May 2017 Update

May was a really bad reading month for me. I had major reading slump. Mostly, because I came back to school for summer school, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good with reading assigned books at the same time as books for fun (I only read books for fun during school when I get lazy with my schoolwork). It’s especially true now that I’m taking a Medieval English Literature class and have to decipher / translate old English to modern English. By the way, Medieval English looks like English but with a bunch of grammar and spelling mistake, made up words, and a very different pronunciation.

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I kept trying to get into a reading mood and started several other books but for some reason or the other, they wouldn’t stick. In the end, I finished two assigned readings, and three books for myself, two of which I had started reading last month. That’s a total of five, so I guess it’s not that bad.

Books That I Read

  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (4/5)
  • The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (4/5)
  • Mandeville’s Travel by Sir John Mandeville (3/5)
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman (4/5)
  • On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen (4/5)

I may not have read much this May, but I did watch and finish a lot of shows and movies thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and my beloved local library.

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Looking back, my favorite movie is either Hidden Figures or Joy, I still can’t decide but they both made me tear up. None of which have review and might not get one except for Arrival.  Meanwhile, my least favorite show / movie and biggest disappointment was Cherry Season, a Turkish drama (probably my least favorite Turkish drama EVER too).

Some of the TV Shows & Movies I Watched

  • Angel 
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Kiraz Mevsimi (Cherry Season) 
  • Kevin Hart: What Now?
  • Dave Chapelle (Netflix Special)
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Martian
  • Loving
  • Southside With You
  • Joy
  • Hidden Figures
  • Arrival
  • Sedece Sen (Only You)
  • Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix Original)

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Yeah, that was a lot of TV and Movies and that’s not all of it…

As always, I’d love to hear what you read or watched this month, or discuss any of the shows / movies / books I read this movie with you. Let me know in the comments below.

April 2017 Update

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have months where it feels like I didn’t read. But surely I had to read something, didn’t I? It’s what I do, I read. I have a blog, an Instagram account, and pursuing an English degree, all of which concern and influence my reading habits. So why can’t I remember what I read last month?

Thankfully, I have a Goodreads and a personal reading journal that reminds me what I read in April.

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Most of what I did read in April were either graphic novels or short stories, with the exception of Thirteen Reasons Why (which I read in preparation for the Netflix series). Looking back, I didn’t read as much because I was too busy watching series after series on Netlflix.

Books Read in April

  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
  • Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • “Feeders and Eaters” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Singing My Sister Down” by Margo Lanagan
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • Stories from the Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
    • “The Frog King”
    • “The Giant and the Tailor”
    • “Sharing Joy and Sorrow”
    • “Sweet Porridge”
    • “The Golden Key”
    • “Tom Thumb

My favorite reads this past month is definitely We Should All Be Feminists because I think it should be read by everyone. It is about feminism and why we need and how to address the problem and make a change for the better moving forward.

My least favorite read was “Singing My Sister Down” because I had no idea what was going on until I talked about it with someone. I thought it was about a weird sacrificial ritual when it was actually about the death penalty. Yeah, I was completely off.

Currently Reading

*I finished reading it before posting this.

Shows & Movies I Watched in April

  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Jo Koy: Live From Seattle
  • The OA
  • Michael Che Matters
  • Trevor Noah: African American
  • Paper Towns
  • Making a Murderer
  • Louis C. K. 2017
  • Passengers
  • Moana
  • Sully
  • Phonebooth
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Rock and a Hard Place

My favorite show was 13 Reasons Why and The OA, I can’t choose just one because they were so good for very different reasons, but they both left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the second season of each show. My favorite movie was Passengers because it was just fun to watch even if it’s not the best movie in the world, I would definitely watch it again to pass the time.

I don’t have reviews for most of the things I’ve listed on here, but if you want to talk about something go ahead and let me know, I would love to talk about it…. Especially The OA.

UPDATE: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

This past Saturday, I joined Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I didn’t completely fail. In the past whenever I’ve joined a readathon, I fail (almost) miserably, but this time around it was different. Sure, I didn’t finish either of the books I intended to read, but I read about half of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. That’s a total of 128 pages!

I could have stayed inside my house the entire day to read, but I had social engagements to go to.

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Either way, I’m really enjoying both books I chose for this readathon, and I expect to finish them soon.

If you participated in this readathon or if you have any tips for me and any future readathons let me know!

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

From April 29th to April 30th I will be a reading machine because I will be joining a readathon! This is my first time joining this readathon but not my first time joining one. For whatever reason I keep joining them and failing them, but I want to change that this time around. After all, it’s just one day of reading, that looks doable.

You can check for more information here, and to find out when your readathon starts click here.

For my TBR I will be picking two books, and that’s already one too many books for me.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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March 2017 Update

March was not a great month for me as far as reading and blogging goes. I’m still trying to find a way to manage school, my new job, blogging, bookstagramming, and now working out regularly. It’s a lot to juggle at one time and I don’t even know how to juggle.

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I’m sorry if I wasn’t as active these past few weeks but I’m a work in progress. Hopefully things will get better this summer when the school semester is finished.

