Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2017

Hello lovely people!

Today we’ll 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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BOOK REVIEWS

– 03/08/17 – Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

– 06/08/17 – Heartless by Marissa Meyer

– 07/08/17 – Yesterday by Felicia Yap

– 09/08/17 – Book Lover’s Day ft. 4321, Spill Zone and The Heart We Sold Reviews

– 14/08/17 – The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

– 17/08/17 – We All Love The Beautiful Girls Joanne Proulx

– 23/08/17 – A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

– 26/08/17 – The Child by Fiona Barton

– 27/08/17 – The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

– 29/08/17 – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

– 31/08/17 – Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

COMIC REVIEWS

– 18/08/17 – Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 4) Intelligence by James Tynion IV

MOVIE/SHOW REVIEWS

– 04/08/17 – Summer Movies Reviews

– 22/08/17 – The Defenders Season 1 Episode 1 First Impressions

BOOKISH POSTS

– 12/08/17 – How To Make Time To Read

– 21/08/17 – Reading Habits

City of Brassย Goodreads RT : 4.47 , An imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.ย 

OBSIDIOย 3rd installment of the Illuminae Files series !! Can’t wait!

UNHEARTEDย Goodreads RT: 4,14ย When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

The Warded Manย ย Goodreads RT: 4.27ย As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings riseโ€”demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity.ย 

You Only Get One Shot : Goodreads RT: 4,23,ย What would you do if someone demanded you write the best story of your life, to be judged online? That your life depended on it.ย 

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Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger – Thanks to Kim and herย The Red Hunterย review, I found myself intrigued by this author and her books. Might as well try one of her biggest hits first when I get the chance, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

L’Adversaire by Emmanuel Carrรจre – The title translates to The Adversary (French to English). This was a book recommendation by a friend and, honestly, it definitely sounds like territory that I would explore. The story of an ordinary person doing the insane (5 murders)? Count me in.

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo LeviThe Great Orangutan wrote a wonderful review for this book, mentioning “Levi is the darkness to Franklโ€™sย light” (referring to Frankl’sย Manโ€™s Search For Meaning). Safe to say I was drooling at that thought. I was sold.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence – There’s no surprise here. After thoroughly enjoying Red Sister, I’m just impatiently waiting for Grey Sister, its sequel, to finally come out. The release of its cover is just the best teaser a fan could get! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – Okay… Not really a discovery. I just never added it to my TBR on Goodreads till now. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve read it in French when it first released and I’ve seen some of the movies (everything is blur, except for the Wardrobe hihi). I think it’ll be much more interesting if I read it now. Right? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Saw this amazing movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the same lady behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Based on a true story, with some great dramatization, Detroit was thrilling from start to finish and greatly built-up so much rage in me as I was watching all the hate and injustice that was going on. Intrigued? You definitely have to give it a shot. Will Poulter, the racist cop, is also phenomenal in this movie!

 

bLeave it to Netflix to give us crazy good shows. Ozark is a BEAUTIFUL and brilliant show about money laundering, but its level of craziness is just so tantalizing. The show is filmed with such finesse and simplicity that when big moments happen, they happen with intense dramatic power. Give it a shot! It might sometimes be a bit predictable, but seeing Jason Bateman go from comedy to something this serious is such a delight to watch!

 

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If you didn’t hear about this one, you must’ve been living under a rock. Game of Thrones returned to deliver it’s before-last season and it simply DID NOT DISAPPOINT! While I thought they really rushed through a lot of the sub-plots and made a bunch of mistakes and inconsistencies (especially related to time), the level of epicness remains HIGH!! Those final scenes of the finale are just mind-blowing.

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Yeh… It took me this long to finally watch it. Actually, I was just waiting for it to be released on Netflix. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m finally up to date with all the Star Wars movie! Rogue One was a nice little story that started off slow and only truly manages to captivate me later into the movie. Can I just say that the real highlight in this movie is K-2SO? That thing was HILARIOUS. I sort of feel like the droids are always the best part of these Star Wars movies though… hihih ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Defenders are finally out kicking ass. While it takes some time to get things going, the show succeeds in reuniting the gang and offer us an entertaining short season to hype things up for the upcoming seasons and shows to come out on Netflix. You can find out more about my thoughts on episode 1/season 1 by clicking here. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Trang: I love dancing as a hobby and I loved the energy in this video!!

