*taps mic* *clears throat*
Yes, yes, your eyes are not deceiving you.
And I’m back.
With a vengeance. For real this time (I hope). How are you guys doing? I missed talking to you all!
I already have a couple of posts in my drafts so it seems likely that I will be able to keep up with this little blog of mine better this time.
(been to hell, and back again)
Not really, but it has been a year™️.
Since the last time we saw each other, I was diagnosed with something, I had surgery for it- it was nothing serious- routine stuff, my dad underwent chemotherapy- he is perfectly fine now, the country has been falling apart (but hey what else is new!). Plus, I signed up for some seminars to enrich my education. So, as you understand, I didn’t have the emotional strength and/or energy to keep on blogging as I wanted to.
Anyway, enough about the gloomy things. I am determined to make this year enjoyable whatever life throws my way! Though we are currently suffering a national tragedy and it has dampened my spirits.
I make no promises about how this blogging thing will go because we all saw how well it went last time. But, I will try to be active and post at least once a week (as work and studies allow it).
Let me catch you up with what I read, watched, and listened to in 2022!
(2023 is a work in progress- I’ve read like one book so far 😅)
In 2022, I finally managed to hit my reading goal after three years of struggling. I read 18 books, which may not seem much, but they’re enough for me.
Overall, it was a good reading year, as I enjoyed almost all the books I read. I’ll give you a top 5, my highlights if you will.
- Working on A Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell. This book is my bible. I had created a whole ritual around reading it. I played the songs, I watched clips, and I studied the lyrics better than I ever studied any poem at school. It was my first attempt at annotation too and I fell so in love with the process. If you love Hadestown, this book is a must-read. It’s an insight to the musical’s entire journey of creation and it manages to give the show an extra layer of depth.
- Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. This book combines two of my favourite things: stories about self-discovery and football⚽. I honestly saw a little bit of myself in Britt-Marie, who- despite her many quirks- is a character you can’t help but root for. My most favourite part of the book, however, is the way the most beautiful game is portrayed. As it truly is, a game of heart, a game for the people.
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is a book about a band. Naturally, I, a known band enthusiast, loved it instantly. The interview format in which it’s written gives a special flare of reality and the absolute messes of human beings that are the characters make the book feel like a biography of some sort. Thanks to the TV show and the album they released for it, my deepest wish as I was reading came true: Daisy Jones and the Six are now a real band.
- Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin. Dragons. That’s it. That’s my whole main reason for loving this. I confess that when I first picked this book up, its size intimidated me. But, it actually turned out to be an easy read, with the Targaryens providing more drama than all the telenovelas of my childhood combined. (and no I have not watched the show and I don’t plan to any time soon)
- The Monogram by Odysseus Elytis. One of my two favourite poems. I’d read bits and pieces of it throughout my life, but last year was the first time I’d actually read it in full. I love it even more now. It’s considered one of the most beautiful love poems in the Greek canon and for good reason. I mean, look at this:
I watched quite a lot of new movies last year and I rewatched even more. Let’s talk favourite first-time watches!
- Tick Tick… Boom! First of all, I didn’t know Andrew Garfield can sing, I was amazed. He did a fantastic job bringing Jonathan Larson to life! The whole movie is so beautifully done 10/10.
- Spider-man: No Way Home. Yes, I know this was nostalgia bait, but boy did I eat it up! I had the time of my life watching this. To this day, it is insane to me how we got to the point where this movie was possible. I love you, Spiderman
- West Side Story (2021). Mr. Spielberg knows how to elevate a masterpiece. The visuals? Fantastic! The cast? Amazing! (only exception may be the role of Tony) It made me fall even more in love with the musical.
- The Batman. Finally, a movie that truly gets Batman and Bruce Wayne. I had my doubts when Pattinson was casted, but I love that he proved me so very wrong.
- Cinema Paradiso. I know, I know. How had I not watched this sooner? The truth is, I am not as cultured as I like to let on. 😅 Gorgeous, gorgeous film!
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I loved this movie, simply because it reminded me of the earlier phases of the MCU, when it used to have more heart and soul. Also, I cried. A lot.
- Black Adam. As a movie in its whole, it’s not the best. But, it gave me big screen live-action Hawkman and Doctor Fate aka two of my most beloved DC characters, thus guaranteeing many rewatches.
+ Bonus: Bandstand. Not a movie, but a pro shot of a Broadway play. I’ll let my Letterboxd review speak for itself:
This was probably the first time in my life that I didn’t watch a lot of TV. Honestly, it seems wild to me that I barely have shows to talk about.
- Moonknight. The only Marvel TV show that managed to draw and hold my attention. Oscar Isaac does a magnificent job bringing the character to life and the story and visuals are unique enough to separate it from what seems to have become a homogeneous repetition in the MCU.
