Hi everyone! So, the exam season is still going on, and I still have two exams left – the hardest two, actually, because why not leave those to the end, right?
Despite this, I have actually been reading a lot
instead of studying, but I didn’t have the time to actually post here.
Awesome Books I Read This Week
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: Aroace protagonist with her half-Deaf bisexual brother and his biracial boyfriend. In the 1700s. I love them all so much.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant: Listen. This is already my favourite book this month, which is strange because I hated the original Peter Pan. But this one has a really complex trans protagonist, as well as a complex Captain Hook, who end up falling in love.
In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis: This is a sci-fi retelling of Sleeping Beauty where Maleficent and Aurora end up together, and if that’s not enough for you then I don’t know what is. (Apparently retellings with romancing villains is a theme this week.)
Movies/Shows I Watched This Week
Do you see a pattern? This month, I FINALLY read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and… it’s kind of ironic, but I didn’t really like the book. The writing was difficult to understand and I felt like it dragged on too long. But because I love the story, I decided to binge-watch some adaptations, and I adored all of them.
Seriously, I can’t pick a favourite. The 1995 and 2005 versions both had their charms and strengths in different ways, and the Zombie one was a mess, but a glorious mess. I actually loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because the new sideplot (zombies) gave a different context to many of the same scenes and interactions, and brought some real uniqueness and fun into the story. (Also, that scene where Jane saves Bingley’s life, and 5 seconds later Lizzy saves Darcy’s? Poetic cinema.)
Not to mention that recognising actors/actresses in movies is my favourite thing: the 1995 version had Colin Firth as well as Helena Bonham-Carter’s cousin, the 2005 version of course had Keira Knightley, and Zombies had… Donna Sheridan, Romeo Montague, The Eleventh Doctor, Olive Byrne, and Cersei Lannister. No, really.
Shout out to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which holds a special place in my heart. I didn’t rewatch the entire thing, but I did revisit some of my favourite videos.
Despite my struggle with the original Pride and Prejudice, I haven’t given up on Jane Austen yet: I’m way too intimidated to start Emma or Mansfield Park with their 500+ pages, but I figured giving Northanger Abbey a chance wouldn’t hurt. (I’m also planning to try Persuasion, because they are both under 300 pages. That seems manageable.)
I am also reading two anthologies: A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett, which is about the experiences of trans women (fiction stories), and How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens edited by Joanne Merriam, which is about immigrant experiences in a sci-fi setting.
Goodreads will tell you that I’m also currently reading The Poison Within by Rachel Marie Pearcy for the Sapphic Book Club, and Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – which might actually be her first book?! The truth is that I haven’t really started either of these (I read the prologue of the first one) but I will. Soon.
I also really want to catch up on Doctor Who, because I would die for the Thirteenth Doctor, no kidding.
You can already read my review of Rescues and the Rhyssa on the Lesbrary, but it will be up on this blog tomorrow as well.
Sooo we’re only halfway through January and I somehow already completed 10-15 prompts for Around the Year in 52 books, which has 52 prompts, and the Popsugar Reading Challenge, which has 50. Oops? From this, you might think I’ll finish them way too early, but I’m not too worried because 1) last year I finished most of the prompts before August, then slowed down significantly and barely finished the last one in December, 2) I can double up, and I plan to do that for ATY at least, 3) I realised Beat the Backlist actually has a bingo with 80 PROMPTS, so yeah, I’m not running out of challenges anytime soon.
Still, my next exam is on Thursday and I’m way behind on studying, so I’m putting a hold on the things in this post until then.
How are you all doing? Feel free to share what you’ve been reading/watching in the comments!