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February 2021 Wrap-Up

I’m still on my video game kick and have designated very little time for reading. I spend most of my free time playing video games, watching twitch streams, or sleeping.

Books Read:

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 4 stars, review.
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. 4 stars, RTC.

Books read: 2 books
Average rating: 4 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Eps 5-6
    • The Bachelor, Season 25 Eps 5-7
    • WandaVision, Season 1 Eps 2-8
    • The Boys, Season 2 Ep 8
    • In the Dark, Season 1 Ep 1
    • Criminal Minds, Season 2 Eps 3-9
    • The Expanse, Season 1 Ep1
    • Attack on Titan, Season 1 Eps 1-21
  • Video Games:
    • Animal Crossing (all day every day)
    • Fallout: New Vegas (come watch on my twitch channel!)
    • Life is Strange (so many tears)
    • Detroit: Become Human
    • Valheim

Short Reads/Watches:

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Station Eleven [review]

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Published by Knopf on September 9, 2014
my rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Goodreads avg:
4.05 (as of 2020-02-07)
Spoiler-free review

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Jeevan was crushed by a sudden certainty that this was it, that this illness Hua was describing was going to be the divide between a before and an after, a line drawn through this life.

This was certainly… timely to read during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was actually eerie at points — although thankfully what we’re living through is much less severe. I had actually been given this in March (a week before lockdown!) and am glad I put off reading it until things had calmed down a bit.

The book itself is incredibly readable. St. John Mandel creates realistic characters in a world that feels true to life. It’s really difficult to describe what the story is ‘about’, as it runs the gamut as far as content goes and utilizes flashbacks heavily. If you dislike non-linear storytelling, this definitely won’t be for you. But it’s not your typical dystopian story, and I really appreciated the author’s creativity here. This felt like nothing I’ve read before and while at times I felt a bit like I was just waiting to see where things went, I was never bored. It was also hauntingly beautiful at times. Seeing how the characters were interconnected and following their stories was magical, even when it was tragic. Bits that seemed irrelevant eventually became important — although some bits did seem irrelevant to the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and am glad I finally got around to it!


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January 2021 Wrap-Up

I’m still on my video game kick and have designated very little time for reading. I’m also back in school! Hoping to keep some reading time for myself, though. 🙂

Books Read:

  • The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. 3 stars, review.
  • Devolution by Max Brooks. 4.5 stars, review.

Books read: 2 books
Average rating: 3.75 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Criminal Minds, Season 1 Ep 2, Season 2 Eps 1-2
    • Umbrella Academy, Season 1 Eps 2-8
    • The Bachelor, Season 25 Eps 1-4
    • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Eps 1-4
    • WandaVision, Season 1 Ep 1
    • The Boys, Season 2 Eps 5-7
  • Video Games:
    • Stardew Valley
    • Animal Crossing (all day every day)
    • Among Us
    • Fallout: New Vegas (come watch on my twitch channel!)

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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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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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:

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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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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:

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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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