MONTHLY WRAP-UP #16 and MONTHLY TBR #15 | October 2020 and November 2020

October 2020 Wrap-Up & November 2020 TBR
October 2020 Wrap-Up & November 2020 TBR — oh my!

So uh…it’s been a while, huh? Apologies for that, I just had absolutely no motivation to write or post anything. And then when I thought, “Hm, maybe?” I came down with COVID. Don’t worry, it was a mild case, no fever or difficulty breathing (except from my asthma, but that’s expected). However, even with a mild case like mine, I was still out for a little over a week. I slept more during that time than I have in a while. Maybe I’ll write a post about it one day, but for now! Bookish content! I didn’t really read a bunch or watch much of anything or play many video games….to be honest, I didn’t do a ton in October at all outside of getting sick, lol. And my TBR for November is pretty small. But I figured this is something relatively easy to get together and to use to get back into the swing of things! So here y’all are, enjoy what I did in October and what I plan on reading in November~.

BOOKS COMPLETED/DNF’D

Are Prisons Obsolete?
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
  • don’t mind me, I’m just slowly making my way through foundational leftist texts
  • I already knew a lot of the arguments Davis makes throughout the book, but it was nice to read the source instead of only Twitter threads (that are still valuable, btw!)
  • really want to grab a copy for myself in order to annotate — I read a library copy
  • 5/5⭐
How to Be an Antiracist
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • the writing itself gives the book 5 stars right off the bat: it’s accessible and the way it was organized made it a breeze to get through; I enjoyed it thoroughly
  • theoretically, though, there are two aspects that I don’t think hold up: Kendi’s assertion that people of color, including Black people, can be racist against white folks (and he even has a whole chapter/section on this); and the (smaller) argument that since some Black people throughout history have held political office throughout the US, Black folks as a whole hold power
  • those two point are probably the weakest out of the whole book; otherwise, it was still a good read, and I think it can still be worthwhile
  • 5/5⭐
Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks
  • I’ve read a few chapters throughout undergrad for a couple classes, so I’m glad I finally got around to reading it in full
  • it was exactly what I expected: an easy-to-understand primer on various general feminist issues
  • the trans exclusion kinda hurt, though, not gonna lie. Particularly when it came to reproductive healthcare/justice. But what can ya do?
  • overall, I’d still give it to someone as a very basic introduction to feminism, along with other reads to supplement it
  • 5/5⭐
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  • unlike with PJO, I knew absolutely nothing about Norse mythology before going into this (I mean, I read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and I watched Thor, but do those really count if I can’t remember anything from them?). Regardless, I still had a blast reading it!
  • the characters!! I love!! a Muslim Valkyrie, a Deaf elf, a stylish dwarf. They are all adorable, and I love them
  • I feel like this series has a darker tone than PJO or HOO and that it handles it in a more complex way — I’m excited to see how the rest of the series will go!
  • 5/5⭐

TV SHOWS/MOVIES WATCHED

Trick 'r Treat, 2007
Trick ‘r Treat, 2007
  • someone explain to me how this became a comfort movie for me
  • my mom and I watched this so many times during October, you notice so many little things with each watch!
  • I think my favorite story is the one with the kids collecting the jack o’ lanterns
Truth or Dare 2017 Poster.jpg
Truth or Dare, 2017
  • my mom and I caught the last forty minutes or so of this one, and I wish we caught all of it because it seemed super interesting
  • however, geez, it’s super gory so if that’s not your thing, you should probably stay away
  • it was still a lot of fun, though
  • like most horror, explores the darker parts of humanity and the secrets we hold
Truth or Dare, 2018
Truth or Dare, 2018
  • my mom and I wanted to watch the previous Truth or Dare movie in its entirety, and we found this one on On Demand thinking it was it; turns out there’s more than one movie with the same name and similar premises!
  • it wasn’t exactly like the other movie, but it was still really interesting
  • I feel like some of the characters could have been fleshed out more, though
Hocus Pocus, 1993
Hocus Pocus, 1993
  • a Halloween classic!
  • we watched it multiple times throughout the month
  • when I was younger, the Binx was my favorite character; upon re-watch, he’s still my favorite
  • the younger sister is a bit of a brat in the beginning though, dang lol

Outside of that, my media has been pretty limited. I haven’t listened to anything specific album-wise, and my video game-playing has been brought to a screeching halt for the time being. However, here’s what I plan on reading in the month of November!

