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June 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. 3.5/5 stars.
  • Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. 3.5/5.
  • Horns by Joe Hill. 5/5, review.
  • Providence by Caroline Kepnes. 4/5 stars, review.
  • I’m Not Missing by Carrie Fountain. 5/5 stars, review.
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi by Neel Patel. 4/5 stars, review.
  • I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. 4/5 stars, review.

Books DNF’d:

  • The Poisoned City by Anna Clark. This one didn’t quite live up to expectations. It included a lot of good information, but was formulated in a way that didn’t hold my interest. I understand why all the backstory was included, as it provided a context, but at the same time it worked as a distraction and made it difficult for me to follow things. Not a bad book by any means, just not written in a way that was helpful to me.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I was just… entirely uninterested and made extremely uncomfortable. I have difficulties with classics sometimes. Oh well.
  • Caged by Ellison Cooper. This book isn’t bad, it just isn’t good. The writing could have used some polishing, the characters feel not very real, the plot is a bit interesting but not interesting enough to keep me engaged. It could have used a lot more “show not tell” imo. It does have some diversity to it, at least: the MC is a biracial woman of color. I do also want to warn potential readers that there is a trans character who is forced to come out due to circumstances beyond their control as part of the plot. It is a “twist” in a way and as a cis person, I cannot comment on the rep, but I felt a little uncomfortable about it.

Books read: 8
Books DNF’d: 3
Average Rating:  4.19 stars

Movies:

  • The Theory of Everything [2014] directed by James Marsh. 3/5 stars.
  • Fahrenheit 451 [2018] directed by Ramin Bahrani. 3/5 stars.
  • Dawn of the Dead [2004] directed by Zack Snyder. 3/5 stars.
  • The Purge [2013] directed by James DeMonaco. 2.5/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

In June, I read 8 books, which puts me at a total of 43 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 57% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

I also decided this month (halfway through the year…) to do the 2018 AtoZ Reading Challenge, which entails reading a book for each letter of the alphabet. Any titles that start with the words “A” or “The” will go off of the first letter of the second word. Make sense? Here’s what I’ve got so far.

A: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
B: The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
C: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
D:
E: Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
F:
G: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
H: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
I: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
J:
K:
L:
M: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
N: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
O:
P: Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Q: Quiet Rumours edited by AK Press
R: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
S: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
T: Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer
U: Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller
V:
W: Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
X:
Y:
Z:

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May 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Quiet Rumours edited by Dark Star Collective. 5/5 stars, review.
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. 2/5, review.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 3/5, review.
  • The Summer Children by Dot Hutchison. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer3/5 stars, review.
  • Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller. 3/5 stars, review.

Books DNF’d:

  • Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. I cared about the characters a lot, but the plot just wasn’t doing it for me and I felt like I was just sad for no reason.
  • Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist. Everything felt really rushed at the start and I wasn’t getting invested in the plot or the characters.
  • Never Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson. Just wasn’t getting invested like I wanted to.
  • History of Violence by Édouard Louis. The writing style didn’t work well with me.
  • Asperger’s Children by Edith Sheffer. Unfortunately this was a lot more dry and dense than I was expecting and I couldn’t really get through it, even though the content seemed important.

Books read: 6
Books DNF’d: 5
Average Rating:  3.33 stars

Movies:

  • Gone Girl [2014] directed by David Fincher. 2/5 stars.
  • Mommy Dead and Dearest [2017] directed by Erin Lee Car. 4/5 stars.
  • Stardust [2007] directed by Matthew Vaughn. 2.5/5 stars.
  • Who Took Johnny [2014] directed by David Beilinson & Suki Hawley. 3/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

In May, I read 6 books, which puts me at a total of 35 books for the year. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule and at 47% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

Monthly Photo Dump:

 

 

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April 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. 2/5 stars, review.
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi5/5 stars, review to come.
  • The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce. 4/5 stars, reread.
  • Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi. 5/5 stars, review to come.

Books DNF’d:

  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot. Library copy due back before I finished; wasn’t in the right mental state to read it.
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. Audiobook; got about halfway through before I lost interest.
  • Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes. Just not my cup o tea, but well-written.
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley. Audiobook; at first I was like “yay, queer and disabled rep!” and then I was like “oh no, biphobia ahoy!” and looked at other reviews that confirmed I should stop reading.
  • Wait, Blink by Gunnhild Øyehaug. The writing style wasn’t my thing and I dreaded reading it, even though there was nothing wrong with it.
  • Beginning of a Hero by Charles E. Yallowitz. The writing was really not my thing.

