#SixforSunday, spoiler free

S4S -Netflix

Being a primarily bookish related blog I find I don’t often talk about what I’m watching like I do what I’m reading. I’ve been branching out a little more with my video game posts and some Dungeons and Dragons content a little here and the wrap up for March featured some films I enjoyed so for this weeks #Six for Sunday prompt (normal prompts resume in May) is Netflix! I want to share with you six films and/or shows I have loved in Netflix and six films and/or shows I want to watch that are on Netflix. Obviously, there are plenty of other streaming services out there, Amazon Prime and NowTV being some of the biggest in the UK but for me, Netflix is the one I use the most and the most compatible with my tastes so far. Just as a note there are a TON of great films and shows on Netflix and I wanted to clarify that although A Knights Tale is one of my favourite films of all times I had seen it before Netflix, the films and shows in the list below I hadn’t seen or heard of before Netflix.

My Favourite Films and/or Shows:

What happened to Monday –  In a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, resourceful identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.

The action element of this film looked great in the trailer and really drew me in but I also loved the intrigue and deeper parts of the story as well, not to mention some of the great twists along the way.

To all the boys I’ve loved before – A teenage girl’s love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life. 

A sweet, super aesthetically pleasing film that’s a little predictable but no less great for it. Some great funny and romantic moments with a great protagonist I really enjoyed in Lara-Jean.

Valerian and the city of a thousand planets – In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defence, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

For me, this film has super Fifth Element vibes with a few different dynamics thrown in. Its action packed, entertaining and an absolute treat for the eyes. I could watch this film over and over.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra.

I loved the original She-Ra cartoon as a child but the updated version made by Netflix absolutely blew me out of the water. Everyone has new looks and there’s just such a great wholesome feeling to it all while still being fun and meaningful. The friendship between the main three characters are one of my favourite things and I adore the love/hate relationship between Adora and Catra, especially as the series develops. We’re so close to season two now as well I can’t wait!

Footloose (2011) – As a transplant from Boston, teenager Ren MacCormack gets a big dose of culture shock when he moves to a small Southern town called Bomont. A few years prior, a fatal accident involving five youths led local councilmen and a beloved clergyman to enact ordinances against loud music and dancing. Ren — never one to toe the line — challenges the ban, simultaneously revitalizing Bomont and falling in love with the clergyman’s troubled daughter.

A few years back my mum was shocked to discover that although I loved the song “Footloose” I hadn’t actually ever seen the film so we checked out Netflix and found the newest version was on there and decided to try it out. I loved it to pieces and watch it semi-regularly.  It’s a really fun film with some serious moments and although it’s not perfect I do really enjoy the camaraderie of it and of course the music.

Star Trek Discovery – Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

I’m not a huge die-hard Star Trek fan, I’m usually more geared towards Star Wars but I did really enjoy the Voyager series and after being intrigued by some of the new class and having easy access to this Netflix exclusive (in the UK) persuaded me to try it out and I’ve not looked back since. I don’t even know where to begin with this show, the second season just finished and I have been blown away time and time again. The show is funny, heartfelt, thought-provoking and beautifully diverse and clever and somehow seems to not only embody the message of the original Trek but fantastically brings it into a new era and makes it more accessible

(Special shoutout to Jupiter Ascending because it was so bad and I loved it for that and to Killjoys which I didn’t include as we only watched season one on Netflix and the other three on Prime but we did find it for the first time on Netflix!)

Films and/or Shows on my list that I need to see ASAP:

Isn’t it romantic – Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city’s next skyscraper. Things go from bad to weird when she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Always cynical about love, Natalie’s worst nightmare soon comes true when she suddenly discovers that she’s playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy.

I haven’t watched this yet because I know its one that will be perfect to watch with my husband, he loves romance films and I’m not often that into them so I think this would be a nice mix for us both. Plus I’m really excited to see Rebel Wilson as the lead instead of a stereotypical, plus-size comic relief backup character.

The Perfect Date – A high school student creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college. When he develops feelings for someone, his plan gets complicated.

Okay so SOMETIMES I like romance films, this one looks really fun and hopefully at least a little different from the norm? This is another film the husband wants to see and as we don’t always get time together in the evenings once little man is in bed we still haven’t seen it yet.

The Dragon PrinceThe Breach, the border between the two halves of the continent, was guarded by Thunder, the king of dragons. Now, after humans killed the dragon king and his egg, war is imminent. The elves attempt to assassinate the human king Harrow and his heir, the young prince Ezran, in retaliation for the egg’s destruction.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Dragon Prince animated show, I love the art style and the story intrigues me. I have managed to watch the first episode or two but there are loads more to watch.

Sword of Destiny – A martial arts master assembles a band of fighters to protect a legendary sword from a warlord and his clan.