NOVEMBER TBR

The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • I’m super behind in reading this, but at this point, that’s kinda my brand, right?
  • for those that don’t know what it’s about: a contemporary about a young Black girl who must come to terms with witnessing the murder of her childhood friend by the hands of a cop
  • I’ll be honest, I’m surprised by how big it is; I thought it was smaller like most contemporaries
Clap When You Land
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • I originally bought this for the In The Margins book club (a book club on Twitter focused on reading books by and about marginalized folks; check it out!) for October’s pick, but uhh, COVID kinda said no to that, lol
  • I’ve already started, and I love it so far! I’m reading along with the audiobook
  • speaking of, the narration? is gorgeous?? 10/10, definitely recommend
Women, Race & Class
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
  • I’m back on my non-fiction bullshit
  • another book that I read parts from throughout undergrad that I never got around to reading the whole of until now
  • I just *clench fist* really love Angela Davis and her work, ya know?
Summer Bird Blue
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • I have an assignment due in a little over two weeks that is worth 25% of my grade, and I decided I wanted to re-read this book for it; let’s hope that was the right choice ’cause by the time I’m done, I probably won’t have time to change it, lol
  • seriously, though, I’m so excited to start this book again!! I absolutely adored it the first time around
  • and if you really want me to, I’ll link my final paper, lmao
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • another book that was meant for a book club but that I never got around to (…maybe I’m just bad at book clubs, lol); this one was the Spooky Bitches Book Club (check them out if you like spooky books and movies!)
  • not gonna lie, I completely forgot what this was about, only that a lot of people were spooked by it
  • I’m excited for it, though; I haven’t finished much horror in a while!
Cemetery Boys
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • the November pick for the In The Margins Book Club….that I can hopefully read in the month it was meant for? maybe?
  • Latinx trans MC, Latinx trans MC!!!
  • I’m having delayed Halloween reads, apparently; blame COVID

And there you go, the books I plan on reading in November! I think 6 books is pretty doable for me — let’s just hope classwork doesn’t bog me down! What’s everyone else reading (or have already read!) this month? Let me know!

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #15 | April 2020

Yeesh, this month was…something. I didn’t really read any physical books. Out of the six books I read, only one was a physical book from the library. The rest were audiobooks. I actually listened to more music: I’ve listened to nine albums vs. reading six books. But honestly? With everything going on, reading was a lot harder this month than listening to music. But anyway, here’s everything that I’ve done throughout the month!

BOOKS COMPLETED/DNF’D

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

  • spoopy mystery about a young woman learning about what happened to her aunt
  • it was more mystery than horror, but I still enjoyed it
  • the romance was super lackluster for me though, lol
  • 4.5/5⭐

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

  • a non-fiction book about the history of Western indigenous people and how the United States fucked them over continuously
  • it makes it clear that much of what people learn about the relations between indigenous people and the US government is often glossed over
  • I think if I read the physical book, it’d be a bit better, but I found myself lost as to who and where the author was talking about
  • 3.5/5⭐

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

  • a book about vampires, where it spreads similar to a disease
  • should I have read this during an actual pandemic? Probs not, but here we are
  • it was okay — it wasn’t horrible, but it was nothing groundbreaking either
  • however, there’s literally no thought out, well-written characters that are women. Like. The only one we get is a woman who only serves as the MC’s possible love interest, and she isn’t even in the final battle scene because she ~has to take care of the MC’s son~
  • 3.5/5⭐

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

  • a pretty light contemporary about a Muslim girl trying to get back in touch with her faith
  • it was alright, but the LI was…super bland? I don’t think he had that much depth at all, which made me not care for the romance, lol
  • I’m not going to say anything about how Islam and different inter-community discussions were portrayed because I’m an atheist and have no personal connection to Islam, but I will say that I enjoyed the MC’s journey throughout the novel
  • But also, I will point out that the book makes it sound like there are no exceptions to fasting when it comes to Ramadan, and I know for sure that’s not true. Just wanted to point that out
  • 3.5/5⭐

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

  • I got through about three chapters and the prologue of the audiobook, and I ended up DNFing
  • it wasn’t bad, necessarily, but it wasn’t what I thought it was; it’s, like, this weird fusion of fantasy and sci-fi, and I wasn’t expecting that
  • it just wasn’t a book for me
  • no rating

