The Third Quarterly Update | 2022 releases, fantasy books and a lot of great TV

πŸ‰ JULY TO SEPTEMBER πŸ‚

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top reads

SISTERSONG BY LUCY HOLLAND // I really enjoyed this story. We followed three distant voices, the children of the king as they deal with a changing political, magical landscape. It felt so intriguing with a strong focus on the characters’ journey so I would recommend this story to both fantasy and non-fantasy readers. Bonus: the writing was beautiful. Want my review?

SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN BY SHELLEY PARKER-CHAN // At first, I didn’t think I was going to love this but the use of exploring gender and fate felt extraordinary making it a real stand-out read for me. That ending as well *mind blown* Want my review?

WE WERE DREAMERS BY SIMU LIU // I love Simu! Ever since Shang-Chi, I have been so interested in what he had to say, so I knew I had to read his autobiography. From his parent’s journey, complex childhood and what it means to go after your dreams, it makes for an incredibly emotional, honest, and inspiring read. I could pick out many moments I loved ~ talks about diversity, or his parents helping him with a Mandarin script even though their relationship was not the easiest, to say the least, ~ but I want you to discover most of them yourself. I definitely recommend the audiobook, the emotions and comedy really stood out well.

great reads

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN BY MELISSA BASHARDOUST // I really enjoyed this book. The main character had interesting struggles as she dealt with her powers of poisonous touch and the villain. Plus, I adored the setting. Please send me any Persian fantasy recommendations!

πŸ„ The Best Young Adult Fantasy Books I’ve Read

I KISSED SHARA WHEELER BY CASEY MCQUISTON // Honestly, the perfect slumber party movie in book form. It was fast-paced, full of fun characters and a little bit extra, yet heartfelt. And, all of sudden, I want to compare it to “wild child” for no reason other than ‘vibes’. I’m writing this late at night so don’t hold me to this comparison.

πŸ„ 10 young adult books that should be netflix movies (+ aesthetics)

good reads

PEOPLE PERSON BY CANDICE CARY-WILLIAMS // There is a surprise event in the first chapter that was not the vibe I was expecting. But I loved the different characters and all their complex relationships. It was deliciously complex and intriguing.

WHEN WOMEN WERE DRAGONS BY KELLY BARNHILL // This book is proof that dragons were made to be metaphors for women. And that really is the star quality of the book, all the better as it expressed a multitude of reasons why women might want to escape their life. The only downside was this was a 350-page metaphor, if it had had richer characters and a more entertaining plot it would have enhanced my experience a lot more.

A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER BY HOLLY JACKSON // The thing that shocked me the most was someone putting effort into EPQ. All but 7 in my year, opted out. I swear even universities barely consider it a thing. Anyway, this felt like an entertaining mystery as Pip had a loud on-page personality. Plus, she is the classic A* student so I enjoyed her methodological approach.

disappointing

HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN BY JUNO DAWSON // I expected this to be historical so it surprised me when it was modern day. That’s on me, but the story itself was also disappointing. My main issue was I felt we were following the wrong people. The younger characters in the story, who very much inspired the events of the plot, felt so much intriguing to follow, yet we were left with the middle-aged drama (okay, 30-year-olds) who weren’t as interesting, especially the main one. Sometimes it was great, especially the insight into the world and *the end event*. Sadly, I just didn’t find the main characters interesting.

dark academia books I’ve read (which i will be talking about in a separate post)

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I did watch a lot of TV this quarter, it was very hot at times which often gives me a headache so I was feeling sorry for myself, okay?

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EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE S1 // ahh… I loved this show. I have never read the book but it captured a changing time speaking about how people may or may not adjust. It had a very literary fiction feel and I love the messy, likeable characters.

AVOIDANCE S1 // I love Romesh and this was such a heartwarming show about family, with a wry humour throughout. I hope more people watch it.

HEARTSTOPPER S1 // It is adorable. It was a very successful adaptation and Joe Locke’s acting for Charlie was my highlight of the show. I’m excited for season 2 because volume 3 of the graphic novels was the best one.

πŸ‚ Reading Heartstopper For The FirstΒ Time

SQUID GAME S1 // I finally watched it and it lived up to the hype completely. It was clever, entertaining and broke my heart. That is all I want.