When I was younger I was hugely obsessed with the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Michelle Yeoh’s character in particular. A few years back Netflix made a sequel and I’ve been meaning to watch it since then. With Yeoh’s recent appearance in Star Trek Discovery, it’s reminded me that I really need to make the time to watch this as soon as possible.  

Bright – In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.

As a fairly big fantasy fan, I have been so excited by this because I think it’s a brilliant twist on the old standard fantasy races. I have tried watching it once but was super tired and fell asleep (if I’m tired and get too comfy I’m doomed and fall asleep asap) but I really want to give it another go.

Nightflyers – With humankind’s future at stake, a group of scientists and a powerful telepath venture into the void aboard a spaceship full of secrets. 

Honestly, this just kind of sounds like it was written for me don’t you think? Looks to my particular brand of sci-fi; people with powers, intrigue, the fate of the world etc. I can’t wait to get around to this soon!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different Six for Sunday post today, just one more to go and then talking TBR piles for the month of May. If you enjoyed the slightly different content instead of just the bookish stuff let me know and I’ll make sure to include it more regularly.

Is there anything on here you particularly love or want to watch? Maybe you’ve watched some of the things on my want to watch list if so let me know what you thought!

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March Wrap Up

I don’t usually do wrap-ups but as this month I didn’t manage to find the space for a monthly TBR post I decided to try one. Most of the books I’ve read this month have been reviewed here already so I won’t go into huge detail but just thought it would be nice to have it all in one place, in addition, I also wanted to include not just books but other forms of media I’ve enjoyed too. I’m not sure yet if this will be an every month occurrence yet or just a one-off for March but let me know if you enjoy it and we’ll see where it goes!

Books

The Near Witch by V.E Schwab XXXX (Spoiler free review here)
A brand new reprinting of V.E Schawb’s debut novel, The Near Witch is an absolute gem. It’s dark and spooky with the perfect amount of angst and a little romance. This debut, although not as polished as her later works it still very decidedly hers though and well worth a read even if you’ve read it before as this new version, in addition to being absolutely gorgeous also features an extra short story “Ash born boy” which was fantastic and well deserving of a XXXXX rating all of it’s own.

Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by Jame Lovegrove XXXXX (Spoiler free review here)
This was such a fun book to read, a fantastic tie in to the original TV series and although it certainly is an enjoyable book to read without any prior knowledge of the show its crowning glory is the brilliant way James has managed to really capture the whole feeling of the show and it’s world as well as it’s characters as well as giving us a deeper look into those characters in a way we weren’t able to get through the media of television but translates easily to the written word. A must for Firefly fans especially is Jayne Cobb is your favourite. I also did a Q&A with James which you can check out here.

Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy XXXXX (Spoiler free review here)
The only words to do this justice are ones I’ve already used in my full review…SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES. Once and Future absolutely blew my mind, it riled me up, it crushed my heart then it brought me back, shoved a sword in my hand and it told me to go save the world. This is an absolute whirlwind of a book and despite the King Arthur type story, or even the reincarnation of King Arthur, Once and Future not only manages to feel new and unique, it feels damn well revolutionary. There is SO much fantastic rep to be found here and I honestly love it so damn much.

Currently reading: Summer Bird Blue By Dawn Akemi Bowman (Review to come soon!)
I’m SO close to finishing this book right now! I wasn’t sure how I would feel jumping from sci-fi into contemporary which isn’t my favourite of genres but Akemi has excelled once again, as with Starfish it explores complicated feelings and relationships and how her characters deal with those, in the case of Summer Bird Blue, Rumi loses her sister and is consumed by not only the sadness that we often associate with grief but also the anger and resentment we feel as well. A spectacular, moving story that I know is going to continue to break my heart.

Films

The Conjuring 2
The start of a slippery slope deciding to try out a horror film as I don’t ever really watch them at home but thought heck why not. This was actually really great. It had some great twists and a nice variety of different scares with the story actually being really interesting and making me really want to watch the third one now.

Don’t Knock Twice
Second horror film after the first one went so well, the trailer was pretty damn creepy and this one definitely had some moments and I actually screamed once but honestly, there was just too much talking for my liking and I did nod off a little once or twice.

The Lego Movie 2
My four year old has recently become obsessed with the first lego movie and it’s accompanying video game so we took a trip to the cinema together to check out the second film and it was fantastic, I really liked the first one and this sequel did not disappoint. It made fun of itself, there were some genuinely sad moments, some great twists and in the vein of the big twist/reveal at the end of the first one we got another great reveal that had been hinted at throughout the film and was done really well. I also have to say that I’m in love with the soundtrack and downloaded it the moment I got home, the catchy song is fantastic as is a slightly different version of “everything is awesome” towards the end of the film and the song that plays over the credits is just gold. Definitely, want to see this again.

