castalie: (Season - Christmassy Starbucks)
Comfortably seated in my Reading armchair, plaid firmly in place, looking at my Christmas tree all lit up and oh so beautiful (as well as the other ornaments in the living room)... I'm chilling and totally ready to stay here for as long as I can ;)

Listening to my Class soundtrack (which is actually just a couple of songs from the show) I realised I hadn't even mentioned the season finale! [livejournal.com profile] _profiterole, [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv (Anyone who watched, really), what did you think of it? Did your feelings had feelings had feelings had feelings like mine did? Spoilers behind the cut )

So many questions! We need answers! We need a second series. Dear PTB, don't be ridiculous, give it to us, ok?

Ah la la. I'm going to miss the show and the characters so much! I'm on vacation in a week (it's past midnight so it's officially one week to the day \o/) and I'm so going to binge the whole series and proceed to fall in love with all of them all over again ♥
castalie: (Season - Warm & Cozy)
We've been having such a beautiful wintery weather this week! Sunny and cold. Just as I like it. Crisp weather is my favourite. I've been walking with a big smile on my face, snuggled up in my winter coat (although I need to buy a warmer one), with my big scarf around my neck, my mittens and my woolly hat with its cute pompom. Winter is coming and it always makes me so happy ♥ (I'm hoping it won't get warmer now, especially not when Winter officially arrives. Last year we had an exceptionnally uncold winter, which made me real sad, so we're due some cold... and snow!).

Also, today is the first of December! Meaning we've opened the first "door" to our Advent Calendar, wheee! It also means some of my favourite YouTubers will start Vlogmas. I've started my Christmas shopping. My own Christmas list has been shared with the family. Next week Cookie and I will get our tree... oh, yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas already :)

Moving on. In my last entry, I mentioned that I was going to celebrate my very first Thanksgiving with the FP over the weekend. Well, we did and it was as fantastic as I thought it'd be :) It was chill and cozy and omg, the food. You know the French and their relationship with food, right? Well, everything was delicious! Nicely exotic to our French palates but so good. Super rich, too, but so good. E, GD's partner, did you Americans proud, let me tell you ;) She basically handled all the cooking on her own; I mean, we helped as much as we could, but she pretty much did everything. She rocked :) And she totally spoiled us.

Also, we have the funniest (and cutest) story to go with this first Thanksgiving (or Frenchgiving, as E. coined it, which, so cute!) and the turkey. There was a little mishap with the conversion (pounds > kilos) and we ended up with a turkey that was five times bigger than it should have been. For reals! It weighted 12kg and could have fed around 30 people. In case you're wondering, there were six of us lol We laughed our asses off when we saw the monster. But as I told E. this was just the perfect story to go with our first Thanksgiving :)

Pics of My Very First Thanksgiving under the cut )

To make a long story short, Thanksgiving was a success, we had a blast. New tradition officially approved, we'll do it again next year! :)
castalie: (Season - Warm & Cozy)
Hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. Ever since I fell for Class I've been on Tumblr pretty much everyday and I've seen so many posts over there about How to Deal with Post-Elections Meal Conversation Topics. So hopefully things weren't too painful for you!

As far as I'm concerned, Thanksgiving is something quite foreign, a celebration I only know through American fiction (sorry, Canada, I think all my Thanksgiving knowledge pertains to America) but tomorrow, for the first time in my life, I'll get to celebrate it! [livejournal.com profile] greedy_dancer's partner is American and they've invited the FP to celebrate with them. I'm so excited! E. and GD are cooking All the Traditional Dishes, we have a list of things to bring too, we'll play Cards Against Humanity, watch Thanksgiving episodes of some tv shows (like The West Wing, for instance which, timing-wise, sounds absolutely perfect) and just chill together. It's gonna be amazing :) So I'll report back to you and tell you all about my Very First Thanksgiving soon ♥

Speaking of things to be excited about, the new Gilmore Girls season is out! Also, new Class tomorrow (and omg, next week is the season finale already! How did this happen? How am I going to cope without new Class every Saturday? Am I even going to survive that finale? I miss the show and those characters already and we still have two episodes to go!).

