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April 2020 Wrap-Up

Well, reading definitely picked back up for me in April. I found that the key was reading some real low-stakes stuff (romance was my personal life-saver) until I felt like reading my usual fare again. My finals end the first week of May, and then I’ve chosen to take a break from grad school until the fall for a couple reasons. It’ll be nice having a few months where work and personal growth/sanity are the only things I have to focus on! Also good timing, considering our Women’s Prize Squad Longlist.

Books Read:

  • The Invasion by KA Applegate. 3 stars, reread.
  • Wrong by Jana Aston. 4 stars, review.
  • Most Eligible Billionaire by Annika Martin. 3 stars, review.
  • The Dare by Lauren Landish. 3 stars, review.
  • Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. 2.5 stars, review.
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 5 stars, review.
  • My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Russell. 5 stars, review.
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 8 books
Average rating: 3.69 stars (haha nice)

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • I feel like all I did this month was watch TV.
    • Westworld, Season 2, Season 3 Eps 1-6.
    • Castle Rock, Season 2 Eps 6-10, Season 1 Ep 3 (the season 1 ep was a rewatch w my bf since he’s still on the first season).
    • BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural, Season 3 Eps 4-8 (rewatch).
    • Glow Up, Season 1 Eps 1-2.
    • Locke & Key, Season 1 Eps 4-5.
    • W/ Bob & David, Season 1 Ep 2.
  • Video Games:
    • Still some Stardew Valley!
    • A pretty decent amount of Pokemon Sword; finished the gym challenge and am working to round out my Pokedex!
    • A little Tetris 99
    • Just Dance 2020! A great way to exercise in my room alone with fun music.
    • Sims 4, getting back into it.

Short Reads:

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March 2020 Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Between work, school, and the current pandemic, I have been getting little-to-no reading done. The little reading I did do was primarily when I was on vacation (just before things got crazy). I’ve been posting some much shorter reviews over on GR, I’ll link to them individually below. I’m very lucky in that I am able to work from home, so even though things are extremely stressful, I’m thankful to have a secure job. I’m sending love to all of you and have been pretty active on Twitter (link in sidebar) if any of you would like to connect there. ❤

Books Read:

  • Face Off by PJ Trebelhorn. 2.5 stars, review.
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay. 3.5 stars, review.
  • 3 by Hannah Moskowitz. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 3 books
Average rating: 3.33 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • The Outsider, Season 1 Eps 1-2.
    • The Bachelor, Season 24 Eps 10-12
    • Rick & Morty, Season 1 Eps 5-6
    • Love is Blind, Season 1 Ep 11.
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Season 1 Eps 1-2.
    • The Great British Baking Show, Season 3 Eps 8-10, Season 4 Ep 1.
  • Video Games:
    • SO much Stardew Valley ❤ DM me on Twitter if we’re mutuals and you’d like to add me on Steam and/or Switch (I don’t have ACNH, sorry!)

Notable Posts by Others:

  • I have not really been blog hopping either, unfortunately 😦

My Month in Photos:

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February 2020 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Penance by Kanae Minoto, translated by Philip Gabriel. 2 stars, review.
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. 3 stars, review.
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. 3.5 stars, review.
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. 4 stars, review.
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. 3.5 stars, review.
  • The Outsider by Stephen King. 4 stars, RTC.

Books read: 6 books
Average rating: 3.25 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Castle Rock, Season 2 Eps 1-5.
    • Locke & Key, Season 1 Eps 1-3.
    • The Bachelor, Season 24 Eps 5-8
    • Rick & Morty, Season 1 Eps 2-4
    • Love is Blind, Season 1.
    • Avenue 5, Season 1 Eps 1-3.
  • Video Games:
    • Nothing this month, eep!

Notable Posts by Others:

My Month in Photos:

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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. 🙂

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:

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December 2019 Wrap-Up

December was a weird, slumpy month. At the end of November, my family lost our cat of 16 years, which put me into a bit of a depression. I started a second job, which has left me with less time for reading and blogging. And I start my Master’s in January, so my pseudo hiatus will probably continue. Nevertheless, I am very excited for what 2020 has to bring, even if it means less reading for pleasure!

Books Read:

  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. 4 stars, review.
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. 2.5 stars, review.
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn. 4 stars, review.
  • Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke. 3 stars, review.
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe. 3 stars, review.
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. 4 stars, review.
  • Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz. 2 stars, review.

Books read: 7 books
Average rating: 3.21 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Barry, Season 2. Yes, again.
    • The Great British Basking Show, Season 3 Eps 5-7.
  • Video Games:
    • Pokemon Sword!!! I love it.

Notable Posts by Others:

  • I failed at this in December!

My Month in Photos:

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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.

My Month in Photos:

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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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