Monthly Favourites – October 2018

I normally try to choose a single favourite from among the books that I’ve read, the TV series that I’ve watched and, more unsuccessfully, the music that I’ve listened to during a specific month. However, as I was struggling to decided which book and TV series was my favourite from October, I ended up opting to allude to two of each. I enjoyed them almost equally, thus they truly deserve a mention in this instalment of my monthly favourites.

I’ve only read three books last month. And I say only, because I could have read more, if I had not spent around a week persevering through Freedom and Death by Nikos Kazantzakis just to end up not finishing it. But this post is about my favourites, and one of them is Tula by Jurgis Kuncinas. It tells the story of a man struggling with an alcohol addiction, while recollecting his love for Tula. Throughout the book, there are plenty of astonishingly beautiful passages that convey great emotion.

My other favourite book from the month of October is Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb. Mihály and Erzsi are a newlywed couple trying to come to terms with what they want from their lives. They married for opposing reasons, and Mihály is plagued by nostalgia for his youth. There are some genuinely funny moments and a great depiction of ambiances in various occasions.

As I’ve mentioned before, I also have two favourite TV series to share with you. One of them is the first season of Dark, which you can watch on Netflix. It all starts when two children go missing in a (fictional) German town where there is a nuclear power plant. It delves into how the past and present of four families are intertwined. It has some horror undertones, although it is not particularly scary. I’ve seen it being compared to Stranger Things, but it is more… timey wimey.

And with that reference I move forward to my other favourite TV show from last month – the new season of Doctor Who. I’m loving Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. She is funny, lively and warm-hearted. At times, she really remembers me of both David Tennant’s and Matt Smith’s Doctors, whom I also adored. If you have never heard about Doctor Who, it is an iconic British science fiction programme which follows the adventures of an alien from the planet Gallifrey through time and space. When close to death, the Doctor regenerates, and a new actor is chosen to play the character. Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to assume the role. I liked all the episodes so far, particularly the third one. It was so emotional that I cried! Although the fourth episode was not as good as the others, there was a moment that I had to stop and watch back to make sure that I had heard right. The Doctor is talking about dangerous situations, and she says this:

“I eat danger for breakfast. I don’t, I prefer cereal. Or croissants! Or those little fried Portuguese… never mind, it’s not important!”

But it’s! I am eager to know what is that Portuguese fried thing that the Doctor likes!

Finally, music-wise I loved listening to The Joy Formidable’s new album, AAARTH. I’m not going to try to describe it, because I’m terrible at it. If you like rock, just listen to it. All their other albums are great as well!

These are my favourites from October. What are yours? Tell me in the comments!

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