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Weekly Catch-Up: Issue #18 – Books, Music, Television & Life Update!


Brace yourselves…this was an extremely hectic week & I have quite a lot to talk about! Let’s get right into it, shall we?


Tuesday & Wednesday were blessings in disguise for me this week. They were the only two days that I got any sense of sleep and relaxation. The calm before the storm if you will. The rest of the week hit me hard and I can honestly say that I’m exhausted beyond belief as I’m writing this post right now.

Thursday was the start of a crazy few days for me, but it was the best start possible! I got to go see Lady Gaga live in concert! She has been on mine and my sister’s bucket list for a while now and it was so exciting to finally see her live! I bought these tickets for my sister’s birthday, and while they were only nosebleed seats, we were still excited…BUT THEN our seats got upgraded because of a lovely human being (who’s name I won’t state just in case) who is the nicest most amazing person you will ever meet. We ended up sitting 4th row and oh my god…IT WAS AMAZING! Thank you again! You made this day super special for my sister’s early birthday present!

On Friday, I celebrated a friend’s birthday with some karaoke! I usually will sing a song or two, but I didn’t this time and instead just decided to sing along with those who went up to sing! It was a great time, however, I was left feeling pretty exhausted for my very busy Saturday.

Saturday brought my first day of volunteering at the Toronto International Film Festival which is on from September 7th – 17th! Before my first shift, I decided to quickly see a film while I had some time! I ended up seeing The Lodgers which is basically a 1920’s ghost story! It was the first thriller/horror film I’d seen at TIFF and it was pretty good! Stay tuned for a full review on that coming soon! After seeing the film, I literally RAN to my first shift which started not too long after the film ended! I love volunteering at the Elgin / Winter Garden theatres and to get from Scotiabank Theatre to there was a bit of a mission to pull of in only a limited amount of time! I made it though! The two films that were playing while I was volunteering were A Season in France (which I only caught the tail end of) and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer which I also only caught the tail end of. I did get to see Nicole Kidman & Colin Farrell after the film though as they did a quick Q&A! Also, two pretty popular celebrities were sitting in the theatre just watching the movie, Rachel McAdams & James Franco! It was pretty cool to see them just walk in as regular patrons! I think I had a pretty successful first day at TIFF!

Did I mention that my Saturday shift ending at 12:15 AM? I was planning on sleeping in on Sunday before my next shift, but I had the opportunity to catch another screening with a fellow volunteer at 11:30 AM and I just couldn’t resist. The film was Three Christs and it was pretty great! I really enjoyed that one and I highly recommend checking it out! Once I got out of that film, I ran back over to the Winter Garden theatre once again to start my second shift. The celeb list was pretty low-key this time around so I didn’t see anyone too famous or anything, but it was still a pretty hectic shift. The two films playing during this shift were Happy End & Dark River. I managed to see Dark River…but by this point it was almost 10PM and I won’t lie to you…I may have dozed off about half way through the film…oops. I did wake up in time to return to my scheduled exit position though!

As you can see…this week was pretty hectic & this coming week should be just as eventful! Stay tuned!



Recently Finished: Ten Count Vol.2-5 by Rihito Takarai, A Silent Voice, Vol.1 by Yoshitoki Oima, White Bodies by Jane Robins, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, Reality Boy by A.S. King & A Short History Of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

So, I binge read volumes 2-5 of Ten Count by Rihito Takarai and I’m not really sure how I feel about this story. On one hand, I kept reading more and I wanted to know where the story was going. On the other hand, this story as a whole is pretty problematic. Also, this manga is very rated R so keep that in mind before picking it up. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I also read the first volume of A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima! This manga tells a really important story about bullying and while I’ve only read the first volume so far, I can tell that it will be a great story worth continuing. I also started reading a thriller called White Bodies by Jane Robins, but unfortunately this one just wasn’t doing anything for me and I sadly decided to DNF it. I didn’t really care for the characters and the story line and ultimately decided to put this one down. I then listened to The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness which has been sitting on my shelf for a while now. While I enjoyed it, it wasn’t amazing. I love Patrick Ness as an author and I feel like his other works are far superior. I then listened to Reality Boy by A.S. King. This was my first experience with an A.S. King novel and I really enjoyed it. Again, nothing mind blowing, but I really did enjoy reading it! I then decided to pick up A Short History Of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck, but unfortunately this one was another book that I just had to DNF. It seems to be getting good reviews, but I found my mind was wandering while reading and I just wasn’t invested in the story.


Currently Reading: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

I’m doing it. I’m bracing myself, but I’m doing it. I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews for They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, but I’ve also heard it’s quite the tearjerker! I’m excited to finally be reading this title, but I’m also nervous about how it will play with my emotions.

Next Up: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I’m super excited for both of these titles! These are ARCs that have been patiently waiting for me to pick them up and I think it’s about time that I finally do!


Recently Watched: The Lodgers (TIFF 2017), Three Christs (TIFF 2017) & Dark River (TIFF 2017)

I was lucky enough to catch THREE films at the Toronto International Film Festival in between my volunteer shifts! I will have full reviews coming for both The Lodgers & Three Christs. I will not be posting a review for Dark River as I may have dozed off thanks to a long couple of days and it would be unfair to review the only half of the movie that I did see.)


Currently watching: N/A

Clearly, I have had no time to watch anything, BUT I should be able to catch up on the first new episode of American Horror Story soon!


Currently Listening To: EXO – The Eve

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be surprised.

There you have it! A little wrap up of my crazy week! Stay tuned because another crazy week is right around the corner!

Thank you for reading!

10 thoughts on “Weekly Catch-Up: Issue #18 – Books, Music, Television & Life Update!

    1. I was not expecting to see so many on my first day! It was pretty exciting! It’s been hard to balance everything so far, but I’m making it through haha!


  1. Hello!! That’s awesome that you got to go to TIFF!! I am from Toronto but living and working in London, so I wasn’t able to go this year.
    I will be reading They Both Die At The End as well. Super excited for this book, although I am prepared for it to be very emotional since it is Adam Silvera 🙂

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    1. Hello! I volunteer every year! It’s a great way to be a part of such an exciting festival! Hopefully you’ll get to attend in the future! I just finished They Both Die At The End and omg it was so good! Obviously very sad, but still very very good!

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