Week movies

As this week comes to an end, I must admit that my reading levels are hitting rock bottom. Bookwise, I did not make any progress, except for the fact that I started reading “Nimona“, a graphic novel that I first read about on Over The Place. It is about a girl that happens to be a shapeshifter, who ends up being a villain’s sidekick. It is quite fun and easy to read so far. The illustration is simple, yet charming and I shall tell you more about it once I finish it.

On Thursday I watched “Room” as it premiered here in Greece and I was so agog to see Emma Donoghue’s book adaptation on the big screen. I really loved the book, as it was the first to make me cry, and I can say that the movie did not disappoint me. It must be one of the best book-to-movie adaptations out there. Brie Larson was amazing but the one that really deserves every award on this planet is Jacob Tremblay, who was absolutely stunning. I never knew a little kid could perform like that and I was totally blown away by his performance!

I also started watching the Divergent series on Friday and I must say I really, really liked the first two parts, “Divergent” and “Insurgent“. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, it’s about a post-apocalyptic future of humanity, in which the remaining people live in Chicago, and have built a wall around it to be protected. They are divided into factions based on virtues but Tris -the protagonist- finds out that she fits into more than one, which makes her a Divergent. And then the action starts kicking in! I have not read the books by Veronica Roth on which the movies are based but I loved the adaptations -maybe more than the Hunger Games series- and cannot wait for the final part, “Allegiant“.

P.S. *SPOILER ALERT* In “Divergent” I watched what I think is the most believable character’s death on the big screen ever. You can watch it here.


Bits and Pieces

I know it’s been weeks since I last posted something new, and I really don’t want to end up posting once a year. So, although I have not made any progress on my reading, I will give you a glimpse of my week!

I am currently obsessed with a greek youtuber whom I just discovered -but I think everyone in Greece already knew about- and since she’s been posting her videos for 4 years now, I have plenty of material to catch up on. Her name is Mara and you can find her channel here. She also has an international one in english. The majority of her uploads are make-up and hair tutorials, but I got to know her from some books/movies review videos she makes. She is so much fun to watch and she is also a cat lady. Enough said!

I recently went to the cinema to watch Inarritu’s “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Well, you know. The movie that everyone’s talking about because it’s supposed to finally earn DiCaprio an Oscar. I must say I was not impressed. Sure the photography was great and the plot not too bad, but it was tiring. So tiring that I had been wondering how many days was I sitting in that chair. If the director had cut the sunset/sunrise/forest/snow/river/sky scenes, there would be just an hour of the movie left. Another contributory factor to the weariness of it, was that there were not many scenes in which the actors talked. DiCaprio was flawless – as always – but the one I really think should get an Oscar is Tom Hardy – maybe because he had more lines – !

Oh and I just thought of a book-related topic! Yesterday I found out that I had won a first, signed copy of Auguste’s Corteau new book “Ο άνθρωπος που έτρωγε πολλά” – meaning “The man who ate a lot” and I was over the moon! I will show it to you once I actually get my hands on it. I have never read anything of his, but I am already a huge fan because of his activism regarding the LGBT community.

Hope you’re having a great week!


Of mice and mugs

The day that I stepped into the magical world of Redwall, has finally arrived! After nearly 14 years of owning the first book of the series by Brian Jacques, I started devouring its first pages, just a couple of days ago. I already find it quite interesting and it seems that is going to be quite epic too. The main character is a clumsy, kind-hearted mouse named Matthias who lives in an abbey called Redwall. Redwall is a place of peace for all the mice and other woodland creatures that reside there. That will soon change, as an evil rat, Cluny the Scourge, declares war on the abbey. And that’s how much I’ve read so far. I am so looking forward to what’s coming next!

In other news, my weekend was kind of productive, as I decided to give my diy skills a try. So now I have my own Harry Potter-themed mugs to enjoy a hot chocolate or a cup of tea!
The result was pretty satisfactory and I feel like there are more to come!

The half-blood prince

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to the one and only, Alan Rickman.
To all potterheads out there, he will always be the best villain/hero of all time, or in J. K Rowling’s words on professor Snape’s birthday, only a few days ago, “Here’s to him, the big hero/bully. He really was the best/worst”.

A new chapter

It’s been a long time since I last posted something on my first bookish blog. It has been so much fun, but I feel like it’s the right time to take it up a notch, hence my brand new creation; The Black Cat Diaries.

This year was really life-changing and I want my new self to be reflected in all aspects of my life, so here I am, with a new blog and a new attitude towards, well, everything!

Without further ado, let me shift to a familiar subject of mine; books of course! December was a very “productive” month bookwise. I purchased several books and I received some more as a Christmas/New year present.

As an animal lover, I went to an annual bazaar held by the local animal welfare organization, a visit that never disappoints me. There I found
Black White and Jeweish by Rebecca Walker, a memoir with a very intriguing title. The author is Alice’s Walker daughter who gave us The color purple ,which made her the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Another great find, was The Book of Runes by Ralph H. Blum, which is not only a book, but a set of your own runes along with a blue, velvety pouch to store them in! Just what I needed to feel a little less muggle!

Disney’s Giant book of bedtime stories and Giant Story Book came all the way from the U.K. and made me so happy! They are so vintage and precious that I can stare at them forever!

I saved the best for last; the Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell box set was a present from my incredibly awesome boyfriend, who couldn’t have picked a better gift for me!