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DOLLFACE S1&2 // A cute easy watch focusing on female friendship. Plus, I loved the weird sketches in each episode. They were actually clever.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THE MUSICAL THE SERIES S3 // hm… I loved the chaotic, fun moments and the camp setting was perfect for this. But, I hated the romance drama, it felt a bit tedious to me at this point. *SPOILER* the car sounds when Olivia left 😍

KINNPORSCHE S1 // Honestly this was such a good watch. It is a romance mafia series which I never thought I would watch let alone enjoy but I found it really entertaining. The romances were well-considered and more-or-less healthy (one couple, not so much but the emotions felt realistic nonetheless). I liked the music a lot and one scene in the finale (I believe) was a meme brought to life!

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY S1 // This was very endearing but with a little bite as it focuses on the hardships of being a teacher, especially with low funding. The documentary style added another layer and I personally loved the headteacher. I’m excited about the other seasons.

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FEEL GOOD S1 // This is quite a messy couple, but I love that. I would consider it more drama than comedy but I really enjoyed the subtle, realistic comedy.

SHE-HULK S1 // This show feels like a sitcom and people have had negative reviews *surprise*. I know it is quite different and in your face, but I love the comic book energy. The episodes fly by and Wong is a top-tier MCU character. The conclusion will influence my final rating as I want an epic battle but, for now, all good.

SANDITON S2 // My favourite *serious* period show without a doubt. I normally struggle with them, but I love the focus on different couples, Charlotte as a main character and the setting so much. Give me S3.

THE GREAT S2 // Season 2 has confirmed this show as an all-time favourite. The way the show does humour is genius and I think the plot is so captivating.

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NEVER HAVE I EVER S3 // One of my favourite teen shows. I love the fast pace, the characters and the personality. Whilst it is more extra (and entertaining) than typical coming-of-age shows, it still makes me feel the most emotionally attached. Will there ever be a season where I don’t cry because of a conversation with Devi and her mum? I doubt it.

SHRILL S1&2 // This show doesn’t always feel like we are working towards a plot, but I like the points it draws attention to, I loved ep6 of season 2 and discussions on the monetisation of feminism and self-care. Plus, Annie and Fran have such a wonderful friendship.

ACKLEY BRIDGE S5 // I never watched s4 because of bad reviews following a cast change but s5 had good reviews. I liked this season, it had some heavy plots but it did it really well. I am comparing it to the original cast which makes me rate it lower. It probably isn’t fair because it will never be the same.

ATLANTA S3 // This show has a very artsy/indie feel especially as whole episodes will be random sketches unrelated to the show yet it will be telling you something relevant. It is different to what I typically watch but it makes for a very memorable watching experience. It is extremely well-made and I like the characters.

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING S2 // Oliver made the show for me. The humour and style make it easy to watch. I still struggle with the mystery side, but I did predict the ending so that was a nice satisfying feeling.

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24 thoughts on “The Third Quarterly Update | 2022 releases, fantasy books and a lot of great TV

  1. SOPHIE I LOVE THIS SO MUCH THIS LEVEL OF PERFECTION SHOULD ACTUALLY BE ILLEGAL????? BUT ALSO. I LOVE. and am so glad it ISN’T ACTUALLY ILLEGAL. also jhfdhgfhfhj all the books sound fabulous I MUST READ THEM ASAP??? i’ve never heard of sistersong before (at least not in my recollection??) BUT THE COVER OK?? also. magical landscape?? IM IN AND IN DESPERATE NEED OF IT PLEASE.

    i’ve been meaning to read she who became the sun since PRACTICALLY FOREVER, but?? i still havent?? ALTHOUGH THIS DEFINITELY TAKES IT HIGHER UP ON MY LIST πŸ‘€ (also the title has always intrigued me)

    WE WERE DREAMERS. anything with dreamers in the title and that you FELL IN LOVE WITH, i shall read. (am firmly convinced YOUR TASTE IN BOOKS AND ALL MEDIA IS SUPERIOR LEVELS OF PERFECTION) (although maybe some of that can be attributed to ALL THAT YOU SAID ABOUT NEVER HAVE I EVER?!! also,, WE MUST SCREAM ABOUT IT SOMETIME??? THE SHOW IS OFFICIALLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ON NETFLIX – although, fair warning, i haven’t really watched that many SO DONT TAKE MY WORD SORRY – but?? the indian rep?? ITS STUNNING. and also i love devi so much THAT SCENE WHERE SHE KICKS THE LOCKER SHES SO BADASS LIKE THAT) heartstopper basically has the ‘I’M THE BEST TV SHOW YOU SHALL EVER ENCOUNTER AND NOT AFRAID TO BE FOUND SCREAMING ABOUT IT’ label written over it, AND I LOVE SO MUCH. all the scenes are just??? ICONIC???

