Hello, hello, it feels like I just did my last wrap up (well, because I did just do it but shuuuush). November has been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but I think I’m finally getting back into a routine of writing (and if nothing else, I have numerous *ideas* for blog posts). Although I’m the first to say that Christmas comes too early every year, this year I’ve already done two Christmassy things; wander around the Southbank Christmas Markets and watch Miracle on 34th Street. But the important thing is, no decorations are up yet, no gingerbread has been baked and no Christmas songs are on, so it doesn’t count. So let’s do the wrap up!
The Reading Corner
I finished my Harry Potter reread this month and I really enjoyed stepping back into the Wizarding World. I’m going to do a blog post per book and then maybe one for the overall series, but as we have about 4 weeks left in this year (eeek!) and I want to post ~other~ things in December, I’m going to make this a series to brighten up the dark and dreary January/February days.
The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud
I didn’t like this book, mostly because it’s just not my type. Based in a world where magicians can summon djinn to do their bidding with the aid of candles and pentacles, boy-magician Nathanial, summons the wise-cracking Bartemaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand. What should be a swift revenge story reveals a larger conspiracy. This book just didn’t compel me; I didn’t like the magical system, the world felt confused and disliked Nathaniel’s character though Bartemaeus’ chapters were funny. It was a very dense book for quite a basic plot and there wasn’t enough in it that I enjoyed.
Full review to come.
The Home Cinema
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
So, we made it to the third film in this series and like its predecessors, it’s a fun adventure (though problematic in a way that very much reflects the 80s). This adventure centres around retrieving the Holy Grail something Indy doesn’t believe in, but his father does. The latter is been kidnapped by Nazis to locate the source and Indy must rescue him. I found it interesting how much the film spells out to the audience as Indy solves clues to rescue his father. The chemistry between the father and son duo is great and I enjoyed watching this film.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
This wast the first time I saw this and I will begin by positing that 50% of your enjoyment of a film like this is based on sentimental value. The biggest flaw was that I didn’t feel the stakes of the real Santa bringing joy to New York as a department store Santa were made explicit enough. But it *is* a Christmas film so it makes sense? Mara Wilson was delightful, I enjoyed that the court case ended up basically arguing for the existence of Santa but I’m not sure how I feel about the *mansion* that Susan wishes for.
Peaky Blinders (Series 5)
Peaky Blinders is still excellent. With Tommy Shelby now an MP, he faces a new threat: Fascism, led by Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosely. Though Claflin is usually charming, he made my skin crawl in this series. His speeches referring to ‘Britain First’ are scarily reflective of politics today and never have I rooted for Tommy to win against someone more than in Series 5. The final episode had me on tenterhooks. As always the aesthetics, the music and the acting is exceptional in this and though I always feel like I want more, 6 episodes is the prefect length.
The End of the F***ing World (Series 2)
Series 2 of The End of the F***ing World is a weird one, where I enjoyed it a lot, but would simultaneously argue that it worked very well with just one series. This series is as gorgeously filmed as the previous, I love Alyssa’s stubbornness in this and with the introduction of a new character, Bonnie, there’s some mystery and tension added to the show. It is set 2 years after Series 1 so you see how the characters are dealing with the mad events of the past series and it’s still got that hidden heart alongside the dark comedy.
Around the Blogosphere
I’m getting back into the world of blogging and part of that was getting through the backlog of blog posts I missed. I haven’t written loads, but I have plans for lots in the coming months, including some Christmassy posts and of course my Harry Potter reread. I have however read quite a few posts, so here are some of the highlights!
Jo talks about growing out of certain books and authors, which is something I’ve spoken about with regards to YA literature too
We’re all cover fiends here, so I loved Ash’s battle of the book covers where she looks at UK vs US book covers to see which is the best.
Amber did the #NotAll Book tag and it’s not one I’ve seen before, I love seeing what breaks people’s rules a little bit as we all have exceptions!
Trang’s post recommending 5 bookshops in Paris definitely made me feel like I didn’t do enough bookshop hunting when I was there.
Finally, Kelly’s argument that we should have more animated adaptions for books is something I wholeheartedly agree with, being someone who loves a good animated series.
How was your month? Are you ready for December (a.k.a officially Christmas Season?)