Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

Outlander [review]

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter
Published by Recorded Books on July 13, 2006 (originally 1991)
my rating: ★★★.5 (3.5 stars)
Goodreads avg:
4.23 (as of 2021-09-17)
SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Wow, this is very much a product of its time. I’m going to be delving into some spoilers, and want to put a content warning up front for discussion of pedophilia and sexual assault. It took me a bit to settle into the writing style, which I found to be elegant if a little dry at first. I’m not sure I would have made it very far if I wasn’t listening to the audiobook. The narration was so immersive and really added to the experience. Once I got into the rhythm, I found that I really loved the book!

That wore off about halfway through. I know a certain amount of sexism is to be expected given that Gabaldon wrote this in 1991 and it takes place over 200 years ago. But there was a lot I really could not handle. At one point Claire leaves where Jamie has left her only to be captured by the Big Baddie and is saved just before being raped. Jamie then BEATS HER for disobeying his orders because otherwise the other men will be ~upset~, as if almost being raped wasn’t severe enough. I was absolutely livid and considered DNFing, but managed to keep listening and ended up enjoying the story again.

Lol, just kidding. I mean, I did manage to get back into the story but unfortunately it went way off the rails again. There are two gay men in this book and one of them is a pedophile. At least he’s portrayed as harmless enough… as harmless as a pedophile can be portrayed, I guess. The other gay character is a sociopath who tortures people mercilessly and literally rapes the male love interest. Again, I know this was written in 1991 but seriously? The rape plotline really soured the end of the book for me, and I couldn’t wait for it to end.

It sucks because the first half of the book had me expecting a 5-star rating and recommending it to my friends. The second half made it really difficult to decide on a rating and had me rescinding those recommendations. I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to continue the series and I really don’t know if I want to. I guess I can at least check out the TV series. I hate that I ended up being so disappointed by this after loving it so much. I’m not sure I can recommend this on good conscience without warning about everything mentioned in the spoiler brackets above; some of the content truly made me nauseous.

content warnings: sexual assault, pedophilia, domestic abuse, gore (graphic injuries), animal death


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The Once and Future Witches [review]

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Published by Redhook on October 13, 2020
my rating: DNF
Goodreads avg:
4.08 (as of 2021-09-10)
Spoiler-free review

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There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

DNF @ 20%

This book was perfectly fine but just not for me, so take my DNF with a grain of salt. I honestly didn’t vibe with any of the sisters, I found Agnes boring and Juniper annoying. I did like Beatrice, but largely because she’s sapphic and seeing her relationship with [redacted] was so cute! I almost didn’t DNF just to see where their relationship went, but decided it ultimately wasn’t worth it. The concept was really neat, but didn’t hook me enough.

Hadeer’s review really covered a lot of the issues I had with this so I’m just going to direct you her way. I think if you’re interested in this, you should still give it a shot! But it didn’t work for me.


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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

August 2021 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. 4 stars.
  • The Crystal Kingdom by The McElroys and Carey Pietsch. 4 stars.

Books read: 2 book
Average rating: 4 stars

Other Media:

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

July 2021 Wrap-Up

i have been absolutely exhausted and incredibly busy, so i’ve spent fairly little time reading over the last month unfortunately! i did go on a nice vacation that i have lots of fun pictures of to share. hope you all have been enjoying your summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere!)

Books Read:

  • Brood by Jackie Polzin. 3.5 stars.

Books read: 1 book
Average rating: 3.5 stars

Other Media:

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

June 2021 Wrap-Up

yay, i’ve finally been reading!! dogsitting has helped me balance reading and gaming a lot more, since i’m away from my PC lol. my reading in July may not be as comparable since i’m going on a social vacation, but we’ll see. how was your June??

Books Read:

  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. 4 stars.
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. 2 stars, reread, review.
  • House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland. 4.5 stars, review.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. 4 stars, review.
  • Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore. 2 stars, review.
  • No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. 4.5 stars, review.
  • The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld. 4 stars, review-ish.
  • Haze by Rebecca Crunden. 2 stars.
  • Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler. 4.5 stars, RTC.

Books read: 9 books
Average rating: 3.5 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 5, Season 1 Eps 1-2
    • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!, Season 4.
    • The Bachelorette, Season 17 Eps 1-3.

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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No One is Talking About This [review]

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No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Published by Riverhead Books on February 16, 2021
my rating: ★★★★.5 (4.5 stars)
Goodreads avg:
3.74 (as of 2021-06-21)
Spoiler-free review

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This ended up being an incredibly impactful read for me, although I wouldn’t have known that from the start. I went into this relatively cold, knowing only that it had ‘two parts’ and had a lot to do with online culture. Both of those things are very true, but what I wasn’t prepared for was how absolutely this would destroy me.

