to me, January is one of the most slow and painful months. Even though we’ve only been in 2019 for 31 days, it feels like it’s been 90 days! it’s especially frustrating because we just started a new year, and in the new year we make new goals and ‘New Years resolutions’ — but (at least to me) it definitely feels like all of those have already failed.
This January was quite a jam packed month for me. I went back to school for my second semester of University! which is both exciting, and stressful. I was stupid and decided to take 4 classes this term, one of those classes being a math class… yeah, my little fine arts brain is dying. I am also managing 3 part-time jobs at one time… yeah 3 jobs. I pretty much have no free time, but I was still able to read a couple books and watch a couple movies this month.
Each month in my journal I do a little wrap up of the books I read, movies I watched, and music I was into — so I thought I would also do here on the blog! Along with that I do a little thing for the upcoming month I call a ‘TBR & TBW’ (to be read and to be watched) which are some books I really want to read, and movies I really want to see!
so first, the books. I was luckily able to TWO whole books this month. Although, in terms of my classes this semester, I should’ve read 2 more… but that’s alright. Seeing how busy and stressed I was this month this is a quite a good amount. I was even ahead on my Goodreads 2019 reading challenge for a couple days — but I think I’m behind now. The books I was able to read were:
Two VERY different books, especially because one is YA and the other is adult. I also picked the first one up on my own, and Exit West was for a class. I gave TIKOAELS 3.5/5 because while it was an incredibly diverse and sweet story, I found it to be lacking in a lot of places and i just didn’t end up loving it as much as I wanted to. I then gave Exit West a 4.5/5, and if you want to know more about that book I’d read the review I posted for it last week.
For movies this month I was also able to see a whopping 4! 2 of those films were in the theatres, and 2 were in the comfort of my own home. I’ll be honest and say there will definitely be more movies than books for me in the coming months, and that is because awards season is among us! I watched the first two movies in preparation for the Golden Globes, and I am slowly but surely knocking unwatched Oscar nom movies off my list.
- A Star Is Born (dir. Bradley Cooper, 2018)
- BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee, 2018)
- First Reformed (dir. Paul Schrader, 2018)
- Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018)
So, these are all 2018 movies, and that is mainly because pretty much no good movies come out in the first few months of the year. The first movie I saw as A Star Is Born, which some of you may know — came out in OCTOBER. I was very behind on this train because I didn’t have anyone to see it with at the time, but I finally dragged my dad to the theatre when the golden globes were coming up. I gave this bad boy a 3.5-4/5 stars, it’s a very good movie, especially for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut — but it’s literally a remake of a remake of a remake. I also don’t personally think Lady Gaga was as amazing as everyone is making her out to be! but that’s just my personal opinion…
I then watched BlacKkKlansman the night before the Golden Globes on the couch. This was a movie I wanted to see when it actually came out, but I just never found the time. This movie was a lot of fun! and was definitley entertaining. Although, it also deals with a lot of important things. I googled about halfway through “is blackkklansman a comedy?” because I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing the amount that I was. I gave it 4.5/5 stars because there were a few aspects I didn’t love, but all in all I think it was a solid film.
I then watched one of the most underrated and under appreciated movies of 2018! Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. I heard about this bad boy back in the summer, because it’s an A24 film and I love A24 films. Although, this movie was sadly quite indie so I don’t even think it came to any theatres near me. Luckily it is now available on DVD and digital download — which is how I watched it. This movie is CRAZY. but like good crazy, obviously. Ethan Hawke is crazy good in it as well and I wish it got a lot more recognition this awards season. I gave this one 4.5/5 stars because there were some moments that left me a little too confused, but other than that it’s an amazing film that I think everyone who likes movies should see.
Okay last on the list of movies I saw is one I saw just 3 days ago, and that is Cold War. This is a foreign language film, Polish to be exact. I used to not like watching foreign language movies, but after I took an intro to cinema class last semester, and we watched about 5 movies that were not in English — I’m now a lot more open to them. This film is beautiful to say the least. It’s nominated in the foreign language category at the oscars as well as best director and cinematography, which I most definitely think it deserves. I also just love black & white movies, even without colour it’s so full of depth and I wish more movies were shot in B&W these days (GOD I sound pretentious). I gave it 5/5 stars because I mean… what else would I give it?
Alrighty, usually I make up a monthly playlist of the songs I enjoy listening to — But this month I didn’t do that. That is because this month the only thing I have been listening to is Greta Van Fleet‘s two albums top to bottom, back to back, and on repeat. If you don’t know this band they’re made up of 3 brothers (1 set of identical twins) and a long time family friend. They’re also from a very small town in Michigan called Frankenmuth, they’re all under the age of 25, and they’re all self taught. This band has only been around for a couple years, but I just recently discovered them earlier this month, and to say I like them is an understatement. These guys are SO talented and SO young. They’re already making pretty big moves as they were nominated for 4 Grammys this year (!!!), and they’re currently on a pretty much sold out world tour. I may not look like a rock & roll kind of person, but it’s probably my favourite genre of music. I don’t listen to a lot of current music, the exceptions being Harry Styles and Bon Iver (who I know, is definitely rock & roll), so when I heard these guys give a modern twist on the classic music I listen to all the time, I was hooked! If I have my ear buds in I’m definitley listening to either there double EP From The Fires, or their debut full length album Anthem of the Peaceful Army (heck! I’m literally listening to them right now) Some of my favourite songs are “You’re the One”, “Age of Man”, “Anthem”, “Highway Tune”, and “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)” (just to name a few), but I would definitely recommend listening to this the way it is meant to be — top to bottom and really loud.
and yes I know they sound like Led Zeppelin, but is that really such a bad thing???
Okay, there we have it, my January wrap up! not too much this month because as I said — I’m VERY busy. Although, I did purchase a planner the other day, so hopefully I will get a bit more organized. For February, I’m hoping to get my crap together. I’m definitely looking forwards to our upcoming reading break, but also know that that mean I have 3+ papers to write before then.
In February I’m hoping to read 3 books
- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
this is definitely a BIG goal seeing as there is a lot of work that I need to do in February — but these are all books I’ve been meaning to read so my fingers are crossed I get to them.
For movies I’ve got 5 on here, all 2018 movies because I am sadly still catching up and not many new ones are coming in February.
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? (dir. Marielle Heller, 2018)
- First Man (dir. Damien Chazelle, 2018)
- Beautiful Boy (dir. Felix Van Groeningen, 2018)
- Mid90’s (dir. Jonah Hill, 2018)
- Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)
I’m really hoping I get to watch these all because The Oscars are this month! and I need to be caught up!!!
I also finally got a Amazon Prime membership, and therefore a Prime Video membership. So, I’m hoping to watch some shows I have been missing out on. I’ve already started watching Parks and Recreation (which is an oldie, but I haven’t seen all the episodes so I’m hoping to get myself all caught up) as well as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Homecoming. They’re both quite ‘talked about’ shows — and my brothers won’t shut UP about them — so I’m looking forward to finally understand all the hype.
So, dear February, please be good to me! I’m really banking on reading break completely taking away all my stress and immense lack of sleep — but I think we all know that won’t happen. Here’s to the second month of 2019! *clinks glass*