Quarterly Rewind (December ’19-March ’20 edition)

Hi all! Sorry that my usual Quarterly Rewind is a little late, the last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind. I’m back from South Africa now, earlier than planned for obvious reasons and I figured since I was coming back only a few days after the start of Spring in the UK, you guys wouldn’t mind that this post is a little late. It’s kind of a weird one for me this time as I’m coming from summer in South Africa, back into spring in the UK! Anyway, as it is now ostensibly Spring (it does not feel it), it’s time for me to wrap up my Southern Hemisphere Summer and look forward to Northern Hemisphere Spring! This post will cover 21st December-22nd March:

(I deliberately left out my most popular review of the summer as I haven’t actually written any this year yet!).

Image From This Summer:

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I have about a million and one pictures from South Africa that I could have used for this, but this one from Vrendenheim Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is one of my favourites.

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Summer:

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me”

-Circe, Madeline Miller

Circe’s whole story feels weirdly apt for the current world situation we find ourselves in (albeit her isolation is a bit more extreme) and this quote feels quite relevant at the moment too, so I wanted to share it.

This Summer In One Word:

Memorable (for both good and bad reasons. South Africa was amazing, an experience I’ll never forget. The current world situation will be seared into my brain for different reasons).

Top Two Books I Read This Summer:

I’ve had kind of a mixed bag of books so far this year, but there are definitely two that stand out above the rest!

  1. Circe-Madeline Miller

I love Greek mythology and this reimagining of Circe’s story was so beautiful. I loved the way she wound all sorts of different Greek myths into the story and Madeline Miller’s writing was just beautiful. I’d definitely read more from her in the future.

2. Night Spinner-Addie Thorley

I loved Addie Thorley’s take on the Hunchback of Notre Dame, her worldbuilding was really creative, Enebish was a great heroine and I can’t wait to see what she does next with the sequel.

TV I’m Looking Forward To Watching This Spring

Usually I would share the things that I’m looking forward to doing in a given season. However, as I’m going to be staying home for the foreseeable future, I’m going to share the TV that I’m looking forward to watching instead. I have almost three months of TV to catch up on, so it should take me a while:

  1. Call The Midwife Series 9-The latest series of Call The Midwife was on whilst I was over in South Africa, and I’m looking forward to catching up and seeing what the team at Nonnatus House got up to this year.
  2. Noughts and Crosses-Noughts and Crosses is one of my favourite books from my childhood, so I can’t wait to see how the BBC adaptation of this one turned out.
  3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7-The latest series of Brooklyn Nine Nine arrives on E4 on Thursday, just after Season 6 lands on Netflix, so you better believe I’ll be rewatching that over the weekend, just in time for the new series.
  4. Outlander Season 5-I love Outlander and am looking forward to seeing where the latest series takes Jamie and Claire.
  5. The Good Place Season 4-I left for South Africa with only three episodes left to watch of The Good Place, so naturally I’m dying to see how everything turned out.

Three New Obsessions This Summer:

Naturally, being in Cape Town for almost three months, I got to try a lot of new things and find a few new obsessions!

  1. Open Air Cinema-The weather in the UK is not really up to this kind of thing, but in Cape Town, I got to go a couple of times to the Galileo Open Air Cinema, and watch a movie under the stars!
  2. Sevruga-I’m not really a sushi person but this restaurant in Waterfront did really great seafood and cocktails as well as sushi.
  3. Gelato Mania-This ice cream chain did really amazing gelato and if I’d been in South Africa longer, I definitely would have been a few more times!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:

I’m really glad you guys all stuck with me through my reduced posting over the last couple of months. I definitely needed the break, and since I’m probably not going to be leaving my house much in the next few months, expect me to be making up for it in a serious way!

This is probably my most mixed bag of posts ever, so it’s nice to see some of my non TTT posts getting a little love:

  1. Unsouled (Unwind #3) Review

I’m surprised this one still seems to be doing so well, it’s a really old review and it’s not even the first of the series! Still I hope that means more people are discovering the Unwind books, so I have more people to fangirl with.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/unsouled-unwind-quartet-3-review/

2. Book Vs Movie: Between Shades of Gray

My Book Vs Movie comparison feature is still relatively new, I only started it last summer, so seeing one of those posts as one of my most popular for the last three months is really heartening to see. I hope you’ve been enjoying reading these posts as much as I have writing them.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/book-vs-movie-between-shades-of-gray-ashes-in-the-snow/

3. Ninth House Review

I posted this review back in November of last year, so it’s nice to see it get a bit of a resurgance of popularity.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/ninth-house-alex-stern-1-review/

4. TTT #245, TTT #248 & TTT #250

I had three Top Ten Tuesday posts tie for my fourth most popular post over the summer. The first was talking about my anticipated releases for the first half of the year, which is always a fun one for me to do. The second was a cover freebie, I shared the best book covers from my favourite authors, which was super fun take on a cover topic. The final one was talking about my favourite rom-coms which I also loved, as I love films almost as much as I love books.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/top-ten-tuesday-245-2/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/top-ten-tuesday-247/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/top-ten-tuesday-250/

5. TTT #249

The final most popular post of the summer for me was this one where I talked about Books That I Predicted Would Be Five Star Reads. I’ve read two so far and no five star reads yet, but there’s still eight to go!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/top-ten-tuesday-249/

(I’ll be skipping my favourite posts from other blogs this time as I just wasn’t blog hopping all that much in South Africa. I’m hoping I’ll have more to share with you next time).

Three Things That Happened This Summer:

  1. I went on Safari for the first time whilst in South Africa, and I loved it! Definitely will have to do it again at some point.
  2. I tried sandboarding-mostly unsuccessfully, but I did have one successful run right at the very end!
  3. I spent three months writing for Cape Chameleon covering a myriad of topics from film reviews to talking about gender based violence in South Africa.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

  1. Juice-Lizzo-The girls I made friends with in Cape Town loved this song, so it came up on Spotify a lot!
  2. Good As Hell-Lizzo-Again, the girls I was with in Cape Town were big fans of Lizzo, so this one came up a lot as well.
  3. I Don’t Care-Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran-This one was really popular on the radio in Cape Town.
  4. Yummy-Justin Bieber-Again it was really popular on the radio, I will be very happy not to have to listen to it anymore!
  5. Colt 45-Afroman-My friends thought it was super hilarious how much I hated this song. Everyone else in SA seemed to love it though, it was a karaoke staple.
  6. Truth Hurts-Lizzo-I was not at all familiar with Lizzo till this trip!

So there we go, that was my Summer! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Summer, or Winter depending on where you are in the world? What have you been up to? What is everyone planning on watching/doing whilst we’re stuck in lockdown? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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