Middle School’s a Drag by Greg Howard

  • this was a cute contemporary MG book about a boy running his own “talent agency” while also trying to figure out how to be more confident with his gay identity
  • I really enjoyed the discussion the MC had with himself about if he’s “gay enough” because he doesn’t act like a “stereotypical” gay boy
  • however, I’m not a huge fan of the bully being let off the hook for…basically no reason?
  • it was nice to see the amount of diversity in the book, though

BOOKS STARTED BUT NOT YET COMPLETED OR DNF’D

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

  • 68/561 pages (at the end of April — now, at the time of writing, I’m a lot further along)
  • who was going to tell me that there’s FAKE DATING?
  • I’m so excited for the rest of this series

TV SHOWS/MOVIES WATCHED

Bob’s Burgers, season 2 and part of season 3

  • I’ve been casually watching it as I work on my book journal and/or blog at night
  • I still love the humor
  • maybe I can get through another couple seasons this month
  • 10/10, probably going to watch again once I’m caught up

Detective Pikachu

  • I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO WATCHING THIS
  • I can die happy now
  • seriously, the Pokemon looked so good, I loved it
  • will definitely re-watch when I need a pick-me-up

MUSIC LISTENED TO

We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot

  • *pretends to be shocked*
  • anyway, still a banger

Feathers & Flesh by Avatar

  • I believe I listened to this back in February, but I wanted to listen to it again, so I know if I want to put it into my general playlist
  • it’s still a good album, and I’m glad to be getting back into the band

Hail the Apocalypse by Avatar

  • every single song on this album sounds like it was made for pirates, and you can’t tell me otherwise
  • it’s just a snazzy group of songs

Blood Mountain ; Crack the Skye ; The Hunter ; Once More ‘Round the Sun; Emperor of Sand by Mastodon

  • these are five different albums, but they’re all by the same band, so I figured I would group them all together
  • another one of those “used to listen to them a lot, stopped for a few years, and I’m now back to listening them” things
  • highly recommend

The Nothing by Korn

  • me? liking every song of a Korn album? I know, I’m surprised, too
  • seriously, though, good stuff

VIDEO GAMES PLAYED

Pokemon Sword

  • my boyfriend got it for me for my birthday!!!
  • I haven’t played a ton of it, but I’m having a lot of fun
  • my team has two normal types, and no, I am not getting rid of the them. Wooloo and Skwovet are staying forever

Untitled Goose Game

  • a relaxing game to play when you’re trying not to think about the state of the world rn
  • honk honk, motherfucker

And that’s it for the month of April! Let me know what you did during April, whether it was reading or another hobby/activity, in the comments! 🙂

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #14 | February 2020

So I know I usually only do books for monthly wrap-ups, but I figured it would be fun to do all the media I’m consuming instead! So this includes books I finished/DNF’d, books I started but have yet to complete/DNF, music albums I listened too, movies and TV shows I watched, and video games I’ve played. I figured this would add a bit of something extra to my wrap-ups. I hope y’all enjoy!

(P.S. if I already wrote a review for the book, all you have to do is click the title/author in order to read the review!)

BOOKS COMPLETED/DNF’D

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

  • THE HUMOR IN THIS BOOK OMG it’s authentic™️ millenial humor, and I love it
  • if you love found family, you’ll love this book
  • it was just…a ton of fun, and I can’t wait for the second book in the series to come out
  • 4/5 ⭐

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

  • f/f! dragons! magic!
  • there’s multiple POVs, which is fun, too
  • absolutely loved it
  • 5/5 ⭐

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • about the Dresden bombing during World War II by Allied forces
  • always love some anti-war books
  • also had a sci-fi element with aliens and abduction
  • short and sweet
  • 4/5 ⭐

Prodigy by Marie Lu

  • DNF @ 61/371 pages
  • I forsaw a love triangle, and I got out of there real fast
  • also, the fact that Day is suddenly so jealous and possessive of June made me cringe
  • the plot wasn’t holding up for me, which made the writing all the more annoying
  • 2/5 ⭐

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

  • review to come
  • the only valid love triangle in the history of love triangles
  • the story was a lot of fun, and I flew through it
  • can’t wait for book 2!
  • 5/5 ⭐

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

  • lol, I hated this book
  • I get that it was written 20 years ago, but it definitely did not hold up
  • none of the characters appealed to me, and they were all caricatures; they didn’t have any depth
  • the treatment of Artemis’ mother made me so annoyed
  • 1/5 ⭐

