Monthly Favourites – June 2020

June is coming to an end, thus it’s time for another instalment of my monthly favourites. I’m about to share with you the book, TV show, blog post and YouTube video that I enjoyed the most during the last thirty days.

I have only finished one book this month. The reason why is that I’ve been reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb for at least three weeks now and still haven’t finished it. It would have been terrible if I hadn’t enjoyed the only novel that I read in its entirety. But unsurprisingly I loved rereading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and remembering why it’s one of my favourite classics. It was wonderful to get reacquainted with a story that is full of interesting characters, brilliant dialogues and that is written in an engaging and witty style. Elizabeth and Mr Darcy’s interactions are often amusing.

The third (and last) season of Dark became available on Netflix during the weekend and is also one of my favourites from June. It is a German science fiction thriller that features time travel and various families trying to deal with loss, grief and love. As with previous seasons, it requires full attention from viewers. I highly enjoyed it! All parts were linked together effectively and engagingly. Some aspects, however, could have been further explored, such as the state of mind of some characters in certain instances. I also have the feeling that some revelations happened too hastily, but that sensation may be a consequence of me binge-watching the episodes in a space of three days and not a fault of the series itself.

I read various great blog posts throughout the month, but there was one that resonated with me the most. Emma wrote a review on her blog about Lisbon Poets, an anthology featuring poems from various Portuguese authors, including Fernando Pessoa, Luís de Camões and Florbela Espanca. There is a passage from her review that I found particularly amusing.

“Portuguese is a funny language for me as a French: when I read it, I recognize a lot of words but when I hear it, I don’t understand anything.”

This seems to be an issue for almost all native speakers of other Romance languages. I promise we don’t do it on purpose!

Finally, I also liked watching Claire Fenby’s video “Reacting to one-star reviews of my favourite classics”. Goodreads is full of the most hilarious hateful reviews.

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

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