Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2016

Hello lovely people!

December is now over! Hope everyone had a wonderful month with the least amount of stress or problems though! Hope the Holidays have been filled with joy and heart-warming moments! Big sorry for the delay for this wrap-up, Trang has been quite busy lately! πŸ˜€ Today we’re about to revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! πŸ˜€

Let’s get right to it then! πŸ˜‰

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BOOK REVIEWS

– 03/12/16 – Uprooted by Naomi Navik

– 05/12/16 – Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

– 11/12/16 – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

– 16/12/16 – Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

– 20/12/16 – Cracking The Quebec Code by Jean-Marc LΓ©ger

– 26/12/16 – The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

– 28/12/16 – Foundation by Isaac Asimov + Giveaway Winner

COMIC REVIEWS

– 24/12/16 – Batman: NoΓ«l by Lee Bermejo

MOVIE REVIEWS

– 08/11/16 – The Jungle Book (2016)

BOOKISH POSTS

– 06/12/16 – Christmas Gift Ideas: Books

– 12/12/16 – The This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Book Tag

– 15/12/16 – Top 10 Upcoming Books To Screen Adaptation + Secret Santa-Trang Giveaway

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The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury A nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man–a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What’s even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is unforgettable story where two unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures. Fantasy, fun and fairtytale romance ! 

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi Science fiction classic. Where army  doesn’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living.

The Girl With All The Gifts: A RE-Discovery! Since the movie is coming out pretty soon!!

Oryx and Crake by Margaret AtwoodSnowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved

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A Slight Trick of the Mind -> I actually found out that Mr. Holmes (that movie with Ian McKellan as an old Sherlock Holmes) was actually based on this book! You know me and Sherlock though. Got to check it out!

Black Hole -> This often pops up as a classic in comic books and it actually seems pretty scary!

The Prophet -> I feel like it’s time that I start diving into some of those classic poem collections. I used to dislike them since high school, but I feel like I hadn’t gained enough experience or knowledge to truly appreciate this genre. I now believe I can learn a lot from them at this time in my life!

Assassin’s Apprentice -> Yep. 2017 will definitely be the year I finally try a Robin Hobb book. I hope so anyways. Her trilogies all seem like SO MUCH FUN!

John Dies at the End -> I’ve seen this one pop up here and then in my feed and it really intrigues me! The humor in this sounds like my cup of tea.

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Lashaan: With the conclusion of my semester around the end of the 1st week of December, I was immediately launched on a quest to fill my free time with a BUNCH of things that I couldn’t indulge as much during the stressful times. One of them is being able to watch movies!!!!! I’ve never felt sooooo happy about finally being able to enjoy movies without having that project-to-do hanging over my head. During the month, I’ve watched WAYYYY too many movies to even attempt to make a dreadful list for you guys, so here’s some of the most amazing movies I’ve gotten the chance to enjoy during December! Oh, and of course, there’s The Jungle Book (2016) that I reviewed on the blog as well!

Click on the following links to learn more:

 The Sixth Sense, Mud, End of Watch, John Wick and Locke

Trang:

THE ARRIVAL : FCKN AMAAZING OKAY ❀

Assasin’s Creed: Love the incorporation of violence theories part but not so much with the sect and religion side..

The Passengers: VERY INTERESTING movie! It has a lot of messages between the lines, how a man survives alone in space with all the ressources for him, the decisions he’d make,etc.

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Trang: MY TOP DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR. THIS SHOW IS GOLLLDD.

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Lashaan: OH MY GOD!!!! THE WAIT IS OVER!!!! IT’S SO CLOSE, I CAN ALMOST GRAB IT WITH MY HANDS!!!! IT’S TIME PEOPLE, IT’S TIME!!!!!!!

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 you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies we’ve mentioned?

Are you excited for the beginning of a NEW YEAR!?

Cause we sure as hell are ! πŸ˜€

Yours truly,

LASHAAN & TRANG

30 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2016

    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      Thanks for the correction. πŸ™‚ And yes, it is. The first time I saw that trailer, I was more skeptical about the movie and its story… But man, does John Wick deserve all the praise it gets. Looking forward to Chapter 2.

      – Lashaan

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      • Bookstooge says:

        I wonder what is in store for 2. I can see the action getting more outlandish but I’m not sure I can see a sequel having more heart. I’m a pretty heartless person and even I was moved at his wife’s death and what happened to the puppy. How do you top what happened to the puppy?

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        • Lashaan and Trang says:

          I completely understand. The first time I saw the trailer for this movie, I was pretty much unconvinced. A puppy that leads to a murderous rampage? But man, was I wrong to underestimate this title. I too don’t know if Chapter 2 will succeed in delivering a compelling sequel. If they go for another dead puppy, I’m going to have a nice laugh watching this.

