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November 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Half Way Home by Hugh Howey. 3 stars, review.
  • Full Throttle by Joe Hill. 5 stars, review.
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman. 5 stars, review.
  • There There by Tommy Orange. 3 stars, review.
  • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. 5 stars, review.
  • In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt. 2 stars, review.
  • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. 3 stars, review.
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. 5 stars, reread, review.

Books read: 8 books
Average rating: 3.88 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Creepshow [2019], Season 1 Ep 6.
    • NOS4A2, Season 1 Ep 1.
    • The Great British Baking Show, Season 2 Ep 5 – Season 3 Ep 4.
    • Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, Season 1 Ep 1.
    • Barry, Season 2. (I can’t stop rewatching this show.)
    • Rick & Morty, Season 4 Ep 1.
  • Video Games:
    • Stardew Valley. I’ve been absolutely hooked on this!

Notable Posts by Others:

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October 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Growing Things by Paul Tremblay. 3 stars, review.
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. 4 stars, review.
  • Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton. 3 stars, review.
  • American Predator by Maureen Callahan. 5 stars, review.
  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore. 3 stars.
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 5 stars, reread.

Books read: 6 books
Average rating: 3.83 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 1 Ep 13 – Season 2 Ep 1.
    • Barry, Season 1 – Season 2 Ep 1 (I can’t stop rewatching this)
    • The Office, Season 9 Eps 19-23 (Another rewatch)
    • The Great British Baking Show, Season 1 Ep 1 – Season 2 Ep 3
    • Dark Tourist, Season 1 Ep 8 (I wanted to watch this one episode to learn more about this extremely wild haunted house attraction)

Notable Posts by Others:

  • Kal shares their method for annotating books they’ll review.
  • Joshua writes a spot-on review of We Have Always Lived in the Castle [2018].
  • Emily reviews the In the Tall Grass short story and film in tandem — both of which we happened to read and watch on the same day!
  • Miles shares their journey with chronic illness and recovery (a lovely piece, but mind the CWs!)
  • Charlotte and Anna start an important discussion about twisting queer stories into tragedies.
  • Emily writes an incredible review for Ducks, Newburyport.
  • Tecsie reviews the game Neo Cab, which sounds super fun!
  • Meaghan shares how they balance all their activities.

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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! 🙂 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. 😬

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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.

Books read: 6
Average 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.

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. 😂

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:

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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