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Devolution [review]

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Devolution by Max Brooks
Published by Del Rey Books on June 16, 2020
my rating: ★★★★.5 (4.5 stars)
Goodreads avg:
3.92 (as of 2020-01-14)
Spoiler-free review

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Bigfoot’s as American as apple pie and guns in schools.

While it’s been a while, I loved World War Z so much that I’ve read it through 2 or 3 times. I was worried Devolution wouldn’t live up to my recollection of Brooks’ writing, but I was completely wrong. While the two books differ in content and structure, I found them both absolutely riveting. I read this in just a few sittings because I just didn’t want to put it town. I found Kate to be a great narrator and the plot itself was extremely compelling. This is really a gritty reboot of the bigfoot myth, depicting them as the apex predators they would likely be. In addition to the tension and horror written into this, there’s also a gentle examination of the characters themselves and the ways in which we react to tragedy and adversity. I’ll be recommending this left and right for ages.


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The Caves of Steel [review]

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The Caves of Steel (Robot #1) by Isaac Asimov
Published by Spectra on April 13, 2011 (originally 1954)
my rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
Goodreads avg:
4.17 (as of 2021-01-14)
Spoiler-free review

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Jehoshaphat!

I probably wouldn’t have read this if it hadn’t been chosen as a book club pick, but I don’t regret picking it up. It gave me old-timey-detective-novel vibes — but set in the future, and with robots. Sadly, although I only finished the book a couple days ago, it’s already largely left my thoughts and I can’t think of much to say about it. I probably won’t finish the series and I probably won’t prioritize reading more Asimov. The writing felt somewhat stiff to me, and the characters were all pretty one-dimensional. It’s a quick read, though, and probably worth picking up if you’re interested in the history of the C/Fe (or sci-fi) genre.


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Top Reads of 2020

Another year of reading in the books! While these are somewhat organized in order from top faves to top top faves, I’d say the order is not set in stone and that they’re all mostly interchangeable.

10. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
9. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
8. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
7. Luster by Raven Leilani
6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

5. Beach Read by Emily Henry
4. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
3. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
2. The Body Lies by Jo Baker
1. Kept Animals by Kate Milliken


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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

December 2020 Wrap-Up

I read an ENTIRE book in December! And have spent the rest of my free time playing video games, oops.

Books Read:

  • One by One by Ruth Ware. 3 stars, review.

Books read: 1 books
Average rating: 3 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Bachelorette, Season 16 Eps 8-13
    • The Boys, Season 2 Eps 2-4
    • Evil Genius, Season 1 Eps 1-4
    • Criminal Minds, Season 1 Eps 1-21 (I don’t want to talk about it)
  • Video Games:
    • Stardew Valley
    • Orwell
    • Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
    • Animal Crossing (I just got it and I’m OBSESSED)

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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One by One [review]

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One by One by Ruth Ware
Published by Scout Press on September 8, 2020
my rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
Goodreads avg:
3.73 (as of 2020-12-16)
Spoiler-free review

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One by One is my first Ruth Ware book and was picked up on a whim after seeing a lot of buzz. I figured a thriller would be a good way to get myself back into reading since it’s been [checks notes] four months since I’ve read anything. And this was a fine book to break my reading slump. It was inoffensive, easy to get into, and decently written. It just didn’t have much more than that going for it. It was fast-paced and I devoured it in two sittings, but I wasn’t super satisfied upon finishing. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a run-of-the-mill thriller, but caution not to expect much more than that.


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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

November 2020 Wrap-Up

A little late, as I was in the thick of finals. Ideally we’ll actually see some books in my December/January wrap-ups as I have a break! 😉

Books Read:

Books read: 0 books
Average rating: – stars

Other Media:

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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October 2020 Wrap-Up

Hi friends, I am exhausted. I have continued to do no reading because between the state of the US and grad school, I have no energy and no motivation. Love y’all and hope you’re taking care of yourselves!

Books Read:

Books read: 0 books
Average rating: – stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Boys, Season 1 Eps 7-8; Season 2 Ep 1
    • The Masked Singer, Season 4 Ep 1
    • The Bachelorette, Season 16 Eps 1-3
    • Over the Garden Wall, Season 1
    • The Twilight Zone [2019], Season 2 Ep 1, Ep 9
  • Video Games:
    • Among Us: I have played this way too much

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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September 2020 Wrap-Up

Hi friends! I hope you’ve all had a lovely month. I switched to grad school full-time this semester, along with working one day a week at my previously full-time job. The first month of the semester has flown by! I’m studying Public Health (what a time for it) and I love it, I’m so glad I chose to do this. 🙂 Unfortunately graduate school has left me with little free time, and what free time I do have I’ve dedicated to physical activity and watching TV. Pleasure reading hasn’t felt like an option at all, as I’ve been trying to give my brain a break when I can. So sadly, for the first time in many years, I went an entire month without reading anything. Except for the many, many readings I’ve done for class. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time for it (and blogging! I miss posting and blog-hopping) as the months go on, but for now I’m just trying not to guilt myself over it.

Books Read:

Books read: 0 books
Average rating: – stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Great British Baking Show, Season 4 Eps 2-5
    • Lovecraft Country, Season 1 Eps 2-3
    • Room 104, Season 3 Eps 1-2
    • I Think You Should Leave, Season 1 Eps 1-2
    • American Horror Story, Season 8
    • Queer Eye, Season 1 Eps 1-8
    • The Boys, Season 1 Eps 1-4; Season 1 Eps 1-6
    • The Twilight Zone [2019], Season 2 Ep 8
  • Video Games:
    • Crusader Kings III; I’ve had time to play approximately 10 seconds of this.

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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August 2020 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

Books read: 8 books
Average rating: 3.88 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • New Girl, Season 3 Ep 19
    • Unsolved Mysteries, Season 1 Ep 1
    • Nailed It!, Season 1 Eps 5-6, Season 2 Eps 1-2.
    • The Umbrella Academy, Season 1 Ep 1
    • Curb Your Enthusiasm, Season 3 Ep 1
    • Arrested Development, Season 1 Ep 12
    • Lovecraft Country, Season 1 Ep 1
    • Crazy Delicious, Season 1
  • Video Games:
    • Crusader Kings II; this is extremely confusing and I am extremely bad at it, but it’s also fun!

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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Weekly Wrap – 24 Aug – 30 Aug

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Currently Reading

Recently Finished

Up Next

This depends pretty strongly on the holds that come in next from my library, so we’ll see! But the following seem likely:


Let me know how your weeks went, hopefully well!

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