Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2018

Hello lovely people!

It’s that time of the month where we go through all the good (and maybe bad?) stuff that happened to us!

This is an easy way for everyone to check out posts that might intrigue them or have missed from us and share their thoughts with us.

Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and talk to us! There’s no bad time for catching up or for fangirl/boy’ing! ❤

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BOOK REVIEWS

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

The Wolves of Winter | Blog Tour

IQ by Joe Ide

Unearthed by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner

Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

S.T.A.G.S | Blog Tour 

The Hazel Wood | Blog Tour 

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

COMIC REVIEWS

Batman: Rules of Engagement by Tom King

Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

BOOKISH POSTS

What 2017 Taught Me 

The Perks of Co-Blogging

10 Signs You’re Addicted to Books

Anticipated Releases of February 2018

The Millenials Prejudice

10 Books That Need to be Adapted Into Shows/Movies

BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I’M THE ONE WHO’S SURPRISED BY MY CHOICE OKAY. Never in my life I would expect this book to be in one of my top favourites. BUT HERE IT IS.

Lashaan

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This was such an awesomely weird scifi novel. Check out my review by clicking here!

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE MONTH 

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This is a bit unfair because I’ve read amazing books this month. The Hazel Wood is def an enjoyable read (rated average of 3.6/5) , it’s just in comparison with other books I’ve read it didn’t stand a chance. I still recommend it !

 Lashaan

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The character’s background story sort dilluted the mystery, but it wasn’t a bad thriller though! Check out my review by clicking here.

BEST MOVIES/SHOWS OF THE MONTH

Trang 

Amazing psychological movie!!

Lashaan

Black Mirror Season 4: It wasn’t the best season, but it had some really good ones this year! Hang the DJ and Black Museum were awesome! 😁

Dark: Some coworkers said it was an adult version of Stranger Things and they weren’t really wrong. It’s really slow-paced but so mysterious and… DARK. 😁 I also blame Danielle @ BVT for me actually ending up checking out the first season. 🤣 P.S. Watch it in German with English subtitles. 😉

CURRENTLY READING

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Trang: ARC Released on Feb 6 !

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Lashaan: About time I start this one!

TO BE READ

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Lashaan

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Can’t wait to start this!

PERSONAL LIVES

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January was even busier than December! It’s crazy how it never stopped XD In fact, it was so busy I haven’t got time to reply to all the comments. I’m deeply sorry and I hope you guys don’t take it personal. I will try to reply to a few a day 😀 February means.. LUNAR NEW YEAR FOR ME 🙂 It’s the year of the Dog (my year muhhah) so I’m pretty excited to celebrate it with my family !

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Lashaan

Don’t know when January came and went, but it definitely felt like time was efficiently used. I also now know that I’ll be done with my master’s degree by the end of April and that’s pretty crazy to me! Can’t wait for it to come to an end!!! February is looking good and I think I’m going to continue to keep myself busy with my thesis, work and BOOKS! 😁

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

Yours truly,

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Dang right you watch Dark in German with subtitles Lashaan! Don’t make me come after you haha.

    Well Borne was a hit for me, we will see how Flame in the Mist plays out when I get to it. You have me excited Trang!

    Lashaan.. please tell me you are loving Kings of the Wyld!!!?

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    1. I’ve never committed such a crime in my life! Always watch things in the language it is filmed and add subtitles! That is the way to go! 😛

      Absolutely! I’ll probably take my time with it too. Sequel is still a bit far from today! 🤣

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      1. Yes, I would say nice and slow. Savor it 😉

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  2. What an incredible month! I am going to be taking a break from all the blog tours I have been doing so I can read some of the books that keep piling up lol. I am off to check out some of your reviews that I missed 🙂

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    1. Yay! Hopefully you put a nice big dent in that TBR of yours! 😛 Happy reading!

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  3. I’m ashamed because I haven’t watched Black Mirror. I heard it has different stories? 😬

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    1. You should totally try it out if it intrigues you. Yep, each episode has its own actors and its own stories. There are little easter eggs later on that makes subtle references to past iconic moments within the universe too; which is really cool. Hope you love it if you give it a shot!!! 😀

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  4. Hang the DJ is my favourite Black Mirror episode! It was so good!!!

