Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

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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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

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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Bookworm Blogging, Weekly Wrap-Ups

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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Movie Reviews, Not Books

Letterboxd Gems IV

Hi everyone! I decided to try a new thing here: every so often I’ll post particularly funny or entertaining Letterboxd reviews from movies I’ve seen recently. If you’ve never heard of Letterboxd, it’s like Goodreads but for movies (feel free to add me if you’d like!) and there are plenty of interesting reviews. I’ll usually sift through them after seeing a film, which is how I got the idea to share them! A lot of these reviews will have spoilers, so feel free to skip through only to films you’ve already seen if you’d like to avoid being spoiled.


The Wicker Man [1973]

See? It’s totally possible to soak your film in complex symbolism and mounting dread, while also filling it chockablock with tiddies.

Letterboxed user quantumpotpie

damn burning man was wild this year

letterboxd user diediedie

cop 4 crop

Letterboxd user kristenyoonsoo

The Platform

when we say eat the rich this isn’t what we mean

letterboxd user ethansreviews

the communist maniFEASTo

letterboxd user hollieamanda

location: underneath jeff bezos’ house

letterboxd user deathproof

The Other Lamb

Easily Daniel Radcliffe’s best performance

letterboxd user _jessilaw

midsommar lite

letterboxd user sophieturners

noooo michiel huisman don’t start a misogynistic cult ur so sexy haha

letterboxd user thejoshl

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Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

Confessions [review]

Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder
Published by Mulholland Books on August 19, 2014 (originally 2008)
my rating: ★★★.5 (3.5 stars)
Goodreads avg:
4.08 (as of 2020-08-24)
Spoiler-free review

Goodreads Bookshop | Author’s Website


Earlier this year, I read Penance by the same author and decided to pick up Confessions for Women in Translation month. Minato definitely seems to have a theme in her writing; both novels are highly disturbing in their own ways and deal with the topic of child death. I really liked the different perspectives in this and how the reader slowly got a fuller picture of what had happened and what was actively happening. I honestly wasn’t able to guess any of the twists, so I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time. The matter-of-fact tone in which the whole thing was told added to the atmosphere as well. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out to see if any more of Minato’s work is translated.


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Bookworm Blogging, Weekly Wrap-Ups

Weekly Wrap – 17 Aug – 23 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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Bookworm Blogging, Weekly Wrap-Ups

Weekly Wrap – 10 Aug – 16 Aug

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Currently Reading

The Artist’s Way; This is my second time trying to get through this and I think it’ll go better because I plan to half-skim and only work through the things I feel will benefit me.

The New Jim Crow; Finally!

Kindred; Just started this last night and it’s good so far.

Recently Finished

Mexican Gothic; Unfortunately I didn’t love this.

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:

Confessions; For Women in Translation month!

In Defense of Looting; This comes out August 25th and I’m pretty excited to read it.


Let me know how your weeks went, hopefully well!

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Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

Mexican Gothic [review]

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Published by Del Rey on June 30, 2020
my rating: ★★ (2 stars)
Goodreads avg:
3.83 (as of 2020-08-16)
Spoiler-free review

Goodreads Bookshop | Author’s Website


While I can see what others may have gotten out of it, this book just wasn’t for me. The first half dragged, and even when things picked up I didn’t find myself interested in continuing. I could go days without reading it just because I didn’t care. Even though the pacing and story didn’t really click with me, I recommend picking this up if you’re interested. The book is exactly what it labels itself: Mexican gothic. It is a genre I’d like to read more of, and I found myself reminded of Lovecraft Country in a lot of bits. I am glad to see I do seem to be in the minority as far as disliking this goes, and would like to give more of Moreno-Garcia’s work a shot.


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Bookworm Blogging, Weekly Wrap-Ups

Weekly Wrap – 3 Aug – 9 Aug

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Currently Reading

The Artist’s Way; This is my second time trying to get through this and I think it’ll go better because I plan to half-skim and only work through the things I feel will benefit me.

The New Jim Crow; Finally!

Mexican Gothic; I’m finding this kind of slow so far, but am looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Recently Finished

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion; Not a new fav, but definitely a fast and fun horror novella!

Beach Read; I loooooved this so much!

Upright Women Wanted; Super good, I’m hoping for a sequel.

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:

Stamped from the Beginning; I really liked How to Be an Antiracist and am looking forward to getting more of a history lesson out of this one.

Kindred; I’ve heard such good things about this and have been meaning to read more Octavia E. Butler.


Let me know how your weeks went, hopefully well!

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