- Peaky Blinders. By the order of the peaky blinders and under pressure from my brother and little cousin, I started watching Peaky Blinders during the summer. I still haven’t finished it, though, because as much as I was enjoying it I couldn’t get over some things in season 4. Will I ever finish it? Who knows?
- Wednesday. I quite enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel much like an Addams Family spinoff to me. It was more like a crossover fanfiction, some sort of “Wednesday Addams goes to Monster High” story. Still, a fun little fantasy show to pass the time.
- Andor. My most expected show to come out in 2022. The first three episodes were released on my birthday and I enjoyed them with a big slice of cake. But, somewhere along the way, I missed out on some episodes, life got to me, and I still have a couple of them left to finish the series. These, though, I will watch. Soon. I love Cassian Andor with my whole heart!
- Stranger Things s4. Although I didn’t love this season as much as everyone else seems to have, it still consumed my soul for months after airing. I am way too attached to these characters to jump ship.
Music is my best friend. I can’t go a day without listening to a few songs, they’re my full-time companions. Last year, as always, we had Eurovision aka the music contest for people with superior taste. As we’re just around the corner of the new one, I’ll give you my most loved in 2022, in order of appearance in the final (I’ve kept a note, I’m not that insane) because I can never rank my favourites.
- Romania. HOLA MI BEBEBE 💃🕺. A BOP. WRS absolutely served! Spain could never!
- Finland. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined The Rasmus in Eurovision. Iconic all around. I still cannot believe they got so few points from the public.
- Norway. Yellow wolves from outer space eating bananas. What’s not to love?
- Italy. Mahmood comeback with a feral child by his side singing a beautiful song. Italy, you never fail me.
- Spain. The most radio mainstream of the bunch, but what can I say, Chanel absolutely owned that stage that night.
- Ukraine. Absolutely deserved winner. The flute drop makes me go feral every time I hear it.
- Lithuania. She is an icon and she was the moment. The vibes were immaculate.
- Moldova. HEY HO LET’S GO FOLKLORE AND ROCK N ROLL!! BALKAN UNCLES! I loved this SO MUCH, it makes me so happy! It’s the quintessential Balkan tune, you can bet we were all dancing. And the insane leap it did when the public votes came in, iconic.
- Serbia. BITI ZDRAVA 👏 BITI ZDRAVA 👏 BITI ZDRAVA 👏 The lyrics? The choreography? The staging? 12 points!
To my great surprise, I also loved France. I don’t remember what order it appeared in, because liking the French entry is a wild instance for me, and tbh I was shocked. They got me with their rituals. And, of course, an ode to the fallen: Latvia, Georgia, and San Marino, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE FAMOUS! The one true most iconic performance on that stage, however, was obviously MIKA, European legend who raised us all and gave us the best interval act of all time. (and whom I have tickets to see in the summer 🤩)
Outside Eurovision, of course, I got obsessed with more musicals. Anastasia, Into the Woods, Bandstand, Tick Tick… Boom!, Cyrano (the movie by Joe Wright), Six! The Musical. My playlist grew by a lot!
2022 will go down in history as the year my team, AEK FC, came back home. For 19 years, ever since our stadium was pulled down, supposedly to be replaced by a new one for the Olympics, the team had been playing here and there, like a nomad of some kind. Now, if you are familiar with the sport, you understand how important having a home stadium is. And it’s something that in all these years of playing elsewhere we almost forgot. Until September 2022, when the inauguration of our new stadium took place, at the exact same spot as the old historic home of the team stood since 1930. And it’s been stellar to attend each game!
Isn’t it beautiful? Recently, it was also appointed as the home stadium for the National team’s games too, at least for the upcoming European qualifiers. So, if you watch Greece nt,
I am sorry for your eyes, you will have the chance to see it in its full glory.
Unfortunately, 2022 will also go down in history as the year we lost Pele. The man, the myth, the legend himself is gone, but his legacy will live on forever.
In other international news, as you know, Argentina won the World Cup. But I want it known that, for me, the true World Cup final was the Morocco vs Croatia one. I choose to live in delusion.
Anyway, that’s it about me. I’ve missed this community a lot, so just tell me how you are, what you’ve been up to, what you’ve been reading, how life has been for you, anything you want!
7 thoughts on “Guess Who’s Back! Back Again! 2: Electric Boogaloo”
NEFELI!!! 🤗🥳🤗🥳 YOU’RE BACK!!! 🤗🤗🤗 Sorry. I may be a tad overexcited… But that’s because I’ve really missed your posts!