          – Lashaan

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  1. Donna says:

    The Girl With All the Gifts and Dark Matter are on my wish list, I hope to get them soon. I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie. I always find time for TV shows as they are shorter, but I found I can’t focus enough to truly enjoy films these days. I discovered Class and also Younger, I had some interesting binge-watching Saturdays! I’ve never watched Sherlock. I’m probably the only one that finds that actor’s face too weird to stare at hahaha!

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    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      Ohh, I understand you. It is quite unfortunate, as I find some movies are amazing gems with beautiful stories and fantastic acting that are definitely worth checking out. I haven’t heard about Younger, but I did hear about Class. Just because Patrick Ness is the writer behind that spin-off show of Doctor Who (although I’m not a fan of Doctor Who..). Hhahahah I haven’t heard that about Benedict Cumberbatch’s face before! I’m however quite fond of his acting skills and definitely appreciate his modern portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. It is VERY brilliant! Wish they’ll NEVER end that series (there’s already only 3-4 episodes per season). Oh, and every episode is movie length tho, in case you ever find the urge to check it out! πŸ˜€

      – Lashaan

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  2. ravenblake99 says:

    It seems you guys had a great month! I’ve recently finished Gemina and it was amaaaazing! I loved John Wick and I really can’t wait to watch John Wick 2. My favorites this year are 13 Hours, War craft, the magnificent Seven, Assassins creed, Netflix’s Original spectral, train to busan, X-men Apocalypse, pride and prejudice and Zombies, Rogue One and all the marvel and DC comics movies. Hope you have a great day! πŸ™‚

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    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      John Wick’s going to be pretty epic! Hopefully they find a nice story to follow-up Chapter 1, cause.. it might be pretty hard considering what we got in the first! Those are some pretty fun movies! Spectral was quite visually beautiful. It had such a video game feel to the story too. I’ve heard about Train to Busan!! It looked CRAZZYY! I totally need to check that one out. I also didn’t really like Apocalypse, compared to the past 2 X-Men movies. Quicksilver was probably the funnest part though! And YESS to all the Marvel and DC MOVIEESSS! Can’t wait for the ones coming out in 2017!!! Hope you have a wonderful month as well! πŸ˜€

      – Lashaan

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    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      Wooow, they both sound amazing, grounded in reality and full of emotions! I have never heard of them though (even if Thi Bui’s graphic novel is quite new), but I’d definitely check them out if I ever come across one or the other.

      – Lashaan

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  3. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Wow it looks like you both had a great month blogging wise, and those are amazing book hauls as well! I need to get my hands on Spindle now it’s been released, and actually I should probably start a Robin Hobb book soon as well given I’ve heard so many amazing things about her works.
    I hope you both had a good reading and blogging month for January as well! πŸ˜€

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    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      Thank you so much, Beth!! Robin Hobb’s books have been EVERYWHERE for YEARS, but I never bothered picking it up and checking it out, thinking it might just be some sort of random story that you just read when you’re at an airport or something. Boy, am I wrong. I definitely need to check out her trilogies, they really sound awesome! I hope your January is also filled with awesome plans and great books! Happy reading! πŸ˜€

      – Lashaan

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    • Lashaan and Trang says:

      Those last episodes of Westworld are going to blow your mind away!!! Amazing show! ❀ And maaaan, the wait for Sherlock has been toooo long. So glad it's back (even if it barely has 3 episodes). I hear S4E02 is going to be their BEST episode. I can't wait!!!! πŸ˜€

      – Lashaan

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  4. Zezee says:

    Yes!! Hope on the Robin Hobb book train! Can’t wait to see what you think Lashaan. Also, I tried to watch End of Watch when it just got on Netflix but wasn’t able to finish it though I liked it. I started feeling all emotional n punked out cause I didn’t want to cry. So I watched Naruto instead lol! Btw, I’d love to read some Khalil Gibran too. I need to get myself a copy of The Prophet.
    And Trang! I heard so much about Old Man’s War that I want to read it too. For some reason, it’s never in stock when I visit the bookstore. I forgot to watch The Arrival when it was in theatres but I enjoyed Assassins Creed, well, the parts where they’re in the past. That was good.

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    • Lashaan and Trang (Bookidote) says:

      Bahahha, I’ll probably end up giving you a shout-out just for keeping Robin Hobb so relevant in my TBR! πŸ˜€ Ohhhhh maaaaaan, I 100% understand hahahah. Naruto is definitely a good alternative to it; unless you’re at one of those really sad episodes. I didn’t even expect the movie to blow me away emotionally. By the end, I had teary eyes. Especially with the bitter-sweet ending they tossed in. Gosh… Best of luck if you ever decide to revisit End of Watch! Hope you enjoy The Prophet whenever you get your hands on a copy. I’m going to be on the lookout for one as well (not online though, otherwise I’m just going to end up going on a book buying spree… again…)

      – Lashaan

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