Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2017

Hello lovely people!

Already a month into 2017. I’m sure plenty has happened within 31 days for every single one of us. Hopefully, most of these things bring a smile on all your faces.ย Today we’re about to revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think about anything! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s get right to it then! ๐Ÿ˜‰



– 03/01/17 – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

– 12/01/17 – Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

– 23/01/17 – The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe

– 27/01/17 – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King


– 15/01/17 – Justice League (Volume 1) Origin by Geoff Johns


– 19/01/17 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)


– 01/01/17 – Bookidote’s 2016 Year in Review

– 09/01/17 – Bookidote’s Dream Crate

– 17/01/17 – After Westworld: What to Read?

– 21/01/17 – Bookporn: How To Be #CozyGoal

– 25/01/17 – 5 Books About Mental Illness

I recently asked on Reddit for the Best Sci-fi they ever read LOL I’m not posting the link here because you’re going to find my reddit account and let’s say it’s filled with secrets ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hyperion was highly recommended by a lot of people, following byย The Expanse series by James SA Corey andย The Culture series by Iain M. Banks. The Book of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe is also worth mentioning and lastly, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.


The Black Company – This epic fantasy sounds too fun to pass on. I keep on stacking up so many books of this genre, I really need to read some fantasy soon before I collapse from withdrawal.

Hyperion – Don’t tell me you haven’t seen this one at least once before. I need me some more science fiction in my life.

Gardens of the Moon – Recent discovery thanks to Bookstooge. He even showcased some specific editions with really astonishing cover art. Can’t NOT try this out.

The Fifth Heart – A Sherlock Holmes story by the author of Hyperion. Why not? ๐Ÿ˜€

Marvel 1602 – I recently read Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman (A Batman story). Who wouldn’t want to see his contribution to Marvel’s side of the world now? He seems to be quite fond of Andy Kubert’s art too. Not surprised ย by that though! ๐Ÿ˜€


Lashaan:ย A return to University with the end of the Holidays definitely took away a lot of that precious time I would have put in to check out the never-ending list of movies/shows I want to watch. I still managed to check out some really good ones though. I especially have to mention that Sherlock’s S04E02, The Lying Detective, was one of the best episodes ever! Good Will Hunting was one truly beautiful movie with an incredible cast. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this movie before. I also watched The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and man… was he awesome. But let’s also mention how beautiful Diane Kruger is <3. The Force Awakens (I needed to finish the past two trilogies first!) and I’m quite impressed by J.J. Abrams direction! Star Wars is in good hands, I say! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also binged through every episode of Black Mirror after the release of Season 3 on Netflix. Goddamn, some of the episodes are truly mind-boggling!

If you’ve seen any of these, feel free to mention it in the comment section. I’d love to fanboy with y’all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Trang: I started The OA on Netflix ย recently and it made me think of Vicious by Victoria E.Schwab! ๐Ÿ˜€1481614058_oa




Lashaan: There hasn’t been too many newly announced movie trailers during January, but man were there a bunch of TV show announcements (and there return after the mid-season break)! One of the shows I’m truly looking forward to is Season 5 of House of Cards! With American politics being in such a mess nowadays, I think an alternative reality that is essentially fictional (maybe… somewhat… better) wouldn’t be so bad for my conscience! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you all for checking out our monthly wrap-up and donโ€™t forget to check out any posts that might interest you and that you might have missed out on!

So whatโ€™s going on on all of your minds? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV shows/movies weโ€™ve mentioned?

Yours truly,


43 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2017

    1. Ohhh noo, that stinks. At least you’ll get you enjoy it together whenever he finds himself by your side! Season 3 was pretty good. My least favourite of that season would be Men Against Fire, being a little stagnant and slow at times. White Christmas and Hated in the Nation were amazing though. But every episode had a very interesting premise. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it when you get the chance to watch it again! ๐Ÿ˜€

