Reminiscing Monday is basically a series of posts where i talk about everything and anything from books to movies, tv shows, and music that influenced me somehow in my life.
Sure i haven’t been posting this series, or anything much these past few weeks/months but seeing as last week one more light was shut down i thought it would be a good time to bring the series back in order to commemorate it.
Reminiscing Monday: The first band i’ve ever listened to.
Last Thursday Chester Bennington, the lead singer in Linkin Park, was found dead in his home. My sister was the one who gave me the news Friday morning and she shoved the thing off as if it wasn’t important.
At first, i was a little in shock but i thought ‘ok… it’s the shock of knowing someone died’ but as the hours kept passing by i felt worse and worse until i couldn’t stop my tears anymore and broke down crying.
For a fan this could be something normal, but the thing is that even though i do have someLinkin Park songs in my phone and i’ve been listening for a while now i’ve never seen myself as a fan of the band.
So i really stopped to think about why the death of Chester hit me so hard that i’m still bursting into tears from time to time and anywhere.
The realization came to me a few hours ago and it is what i want to talk about today.
Back in 2000 when my sister became a teenager she and i shared a room. This may sound as nothing important but you know how in the pre and teenage years one “discovers” music, meaning for the first time she wasn’t just listening to songs from telenovelas as Chiquititas (little girls) and this affected me as it affected her.
My sister’s first years discovering music were full of rock, rap and punk.
Since i shared the room with her my discovering years were the same.
The most prominent band she listened to was… As you may guess Linkin Park, followed by stuff like Limp Bizkit and Nas.
Sure at the time, i didn’t understand a word of what they sang or why the singer was always screaming but Hybrid Theory was the first cd i’ve ever listened from beginning to end and looking back it meant something because since then i have always had some Linkin Park songs with me.
No, i’ve never been a fan of the band per se, to be honest most of the songs i own are their singles but still, even though i was just a casual listener they have had such an influence in the way i look at the world, how do i choose the battles i believe i can fight, how do i show myself to the world… I mean for years ‘Numb’ was my song, i guess, as many others said already, Linkin Park is the kind of band that is just the soundtrack of life.
I guess it’s the little things that shape us and today i know to appreciate them more than i had before.
The other day as i was checking on the YouTubers i follow religiously, one of my favorites, the one i follow the most for the thrillers and Stephen King’s updates reacted to the Mr. Mercedes trailer and i almost died.
You gotta understand, when i first read Mr. Mercedes i was in love with the book two pages in, so can you imagine how excited i am because of this?
But, what is the story about?
A retired cop is haunted by a mass killer who one frigid night years ago ran over the waiting crowd of a job fair. The killer, using a stolen car killed 8 people (including a baby) and wounded many others. Now he is back to try and get read of Hodges, the police officer who had the case but could never catch him.
Brady Hartsfield, our killer, an antisocial and intelligent man who still lives with his alcoholic mother is thirsty for blood and nothing will stop him from try and ruin Hodges’s life.
Interested? Here’s the official trailer:
Now, what do i think about the trailer? …
Well, first of all; Yes, that’s my Kermit Bill Hodges. He is actually the actor i pictured for the role so i’m like, super excited about it! In case you didn’t realize or know, he is Brendan Gleeson and he played Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter movies, he is also General Armitage Hux’s (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), aka Bill Weasley’s father in real life.
As for Brady, we have the actor Harry Treadaway, who you may know from Penny Dreadful, where he played Victor Frankenstein.
Really not what i had in mind, but you know… he seems completely crazy like Brady and i sort of like it…
There are some other characters that threw me out, but i guess, we just have to wait and see how they portrait the characters in the show instead of having any preconceived opinions.
As for the references from the book, like the smiley faces or the clown mask, like … okay, i can’t wait to actually see it all in the show.
Have you heard of Mr. Mercedes before? Are you looking forward to watching the series?
The show will start August 9th, don’t forget to tune in!
Okay, i tried to find some books set in a less western world, but i failed to find any that i read and actually enjoyed very much, so instead decided to show you the ones i want to read the most from my TBR.