Books read: 5
Books DNF’d: 6
Average Rating: 3.9 stars

Movies:

  • A Quiet Place [2018] directed by John Krasinski. 4.5/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

In April, I read 5 books, which puts me at a total of 29 books for the year. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule and at 39% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

Monthly Photo Dump:

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March 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan. 3/5 stars, review to come.
  • Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce. 5/5 stars.
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer. 4/5 stars, review.
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. 5/5 stars, review.
  • The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood. 4/5 stars, review.
  • The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • Awayland by Ramona Ausubel. 3/5 stars, review to come.

Books DNF’d:

  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens.

Books read: 7
Books DNF’d: 1
Average Rating: 4 stars

Movies:

  • It Comes at Night [2017] directed by Trey Edward Shults. 2/5 stars.
  • Wreck-It Ralph [2012] directed by Rich Moore3/5 stars.
  • Moon [2009] directed by Duncan Jones. 4/5 stars.
  • The Big Sick [2017] directed by Michael Showalter. 4/5 stars.
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer [2017] directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. 4.5/5 stars.
  • The Descent [2005] directed by Neil Marshall. 4/5 stars.
  • Murder on the Orient Express [2017] directed by Kenneth Branagh. 2/5 stars.
  • The Descent: Part 2 [2009] directed by Jon Harris. 3/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

In March, I read 7 books, which puts me at a total of 24 books for the year. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule and at 32% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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February 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. 5/5 stars.
  • Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. 4/5 stars, reread.
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. 5/5 stars.
  • Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman. 5/5 stars, review to come.
  • This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen. 4/5 stars, review.
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. 3.5/5 stars, review to come.
  • Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce. 3.5/5 stars, reread.
  • Would You Rather by Katie Heaney. 3.5/5 stars, review to come.

Books DNF’d:

  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Books read: 8
Books DNF’d: 1
Average Rating: 4.19 stars

Movies:

  • The Cloverfield Paradox [2018] directed by Julius Onah. 5/5 stars.
  • The Ritual [2017] directed by David Bruckner. 2/5 stars.
  • Annihilation [2018] directed by Alex Garland. 4/5 stars.
  • Every Day [2018] directed by Michael Sucsy. 3/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

In January, I read 8 books, which puts me at a total of 17 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 23% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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January 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books:

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. 3/5 stars.
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. DNF.
  • Seven-Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack. DNF.
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman. 2/5 stars, review.
  • Spinsters and Lesbians by Trisha Franzen. DNF.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. 4/5 stars, review.
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. DNF.
  • Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer. 3/5 stars, review to come.
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. 5/5 stars, review to come.
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Bejamin. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. 5/5 stars, review.
  • The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor. DNF.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 3/5 stars, review to come.
  • The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg. 4/5 stars, review to come.

Books read: 9
Books DNF’d: 5
Average Rating: 3.67 stars

Movies:

  • It [2017] directed by Andy Muschietti. 4/5 stars.
  • The Open House [2018] directed by Matt Angel. 5/5 stars.
  • An American Crime [2007] directed by Tommy O’Haver. 4/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

In 2017, I managed to read 70 books so I decided to aim for 75 books in 2018! I don’t have any other solid goals yet, I’ve thought about doing some book challenges, but I really just prefer to mood read! In January, I read 9 books, which puts me 3 books ahead of schedule and at 12% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

Personal Highlights (aka a photo dump of things I did this month):

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December 2017 Wrap-Up

Books:

  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. 4/5 stars, review.
  • The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. 3/5 stars.
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. DNF.
  • Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. DNF.
  • The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum. DNF.
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. DNF.
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Cameron Maria Machado. 4.75/5 stars, review.
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. 5/5 stars, review to come.
  • Everless by Sara Holland. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas. 4/5 stars, review to come.

Books read: 6
Books DNF’d: 4
Average Rating: 4.1 stars

Movies:

  • Space Jam [1996] directed by Joe Pytka. Rewatch, 5/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

In 2017 I read 70 books with a goal of 50! I blew past my goal, so I’ve upped it to 75 for 2018.

Notable Posts by Others:

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Top Reads of 2017

Alright y’all, this is going to be my first “top reads of the year” post, because it’s my first full year on this blog! After careful consideration, I have decided to feature my Top 10 Books of the year, followed by a list containing the remainder of my rankings.

Without further ado, I present to you the official ranked list of my 2017 reads!

