Is it normal that I am sad as well as happy that the holidays are over? Christmas and New Year’s Eve are a wonderful time and I always enjoy being around my family, but it’s also a really busy time to be honest. I had to go to several parties and in between those I had to study. Yes, you read that right, here in Belgium we have to study during the holiday break. We have a rather unpleasant system where the finals take place after our holiday break (hurray Belgium). So not that great of a time actually. An upper side about it is that we do have some time off afterwards.
That aside I do am glad about all the presents my family gave me. Here are all the gifts they got me.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I am very excited to read this book. It’s highly praised by the book community and is named one of the best thrillers of 2015. So yeah, this will probably be my next read! It’s also being adapted into a movie with an amazing cast, so we have that to look forward to.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Also one of the best thrillers of recent years, so definitely a must-read. I have heard so many good things about this one that I just can’t get any more excited to read it. As people are calling The Girl on the Train the new Gone Girl must mean something, right.
Yes again Gone Girl, because I also got the movie. Yet another reason to read the book, so I can go ahead and watch this one. I’ve heard many people say that Rosamund Pike is excellent, which also reflects in the amount of award nominations she got for her role as Amy. The trailer looked intriguing and definitely my cup of tea.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The fact that Birdman had 9 Oscar nomination of which it won 4 (including Best Picture!) is enough to convince me. On top of that it has an outstanding cast and the trailer looked quite promising. It probably won’t take me long before I watch it.
Outlander – season 1
I must admit I haven’t read the book yet, but maybe some day I will get to it. Though that doesn’t mean I’ll wait to watch the tv adaptation. From what I’ve seen, it looks very good and I’ve heard many great things about it. Even my grandma has already watched it and she definitely loved it, since she couldn’t stop talking about it.
Modern Family – season 3, 4 and 5
Having watched the two previous seasons, I can tell you that I’m in love with this show. It’s hilarious and heartfelt at the same time. It’s down-to-earth and quite relatable actually. I definitely recommend it.
How I Met Your Mother – season 3 and 4
Again, an extremely amusing series with clever dialogue, loveable characters and interesting topics. I found it a great thing to watch between studying, since the episodes are only twenty minutes long. If you have never heard about this, you should check it out immediately. Seriously, go check it out, you will regret it if you don’t.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
This seems like a great movie. Even though it’s biblical story, it looks like an action-packed and epic story. With a cast, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, I can’t be anything else than interested.
Grey’s Anatomy – season 10
This is kind of my guilty pleasure, it’s not something I would normally watch, but this one just gets me attached with it’s characters and storylines. I am a bit delayed with this series, since I just got season 10 and I actually can’t believe it’s already up to season 12. So I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do.
And I also got some other things as well. My parents gave me a large map of Europe with pins, so I can keep track of all the places I’ve travelled to. From my sister’s boyfriend I got an Iron Man mug that I immediately used as my TBR jar (or TBR mug in this case).
That’s it for this haul, I’m really excited about reading and watching all of these. Let me know if you’ve read or seen any of these and what gifts you found under your tree.
I’ll see you later!