My Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2022

Hi guys,

The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.

Reading Breakdown.

Novels read: 3 (↓1).
Comic books read: 8 (↑1).
Manga volumes read: 11 (↑4).

Viewing Breakdown.

Movies Watched: 15 (↑6).
TV Series Watched: 1 ().

Gaming Breakdown.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: Remastered (Replaying on PS5).
Horizon: Forbidden West (Currently Playing on PS5).

BOOK REVIEWS.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
One Eye Open by Alex Grecian.
Later by Stephen King.

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.

Batman (Vol. 5): Fear State by James Tynion IV.
Batman: Broken Cities by Brian Azzarello.

MOVIE REVIEWS.

Batman (1989).

TV SERIES REVIEWS.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) Season 1.

VIDEO GAME REVIEWS.

Outriders (2021).


TOP BOOK.

My Hero Academia Vol. 33 by Kohei Horikoshi.

I’ve been having a blast with this series for a while and every time I catch up on the latest volume, I’m amazed by how emotional and action-packed these are getting. So much fun, I tell you!

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.

Chainsaw Man (Vol. 11) by Tatsuki Fujimoto.

I recently finished this series and it is probably one of the worse things I forced myself to continue on. More on this soon when I review the full series.

TOP MOVIE.

(c) IMDb.

Out of the 15 movies I watched in May 2022, Boogie Nights (1997) was my favourite. I haven’t seen anything that deserved 4.5 or 5 stars this month but I feel like this one deserves the spotlight. After all, it is a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. Can you believe he was only 27 when this was released? He was in his twenties when he conceived the whole thing!

What is Boogie Nights (1997) about? Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.

This was a visceral, tamed, and genuine depiction of the adult film industry through a motley of complex characters, driven by genuine motives and desires, and broken by tragic life events.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

CURRENTLY READING.

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

I needed something short and thought this would be a perfect choice! I did say short… not light… 😛

PERSONAL LIFE.

It was a pretty decent month. It did feel like work had kept my mind busy quite often and I feel like most of that is due to everyone shifting gears and working hard before summer begins and people start disappearing for vacation. Who can blame that? I’m just glad I was able to stay afloat and found myself occupying my free time with things I love to do. I feel like this month was a fantastic balance between everything lately. However, it always feels like I could and should do more… I then remind myself that the key thing here is to be happy doing the things that you do.

This month also kept me occupied with my girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend arriving from Belgium to work for a couple of days, making it an excellent opportunity to discover Montreal during his off time and so also an excellent opportunity for us to live vicariously through him as he enjoyed (no one can or will have a bad time here, okay?) the great things this city has to offer! And the city even offered some hellish sunny days for us to enjoy. Who can complain? 🙂


Thank you all for checking out my monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you or that you might have missed out on!

Stay tuned for my Monthly Anticipation post coming out soon. 😉

So what’s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV series/movies I’ve checked out?

Yours truly,

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32 thoughts on “My Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2022

  1. I feel like the cover of Chainsaw Man tells me all I need to know, even if I know zero details. Whenever I see a character with an expression like that and the body language, I avoid it. Unless he’s the badguy and you, the reader, know it from previous volumes. But if I saw that as Vol 1, nuh uh!

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    1. You’re so right. Covers are so important. Because I’ve always been a person who “judge’s a book by its cover,” they always give me anxiety on the creation end. Ugh…

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  2. Thank you Lashaan for the
    thumbs up snd thumbs down. Your selections are always the best. I look forward to checking out Man’s quest for meaning . (🤔)

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  3. Man’s Search for Meaning, nice. I’ve yet to read it but it’s on my list and I did pick up the ebook recently. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. Glad to hear the month has gone well and that you’ve found another way to get some enjoyment out of your city by showing someone else around. Did you happen to discover anything new in the process?

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    1. It has been on my list for soooo long. Even more since the day I read and LOVED (although, it must be so wrong to say so), Eli Wiesel’s Night (I highly recommend it, if you haven’t tried that one out). I didn’t really discover anything particularly new, except maybe a nature park where I caught a glimpse of that woodpecker I mentioned to you the other day! 😀 Otherwise, I had a blast eating stuff that you simply HAVE to check out when you’re in Montreal. 😀

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  4. I think that’s always a great way to enjoy a city you’re very familiar with/have lived in for a long time, to view it through someone else who’s visiting for the first time.

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  5. Thanks for the recap Lashaan. Can’t wait for your review on Chainsaw Man. With so much riding on character connection in serialized Manga I’m super interested in what turned you off to it.

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  6. I haven’t seen Boogie Nights (or heard of it before) but it seems like a fun movie to watch! I struggle to watch four movies in a month so I am, as always, impressed by your time management skills 😄 I know for a fact that your girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend really enjoyed his time in Montreal and was very grateful for the time the two of you spent to show him around! I am very jealous that he got to see racoons too 😂

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    1. It’s not a usual subject matter but it’s so wonderfully explored with these complex characters and it’s to be expected in movies by this director hahah Yeeeep, I love watching movies and I always find a way to squeeze around 10 per month. I know people who watch 1 per day too… Makes me seem like the one who doesn’t know how to manage time hahah I’m glad he had fun out here despite having to work most of the time! I look forward to when you both get here together to experience it all together and maybe even enjoy more of the outside-of-Montreal fun too! 😀 And I too am so shocked by how many different animals he got around to seeing during his trip! I was convinced he wouldn’t see ground moles, for example. 😛

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  7. Boogie Nights, oh my… This movie is so cringy but not because it’s bad but because it seems to faithfully depict the times 😉 I started on My Hero Academia a few weeks back, and I’m enjoying it – good to know it doesn’t lose quality along the way and you still have a blast at no. 33! 😀

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