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December 2018 Wrap-Up

Hi friends! Compared to last month, December was a bit better to me. My reading and blogging were more on track, although still slower than I’d like them to be. I’m hoping January is good to me. Hopefully I can spend lots of time snuggled up and reading. My sister and I cleaned most of the apartment this week and I think the vibes are much better now, so it should be easier to be more productive! Anyway, let’s get on to the wrap-up.

Books Read:

Books read: 5
Average rating: 3.6 stars

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Reading Goal Progress:

This month I read 5 books, which put me at 75 books for the year. I ended up right on my reading schedule and ended up at exactly 100% of my goal for the year. In 2019, I plan to set my reading goal at only 50 books, so that I can give myself more leeway to allow for bad weeks or months and so that I don’t beat myself up for reading less than I’d like to.

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November 2018 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! November into December was kind of rough for me. Holidays are busy AND I’ve been extremely sick. It’s been very difficult to focus enough to get any reading or blogging done, which is why I’ve fallen off the map for a couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon! I’m going to work my way back into blogging on my regular schedule (Tu, Th, Sat), but it’ll probably be a gradual effort since I’m still feeling pretty exhausted and sick. Thanks for your patience, and happy reading! ❤

Books Read:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Believe Me by JP Delaney. 3.5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 2 books (YIKES)
Average Rating:  3.75 stars

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 2 books, which puts me at a total of 70 books for the year. I’m 1 book ahead of schedule and at 93% of my reading goal for the year.

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October 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • In Her Skin by Kim Savage. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan. 2/5 stars.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Talyor Jenkins Reid. 4/5 stars.
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. 5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 7 books
Average Rating:  3.57 stars

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 7 books, which puts me at a total of 68 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 91% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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September 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. 5/5 stars, review.
  • Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. 4/5 stars, reread.

Books read: 6
Average Rating: 3.67 stars

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 6 books, which puts me at a total of 62 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 83% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

 

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August 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. 5/5 stars, review.
  • Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • Disquiet by Julia Leigh. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Give People Money by Annie Lowrey. 4/5 stars, review.

Books read: 4 books
Books DNF’d: None!
Average Rating: 4.13 stars.

Movies:

  • Ready Player One [2018] directed by Steven Spielberg. 2/5 stars.
  • A Quiet Place [2018] directed by John Krasinski. 4/5 stars, rewatch.
  • The Purge: Election Year [2016] directed by James DeMonaco. 2/5 stars.
  • Jennifer’s Body [2009] directed by Karyn Kusama. 3.5 stars.

Other Posts:

Notable Posts By Others:

Reading Goal Progress:

In July, I read 4 books, which puts me at a total of 54 books for the year. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule and at 72% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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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