*If any of these books actually don’t relate to the topic i’m sorry, i just realised how little i’ve read or had planned to read out of my Western comfort zone.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?
The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
Friday Finds Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
I haven’t posted this section in a while, but it was because i didn’t add any books to my shelves or tbr lately… this week though i bought some new books, so let me show you the new additions to my lists!
On my shelves:
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
Synopsis: Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.
Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.
The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.
The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.
Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.
The Next Together by Lauren James
Synopsis: How many times can you lose the person you love?
Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.
Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?
Maybe the next together will be different…
Level Up by Cathy Yardley
Synopsis: Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including creating a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…
Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.
Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?
Have you added any new books to your shelves this past week?
I’ve been meaning to talk about this show since the first time i watched it a few months ago, but by the time i got to do it, it was announced the final season was about to begin so i decided on waiting until the very end before i talk about it.
Well, guess what? This weekend the show officially ended and now i get to share with you a complete opinion on it.
Back at the beginning of the year. When i was watching show after show after show i was starting to lose faith on finding the show … You know the one you love so much you really watch and not just binge watch? Well, as i said i was losing my hope when i accidentally saw some curious gifsets on Tumblr. Now Tumblr is the perfect place to get tv shows, books, movies recommendations… Because of Tumblr, i started watching Doctor Who, all the Netflix original shows, Merlí and much more… But i’m going off track here.
As i said, i saw some gifsets and i got really curious what were they about. It turned out they were about some Norwegian tv show, many were obsessing about; the show is called Skam (Shame in English) and it is thw mother of all teenage tv shows.
If you really want to understand the teenage experience, i know we all had a teenagehood but like, if you are interested in seeing all aspects of it, Skam is the show to watch.
Yes it’s in Norwegian, but that’s not an excuse (my sister already tried that on me).
Skam is the epitome of what it means to be young.
Created by Julie Andem for NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) as a way of getting younger viewers to their website and on a low budget, this series has surpassed all ratings in Norwegian tv’s history.
Conceived as a day to day kind of experience, Skam shows the daily life of the main character, who changes with each season, and it gives updates about what the main is doing either by dropping a clip, an Instagram update or texts that are posted on the official website Skam.p3.no.
Yes, the main way of enjoy the show is by following all kinds of social media the characters have, giving the impression these characters are real living teenagers. They interact in social media with each other and even break the fourth wall a few times.
As the show wants to talk to a young audience, it takes on topics many teenagers deal with in a daily basis such as; bullying, love, self-respect, abuse, sexual assault, homosexuality, mental health, eating disorders and religion.
Each season and its main have a different story to tell which includes some of the topics above, how they deal with their problems and how they grow by learning from the mistakes they make and the interactions with their pairs.
All these stories are set in a real Oslo high school, Harvig Nissen, and many of the actors play characters their real age. Now i know this may not be ask important, but … It’s kind of refreshing to watch because these kids really look the age they are supposed to be, you see they are teenagers and not twenty-somethings playing characters too young to really believe tey are that age. I’m not saying there aren’t twenty-somethings playing teenagers in Skam, i just say they look more believable.
The show ran from 2015-2017 and had 4 seasons; Eva (Lisa Teige), Noora (Josefine Frida Petersen), Isak (Tarjei Sandvik Moe) and Sana (Iman Meskini). The original idea was to have all five girls of the “Girl Squad” (Eva, Noora, Sana, Vilde and Chris) and (as i just read aparently) four out of five of the “Boys Squad” (Isak, Jonas, Even and Magnus) to have a season, or at least their story developed properly… (key word here being properly).
Sadly enough the show was cut short, according to the creator and writer because the show is a 24/7 job that became very difficult to handle after the success of season three (particularly) worldwide, since she wanted to keep everyone on their toes and it became more and more difficult to do so as the story developed.
The thing with Skam is the devotion it brought to so many people. Skam has not only teenage viewers but older too and from everywhere. People from all over the world started traveling to Norway just to meet the cast and they became international sensations (especially the actors Tarjei Sandvik Moe and Henrik Holm) and this is, in my opinion, other of the reasons the show has come to an end… It was never supposed to become this big, it became too overwhelming and so now it’s over.