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    1. aw… thank youuu πŸ’—πŸ₯Ί your comments are always the sweetest!! But yay to not actually being illegal… at least, for now πŸ˜‚
      I hope you love these books! Sistersong hasn’t found its way into the book community but I loved it~~ the audiobook was brilliant as well. It is magical, but more realism magic than pure magic. But so whimsical!!
      She Who Became The Sun needs you to read it as well!!!! The ending is immaculate! The title is great, and very poetic for the synopsis!
      We Were Dreamers captured a journey full of struggles but a lot of heart– if you are interested in the acting world/experience, I’d deffo recommend it!
      Well, I can only speak for myself but I trust my taste πŸ˜‚ but thank you, I shall hold the title of superior levels of perfection with pride… especially as it comes from you and all your fabulous faves 😍
      NEVER HAVE I EVER, YESSSS! I can always talk about this show whenever you want/need! I haven’t watched lots of Netflix shows, but it is definitely in my top selection!!!
      It is wonderful to see the Indian rep, and for Devi to be pined after like she deserves!! She is badass, love it!!!!
      Heartstopper won at adaptations and it knows it! 😍
      THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING COMMENT πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  2. You have no idea how desperately I want that dark academia wrap-up, Sophie! How dare you keep us waiting?! 😭

    Your High School Musical, The Musical, The Series – Season 3 Thoughts are so on point, though! In my opinion, 2.5 stars are still generous 😀 The romances all felt so unnaturally forced, and I HATED how everything had become more about coming off as super meta than actually telling a good story πŸ™„ It’s like the writers had no idea how to handle all the Olivia Roderigo/Joshua Bassett drama, so they just gave up completely…

    I’m so happy you loved Heartstopper, though, and agree with you that Season 2 might be even more amazing! πŸ₯°

    Finally, thank you so much for sharing my post! I’m really happy you liked it so much! πŸ’™

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    1. Ahh.. I’m glad you are excited for the dark academia post… I’m sorry for the wait, but I have to keep mystery somehow and books are my tool/weapon of choice πŸ˜‚

      It is a shame about HSMTMTS S3 and 2.5🌟 is kinda generous, I did start off with 2 but the things I enjoyed (the setting, the new characters, Kourtney’s plot) were all things specific to S3 so I struggled to call it!
      I hated most of the romance scenes!! I didn’t mind the meta side, but I do have the habit of liking OTT plots, but the plot was also weak so it felt very mediocre really.
      I agree the actor’s drama has affected the series for the worse, S1>>>

      Heartstopper was so sweet, it would be hard not to enjoy it! Let’s hope s2 is everything we hope (I am sure it will be)!

      Of course, it was a wonderful post πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. She Who Became The Sun was actually different than I expected, but I loved the direction it took. Definitely one to look out for, I hope you enjoy it!
      Of course, it was such a great post! I hope people check it out!
      Thank you, and you πŸ₯°

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    1. Of course, it was great hearing your thoughts on Groupies!
      Yay, I hope you enjoy the dark academia post! It has been fun putting it together and I’m glad you loved some of these books! πŸ₯°

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  3. I’m going to read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder in October, so it’s great to see that you enjoyed it!
    Hmm, I’ve never seen Sandition, but if you say it’s worth watching, I have to check it out.
    Never Have I Ever is truly a great show! I also get really emotional when Devi and her mom talk. 😭 I loved her mom so much in this season!
    I also watched Only Murders in the Building recently, I really enjoyed it!
    Thank you for sharing my posts! πŸ₯Ί

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    1. Oohh… I hope you enjoy A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. It is a good read for October and provides a unique reading experience! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!
      Sanditon hasn’t had a lot of online buzz but it is such a delightful show. I haven’t read many classics, so I don’t know how classic-fans reacted though.
      Never Have I Ever does it all for me~~ why are the episodes over so quickly?!? 😭 Yes, all the emotions, Devi’s mum really is ah-mazing 😍
      Only Murders in the Building has a great energy!!
      Of course, I loved your posts πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  4. Incredible wrap-up Sophie, I can’t wait to read your Dark Academia post ahh!! I haven’t read many of the popular ones, but so intrigued to see what your verdict is on them. Looks like you watched lots of awesome shows too, Abbott is one of my faves so glad you’ve been enjoying it also. Thank you so much for shouting out my posts, so glad you liked them!! πŸ™ŒπŸ’–

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ₯°πŸ’œ
      Ahh… I’m glad you are excited for the dark academia post, I did focus on the hyped books which has given me interesting results πŸ‘€
      I did have a couple of TV binges πŸ˜‚ Abbott has been great, it definitely deserves its success!
      Of course, I loved your posts πŸ’—

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  5. AHHH I NEED TO GET TO SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN RIGHT AWAY- I absolutely can’t wait to read it soon!! I kissed share wheeler was such a fun read and omg I COMPLETELY agree that it was a slumber party in book form ahah

    I’m so excited for the next few seasons of heart stopper too- I absolute love the later instalments of the comics!