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1. Strange Weather by Joe Hill

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2. The Fireman by Joe Hill

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3. The Book of Cthulhu II edited by Russ E. Lockhart

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4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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7. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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8. Warcross by Marie Lu

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9. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

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10. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

11. Like Water by Rebecca Podos
12. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
13. Lost at Sea 
by Bryan Lee O’Malley
14. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance 
by Ruth Emmie Lang
15. Everything, Everything 
by Nicola Yoon

16. The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
17. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
18. The Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson
19. Sand by Hugh Howey
20. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

21. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
22. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
23. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
24. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
25. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwoood

26. Policing the Black Man edited by Angela J. Davis
27. Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus
28. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
29. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
30. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

31. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
32. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
33. The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
34. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
35. The Stranger by Albert Camus

36. A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
37. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz
38. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
39. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
40. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

41. Fen by Daisy Johnson
42. The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreason
43. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
44. The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson
45. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

46. The Deadly Dinner Party by Jonathan A. Edlow
47. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
48. The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells
49. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
50. The Little Book  of Hygge by Meik Wiking

51. Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
52. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
53. Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
54. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
55. Empress of the World 
by Sara Ryan

56. Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
57. Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block
58. The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
59. These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung
60. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

61. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
62. Seven by Jennifer Diemer
63. The Circle by Dave Eggers
64. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
65. Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston

66. Crows by Candace Savage
67. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
68. Extracted by RR Haywood 

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November 2017 Wrap-Up

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Books:

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. DNF.
  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. DNF.
  • The Slow Regard or Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. 4/5 stars.
  • These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung. 3/5 stars, review.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreason. 3/5 stars, review to come.
  • Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • Like Water by Rebecca Podos5/5 stars, review to come.
  • Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block. 2.5/5 stars, review to come.
  • Strange Weather by Joe Hill. 5/5 stars, review to come.

Books read: 8
Books DNF’d: 2
Average Rating: 3.81

Movies:

  • 1922 [2017] directed by Zak Hilditch. 3/5 stars, review.
  • The Break-Up [2006] directed by Peyton Reed. Rewatch, 3/5 stars.
  • 13th [2016] directed by Ava DuVernay. 5/5 stars.
  • Lady Bird [2017] directed by Greta Gerwig. 5/5 stars, review.

Movies watched: 4
Average Rating: 4.00

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month was VERY productive for me as far as reading goes, thanks to a spreadsheet that my friend Rachel created. I might give this spreadsheet its own post, detailing how it’s helped me prioritize my reading to get more done! This puts me at 64 books for the year, which is 14 books ahead of my goal of 50 and at 128%. I’m thinking I’ll probably get another 8-10 read in December, I have a few graphic novels I’d really like to get to and I have some shorter novels on this month’s TBR!

Personal Highlights (aka a photo dump of things I did this month):

Thanks for reading! How was November for you? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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October 2017 Wrap-Up


Books:

  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater. 3/5 stars, review.
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. 5/5 stars, review.
  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. DNF.
  • Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music by Nadine Hubbs. DNF.
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett. DNF.
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. 4/5 stars, review to come.
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. DNF.
  • Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. 5/5 stars, review to come.

Books read: 4
Books DNF’d: 4
Average Rating: 4.25

Movies:

  • Happy Death Day [2017] directed by Christopher B. Landon. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women [2017] directed by Angela Robinson. 5/5 stars, review.
  • The Snowman [2017] directed by Tomas Alfredson. 1/5 stars, I was going to do a review for this but BRUNCH says everything I wanted to say better than I could, so go listen to this episode on it.
  • The Sixth Sense [1999] directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 4/5 stars, rewatch.
  • Teeth [2007] directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. 5/5 stars, rewatch.
  • The Hallow [2015] directed by Corin Hardy. 3/5 stars.

Movies watched: 6
Average Rating: 3.67 stars

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

I only read four books this month, bleh. I need to start letting myself off the hook with DNFing again because I wasted a lot of time trying to push myself through FOUR(!) other books that I ended up tossing. Anyway, that puts me at 56 books, on a goal of 50. I am 15 books ahead of schedule, and at 112% of my goal. #nice

Nanowrimo Goals:

For those of you don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month. Essentially, the goal is to write a 50,000 page novel in one month. This ends up being 1,667 words per day. I’ve participated in Nanowrimo a few times, but have never finished. This year, I’m gonna play it a little differently. I intend to write 50,000 words, but I’m going to do a mix of fiction and non-fiction pieces. It’s essentially going to end up being a short story collection and/or a set of essays. I’m just going to go with the flow and try to write 50,000 pages of whatever I can by the end of November!

You can join me on the Nanowrimo website and also on Twitter, where I’ll surely be livetweeting my adventure.

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Thanks for reading! How was October for you? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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