Wrap Up

Lots of Movies and A Few Books in Our October Wrap Up

Hello friends! Another month has gone by and, if I’m being honest, October wasn’t any better than the previous ones. This month, we ask you to read about what is happening in Nigeria right now, to educate yourself on the #EndSARS campaign, and to support it in whatever way you are able to. You can start by visiting the following site or by simply looking up #EndSARS on twitter.

As always, we’ve brought you all the films, shows, books we consumed last month, as well as some life updates. Hope you’ll enjoy. 🧑

Life Updates

Sabrina:

This month has been a rollercoaster of emotions – and I suspect this will continue into November – with my state’s restrictions finally being reduced after months of strict lockdown.  It was incredibly emotional to experience two days in a row of no new COVID-19 cases.  And it was ridiculous to see footage of massive queues outside Kmart at 11.59pm the day before reopening πŸ™ƒ I am so afraid we are going to experience a third wave and we’ll be back under lockdown in the blink of an eye.

We still have a lot of restrictions which honestly don’t make a lot of sense to me – particularly, the rules around home visits are driving me up the wall, because the logic just doesn’t seem to be there.

Before the restrictions were eased, I did have some good experiences with some friends cooking over video chat.  We made chocolate cake one week, scones another and spinach and feta rolls another.  Looking back, I wish I’d taken photos, but oh well, lol.  I’m hoping things will start going a bit more back to normal in the coming weeks.

Vera:

Similarly to September, I did few things in October, yet, the month flew by extremely fast. I was able to meet with some of my friends, although I’m still social distancing, so this mainly means walks / hikes. We have a massive amount of new COVID-19 cases each day and our godforsaken government does close to nothing, so I’m staying far away from crowded places. Thankfully, I can do that because of online classes, but boy, am I tired of university and we’re only halfway through the semester. I had a week-long break at the end of October, but even so, I feel so horribly drained. I can’t lie, I’m really angry at the way the majority of our professors are handling this semester.

What We Read

Sabrina:

…And the slump continues.  I finished a mere three books this month, but at least it’s an improvement from last month, and I enjoyed them all.

🍁 HARROW THE NINTH: I thought Gideon the Ninth was confusing, but this book blew it out of the water.  Every time I thought I was following what was happening, some detail would be mentioned that threw me off again.  And this was happening well beyond the halfway point.  Still, I loved the anticipation and trying to piece everything together.  I still don’t really like Harrow, but I can appreciate her character better now.  3.5 stars!

🍁 HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: I was after something comforting, so I picked this up for a reread.  I love the magic and I love the characters and I love the plot and I love the writing.  There’s not much more I can say, lol.  5 stars, of course!

🍁 THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY: This book was incredibly intense.  I absolutely loved the main character and the experience of being in her mind was truly impactful.  The ending didn’t work all that well for me – there was one thing that was quickly resolved and one thing that was not really resolved at all and I wish those two things had been switched (I’m not saying that the ending was bad or wrong, just that I didn’t personally like it) – but that didn’t bring it down too much. 4 stars!

Vera:

So, October was a surprisingly good reading month and, dare I say, I think I’ve finally conquered the reading slump I’ve been in for the past few months. I read 17 books, and my average rating was 3.72 which, to be fair, could have been much, much better.. I’ll only share three books with you today, as everything else I read was a “spooky” book, and I’ve dedicated a whole post to them – watch out for that, as it is coming soon.

🍁 HOWARDS END: I read this for one of my classes, and I have to admit, I skimmed through the majority of the novel’s second half. πŸ™ˆ It’s not a particularly bad book, but I found myself losing interest around the halfway point, even though the start of the book was rather strong. Three stars.

🍁 IN THE DREAM HOUSE: I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I make exceptions for nonfiction that seems particularly good – as did In the Dream House. This book – written about the author’s abusive, same-sex relationship – is told in vignettes, and is one of the most emotional, beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Five stars.

🍁 THE MARTIAN: I wanted to love this book but alas, about 80% of it flew right over my head. I knew this would be a difficult read, but I expected the technological bits to be accompanied by the same amount – or even more – character-related things? IDK, I finished the book knowing that Mark is one jolly fellow.. but I feel like I learnt nothing else about him? Still, huge props to the author for all the research that went into this. Three stars.

What We Watched

Sabrina:

🍁 I know Jane Eyre (2011) is a well-loved movie but it was much too slow moving for me.  Plus the romance made me feel super uncomfortable!  I did enjoy the scenery but that was not enough. 2/5.

🍁 Enola Holmes was a pretty fun movie, and I liked the overall vibes and feeling it gave me.  I didn’t fall in love with it though, and there were a few moments I didn’t really like. 3/5.

🍁 I thought The First Wives Club (1996) had a really interesting concept, but the execution was sometimes lacking.  I feel the messages of the film could have been handled better, and I wish there had been more focus on the final project of the club.  Still, I did overall enjoy it! 3/5.

🍁 Braven was a pretty standard action movie with some absolutely ridiculous moments.  It was alright, but nothing I’d care to watch again any time soon. 2.5/5.