    Never have I ever was AMAZING- the representation and humor was so good ahhhhh
    I gave up on HSMTMTS after the second season because I did NOT have the motivation to continue with the series ackk. I really enjoyed the first season but I feel like it all went downhill after the dramaπŸ™ˆ

    AND AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MENTIONING MY POST!!! ❀ ❀
    Adored this so much!!!

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    1. PLEASE READ SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN– I need everyone’s thoughts on it!!! 😍 Hope you love it!!
      Yess I am glad you agree that Shara Wheeler gave slumber party vibes in the best way!! Honestly more impressive as it is a YA debut! 😍

      Yessss, bring on more Heartstopper!!!!

      The humour in Never Have I Ever doesn’t get appreciated enough but it is top notch. The representation is wonderful to see too, I can’t believe it is ending next season πŸ₯Ί

      I don’t blame you for not continuing with HSMTMTS after s2, I can’t really say S3 was worth it. The drama did rock the boat, for the worst πŸ˜” but I still love the nostalgia of HSM.

      Of course, I loved it Suhani 😍😍
      Thank you sooo much for this GLORIOUS comment! πŸ’—

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  6. i kissed shara wheeler was not even remotely on my TBR, but now that you mentioned wild child, i am intrigued……. mostly, i think i need to rewatch this movie, it is so perfect for the fall vibes.

    i also find a good girl’s guide to murder to be just okay. it didn’t really shock me or surprise me and i found that sometimes the MC made some really dumb decisions despite allegedly being smart (like, giving her blackmailer all her investigation to get her dog back……. it was so obvious the dog wouldn’t be retrieved alive??? cmon now).

    i hope you have enjoyed if we were villains though – mostly bc i love that one so much hehe.

    as someone who loves hsmtmts SO much, even i have to agree that the romance drama got too much. i don’t think i will be watching season 4 because i will just start to hate the show if i do hahah. but never have i ever continues to be perfect indeed and devi and her mom are THE BEST PART!!!!

    tysm for the shoutout, hope you’re having a great october so far!

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    1. haha the movie links to books that I randomly make up in my head have power!! (is it done logically or illogically, who knows) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But I think I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a great YA book regardless!!
      It has been so long since I’ve watched Wild Child but it was great. It does have those autumnal vibes, it is like pink academia!

      I didn’t feel too invested in the mystery element (but it is rare that I am πŸ˜…), I was just going along for the journey. I liked the character voice for entertainment value but she was kinda dumb at times, quite naive like running after a murder alone all the time with no protection! Poor dog though but yeah that was doomed from the start!

      haha, I am excited to share my dark academia thoughts! πŸ‘€

      yeah, hsmtmts inspired too many eye rolls this season! aw.. got to save the memories of the show. Season one has the perfect feel still. I will probs still watch s4 so I can let you know if any good or not πŸ˜…
      Devi’s mum is ah-mazing, i love her soo much!

      Of course πŸ’— Thank youuuu, I hope you are having a great October too!

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  7. Great post! I’m definitely curious to hear more about the dark academia books you’ve read, I’ve been getting more interested in them this year ❀️ Never Have I Ever and Heartstopper have also been among my favorite shows this year! Also thank you so much for sharing my post! πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank youuu!! πŸ₯° Yay, I am glad you are excited about my dark academia post. Hopefully it will be out next week! All the talk about the books made me curious too.
      Never Have I Ever and Heartstopper are amazing shows, some of the best on Netflix for sure!
      Of course! πŸ₯°

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  8. Lovely wrap-up, Sophie! πŸ₯° So happy you enjoyed Girl, Serpent Thorn and Shara Wheeler, I loved both! and I need to read a good girl’s guide sometime soon, it sounds really good.
    DOLLFACE YES! πŸ₯° I adore that show so, so much and am forever sad about its cancellation.
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, I appreciate it so much!!

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    1. Thank you Marie πŸ₯° yes they were such fun books. I loved the setting of girl serpent thorn!
      I hope you enjoy a good girls guide to murder, the fast pace and narrator made it interesting!
      Dollface was so fun, loved it!! Ahh… I didn’t know it got cancelled 😱😭 that is such a shame!!!
      Of course, I loved your posts ❀️❀️

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