Monthly Favourites – August 2020

Another month has come to an end (since April it seems that time is flying by exceedingly fast). So, today I’m sharing with you my favourites from August! They include a book, a TV show, a music album and a blog post.

After a long while, I finally rated a book with five stars again. The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a disconcerting, affecting and extraordinary exploration of abuse, mental health issues, rebellion against social conventions and desire. Yeong-hye had always been a dutiful wife until the day that she decided to become a vegetarian after having a disturbing dream. We never read her version of events, though. The story is told from three other perspectives – her husband, her brother-in-law and her sister. It is through their angles that we become aware of what she had to endure throughout her life and what influenced her actions.

On a much lighter note, I enjoyed watching the TV series The Great on HBO Portugal (I don’t know where you can watch it in other countries). Staring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, it’s a gripping comedy-drama based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Don’t expect it to be historically accurate! From the very beginning, it lets viewers know that that is not the aim at all. In fact, it’s occasionally obviously outlandish.

Music-wise, I listened countless times (I’m probably exaggerating here) to the album Lost and Found B-sides and Rarities by David Fonseca. As the title implies, it doesn’t feature newly written songs, but ones that didn’t end up being included in previous albums. I hadn’t heard the majority of them before. My favourites are ‘Meet You in the Middle’, ‘Don’t Want You to Stop’ and ‘When I Fall’.


Finally, from the amazing content that other bloggers write, I really liked Amalia’s review of Convenience Store Womanby Sayaka Murata. I have been uncertain for a while whether to read this book or not, and I think she may have convinced me to pick it up.

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


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