So many things to enjoy this weekend :) It should help with my mood, I'm quite tired these days (aren't we all, though?).
castalie: (Stock - Lazy Weekend)
I've been waiting for this weekend for a whole month. First weekend completely free in four weeks. Utter bliss. Yesterday we went to see Fantastic Beasts for the second time (first time was on Wednesday when it was released) then... then, ok, we had to be very domestic and catch up with all the chores that had been put aside during our busy month but after that it was lazy time all the way. Meaning, some reading and some tv watching.

A coworker of mine has fallen for Narcos recently and has been actively trying to make us watch it as well (it's actually really cute). Because I know how it feels like to be obsessing over a show on your lonesome, I promised her I'd give it a try over the weekend then report back to her. So I sat down with Netflix and she was right, the series is pretty awesome. I'm only five episodes into the first season but it's been a lot of fun whatsapp'ing with her as I watched. I already know what topic we'll talk about tomorrow morning ;) I just need to make her watch Class now, so that I have one more person to squee over it with.

Speaking of, obviously I watched the newest Class too and, wow, what an episode *__* Another favourite I'm trying to see whether I liked it better than episode 3 or as much just in a different way and for different reasons. In any case ALL THE LOVE for episode 6 and basically ALL THE FEELINGS TOO. Actually, I'm wondering whether I'll have any feelings left for the finale? I'm not sure I have enough left in stock!

I know it's different for everybody but my entry into a show (or a book or a film) is the characters. I can forgive many things, can overlook many flaws, as long as the characters speak to me. Most of the time, it'll be one character in particular and, when I'm extra lucky, more than one. With Class, it's like I've basically won the jackpot in that I love the whole cast. (Although since this episode was about truth, I'll have to be truthful with you and say that I can't help but have a preference for Charlie, Miss Quill and Tanya. There, this is my confession).

So imagine how much I enjoyed this episode, 100% dedicated to all those characters I love - ok, one was missing, but next week episode should remedy that. It was like Christmas! It took me quite a long time to actually finish watching because I kept rewinding some scenes. Just, Charlie. I mean, everyone, really, but CHARLIE OK?

The timing is funny though; CS Pacat asked people over at twitter about characters that appealed the most to us, that gave us the most feels, were the iddiest and in my response (which she actually replied to omg!! I actually had a six-tweet conversation with CS Pacat #FangirlingMoment) I mentioned Charlie. And then this episode happened and yes. Yes to all that.

I'll stop now or I never will. All that to say, that was my Saturday.

Today is a whole ball of lazy too. Lazy morning with more reading again. We'll go over my parents' for lunch later on, then we'll just chill together all afternoon, then home we go for a second watching of Class and yet some more reading, I think. Also, more Narcos, I'm pretty sure.

Hope your Sunday is going well too, flist!
castalie: (Stock - <3)
I'm absolutely knackered today. Angélique and I have been taking care of some business for my mother-in-law lately and we haven't had a proper weekend for a whole month. Yesterday we finally finished everything we had to do and this morning we're quite satisfied but also dead on our feet. So we're going to take it easy today. First, it's lazy time at la Casa di Mouse & Cookie, then this afternoon we'll probably go to the cinema and see The Accountant, followed with some lovely afternoon tea. Then we'll go back home for some more lazy times.

Mind you, my being knackered last night didn't prevent me from watching the new Class (especially as it was the highlight of my day and a reward of sorts for all the hard work). Episode 5 did not disappoint. Quite the opposite. I just love how each new episode seems better than the last. "Brave-ish Heart" even had some season finale feel to it.

Spoilers for 1x05 )

To make a long story short, there's a ton of good reasons for me to enjoy the episode (the whole show, really) plus scenes like this one, for instance )

Seriously... how could anyone watch this and not melt? I mean, even without context it's a gorgeous moment so when you happen to know the background story, there's just no way I could not be utterly in love with that show :)
castalie: (Inception - Keep Calm)
Just a quick post to send massive hugs to the Americans on my flist. I couldn't believe the news when I heard this morning. It's all everyone has been talking about all day and no-one really can understand how this happened. I can only imagine how you feel.

First Brexit, now this... there seems to be something really wrong with the world as of late.

It'll be our turn to choose our next president soon and I do hope we won't follow the same path.

