Stories of the Month: December 2017

December has been a super busy month filled with finals, travelling, and holidays, but I managed to squeeze in some time for fun and devoured a few stories this month! Here’s to a new year and hopefully more great stories!

Movies

Little White Lies [Les Petits Mouchoirs]—French Film—(2010) 

I went into this film not knowing that it was 2 and a half hours long… that said, I enjoyed the story line. It was a bit long for my taste, but I needed to watch it for my French class so I spread out the watching process over 2 days. I also had no clue what this film was about until I started watching, so it was a bit depressing once I realized it centered around death, like the other movie I watched for this class *face palm* But again, I liked the film, it’s a good one to watch if you’re into French films.

My Grade: B-
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

Television

Big Family Cooking Showdown—Netflix original—(2017)

I haven’t fully finished this yet, but I am enjoying the cozy nature of this cooking show, reminiscent of Bake Off. I loved Nadia when she won Bake Off a couple of seasons ago and she is such a sweet host for this show. The food makes my mouth water (even though English cuisine is much different to American food) and I find this is an easy program to turn on when I’m folding laundry or doing chores around my dorm.

My Grade: A

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—Amazon Original—(2017) 

I knew I would like this show because it’s written and produced by the Gilmore Girls team! If you have read my recent posts, I think I have mentioned several times that I’m currently re-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix because it’s my favorite cozy show to just put on in the background. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is no different! The humor and fast-paced dialogue is everything I hoped for and more. Rachel Brosnahan is fantastic in the title role and I loved the nod to Gilmore Girls in the return of Alex Borstein (also in the Lizzie McGuire Movie for those my age) as Susie. I loved the setting of the 1950’s as well because it feels extra wrong for a woman to separate from her husband in that day and age and the Jewish culture was hilariously represented by Midge’s family and her in-laws from episode one until the finale. I really hope they are already working on a second season because 8 episodes is simply not enough for me!

My Grade: A+
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

P.S. Even the IMDb page for this show is on brand!

Books

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero 34079578

Even though it was a slow reading month, I read one awesome book so I’m fine with that! This book was so sweet and I was genuinely impressed by how well R.M. Romero put together her WWII world with Karolina the doll and the Dollmaker. I think this is a story for all ages and it has just enough positivity to offset the realistic element of death and discrimination. This novel is very well done and I highly recommend this story to everyone! I have already posted a full review (with spoilers) and you can read that here!

Release Date: 27 September 2017

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

For Class:

Parts of the Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Shakespeare plays- Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and King Lear

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