2017 Blind Spot Series: 12 Classics To Love

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Somehow, it doesn't feel like a new year on the blog until I publish a new Blind Spot Series - that's how brilliant and necessary Ryan's web feature has become. The goal here is to watch a movie a month, one that you feel you should've seen already, but haven't. Ideally, you should write a post about each of them, too. This year I'm going with classics, the most recent one being from 1966. I'm also keeping the movies I didn't watch in my last year's challenge because, again, this needs to be said: this challenge is much harder than it seems! And it does seem so simple. 

Now, whether my excitement and determination is going to remain this high till the end of the year I don't know, but the fact is I've already seen three of them! That's right, I'm one movie ahead of schedule. For the first time. Ever. They were The Lady from Shanghai, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Sadly, I only like (loved) one of them. Here's the full list:

12 February Book Releases On My TBR

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illustration by daniel teixeira

It's a brand new month in a brand new year, and let's just all pretend I haven't been absent for three months! Anyway, let's talk books. February has some pretty awesome new releases like, say, THE CAD AND THE CO-ED. You know gushing over the latest Penny Reid book is nothing new around here, and though this series in collaboration with L.H. Cosway isn't her best, it does revolve around a theme that I absolutely love: rugby. They're fun and smart, and Reid is an awesome human being, so go ahead and pick up the first book, The Hooker and The Hermit

The 12 books I'm really looking forward to are featured below, but there are a few I'd still like to mention. Two of them are part of a series I haven't started, yet, but that you might be interested in: V. E. Schwab's A Conjuring of Light and Victoria Aveyard's King's Cage. Gilded Cage by Vic James is a new dystopian YA series that I'm still on the fence about... we'll see. There's also two non-fiction books that I probably won't read but have fascinating topics: Derek Thompson's Hit Makers and Lynne Kelly's The Memory Code.

Another super popular release that I'm not very keen on reading is Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology but, if you're a fan, you might want to check it out. And finally, Sarah Flannerly Murphy's The Possessions. This could be a disaster, but the premise of a woman who can contact the dead being attracted to a client who comes to her because of his dead wife? And her death is suspicious? COME ON. Oh, it's bad, I know. Still gonna read it.

Suddenly, Last October: Horror Special

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As planned, October was filled with horror from all media: movies, books, tv shows, even a two podcast episodes. I was a guest on the LAMBcast for their Watcha Been Wacthin' Lately Horror Special, where I talked about the scary and poetic south korean film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)The Across the Universe Podcast has a new episode out too, a Halloween special with guest Jessica Manzo where we discuss three cult horror movies: The Evil Dead (1981), Videodrome (1983), and Suspiria (1977).

So I watched all these films in October plus a new all-time favourite, Let The Right One In (2008). I also rewatched the british zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead (2003) because frankly, I needed a good night's sleep.

The October Horror Project | 2016 Edition

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Tough I haven't posted regularly (what else is new) I have been watching movies and reading various books, so why not embark on a new edition of the October Horror Project? For a couple of years I've done horror-related viewings this time of the year, tackling some of the best horror movies I had yet to see. It's a genre I love but surprisingly, I'm missing a lot of classics! This year I'm adding books to the mix, since I'm even more behind in that department.

The plan is to watch and read as many of these as I can. I've already seen A Tale of Two Sisters (WHY do I torture myself with scary movies) and Shaun of the Dead (sort of a rewatch, I couldn't remember much), and started reading Stephen King's The Shinning. Feel free to join in with these or your own picks!

11 October Book Releases On My TBR

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illustration by isaiah k. stephens

I'm back from a summer break with a brand new batch of book releases! And oh my god YA got to me. I've read two series of a genre combo I thought I'd never ever like: YA fantasy. Queue the gasps and applauses, because it is f*cking amazing. But more on my past reads in September's Suddenly post; for now let's focus on the best October has to offer!

Like I said, there's YA but oh, not one, not two, but three of them. Who am I? We also have the obligatory thrillers and serious non-fiction (including one what could be the guide to the scariest road trip of your life), and something rather new to me, contemporary poetry. Most exciting, however, is the new book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid! If you like contemporary romance with clever women and a healthy dose of comedy, you need to check out this author.

15 Movies To Be Excited For This Fall / Winter

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astro girl by bokkei
red roses by heart of hearts designs

Oh man, this post has got me excited for three things: first and foremost, the movies hitting cinemas till the end of the year! There's about 10 I think will be quite good, the rest could go either way. But also because one: I stepped up my coding game with this list layout - something I've always wanted to do; and two: I got to feature artwork by an artist I'm absolutely in awe with: Bokkei.

But back to movies, which is why we're here! We've got a nice mix of genres with something for everyone. Seasoned directors Woody Allen and Tim Burton return; spin-offs, remakes of remakes and sequels of Bridget Jones, Harry Potter and Star Wars have fandoms on fire, including those familiar with the classic Seven Samurai (not sure if these are in fact horrified). There are poignant dramas, an outer space romance, and even a musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - which is pretty much the whole reason behind this post.

SEP 28th EDIT: I added two movies that I totally forgot about!

You can check out the full list, or find below 
the 15 movies I'm most anticipating this Fall/Winter:

10+ Books to Read This September

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illustration by andrew bannecker

Another month, another batch of awesome book releases! I'm loving these posts because they've helped me keep up with new novels and, more importantly, get out of my comfort zone by getting into genres I'd normally ignore.

I still lean towards crime, horror and romance - genres that seem to thrive this September with works from notorious authors Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Ian McEwan (Atonement) and Herman Koch (The Dinner). There's also three new short stories from J. K. Rowling for all you potterheads out there, and two novels I'm particularly interested in: The Ballroom by Anna Hope - an historic romance set in an asylum - and Nine Island by Jane Alison, which sounds different and intimate.

12 August Book Releases I Can't Wait to Read

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I know it's the middle of the month, but it's always a good time to share things we're excited about. And the fact that 90% of these books are already out, just really means that you can get your hands on them ASAP! Bu timeless aside, August has some seriously great books to offer: from chilling mysteries, shocking romances, to poignant dystopia - even a YA that sounds sweet! Yes! A YA!

I'm especially looking forward to All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, which I've already started. It sounds unique and daring, which is always a killer combo. If it lives up to the hype it will be one of my favourites of the year, for sure. Also, this month brings not one but TWO books from auto-buy authors for me - Sandra Brown and Loreth Anne White. Their romantic suspense novels are always super entertaining, I can't get enough!

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