*hugs*
castalie: (Stock - Tv Whore)
I've been in such a tv mood recently. Having two days off at the beginning of the week (Tuesday being All Saints Day and thus a holiday and me being oh so clever and taking Monday off too) might have helped.

Let's see.

I'm still obsessively watching Class. I have no clear explanation as to why I'm so taken with the show. I mean, I do think it's a very cool show, it's refreshing in terms of diversity and representation, I absolutely love the characters, the plot has some pretty interesting elements, the tone is just how I like it, it can be so moving, it's a great Doctor Who spin-off, overall it's a lot of fun to watch... just to name a few of the many good reasons to be into Class, admittedly, but why am I so in love with it? Sometimes you don't really know. It just clicks. (Although, it's as if some of those characters were written for me, specifically, so there is that).

So I'm watching Class a lot and having zero control over my expectations, which are quite high. Never a good thing, this seasoned tv fan knows, but there you have it, sometimes you can't do anything but surrender, right? And then, the bastards released this new trailer revealing what we can expect from the rest of the series and er, how to best describe how I felt when watching it? Oh, I know, my feelings had feelings. This is how I felt ;) I had zero control over my expectations, I have less than zero now. Well done, BBC, well done *caps slowly* Discussing one thing in aforementioned trailer )

I'm up-to-date with Lucifer. Anyone else watching? This week episode was something. And that ending! Can't wait for the follow-up.

Angélique and I have finally started watching season 5 of POI (I know, we're so late!). We've watched five episodes in a row then had to take a little break. Now waiting to watch the rest. POI remains one of my most favourite shows. I'm sad to bid it farewell but I've heard good things about this last season, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy it too. I'm stressed out but I have hopes that the ending is satisfying... if it can't be happy.

Watching Class made me crave some good Doctor Who episodes so I've paid a little visit to Netflix (France) and lo, they have season 5 to season 9, so that took care of it. And speaking of Matt Smith, The Crown has been released today so I need to schedule that one as well.
castalie: (Stock - Pretty Red)
[livejournal.com profile] admiralandrea, this post is for you ;) And anyone else interested, obviously!

Behind the cut some pictures from the wedding )

There. Andi, hope it was worth the wait ;)
castalie: (Spartacus - Kissing)
Before you scold me, [livejournal.com profile] admiralandrea, I have been selecting pics from the wedding to post around here and I actually meant to post them tonight but episode 3 of Class happened and I felt compelled to come here and pretend this is 2008 and LJ is filled with squee over the latest episodes of the newest shows ;)

I was so enamoured with the episode that I actually posted somethings over at Tumblr. I don't mean reblog something, I mean make my own post. Come on, ask me about the last time I did that... actually, don't. I have no idea when that was. Maybe a lifetime ago? More or less.

It's almost 2.00AM and we're getting up early tomorrow so I'm not going into details but the cold open made me tear up and hooked me right from the start. And those really were just the first of many feelings. I thought the episode was beautiful in its treatment of grief and love. It was in times creepy, touching, sweet and hot. Actually, sometimes at the same time ;) All in all, it was quite emotional.

Not an actual review, just a quick bullet list of things I enjoyed )

So those are the many things I enjoyed with the episode. Also, the size difference between Charlie and Matteusz. Obviously it was already there right from the pilot but their scenes in tonight's episode made me notice even more and that made me happy. Very happy, indeed.

[livejournal.com profile] _profiterole_, je ne sais pas si tu as déjà vu l'épisode mais j'ai hâte de lire ce que tu en auras pensé. En espérant que tu l'auras apprécié autant que moi ;)
castalie: (Stock - Little things)
Ok. Let's try and see if I still remember how to use this thing. Er. Hello, flist? It has been quite some time, yeah? I could tell you I've had some busy months but the truth is I'm not sure how it came to this, me not only not updating my LJ for ages but me not even really reading my flist. Cause I used to always check it out and see what you were all up to, no matter how long it had been since my last entry. But there you go... Oddly enough, the past week, I've missed coming here and I've been thinking of visiting LJ again although, as per usual, I never really got around to it. Then something fannish happened over the weekend that made me crave some good ole LJ interaction so I decided I needed to grab this opportunity and come and say hello.