🍁 After weeks of Vera hyping up this movie to me, I am pleased to say that The Old Guard lived up to my expectations!  I truly enjoyed this one, especially because it made me feel connected to the characters and their relationships.  I’m really hoping we get a sequel at some point! 4/5.

🍁 I also watched Rebecca (2020) with Vera, and it was better than I was expecting!  I loved all the scenery, and I loved the way the house was decorated.  Things were a little bit different to what I would have expected after having read the book earlier this year, but overall I don’t think it was bad. 3/5.

Vera:

🍁 I stayed up until half past two to finish The Haunting of Bly Manor, and I have no regrets. While the start was a bit slow, I quickly became engrossed in the story and I loved the characters by the end. Oh, and Dani and Jamie? Their romance was so soft, I can’t. πŸ₯Ί Rating: 9/10

🍁 I watched the new Emma, which is embarrassing to admit as I have not yet read the book… and I’m not sure when – if ever – I’ll get to it. πŸ˜… While it looked rather nice visually, I didn’t fell in love with it. Rating: 6/10

🍁 I had more luck with Enola Holmes, which wasn’t anything ground-breaking, but it was incredibly enjoyable and fun and the actors did such a terrific job. I now want a whole bunch of Enola Holmes films, please and thank you. Rating: 7/10

🍁 I watched Howards End (1992) for a class – actually, I watched multiple films for my classes, but I have no interest in talking about the rest πŸ˜… – and while I didn’t love it (not a fan of the book either), it was kind of enjoyable, if overly long. Also, it was interesting to see Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson at such a young age. Rating: 6/10

🍁 Ahh, we’ve finally arrived to one of the highlights of my month – Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime is back, and I’m loving it so much. I enjoy true crime in general, but Shane and Ryan’s banter and humor makes every case 1000x better.

🍁 Towards the end of the month, I rewatched The Old Guard with Sabrina, and I have to say, this film is still incredible, even on my third watch. It gives me such comfort, which is something I’ve been in need of recently. Also, I need a sequel for this! 10/10

🍁 Sabrina and I also watched the new Rebecca together, and while it wasn’t something I’d highly recommend, I did enjoy it, particularly how beautiful the set was. I haven’t seen Hitchcock’s version, but I want to as I heard that that one’s far superior. 6/10

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Let’s Chat!

Did you have an interesting October? Have you seen or read anything we saw and read this month? Are you looking forward to the end of the year? Let us know!

30 thoughts on “Lots of Movies and A Few Books in Our October Wrap Up

  1. Honestly, my government is making me crazy with all the covid rules! It just doesn’t make sense, for example, how campaigns and elections are allowed, but weddings and other gatherings are not. Like what’s the difference??? It’s a crowd ugh. And like how we have to wear mask in the car, even though it’s our private car with only one person in the car, or else we get some kind of ticket but to obtain them we have to queue in a crowded tent. It’s astounding.

    Enough rant lol. I’m so happy to see The First Wives Club on your watch list, I had such a great time watching it but I agree some things would do better if we have more focus on them. And the Old Guard! Such an amazing movie. I also enjoyed Enola Holmes but wasn’t in love with it either.

    Have a great November!

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    1. Ugh, those rules sounds unfair and illogical.. especially the car one!? We were given some restrictions recently but they are either useless or incredibly illogical. Like, we have a curfew between midnight and 5 am… but it’s the winter.. few people go out between those times, especially because they closed clubs. (People can still have large gatherings, though, so that also makes little sense.) And cinemas and theaters need to leave two empty seats between each person.. even if said people come together or are from the same household. This makes NO SENSE – even if they aren’t from the same household and only come together, they should be allowed to sit together when gatherings are allowed, restaurants, pubs etc. are open. Like, people ARE allowed to hang out!! So why can’t they sit together in cinemas and theaters? Worms for brain, that’s what our government has, istg. Sorry for the rant, haha.

      The Old Guard is such a comforting film for me, I love it so much. I agree, expected more from Enola.. but I still want more stories in this world, haha. Thank you, you too! πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi!! Firstly, Sabrina, I’m so glad you’re allowed out of the house now!! But also, I’m just so proud of everyone in VIC for doing lockdown with little fuss. As someone without an immune system, it makes me so happy. I know it was hard, but you did it!! (Fingers crossed the lines for kmart don’t spark wave 3.)
    Vera, I’m so sorry your govt is not doing enough. That is equally frustrating. Sending love and hugs your way (but virtually).
    Also, thank you for sharing my review!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
    Fingers crossed November is a better month… πŸ’•

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  3. Sabrina, just as you leave a lockdown I’m going back into one! After a few months of life pretty much as normal, it’s so strange to think about the shops shutting again and only leaving the house for work. Stay safe but have fun getting back out into the world!

    Sorry things aren’t going well for you at uni, Vera. Honestly all of my student friends are pretty fed up too. It seems like their professors are using online learning as an excuse to do the bare minimum. I’m glad you’re getting out of your reading slump though! I seem to be heading into one πŸ˜… This happens to me every winter though, so I won’t worry too much – it seems to be unavoidable. I haven’t finished the buddy read, or Bly Manor, and I didn’t listen to TMG either. πŸ˜… I did watch The Old Guard though! I’m not really a fan of movies but I enjoyed it.

