Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

January 2020 Wrap-Up

I mentioned this last month, BUT I started my master’s last week! I’m still finding myself with some time for reading, but not nearly as much. I’ll definitely be posting somewhat sporadically here and am going to make an effort to keep an eye on everyone else so I don’t feel too isolated from y’all! I’m studying public health and am already positive this was a fantastic decision. I’m really excited to keep learning and to move forward in my career. ūüôā

Books Read:

  • Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce. 4.5 stars, reread.
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. 3 stars, RTC.
  • Murder on the Rockport Limited! (The Adventure Zone #2) by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch. 4 stars.
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne. 2 stars, review.
  • You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 2.5 stars, review.
  • The Body Lies by Jo Baker. 5 stars, review.
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. 2 stars, review.
  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado. 5 stars, RTC.
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. 2 stars, review.
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne. 4.5 stars, review.

Books read: 10 books
Average rating: 3.45 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Bachelor, Season 24 Eps 1-4.
    • Rick & Morty, Season 4 Eps 4-5.
    • Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry?, Season 4 Ep 1.
    • The Circle, Season 1.
    • Love Island UK, Season 3 Eps 12-18 (thanks Rachel).
    • Interior Design Masters, Season 1 Ep 1.
  • Video Games:
    • A little bit of The Last of Us.

Notable Posts by Others:

My Month in Photos:

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

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.

My Month in Photos:

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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. ūüôā

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

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