I really wish I hadn’t been as busy as I got with work and would have been able to write separate recaps but life happens, I guess. I almost posted my February recap in the middle of March which even sounds awkward, I know.
LIST OF NEWSWORTHY
Summer to Actual Spring and then Overworking
All I remember about February is just how humid it got. Like I was fine with January being a lot more like spring than winter in Karachi but humidity in February? Nope. I was fairly busy in February with general life things and then in March I overworked myself which in retrospect, was something I shouldn’t have done. It’s hard because I definitely measure myself against how productive I have been and working eases that which is a bad idea.
Black Panther, Gipsy Avenger and a Sweet Tooth
Two things I finally got to do in February: go to the movies alone and have a churro. The churro is significant wholly because of how much it got mentioned in Alex, Approximately and when my sister mentioned having one I just had to try it for myself. I was not disappointed. Too bad my city is not good when it comes to being able to trying out new foods.
I continued the newly found tradition of going to the movies alone with Pacific Rim: Uprising and this time I remembered to get caramel popcorn and it was a great day. The cinema that I went to isn’t actually that far from home so I even decided to walk to and from there: dedication haha.
Slowly getting back in the space where I want to watch TV shows, phew.
- The Flash – I actually cannot help but spot so many glaring plot holes this season which makes me wonder how they executed the current storyline in the comics. As it goes, there were a couple of filler episodes that I absolutely didn’t like much and they clearly show the writers messed up but then Enter Flashtime and Run, Iris, Run happened and abso-fucking-lutely made it all amazing again. It’s still a great arc, though as well as A GREAT SHOW AND WESTALLEN REMAINS ICONIC.
- Supergirl – I definitely have a hate/like relationship with this show. I love it when the focus is on Lena Luthor, female friendships, female villains and the Danvers sisters. All the rest can go to hell, really.
- Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – I’ve only watched the pilot as yet and I was not disappointed. This is the vein of Black Mirror but decidedly not on its level so far. I’ll watch it all, though
- Black Mirror – Did I finally feel mentally prepared enough to watch the rest of the season after getting too mindfucked by the Crocodile episode? Hell yes! I absolutely loved Hang the DJ and decided to watch Metalhead soon after but ended up hating it because of the moving camera work which always gives me a headache and the fact that it was shot in black and white. Why? I’m relieved that Black Museum didn’t disappoint, though and I could have spend all day in that museum, to be honest. Letita Wright is awesome in it and even though I pretty much predicted what was going on, I still loved it.
- Jane the Virgin – This is the one show where I never could decide between the two ships and the show ended up giving us both and I love it. What? Haha. Also, can I just say I’m so happy about Petra’s arc this season. However, I really feel like they’ve told the story they wanted to, but we’re still getting one more season after this so I wonder what that’s about.
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – I actually haven’t caught up on this yet but it’s still going strong.
- This Is Us – I finally, finally caught up on season 2. I didn’t mean to watch almost all of it over a single weekend and I got so tired of crying, you wouldn’t believe but I just couldn’t stop. What a mess of a person I can be haha.
- On My Block – I didn’t even know this show was a thing until I saw some people yell about it on Twitter and decided to check it out. Oh my god, what a ride! This is basically about a bunch of 14-year-old POCs, their friendship and all the drama that comes along with it and I loved every minute of it. Did not like the cheating at all and the use of the word ‘bitch’ so many times, but apart from that it’s a hilarious, dramatic af show that I couldn’t get enough of.
I’ve been watching so many amazing movies this year, I feel spoiled.
- Thor Ragnarok (8/10) – I mainly only knew to expect ridiculousness from Thor: Ragnarok and it more than delivered on that front LOL. I do honestly feel like they underutilized Hela and her arc could have gone so much better. Also, tumblr is quite conflicted about how Loki wasn’t Loki in this movie which was a disservice to his character but hmm, I think I liked whatever he had going on in the movie for him.
- Black Panther (10/10) – This was probably the most anticipated release for me right after Pacific Rim’s sequel and rightly fucking so. WILL PROBABLY NEVER GET OVER ITS AWESOMENESS, NOPE.