    Wishing you both the best November possible in this crazy world! ❀️

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    1. The professors are holding fairly normal online classes for us, but they are putting so much extra work on us.. I hate it so much. Oh no, that sucks about your reading slump, but I’m glad you’re not stressing over it. Ahh, let me know when you finish Bly or the buddy read AND when you continue Magnus! Glad you enjoyed The Old Guard. πŸ˜€

      Hope your November has been going well! πŸ₯°

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  4. Oh my goodness, Sabrina, I literally just watched the movie for Howl’s Moving Castle because I loved the book so much when I read it for the first time back in February and OMG it was like my heart was wrapped in a blanket and tea was poured inside and all the cats came. I am amazed that more people aren’t talking about this as a comfort reread because my goodness it is fabulous. It’s just so funny and imaginative and surreal and tackles deep topics lightly and gently and I just love it. Anyway, that’s a lot of gushing.

    Vera, I can COMPLETELY relate to the stupid government (yes, I’m talking to you US government) doing absolutely nothing. And this awful election, good gracious. I’m deliberately not reading anything about it until Thursday or Friday but where I live there are visibly threatening people doing Trump parades and because of that, quite a few of my friends are afraid to leave the house. The one light this week? Why rewatching Howl’s Moving Castle, of course πŸ˜€ And also watching The Haunting of Hill House for the first time which is so good and I’m so excited for Bly Manor now. I also moved to my new space (www.blueeyebooks.com) and it’s still a work in progress but I love it.

    I hope you both have a lovely November!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Ugh, I’m so mad at the government, it’s sad you can relate to this as well. :/ Even from here, watching the US election was so stressful.. especially because Trump kept screaming about “winning” on twitter, lmao. I hope his supporters won’t start up shit now that he officially lost.. though what they did at the voting stations was already concerning. I hope you’ll love Bly Manor too, and I’m happy you’re enjoying Hill House! Thank you! πŸ₯° Hope your November is going well! πŸ™‚

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  5. Looks like I have to watch Enola Holmes after all! I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but you convinced me! And now I’m going into Rebecca with lowered expectations! I saw the trailer, which looked amazing, but I shall see. πŸ˜€

    Thank you for featuring my blog post, it made my day!

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  6. Veronika, I’m glad you enjoyed In the Dream House! I read it for Latinx Book Bingo and it was such a unique format for a book, and one that really stuck with me as well.

    I’m sorry this month has had its ups and downs for you both! Hoping for a peaceful November πŸ™‚

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  7. Sabrina: Happy to hear that you could cook over video chat with your friends, that sounds amazing! (and definitely more fun than cooking alone πŸ˜„) Oh maybe I should read Howl’s Moving Castle! I only ever saw the movie and liked that a lot πŸ₯°

    Vera: Sorry to hear online school is stressful, I’m just starting my semester online (the new wave just hit when I moved, so the limited in-person events were all moved to online) πŸ˜… Happy to hear that you read so many great books!

    Also thank you so much for sharing my posts!! πŸ₯Ί I hope you both have a good November πŸ’•

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  8. Aw, two of my posts made the cut! πŸ₯°

    Two very different perspectives about Covid…Sabrina, I guess your country was better at handling things than most. Our restrictions came down at the end of May, and people immediately started going rogue and wearing their mask on their elbow πŸ™„. So now we’re back to square one – a few regions in (almost) full lockdown, other with fewer restrictions, other with only a handful (for now), mine among them. Vera, I’m sorry your government doesn’t seem to handle things AT ALL. At least you have online uni, though it sounds like it’s another can of worms…soldier on, my friend πŸ’œ.

    I promise I’ll remember Bly Manor when I run out of stuff to watch!

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    1. Ah, I really wish we were at least as good as Australia at handling COVID… it’s a pity that Hungary’s government is doing nothing STILL. Some restrictions were introduced but they make no sense and will help not at all. Everyone else around us is doing so much more, meanwhile our PM basically admitted that hospitals will be overwhelmed by mid-December. (FYI, doctors are ALREADY saying that hospitals can barely take this pressure.) I’m so angry and disgusted.

      Great, let me know when you watch Bly Manor! πŸ₯°

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  9. Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantastic choice for a comfort read πŸ˜€ I still haven’t watched Bly Manor, but I definitely want to try and hopefully not get too spooked. And YESS The Old Guard is incredible.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful November!! ❀

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  10. Sabrina, cooking with friends over video actually sounds like a lot of fun! I love baking on my own, so maybe next time I’ll try it with some friends! Also, reading this post made me try my hand at making scones! (It went pretty badly, but they taste pretty okay despite my errors!)

    Vera, I completely relate to having school suck the life out of you and having professors that are just not understanding! I hope that the second half of your semester goes better than the first half!

    Also, I know I’m a bit late (by over a month) but I just wanted to say thank you for sharing both of our posts! It really means a lot! πŸ’•

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