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    1. YASS!!! It was a beautiful exploration of relationships and the ending was a bit scary, technology-wise hahah

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  5. raistlin0903 says:

    I almost can’t believe how fast this month flew by. It’s crazy. It was a truly terrific month though, and you have both done some very good reviews (not to mention adding books to me to read list lol 😂).
    Looking forward to the upcoming month, and adding more books 😂😂
    Oh and Trang: really no apologies necessary….at times we all get busy and real life gets in the way: which is always more important. So no worries, and take care 😊

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    1. I’ll make it my 2018 goal to add a solid 50 books to your TBR. 😀 😀 😀 Happy reading sir!

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      1. raistlin0903 says:

        Haha…only 50 huh? 😂😂 Thank you 😊

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        1. My reading goal is 75, which I’ll probably beat by maybe 10 books, so I’m assuming there will be a good 35ish books that might be overlooked hahaha 😀

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  6. Kings of the Wyld! Finally! Good boy!😂

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  7. Great recap and it seems like you both had a great January as well, though I agree it seems like the month went really quickly. 🙂
    You both got through some amazing books. Trang I am so glad to see Flame in the Mist made your top read of the month, especially after you weren’t a massive fan of Renee Ahdieh’s first duology, and Lashaan I need to start watching Black Mirror. So many people have recommended it to me and it sounds amazing, but I just need to find the time to get around to it. 🙂
    Again great recap, and I hope you both have an amazing February as well. 😀 ❤

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    1. It’s a great show with original ideas shown in each episode. If the concept of the show interests you, you should give it a shot some day. I’m already looking forward to next season hahah Happy reading Beth! Hope February will be wonderful for you too! 😀

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      1. Ohh, I’m very excited to get around to it now. Based on what I’ve been told about it and what I’ve seen it is definitely something that interests me and definitely something I’ll enjoy.
        Thanks Lashaan! 😀

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  8. Wow! Looks like you guys had some great reads this month!

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    1. We sure did! Got to choose them wisely with over 100000 books waiting for us to read hahah 🤣

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  9. Marie says:

    Oh it seems like you had great and very busy months, both of you, that’s great! January was the month time-stopped, for me, honestly I feel like we already should be in April, hahahaha.
    I hope you’ll both have a great February!! ❤

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  10. Hey great wrap up guys! Glad to see you had such a wonderful month you didn’t really have a truly “least favorite book” hahaha
    I’m curious about these new TV shows, I’ve heard lots about Dark Mirror but it doesn’t sound like my type of thing… I’ll give it a go, though! And the others as well 🙂

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    1. Just the first episode alone will make you go “WTF” real quick hahah But if the idea of the episode upon reaching the ending fascinates you then Black Mirror risks to be a fun ride for you! 😀 Hope February will prove to be awesome for you Sophie! 😉

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      1. Hahaha ok I’ll keep that in mind 😛
        Thanks, Lashaan! And to you as well 😄

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  11. I love Black Mirror the episodes are just so unique and interesting, Hang the DJ was great and I liked Metalhead too, those robo dogs were terrifying. I’ve seen Dark pop up on my netflix recs but haven’t watched it so I’m planning on checking it out soon 🙂

    So glad you enjoyed Flame in the mist trang, I haven’t read it yet but its on my tbr 😀 Great wrap up guys ❤

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    1. I didn’t expect those killer dogs too hahah I like how that episode took a twist on those classic old school horror movies but was centered around a futuristic post-apocalyptic world. Wild idea with a crazy ending. I mean… All that just for… that?! 😛 Hope you enjoy Dark when you get the chance to check it out! Have a wonderful February girl! 😀

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  12. todaysechoes says:

    I recently finished watched Dark and wow… I feel like I need to go back and rewatch a few episodes. I’m glad I watched it. Somehow I forget that countries other than the US produce tv shows and movies.

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    1. It’s soooo twisty. I like how its such a small world in that show. Absolutely everything is connected hahah And yaaaasss, there are great shows and movies produced outside of America that need more recognition. It’s nice to see one on Netflix! I’m pretty sure there are others too.

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  13. Ahh, I can’t wait for Defy the Worlds! March can’t come soon enough :’D

    Also, yay for February! It’s also the month of my birthday so I’m super excited (the same day as Chinese New Year!).

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  14. Trang: I’m so glad you loved Flame In the Mist and I really hope you enjoy Defy the worlds. I can’t wait to read it!
    Lashaan: I hope you’re enjoying Kings of The wyld! I’ve heard great things about it and I’ll look forward to hear your thoughts on it.
    Hope you guys have a wonderful month! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Raven! Hope you have a wonderful February yourself! 😉

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  15. Michelle says:

    You both had such a great month 🌸

    Trang // I’m so happy you enjoyed Flame In The Mist, I have it on my TBR and I’m excited to read it sometime soon. I heard Molly’s Game is excellent, I love a good psychological thriller so it’s definitely going onto my must watch list 🌸

    Lashaan // I’m so intrigued by Black Mirror, I’m so happy to see you liked it! Also I loved Stranger Things so I’ll definitely check out Dark.

