Movie Monday: Aquaman – fascinating picture that surprised me with it’s beauty #MovieReview #Aquaman #DCComics #SuperHeros #MovieMonday

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched Aquaman, the movie everyone talks about. After seeing it, I understand why.

Aquaman

This week me and my fiance decided to go to movies. We haven’t been for a long time, so I kind of missed it.
Since I wanted to see the last movie in Harry Potter franchise (sorry, can’t remember the name right now, but you probably know the one I’m talking about), and there weren’t any available tickets (because it plays in only one room), we had to choose another movie.

So we picked Aquaman, and I am so glad we did.

I love superhero movies, but I have to admit that my expectations for this particular one weren’t so high.
I have to admit that I’ve never read comics about Aquaman, so I wasn’t familiar with his story. Therefore, I couldn’t even imagine that his story would be interesting.

Now, I am so glad I saw this film! And I am very, very glad I watched it in the movie teatre, because I am 100% sure that I got the most out of it that way.

I fell in love with this world. From my perspective, Aquaman has the richest world out of all superhero movies I’ve seen so far. And it is so fascinating.
It was like watching an urban fantasy, at times I even forgot this was a superhero movie.

I loved the scenes under the sea. I loved the kingdoms and the whole story of Atlantis.

I even had an AHA moment while watching. I realized how little I actually know about history and decided I will work on that.

The movie is pretty long (2h23min), but I understand why. It has to be long to give you the tale of everything, to build the world and to develop the storyline.

If you haven’t seen the Aquaman yet, but you thought about it, I highly, highly encourage you to go to the cinema and watch it there. Trust me, this movie is the one you have to watch in the movie teatre, because it would be a shame not to fully experience all of it’s beauty and awesomeness!

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Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Jan. 7th-13th) #SundayPost #Reading #WrapUp #SundayFunday #Bloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

This has been a slow week and not much happened. I feel like I wanted to read more, wanted to write more, but was slower at everything I did, so therefore I didn’t end this week too satisfied with that aspect of my life.

I keep thinking how behind I am with some of my reviews, and even though I don’t want to pressure myself too much, I still feel down about it.
I decided to give myself a big pause and stop buying/requesting books for the fist half of the year, so I could focus on books I already have.
There are some books I already purchased/requested, but other then that, there won’t be new ones for a while.
My main aim is to focus on ARCs and Netgalley copies.

On the other hand, for some reason my blog DA went up (for only 1 point) so the traffic was really good, even though I didn’t host any giveaways, and it made me really happy.

Today I’m looking forward to go on a date with my fiance. We’ll go to a nice restaurant and just enjoy ourselves.

 

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I gave you my 2018 end of year bookish survey

Wednesday: I talked about how I left some books around city, for others to find them

Friday: I reviewed The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup and White Stag by Kara Barbieri

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

 

 

Currenly Reading:

 I’m rereading The Cruel Prince so I could jump right into The Wicked King when it arrives (I ordered it some time ago but it is still on it’s way).

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

2018 End of Year Bookish Survey #BookBloggers #BookLovers #Reading #Refelection #2018

Welcome to the 2018 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner!
Recently I saw this Survey on blog The Candid Cover which I read on regular basis and I highly recommend you to check it out.
I really liked it so I wanted to do it myself, to reflect on 2018 as a reading year, and to give you all my stats and opinions.

 

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Re-Reads: 2: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Deepest Cut by J.A. Tempelton
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Fiction

 

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018? 

 The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas. It was perfect chick lit book that made me happy.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 I was really looking forward to read The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I didn’t like it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

 I was surprised by how much I loved Good Me, Bad Me. I read it only because it circled around my coleagues and in the end I loved it more then anyone who works with me.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

 I’d say The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. At least in my real life. I recommended this book to so many people. and I even borrowed my own copy to some. By the end of 2018 it got Croatian translation so now I’ll recommend it even more.

5. Best series you started in 2018?

 I started only few series this year, but Give the Dark my Love is the one that really captivated me. I can’t wait for the sequel.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Jo Thomas. I can’t believe I discovered her only last year. She writes funny contamporaries with lots of food and positive vibes, and her books are perfect to read on vacation.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I feel like I read every genre, except sci-fi, but in 2018 I didn’t read any sci-fi.
So for this answer I will choose one book I forgot to mention in my best books of 2018 post, that I really enjoyed, but it’s non-fiction, and I do read non-fiction, but nearly as much as fiction.
It is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.

8. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’m re-reading this book as soon as I finish the book I’m curently reading, as it’s sequel, Wicked King, is already on it’s way to me.

9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

 I just love these cartoonish chick lit covers. They are my favorite covers ever.

10. Most memorable character of 2018?

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series. You just can’t forget how kick-ass and beautiful she is, even if you wanted to. I mean, it is meantioned in every other page of the book!

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. I have to admit I didn’t read many beautifully written books in 2018, but the way this book was written really fascinated me.

12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I was disappointed.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest:  Maša i putovanje is a children’s book from the series I adore. This one has only 38 pages.

Longest:  The Well of Ascension is second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn original trilogy and it has 781 pages.

14. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

 OmG, I laughed so hard while reading Darcy Burdock. I recommend this book to everyone!!

15. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

 I didn’t cry while reading in 2018, but While I Was Sleeping blurred my eyes many times.

 

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I didn’t have any challenges except goodreads challenge that I set for 60 books, and in the end I read 75.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018,  But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

 Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is the one that I saw on many bloggers’ lists for best books of 2018. As I already have a copy, but didn’t read it in 2018, I started it two days ago, and I really, really enjoy it!

2. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao. I can’t even tell you how strongly I feel that this book is written for me to read. I’t like it screams at me to grab it already (but I’ll have to wait until June).

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

There are more then one things I’d like to accoplish. First, upgrade my Netgalley ratio to 95%+, then read backlited ARCs because at this point it is just rude from me that I haven’t reviewed them yet, branch out when it comes to my blog, so I want to become lifestyle blogger and not just book blogger, read 77 books and each month read one 500+ pages book.

4. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?

 The Chestnut Man by Soren Svenstrup. It comes out on January 10th and it was such a good book, with vibes similar to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

 

That is it!

Tell me how many books have your read in 2018 and what are your goals for 2019, reading or/and blogging wise? 
Also, if you have any kind of similar post to this one, feel free to leave your link.

Movie Monday: Married by Christmas and Call Me Mrs. Miracle #MovieReview #ChristmasMovie #Christmas #MarriedByChristmas #CallMeMrsMiracle

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched two not-so-new Christmas movies and I enjoyed them very much.

Married by Christmas

This weekend I spent in my home town house, with my parent. My father loves movies so he has so many movie programs subscriptions: HBO, Pickbox, Cinestar, you name it!

I was so happy to see that on Pickbox they had a category Christmas Movies, so I decided to enjoy some movies from there (and I plan to watch more when I visit again for Christmas).

Married by Christmas was the one with an interesting premise. Two sisters competing each other because the one who marries first will inherit the family company.

I really liked this movie. It was more on a serious side, because the main theme is serious, but it also has romance and overall is so enjoyable that I would recommend this one to watch if you’ll have a chance.

Also, it’s pretty short (1h and 27min) which is great in my opinion.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Call Me Mrs. Miracle is the one I enjoyed more. It has a nice romance but it also has many subplots that give the completeness to the story.

It follows a man who is a store manager and a woman who takes care of his nephew after his mum died and his father is on a mission because he’s a solder.

This movie is an adaptation of a novel written by Debbie Macomber. She is a well known romance writer with several movie adaptations, and I just realized that I have never read a book by her, which is a shame.
I decided that that will change because I really enjoy watching those fluffy movies and I am sure I would enjoy her books too.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle was filmed in 2005 so it’s pretty old, but since it is one of Hallmark movies, I think it’s available to watch for free on television.

It is also on a shorter side (1h and 30min).

I really enjoyed watching Call Me Mrs Christmas and I recommend it to watch if you like cheesy, relaxing Christmas movies.

Movie Monday: A Monster Calls #MovieReview #MovieMonday #Movie #AMonsterCalls

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched the saddest movie ever, and that is all I’ll say.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a well-known novel by Patrick Ness. It is a middle grade novel that talks about the boy who’s mother is sick, and the way he deals with her sickness, with the possibility of losing her.
I haven’t read the book, even though I always wanted to.

This week I had a chance to watch the movie, and even though I planned to read the book before, I decided I would give a movie a try anyway.