Many fans of the show were very disappointed by it, since it meant some of the most wanted characters won’t get their own season. This even though you can see they have such important stories to be told.
The show is full of heart.
Most topics are handled very carefully, and i say most because at least one of them, in the end, was treated very poorly and it ruined so much, in my opinion, it’s incredible. The actors have very little make-up on to cover the imperfections of the age, which is, in my opinion, a really smart move… we are really tired of the perfect faces of the so perfect American actors in all those American TV dramas.
There are many little details to enjoy while watching the show, for example, the actors have very little make-up on to cover the imperfections of the age, which is, in my opinion, a really smart move… we are really tired of the perfect faces of the so perfect American actors in all those American TV dramas. Also, there are little hints of the things you should be looking forward to, references to media, and life in general.
I think that’s enough of an introduction right? should we get to my opinion on the show?
Let’s get this over with…
Skam is a great show.
Okay, that statement doesn’t make the show justice but it just is.
Skam is the truest representation of the lives of young people, forget American Tv dramas, this is the real shit. You’ll see all kind of people in the show, all of them young from the girl that lost all her friends because of a bad decision to the gay dude that suffers from internalized homophobia to the religious kid that studies science.
Skam represents all of us. I don’t think it’s possible not to find yourself in at least one of the characters.
The main problem i find in the show is the weird obsession the writer had through all seasons with a specific ship that many couldn’t even stand (myself included) but she kept feeding us it. Seriously, it became ridiculous particularly in the last season, because it seemed that the ship was more important than the main character of the season.
The thing with the show is, it became internationally famous mostly because of season three. If you go looking on the internet, or at least on the Tumblrs i follow, many call the season a ‘masterpiece’ and to be honest it is outstanding in comparison of the rest of the of the seasons, one of the scenes of season three even won a Gullruten (Norwegian prize) for best scene of 2016. Also, the main couple of the season won international polls as best couple and blah, blah.
But, as good as season three was, there were some weak and annoying others. For example, many concede in the fact that season two, was very dull and boring, but it was the longest one. Not to mention problematic season four.
Season four was supposed to be an eye opener about Islam, being the main character Muslimah herself. But it failed its purpose because of some kind of sloppy writing and because it managed to neglect the main character in favor of fanservice (yes, that is my opinion on the Evak topic) and the mythical ship (not many cared about).
But, as i’m sitting here writing this and watching the farewell event of the show, all i can really feel for the show is an immense love. Because the show made me feel so many things, it made me smile and cry so much, it made *makes* me so happy, the actors are such a joy to follow on social media, they are so much fun.
I find it really sad that the show is over, mostly because it’s so rare that we get to know actors from such unexpected countries, but i got so attached to them, how am i gonna follow their careers from now on??
Even if the last season wasn’t the best, it was pretty good (especially in the beginning)
and i can be nothing but thankful to Julie Andem for the show she made, with all the pressure and the 24/7 work they had to pull for it. It is an amazing experience, and the best teenage show i’ve ever watched. No wonder it blew up out of proportion, it is so relatable even at my age.
I think all i’m left to say is, you should watch this show, even though it’s over and the waiting it’s not a factor anymore… binge watch it, if you can find all the media and enjoy the full experience… but even if you can’t find all the stuff, the episodes themselves are enough… it’s amazing.
Oh, and watch it before the american version sees the light, because we don’t know how it may end up…
I think it’s safe to say Skam (Norwegian tv show i keep saying i’ll talk about here) has officially taken over all my time by this point. Luckily enough (no, not really) the show will be over by the end of the month (cries in Norwegian) after its fourth season.
However sad it really is to see the show ending, it may give me back all my free time. Now that’s a lot of time so i’ve been looking back at my tbr and i’ve been checking on all the reading i should have done but didn’t because watching Skam is a full-time job.
So, now that i’ll be back to my regular schedule, i’ll have time (or so i hope) to catch up with all those releases of the year i was planning on reading but didn’t because the Evak was too strong.
