SEPTEMBER WRAP UP | I have some controversial atla opinions… πŸ™ˆ

So… September. What can I say about September? I was in a bit of a weird life funk this month. I had a tonne of work to do for uni, I was planning a readathon, trying to find a job, in a pseudo-reading slump and all while being my super anxious self… it was an experience, I’ll tell you that for free.

What’s new with me?

You’ve all probably seen the announcement by now, as well as my life update post, but just in case you haven’t I’ll talk about it again here!

In October, a few friends and I will be hosting our second round of the GraphicsAthon; a readathon dedicated to reading manga, graphic novels and comics. It runs from the 11th to the 19th so come join us! You can find the announcement post here, and find us on Twitter over here.

The Son of Neptune  (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
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Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
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A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
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Michigan vs. the Boys
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The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)
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The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)
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Guess who forgot to keep up with their tbr this month!

Stats:

  • Jan 2020: 4,479 pages
  • Feb 2020: 7,109 pages
  • March 2020: 4,156 pages
  • April 2020: 9,116 pages
  • May 2020: 5,866 pages
  • June 2020: 2,466 pages
  • July 2020: 1,942 pages
  • August 2020: 4,062 pages
  • September 2020: 1,432 pages
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  • # Read this month: 4

🌻 – Buddy read
🎧 – Audiobook
πŸ“š – Library book
πŸ’» – Ebook/Kindle
πŸ” – Re-read
✨ – Review copy
🌈 – LGBTQIA+ rep

I had a lot of big plans for reading this month but I was mostly taken over by school work and assessment so I’ve got my fingers crossed that October will be better once my final essays have been handed in!

The Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare: Third)
The House in the Cerulean Sea
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Batman, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder

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  • The Merchant of Venice [01/09] – 3 ⭐ – Not a big fan of this one but I can see why others like it!
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea [03 – 04/09] 🌈🎧 – 4.5 ⭐ – I’ve never seen myself as a fan of low-fantasy but apparently I love it now! This was fantastic!
  • American Royals [26-27/09] 🎧 – 3.75 ⭐ – I genuinely had an amazing time reading this! It feels a lot like a reality tv show in that their are a lot of characters and relationships to keep up eith and SO MUCH DRAMA, to the point where I was so relieved when I liearned this was a duology not a trilogy! I really had so much reading this but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the sequel since it goes in a very different direction!
  • Batman Vol 1 [27 – 28/09] πŸ’»πŸ“š – 4 ⭐ – I can’t belive I’m saying this, but this might be one of the best comics I’ve ever read, it not the best I’ve ever read. I picked this up on a whim because I saw it on Kindle Unlimited and I’m planning to hopefully continue the series for GraphicsAthon in October! Really good writing and characterisation, and fantastic artwork that really matches the tone and changes with the story!

*Click on the images to go to my Letterboxd reviews!

September was a poor reading month in terms of quantity (not not entertainment!) but, I definitely spent a lot of time playing movies and shows in the background!