The only book I read for March was Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and LOVED it. I still don’t have the review up but I promise it is coming! Apart from that, I read more short stories for school, which happen to get weirder and weirder the further you read.

March Reads

Gemina (Illuminae Files) by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
– “The Belonging Kind” by William Gibson and John Shirley
– “Egnaro” by M. John Harrison
– “The New Rays” by M. John Harrison
– “Bloodchild” by Octavia E. Butler
– “Hogfoot Right and Bird-Hands” by Garry Kilworth
– “Worlds that Flourish” by Ben Okri
– “Family” by Joyce Carol Oates
– “The Delicate” by Jeffrey Ford

Of these short stories my favorite is definitely “Bloodchild” by Octavia E. Butler and you can expecte a review of it coming soon. I also enjoyed “Family” by Joyce Carol Oates but not as much as “Bloodchild”. Both stories are absolutely weird but they grabbed my attention in a way the others have not. If you ever get the chance to read “Bloodchild” do it!

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February 2017 Update

February was a busy month for me between school assignments and a new job, so I almost forgot to update you guys about my reading this past month… oops. As for reading, it was kind of uneventful. I only read two books outside of school, and one of them took me weeks to finish. Yeah, not a lot of reading, but I did enjoy the books I read. Everything else I read for this month were short stories for my literature course on horror stories.

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Books Read in February

Short Stories Read in February

  • “It Only Comes Out at Night” by Dennis Etchison
  • “The Complete Gentleman” by Amos Tutuola
  • “The Summer People” by Shirley Jackson
  • “The Crowd” by Ray Bradbury
  • “The Long Sheet” by William Sansom
  • “My Mother” by Jamaica Kincaid
  • “Don’t Look Now” by Daphne Du Maurier
  • “Same Time, Same Place” by Mervyn Peake
  • “The Brood” by Ramsey Campbell

Last month I didn’t buy any books, but this month I went a bit crazy and bought more than a couple, plus I got an ARC in the mail! I’m excited to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, both of which I’ve heard good things about.

Book Haul

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • The Classic Slave Narratives

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January 2017 Reads

This past month marks the one-year anniversary of my blog. I started this blog on a whim. I didn’t really start it for any other reason than that I wanted to voice my opinions on what I read. I didn’t think of getting followers or comments on what I wrote, so when I did get a following (no matter how small) it was a surprise. So this is also a thank you for supporting my blog!

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Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get to what I read this month.

Ok, so depending on how you look at things I either read a lot or I read very little. I gave up on two books, finished another three books, two graphic novels, and read several short stories.

BOOKS READ IN JANUARY

For January, my favorite books were It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. I’m not going to say much about Hoover’s novel except that it ripped and stomped my heart a couple of times in the process of reading it. Just thinking about it hurts. As for Helen Keller’s autobiography, I will say that it was amazing and forever grateful that I picked it up last week at the library. Her story is truly inspirational and I definitely recommend that you read it because it shows what people are capable.

My least favorite book for the January, and perhaps all time, is Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker. I thought I would like it because I had seen it so many times in different New Adult lists, but OH MY GOD, how I despised this book.

I can usually find something redeemable about a book, even with books I don’t finish, but Tucker’s novel has nothing redeemable about it. Everything is wrong with it. I have reviews for most of these books.

SHORT STORIES READ IN JANUARY

  • “The Screaming Skull” by F. Marion Crawford
  • “Sredni Vashtar” by Saki
  • “Casting the Runes” by M. R. James
  • “How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles” by Lord Dunsany
  • “The People of the Pit” by A. Merritt
  • “The Night Wire” by H. F. Arnold
  • “The Dunwich Horror” by H.P. Lovecraft
  • “The Book” by Margaret Irwin
  • “Genius Loci” by Clark Ashton Smith
  • “The Tarn” by Hugh Walpole
  • “White Rabbits” by Leonora Carrington

Apart from these books I’ve been reading a lot of horror short stories for my Horror Genre Literature Class. All the stories come from this giant compendium of books called The Weird, they’re from authors spanning the entire 20th century up to 2010. So far, the stories are not as scary as I thought as they would be but maybe I’ve prepared myself by watching The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and Angel which all have some horror in them. However, some of the stories are most definitely weird but they’re enjoyable, so I’m not complaining. Some of my favorites have been “The Night Wire” and “The Book”.

BOOKS I DID NOT FINISH IN JANUARY

  • Weregirl by C. D. Bell
  • The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

As I mentioned I have given up on two books for two different reasons. Weregirl is not horrible and sometimes I wonder what will become of these characters but it’s been so long since I started reading it that going back to it I lost interest. That and there were things that bothered me. With The Mortifications, I lost interest within the first 50 pages of the book because it simply wasn’t what I was expecting. Neither book was bad, but it was starting to feel like a chore and in my book (pun intended), reading shouldn’t be a chore.

If you’re wondering where the monthly book haul is, you won’t find it. Why? Because I simply haven’t received any books or bought any. I know shocking isn’t it?

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I am trying VERY HARD to read my TBR list before I buy any new books. So far I’m doing ok, but I’m also failing because I’m reading library books instead of my own. To be honest, I see myself breaking that goal very soon. On the other hand I did it for a month!

So let me know, what have you been reading?