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May 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney. 5 stars, review.
  • Your Tarot Court by Ethony Dawn. 4 stars, review.
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. 5 stars, review.
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. 5 stars, review.
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. 3 stars, review.
  • The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison. 2 stars, review.
  • Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 7
Average rating: 4 stars

Other Media:

  • John Wick [2014]. 3.5 stars. Fun shooty guns.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 [2017]. 3.5 stars. Yeah, I got into John Wick this month.
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum [2019]. 3 stars. YEAH, I got into John Wick this month. 😂
  • Detective Pikachu [2019]. 3.5 stars. Not an objectively good movie, but loads of fun as a Pokemon fan!
  • Game of Thrones, Season 8. I don’t even want to discuss it.
  • Law & Order: SVU, Season 14 Ep 7 – Season 15 Ep 17. Hmm maybe sharing how much SVU I’m watching will motivate me to watch less, HA.
  • Killing Eve, Season 1 Ep 1. This has come highly recommended so I’m excited to watch it!
  • The Bachelorette, Season 15 Eps 1-3. There’s a bar in Somerville that airs this weekly, so I got caught up and went with my friend. It’s my first season of any Bach show and it is… quite interesting. 😂

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. 4 stars, review.
  • Dust by Hugh Howey. 4 stars, re-read.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 3 stars, review.
  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 4 stars, review.
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 6
Average rating: 3.75 stars

Other Media:

  • Shrill [2019-?]. This series is very good, very entertaining, very emotional, and very impactful. I very much recommend it.
  • The Perfect Date [2019]. 4/5 stars. Cute!
  • Ant Man [2015]. 4/5 stars, rewatch. Fun, probs one of my fav Marvel movies!

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March 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

Books read: 7
Average rating: 4.29 stars

Notable Posts by Others:

Other Media:

  • Coherence [2013]: I saw this on Rachel’s recommendation and it… sure was something.
  • #SquadGoals [2018]: My sister and I watched this on Netflix and it was… bad. Our running joke the entire time was that there is apparently only one scholarship in the entire world.
  • Deadly Detention [2017]: This was just terrible and I have no idea if that was intentional or not. It’s basically The Breakfast Club but with a lot more death.
  • Await Further Instructions [2018]: I don’t kNOW what I watched.
  • Haunting on Fraternity Row [2018]: This was bad but also really entertaining.
  • Carrie [2013]: I was expecting/hoping to like this a lot more than I did, but Chloe Grace Moretz was incredible.
  • Us [2019]: I had some mixed feelings, I thought this was very good but it didn’t end up being one of my favorites. The score was absolutely fantastic, though.

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February 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

Books read: 7
Average rating: 4.14 stars

Notable Posts by Others:

Other Media:

  • The Staircase. [Series; 2004/2018]: Sort of a case study of the criminal justice system. True crime. Overall interesting.
  • Happy Death Day 2U. [Film; 2019]: Corny, veers into sci-fi, not as good as the first, but still fun. Blog review.
  • Deadpool 2. [Film; 2018]: Fun, but I preferred the first.
  • The Shape of Water. [Film; 2018]: I don’t know how I went this long without seeing it. Very good, but overhyped for me. 😦

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

Books read: 8
Average rating: 4.5 stars

Notable Posts by Others:

Other Media:

  • Happy Death Day [Film; 2017]: God I just love this movie so much.
  • Wrong Turn 2: Dead End [Film; 2007]: Typical Bad horror movie, not for those with sensitive stomachs.
  • Fyre Fraud [Film; 2019]: Pretty interesting, but needlessly condescending toward and about millennials, as if no other generation has ever been fooled in any way. Can’t say I don’t luv that #drama tho. 
  • FYRE [Film; 2019]: This paints a much more stark view of the situation than Fyre Fraud does. It seems Fyre Fraud aimed more for shock and comedy and focused more on Billy himself. FYRE focuses more closely on the festival itself as well as its financial ramifications. Much more informative.
  • Sorry to Bother You [Film; 2018]: Really intriguing. Not sure what I was expecting, but this definitely wasn’t it. I’ll be interested to see if this gets any Oscar noms (they come out after I write this but before this post will be published).
  • Thoroughbreds [Film; 2017]: Wasn’t quite in the right mindset for this, but still appreciated it a lot. Slow build to an incredible climax. Will definitely be re-watching it in the future.
  • Isle of Dogs [Film; 2018]: I enjoyed this overall, but the White Savior trope wasn’t great.
  • Eighth Grade [Film; 2018]: This unfortunately didn’t do much for me. I can appreciate Elsie Fisher’s acting, but I really just didn’t Get anything out of it.

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2018 Reading Statistics

This year was my first year using a spreadsheet to document my reading and I LOVED it. I used Brock’s spreadsheet, which I plan on using again this year. It helps me keep all my reading organized, keep track of which books I still need to review, and gives me plenty of fun stats. So, today’s post will be a nice little wrap-up of my reading stats for 2018!

I read more SF/F than I originally realized!
I split pretty evenly between ebook, hardcover, and paperbacks!
Look at all those library books!
Lots of 4-star reads!
You can pretty easily see where I slumped.
I read mostly adult books this year.
I DNFed a LOT, but mostly toward the beginning of the year.

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December 2018 Wrap-Up

Hi friends! Compared to last month, December was a bit better to me. My reading and blogging were more on track, although still slower than I’d like them to be. I’m hoping January is good to me. Hopefully I can spend lots of time snuggled up and reading. My sister and I cleaned most of the apartment this week and I think the vibes are much better now, so it should be easier to be more productive! Anyway, let’s get on to the wrap-up.

Books Read:

Books read: 5
Average rating: 3.6 stars

Other Posts:

Notable Posts by Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month I read 5 books, which put me at 75 books for the year. I ended up right on my reading schedule and ended up at exactly 100% of my goal for the year. In 2019, I plan to set my reading goal at only 50 books, so that I can give myself more leeway to allow for bad weeks or months and so that I don’t beat myself up for reading less than I’d like to.

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November 2018 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! November into December was kind of rough for me. Holidays are busy AND I’ve been extremely sick. It’s been very difficult to focus enough to get any reading or blogging done, which is why I’ve fallen off the map for a couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon! I’m going to work my way back into blogging on my regular schedule (Tu, Th, Sat), but it’ll probably be a gradual effort since I’m still feeling pretty exhausted and sick. Thanks for your patience, and happy reading! ❤

Books Read:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Believe Me by JP Delaney. 3.5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 2 books (YIKES)
Average Rating:  3.75 stars

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 2 books, which puts me at a total of 70 books for the year. I’m 1 book ahead of schedule and at 93% of my reading goal for the year.

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October 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • In Her Skin by Kim Savage. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan. 2/5 stars.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Talyor Jenkins Reid. 4/5 stars.
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. 5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 7 books
Average Rating:  3.57 stars

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 7 books, which puts me at a total of 68 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 91% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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September 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. 5/5 stars, review.
  • Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. 4/5 stars, reread.

Books read: 6
Average Rating: 3.67 stars

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 6 books, which puts me at a total of 62 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 83% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

 

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