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  • Gilmore Girls Season 2 [31/08 – 02/09] – 4 ⭐ – Honestly, apart from the fact that I dislike Dean with a raging passion, this season was pretty close to perfect. I can’t believe it took me this long to rewatch the show!
  • The Coolangatta Gold [03/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – Low-rate Nigel Thornberry lookalike who wears short shorts and yells a lot, tries to force the unrealised dreams of his youth onto his kids and is surprised when it doesn’t go his way.
  • Gilmore Girls Season 3 [02 – 05/09] – 4 ⭐ – Jess Mariano and Dave Rygalski together in the same season? Amy Sherman-Palladino really was trying to kill me this season but I loved every second of it.
  • Mad Max [07/09] – 2 ⭐ – Overrated and confusing.
  • Mad Max 2 [07/09] – 2.5 ⭐ – This one at least had a plot, but it still wasn’t good.
  • Jasper Jones [07/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – Fantastic and would 100% watch again.
  • Jaws [07/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – I’ve seen this a few times now and it still makes me jump.
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  • Gilmore Girls Season 4 [05 – 08/09] – 3 ⭐ – Honestly, you can tell that the writers got a bit lost once Rory left Chilton but I’m crossing my fingers that season 5 will be better.
  • Gilmore Girls Season 5 [08 – 11/09] – 3 ⭐ – Not my favourite season. Honestly, the show is starting to go downhill now and Lane’s storyline is GOD AWFUL.
  • After We Collided [13/09] – 2.5 ⭐ – Better than the first movie but still problematic and awful, also full of so many plot holes and inconsistencies???
  • Set It Up [13/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – This is always such a fun movie! It’s light hearted and cute and I love it a lot!
  • Ibiza [13/09] – 3 ⭐ – I had zero expectations and Richard Madden met all of them. A fun movie about friendship, not working yourself to death and smashing Richard Madden.
  • Goddess [14/09] – 4⭐ – I had no idea what to expect from this, honestly I thought it would be pretty bad but it turns out this is pretty funny and has a killer soundtrack!
  • Bran Nue Dae [14/09] – 3 ⭐ – Not a great movie by any stretch but the singing was great!
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  • Forrest Gump [14/09] – 4 ⭐ – I was expecting to dislike this one because so often famous classic movies suck but this was fantastic!
  • That Awkward Moment [14/09] – 2.5 ⭐ – A movie so completely forgettable that I literally don’t even remember watching it.
  • Much Ado About Nothing [15/09] – 4 ⭐ – This is definitely my favourite adaptation of the play!
  • The Devil All The Time [17/09] – 3 ⭐ – Interesting cast, weird story, super depressing and dark but, certainly held my attention and I had to see how it would end!
  • 10 Things I Hate About You [17/09] – 4⭐ – I haven’t watched this since high school but oh boy, this didn’t disappoint! It was so much fun and the soundtrack? *chefs kiss*
  • Cinderella [18/09] – 4 ⭐ – I needed a movie to chuck on in the background and this was perfect!
  • Splash [18/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – Tom Hanks is the ultimate Soft Boi and I appreciate him for that.
  • Big [18/09] – 3 ⭐ – A woman stuck in an emotionless life fallls in love with child-man Tom Hanks even tho he sleeps in a bunk bed and has a trampoline in his apartment…
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  • Turner & Hootch [18/09] – 4 ⭐ – Soft Boi Hanks strikes again, and this time he has a dog and solves crimes!
  • The Proposition [19/09] – 2.5 ⭐ – I am so sick of racism and violence just for the sake of racism and violence. I don’t understand what the point of this movie was.
  • Turner & Hootch [19/09] – 4.5 ⭐ – I really think I’ve found a new favourite comfort movie!
  • The Proposal [24/09] – 4 ⭐ – Fantastic as always! We all need a grandma who would fake a heart attack for love!
  • Hamilton [26/09] – 4 ⭐ – I definitely enjoyed this more this time because I was focusing more on the set design and the music. Honestly, my mother’s excitement to watch the show was pretty infectious.
  • Avatar Season 3 [11/07 – 27/09] – 2.5 ⭐ – Such a let down! Honestly, I know everyone loves this show, but it’s not as good as you think it is and definitely peaked at season 1.
  • Lost in Translation [28/09] – _ ⭐ – No thanks. Racist and slow. Honestly, this isn’t the kind of movie I would ever pick up on my own. It’s a really slow and invasive look at how people react to loneliness and also a semi-autobiographical story on the director’s side, to the point where it’s massively uncomfortable to watch. So yeah, interestingly shot and slightly jarring to learn abou thte behind the scenes of, but definitely not something I’ll ever think about after this.
  • The Truman Show [29/09] – 3.5 ⭐ – This is such an interesting idea, it’s actually one of my favourite tropes, but I just wish we’d gotten to see more of Truman’s “life” before he started to figure it all out. Other than that, this was a fantastic movie with some standout performances from the main cast, and I’ll definitely watch it again in the future!
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Gilmore Girls Season 6 [11/09 – ???] – Aaaaand this is officially where I start falling out of love with the show. Seasons 6 & 7 really went downhill and Rory became slightly insufferable, also I just want Luke and Lorelai to be happy but noooo.

WHAT DID YOU READ THIS MONTH?
DID WE READ/WATCH ANY OF THE SAME THINGS?

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10 thoughts on “SEPTEMBER WRAP UP | I have some controversial atla opinions… πŸ™ˆ

  1. My favorite season of Avatar is season 2! I think season 3 is good, but I guess it’s kind of disappointing when everything starts getting all ~serious~. :p I like season 1, but I always think the beginnings of things are a bit boring on rewatching because it’s a lot of exposition.

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  2. Gilmore Girls season 3 is up there with the best TV of all time and you can’t change my mind, haha! But you’re absolutely right, it peaked there – you’re a hero for ploughing on with the later seasons! Great post πŸ™‚

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      1. The April storyline was so bizarre and out of field! I also could never stand Logan so the fact that they’re so Logan heavy doesn’t win those seasons any points haha. The revival had so much potential, but what was with that musical storyline, and how did they manage to make Lorelai and Rory so unlikable?!

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        1. I know! In my mind, Luke would never have done that but I could have forgiven that out of character story choice if they had’ve handled it better concerning Luke and Lorelai! I mean, even in the reunion they still couldn’t communicate. It made no sense!

          I hated Logan the first time around. I didn’t mind him as much on my rewatch but yeah, he’s not my favourite – honestly, I think the boyfriends are all better (besides Logan) when they’re grown up and have grown out of their stupid mistakes. Jess was an angsty teen dork who didn’t wanna be a dork and I love him but he’s so much easier to watch in the revival!