      – Lashaan

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  1. Great recap this month, it seems like you both managed to get through some amazing books and publish some great posts as well.
    I am a massive fan of Star Wars, I loved The Force Awakens (and I loved Rogue One as well) and I’m really excited for the next film in this new trilogy. Also just the fact that The OA reminded you of Vicious by V.E. Schwab means it is going to the top of my must-watch list!
    The trailer for Beauty and the Beast looks incredible as well, I am so excited for that film to be released! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I have yet to watch Rogue One (just waiting for it to release on Netflix hihih), but it’s a good thing that it’s a spin-off rather than an episode part of the trilogy. Looking forward to The Last Jedi though! Such an interesting title. Really curious what’s going to happen in episode VIII. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for checking out our recap and I hope your own January was awesome and that February will be even better! ๐Ÿ˜€

      – Lashaan

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      1. Oh Rogue One is amazing, it’s a standalone as well so after you’ve seen it you won’t have to wait for the next in the series to be released. An interesting title but it does kind of make me worried for Luke’s fate in the film if I’m being honest.
        That’s all right, and thanks Lashaan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Wow! You have very nice trailers. The one I am interested in is the Live Action Beauty and the Beast. I loved the Cartoon Beauty and Beast as a kid. i hoped this movie is even better than the first one. Also, I loved the books you pick out. I need to read most these books you pick out.

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  3. Wow great month guys!!! So of course, the thing that stood out to me was Star Wars…because I am a MASSIVE Star Wars fan. The Force Awakens is soooooooooooo amazing, and then Rogue One is even more ridiculously amazing. I am so incredibly sad about Carrie Fisher passing away, I am really hoping that they can sort something out with the rest of the instalments.

    I cry when I watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer…I am so freakin excited!!!!

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    1. I had heard about the loss of Carrie Fisher before watching The Force Awakens. You can believe that the sadness overwhelmed me when I saw her in The Force Awakens. Every scene seemed a bit more powerful. I do hope they’ll do her justice in the following episodes. I don’t know if a CGI-integrated version of her to continue the intended story would be good or if a quick, credible and smart way to have her leave the story would be better. Hopefully they do it right! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Lashaan

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  4. Thank you for the shout out. Always glad to make an impression ๐Ÿ™‚

    And for the record, Gardens of the Moon is even better on this my 3rd time around. It is a shoe in for 5stars once I finish it.

    Trang, I’ve got the Culture books on my radar, so am looking forward to what you think of them. I’m hoping to start them mid to late year, if I’m lucky.

    Lashaan. Really hope you can start the Black Company soon. A lot of Erikson’s Malazan Empire has its literary roots in Black Company and I wish that I had read BC before I came across the Malazan books. But better late than never ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely try Black Company before jumping into Erikson’s Malazan Empire series. Really appreciate that bit of information. I do love seeing the influence between authors. Gosh, I hope I can get to all these books somewhere in 2017.

      – Lashaan

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    1. Yay! I’m pretty sure you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this show. Some of those stories are going to mess with your mind a lot. Thought-provoking and brilliantly cast-ed, you’re sure to find a bunch of episodes (each episode is a stand alone story) that will blow you away.

      – Lashaan

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  5. Leviathan Wakes, Ancilliary Justice, Hyperion!! Good ones! I haven’t read them yet but I’m excited to do so at some point. I certainly want to try Hyperion and Leviathan Wakes (because of the Expanse) soon.
    And I’m with you on House of Cards, Lashaan. I have no idea when I’ll catch up on all I want to do. There are so many interesting shows and books out and the days seem to have less hours in them.

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  6. Great recap! Your monthly post always shows so much of your work, you’re everywhere, haha! In my top sci-fi books I’d add The Demolished Man (I can’t stop talking about it! :p) I haven’t had the time to watch anything at all this month, my TV is lonely, but it’s either that or books… Poor TV!

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  7. Great recap, I’m glad to see you had a good blogging and reading month! I am way too excited for Beauty and the Beast as well, even if I am, as always, a bit nervous that they’d mess things up…oh well, I still can’t wait to see how it goes ahah ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you both a great February! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. The urge to read it doesn’t stop growing on a daily basis! It sounds so good (and so much praise, it got!). Hope you’ll get around to watch Good Will Hunting. It was a BRILLIANT movie. Definitely managed to be part of my top favourite movies list. ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Lashaan

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