Hello, dear readers! We’re now in April, the fourth month of the year. That means we’re nearing the Easter holidays! I surely look forward to that, even though I’m already swamped with uni work.
In the meantime, take a look at what I’ve been up to in March.
- Getting my 1st-semester results early in March and seeing awesome grades! So relieved! 🔝🔝🔝
- Another public holiday falling on a Friday (31st March – Freedom Day) – gotta love long weekends!
- Having irregular weeks up until Easter holidays – cancelled lectures are always a plus! ➕
- Seeing Roger Federer back to his winning form at his age and after his injury – he’s the GOAT, enough said. 🎾
- Crazy weather can’t decide if it’s winter or spring, getting soaked from the waist down and having rain dripping inside the apartment ☔️💦
- Neighbours… their noise, their not-so-private quarrels and shouting… and all the problems that come up in the condo meetings 👎
- The loss of the Azure Window in Gozo – we lost a truly remarkable natural landmark
What I’ve been watching
- Movies: I started the month strongly as I kept watching lots of films like I did in the past months. Then, all of a sudden, I got a bit bored and switched to watching more tv shows.
- The best ones: The ones I liked best this month happened to be period films. One was The Danish Girl and the other was The Count of Montecristo (2002), which was filmed mostly in Malta and features the Azure Window! I also enjoyed AD/BC: A Rock Opera, a short film that is a parody of the Nativity story and of Biblical musicals.
- Animation: I finally saw some other 2016 releases which I was eager to watch, i.e. Finding Dory, Moana, and Sing. I loved the first two: the Dory movie is as funny and emotional as the Nemo one, while Disney keeps surprising me with their new heroines. Sing was funny but not outstanding, quite formulaic, which is a shame because I was so excited to watch it and it had great voice actors.
- Italian: This semester I’m studying Italian ‘auteur’ films. So far I’ve watched Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita and 8½ and Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers. I liked Visconti’s 3-hour-long family epic. On the other hand, I wanted to like Fellini’s films because they’re so iconic and autoreferential, but they’re both difficult to grasp entirely after just one sitting. I also couldn’t bring myself to like Gomorrah, based on a controversial novel, because I don’t like films about organised crime and its fragmentation made it hard to follow.
- TV: We felt nostalgic this month, so we picked some DVD box sets from our collection and enjoyed some of our all-time favourite comedy shows. These are The IT Crowd and Father Ted, both created by Graham Linehan (also co-creator of Black Books – read my review). The best thing about watching the DVDs is the extra material such as interviews and behind-the-scenes. Anyway, I truly love these two shows. They’re hilarious, highly quotable and not tiring at all because they only last a few seasons.
What I’ve been reading
- Orwell: I finally read 1984 and Animal Farm and I LOVED them so much. They’re easy to read and both stories are very exciting. 1984 almost scared me like a horror story, it sounds awfully real and not just because it’s based on real historical events.
- Currently reading: Now I’m reading The Aspern Papers by Henry James. It’s interesting as it’s based on a poet who’s a hybrid of Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley and the story is set in Venice. However, although it’s just a novella, I’m proceeding way too slow!
- March: Once again, I only published two posts and the last one was even a spontaneous opinion piece and certainly not an ‘evergreen’. I was almost back to my old weekly routine but my desire to spend time on the blog keeps coming and going. For now, I’m satisfied with publishing whenever I want and whatever I want, without a precise plan.
- Tweaking: The blog is continuously changing right now. At the moment, some of my old posts have broken images because I deleted the Google account connected to my old Blogger site. I hope to reserve a couple of days from my holidays and fix all of them. I also decided to remove all the Weekender’s Reads posts. That made my post count go below 100, but it’s better this way because they were practically dead pages anyway.