Monthly Favourites – June 2019

June has come and gone, so it’s time to share with you my monthly favourites! This instalment features a book, a TV miniseries, a film and a song, and I promise to be much more concise than in previous months.

I haven’t read many books in June, but they were all enjoyable. The one that stood out the most was In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan. It’s the fourth book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series and focuses on how Isabella became a dragon naturalist at the Scirlind army. Her work took her to Akhia to try to breed dragons. The entire series mixes anthropological, scientific and social components. Although it’s fantasy, it is written as a memoir, and the most intimate moments between the characters are marvellous.

I started a few TV shows this month, but I stopped watching the majority of them after just a couple of episodes. The most gripping one, which I completed in a few days, was Chernobyl. It’s a miniseries about the nuclear disaster that happened in Ukraine in 1986. The first episode is terrifying! I wish I hadn’t watched it before going to bed. I later discovered that the writers took some liberties with the scientific aspects of what happened, but it was still a good TV drama.

When it comes to films, I’ve also watched a couple that I didn’t enjoy. One that I did, though, was Brexit: The Uncivil War. It’s a British TV film about the lead-up to the 2016 infamous referendum that focuses on the strategists behind the leave campaign. I found the plot really engaging. It manages to convey how the leave camp put the emphasis on emotions rather than facts. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, a political advisor and strategist.

Music-wise, my favourite song from last month is ‘Frankenstein’ by Editors. I’m enjoying their transition from indie rock/ post-punk revival to whichever their current music style is called. I sometimes struggle to continue liking the new music of long-time favourite bands when they change their sound too much. That hasn’t happened with Editors so far.

These are my favourites from June! Which are yours? Tell me in the comments!


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