Anyway, you came back with a bang with this one! I am glad to hear you’ve left some of the gloominess behind and hope it will stay that way 💙 Although I am also sending all my love to Greece – I saw that train accident on the news and can’t even fathom how horrible it must feep to be directly affected by that 😥
But – on a much happier note – you read so many great books!! I think you should be pretty proud of that honest work, particularly since absolute gems like Daisy Jones & The Six were among it 🥰 I absolutely adore the book, too, so Fridays are pretty much the highlight of my week now. I mean, the songs don’t sound exactly like I imagined they would, but I love how they brought the band (and Camilla 🥰) to life!! I guess I just can’t resist Sam Claflin as a rock star 😂 He’s actually making me like Billy way more than I did while reading!
You’ve also really made me want to read Britt-Marie Was Here. I absolutely loved her in My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, but somehow, I never got around to reading more of Backman’s books… I really need to remedy that!
And your Eurovision opinions are so on point! I’m actually quite surprised how much Subwoolfer has grown on me – I thought they were super weird at first, but well, I love weirdness, so obviously they’ve won me over 😂
But anyway: I have a train to catch, so I’ll leave it at a WELCOME BACK!!! I’m definitely very much looking forward to whatever it is you’ve drafted for us! 🤗
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NAEMI!! 🥰🥰 I’m so excited to be back! I’ve missed you and your posts, too!
Thank you for you kind words, especially about the accident- it has put us all in a very heavy emotional situation.
Fridays have become the highlight of my week, too. I didn’t know Sam Clafflin could sing like that and I have fallen so much more in love with him because of that 😅 The entire cast of the show is great and on point. And yeah, Camilla 🥰🥰
You should definitely read Britt-Marie since you loved her in the other book (too lazy to type the title lol). She gets such a beautiful story in this one. I really need to read more Backman, too. His books have become my comfort reads.
I can’t wait for this Eurovision when we hopefully get even more weird entries. Subwoolfer had me randomly singing 🎶banana🎶 for months 😂
Thank you again so much for the warm welcome ❤️ I plan to go through your blog and read many posts so if you might see me comment on your old posts. I look forward to your new ones, too! 🤗
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Welcome back! it’s nice to hear from you again. I hope your health is good again!
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Thank you! My health is back on track. It’s nice to be back!
NEFELI!!!! OMG I THOUGHT WE’D NEVER HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN! THIS IS THE BEST SURPRISE! 🥰🥰😄😄
Okay, I’ll calm down and say I’m really sorry you had such a tough year. That train accident also affected me a lot just seeing it on the news so I can’t imagine what it must have been like for you 😢❤️
But now I have so much to comment on in this post 😄
I’ve never read anything by Backman but now you’re telling me he wrote a book about football? And you actually loved it BECAUSE of the football element? Yeah, I’m reading that! 😁
I have also not read Fire and Blood but I did make the show my entire personality while it aired 🙈 I love it so freaking much that I now can’t read the book because I want to experience the story through the show. But you loving the book means I definitely want to read it after.
As for movies, I also adored Tick, Tick Boom and was obsessed with those songs for weeks after watching it! And No Way Home ❤️❤️ You’re so on point with the nostalgia bait but it’s the same with the criticism I heard of it which is that it was made for Spider-Man super fans… but what’s wrong with that? ALL Spider-Man fans love that movie to bits so isn’t it the most successful movie ever?
Oh, how I’ve missed you as my Eurovision buddy! 😄 Romania was my favorite last year because yes, I might have written a post where I ranked them 🙈 I was also a big fan of France actually and if we were only judging studio versions, they would probably have been my favorite. Have you heard Moldova this year? They are giving very similar vibes, I think. But of course, they have their work cut out for them if they want to beat their entry from last year. That final performance was just iconic!
Also, I had no idea AEK hadn’t had a stadium for so long 😱 I can definitely understand how getting it back was such a momentous occasion.
And then you talk about a World Cup but I actually think that was canceled. I’m pretty sure they didn’t play…
(I hate Argentina just as much as England)
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Line!! 🥰 It feels so good to be back! Thank you for your kind words❤️ This accident was horrible for all of us here.
Oh, you definitely have to read Britt-Marie, I’m sure you’ll love it! Backman captures the essence of football so well, he makes you fall in love with what it stands for all over again. And, yeah, I totally recommend Fire and Blood, if only to get the stories of all the Targaryens before the ones the show tackles.
As for No Way Home, I fully agree! It is a Spiderman movie. Who is it made for, if not for the fans?
Romania was your favourite? Superior Eurovision taste! I’m so excited to be Eurovision buddies again this year. I’ll definitely look up this post of yours after I post this reply. I haven’t heard this year’s Moldovan entry yet, because I want to listen to all the songs for the first time on the night of the contest, but if you say they have similar vibes, I trust you. Moldova rarely disappoints after all!
As for the World Cup that never was, I am so with you! I do not hate Argentina, per se, but Messi’s fanboys and the way FIFA treats them have made the whole team insufferable for me. I’m so glad we can be haters together 😂
Thank you again for the warm welcome! I look forward to catching up with your posts ❤️
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