It’s Summertime, the sun is shining, there’s a heatwave on, school is soon going to be out for those still in education, it’s time to go out and have fun!
Or, if you’re a vampire like me, then it’s time to sit indoors and read all the books and watch all the TV possible.
I’m not an outdoors person in any form, I go outside exclusively for meetings, cinema trips, and shopping. Sometimes, about twice a year, a family event. Other than that, I’m inside, and that’s where I’m happiest.
And, I’ve already spoken about what I’m going to read in this second half of the year.
So, what am I going to be watching?
- The Runaways. I know, a Marvel TV series I haven’t watched yet? Shocking! But, now I have the entire series entirely ready for me to watch in the evening, I think I made the right decision on that one!
- American Gods. As of the day I’m writing this, I just started reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and while I’m only 75 pages in so far, I’m really enjoying myself. I got the DVD for my birthday, so why not watch the show after I finished the book? Sounds like a plan to me!
- The Alienist. Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl, murder and Victorian mystery, what else do I really need to say? I’m in! I saw the advert while I was on holiday in May, and I’m so excited to start this series, it sounds like a great watch, and the reviews are positive on the whole, who am I to ignore it?
- Kick-Ass. Somehow, I’ve only managed to ever watch the same part of the sequel, and read the first comic book. I’ve never seen the sequel the whole way through, let alone watch the first one. This film is exactly the kind of thing I like – gore, violence, Aaron Taylor Johnson, superheroes, how have I slept on this for so long? God knows, but that’s soon going to change, I can feel it.
- Now You See Me. Now, this is something I have watched. I love the Now You See Me films, and I’m currently in a big heist-movie mood, after binging the Ocean’s films, in celebration of Ocean’s 8’s release. I may as well continue that trend with Now You See Me, and wait (im)patiently for the third installment to start filming.
And that is my current top picks for summer watching. Of course, I’ll also be rounding off watching the latest seasons of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, Lucifer, and Poldark, but the rest of the time, I’m now free to get my teeth stuck into something new. Personally, I can’t wait, I’ve got so many evenings free now, I may as well use them to get my To Be Watched list down a bit!
What are you guys watching in Summer? Have any good recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments down below!
At the beginning of the year, the Top 5 Wednesday group challenged us all to make 5 bookish new years resolutions. As a semi-new reader, trying to improve my reading, I decided to join in and set myself 5 bookish new years resolutions.
I also decided to set myself the target of reading at least 38 books this year, here is my progress on that:
But, how am I doing with my bookish new year’s resolutions? Well, for some, I’m doing quite well, in others, I’m failing miserably.
Let’s go through each one individually:
- Read bigger books.
Well, that’s going reasonably well. I’ve dedicated myself to reading larger books (aka anything over 400 pages) this year, and I’ve managed to get through quite a few. These include:
And that’s without going into the books I started and DNF’d for whatever reason (it wasn’t length, I didn’t wimp out, I swear), and the rest I have planned for the rest of the year!
I’d count that as a firm success, wouldn’t you?
Though… I do have to put my hands up and say that there are a few I’m avoiding because of their length, as I mentioned in this blog post.
- Read more trilogies in one go.
Er… I sort of have accomplished this, I guess? I sort of expanded this to include series’ after it was pointed out to me that I rarely finish a series over 3 books long. And it’s gone… reasonably well.
I did finish the entire Melrose series in one sitting earlier this year.
I blasted through the Monsters Of Verity duology in a week.
Crooked Kingdom is being read this month, which rounds off the Six Of Crows duology.
As for longer series, trilogies, and anything else I’ve finished? It’s a bit of a different story.
Take His Dark Materials, for example. I was happily going through that, steaming right through, but the last book lost its way for me, and I DNF’d it. I had full intentions of finishing the series, read each book one after the other, but The Amber Spyglass just lost me around 40% of the way through and I couldn’t continue.
The Lunar Chronicles, I’m on the fence about after reading Cinder. It was interesting, but there was something missing for me, I guess you could say. I have bought Scarlett, though, and I’m willing to give it another chance. Just not right now, as I’m on a book buying ban.
And the series’ I’m halfway through and really love?
Discworld and Skulduggery Pleasant are series’ I’m stretching out, so they’re not over too soon, so I’m forcing myself to only read two books of each a year.
So far, Going Postal has been ticked off the Discworld list, and I’m looking at Wyrd Sisters as my second of the year.
Skulduggery Pleasant is a different story. I shamefully haven’t picked any up yet, even after The Faceless One‘s cliffhanger. Even got the massive box set in the new covers for my birthday and I still haven’t picked it up yet.
I will, I’m determined. I will read two more Skulduggery Pleasant. I may have reached my ‘three books read’ limit of attention span, but I’m going to beat it into submission.
- Read more books outside of my comfort zone.
This one I can safely say I have achieved.
