And February is gone too. That was pretty quick and not just because it’s the shortest month. I can’t believe I’ve already finished the first month of the new semester! Here’s what I’ve been up to.
- Going out with Matt for a long seaside walk after my exams – a much-needed afternoon of bliss!
- Public holiday on a Friday (‘St. Paul’s shipwreck’ on the 10th) – yay, long weekends!
- Receiving a book about hygge from Matt on Valentine’s
- Dad’s health scare and surgery – we spent some days of tense waiting, but thankfully it all went well
What I’ve been watching
- Movies: According to my Letterboxd diary, I watched 21 films (and a tv miniseries) and 8 of them were a rewatch. That’s a lot! I’m not going to list everything (click on the link to see them all), but it’s worth mentioning the best ones.
- The great ones: Schindler’s List and Philadelphia (both superbly made and heartbreaking). Also worth a mention are some famous films that I’d been wanting to watch: The Artist (what I liked best were the constant metacinematic references) and Black Swan (somehow I wasn’t crazy about it as I was expecting, but I appreciated it).
- The 80’s: I continued my discovery of some 80’s gems such as WarGames (can’t believe Matthew Broderick was so handsome and charming when young, though Ferris Bueller is clearly his best) and Stand by Me (based on a Stephen King novella). I also rewatched The Goonies after several years and I can confirm that I still like it. The best 80’s movie though was This is Spinal Tap – I had never heard of it before, but it’s a hilarious cult film and a must-watch if you’re into rock music and mockumentaries!
- Animation: In the last week or so, I enjoyed rewatching the Shrek series, one of my favourite animated franchises, as well as the Madagascar series. I also watched last year’s release, Trolls, and I liked it even though it’s a musical.
- TV: I kept watching the usual shows and started MasterChef Junior as well (not as funny because Gordon Ramsay can’t get angry here, but the kids are so cute). On Matt’s suggestion, I also watched the miniseries John Adams. Although I’m close to clueless about American history, I enjoyed it and the production and acting were great.
What I’ve been reading
- Hardly enough: Reading-wise, this was the worst month (excluding the exam period). Apart from the short stories and texts that I could read quickly for my literary crit classes, I just finished D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow (started way back in November). I’m confused about it as if I want to like it because I already liked two of his other novels, but at the same time, I feel like I have a problem with it.
- Currently reading: I had to prioritise, so I skipped some novels which we had already discussed in class and started George Orwell’s 1984. Finally! I always wanted to read it and it’s perfect to read right now. I’m liking it so far, its style is a breath of fresh air after the last novels I had to read.
- February: I had planned the usual one-post-a-week routine but only managed two posts, but I’m okay with it because I spent that non-blogging time with Matt or on my studies.
- March plan: I haven’t planned out the whole month yet; all I know is that I want to publish one of the posts which I failed to finish last month. I actually feel quite good in this flexible routine! 🙂