Life Update

Remember when I went on hiatus? Just two weeks ago? I thought that those two weeks off from blogging would be enough and my life would go back to normal. After all, it was just finals that was stressing me out.

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There is a lot of things going on my life right now. I’m happy to say that they are really great things: I have a better job, I’m graduating from university soon, my family will soon be celebrating a wedding. The only bad thing is that I’ve been called for jury duty. While I’m happy about most of these events taking place in my life they also come with their share of added stress and a lot less free time.

It’s official guys, I’m adulting!

I’m trying to get accustomed to this new work schedule and develop a sensible and productive daily routine, one that will allow me to not only read books but also write blogs to post here. However, that hasn’t happened yet, but I wanted to let you guys know going forward if you see I’m posting less during the week.

To clarify, I am not going on a planned hiatus like last time. Will I be posting less? Perhaps, but I’m not going anywhere any time soon.

With love,

Saily aka the Reading Turtle-Duck


Monthly TV / Movie Wrap Up: April 2018

I watched so many things this past month. I may have had a essays and exams to do and study for, but watching movies were my way to de-stress from everything I had going on this past month between school and work. So I watched movies like there was no tomorrow!

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up: April 2018

In case you don’t know, I am officially back from my hiatus. In my hiatus I focused on finishing the spring semester and I’m happy to report I wrote all my essays, did all my exams, and passed all my classes.

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As for reading, I read a total of 8 books, but I didn’t do a lot of actual reading. Not if you consider that one book was a comic, another was a poetry collection, another was a poetry collection, two were audiobooks, and only two were full length novels and even that is debatable considering they look more like dossiers than novels.  But, I digress.

My least favorite book from April is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I know this is a popular book but I had a problem with Kinsella’s portrayal of recovering from mental illness.

My favorite book for the month of April is a tie between Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. They were both wonderful and captivating.

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Now, A Hiatus

Dear followers and readers,

As many of you know, I am in my senior year of university. As I’m headed into finals week, I’m afraid I won’t be posting. In fact, I have run out of blogs to post, and I don’t have the time to write new ones for the upcoming weeks. Hence, the hiatus.

I will not be posting content for the rest of the month but I hope to come back in May. Thank you for your understanding in advance.

With love,

Saily, the Reading Turtle Duck

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Monthly TV/Movie Wrap Up: March 2018

How is it possible to feel like I’ve watched a lot of movies and TV shows and also feel like I haven’t watched anything at all? It doesn’t make much sense but that’s exactly how I felt writing this wrap-up.

Anyway, this month I watched a couple of horror movies that weren’t that scary, but worth watching. I also watched a couple of period movies, most of which were great except one. And as for shows, I’m simply not in the mood to watch unless I’m pacing myself or they’re Tuskish TV dramas. Continue reading

Monthly Reading Wrap Up: March 2018

I’m not going to lie, I read a lot in March. Yes, some of the books were short enough I read them in one day, but I’m still counting them.

Books I’m Currently Reading

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I can’t honestly say much about this yet because I’m only 20 pages in. The only thing I can say is that if I would have read this sooner if I knew it had graphics and pictures in it. Personally, I love books that tell their story in a non-standard way like The Illuminae Files series.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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I’m not sure how I’ve ended up reading two YA novels, after having such a bad time with the genre lately, but it’s happening.

So for this one, I started listening to the audiobook, and it was fine. I liked the voice acting and everything, but then I opened the book and decided it would be better to actually read the book with my eyes. Especially because the book has these video transcripts that might be better to read than listening to someone and having to figure out whether or not it’s a transcript.

As much as I adore audiobooks, sometimes make it difficult to follow or appreciate books with different formats.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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I just started reading it so I can’t say much. So far I’m intrigued by this post apocalyptic world and I do want to know about what happened. I just wish I had more time to read it instead of being forced to rush through it for school while also writing three essays.


Book I Didn’t Finish

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane

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So I stopped reading it because it was too much for me. By that I mean I downloaded the audiobook through my library and didn’t realize it was an erotic novel before I started listening it to it at work. I couldn’t keep listening to it at work, it was too uncomfortable for me. I’m sure I can read them in the privacy of my home, but it is much too naughty to listen to it at work, so I didn’t.

