It’s been a rather hectic month. I started some classes, specifically math and chemistry, and it’s going great so far. For that reason I haven’t been able to read as much as I usually do. In addition to all of this change, I also lost my little beautiful floof bunny, Elvis. He had an inoperable tumor, and since it would be cruel to keep him alive and suffering for my own comfort, he was put to sleep. I’m completely heartbroken about it, I loved him so much, he was my little ray of sunshine. Not to go completely insane, I want to make an effort to keep my blog going. Though I won’t be able to post as much, because of homework and other assignments. Fortunately, I read a couple of great books and watched some comforting TV, which I’ll share with you.
Favorite books of the month
It wasn’t hard to decide which books constitute as my favorites of the month. Most of the ones I read were either four or five star books for me, but these following three stand out.
Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman contains a selection of lectures from the famous Feynman lectures. As the title suggest, there are six chapters each pertaining to a different subject in physics. I also have the companion to this one, it’s called Six Not-so-easy Pieces. The subjects discussed in that one are more complex than those presented in Six Easy Pieces. I’m very interested in physics, and I learned a lot reading this collection. Feynman has a unique ability to explain this stuff so that it makes sense.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. You might remember that I included the first book in this series in a post about overhyped books. I didn’t intend to continue the series, but for some reason I picked up Hollow City and loved it. I imagine it’s because the story, characters, and the overall feeling of the book is much richer than Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson was another pleasant surprise. I’ve tried to read it twice before, but for some reason I couldn’t get past page 60. This time, though, was the right time. I loved it. The magic system is really interesting and the characters are amazing.
TV and movies
After I’ve done my homework for the day, I tend to graduate towards TV rather than reading. One of the shows I watched this month is an old favorite, while the others vary from historical fiction to fun-filled adventure.
I finally finished Reign in January. Even though the last season wasn’t as good as the others, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one of those teen dramas that’s meant for binge-watching.
The Librarians is one of my favorite shows currently airing. It’s filled with great nerdy humor and an abundance of adventure. I recommend curling up in bed with your favorite beverage and just enjoy.
I watched Eureka right around when the last season aired, and I recently started rewatching it. It’s nostalgic and weirdly comforting being back in this wacky town.
Audiobooks and youtube
I listened to a couple of audiobooks in January, but only one stood out to me. And while I watched a fair share of youtube, I mainly stuck to one particular channel, which has reawoken my interest in photography in a new and unexpected way.
Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time by Michio Kaku is narrated by Ray Porter, who does a fantastic job. I’m fascinated by physics, especially everything to do with space. I want to find out everything about the subject, so reading about Einstein, and how his work has, well, transformed how we understand all of this stuff, is mandatory (and fun).
Astrobackyard on youtube makes awesome content about astrophotography. I’ve been binging his videos and dreaming of acquiring a telescope for myself because of it.
On my radar for February
To be honest, I haven’t been keeping up with all of the new and upcoming releases lately. Yet I managed to come across one that stuck with me.
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (February 27) is the first book in a new series called Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond. I don’t like knowing much else, but I do know that it’s a middle grade novel inspired by Indian culture and mythology. It sounds freaking awesome.