So before I get into the fannish part of this entry, I'll make a quick review of what happened the past months so that those who're interested are up-to-date. Let's see:
  • I got married at the end of September (24th) - [livejournal.com profile] admiralandrea, I know you've asked for some pictures and I will post a couple around here, promise. I'm just in a hurry as I type this so I'm trying not to delay the whole process too much for fear of, once again, letting this post go into the ether. But I haven't forgotten about your request :) The wedding was simple and just amazing. The whole weekend was magical, really. Angélique and I had no idea it would give us so many feelings, would you believe it? lol I mean, we expected to spend a wonderful time, obviously, as we were celebrating our union and being surrounded with family and friends but still, it took us by surprised how emotional and gorgeous it was. Anyway, it was wonderful ♥

  • the family issues I've mentioned in an entry back in the day haven't been solved yet but they're on their way so that's a relief;

  • I didn't defend my thesis (it was supposed to be on the 26th, too! Talk about timing). I've aced all my classes, which is awesome, but I decided that I'd rather take another year to complete said thesis properly;

  • I'm still taking Italian classes and still enjoying the hell out of it;

  • I'm supposed to get driving lessons soon which... I'm just scared of the whole "being on the road as a driver" thing but it has become such a necessity, so I can't delay it too long (technically I meant to enroll last year so).

There, I think that will do as far as a general RL overview goes ;)

Onto the fannish now. Ok, so is anyone else watching Class, DW newest spin-off? If you're not, why don't you be a dear and give it a go for me, will you? I know [livejournal.com profile] _profiterole_ does so that's at least one person I can talk to about it but I was hoping to come back to a flist enthusiastically writing about the show and waxing poetry about those awesome and loveable characters but, alas, there's definitely been a lack of Class squee around here. That won't do! That won't do at all. Here's a little list of reasons to watch BBC Class. Doesn't it make you want to watch? So come on, give it a try and then come back here to let me know how much you enjoyed it ;)

PS: argh, I keep forgetting I've lost my paid account and then mourning my icons.
castalie: (Stock - Stay Positive)
Well, not really but that's what everyone is talking about at the moment. Basically (and historically), everyone has been "waiting" for the next catastrophic flood to hit Paris. It's supposed to happen once every hundred years and the last one (the Big one) was the infamous 1910 flood. So it's technically overdue and, admittedly, this time around, the level is quite impressive: they've closed the quays (well, you could swim there, anyway), some metro and train lines (including mine, as it happens, ô joie) some museums etc. It's quite the event.

Some pictures here or here.

Plus two pics that my sister took while driving back home from Paris )

And because everyone has been taking pictures of the banks of the Seine, here are a couple taken on our way home, in Choisy )

Things have been a bit eventful but, in reality, we're lucky, we've been spared from a serious flood here, which isn't the case of everyone.

I'm going to Lausanne (Switzerland) for work next week, I'm hoping the weather will be more pleasant there ;)

Before I post this, if you're curious, you can see photos of the infamous 1910 flood in Paris.
castalie: (XMFC - Let's Ride)
Taking advantage of a very slow morning at work and being on my lonesome in the office at the moment to be sneaky and post a little something.

Hope everyone's doing well. I'm having a nice week meself. It's a week of celebrations: goddaughter's birthday, my birthday, Mother's Day. Many occasions to see family and have a good time :) That is, we're supposed to gather for Chiara's birthday on Saturday with everyone, except that what with the fuel strike and the fuel shortage in some parts of France, the family members living an hour away might not be able to come. They're thinking they'll have to stock for work as they're being rationed. So let's hope it won't come to that.

Fannish wise, we've seen X-Men: Apocalypse over the weekend and even though XMFC remains my favourite, I enjoyed that new installment. One of the things I appreciated the most was the fact that the Cherik is still strong with this one. Erik/Charles 4ever ♥ Then again, I'm totally biased, so.

We've also seen CA:CW again and I'm still trying to find the Steve/Bucky fic of my heart (or T'Challa/Bucky, I would love some T'Challa/Bucky. Or Tony/Bucky. Basically, Bucky is this fandom little black dress for me) but it's proving rather difficult.

