2021 is behind us! Yay!! I’ve never been happier to say goodbye to a year but, 2021 won’t be missed.
The beginning of December was a bit rough, I got the flue and a superinfection during the first half of the month and I had to take a sick leave to recover. The month got better once the antibiotics did their work (the holidays definitely helped as well). So, if the start of the month was not great, at least it ended on a positive note.
Reading-wise, December was great. I didn’t read a lot, but I enjoyed everything I read and that’s what’s important for me. I finally managed to finish Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer and that in itself was a success.
- Exhalation by Ted Chiang ★★★☆
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie ★★★★★
- Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer ★★★☆
- The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson ★★★★☆
- Apex Magazine #122 ★★★★
I already talked about the first three books in my last reading update. I adored Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, it was a book that felt particularly close to my heart since I could relate to several characters. Exhalation was a solid collection though it’s not a new favorite. Perhaps the Stars was a weird one, some parts were brilliants, others were impossible to follow. Still, I’m glad I finished this series and I will re-read it one day (just not right now).
The Rosewater Redemption was a very solid conclusion to Tade Thompson Wormswood’s trilogy. While it wasn’t as brilliant as Rosewater, it was better than The Rosewater Insurrection and I liked how Thompson ended this trilogy. I can’t say I expected that ending but it worked well with how weird the whole story was. Finally, I read the March-April 2021 issue of Apex and it was very good, I think Apex is probably my favorite short fiction magazine at the moment, they (almost) never disappoint me with their selection of fiction and non-fiction.
After being almost-spoiled a billion times at work, I was pressured to finally give Squid Game a try (okay, I already wanted to watch in the first place because of Wi Ha Jun but still). I liked Squid Game, I can’t say it’s the best k-drama I ever watched but it was suspenseful and well done. It doesn’t need a second season but because it’s a global phenomenon AND it’s produced by Netflix, they’re going to milk it for at least one or two other seasons. Hopefully they won’t ruin it. ★★★★
You season 3
You is completely over-the-top, but it gets better and better with each season. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first season, but I really liked the second one and the third one was an absolute trip. Does it make sense? Mmh no. Is the character a good guy? Absolutely not, he deserves to be in prison. Will I watch the fourth season? HECK YES. ★★★★★
Gossip Girl season 1 (2021)
The original Gossip Girl TV show is a guilty-pleasure show of mine. I watched the first four seasons way too many times and I will never not love it. I can’t say the same with the reboot, in fact I dropped it after four episodes because it was too painfully stupid to watch. Though it could be that it is as bad as the original show, but I don’t have any nostalgic feelings to make up for it. ★★
The King’s Affection
Did I watch this historical show because Rowoon was the main lead? Yes. Did I stay for Park Eunbin playing the prince? Well, yes, I did.
The scenario wasn’t that great, and I would have enjoyed it more if it had followed the usual 16 episode-format of a k-drama. However, I really liked the fact that it followed a woman disguised as a man and that for most of the show, the male-lead doesn’t know that the person is in love with is not a man but a woman. In most “Girls pretends to be Boys” Korean shows, they often portray male characters who are attracted to (or who they think are) men as ridiculous, but it wasn’t the case here. The male lead is head over-heels for the prince even when he thinks he’s a man and it was refreshing to see.
Pretty forgettable but pleasant to watch. ★★★
RuPaul Drag Race UK Series 3
Series 2 was so legendary that I was bound to be disappointed by series 3. And disappointed I was. The queens were talented but not very funny and the production was an absolute mess. By far my least favorite Drag Race season so far (and yes, it was worse than Down Under). ★★
In January, I plan to finish watching Nobody Knows a crime K-drama and I might finally start watching The Witcher! I’m also very excited for the next season of RuPaul Drag Race US.
January Reading Plans
I don’t have solid plans for January, I’m just going to read the books that I want to read. Currently my “To-read next” shelf on my Kindle contains the following titles but I might switch it around a bit later this month:
What are your plans for January? Have you finished your first book already? Was it a good start to your reading year? 🙂