          I know! The fact that the writer/s didn;t learn from criticisms of the original series and update it in a way that made sense is astounding to me! They made all the same mistakes and that’s why (to me) the revival comes across as ingenuine and thoughtless! Also, oh my god the musical storyline! What was that??? I know! I always liked Lorelai, aside from Luke, she’s my favourite! But, the revival felt really off for Lorelai tbh. Rory was always a spoiled brat, but I also understand that since I think she was coddled! That being said, who walks into a prespective job expecting to just be handed said job?? Also, the continuous cheating storylines? I think in trying to make her seem more like Lorelai throughout the seasons, they just succeeded in showing how different the two are!

          (Woah, clearly I had a lot to say – sorry!)

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          1. Oh my God, that Luke/Lorelai lack of communication drove me MAD! A big part of how they were so cute was that Lorelai could pull him out of his shell, and Luke would call Lorelai out when she needed it – that they couldn’t have a straight conversation a decade on was ridiculous!

            Maybe I should rewatch the later years and try to stomach Logan again… Watching him in the reunion certainly did nothing to make me like him! But then I am resolutely Team Jess haha – he was my favourite part of the revival for sure!

            I totally agree with your thoughts on the revival. So much of it felt like them trying to push their original ending – it would’ve been a bombshell to do it at the end of the original series, but it just makes Rory so much more unlikable to do it now. There’s no mirroring between Rory and Lorelai – so why bother? I also hated that Rory became an author, and that whole thing where she was snobby about the job and expected to be handed it anyway – Rory was always sheltered and coddled, but she did also work really hard those first three seasons, and I feel like the latter ones and the revival did away with all of that! And to what, have her not working at all, and cheating with Logan? How did the reaction to Rory and Dean cheating not warn them off doing it with Rory and Logan? I think that’s my biggest gripe – nothing in the revival felt like ten+ years of growth for any character. Lorelai’s Wild moment was SO unlike her – she doesn’t even clean her own gutters, why would she go off like that? Emily becoming a museum speaker – what?! And poor Lane still stuck in the rut they left her in – awful, awful, awful. Loved being back there, but so much of it betrayed the original series.

            (And don’t worry about saying a lot – it’s so nice to talk about it with someone who’s also very passionate about it, haha! :))

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            1. Yes, I completely agree! It’s a wonder they stayed together for so long if they never learned from their mistakes and never learned to communicate? Which truly makes no sense to me when you go back and rewatch them in the early seasons like you said!

              Honestly, I feel like Logan really did grow up in the later original seasons, especially considering what he was like when we first met him. But, I think the revival did away with a lot of that and threw his maturity out the window. Oh yes 100%, I loved Jess in the revival and if I was to watch it again he would probably be the best thing about it. I also think he’s probably the only character without drama or a stupid plotline which is refreshing for him.

              I agree! Especially when the original ending doesn’t make any sense for the characters! And considering that was meant to be the OG ending is a bit weird considering Rory’s age! I agree, Rory and Lorelai are *very* different people and I’m ngl Rory isn’t mature enough to handle that life, even teenage Lorelai was more mature than Adult Rory if that makes sense?

              Oh man! The job! I just don’t understand how she could’ve done that??? I’m so glad the employer put him in her place bc that was so unprofessional and again… immature! Working at the Gazette and becoming an author just seemed strange because I don’t think she ever expressed wanting to be an author before so it honestly came out of nowhere. Wasn’t Jess the writer?
              Yes! Rory was way too sheltered. Absolutely she worked hard but then she got to uni and just became a different person bc grandma and grandpa will pay for everything so i can do whatever i want, which they totally enabled!

              Going through uni now, I understand Rory’s uni experience more, but not completely because honestly, she made some seriously arrogant and irresponsible choices that only someone with her level of privilege (whether she’d want to admit to it, or not) could make. Yeah, the cheating storylines though? NO excuses and the fact that she never learns from that???

              Yes! Lorelai hates the outdoors unless it’s snowing) so why would she go on a hike just because she read a book/watched a movie???

              Oh yes, some of Emily’s storyline was interesting, especially regarding Richard but oh damn, it was strange!

              Oh my God, don’t even get me started with Lane! It’s like they wouldn’t be bothered to go through the trouble of introducing a new character so just dumped her with Zack, the most immature and rude character I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching! I am not a fan, though I know some people are! I can’t believe how dirty the show did her and by default, the actress. You can’t claim diversity points and then also treat your character like that! I completely agree, the revival really felt like a betrayal or an F U to the original series.

              Do you think they’ll make a second season for A Year in The Life? I think they’re open to it but it would be super difficult to get the entire cast back again.

              (Haha I’ve been loving chatting with you too!)

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