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What I've Been Reading/Listening to/Watching

Reading

I’ve been on a fiction kick all holidays (and most of my life). I love to read fantasy, romance and crime novels but I also read a bit of literary fiction as well. I tend to fall back on fantasy and romance when I want an escape, which is what I think holiday reading is all about!


My favourite book that I read last year was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, which is historical fiction about a Korean family who immigrate to Japan and follows them throughout the 20th century (it’s also been turned into a TV series).


Next up, I’m planning to read The Candy House, Jennifer Egan’s follow up to A Visit from the Goon Squad, Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes, which is a new take on the Medusa story, and Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang, about a girl who is kidnapped from China and smuggled to America.



Listening

Over the summer, I’ve been listening to Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, The Loneliest Time, which I’ve really been enjoying. The title track features a duet with Rufus Wainwright, who I used to listen to all the time when I was doing my Speech Pathology undergraduate degree, but I think my favourite song is ‘Sideways’. I’m also going to see her concert in Sydney next month!




Watching

I love my K-dramas and one of my most recent favourites is Crash Course in Romance, a funny and mysterious romance about a woman and a celebrity maths teacher(!). I’ve also been enjoying the Japanese anime series Kotaro Lives Alone, about a 4 year old boy who lives alone and moves in next door to a manga artist. I found it to be both whimsical and sad. And for variety, I’ve been catching up on the Danish political drama Borgen.


One movie I watched over the summer that I really enjoyed was Glass Onion, which is the sequel to Knives Out, the mystery movie from director Rian Johnson. I’ve really enjoyed his other movies, particularly Brick, which is a very underrated modern noir set in a high school. Glass Onion was so entertaining and I loved it! It could be a rare case where the sequel is better than the first movie.

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