The Art of Discovery & Other Things

I have this pattern… I used to be unaware of it, but my sister pointed it out to me this summer when I was in a good place and I’d voiced how  my spending habits had been insane the previous year, to which she replied: “Well, yes… you used it as a reward system when you were down, because you justified that you deserved it, AND this way you had something to look forward to when it came in the mail.” Let’s just say she wasn’t wrong.

This month hasn’t exactly been hunky-dory and apparently the stack of new books, CDs and DVDs really reflect the amount of time I’ve had to spare online… ahem, yeah… thankfully one can never have too much of any of those things — at least I can’t! Some were impulse purchases, others were things I’d been eyeing for a while, but refrained from buying because I could do that whenever — apparently that time was now, ehe.


Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) –  Complete impulse buy as I’ve never, in my life, even thought about purchasing this classic, but I read the first page while standing by the shelves of the bookstore and it really intrigued me; so I’m excited to read this one, but it’s going to take more than a while judging by the size!

Dangerous Lies (Becca Fitzpatrick) – I’ve been waiting for this book ever since it was announced on Twitter last year (then under the title Sapphire Skies), and let’s just say it did not disappoint! I have so much to say about this particular book that I’ll be writing a review about it on here soon, keep your eyes peeled! 

La Douleur Exquise (J.R Rogue) – J.R Rogue… I have nothing but praise for this girl. She left a comment on my Instagram about a year or so ago and I took a look at her profile and fell in love with the snippets of poems she had posted there; typed up on a typewriter. This is her debut collection and it was exciting to be able to hold her words in my hands after following them online for so long, and she deserves this publication, she really does! I do recommend this chapbook, you can find it on Amazon here or if you want to take a look at her Instagram to see her work for yourself you can click here.

Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) – Considering how big of a deal this book and movie has been over the years it’s remarkable that I have not read or seen either one… but I watched a Ted Talk with Elizabeth Gilbert recently, which was very inspiring and it really got to me. As a result it really made me want to read her work for myself, I’m looking forward to this one (too)!

Strong Looks Better Naked (Khloe Kardashian) – This book is probably a classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” because truth be told that’s exactly what I did… I was sleep deprived and it was way into the AM when I was ordering up things online and threw this one in with it due to curiosity, but next day I’d changed my mind and tried to cancel only it was too late as it had already gone to shipping. Good thing too! I’m about halfway into this book and I’m thoroughly impressed so far! I’ll no doubt make a separate blogpost when I’m done so I can give more of a concise feedback, but trust me when I say: put aside any opinion you might have formed about the Kardashian clan over the years and take a look inside the book instead of the title and the cover. There’s so much more to be said about what’s written on those pages, stay tuned!

The Art of Discovery (Robin Bronk, Jeff Vespa, Nancy Rouemy) – This is a book I’ve been eyeing for a while at the place where I buy all my DVDs… and today I finally caved and bought it. The reason I’ve been hesitating to buy it these last two months is because the entire book was covered in plastic, and so I couldn’t look inside! I’m glad I trusted my curiosity, though, because after sifting through it a little after I arrived at home I can already tell that I’ll enjoy this book. It’s a collection of portrait pictures of famous faces, two pages dedicated to each person: one for their picture and one for what they have to say. It mostly consists of quotes from the person in question about something they have discovered about themselves one time or another. Interesting, to say the least!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Illustrated by Jim Kay (J.K Rowling) – Harry Potter… need I say more? I was beyond excited when my Amazon order made it to my doorstep and I was able to see up close the illustrations of Jim Kay, absolutely beautiful! The details are amazing and it’s a little piece of magic to have on my shelf, it has a designated spot right next to my Harry Potter Wizard Collection, squee!


This month’s purchases on the dvd front consists of: Casablanca, Serena, Into the Woods and the Charles Dickens Collection.

I fell in love with Casablanca when my sister showed it to me, so when I stumbled across it in store I knew I had to have it in my own collection! I enjoyed both Serena and Into the Woods a lot. Serena being a very intense drama film that really kept me on edge, and it was fun to see how all the fairytales I’ve come to know over the years came together in Into the Woods. All of these are different types of films, depending on what mood I was looking to feed.

The final piece of the puzzle came today when I was killing time before my bus arrived and stumbled across a collection of Dickens’ works that had been adapted for the big screen, all compiled into a nifty little box (I love box sets). I think it was only last week when I was trying to figure out which version of Oliver Twist I had watched on TV during Christmas break as a kid, they’d divided it up into episodes and I couldn’t remember much else, just that I had enjoyed it a lot. Now I have the chance to experience not just Oliver Twist whenever I like, but also A Tale of Two Cities (‘It was the best of times it was the worst of times…’ ah, such a famous passage!) and a lot of others. The set makes up 11 film adaptations, making it clock in on 47 hours total, or something in that range!

In case you didn’t know: I really love films, tv shows, books and music! And my taste varies greatly, so there’s really no pattern to what I dive into at times — which I really like, because it makes for a certain level of unpredictability, even for me! Plus, I get to experience things I might not necessarily have had the privilege to encounter if I’d stuck to only a specific type of area or preference.

November might have been iffy health wise, but I’m really pleased with these new additions to my collections. Tomorrow December will finally be here and all things Christmas can begin! I should probably get started on sorting out Christmas presents so that I don’t have to stress about it later…

– Martie xx

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