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

  • review to come
  • eyyy, I hated this book, too
  • I know y’all say that it gets better later in the series, but I absolutely loathe Harry
  • also? the writing? wasn’t engaging at all
  • 2/5 ⭐

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

  • review to come
  • I was reminded of why I love Radu and Lada
  • fuck Mehmed, though, I hate him
  • let’s see if Lada, like, takes over the world or something next book; that would be rad
  • 4/5 ⭐

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  • DNF @ 25%
  • I might come back to this later with my physical copy — I listened to an audiobook via Overdrive, and the narrator was….bad
  • super bored from what I listened to
  • I just want to read about gay guys from the 1800s, is that too much to ask for?
  • 2.5/5 ⭐

The Assorted Works of H.G. Wells

  • DNF @ 146/511 pages
  • I got halfway done with War of the Worlds and was really bored
  • also, it was set in Englad, and Wells name-dropped a bunch of cities/towns I know nothing about (I live in the U.S.)
  • might come back to it later
  • 2.5/5 ⭐

BOOKS STARTED BUT NOT YET COMPLETED OR DNF’D

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

  • 179/499 pages (as of writing this post)
  • I’m always down for a heist novel
  • a heist novel that also goes back and forth between the “present” and the background of the protagonist? even better
  • I need the whole series now

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

  • 80/688 pages (as of writing this post)
  • I read chapters out of this for APUSH six years ago or so, and I’ve been meaning to read the whole thing
  • so far, I’m really enjoying it
  • can’t wait to read more throughout the month

On the Edge by Lois Duncan

  • 95/210 pages (as of writing this post)
  • a collection of YA short stories with the theme of being “on the edge”
  • it was early 2000s YA, so not that spectacular
  • still pretty okay, though

TV SHOWS/MOVIES WATCHED

Bob’s Burgers, season 1

  • there were some sketchy jokes that I missed in the beginning of this show, ngl
  • however, it was still a lot of fun, and I love re-watching it
  • Gene and Louise are my favorite, but Linda is amazing, too

Chernobyl, 2/5 episodes

  • this was a lot more intense than I was thinking it was going to be
  • had to stop after the second episode in order to take care of myself
  • going to wait to watch the last three because I heard the third episode is the harshest
  • still really good, though

Spider-Man: Homecoming

  • I was able to watch this at work because we were so slow, and it was on one of the TVs
  • missed bits and pieces due to having to bus tables and answer the phone, but what I watched was really good
  • want to re-watch it in one sitting now

MUSIC LISTENED TO

We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot

  • watch me listen to this album every month until the day I die
  • seriously, though, it’s so good
  • they’re all bangers, but especially “Orphan”; “Not Long For This World”; and “Nero Forte”

Feathers and Flesh by Avatar

  • I forgot that Avatar kinda existed, so I was pumped to see them in one of my Spotify playlists
  • I used to listen to this album all the time during my first year of college, especially walking around campus
  • just??? the sound of it??? is so nice??? I don’t know what it is

Badlands by Halsey

  • another album I haven’t listened to in a while
  • very good, definitely recommend
  • had to add this album to my new playlist immediately

hopeless fountain kingdom by Halsey

  • yet another album I forgot about!
  • every single song is amazing
  • also added to my new playlist

VIDEO GAMES PLAYED

Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu

  • I finally have a Switch to play it on!
  • just finished Misty’s gym, and now I’m working on getting to Lt. Surge
  • I’m actually a bit under-leveled???
  • catching everything is a ton of fun, though

Untitled Goose Game

  • my broyfriend gave this to me as a gift for Christmas, and it is adorable
  • oh to be a goose that steals absolutely everything in order to solve puzzles
  • you can honk at everyone, and it’s amazing

Octopath Traveler

  • I’m only on the first character, in the first dungeon, but it’s fun so far
  • kinda like an old-fashioned Final Fantasy game, which is pretty cool
  • taking my time, so it’ll really take a while to complete it
  • interested to see where it goes

Pokemon Moon

  • I’m taking this oppurtunity to do a Wonderlocke
  • so far (before the first “gym”) I have a Ponyta, Growlithe, Combee, Ghastly, Grubbin, and…Alolan Grimer, I think?
  • let’s see how far I get before I die

And there we are! Let me know if you ever read/watched/listened to/played any of these! I’d love to chat 🙂

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #13 | June 2019

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely June — whether it was due to the start of summer, Pride month, or just some good reading! I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t read a whole lot in June: most of my reviews were from books I’ve read in past months. But that’s okay — life happens.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Y’all. This book. I was not ready for it at all. While I’m usually not one for books about fae or when the love interest, ya know, kidnaps the protagonist, this book made me love both of them. Okay, maybe not the kidnapping part, that’s still sketchy as fuck, but I adored the rest of the book. Here’s my review!