I will also say that the story wasn’t compelling enough for me to continue. It also had a lot of bad words that didn’t provide anything to the story. I’m not a prude but I don’t like gratuitous cursing or sex.


Babel- 17 by Samuel R. Delaney

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This is one of those cases where it’s not the book, it’s me. I just wasn’t in the mood to read or give it the attention it deserves. The book is confusing in the beginning because there’s a lot of characters being introduced. All of which is interesting but I was being a lazy reader and gave up on it quickly. Maybe in the future I’ll try again but not now.


Books I Finished

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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Read it? Yes, and maybe no.

So I’m conflicted with this novel. On the one hand, no I don’t like this novel because the characters are so bad, including Fanny the protagonist. She is so passive and so shy, but that’s also what makes her so relatable. So, I don’t know. I like that it’s relatable, but I hate the characters.


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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Read it? Yes

Yes, I read this AGAIN. I’m not sure what this says about except that I really like this book. This would be my fourth time reading it, but the first time I’ve listened to the audiobook. The audiobook narrator was really great in changing her voice to accommodate all the characters. Overall, it was done really well.



Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

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Read it? Perhaps

If you like complicated dysfunctional families, memoirs, and or graphic novels, then I would definitely recommend this novel. I will say that it wasn’t for me, but it’s not bad at all. If you want more details on why I didn’t like it, you can read my FULL REVIEW HERE.

Now that I’ve read the book, I can listen to the Broadway musical soundtrack.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Read it? Yes

I will admit I didn’t like the ending of this novel, BUT I also really loved reading it. In fact, I couldn’t stop reading and finished it in one day. It’s the slow burn kind of love, the kind that makes you giddy with excitement with each small gesture. I also loved Ridge as a love interest because he is quite different from the other love interests Hoover has written, he is full of surprises I wasn’t expecting.



Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

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Read it? If you want to.

This novella is not bad. It’s classic Colleen Hoover. Troubled people falling in love with really steamy scenes. It was a fun read and addition to Maybe Someday, but it’s not necessary to my daily existence. It was also funny but I missed the the interactions between the roommates. As much as I enjoy the romance, I also really like it when Hoover writes about groups of friends.

This is the last and final published Colleen Hoover book on my TBR. That means I have now read all of her books.


Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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Read it? If I beg, will you read it?

Every time I read a Rowell book I’m reminded that she can do no wrong when it comes to writing. Her stories are always so easy to read, to fall in love with, to relate to, and adorable. This super short story collection is no exception. If you already like reading her books, then you will like this book. If you haven’t read any of her books, then I suggest sampling these stories so you can then fall in love with her other novels.

The only negative I have to say is that the stories are short (but making it any longer would defeat the purpose of short stories).



Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Read it? Absolutely yes.

This is such a great story that defies genre. It’s a mixture of science fiction but also falls into the neo-slave narrative, or historical fiction. The story literally takes you to antebellum south, but we see it through a modern black woman’s perspective.

There is a graphic novel I’m interested in reading, but I’m afraid that will have to wait another while.


“Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler

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Read it? Yes!

It’s a short story about a post apocalyptic world where spoken language is obsolete because of an illness that has affected humans’s ability to speak, read, write, or understand language. Instead of verbally speaking people resort to body language and gestures to communicate with each other. The premise is fascinating and incredibly horribly terrifying toe me. To lose language that way is so scary I almost don’t want to think about it.

For a short story I think it is well developed however there’s a lot more to explore in this world and that’s the fun part of it. Yes, I’m left with questions but it’s also fun to think of my own answers to them.


The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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Read it? Not really

I’m beginning to realize that this simplistic like poetry is not for me. I keep trying to like it and I keep failing. If you’re having the same problem as me, don’t read it as poetry or you will hate it. Read it as a prose story and you might just be fine.


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Monthly TV/Movie Wrap Up: February 2018

For February I definitely read a lot more books than watching shows and movies. I haven’t made much, if any, progress on Shameless. I watched a couple of movies, none of which I actually enjoyed, except maybe one.

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