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~.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
TV SHOWS/MOVIES WATCHED
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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!
- 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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