Graceling by Kristina Cashore

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars

I wanted to like this so much… I read it when I was younger and remember loving it. However, upon the re-read, I just couldn’t stand it. The characters kinda bored me, the disability rep is kinda ableist, and the writing drove me up the wall. Here’s my review, if you want to check it out!

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

⭐⭐
2/5 stars (DNF @ 92 pages)

So many people have said they liked this book, but I could not get into it. While the plot seemed interesting enough to continue, I really didn’t like the writing style whatsoever. I didn’t write an official review because I only made it through 92 pages, but here’s my Goodreads review if you’re interested.

…Apparently, I only read three books in June, but I figured I would try something new with my wrap-ups, where I give y’all easy access to the other posts I did this month, in case you missed something!

Make Up Reviews (or, reviews that I finally got around to and should’ve had done ages ago)

Top Ten Tuesday

Book Tags

Non-Bookish Adventures

And there you go! My month in blogging and reading. Did you have a reading slump this last month, too? Or were you able to read a lot? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #12 | February 2019

So, uh, February was weird — I was able to get through a few novels (…ones that weren’t on my TBR, but we’ll ignore that), but as for blogging? Lmao, that fell apart. Including reviews, apparently. Sorry about that, y’all, there was just way too much going on for me to worry about this. I’m going to try harder this month, though! So, here we go, my February wrap-up!


 

Cranesong by Rona Wang

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

The first book I read for February, and it was absolutely gorgeous! I loved every second of it. Cranesong is an anthology, with all the stories dealing with some sort of trauma or hardship. What’s really cool is that all of the protagonists are East Asian! Definitely pick this up if you’re interested; you won’t be disappointed.

Norse Mythology by Neal Gaiman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

So I don’t have a review for this yet because outside of the review I had to do….Nope, didn’t get to anything. Anyway, this is the first Neil Gaiman book I listened to, and read altogether, and I was blown away. I loved it! It gave the basics of Norse Mythology, and it was funny, and it was dangerous. It’s a wonderful book, and Gaiman does such a good job narrating it.

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars

Another book I finished listening to but didn’t get around to reviewing. Well, okay, it’s more like a longer essay, but it still counts on Goodreads! I thought it was going to be good because I heard such good things about the author, but…it fell flat for me. Sure, it’s good for someone if they want a “basic” overview of feminism and have that feminism be very trans-exclusive in its language. There was also a bit that was biological essentialist, and… Well. I’ll write a whole review about it later. Let’s just say I wasn’t a huge fan.

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

Another book I had to read for class, so I didn’t review it. It was pretty good, but I wouldn’t read it again unless I had to. It was mostly sad, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the last 20% or so of the book.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Wow, look, it’s another book I finished that I didn’t review. It’s almost like that’s the theme for this month. Moving on, this was another book I listened to impulsively, and I really enjoyed myself. I liked how the narrator brought the characters to life, even if it took a little time to get used to her, and I loved Mila and the group of girls she brings back to life. I would definitely look into it if you’re into witchy feminist stories with fat girl protagonists of color!

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

I’ve been on this book for the past two months, and if we don’t finish it this month, I’m dropping out of college. Y’all already know what it’s about from my last wrap up, so I’m not saying anything, lol.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

…Same thing about this one. Misty, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry I haven’t finished already. Audiobooks are just so much easier when I have to constantly be walking around campus.

Another Country by James Baldwin

If I say it’s another book for class, how many people would throw tomatoes at me? Oh well, it’s another book for class. From what I’ve read so, it’s pretty good, but none of the characters are really that likeable. I get that that’s supposed to be the point, but…still.

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

I’ve been reading this book since January, and I’m still not done… It’s a good book, don’t get me wrong, but it’s one that I’m annotating, so it’s taking me forever to actually sit down and read a chapter every now and then. Hoping to finish it in March, though!


And there you have it! My (late) February 2019 wrap up. I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward to a more productive month!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #11 | January 2019

Hi, everyone! Can you believe it’s already February? Because I sure can’t. Well, here’s what I’ve read this past month, and what I’m currently reading!


