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September 2019 Wrap-Up

September was another great reading month, in terms of quantity if not quite quality. I felt like the month flew by (faster than the others!), but I moved to a new apartment, which took up quite a bit of time and energy. I’m getting settled in to my new neighborhood and I love it! I also applied to grad school for Spring 2020 admit and should be hearing back within the next month or so. Fingers crossed! If I get into the program I want, I’m sure my blogging will both slow down and get some new topics thrown in, so be prepared.

Books Read:

  • Aquarium by David Vann. 4.5 stars, review.
  • Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan. 2 stars, review.
  • The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. 3 stars, review.
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie. 4 stars, review.
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 4 stars, review.
  • The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. 4 stars, review.
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen; Jamie McKelvie; Matt Wilson; Clayton Cowles. 2.5 stars, link.
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor. 2 stars, review.
  • Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour. 2.5 stars, review.
  • How Doctors Feel by Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 11 books
Average rating: 3.27 stars (eep)

Other Media:

Notable Posts by Others:

  • Genie in a Novel shares some great reasons for using a book journal.
  • Bina shows us 30 books being released by WOC in September
  • Kal teaches us how headings work in WordPress (I didn’t know they mattered for anything except visuals!)
  • Ren shares the dates and themes for Nonfiction November!
  • Gemma writes an incredibly good review for Midsommar.

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August 2019 Wrap-Up

Sooo August was an unusually productive reading month for me because I had an excess of free time where pretty much all I could do was read. I don’t expect more like this, but it was still a nice surprise!

Books Read:

  • The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. 4 stars, review.
  • Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. 4 stars, review.
  • Dark Web by Kelvin Teo. 1 star, review.
  • Typhoid Mary by Charlie Dalton. 3 stars.
  • Amatka by Karin Tidbeck. 3.5 stars, review.
  • We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach. 4 stars, review.
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. 4.5 stars, review.
  • Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. 3.5 stars, review.
  • The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney. 3.5 stars, review.
  • The Good People by Hannah Kent. 2.5 stars, review.
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness. 2.5 stars, review.
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. 4 stars, review.
  • The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien. 4 stars, review to come.
  • Pleased to Meet Me by Bill Sullivan. 4 stars, review.
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. 3 stars, review to come.

Books read: 16 (!!!!!)
Average rating: 3.4 stars

Other Media:

Notable Posts by Others:

  • Jemma explains what endometriosis actually is. As an endo sufferer, I appreciate awareness-raising stuff!

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July 2019 Wrap-Up

OOF, this was a tough month. I had a lot of unexpectedly stressful stuff come up so I’ve been a bit of a reading AND a blogging slump. Luckily things are looking up from here! šŸ™‚ Hope this summer has been treating y’all well.

Books Read:

Books read: 2
Average rating: 4 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Bachelorette.
      • Season 15 Eps 8-13.
    • The Great Food Truck Race.
      • Season 4; Season 6 Eps 1-2.
    • Instant Hotel.
      • Season 2.
    • Broad City.
      • Season 5.
  • Video Games:
    • The Wolf Among Us on PC.
      • Finished it!!
    • Night in the Woods on Switch.
      • Still trucking along.

Notable Posts by Others:

  • Due to my blog slump, I did not do ANY bloghopping in July. Soz. šŸ˜¬

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June 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. 3 stars, review.
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce. 4 stars.
  • When You Find My Body by D. Dauphinee. 3 stars, review.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 4 stars.
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond. 5 stars, review.
  • The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. 3.5 stars, rtc.

BooksĀ read: 6
AverageĀ rating: 3.75 stars

Other Media:

  • The Clovehitch Killer [2018]. 3.5 stars. Interesting, but boring at times.
  • The First Purge [2018]. 2.5 stars. Not very good, but like, I really wanted to know how the purge “started.”
  • The Bachelorette, Season 15 Eps 4, 5, and 7. Guilty pleaaasure.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 6, Eps 15-18.
  • Law & Order: SVU, Season 16, Eps 12-14, Ep 20; Season 17 Eps 3-4.
  • Killing Eve, Season 1 Ep 2.
  • Black Mirror, Season 5 Eps 1-3.

Notable Posts by Others:

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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.

BooksĀ read: 7
AverageĀ 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. šŸ˜‚
  • 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. šŸ˜‚

Notable Posts by Others:

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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:

BooksĀ read: 7
AverageĀ 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. šŸ˜¦

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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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