Monthly Favourites – January 2018

January hasn’t been a particularly remarkable month generally speaking. It was a strange period during which I was both disappointed Christmas was over and eager for spring to finally come. Nevertheless, I have a few favourites to share with you concerning books, music and TV series.

At the end of last year, I watched the first season of The Crown and surprisingly quite enjoyed it. This month I watched the second season, but unfortunately ended up not liking it as much. However, there was one episode that stood out from the rest: Dear Mrs Kennedy. Immediately after watching it, I proceeded to search for information about the events mentioned to know whether the meeting between Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy was true or fiction.

I haven’t read that many books this month. In fact, so far, I’ve only finished one, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, and am currently forcing myself to get to the end of Sibila by Agustina Bessa-Luís, mainly because she is one of the authors featured in my list of 100 women writers to read in my lifetime. All things considered, Alias Grace deserves a place among my favourites from this month. This is a novel about Grace Marks and the role she played in the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. While reading it, I felt like a detective looking for clues that would make sense of the events surrounding the crimes. Continue reading

Other Favourite Stories of 2017

To complete my recap on 2017, I present you to my favourite stories told through a medium other than books. When I first thought about doing such a list, I had in mind films, TV series, magazines and newspapers features, etc., that I loved during a year. However, 2017 was definitely the year of TV series for me, as none of the films I watched for the first time or features that I read stood out from the rest.

So, without further ado, these were the favourite TV series I watched in 2017:

 

Game of Thrones – Season 7

I can confidently say that Game of Thrones is my favourite TV series ever. It’s exciting and keeps me on the edge of my seat. It’s not only visually astonishing but also features complex and memorable characters. Season 7 felt a bit different from the previous ones, because many of the characters were now at the same locations, whereas before their paths didn’t cross. Some people complained about how everything seemed to be happening really fast with no much regard for the needed time to travel from one place to another. But, as the characters are more than developed now, in my opinion it would have been extremely boring to follow them during their travels. And we, as viewers, are supposed to know that time passes off-camera, not everything is shown. Continue reading