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July 2020 Wrap-Up

July was a super solid reading month for me, even though I was in a major slump the last week or so of it. It still flew by, and I’m looking forward to seeing how August goes, since I’m only working part-time this month!

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Books Read:

Books read: 10 books
Average rating: 3.4 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • 90 Day Fiance, Season 4 Ep 8
    • New Girl, Season 1, Season 2, Season 3 Eps 1-18 [rewatch]
    • The Twilight Zone [reboot], Season 2, Eps 5-6
  • Video Games:
    • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine; I played the entirety of this and REALLY liked it, but thought some of the gameplay was lacking. Still recommend it.

Short Reads/Watches:

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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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May 2020 Wrap-Up

Reading really picked up for me in May! I think I’ve leaned into the escapism, so racing through books has been my go-to. Also 90 Day Fiance, as you will see. I’ve been working through our Women’s Prize Squad Longlist, but now have to wait until holds come in on some books. I may make a TBR post for June, as there are some things I’m certain I’ll be reading! I also got a cat, so please see 100 pictures of her below hehe.

Books Read:

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. 4 stars, review.
  • Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson. 1 star, review.
  • My Name Is Monster by Katie Hale. 3 stars, review.
  • Kept Animals by Kate Milliken. 5 stars, review.
  • Braised Pork by An Yu. 2 stars, review.
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. 4 stars, review.
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, translated by Julia Meitov Hersey. 2 stars, review.
  • The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy. 3.5 stars, review.

Books read: 9 books
Average rating: 3.11 stars

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • Please refrain from judging me, haha
    • Westworld, Season 3 Eps 7-8.
    • 90 Day Fiance, Season 5, Season 4 Eps 1-7. I’m obsessed.
    • The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, Season 1 Ep 2.
    • Locke & Key, Season 1 Eps 6-7.
    • Normal People, Season 1 Ep 1.
    • Shrill, Season 2 Eps 1-3.
    • Rick and Morty, Season 4 Eps 6-9.
  • Video Games:
    • Umm, I think nothing?? I fall in and out of gaming moods so I’m out of it right now.
    • Maybe just a bit of Tetris 99.

Short Reads:

My Month in Photos:

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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:

My Month in Photos:

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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:

My Month in Photos:

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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:

My Month in Photos:

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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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