    I hope both of you has a great February 😊

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    1. You should totally give it a shot then. It has some really unique ideas in each episode and some really amazing actors who had breakout performances thanks to that show.

      Oh, you’ll definitely spot some resemblances with Stranger Things but in the end it is its own thing at its own pace! Hope you enjoy it!

      By the way, thanks for the shoutout to one of my post (The Perks of Co-Blogging)! I can’t seem to find the post on your blog anymore, so I just had to thank you now before we both forget hahah 😀

      Have a great February yourself! Happy reading! 🙂

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  16. As always you guys had an amazing month! I am consistently blown away by the number and quality of blog posts you guys have. Keep it up! No one is upset at the lack of responding to comments, Trang. You’ll be just fine. Sometimes, life takes over and we just have to let it ride. 🙂 Here’s hoping February is amazing!

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    1. Hahaah you’re too kind! Thanks for the continuous support, Jackie! Hope February will prove to be an amazing month of reading and blogging for you! 😉

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      1. Thus far it hasn’t been as great as some others, but this is to be expected. Wedding in 36 days and counting! 😉

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        1. Oh gosh, you must be the busiest person alive nowadays!!! 😀

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          1. I mean, maybe not the busiest person alive– but it certainly feels like it some days. I am unable to log into my blog to post new reviews, so I’m finally catching up on my comment responses. A blessing in disguise, I guess? 😉

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  17. I am in the middle of the Southern Reach trilogy right now and I am hoping to move on to Borne next:)

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    1. Oh snap! Does that mean someone is enjoying it a lot so far? 😀

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      1. Yes, yes I am completely hooked right now and have become a pusher to all my friends who read haha.

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  18. Great wrap-up guys!!! You guys are rock stars!!! Woohoo!!! Dani-style happy dances and hugs!!!💙💛💙💛💙💛

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    1. Hahah Thanks Dani!! Hope you’ve been feeling a bit better lately!! 😉

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      1. Doing a bit better! Thinking as positive as possible!😉

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  19. Sometimes the days are not fast enough, while at other times it feels like, what just happened?

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    1. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? 😀

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  20. So excited for Flame in the Mist and Borne! (and a little nervous for Hazel Wood cos I now have it as an ARC 😉 ) I need to watch both Black Mirror and Dark (when I’m in the mood to be a bit creeped out 😉 ) Really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Tempests and Slaughter (omg a new Tamora Pierce novel!!), Kings of the Wyld and Shadow of what was lost (I had a lot of fun with that one) Hope you have a lovely new year Trang!! And good luck with everything Lashaan!

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    1. You totally got to try Black Mirror and Dark when you’re in the right mindset for them. Don’t think it’s anything I’d recommend to someone who is super happy and wants to relax. Those shows make your brain hurt. 😛 Thanks girl! Hope February is being nice with you. 😉 Happy reading!

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      1. Yeah I definitely will. Hahaha I get that 😂 You’re welcome! You too!

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  21. Boy am I behind or what?! I seriously though about watching Dark… but those I live with hate horror and it has that vibe more than Stranger Things vibe… though it intriguing you suggest to watch in German with subtitles… now I kinda want to… but I’ll have to see if I can sell it, lol.

    I’m loving Netflix little shows from other countries… we watched Erased and it was pretty good, we zipped through it and were very intrigued. I’m going to try to get the manga…

    YAY Lunar New Year for Trang… I hope it was fun! And YAY you’ve almost graduated Lashaan, I would be so excited!! 😉

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    1. There is a tiny element of horror, but a heavy and lingering mysterious atmosphere to the whole show, that’s for sure. I’d recommend it if time travelling, slow pace and mystery are some key ingredients to what you love. I also loved that it is foreign TV cause that’s something that Westerners need to check out more. The style is different, and it shows difference in culture and vision. And yeh, language wise, I ALWAYS suggest watching thing in their original language and add subtitles to understand. It usually sounds weird if you “force” the actors to speak English by changing the audio hahah I’ve heard great things about Erased, both the show and the anime/manga. I’d definitely give that one a go when time permits it! 😀

      Yep, graduating is exciting, but those last couple of months is scary and stressful!!! 😛

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