I've started watching GoT! I've read the first four books and always thought I'd join the bandwagon and watch the adaptation then never came around to do it. But after hearing what happened at the end of season 5, I had to see for myself and I kept watching, I'm now up-to-date with season 6. I do understand why everyone's raving about the tv show, I'll admit. I mean, I love the books but the tv show is gripping too.

What else? I've downloaded the POI episodes that aired so far but haven't watched them yet so I have to get on that. Same thing with 12 Monkeys. I'm also behind on Penny Dreadful. And there's Preacher that I'd like to try.

Also, does anyone know what's happening with the new series of The Musketeers? It's been airing over at Netflix in some countries, on tv in some others and still no appearance on British screens? I don't get how it's working.

As usual, so many shows to watch, so few free hours in a day to watch them!
castalie: (PATD - Live Brendon)
So last night was one of our major European music events of the year, namely Eurovision. Sadly, I actually missed all the singing part and basically only arrived for the geopolitics course, meaning the moment in the competition when countries give away the points. To be fair, this part is actually a lot of fun and is definitely a huge part of the show (I mean, literally, it is as entertaining as the rest of it). Besides, this year they introduced a new voting system with the popular vote that someone on Twitter likened to that moment "when Dumbledore just gives out a bunch of random last-minute points and the winner changes" and that's a good way to describe it lol

Speaking of points, this was our entry and we ended up 6th \o/ That is a victory in and of itself, you guys. Last year we received four points. Four. I think the last time we ranked so high was in 2002. And if you want to know when we actually won the Eurovision, it was in 1977. I wasn't even born yet!

I'm always curious as to what people who didn't grow up with that competition think of it when they watch it for the first time. I mean, it's such a particular brand of entertainment.

Actually, as of now, whenever someone who's not familiar with the concept asks me what the Eurovision is about, I think I'll point them to the Love Love Peace Peace song performed by the two Swedish hosts, Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. It's a parody number that integrates as many cheesy and quirky ingredients as possible in one song and encapsulates the spirit of the Eurovision perfectly ;)

Funny that, I wasn't expecting to write a whole entry about the Eurovision, I wanted to talk about CA:CW lol Oh, well, in my next entry.
castalie: (Stock - <3 Books)
Since I updated twice the past week, I feel less guilty about posting this now ;) Here's the April edition of my not!BookTube monthly post.

Wrap-up (books I read this month):
Carry on by Rainbow Rowell. I had a blast reading that novel. I absolutely loved Baz and Simon's relationship and thought it was beautifully and interestingly written. The whole world building was quite well done, actually, and the magic system pretty cute.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. As I was saying in my last n!BT post, shorts stories aren't my first choice when looking for a book but there are some authors I can't resist and Neil Gaiman is definitely one of them. It was a lot of fun reading about Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes. And then, there's the American Gods short story that he included and oh, how I love that universe! Incidentally, I can't wait for his next novel about it and I'm so excited about the tv show coming up. I have high hopes for it - I know it's always smarter not to expect too much so that you don't set yourself up for disappointment, but with Bryan Fuller at the helm, I'm thinking it bodes well for us :)
Red Rising (book 1 in the Red Rising series) by Pierce Brown. Sci fi story set on Mars. I enjoyed that first novel but I'm really impatient to read the next one and see a more grown-up version of Darrow and follow him in his next adventure.
The Dream Thieves (book 2 in the Raven Boys series) by Maggie Stiefvater. This series, you guys, this series. I love it so much! I love the writing, it's haunting at times, I love the magic involved, I love the characters; they could have been your typical YA stereotypes but they're so much more than that, they're endearing and complex and solid. Oh, and the way they relate to each other is a thing of beauty. This series gives me all the feelings ♥

Book haul (books purchased of offered):
Golden Son (book #2 in the Red Rising series) by Pierce Brown. See above. Btw, aren't those covers awesome? I love this edition!