The first part reads much like a Twitter feed and contains plenty of internet humor; I was nearly cackling at both how relatable it felt and how Lockwood was able to condense and present these collective internet experiences. If you are not capital-O Online, I worry that you’ll be lost and/or hate this. If you hate books about the internet, definitely do not read this. I personally found it to be a unique take on tackling the intricacies of modern technology and was looking forward to seeing where Lockwood took it.

Enter, Part 2. I had absolutely no idea where Part 2 was going to go and won’t discuss it too thoroughly because I think going in without expectations will give it the biggest impact. Let me just say that I think Part 1 sets the stage perfectly for the tragedy that unfolds in Part 2. It provides the foundation to understand how the narrator copes and to see the lens she views the world through.

I feel like this will be a divisive book so I hesitate to recommend it to anyone who isn’t fully convinced by the concept. I struggled myself a little bit towards the beginning to read this in anything other than small bits. But close to Part 2, I was able to sit down and and carefully inhale the rest. I really, really enjoyed this though and very much look forward to reading more by Lockwood.

content warnings: see Goodreads review



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The Girl With All the Gifts [review]

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, narrated by Finty Williams
Published by Hachette Audio on June 6, 2014
my rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Goodreads avg:
3.94 (as of 2021-06-15)
Spoiler-free review

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I went into this knowing pretty much nothing except that the general plot ‘zombies but different’ and think that was the right way to do it. I think this was an incredibly creative take on the zombie genre and was very impressed with the science of it — although I can’t attest to how accurate it was. I really loved Melanie and getting to know the rest of the characters was great as well. My only pet peeve was that it was very apparent that this was written by a man; there were bits where the group would be in life-or-death situations and the men would be thinking about having sex or masturbating. The sex and romance felt shoehorned in and took away from the story imo. Aside from that, this was an incredible book that I’ll be recommending quite a lot.


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House of Hollow [review]

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 6, 2021
my rating: ★★★★.5 (4.5 stars)
Goodreads avg:
4.18 (as of 2021-06-07)
Spoiler-free review

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This is by far one of the most inventive and well-written YA horror novels I have ever read. I picked it up after seeing Sarah rave about it and am so glad I decided to prioritize it. It’s the story of three strange sisters who are plagued by strange circumstances. Emphasis on the strange. I loved how atmospheric this was and how I felt truly wrapped up in the story; I probably would have read it all in one sitting had I not started it so late. While I wondered for a bit how it would all wrap up, the ending was truly better than anything I could have expected. I highly recommend this if you’re a fan of horror — although I’d steer quite clear if body horror bothers you at all.

content warnings: body horror; sexual assault; kidnapping; child death.


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Movie Reviews, Not Books

Letterboxd Gems VI

Hi everyone! Time for another edition of Letterboxd Gems. As a reminder: 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.


Evil Dead II [1987]

not a phone in sight, just Bruce Campbell screaming like a madman

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everyone talks about the “groovy” line but when ash points a gun to the camera and says “swallow this” i can feel my soul leave my body

letterboxd user elementarii

the SECOND ‘a farewell to arms’ came into frame, it was 5 stars

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Host [2020]

the awkward elbow bump they did to remain social distanced while being attacked by demons was the funniest shit i’ve seen in my life

letterboxd user mank

unfriended (2014): who are you?
host (2020): i’m you, but stronger

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Nobody:

Literally not a single soul:

Jemma: I’m going to create an environment that is so haunted

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Searching [2018]

Bieber concert (confirmed)

letterboxd user lillfer

david moving “margot_fathersday.mp4” to trash and then emptying the trash was the saddest shit ever

letterboxd user namelessvero

if someone tried to facetime me i would call the cops too

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

May 2021 Wrap-Up

It’s been really nice to have some time off. I still have a slightly busy summer, but get to have some time for myself. ❤ I hope you all have been doing well!

Books Read:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore. 5 stars, reread.
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore. 3 stars, reread, review.
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone. 4 stars, review.
  • I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 4 books
Average rating: 4 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Attack on Titan, Season 2 Eps 9-10
    • The Circle, Season 2 Eps 12-13
    • Criminal Minds, Season 3 Eps 8-20, Season 4 Eps 1-4
    • Teen Wolf, Season 1 Eps 6-11 (rewatch)
    • Shadow and Bone, Season 1 Eps 1-8
    • One-Punch Man, Season 1 Ep 3

Short Reads/Watches:

My Month in Photos:

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