A Monster Calls
This movie is based off of the graphic novel by Patrick Ness which I read a few years ago and sobbed over. The book is a beautiful story following a young boy living alone with his mother diagnosed with cancer and coming to terms with the eventuality of her death. He is an imaginative boy and at 12:07 everynight, a monster (risen from the Yew tree outside) greets Conor to tell him 3 stories before Conor must tell him his own. The movie follows the book completely from what I can remember. I started crying about halfway through this film and didn’t stop until it was over. The music, animation, and acting was absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching and you MUST watch it.
The Great British Bakeoff
For something a bit more lighthearted, Celine and I have been watching The Great British Bakeoff over the last few months and just recently started Season 3. It’s a hilarious baking competition set in the UK with some super loveable hosts and competitors. I never really enjoyed Food Network or cooking much at all until we started watching this show. The competitiveness between bakers is much more relaxed and everyone is super supportive of each other which makes this show so enjoyable. Every episode you get to see three new bakes and I feel like we’ve learned a lot! We have even made some of recipes from the show! Unfortunately for the newer season we found out they have moved channels and only one of the judges will be returning so we won’t be watching further seasons.
More Than This – Patrick Ness
As I mentioned above, When a Monster Calls is a book that Patrick Ness wrote as well but I wasn’t too impressed with the other novel I read by him which was The Rest of Us Just Live Here. However, I was at the library and saw this book and decided to picked it up and really ended up enjoying it. This book follows 16 year old Seth as he is killed after being swept up in the Ocean. He awakens in his old home in the UK, covered in bandages and wires, the house and seemingly the entire city abandoned, covered in dust and ash. He begins to wonder if he has found hell on earth, but it turns out there is a lot more to the story.
This story is SO weird, and confusing, and thought-provoking and I was really hooked until the end. I have to admit that I didn’t love the ending, but I think it’s worth the read anyway. This would certainly be an interesting movie adaptation.
Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
Okay, so number one, I gave this book FIVE STARS. Most of you have probably seen the trailer for the new movie featuring a lot of famous faces that’s coming out this November which is exactly why Celine and I ordered it. I’ll link the trailer below, but it seemed like a fun and endearing mystery and boy was I right. I had never read an Agatha Christie novel before, assuming that they might turn out to be a bit boring but you can confirm with my roommates I was screaming at the end of every chapter because I just needed to know how it ended. I found it to be incredibly more entertaining than any Sherlock I have ever read.
This book was retitled, but follows a group of passengers (French, English, etc) aboard a train in the East on their way to seemingly different places when the train becomes stuck in a mountain of snow. Hercule Poirot is a detective aboard this train when suddenly a man is found stabbed to death in his compartment. The entire story follows Hercule and his sidekicks as they observe evidence, interrogate suspects, and try to find out exactly who murdered this not-so-innocent man. It really is quite gripping and definitely makes me want to pick up her other novels. I’m also super excited to see how the movie turns out despite really disliking Johnny Depp nowadays.
Let’s Hurt Tonight – OneRepublic
My spotify discover weekly playlist always seems to know exactly what I’ll like every single time, and so last week this newish One Republic song came on and I was in love. I actually prefer their song “Better” which is also on this album, but didn’t have a music video. I didn’t realize they had a new album out in December, but a lot of the songs from that album are great. This one in particular was apparently in Will Smith’s movie Collateral Beauty, which I never saw but didn’t not get great reviews. However, I still like this video. Funfact: I saw OneRepublic live with Maroon5 in like…2010? They were better performers than Adam Levine was and the concert was great.
Particles – Olafur Arnalds
This song features the voice of Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir from Of Monsters and Men and it’s an absolutely gorgeous song. I have loved Olafur Arnalds for so long and this has been my favorite album from him thus far. Everything about this song is beautiful and lovely and it’s my go to album for meditation, reading, working, or just relaxing.
Don’t You Cry for Me – Cobi
This was one of the best songs from my discover weekly over the last month and I almost cried the first time I heard it because is absolutely beautiful and so relevant. I was looking up more information on Cobi and he was actually part of a band called Gentlemen’s Hall. Gentlemen’s Hall had a song called All Our Love a few years ago that I rocked out to. The rest of the band formed into what is Tribe Society which I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to before.
This song is really based around police brutality in the black population and about everyone coming together to cut the tree down that is racism. I was also reading about how it wasn’t about one person ending all that (particularly Cobi as a white man), but everyone coming together to help defeat this monster and showing that it’s extremely hard to change society which is why the man wasn’t saved in the end. Beautiful song and message.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Bars
Don’t laugh at me until you guys have had one of these because they are straight up delicious. I found them at Target on sale one day and I am so sad that I have ate them all already. They’re also fairly expensive normally so I can’t really get anymore until they’re on sale. :'(