Reading (well, you know):
The Final Empire (book 1 in the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson. Actually this is the first book of May that I've finished so technically I'm not reading it anymore. Guess I'll wax poetry about this one in my wrap-up next month ;) But I highly recommend it if you're into (high) fantasy, love a good heist story and are looking for a magic that is rather unique.
I finished Final Empire yesterday but I haven't really picked my next book to read, as a matter of fact. I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book 3 in the Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater because the 4th and final installment, namely The Raven King, has been released last week and I'm dying to read it... except for how I don't like to read the books in a series back-to-back because it's over too quickly and I like to take my time. I mean, once the series is over, it's over. Obviously you can re-read it but you'll never be able to read it for the first time again and. Hmm. Yeah, maybe I'll wait a little longer, after all ;)
A Feast for Crows by GRR Martin. No, I haven't finished the series yet (I mean, read all the books that have been published yet). As I said, I like to take my time when reading a series. Plus, I don't think I could really read them back-to-back, they're a bit too heavy...
Or maybe a John Irving? I haven't read one in quite some time...

Decision, decision.

1er mai

May. 1st, 2016 10:17 pm
castalie: (Stock - Pretty Red)
Today was (well, still is) First of May so as per tradition in France and, by extension, in my LJ, here's some lillies of the valley for good luck.



I've had a lovely weekend; we had my nieces over on Friday night and we spent the day with them yesterday. As for today, it was a day for Cookie and me. If yesterday was cold and grey today was the complete opposite, so warm and sunny! It finally felt like Spring (Summer, even). We meant to have a stroll at the Coulée verte but turns out it was closed! So we just had a little stroll down the streets of Paris till we found our way to St Michel where we ate ice cream on the banks, waving at tourists cruising along the Seine, as you do ;) Afterwards we went back to Choisy and took advantage of my parents' garden to sunbath a little.

Such a relaxing day <3

Once home Cookie (finally!) caught up with the last two episodes of season 4 of POI. It was high time. I watched with her to refresh my memory and be ready for the season premiere next week. I'm really excited! Also quite worried about how this is going to end but, in any case, I have no doubt it'll be epic and brilliant as ever.

We've also watched the Lucifer season finale and oh it was absolutely delightful! That show was such a pleasant surprise, really. We had so much fun watching it. I'm quite curious about what the writers will do with season 2.

Anyway, nothing exciting to report. I've just had a nice weekend :) Hope you did too.

Coucou ?

Apr. 25th, 2016 10:57 pm
castalie: (Stock - Stay Positive)
There're few things that are more pleasant in life than a Sunday night preceding a Monday off. Not having to get up tomorrow morning is such a joy. I'd rather have a Monday off than a Friday off, I enjoy those more somehow :) -> It's now Monday morning and I'm writing this entry from my bed, yes, it feels as good as it sounds ;)

So, hey, hi there *waves* Long time no see. I was adding the new book I'm reading to my GoodReads page and I realised that if I didn't post anything to my LJ soon, my next entry would just be another Book post, meaning that I wouldn't have posted a single entry in a whole month. This didn't sit well with me, so here I am.

I've been quite preoccupied with RL issues the past months (the past year, to be exact - the past two years to be even more precise) and it's kinda robbed a lot of my energy, especially recently when, I think, I just got really tired about it all: I've been worried, stressed out and quite a lot angry and I think it kinda caught up with me. Things are finally looking up though (and I'll certainly talk about it at one point instead of being annoyingly cryptic, sorry about that) so I'm hoping we're on the right track.

Anyway, to look on the positive side of things. I've been off for the past week and Cookie and I went away for a couple of days. It did us a world of good. My sister and I have booked our yearly weekend away, we're going to Copenhagen this year, I can't wait. I've aced the exams I took in February. I'm going to be an aunt again (my cousin Julien and his partner are expecting). Many, many positive things to be happy about :)

Fannish wise, I've finished Daredevil some time ago (absolutely loved this new season, and cannot wait for the news that we'll get a third. Come on, we cannot not get a third season, right?) and I've (finally) started watching House of Cards; I'm on season 2 right now. I have no idea why it took me so long, I do get why people kept raving about it. I'm up-to-date with Lucifer (quite curious about the season finale), I'm pretty happy to have 12 Monkeys back and I'm so impatient for Person of Interest new season to premiere; I've watched the extended trailer and omg, it's going to be epic, more of a clusterfuck than usual. I need to brace myself before diving in, I think.

