Finally, my exams are finished! I wish I could say I feel free again, but I still have so much ahead of me. *sweats* Anyway, I am rather looking forward to February. The last month has been not my favourite ever. I have been combating that by consuming some good good art.
Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen I rarely find myself listening to whole albums on repeat, but this is one of those albums. I am OBSESSED with it. I’m so glad that I’m just, like, finally accepting that actually I just super love pop and this fills me with courage and joy with every listen. (Except maybe Warm Blood. Sorry but that’s my least favourite, oops.)
Hamilton BOY OH BOY OH BOY. I finally saw this on the West End this month and!! It as so incredible! I thought all the actors were incredible but I especially loved the performances of Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler) and Giles Terera (Aaron Burr). I do slightly regret that I was feeling anxious due to exams but I’m so grateful that I got to see this.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren I bought this using a book token I got for Christmas and I’m so glad I did! It was so readable and cute, definitely a good antidote to exams. It really pulled at my feelings and I liked reading about a queer religious character because I feel like I don’t see that very often? But that could also very much be due to the fact that I haven’t actively sought them out.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby I got this book for Christmas and I’m loving it SO MUCH. It’s a book of essays which is kind of…new and uncharted territory for me but I’m so glad I picked it up.
The Adventure Zone ‘But, Eve!’ I hear you say. ‘Didn’t you start listening to this podcast like a year and a half ago?’ To which I answer: yes. And, also yes, I am only just coming to the end of the first Balance campaign. But, god, it is hitting me SO HARD in the feels. I feel it’s come so far since the first story and I’ve also travelled with it. It means so much to me and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Patsy Walker! AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams I finally managed to get the last volume of it out of the library after waiting like 6 months! IT WAS SO GOOD AND I’M SO UPSET IT WAS CANCELLED AFTER THIS. It’s one of the few mainstream/superhero comics that I’ve actually found myself invested in and I wish I could read more ones like it. 😦 Like, action is okay but plEASE just give me soft queer happy friends.
stuff from around the internet:
- On the blog I posted my first Monthly Mixtape, hosted with Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages, recapped my 2017 in books and looked back at my year overall.
- Alice Oseman’s new book I Was Born For This is out May 3! And I am sO READY in my bones for this book, y’all. Just. I really hope it’s good.
- Check out the great YA by British PoC out in 2018! AGH SO MANY WONDERFUL-SOUNDING BOOKS.
- Also these 46 books to read by women of colour in 2018 on Electric Literature.
- Lia @ Lost in a Story (featuring Jess @ Bookends and Endings) wrote a super useful guide to ARCS and requesting ARCS. Find all the posts here and the first one here.
- The second season of the podcast Secret Feminist Agenda started last week; now would be a great time to get on board.
in the diary:
- Mock exams pretty much sums it up. I haven’t been doing much except attempting to survive those, really.
- I have also been freaking out a lot over A Level options because I DO NOT KNOW and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE and this forces me to confront that.
- Wait, I didn’t actually do a December wrap up…so also I guess I was ill for a while?
- I also saw Ant-Man with my friends and I was like wOAH because the stepbrother from Clueless was in it. (Listen, I never remember actors, so.)
how has your january been? have you had any exams? what albums do you listen to on repeat?