Can I be honest and say I’m glad February is over? I know it’s not a very long month, but it sure was a punch in the face…
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur // ★★.5 // I listened to the audio book of Milk and Honey at the start of the month. I had wanted to read it for ages, but I’m not very familiar with reading poetry. So I figured listening to Rupi Kaur read her own poems was the perfect way to go. And I would recommend the audiobook. I was just sort of indifferent about the poetry itself. I guess it just wasn’t for me. I know that her poems will resonate with a lot of other people, which is why I didn’t want to give it a lower rating. It just didn’t with me.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Re-read // ★★★★★ // A re-read! I first read this book in 2015 and absolutely loved it. It’s been a few years now, and the movie adaptation is almost here. I wanted to re-read this before watching the movie in June, and reading the new companion novel Leah on the Offbeat this year. I’m so glad I did, because I’d forgotten so much already! Still loved it though.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // ★★★★ // I saw a copy of this at the library, so decided to take it with me. As you can see from the cover, I read the Dutch translation. I think this is a great little book, and wonderful as a (starter) guide to feminism. Do I think that there are many things left out? Yes. I would like to read more about trans women, LGBT+ women and toxic masculinity too. But this is a great place to start already; to listen to women’s experiences outside of Western Europe/North-America.
That’s all I read… I know, I didn’t read much in February. Dear Ijeawele is such a short book, and so is Milk and Honey. Like I said, February was a kick in the face at times and I just didn’t have the energy to read.
Raw (2016) // Original title: Grave // ★★★★ // First, I’d like to thank Inge for getting me through this movie. This movie is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a French-Belgian film called Grave (the french word, not the English one…) about a girl who goes to vet school. She’s been a vegetarian her entire life, until she’s forced to eat raw rabbit liver (or something like that) during initiation. Shit spirals out of control afterwards. DO NOT watch this movie while eating. SERIOUSLY, DON’T.
Lucifer // I watched the first 8 episodes of Lucifer season 3 this month! I’m slowly catching up. Emphasis on slowly.
Dark // I watched the first episode of the German Netflix show called Dark. It was creepy and weird, and I’m definitely going to continue the series.
Altered Carbon // I also watched the first episode of Altered Carbon. To be completely honest, I forgot I even watched this before writing this post. Yet I still enjoyed it, and would continue watching? I think it’s too soon to say whether I’m into it. It’s one of those shows that will take me a while to get into.
SEVENTEEN – Thanks
This song… SEVENTEEN has become one of my favorite K-pop groups now. Maybe even my ultimate favorite? I’m just in awe of them. They’re all so talented: producing their own music, raps, choreography, etc… They get visibly better and better with every comeback, and this is no exception. I would also really recommend watching the choreography version of this. Their choreo is insane.
The Rose – Sorry
I discovered The Rose through DAY6 (who were in last month’s wrap up), and then noticed they were holding a concert in Belgium in February! I was so excited. I think they were the first K-pop group to really hold a concert in Belgium? At least, to my knowledge. So I went to see them live, and it was absolutely fantastic. They are so talented, and were so happy to see the crowd of fans! It was adorable.
Stray Kids – Hellevator
I’ve been listening to this song for about a week, I think. I really like its flow, and it always manages to put me in a productive mood. I believe they wrote this song about their life as trainees, which makes me really sad for all the idols and the terrible and hard times they must have gone through.
Pentatonix – Havana
If there’s a new PTX song, you just know it’s going to be on my list. I LOVE THIS. I don’t like Mich’s mustache, but okay. Their songs are always on point. A warm welcome to Matt, the new PTX member!