Ok, I think that's it for now. Hope you're doing well, flist. And for those I know are going through difficult times, some massive *hugs*
castalie: (DD - Devil of Hell's Kitchen)
I thought I'd be back much earlier, if only to rave about Daredevil but - believe it or not - I still haven't watched the whole season! I think we've made it as far as episode 8. I don't know either, it's a mystery. Hopefully I'll have the time to finish it this week and finally be able to join the conversation with those of you who are ahead of me.

In the meantime, I'm sticking to my monthly bookish entry, so here I am, posting the March edition of my sorta!BookTube series.

Wrap-up (books I read this month):
1Q84 Livre 1 Avril-Juin by Haruki Murakami: a very strange novel. I'm not familiar with Murakami's work so I'm not sure whether the writing in 1Q84 is typical or not. It took me a bit of time to get into the story but I persevered till (thankfully) it clicked. I bought the second volume in the series; I'll see from there if I want to keep going and maybe try his other novels.
Kings Rising by CS Pacat: I loved that last installment so much! It was such a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every sentence of it! It also made me want to re-read the whole series (especially the first volume). I've been reading Captive Prince fic pretty much every single day since I finished it. There are some brilliant fic out there, this is definitely a fandom that makes me happy :)
Le grand n'importe quoi by J.M Erre: the title says it all. The book is completely cracked, the story insane. I sometimes thought the author was trying a bit too hard to be clever and witty but, overall, it worked and it was fun. Like with Murakami, I'll try another book and see if I want to try more.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. The novel is set in The Kingkiller Chronicles 'verse and tells us a bit more about Auri, a character we meet in the first volume. It was a strange story, poetic and haunting, written quite differently from the rest of the series.

Reading (well, you know):
Carry on by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like everyone involved in fandom knows of Carry on and Fangirl but in case you've never read or heard about the pretty popular Fangirl (by the same author); it's your regular coming-of-age story with a young woman starting university and dealing with all the things you deal with when leaving childhood and entering adulthood with the added "twist" that the main protagonist is a, you guessed it, fangirl who happens to be a BNF in the very popular Simon Snow fandom, a replica of the Harry Potter 'verse IRL. As it happens, the novel is punctuated by scenes from her Simon/Baz fic. I had issues with the book but I absolutely loved those extracts. Anyway. Unsurprisingly, people loved Simon and Baz and Rainbow Rowell actually wrote a whole novel set in the Simon Snow 'verse. We're talking about a whole novel based on fictional fanfic based on a fictional literary series based on a real-life fictional world, how fun (and meta) is that? And it works. It really does. Also, obviously, it has a m/m canon storyline, one that is really compelling to read. Between Carry on and Kings Rising, I've been enjoying some nice m/m the past weeks ;)
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. Shorts stories aren't my first choice when looking for a book but there are some authors I can't resist and Neil Gaimain is definitely one of them. As usual, I'm enjoying his writing tremendously
castalie: (DD - Listening in the dark)
So there's been a bit of unrest in France lately due to the government's plan to overhaul labour laws; in my university students are actively engaged in the protests and yesterday there were rumours about them upping the ante and doing a blockade within the university walls. It has been done before. This time, though, due to security measures, TPTB decided that they would close the university. So we received a text pretty late last night telling us not to bother setting our alarms and to stay in bed in the morning instead. Well, that's how I read it, in any case ;) So I worked from home today. In case anyone is worried, I handled the situation just fine ;)

Fastforward to this evening when a mail was sent from the dean's office; turns out a hundred protesters broke into the university and caused some damage. The police was sent. It was a mess. We'll see the damage once we're allowed back there.

I also had a Skype appointment with my thesis advisor and can now officially start the heavy work on aforemetioned thesis (it was high time!).

So that was an interesting day.

Although, the one event that has been on my mind all day definitely has nothing do with work or my thesis or whatnot. All I can think about is Daredevil coming back tomorrow (ha, today even as it's past midnight). My excitement is off the charts, you guys, don't even think of trying to measure it!

