at the moment. I’m a woman obsessed. 10/10

So that’s what I’ve been doing this month!

Cya soon!

Rach

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