- Pacific Rim: Uprising (10/10) – Apart from that one plot twist that I 100% was not expecting, will never get over, how dare they, I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED IT. Getting emotional over hugeass jaegers in a cinema, that’s me right here. I actually loved how fast they are in the movie and Gipsy Avenger fucking slayed, sobs. I can’t wait to rewatch this movie countless times.
LIST OF READS
February was a great reading month and while March was also great quality-wise, it totally sucked quantity-wise and I’m sad about that.
- Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – This series finale was everything I wanted it to be and more and I’m emotional about it.
- Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear – This was my first Bear book but definitely not the last! It’s a historical murder mystery but with some steampunk elements and the main character is a prostitute. A bit of a mouthful but it totally works!
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – I read this because it’s similar to PS I Like You
- The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This book is fucking cray like I had no idea what it was all leading up to and I ended up enjoying it a whole lot.
- P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (reread) – Yeah, so I had to reread this because reasons. It still remains a favorite.
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 2: Civil War II by Tom Taylor, Marcio Takara – I will forever be a fan of Laura Kinney being unimpressed as hell with Captain America. Laura and Gabby killed me even more, if that’s possible and I surprisingly liked Old Man Logan.
- The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 by Kieron Gillen, Aud Koch – This had such stunning art and I personally loved that there was a lot of story than art so it was almost like an illustrated novella.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – HOTTEST ELEVATOR KISS, SAY WHAT. No but for real, this book was great and I was amused throughout reading it.
- Fence #4 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad – Shit-talking continues, I love it. I do need it to speed up, though.
- Love to Hate You by Jo Watson – Decided to try it out because of a combination of it being cheap, me being weak and liking the premise. It turned out to be an okay read. I wasn’t the biggest fan because it kind of veered into new adult category with a little bit of bad-boy-turned-good which is so not my thing.
- Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples – ALL THE FEELS. Sir Robot is finally relevant, this is what I’ve been waiting for.
- Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples – Probably the most depressing way to end a comic, I’m just—
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 3: Enemy of the State II by Tom Taylor, Nik Virella – I liked it and I also didn’t like it because of so much lost potential. It’s still a great series and Laura Kinney still fucking slays.
- Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt – This one was a bit of a mindfuck so I’m glad I decided to read it and can’t wait to check out the rest of it soon.
- Opal by Maggie Stiefvater – 10/10 would not want to be inside Opal’s head again, thanks. I did love all the Pynch, though and there were some reveals which hmm.
- On the Edge by Ilona Andrews – I was expecting this series to have the same set of characters which is why I wasn’t expecting it to get resolved in one book with a happily ever after so I wasn’t
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – I pretty much have almost no bad things to say about this one. It’s violent as hell at times, gets very dark and is just straight-up an awesome military fantasy.
LIST OF BOOK ACQUISITIONS
Oh man, so Marvel started doing these weekly $0.99 per volume sales and I get conflicted on the regular now because do I really need these and bye moneys.
- Blood Orbit by K. R. Richardson
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
- Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
- The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 by Kieron Gillen, Aud Koch
- Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
- New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
- Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
- Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
- Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
- The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 6: Imperial Phase Part 2 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
- On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
- Love to Hate You by Jo Watson
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz – an audiobook that I’m excited to get to, whaa
- Attack of the Fifty Foot Women by Catherine Mayer – another audiobook that I’m looking forward to
- Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt
- Opal by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
- Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time by Saladin, Ahmed, Christian Ward
- Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 2: Masks by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 4: Immune by Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 5: Orphans of X by Tom Taylor, Juann Cabal
- She-Hulk Vol. 2: Let Them Eat Cake by Mariko Tamaki, Georges Duarte
- Elektra: Always Bet On Red by Matt Owens, Juann Cabal
- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
- The Final Frontier by Neil Clarke (ed.)
- Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White
- The Fifth to Die by J. D. Barker – I’m still surprised I got approved for this, can’t wait!
- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
- The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
- Those Above by Daniel Polansky
- The Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene
- The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene
- The Brother Sinister: The Complete Boxed Set by Courtney Milan – Ellis out here trying to really get me to read histrom, haha
I still haven’t been listening to a lot of music lately and still don’t entirely understand why. Posting my February playlist here because I legit have one song on my March playlist, RIP.
How is your spring going so far?