So tomorrow, as soon as I'm back home, I'll plant myself in front of the telly, get on Netflix and proceed to have All The Feelings. Oh, I cannot wait ♥

To distract me and help with the wait, I'll take a little break from my Captive Prince fic reading (which is going splendidly, btw!) and read some DD fic (which, admittedly, doesn't make such a difference from any other normal day, so what?). I'll make a valiant effort not to count the hours ;)
castalie: (Stock - Grey Blue)
Chilling tonight after a weekend that was both studious and lovely. The lovely first: we had the in-laws over for lunch yesterday and today Cookie and I enjoyed the sun for a little stroll while sipping some Starbucks. We actually even took a sunbath on the steps of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Well, I was snuggled up in my coat with my mittens and my scarf but the sun did feel warm on our faces despite the cool air. It was so relaxing. The studious now: I worked on two assignments both yesterday and today and even threw some Italian homework in the mix. I like me some productive and relaxing weekend :)

I also finished Kings Rising by CS Pacat \o/ Omg, that novel gave me all the feelings, I enjoyed it so much *__* It's always sad to bid farewell to a beloved series yet so delightful when the last installment of said beloved series lives up to your expectations. Although when I say "bid farewell", it's not exactly true as CS Pacat has more in store for us, we're not completely done with this universe yet. I'm quite impatient to learn more about the three short stories set in the Captive Prince universe that she plans on releasing in the (hopefully near) future. It's so exciting to know that we haven't seen the end of those characters yet and that there are not one, not two but three stories coming up (even short stories). I mean, canon stories. Obviously fic is already there to fill in the void. Case in point, the new AO3 tab that I have opened in my browser. I intend to read as many Captive Prince fic as I can before I fall asleep tonight.

What else? Still very excited about Daredevil coming back, I'm counting the days! I haven't been this excited about the return of a tv series in a long time. Such a happy feeling it is, too ;)

Hope you had a nice weekend as well, flist.
castalie: (Stock - Tv Whore)
Ok, so I'm not truly about to tell you all about my holiday as I wasn't on holiday per se but I did take Thursday and Friday off, meaning I've been enjoying a four-day weekend \o/ I haven't felt that relaxed in a long time. I did have to work on an assignment that I had to hand in yesterday but apart from that I've read my book, read fic (read so much fic!), watched tv, spent some time with family and friends and just overall had a jolly time :)

I've read a lot of new fic (Daredevil is such an active fandom, even while the show is on hiatus, I'm really impatient to see what will come up once the new season premieres!) and a lot of oldies as well. The reason behind it is that I've been watching Buffy whenever I'm home at the right time and Wesley made his appearance. He was never a favourite character in Buffy but he was my favourite one in Angel and one souvenir leading to another, I've been filled with longing for some good ole Angel fic. My two pairings of choice have always been Angel/Wesley and Gunn/Wesley so I made a first stop at The Brat Queen's website to indulge in some lovely kink before making my way to AO3 to see what I could find. Incidentally it also made me want to rewatch all of Angel.

Speaking of tv (well, screens), I've been getting back into the swing of things! The past couple of weeks I've managed to follow not one, not two not even three but four series. So there's Shadowhunters which er, I don't really want to talk about *cough* then Lucifer (which is fun even though I'm not sure the authors really know where they're going with the show. I mean, it's not as if they're really following the comics, is it?), Person of Interest (every Tuesday as at my parents' house as the four of us are huge fans) and the new X-Files. Oh, and Netflix France finally landed the rights to House of Cards (don't ask, they didn't before) so I've decided to celebrate by watching it for the first time (I know, I'm late to the party). I'm only just starting but I'm enjoying it so far.

That's more tv than I've watched in months. Feels good ;) And, of course, there's Daredevil in less than two weeks! I'm so incredibly excited! I've already picked the tshirt I'll wear to celebrate its return and everything :p Truth is, though, my godmother will be in France that same weekend and I intend to spend as much time as I can with her plus I'm attending a christening on Sunday, so I won't really have the time to binge watch the show but I'm ok with that, I think I want to make it last... The plan is for Cookie and me to try and only watch two episodes a night. Plus, we'll also be watching it with my parents every Tuesday (after POI is over, perfect timing!) as they're fans too and are pretty impatient to see season 2. So I foresee a lot of Daredevil soon <3

I know, that's more than you ever wanted to know about my tv schedule. Sorry not sorry!

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