In November, I experienced my very first lockdown (I was in South Korea during the first lockdown in France so I managed to avoid it). I had to quarantine myself the two times I was sick but it’s not the same as a lockdown. Oddly enough, it went pretty well but, it might be because 1) I have so many group projects this semester that I’m always in meetings talking to people 2) I’m actually already mad so, I don’t feel the lockdown anymore. Who knows? Anyways, it wasn’t that bad and I also managed to get my final internship in the company I wanted to work for. It’s very weird to think that I’ll be a “real” engineer in just a few months but I can’t wait to be done with college!
Artwork by Tithi Luadthong from 123RF.com
November was also Sci-Fi Month and I had a ton with the event, as usual! I really want to thank the two hosts Lisa and imyril for their fantastic job during the entire month! I’m already waiting for the 2021 edition! 😉
My TBR was overly ambitious so I only managed to read five out of the twelve books mentionned in my Sci-Fi Month reading plans. However, except for one dud, I enjoyed all the books so it was a pretty successful selection!
- Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald ★★★★★
- The Rush’s Edge by Ginger Smith ★★
- Winter by Ali Smith ★★★★
- Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller ★★★★
- Escape Pod : The Science Fiction Anthology edited by S.B. Divya & Mur Lafferty ★★★★
- In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park ★★★★★
- Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott ★★★★
I loved and already gushed about Moon Rising by Ian McDonald in a review post so I won’t gush about it here but, it was a great finale to an excellent trilogy! It was also a great way to start my Sci-Fi Month! 😀
My other favorite was In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. It’s a memoir written by a North Korean woman following her escape from North Korea. I first read this book in 2017 and it blew me away. I decided to re-read it because I have to do a presentation about a book I loved for my English class and I thought it would be an interesting book to discuss!
I just mentioned that I only read five out of the twelve books I wanted to readfor Sci-Fi Month? Well, I probably would have a read a lot more if I had not watched all the things I’m going to talk about now… 😇
In November, I finally finished watching the first season of The Mandalorian. At first, I wanted to post a review of the show for Sci-Fi Month but, while I enjoyed it, I didn’t have a lot of things to say about it. Sure, Baby Yoda is the most adorable creature ever and I liked how it’s directed but that’s about it. I will watch the second season but I’m no hurry to do so. It’s a good show but it’s not a favorite.
All the other shows I watched were Korean dramas, I have a bit of an obsession with them and I watch at least two each month so… here we are!
First, I watched the first season of Laughter in Waikiki. It’s a light hearted story following five young people and a single mom who are trying to achieve their dreams. It’s very funny and even if the story isn’t particularly original, it was a very comforting watch and it made laugh a lot. I also might have watched half of the season on a very lazy Sunday!
After that, I watched the first season of Vagabond. This show follows a NIS agent and a man who lost his nephew in a plane crash as they try to prove that the crash was an act of sabotage and not an accident. I was expecting a fast-paced story with a lot of actions and I got a blockbuster TV show with amazing action scenes, a thrilling story and great acting! I don’t know how much the production of this drama costs but probably a lot. It is shot in several countries and the whole show has Hollywood movie quality! My only issue with it is that it ended on a cliffhanger and I’m not a fan of that. Most k-dramas are “one shots”, they don’t tend to have several seasons and when they do, you can generally watch the seasons in any order. However, the way Vagabond ended means that it needs another season and I don’t know when it will air. 😅
My last kdrama was Record of Youth. I have watched a lot of Korean dramas (as you may have already guessed) so, I now know most of the famous Korean actors and actresses. Sometimes, I decide to watch a drama because of the cast and it was definitely the case with this one: the main actress, Park Sodam, played in the movie Parasite and the main actor played in one of my favorite historical show. However, even their great performance couldn’t save Record of Youth… It just wasn’t very good. It follows the struggles of two rookie actors and a young makeup artist but the plot was boring, slow and frustrating. I ended up skipping a lot of scenes to see how it was going to end and I should have bothered. What a loss of time… 😦 After this disappointment, I took a break from Korean shows (which by my definition means that I stopped watching them for two weeks).
Usually, when I’m burned out on TV shows, I end up watching variety shows instead.
My favorite one is 2 Days 1 Night, a Korean show that follows 6 celebrities (actors, musicians and comedians) as they travel to beautiful places in South Korea. It’s a weekly show but I stopped watching it for a few months after coming back from South Korea because it was too weird to not be there anymore. I’m now watching it again it and I love it even more. It’s the perfect blend of dumb humor, beautiful landscapes and wholesome and comforting moments. In each episode I discover new places I want to visit and new dishes I want to try!
I posted seven posts during Sci-Fi Month which is a bit less than what I had originally planned but, apparently I can’t work, watch a bunch of TV, read and write posts. And since I’m a responsable adult, I can make stupid time management decision without being scolded by anyone so… Seven posts it was!
- Book Reviews
My favorite post of the month definitely was the discussion with Mayri! 😀
I am currently reading The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson, it was on my Sci-Fi Month TBR but I didn’t have the time to read it so, it’s now on my December TBR.
I have still several books left on my list of 20 books I wanted to read in 2020 so I would like to read as many of them as possible. I would also like to read The Wall, The Vela and Ninth Step Station which are the last three 2019 review copies I received this year!
How was your month of November? Have you read any of the books I plan on reading next? 😀