FebruaThe month of February brought lots of gifts. I adopted a cute little rescue bunny from the shelter, which has helped me get back on track and calm down after losing my beloved Elvis. I’ve named the new little guy Hugo after my grandpa. He has a strong personality, which makes for some hilarious moments. In addition to the new addition to my life, I also went on a short trip to Copenhagen with my mom. It was a lot of fun visiting some of my favorite places, eating great food and generally enjoying life. Now it’s back to studying again, which is also kind of great. It’s surprisingly nice to be taking classes again.
Favorite books of the month
Both of my favorite books of the month are young adult thriller mysteries. I’ve always loved mysteries, but never had much success with young adult ones. I’m elated that I managed to love not one, but two of them this past month. It’s a rarity to get this lucky.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is a young adult mystery set at a prestigious, and oddly mysterious, boarding school in Vermont. The main protagonist, Stevie, is obsessed with true crime and the prospect of becoming a great detective. I immensely enjoyed reading about the mystery, but also about the characters. I feel very connected to both Stevie and her rather reclusive friend Nate.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is set in London at the time of Jack the Ripper’s infamous killing spree. It follows Audrey Rose, pathologist in training, while trying to unravel the mystery of who could commit such heinous murders. My favourite part of the books is the enigmatic Thomas Cresswell, who I couldn’t help but love. I look forward to continuing on with the series. Seeing as I already own the second book, it probably won’t be long.
TV and movies
When I watched TV in February I binged on an old and a new favorite. That’s the beauty of having multiple seasons readily available, you can shut out reality for a while and live in a wonderful fictional world.
Warehouse 13 is an old favorite I’ve started rewatching. It’s about a secret government warehouse full of magical artifacts. We follow secret service agents Myka Bering and Pete Latimer on adventures to catch bad guys and artifacts used for evil. It’s witty, secretive and homely. I wish I knew a place like the warehouse in real life.
Community is my favorite show right now. It’s weird, funny and everything I want in a sitcom. I rarely watch sitcoms, but this one has stolen my heart. I’m happy to declare myself a fan of these wonderfully screwed up characters. The episodes are only around 20 minutes long, which makes them perfect for watching while taking a break from studying.
Listening to audiobooks while doing menial tasks is one of my favorite things. Yet I haven’t listened to anything but two audiobook in February. Fortunately I enjoyed both immensely.
Light Falls by Brian Green is narrated by the author and Paul Rudd with a full cast. It’s a production, which only exists in the audiobook format. Light Falls is essentially about Einstein and his journey towards, arguably, the greatest theory of nature, general relativity. It utilizes a full cast and music to give the story depth and engage the listener. It works very well. While I knew the majority of the content presented in advance, it didn’t take away from the experience.
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood is the first book in a 20-something book series about a glorious female badass lady, who solves crime while having loads of fun. The series has been adapted for TV and that’s how I originally came across Miss Fisher. I adore the show, and while the first book isn’t nearly as good as the TV show, I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook. It’s narrated by Stephanie Daniel, and I must say she does a fantastic job.
On my radar for march
March is going to be great. These two following books are just a selected few of all of the awesome books coming out in March.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (March 27th) — Pandava Quartet #1. From what little I’ve heard, I believe it’s going to be a story right up there with Percy Jackson. That’s huge, and I really hope it’s true. I’ve only read one of her books, but from that alone I’ll say it’s going to be a good one.
Giant Days Vol. 7 by John Allison (March 27th). This comic is my favorite, without a doubt. After finally getting to read volume six, I couldn’t let go of the world, which means I’m currently rereading all of the previous volumes.