I watched it alone, and I am so glad I did, because the whole time while watching it, I was a mess. This movie destroyed me with it’s sadness and I was crying the whole time.
I watched many sad movies in my lifetime, but I have never ever cried so much, as I did when watching A Monster Calls.
I also have a need to stress out that I am not a big crier.

The story is not only sad, but also very beautiful. I can’t compare the book and the movie since I haven’t read the book, but I can tell you that the movie is very well done. I liked not only story, but the picture and the effects too.

It has 7,5 points on IMDb site, and it’s for a reason.

I’m not going to tell you too much about it, because I think it’s the best to go into it without much expectations, but I will tell you that this movie is not pure drama, but has fantasy elements too (the monster our main character created to deal with his mother’s sickness) and some parts are also animated (stories that the monster tells).

The cast is well known which surprised me. Felicity Jones plays the mother, Sigourney Weaver grandmother, and Liam Neeson gives his voice to a monster.

I think A Monster Calls is one of those movies/stories which after you finish you feel like you gained something out of it, like you are wiser then you were before.

I would highly, highly recommend it.

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Dec. 3rd-9th) #SundayPost #BookBloggers #Reading #WrapUp #Bloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

Today I’m just tired and I don’t feel very chatty, but I am looking forward to blog hop for the rest of the day.

We planned to visit Christmas market in Zagreb today, but since it will be raining we have to reschedule it for another time. It messed up my blogging and real life plans, to be honest, but it is what it is. I hope we’ll watch some good movie instead.

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I talked about book I read in November

Wednesday: I talked about Lush Christmas products I purhased

Friday: I reviewed A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

  

Book Haul:

 I was so happy when I received this ARC of The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper. I requested it via email, but didn’t get any reply, so I was sure there were non left or that I didn’t make a cut.
But oh my, I can’t even tell you how happy I am to hold this baby in my hands, since it is on of my most anticipated books of 2019. It will be my next read.

 

Currenly Reading:

 I’m reading this novel(la) my colleague borrowed me few weeks ago. I’s in Croatian and it’s really short (I was too lazy to take picture so I grabbed this one from Goodreads instead).

Giveaway:

 There’s still giveaway going on on my Twitter page. All you have to do to enter is follow me and rt my tweet, it’s international and you can win a book A Christmas Kiss and 4 chocolates. You can ENTER HERE.

 

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up November 26th-December 2nd) #SundayPost #BookBloggers #Reading #WrapUp #Blogger

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

I was sooooo looking forward to this weekend, and now it’s almost over and I feel like it was too short. I think I need vacation, few days off work  wouldn’t be bad.
I am never sick so I don’t think I’ll end up staying home, but since we are already in December I feel better because I know holidays are coming!

I love festive season, and Christmas Spirit hit me hard this year.
Yesterday was the first Advent day for the season in Zagreb, there was big ceremony (I didn’t attend) but I plan to go there next weekend. I can’t wait!

As for me, I am good, I’m just little tired. I feel very productive lately, lots of blog ideas come to my mind and I want to fulfill most of them, plus I started cleaning like a maniac. There is something so satisfying after you wash your house nad it’s nice and shiny, and it smells nice.

In other news, GiGi and I are home alone this Sunday so we decided to have a nice relaxing day, I will read and he will sleep, and in the evening we will watch a movie.

This is him being comfortable:

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I reviewed Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington

Wednesday: I reviewed Not Just for Christmas by Natalie Cox

Friday: I reviewed Once Upon a Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming review: 

I will also talk about my November reading and show you Lush products I enjoy this season.

Book Haul:

Borrowed:

 From work I borrowed Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. I was too lazy to take picture. I have already read it and I loved it, I will write a review soon, but I can spoil you and say it’s a 5 stars worth!

For review:

 Wonderful Jenny Platt from Michael Joseph, UK sent me this massive book, because I’ll be participating in the blog tour in January.

Currently Reading:

 I started reading Throne of Glass yesterday and it took some time for me to get used to Maas’ writing style, but it’s good so far!

Giveaway:

 There’s a giveaway right now on my Twitter page. All you have to do to enter is follow me and rt my tweet, it’s international and you can win a book A Christmas Kiss and 4 chocolates. You can ENTER HERE.

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!