 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

This was the first book I finished in 2019, and I loved it! I don’t read as much middle grade as I would like, so I really enjoyed this one. It’s a spooky ghost story with Cass, a girl who can see and talk to ghosts, and Joacob, her ghost-y best friend!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

Another V.E. Schwab book finished, and I loved it even more than City of Ghosts! I loved everything about it: the characters, the plot, the magic, the setting. All of it. The book follows Kell, a magician, and Lila, a girl with the love for adventure, as they try to take a mysterious stone back to its rightful place. Please read it, it’s my new fav next to Six of Crows.

Sula by Toni Morrison

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

If you’re interested in classics, black authors, or anything remotely connected to either of those two, look into Sula. I’m usually not for books considered classics, but I really enjoyed this one. Sula is about the lives of two childhood best friends, Sula and Nell, throughout their lives.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

This one doesn’t have an official review because I read it for a class. It was pretty good; nothing to call home about, though. I wasn’t really connected with any of the characters. However, I do have to say, that last scene between Maurice and Clive made me laugh. I don’t think it was supposed to? But it did.

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

Another book for a class — I’m almost halfway through it, and so far, so good. It’s pretty self-explanatory: it delves into stereotypes about Black women in the United States and how shame may affect them. There’s a lot I’ve annotated so far, so if social science and race are your thing, give it a try.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

It is so hard for me to finish e-books, apparently. I started this in the beginning of January, and I’m still working on it. It’s not bad at all — I’m actually quite enjoying it — but I just can’t seem to bring myself to open the Kindle app on my laptop. The Shadow Girl is about an invisible girl, both literally and metaphorically!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

So this would have been finished, except 65% of the way through the audiobook, my account decided to log itself out. And the password and login weren’t saved. Pair that with the fact that I didn’t feel like digging out my library card (it was through OverDrive), and you have an unfinished book.


There you go, my January wrap-up! I didn’t do qute as much as I wanted to, but that’s okay. I’ll have all next month to catch up! …Says every reader every month.

Let me know what you’ve read this month! What was your favorite and/or least favorite book of the month? Do you constantly see yourself pushing books back to read?

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #10 | December 2018

Hi, everyone! This is a little late, but I still wanted to get it up. Here is what I read in December, along with what I am still working on!



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

Since it is a Harry Potter book, I did not review it on my blog. I listened to it on audiobook, and I actually quite liked it. I thought the narrator (forgot which one) was very good, and I enjoyed myself. Now I just have to wait for the Prisoner of Azkaban audiobook from my library before I can continue it.

Choosing Evil by Kristina Rienzi

⭐ .5
1.5/5 stars

Review

If you saw my 12 worst books list and/or my review of this book, you will know my thoughts. And that is all I am going to say about it.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

I loved this book; it was so good. And this is coming from someone who does not read historical fiction. The characters were interesting, and the plot was both moving and character-centered, which is awesome. Definitely a new favorite.

1984 by George Orwell

I only got thirty pages in, and that was thirty too many. Since I DNFd so early, I did not write an official review. Ugh, the writing style was “meh,” and the constant “THOSE EVIL SOVIETS” parallels were obnoxious. I did not even make it that far, either!

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review on 1/2/19

I have not published the review yet, as you can see, but this book. Wow. It is heartbreaking how much suffering a single person went through, especially by the hands of the people that are supposed to love her most. If you can handle it, I recommend this memoir. However, be warned: CWs for child abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and mentions of child/sex slavery (this last one is only once or twice, in passing).

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I started this in December, but was not able to finish before the month ended. I am about 25% done and loving it so far! Love Kell and Lila already, and I am only at a little past 100 pages. And that writing style? Gorgeous.


And that’s it! What have you all read this past month? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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WRAP UP #9 | November 2018

Hi, everyone! I finally got to my November wrap-up! I didn’t finish everything I wanted to, but it was still a decent month for me!

1. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

I…didn’t realize how sweet this was going to be: it would induce so many cavities, to be honest. But I loved it so muchNot Your Sidekick was an amazing, fluffy read, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on its sequel, Not Your Villain!

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #8 | October 2018

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Hi, folks! So another month has come and gone (somehow??), and here we are again: another monthly wrap-up. I read a lot more than I thought I was going to, and that’s saying something. So, let’s get into it!


1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

⭐ .5
1.5/5 stars

Review

Such a great duology does not deserve the conclusion that is Mockinjay. Seriously. I’m angry. Check the review out for full anger.

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