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Lashaan: HELL YES!!! One of my favourite directors of all time (David Fincher) making a Netflix TV show about bloody psychopaths???????? EXPECT ME TO BE ALL OVER THIS ONE BABY!! โค โค ย RELEASE IT ALREADY!!!@211

Thank you all for checking out our monthly wrap-up and donโ€™t forget to check out any posts that might interest you and that you might have missed out on!

So whatโ€™s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies weโ€™ve mentioned?

Yours truly,

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27 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2017

  1. Nikola (Breathing Through Pages) says:

    I’ve discovered a book which I obsess over (Trang knows which one :D) and I have also liked The Defenders! I am SO looking forward to Mindhunter it’s based on book called Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit which I haven’t read but sounds awesome + it’s true crime. I have to say that it might be outdated though because it was published in ’88.

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Yep! I saw that it was based on that book too. I’m slightly less inclined to read it before the show since I’m fanboying more on the show, the quality and its director than what stories it might be based on hahah I’d definitely pick it up if I ever run into it though. Sort of a sucker for anything related to crime, including true crime. Happy reading, sir.

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  2. Marie says:

    You both had a fabulous blogging both, that’s so great ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can’t wait for Obsidio either, I am SO nervous about it all, though, ahah.
    It’s fantastic you will be reading The Narnia Chronicles, Lashaan, I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts about it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Bookstooge says:

    I actually have this post open in 2 tabs, so I don’t have to keep scrolling up and down ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Trang:
    I hope you enjoy the Warded Man. I had to give up on the series around book 3 but enough others have kept on loving it. I believe it finishes up with book 5, The Core, this fall?

    The Darktower. I tried to read that series and couldn’t get past the first book, so I figured the movie was out for me. Have you read the whole series?

    @Lashang:
    You have got to read the whole Chronicles of Narnia. Children’s books that you can probably bang out real easily. There are 7, but they are wicked easy reads. I’d be interested in what an adult thinks of them, who hasn’t grown up with them. My mom read them to me way back when, so I’ve never known a time without them ๐Ÿ™‚

    I still haven’t watched Rogue One. Once it goes free on Amazon Prime I figure I’ll check it out. So it might be a couple of years, hahaha.

    Great post folks. Hope September proves to be just as successful for you both…

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      I’ve always wondered if there were peepz out there who did that hahaha It’s actually quite nice when you got a dual monitor to do that too. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh, that’s pretty sweet. I also think that there are some children’s book that are still mind-blowing for an adult reader, but my fear that it might not is what usually keeps me away and hesitant about them. I’ll definitely read the whole series though. It’s a must for any reader after all. ๐Ÿ˜€

      And here I thought I was late for the party… Hahahah I have no clue if Amazon Prime would ever get there hands on Rogue One, especially when Netflix and Disney are having issues (with potential that all Disney movies don’t become available on Netflix anymore). I’m not even sure yet if I’ll hit the theatres for SW episode 8: The Last Jedi or just wait for it on Netflix again aahah

      Thanks man, happy reading to you, sir.

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great recap for this month. It seems like you both had an incredible August.
    I am so beyond excited for Obsidio and Unearthed Trang, Amie Kaufman has become a favourite author of mine and the Illuminae Files series has been beyond incredible. Oh I’m glad to see you’re picking up The Chronicles of Narnia Lashaan. I loved that series when I was younger, probably about time I re-read it as well.
    Also yes I can’t wait for The Dark Tower, the trailer looks incredible, and I have LOVED the latest season of Game of Thrones, too bad about the super long wait for the eighth season now.
    Again great recap, and I hope you both have a brilliant September as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Yep, yep. Definitely need to try the whole series soon. Sort of shameful that I I can’t tell others that I’ve read them all when I read so many books… (same case for Harry Potter too hihih) ๐Ÿ™‚

      At least the one thing we know about GoT is that it WILL deliver and stun us with its movie-length episodes for the final season. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Happy reading, Beth! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        There are some popular series I still haven’t gotten around to. Before I read them I was a little embarrassed about admitting I hadn’t read the Percy Jackson series, ๐Ÿ™‚
        God yes, it’s going to be amazing! The wait will definitely be worth it but it’s so strange that we’re approaching the last season when we haven’t got the sixth book yet.
        Thanks Lashaan. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

