Monthly Favourites – August 2019

This instalment of my monthly favourites is probably one of the shortest ever. There are two main reasons for that. First, I didn’t truly enjoy any of the books that I read in their entirety. And, second, I think I’m suffering from TV series hangover, if there is such a thing, because, after watching a great one, I didn’t feel like watching anything else this month, including films.

As I didn’t particularly like the two books that I managed to finish in August, I decided to mention as my favourite one that I’m not even mid-way through – Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. When the main character and narrator, Fitz, was six years old, his maternal grandfather left him at the castle of the town he lived in, because he was the bastard son of the Crown Prince, Chivalry. After some years, he started being trained in secret as an assassin. I’m enjoying Fitz’s character development and the detailed writing, as it allows me to easily visualise the scenes.

My true favourite this month, however, is the second season of Dark. If you haven’t watched it on Netflix yet, you should do so immediately. It’s fantastic! I’ve been trying to convince almost everyone that I know to watch it. It is a German science fiction thriller that is highly intriguing and at times moving. It is set in the fictional town of Winden, where there is a nuclear power plant and where a couple of young people go missing.

As in season 1, which I watched for the first-time last year, it explores the connection between past, present and future. I don’t want to say much about the plot, but there’s a mystery related to time travel that connects four families. The writers deserve a lot of respect for managing to connect even the tiniest of details. I liked it so much that a couple of days after finishing it, I started re-watching everything, including season 1.

Because I couldn’t get enough of Dark this month, my favourite song is part of the soundtrack of season 2. It is a cover of an Arcade Fire song, ‘My Body is a Cage’, by Peter Gabriel. I was already familiar and liked the original version. They both sound epic in completely different ways!


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


9 thoughts on “Monthly Favourites – August 2019

  1. Rajdeep Pathak says:

    In Fiction, Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive and Han Kang’s The White Book were the best works among all I read in August. In nonfiction, it was Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power by Byung-Chul Han.

    In September, I am looking forward to reading Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments.

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