Can someone please tell me where October went? I spent most of this month busy with uni life due to assignments and also having to fend for myself so it’s been a busy month for me but not much that I could write about in this blog post. I did somehow manage to read more books this month than I thought I would be able to so I am proud of myself for that.
The first book I read this month was Without Merit by Colleen Hoover which tells the story of the dysfunctional Voss family as well as the love story of Merit, one of the Voss family members. I love Colleen Hoover’s books because they’re addictive and usually fantastic so obviously I was excited for her new release. I did like this book a lot but I do feel like the romance wasn’t as intense as it could have been and I actually wanted more romantic scenes. However, I loved the family aspect as well as the open discussion about multiple taboo subjects as well as mental health. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
After that, I was in a massive Colleen Hoover mood so I finally picked up Hopeless, one of her most well known books. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it to start with but when the romance got deeper and the plot twists started happening, I couldn’t put it down. I was addicted from start to finish and read it all in one sitting. I don’t really know why I put it off to start with but I’m glad that I read it when I did. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Following that, I then read Slammed by Colleen Hoover, another one of her most well known books. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I found the romance to be slightly cringy and there just wasn’t enough chemistry between the lead pair in my opinion.I still enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting but I wanted more from the book so I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
Then I moved out of my Colleen Hoover mood and read Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I FINALLY got around to it and I’m so happy I did. I don’t know why it took me so long to read it but I’m glad that I read it when I did. This was a fun, cute read with a great romance. The writing was amazing and just overall the book was fabulous. The writing style at times was confusing because it would jump around quite a lot but I still really loved it so I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
After that I read I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan which is the story of a young Muslim teenager as she navigates Muslim life as a British Pakistani. I am undecided on how I feel about this book. There were so many things wrong with it that irked me but I still enjoyed the narrative as a whole. I feel like I need more time to sort ou my opinions on this book.
As with the rest of the year, it’s been a bad book blogging month for me so I only posted two blog posts this month.
This month, I received a copy of Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell which is an illustrated collection of her 2 short stories: Kindred Spirits and Midnight from My True Love Gave to Me. I was sent a copy along with a readalong goodie kit including hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, tea, candles and a face mask so massive thanks to Kat from MyKindaBook for it!
I’ve been good this month as I haven’t bought any new books! I’ve been spending my money on other things so I have been stopping myself from buying books.
The first film I watched this month was actually a Netflix Original film called Kidnap. I watched it on a movie night with my uni friends and it was… interesting. I never would have picked to watch it myself but it was okay. It just felt like a 1 hour and 30 minutes car chase. The directing was weird and there were too many long dragged out scenes so I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars.
After that, I watched Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (Still, The Heart is Indian) which is an early 00s SRK movie about two reporters who get stuck in the world of business politics and try to help an innocent man out. I really liked this film. It was fun and cheesy as well as serious at times. It had a good message and some catchy songs. There was one scene that was quite racist and it definitely wasn’t flawless but it was still a fun watch, especially for an SRK fan like me so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
Then, I finally got around to watching Bareilly Ki Barfi (Barfi from Bareily) which is a Bollywood rom-com focusing around a love triangle. It was praised when it released and I finally understand why. It is one of the best rom-coms to come out of Bollywood recently. It was very cute and a lot of fun, with great songs and good acting. I only had 2 major faults with it. The character of Bitti felt more like a plot device than anything else and Chirag was a bit of a selfish prick but other than that it was a great film so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Then I randomly decided to watch Moana which was a great film and I don’t know why I didn’t watch it earlier. I love Disney films and this was no exception. It was cute and fun with great songs so I’d highly recommend it. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
After that, I went to the cinema to watch Thor: Ragnarok despite never seeing any of the previous Thor films. I’ve become a massive MCU fan recently so I really felt the need to watch this new installment and I’m happy I did. It was hilarious and entertaining – one of the best times I’ve had at the cinema for a while so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars too.
CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND CAME BACK THIS MONTH! Life is good again, all is restored. Season 3 has been amazing so far.
Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Nazm Nazm – Bareilly Ki Barfi
So that’s it for October. It’s been a whirlwind month. To be honest, it’s been a whirlwind year but I’m enjoying it. Yes I’m not reading or watching as much but I’m loving my life right now so I can’t complain really.