It always comes as a surprise to me when another year is coming to an end. Yet, it’s never too late to introduce something new. I therefore present to you, a new monthly wrap-up where I share my favorite books of the month, which movies and tv shows I enjoyed, ect. I might expand it in the future as I come up with more ideas, but for now I’ll stick to the basics. The month of November has been weird. It went by so fast, but, at the same time, it felt like an eternity. I’ve read a bunch of books this month. Honestly, I think it might have been my best reading month of the year. Without further introduction and babbling, let’s get on with it:
FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE MONTH
To be honest, the majority of the books I’ve read in November are fantastic. Narrowing them down to just a few was almost impossible. ‘Almost’ being the operative word. I managed to do it by thinking about which ones gave me the best overall reading experience.
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly is the sixth book following LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. The author has an incredible ability to craft interesting characters, which is why I absolutely love the world that he’s created. I especially enjoyed Angels Flight because of the setting of Downtown Los Angeles and the political aspect of the story.
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks is an extremely personal story that provides insight into the mind and struggles of the author. In addition to the story itself, she manages to use the written language beautifully. I rarely read memoirs, but this one is worth every hour spent flipping pages.
TV AND MOVIES
For the first time in months, I’ve been in the mood for watching tv and movies. And boy did I watch some good stuff.
I’ve finally caved in and gotten on the Stranger Things bandwagon. I consumed the first season in a manner of days. And while I haven’t yet gotten around to watching the second season, I totally understand the hype. It’s well deserved.
I also started watching The Last Tycoon this month. It’s this great TV show based on a novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The show stars Matt Bomer as a Hollywood film producer in 1936. It’s old Hollywood, stars and dreams, but it’s just as much about the other side of the coin, the guts and gore of the industry.
Lucifer is probably my favorite show at the moment. I love the playful darkness, the humor and the terrific characters of the show.
I watched a couple of movies this month, but only one stood out as memorable. It’s noir in color. You don’t know who’s worse, the corrupt cops or the criminals. L.A. Confidential is without a doubt the best movie I’ve seen all year.
ON MY RADAR FOR DECEMBER
I’m not up to date on new releases for December this year, but still, there are two new ones I’m super excited about. I cannot wait to get my hands on both of these.
The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden is the sequel to one of my newest faves, The Bear and The Nightingale. The first book was amazing in its rich atmosphere and fantastical storytelling. I believe this one is going to be just as good, if not better than, its predecessor.
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey is one of my most anticipated releases of this year. It’s the seventh book in The Expanse series. This year, I’ve read all of the books that are currently out. These books rekindled my love for science and science fiction. They’re serious, funny, adventurous, dark and entertaining.