I read the Melrose series, which is very much set in the real world. I wasn’t entirely keen on the entire series, as it was a bit too dark for me, and it messed with my head.
As promised, I also got into Sci-Fi, and I love it! I’ve read books such as
Failure To Communicate
I started Illuminae, sadly had to stop because my dyslexic brain could not take the weird layout, but really loved the storyline.
And, as previously mentioned, I’ve also started The Lunar Chronicles and I’ve also read Invictus! It’s been a great introduction to Sci-Fi and I’ve got a lot more on my shelves to read, I’m a complete convert!
As for comic books? I haven’t done too badly on that either!
I’ve branched out into Spiderman, Deadpool, Black Panther and Illuminati in the Marvel universe of comics. I’ve also recently bought Gwenpool, Miss Marvel, House Of M and a tonne more, I’m ridiculously excited to get into them!
Outside of the Marvel universe, I’ve also started the Kick-ass series, the Monstress series, and the Sandman series, so I’d say I’ve branched out pretty well in terms of comics! There’s a lot more I want to look into, but right now, I’m happy with my current choices.
- Read more diverse books.
This one I’m certain I’ve covered well this year.
This year, I’ve read non-binary characters (Our Dark Duet), autistic characters (Failure To Communicate), POC characters (Black Panther), LGBT+ characters (Six Of Crows). And not just in these books, in many others, too.
I’ve done my best to seek out diverse books, with characters that aren’t just cis, white and straight. Finding disabled characters has been harder, so much harder, than I imagined it would be if I’m honest. So, like I said in the original post, please do give me some recommendations, I would be incredibly grateful for them.
Either way, I’ve really enjoyed expanding my reading in this way, it’s giving me so many more perspectives on life and on others. I’ve been stuck in such a Western-cultured world, I love seeing things from others perspectives. It’s been fascinating and informative, I just wish that there were more for me to read.
- Review more.
… This one, I’ve totally, completely and utterly failed at. I’ve made three reviews this year. Three. That’s it. Three. And I promised to write reviews for at least 50% of the books I read this year. It’s gone entirely out of the window.
This needs to change, and soon. It doesn’t matter if it’s in blog or booktube form, I just need to make more. I can’t just ignore reviewing the books I read, in favour of the TV show/film/theatre show I’ve recently seen.
I need to review more. I leave mini-reviews on Goodreads, but I need to go more in depth, to actually use this blog and my youtube channel for what they were made for – book reviews.
I realise now that trying to review 50% of the books I read is a stretch. So I’m going to say that for the rest of the year, I’m going to try and review at least one book a month. It’s a lot more obtainable as a goal. One book a month, I can manage that… right?
And that was my bookish new year’s resolution check in! How are yours going? Doing better than me? Tell me down below in the comments!
Warning: This review contains swearing, but it’s a Deadpool review, so you probably won’t care if you’re here.
Deadpool has been a legend among Marvel comic characters ever since his creation. He defies superhero rules, swears, breaks the fourth wall and is generally the biggest fucking antihero to ever antihero.
So, naturally, his debut film starring Ryan Reynolds as the infamous Wade Wilson became the highest selling R rated movie of all time in 2016. This year his sequel came out, and the question is, does it live up to the hype of the original?
You can bet your ass it does!
Deadpool 2 is an explosive (literally) fireball of a sequel, keeping all the things fans love from the first film while keeping the storyline fresh and original.
Without giving away spoilers, Deadpool 2 is about family, responsibility and standing up for those who need a hero. It’s also about grief and the lengths people will go to to try to make things right again. It gets deep, real deep, deeper than anyone thought Deadpool could get without the help of bullets and katanas.
And yet, it’s still funny. In between the serious, heartbreaking moments where we really see who Wade Wilson is at his core, is the usual cracktastic Deadpool we all love. He breaks the 4th wall, he makes jokes that are very, very close to the mark, he still kills people in the most violent way possible.
He’s still Deadpool, but there’s so much heart in this film, I wasn’t expecting it at all.
At first, it’ll have you saying some variation of ‘what in the ass is going on here?!’ But what follows is truly one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In places it’s beautiful, in others it’s hilarious, in others you cringe in pain for characters after particularly bloody fights. Deadpool 2 was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every mad second of it.
With cameos, you never expected to see, introductions to new fan favorites, and a fantastic storyline, Deadpool 2 has proven that it is a juggernaut of a franchise that can and will break every convention the superhero genre has picked up over the years, all while being ridiculously entertaining.
If you loved Deadpool 1, you will adore Deadpool 2. It truly is a masterpiece from Fox. Something I never thought I would say (with the exception of Logan last year, which I’m still not over).
Just a word of advice -stick around after the credits roll, the end credit scene is the best thing I’ve ever seen, that had the audience screaming with laughter. It, like the rest of the film, is not to be missed.