Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2016

HEY GUYS!

     A lot has happened during the month of May, and among those things was the beginning of Summer (well.. the end of a semester). A trip to Santa Monica and Los Angeles, especially for YALLWEST marked the beginning of this freedom, and boy, was that an amazing trip to California! 😀 A lot of other things have happened during the month, such as catching up with friends and spending time with family, but this will probably be a topic for another day. Today, we’ve got our monthly wrap-up to share with you all. We hope that you all had an amazing month and had the chance to keep on smiling. Let’s get on with this post! 😉

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BOOK REVIEWS

– 11/05/16 – The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

– 13/05/16 – The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

– 17/05/16 – All Tucked In by Mindy L. Shelton

– 20/05/16 – A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 1) – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

– 23/05/16 – A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

– 29/05/16 – I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

– 30/05/16 – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

COMIC REVIEWS

– 09/05/16 – Captain America : Civil War Review (Movie vs. Comics)

BOOKISH POSTS

– 04/05/16 – Unboxing Marvel Collector Corps : Civil War

– 06/05/16 – YALLWEST Chapter 2 : Day 1

– 10/05/16 – YALLWEST Chapter 3 : Day 2

– 25/05/16 – YALLWEST Chapter 4 : Event Haul

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I don’t have 5 huhu T_T But I do have two for this month and they are both french books LOL

Vi by Kim Thuy: It’s a gift to all the vietnamese around the World. Seriously, if you want to know a little bit about our culture and how boat people survive outside of Vietnam, Kim Thuy is  the author to look for.

Aliss by Patrick Senecal: This was actually a gift from my co-worker ( Thank you Anton :D) I was so happy when he recommended this book to me. It’s a retlling of Alice in Wonderland set in Montreal with some dark twisted, fc**ed-up things haha.

 

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Batman : The Widening Gyre isn’t actually a discovery in the month of May, since I actually got my hands on the first issue of the trade paperback way back in the summer of 2015. However, after viewing the first episode of Kevin Smith in the Flash TV show, I just felt a surge to check out one of his rare works in the comic department!

The Once and Future King is a collection of 4 books set in the famous King Arthur era. When I heard about this one and what it touched upon (human nature, power and justice), I just had to add it to my already long TBR. 😀

DC : The New Frontier (Volume 1) was immediately added to my TBR upon hearing of the passing of Darwyn Cooke. As a comic fan, my instincts told me that I had to check out Cooke’s greatest works and show appreciation for the talents of a great mind. The New Frontier has known fame and I hope to being able to read it ASAP.

The Awakening of Intelligence is a book that I spotted in the movie The Hurricane. In fact, in the movie, Hurricane Carter does time in prison and his way of life upon being condemned for a crime he did not commit was inspiring. One of the books he read and that changed his way of thinking was this book by J. Krishnamurti and I felt like a novel of such a subject deserved to be read.

Bill the Boy Wonder : The Secret Co-Creator of Batman is exactly what the title says. This book tells the story behind the man who actually created Batman (not Bob Kane). I’ve heard about this controversial subject when I first started discovering the comic world. I thought it was a shame that Bill Finger was overlooked in his contribution to create Batman and when I heard about this book, I just had to find a way to read it ASAP!

 

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Donnie Brasco (1997) – Lashaan: Al Pacino cracked me up so many times in this movie. Johnny Depp was amazing in here too. Having these two guys in the same movie? Fuggedaboutit! 😉

The Hurricane (1999) – Lashaan: Absolutely amazing. What a shocking, yet moving story. Denzel Washington at his finest! Subjects of injustice, dignity, respect and humanity are all present in this masterpiece.

The Intouchables (2011) – Lashaan: This is comedy and drama at its finest. I’ve never laughed so hard, so many times during a whole movie. Pure friendship. A true story in french that every single person should check out.

8 Mile (2002) – Lashaan: Gold. It was about time that I checked out this movie. Eminem isn’t much of a social individual in life and seeing him put on a show like this was awesome. I simply loved the final scene. Rap God. For sure. 100%.

Septembers of Shiraz (2015) – Lashaan: Trang is the one that showed me this and made me realize it was actually a movie based on a classic novel. Have to try it out some day.

Lethal Weapon (2016) – Lashaan: Yep. The classic movies will now have a remake, as a TV show. This is absolutely unnecessary and looks like poo. Maybe I’ll give it a shot, just for the love of the classic movies.

Prison Break : Sequel (2017) – Lashaan: Yep. It’s coming back. The original series started great and slowly declined with every season (inevitable repetition). However, this sequel looks promising and very modern. Maybe it’ll be able to bring the awesomeness back to the show.

The Light Between Oceans (2016) – Lashaan: I find the casting for this movie quite unique (a little like Mr & Mrs Smith, if you know what I mean). If you didn’t realize it already, it’s based on the book that a lot of people read and loved.

In bold are movies we’ve watched, while the rest are shows or movies we’ve discovered! 😀

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OKAY SO I JUST LOVE THIS SONG AND THEN I SAW THIS DANCE AND I DIED <3!

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Honestly, I thought this was going to be about a comic book superhero that I haven’t heard of. It’s only after watching the trailer that I remembered that superheroes don’t only come from comic books. The trailer is a bit too long, showing a little too much of the plot. However, this movie looks absolutely amazing. The best part is, without doubt, Viggo Mortensen. The man can act (if you’ve seen A History of Violence, The Road or The Lord of the Rings) and just seeing a glimpse of his acting skills in this trailer sure does make you realize that there’s still great talent in the movie industry.

Thank you all for checking out our monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you and that you might have missed out on!

So what’s going on on all of your minds? What have discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies we’ve mentioned?

Are you excited for June?

Cause we sure as hell are ! 😀

Yours truly,

LASHAAN & TRANG

2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2016

    • transhaan says:

      SWEEET! It’s going to be our one year blogversary around the same time too!! :O :O Crazy how fast time flies by! May was actually a month with a lot less content than our previous months; we’ve been quite busy getting adjusted to freedom. 😉

      Totally understand how exams can take away time for blogging and reading. I feel ya man. But no worries! I’m sure you’ll soon find plenty of time in your hands!! 😛

      – Lashaan

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