What are the books i’m planning on catching up with you ask? Well, … here are the books i’m looking forward the most to catch up with this year so far…
I gotta admit i’m completely ashamed i haven’t got to this book yet. I’ve seen nothing but great reviews about this book and i started it when it got out but my head was too invested in other things at the moment… i was liking the writing style a lot, i remember and i cannot wait to go back to it. I think this will be one of the first books i’ll be catching up with these months.
I received an e-copy of this book for reviewing back at the beginning of the year and still, i haven’t put myself to the task of reading it yet… i’m looking forward to reading the book, though, because it sounds as so much fun.
I cannot believe i haven’t read this book yet, okay?? like, i remember reading Becky’s first book ‘Simon and the homo sapiens agenda’ the day it was released and devouring the book because it was so much fun and fluff and it was amazing… so how did i not read it the moment it came out? Great question… i heard it is not as good as the previous one, but i’ll be deciding it for myself as i read it asap.
If i recall it right, i heard about this book in one of JesseTheReader‘s videos… it sounded really interesting when he was talking about it, so i decided to give it a change.. obviously, i haven’t yet, but i’ll be working my way to it in the next few months for sure!
I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a very long time, since i really loved ‘Aristotle&Dante discover the secrets of the universe’ which by the way, if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a beautiful book… but then when the book came out i read some harsh reviews and it made me step back for a while… now i’m thinking of giving my own opinion on the book, and for that i need to read it myself, obviously… so yeah…i’ll be reading the book when the time is right.
In the last year or so, Patrick Ness has become one of my must-read any books by the author… so it’s not a surprise i’m planning on reading this one… I didn’t know it was released in May so it’s not like i was pushing it aside, i just forgot it was coming out already.. anyway, i want to catch up with this one asap, because i totally love the way Ness writes, so i cannot wait to have this book in my hands.
I was really looking forward for this book to be released since the very moment i finished reading the first one, ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’ so i really don’t know why i haven’t got to this one yet… i really don’t understand what happened… well, i do understand… Norwegian teenage-tv drama happened.. but i’m really wanting to read this book, because i remember really liking the characters so i’m really happy to be going back and meeting them again.
Oh well, wish me luck with all the catching up i gotta do because it’s not only these books that are waiting on me… I have so many books o my tbr at the moment!!!
Before the month ends, … thought i could share some of the books about mental illness that are sitting on my TBR, because, why not? you may find them interesting yourself and you may check them too!
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
The author himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital … sadly even though he wrote an unexpected journey to happiness, he ended his life in 2013.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Synopsis: Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
I feel this book is a must in my life, yet, i haven’t found the right time and mood to read it since i feel i really need to be in the exact (and right) state of mind to read it … Sylvia Plath is another amazing author who ended her own life.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan.
Synopsis: When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.
An interesting story to say the least. I’ve been planning on reading this book for months now, i just need to find the right moment…
Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford.
Synopsis:I’m not crazy. I don’t see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently, someone does think it’s a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.
Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff’s perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they’ve got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on: the crazies start to seem less crazy.
This book has been sitting on my kindle waiting for me to pick it up for ages now, and i really don’t know why haven’t i … i hope i get to it soon enough… i haven’t read nearly as many books about mental health as i expect this far.
Cut by Patricia McCormick.
Synopsis: Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside.
Now she’s at Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. She won’t even speak.
But Callie can only stay silent for so long…
Since i’ve been hospitalized twice and i lived with mentally ill people (as myself) for years, i’ve meet many people who cut themselves as a way of releasing pain.. now, i find this book a very interesting way of entering the mind of this kind of people or at least that’s what i hope i’ll be finding when i read this book. Interesting and promising.
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
Synopsis: ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
I think this book isn’t just about mental illness but also about grief? … i’m not quite sure, but i’ve been wanting to read this book for at least a year now.. i’m just a little worried about how much it may hurt to actually read it.. it looks like such a promising book… i’m sure i’ll manage to read it soon enough.
Well, these are the six books about mental illness/health i’ve been looking forward to read the most… obviously there are other books about the topic have on my TBR, but these are the ones calling me the most…
Do you have any books about mental health you are looking forward to read? if so.. what are they?