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What I’ve Read and Watched in March 2017
Welcome back to my new monthly feature where I share what I have read and watched each month.
This month it’s kind of been all about the werewolves. For both books and TV. In terms of reading volume, it’s been a bit of a rubbish reading month as I only managed to read two books in March. Mainly because I started Jude by Kathy Coopmans which I have to admit was fairly rubbish. It looks like I am in the minority as it has lots of 5 star reviews on Amazon, but it really dragged for me.
I decided afterwards that I had to read a book I knew I’d love. So I read Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs next. This is book number ten in Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and it is one of my favourite series to read of al time. I re-read all of the books in the series at the end of last year and Silence Fallen did not disappoint. Mercy is of native American heritage and she is also a walker, meaning she can shift into a coyote and talk to ghosts. She also happens to have been raised by werewolves and married to one. The series is about Mercy’s loyalty, relationships and determination, but also the connection she has with her husband. Each book usually has a situation or mystery that needs to be solved as well as lots of action. There were times when I couldn’t put it down. It was really excellent and made up for the previous book of the month.
Continuing on with my werewolf theme, on Netflix this month I watched Bitten. This TV series is based on another book I really love – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. The TV series took a while for me to get into as I kept on thinking that the chosen actors just weren’t right for the characters. But I think that’s always the case isn’t it, the film or TV show is just never quite as good as the book. The story is about Elena the only surviving female werewolf and the pack she lives with, how she was turned and the complicated relationships this has caused. I enjoyed it and wanted to start season two which unfortunately wasn’t on Netflix, but it just didn’t live up to the book.
I also finally finished watching the original series of the Gilmore Girls, as I have only been watching it when my husband it out, it has taken me a little while. And then went on to watch the reunion series – Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Which I loved, it was fun to see the character ten years on and what they were doing. But was quite disappointed with the cliffhanger ending – I really do hope they make another one to wrap it all up and it doesn’t get left like that for ever!
I didn’t make it to the cinema in March. But we have watched a couple of good films on DVD. The first one was Doctor Strange which is a comic book adaptation and my husband and I are both fans of those. The films centres around leading surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who has a terrible accident which leaves him unable to operate, and sends him searching for a cure which leads to a new and mystical world. I really enjoyed the film and all it’s twists and turns, but my husband didn’t so much and it lost his attention towards the end. But I honestly really enjoyed it.
The second film worthy of note was Arrival . This is a really hard film to explain. It’s about the world when alien life lands on earth and linguistics professor Dr. Banks is asked to help communicate with the aliens. The film was very intense and engaging, but I was left at the end I’m not totally sure what happened there. It was different to a lot of things I normally watch and Amy Adams was really fantastic as Dr. Banks. It was nominated for 9 BAFTAS and 2 Golden Globes, so definitely worth a watch.
That’s it for me for the month, did you read or watch anything fab last month?