February 2018: Wrap-up

February 2018: Wrap-up

I know.. it’s the middle of March and I’m only just starting to write this post. I’ve been dragging my feet and I know I should stop but the cold and the rain are getting to me. Can it be spring already? I’m desperate for some warmer, sunnier days.
Books I read in February

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

the seven deaths of evelyn hardcaste stuart turton

I LOVED this book. It was so full of details and intense, really intense. Yes, I’ll say it: I was impressed. (review)

  • A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

a discovery of witches deborah harkness
This was a fun read and I’m sure I’ll pick up the rest of the series at some point. It didn’t blow me away. Some things were just a bit too convenient for me. Also, this needed a better edit, it was toooooo looooong. It’s one of those book that when you’re reading it, you don’t want to put it down, but once you finish it you find a lot of faults… but I did enjoy it…

  • I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell

i am i am i am maggie o'farrell

After hearing a lot of people praise this book, it was finally Simon (SavidgeReads) who made me pick it up. This book broke my heart, mended it and broke it again. Such beautiful writing, such touching stories. I adored this book and I find myself thinking about it often. (review)
I was lucky enough to receive White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock. It’s a story about a teenage boy who struggles with extreme anxiety and is supposed to have strong The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time vibes. I’m really looking forward to reading it!
Movie time!
I first went on a bit of a Matthew Goode binge after finding out that he was cast as Matthew Clairmont in the adaptation of A Discovery of Witches (he’s a perfect match down to the name). I watched two of his films “Leap Year” and “Chasing Liberty”, but he has been in a lot of great movies over the years. (I also found out a couple of days ago that he’s in The Good Wife, which my husband is watching and which I now have to watch too for obvious reasons.
I watched Star Wars ep IV, V, VI, I II and III.  Out of all of them III was definitely the best so far. I guess things can only get better?
the shape of water
On Valentine’s Day, I saw The Shape of Water in the tiniest cinema I’ve ever been to. There can’t have been more than 30 people and the room was sold out. It only added to my enjoyment of the film. IT’S SO GOOD! No wonder it won four Oscars. No wonder it won Best Movie. And Best Director… I love, love, love Guilllermo del Toro! And Sally Hawkins blew my mind. She’s amazing in this movie! Only ten seconds in I was already in tears because I knew at that point that it was going to be everything I wanted it to be. I loved it so much.
But the moment that blew my mind this month
was when one of my favourite Dutch authors responded to one of my tweets. My favourite Dutch book is Een Schitterend Gebrek by Arthur Japin. You can read it too, it’s been translated to English as In Lucia’s Eyes. (I should reread it because it has been a couple of years) I just sat there in shock staring at my phone.
Great things keep happening to me and I end up completely overwhelmed each and every time.

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