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June 2020 Wrap-Up

It’s been kind of a wild month, but I’m taking a vacation next month and very much looking forward to that. Things in my personal life have been a little hectic, but seem to be settling down a bit. I feel like I just posted my May wrap-up, but I guess it’s July now!

Books Read:

  • Bunny by Mona Awad. 3 stars, review.
  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. 2.5 stars, review.
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale. 4 stars, review. [ebook currently free on the publisher’s website!]
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. 4.5 stars, review.
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power. 4 stars, review coming July 7th.
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. 3.5 stars, review.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders. 3 stars, review.

Books read: 8 books
Average rating: 3.5 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • 90 Day Fiance, Season 4 Ep 8
    • Shrill, Season 2 Eps 5-7
    • Monster Factory, Eps 1-4
    • Rick and Morty, Season 4 Ep 10
    • F is for Family, Season 1 Ep 1
    • Arrested Development, Season 1 Eps 1-10 [rewatch]
    • Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural, Season 3 Ep 9
    • much less TV this month!
  • Video Games:
    • Death and Taxes; good but also a bummer!
    • Hustle Cat; really cute but also an intriguing story. I thought it would be a run-of-the-mill dating game so it was a pleasant surprise.
    • Later Daters; dating sim where you’re in a senior living facility! you can have a non-binary character and be queer as hell AND polyam.

Short Reads:

My Month in Photos:

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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.

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July 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • Eden by Andrea Kleine. 4/5 stars, review.
  • The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys and Carey Pietsch. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Pisces by Melissa Broder. 5/5 stars, review.
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. 4.5/5 stars, review to come.

Books read: 7
Books DNF’d: None, yay!!
Average Rating:  4.21 stars (what a good reading month!)

Movies:

  • The Purge: Anarchy [2014] directed by James DeMonaco. 3/5 stars.
  • Everything, Everything [2017] directed by Stella Meghie. 3/5 stars.
  • Set It Up [2018] directed by Claire Scanlon. 4/5 stars.
  • Tau [2018] directed by Federico D’Alessandro. 3.5/5 stars.
  • Horrible Bosses [2011] directed by Seth Gordon. 3/5 stars.
  • Table 19 [2017] directed by Jeffrey Blitz. 2.5/5 stars.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [2018] directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. 3/5 stars.
  • Her [2013] directed by Spike Jonze. 2.5/5 stars.
  • Mommy Dead and Dearest [2017] directed by Erin Lee Carr. 4/5 stars, rewatch.
  • There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane [2011] directed by Liz Garbus. 4/5 stars.
  • Hellboy [2004] directed by Guillermo del Toro. 4/5 stars.

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

In July, I read 7 books, which puts me at a total of 50 books for the year. I’m 7 books ahead of schedule and at 67% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

2018 AtoZ Reading Challenge Update (new additions are bolded):

A: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
B: The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
C: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
D: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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:

Monthly Photo Dump:

 

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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:

Monthly Photo Dump:

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June Wrap-Up

Books I read:

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. 5/5 stars, review.
  • Policing the Black Man edited by Angela J. Davis. 4/5 stars, review to be posted July 11, 2017.
  • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. 4/5 stars, review.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. 2/5 stars, review.
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus. 4/5 stars, review to be posted July 7, 2017.

Average rating: 3.83 stars
Books read: 6

Misc. Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

This year I have read 30 books so far! My original goal was 35 for the year, so yesterday I bumped it up to 50. It’s kind of my white whale, for the 3 or 4 years I’ve been keeping track I haven’t hit 50 books. This year is the year, I can feel it. I’ve started prioritizing reading again and I’m loving it!

Anyway, this means I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and have completed 60% of my goal, which isn’t too shabby for being only 50% through the year.

Notable Posts by Others:

Blog Stats:

  • I currently have 43 followers, which I feel is pretty good, since I started this blog at the end of April.
  • In June, I had 190 visitors, which is over 4 times as many as I had in May
  • I published 11 posts in June (4 more than May)
  • I had 338 views in June, more than 5 times as many as May!
  • I attribute this growth to connecting more with the book blogging community, blog hopping more, and posting more frequently.

Personal:

  • I went to a Red Sox game with my sister on the 11th and it was loads of fun, even though they lost and we were sad. In a brush with fame, we saw pitcher David Price driving out of Fenway after the game!
  • I FINALLY(!!!) got a Boston Public Library card as soon as I found out that you don’t need to be a legal resident of Boston to get one (I live in Boston currently and still have a New Hampshire license BUT!! my paystub has my Boston address on it and proves I work in Boston)
  • I went on a ROAD TRIP!! My first vacation in years. It’ll have its own post.
  • I went to another Red Sox game with a friend of mine! (If you can’t tell, I kind of like going to baseball games)



Thanks for reading! How was June for you? Let me know in the comments. You can also follow me on Twitter and Goodreads.