          Yeh true, I mean at first I didn’t mind telling others I haven’t read HP, but when you start realizing there are other series that are MUSTS too, you sort of start being embarrassed a little hahaha

          Yeh, I have no clue what they plan on doing book vs. show-wise. Maybe the books will inspire itself on the show or it’ll just be its own thing. Either way, I’m sure we’ll enjoy the show a lot hahah! ๐Ÿ˜€

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          • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

            We don’t all have the same childhood books I guess. I read Harry Potter as a child and it seems strange to me that not everyone has read it just because it was such a massive part of my life you know?
            I’m assuming there’ll be some similarities between the books and the show. I mean there was for the earlier seasons wasn’t there? ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

              Yep, there were. Especially for the first book. But there are a bunch of plotlines that were not shown on TV, but are very big and integral to the story in the book. That’s the reason why I don’t think the non-release of the book next book will have too much of an impact on the show’s direction hahah

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Oh man, the moment I saw their teaser for Mindhunter, I was blown away! I definitely don’t plan to miss out on this; probably end up binging its amazingness. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you enjoy it yourself! Thank you for stopping by, Rhianna!!

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  5. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    I need Obsidio already!! I love that series!!! aww thank you- so glad I could convince you to read Levi. I’d say “enjoy it”- but that’s the wrong word. And I only started reading the Chronicles of Narnia (though of course I knew the stories and had seen multiple film versions) this year and I’m glad I did ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes- agree on how even though it was rushed and had some inconsistencies, it was still really really good!! I need to watch Rogue One and Dark Tower already! Awesome post!!

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Haahha indeed! Then again, it is what it is. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ouuuuh, that sounds promising! Definitely makes me want to catch up on all the Narnia stuff now. What a finale though, right? The last season is set up for great (or just horrible hihih) things to happen! The long wait for it is all that remains now. Ohhhw! Another person who hasn’t checked out Rogue One yet! Good to know I wasn’t really alone then. ๐Ÿ˜› Happy reading, The Great Orangutan!

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      • theorangutanlibrarian says:

        hehe true. Yes!!! I’ve just had a field day with it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes!!! I can’t wait (but am also dreading what will happen to all my favourite characters lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) hehehe yes!! I don’t know why- I’ve just got a crazy backlog of films I want to see (story of my life lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) hehehehe thank you!!

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  6. Yasmine @ Swissbookworm says:

    Oh I can’t wait for Obsidio to get released! *.*

    This season of GoT actually convinced me that the parameteres for the whole of Westeros were about 100 metres x 500 metres ^^ They changed locations faster than I can slide across my room. I haven’t gotten past episode 2 of Defenders because it really takes it’s time in rolling into action. I hope to give it another shot soon, though.

    Great Wrap up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my August Wrap Up .

    xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      I swear, it really did feel like the whole battlefield shrank or people had teleportation skills that we didn’t know of. That just proves how they really wanted to rush through the story before season 8, but I’m glad it didn’t turn out a complete disaster! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yep, The Defenders picks up after episode 3. It has a slow start, but it’s a relatively fun season nonetheless. It doesn’t however beat Daredevil Season 1 or 2, or even Jessica Jones Season 1. Hope you do enjoy it when you decide to get back into it, especially before the next seasons and shows (Punisher!!) come out!

      Thank you for dropping by Yasmine!!! Always a pleasure to hear from you. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. Karina Pinella says:

    All the movies you mentioned sound good. Detroit sounds like those other movies which show injustice unchecked or just being mistreated. Example is an HBO movie I just viewed called the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and of course, another recent one is Loving and 12 years of slavery, among others. Quite a lot of such movies actually. You’ll probably want to pace yourself in watching them or you’ll end up raging around with a gun yourself.

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      You should totally try Detroit some day. It has this psychological thriller side to it as well. The kind that keeps the intrigue high and almost feels like a horror movie. I did love how it makes your blood boil at all the atrocities that were portrayed… Definitely not a good thing to binge through a couple of movies like that. I’ve seen 12 Years a Slave and loved it a lot too. I heard about the book of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks but never got around to checking out the movie. I might just have to try it out (especially since its an HBO movie!).

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