Passengers
On my Sci-fi kick and when trying to decide on a film to watch this one really seemed interesting and was one we both hadn’t seen before and decided to try out. Really glad we did, I wasn’t sure what direction it would take and it definitely surprised me. Not to mention there was an android I got attached to. This film really went to places I wouldn’t have guessed and ended up being pretty thought-provoking and harrowing in places while also being sweet as well as having a good amount of action when the need called for it. Will be watching this one again as well.

TV Shows

Star Trek Discovery – Season 2 episodes 7-9
I have absolutely loved getting to see young, slightly crazy, hot Spock with a beard these past few episodes and it’s been super interesting finding out what really happened to him, not to mention we got to see parts that directly connect to the very first episode of the original series. Also I can’t help it but every episode I have to tell Chris (the husband) how much I just adore Captain Pike, he’s just so wholesome while also being a little damaged by his past and he’s just such a perfect character and Anson Mount has done an amazing job at portraying him, he’s an absolute gem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different post from me, I enjoyed writing it and recapping my month. Where there any particular stories that you loved this month? Tell me all about them!

 

 

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The Netflix Book Tag

Happy Thursday! My reading has been a bit lacking the past month due to being super busy with lots of D&D but also spending a lot of my free times in the evening watching Killjoys. I started watching it on Netflix so I figured the Netflix book tag today would be appropriate after I saw it on Jackie’s blog, the Bookish Coffee Blog I knew it was the one for me.

Recently watched: The Last Book you finished reading.

I just finished The Quiet at the End of the World and honestly, I’m trying to restrain myself and not read it again immediately because WOW. (Review coming next week!)

Top Picks: Book/Books that have been recommended to you based on what you’ve previously read.

I don’t really tend to pay attention to books I get recommended by websites very often because often I already know about them but I do remember being recommended Illuminae by everyone and everything before I finally picked it up. I’m not proud of it and I wish I had listened earlier.

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Recently Added: The Last book that you brought.

With work being a little sparse on the ground at the moment I’ve been buying a lot fewer books but there are some that I had already preordered or that I considered must-buys, one such book was The Wicked King by Holly Black and it was totally and utterly worth it. Also while writing this my husband has just informed he has brought Slayer for us both to read ❤

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have no interest in reading).

For the first popular book I’ve read I’ve chosen A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness as now the TV show has aired a lot more people know about it. I’ve only read the first book and I do plan to get around to the second when my schedule isn’t quite so busy!

Secondly, I’ve chosen A Court of Thorns and Roses as this book reignited my journey back into reading YA and I’m not sure I would be writing this blog right now if I hadn’t read it. It’s not my favourite book or series by far but it feels especially pivotal to me for many reasons.

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As for the books I have no interest in reading I often don’t remember the names because I have no interest in them, to be honest so I found this one difficult but picked 13 reasons why (thank you to Jackie for inspiring me here), I don’t think it’s my kind of book at all and Bloodwitch because despite how much I wanted to like Truthwitch and Windwitch I just couldn’t get on with them.

As for a second book I decided to check out “what’s popular on Goodreads” to see what is supposedly popular as I just go off my twitter feed otherwise and they are total book buying enablers >.< The first one I saw that I have no interest in reading was Children of Blood and Bone. I had a passing interest in it when I first heard about it and now it’s been so long that I’m not especially bothered about reading it now when I have so much else I need to read.

Comedies: A funny book

I don’t really read many books that would be considered especially funny but Nimona did make me laugh out loud a lot so that one takes the win for me.

Dramas: A character that is a drama Queen/King

Mal. Mal from the Grisha trilogy, he did my head in and I couldn’t stand his whining and pinning.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

I thought I would pick a non-comic one for this as that would be too easy and this is technically a novel and not a comic…it’s just based around a comic book character…kind of so that doesn’t entirely count right? I adored the artwork for the cover of Captain Marvel: Liberation Run and this was the one that immediately sprung to mind, the back cover especially I really liked.

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Watch it again:
A book/book series you want to reread

I know I’ve already mentioned it and it gets mentioned in almost every single book tag that I do but I’m desperate to reread the Illuminae Files series again, I’ve been occasionally listening to the Audio Books when I’m avoiding finishing Queen of Air and Darkness at the moment.

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d reccomend to everyone

Do art books count? Because I love art books, especially about my favourite video games. I don’t really read many other non-fiction books. Maybe the Princess Diaries by Carrie Fisher? I really loved that.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, I don’t always follow action especially well in books, especially when it’s fast-paced but the aerial fight scenes in Skyward really stood out to me, they made sense and were described in a way that it was nice and easy to imagine it in the minds eye while reading, I found the language varied well and didn’t repeat too much either which can happen sometimes I feel, when the same activity is repeated more than a couple of times in books (see The Belles – if I ever hear about bei power again I swear…). Anyway although it’s not all action, all the time I did feel there was a healthy amount of it and certainly enough for me to class it as being action packed while still maintaining a good story.

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New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

Aurora Rising…becasue obviously. Like this one needs explaining?