8 New Book Releases to Read in June!

June 07, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png
left: pinterest, right: we hear it

Here we are with a fresh batch of new releases not to miss this month! I'm positive most of these will be great summer reads. This time I bring you eight books, which is not a lot... it seems like the more I read, the pickier I get. I'm honestly tired of most YA fantasy releases that feature yet another plain but beautiful warrior who saves the world while riding the instalove unicorn with the most gorgeous male ever; I'm also tired of murder mysteries with predictable or non-sensical twists that don't bother giving life to their characters; and I'm SO tired of adult romance novels with the same old plots and lazy writing.

In all fairness, some of the following books may seem like that to you. Which either means that a) they're from an author I usually read, or b) I'm hoping to god they're better than the blurbs. I can tell you right now, K.A. Tucker, Loreth Anne White, and Taylor Jenkins Reid are authors I always keep an eye on. I'm not too crazy about Mariana Zapata, but Dear Aaron has an interesting enough plot. And Final Girls, well, it could be awesome, it could be awful. Stephen King liked it, so I'm willing to find out. Maybe.

The remaining three books I am genuinely interested in: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds fun and different; I've been meaning to start the Monsters of Verity series for a while now; and anything Outlander is immediately at the top of my list!

Suddenly, Last May: Shall we Steal a Cadillac?

June 05, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png
title quote from à bout de souffle

June is here, which means it's time to look back at another month of movie watching, tv binging, and book reading. To avoid excessive recaping, I've decided that on the first weekend of every month, the Suddenly post will replace the usual FWeekly one, but I'm keeping the links!

May was considerably more productive than April. Not only did I watch and read more in general, but also I came back to blogging and managed to publish six posts in a bit over two weeks! I plan to raise those numbers in the future, but for now I think it's just fine.

Web Event! My Movie Alphabet Vol. 2

May 31, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png
Today, I bring you - prepare yourself - A BLOGATHON. Gosh, how long has it been since I've been in one? Back in the early years of blogging there were so many! Oh and those cute awards we gave each other... I kinda miss those, they were so uplifting. We need to bring those back, guys. Since we're riding the nostalgia wave,  I'm pleased to say my dear blogger friend Mettel Ray has celebrated seven years of blogging this year! And to every movie blogger's delight, she brought back her famous, life-changing (what do you mean, exaggerating) blogathon, My Movie Alphabet.

You can check out her own Vol. 2 here. The following rules apply:
1. List your favourite actors, actresses, movies or directors from # to z
2. I allow a little wiggle room: you may list two under one letter* because it is Vol 2 after all! In that case, the choices have to be from different categories – actor/director, actress/movie, etc
3. If you participated last time, don’t look at your first movie alphabet before Vol 2 is ready
4. Comparisons in between your new alphabet and the previous one are highly encouraged

As in my previous entry, I include honourable mentions. Some of my picks are a bit representative, like Raging Bull for Martin Scorsese, Yesterday Today Tomorrow for italian cinema, and so on. My picks for the original blogathon are marked as before.

2017 Blind Spot Series Update:
The Lady From Shanghai, Hiroshima Mon Amour, To Kill A Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men

May 22, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png
So I sort of (entirely) missed writing about my Blind Spots this year, BUT I have been watching them all! I'll try and do better from now on. Here's an update with my quick thoughts on the first four movies of the 2017 Blind Spot Challenge: The Lady From Shanghai, Hiroshima Mon Amour, To Kill a Mockingbird, and 12 Angry Men.

January | The Lady From Shanghai, 1947
This Orson Welles noir from the 40s was, for lack of an actual word, meh. And see, I didn't expect that. Because I like film noir, I worship Rita Hayworth, and I certainly love me some Orson Welles (damn his magnetism). But The Lady From Shanghai? Not for me. It's got some gorgeous shots and, as expected, fine performances, but the story itself didn't pull me in at all. Also, I was expecting, you know, Shanghai. But don't let this get you down...

FWeekly: Life is a Struggle for Relevancy

May 20, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png

title: quote from book Dating-ish, by Penny Reid
images from pinterest

At last, a new weekly recap! Haven't done one of these in ages. Truth be told, I rarely feel like I have enough content to fill these up, but I have missed linking your posts so much. So bringing this feature back was a no brainer. That said, I'm not sure if I'll publish them weekly or bi-monthly, we'll see how it goes!

books + books + books
Just a couple of days ago I finished a book I've been reading for a month. It was Meagan Spooner's Hunted, a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Beauty is a badass hunter. And while I didn't love it (it was okay), I am thankful to it because it successfully broke a long chain of DNF's that started in early 2017. There's nothing I hate more than not finishing a book I'm already invested in, if even the investment is pure curiosity.

DNF-ing right in the beginning is fine, you just realised the book wasn't for you. But that was not the case here: I've been dropping books I read 60-80% of, which is insane! I'd start a book, dig the story, get excited, only to have the plot die on me halfway through it. I still think about how Wintersong or Passenger might've ended - I may never know! And that almost happened with Hunted, but I powered through and it payed off because, at the very least, it felt like a spell was broken, ha.

Podcast Ep. 59: On the Waterfront (1954)

May 17, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png

It's been a while since I shared our podcast here, but I think I'll be doing it for everyone new episode from now on! I figured it's one more type of content that I can provide for you, and that's always a good thing. In this episode we talk about On The Waterfront, since that was the movie you most voted for on our poll - thanks to everyone who voted!

In case you're not familiar with it, Elia Kazan's classic from 1954 is about former prize fighter Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), now working as a longshoreman for a corrupt union boss. It deals with the longshoremen's struggles and also has a bit of romance going on (Eva Marie Saint) to aid with Terry's character development (there's a connection between their relationship and the union, but I'll let you find that out yourself), since he's ultimately the main focus here.

10 New Releases to Read in May!

May 14, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png
cosmic love by anders røkkum

I know we're entering the second half of the month, but I could not miss this post. May is an exciting month for new book releases for two reasons: A Court of Wings and Ruin, which will have me going into full hermit mode when my copy finally arrives this week (the wait is killing me), and Dating-ish, the latest from Penny Reid, whom I am a huge fan of (as mentioned a million times before). So yeah, no way I would skip writing this post!

As it turns out, there's some more great books coming out this month, some of which you can already get. As always I won't feature books of series I haven't read, most notably the new The Dark Artifices release, Lord of Shadows - do I need to read these books?

» Read on for my ten most awaited books of the month!

Suddenly, Last April: Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

May 11, 2017 |  photo comment-icon3_zpsdfxrj5h7.png

April was definitely a tv show kind of month. I mostly catch up on my tbr/tbs during a quick meal, or at night before going to bed, and last month I just didn't have the energy to sit through an entire movie. So I watched only two: Beauty and the Beast and The Lady Vanishes. The first one was a nice nostalgic trip to the cinemas, and the latter was a bit of a disappointment.

Reading-wise, it wasn't great either! I didn't finish a single book. Not. One. There were quite a few horrible DNF's that almost had me losing all hope in contemporary romance and YA. Then I picked up Hunted, by Megan Spooner, and... ugh. I liked it for a while, but at this point I'm just powering through it. I tried The Name of the Wind, but the enormity of it didn't sound like a good way to get out of a reading slump. Hopefully, with my copy of ACOWAR arriving next week I'll climb out of it with what I expect will be an awesome read.

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