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
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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 TBR #14 | July 2019

Hi, everyone! I hope your July has gotten off to a good start and that you’ll get to read (or do other hobbies) a ton. This TBR will look a little similar to my June TBR, but that’s because I haven’t read a lot in the past month. However, I still have quite a few new books I plan on reading, too.

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright

This was from my June TBR, and I started it a few days ago. It’s from the library, so I’m hoping to get it finished within the next day or two. From what I know, it’s a Little Red Riding Hood re-telling with werewolves? I think? We’ll see.

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcolm X

Another from my June TBR. I like American history and biographies/autobiographies, so this seemed like a good match-up. I’ve also had it on my shelf for…a few years. So there’s that, too, I suppose.

Check, Please! Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

Surprise, surprise, it’s from my June TBR. But I know it’ll be a quick read — it’s a graphic novel, and I’ve been reading parts here and there because I’m so excited to read it. It just looks so cute, and I love the art style!

Empire of Sin by Gary Krist

I mean, I guess this could partially be a re-read? I started it back in the beginning of the year and got about halfway through before stopping for whatever reason. It’s half a re-read, half unread. Bazinga.

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

I was given an ARC for this, and I’m so excited! A road trip with a group of magical teens, found family, and no romance? Count me in! You bet I’m reading this before the release date (July 17th, 2019, y’all. Write it down and remember it).

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

When I found out that the author of An Enchantment of Ravens wrote another book, I knew I had to read it. So here we are, with my library copy, and I think I’m ready. A love for books, a bisexual protagonist, magic, and an aromantic side character? You got me.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is actually the Books and Tea Book Club readalong book for July’s theme: a translated book. I don’t remember much of anything about this book in terms of plot, but I do remember that the series gets pretty dark. I can’t wait to read it!

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I’m re-reading this in order to get ready for Not Your Villain, pretty much. But! I’m also super excited for Not Your Backup, too! Honestly, I’m excited for this whole series. It’s wonderful, and y’all should check it out.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

I kinda forgot about this series… Until I saw its newest on NetGalley! I can’t remember if it already came out or if it’s coming out sometime later this year, but I’m pumped for it. I have to re-read the first one because even though I love it, I completely forgot what happened.

And that’s what I plan on reading in July! Let me know what y’all plan to read, whether it’s one of these books or others you have in mind.

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY TBR #13 | June 2019 + The Biblio Games

Hey there, everyone! Long time, no see. I’m sorry about leaving you all on read, essentially. this past semester was super busy, what with graduating and my thesis and grad school applications. Even with everything, though, I didn’t see myself taking a three-month hiatus. But! I’m back now and (hopefully) better than every. We’re just going to start off slow for now: a good ol’ TBR for the month. However, this isn’t just a regular TBR; it’s also the TBR for the Biblio Games, a month-long readathon I’m participating in this month. You can find more information about the readathon on their Twitter page! While I have books specifically for that, because it has different “classes”, I also have a stack that isn’t for the readathon in particular. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

I remember reading this back when I was in middle school, but I completely forgot what happened. Pretty sure it was gore-y, though, which is what I’m in the mood for at the moment. I mean, a horror re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood? Yes, please.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

My friend Kai is going to be so happy that I’m reading this. It’s one of their favorite books. Another book I remember reading in middle school but forgot what happened. I still remember liking it, though. Hopefully, it’s as good as I remember!

Brace Face by Shawn David Hutchinson

I remember seeing this on Twitter, here and there, and I recognized the cover when I saw it in the library. I don’t know if I’m ready to read it, but it’s Pride Month this month. It comes with a page/chapter about the content warnings, which I really appreciate.

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

…Half of this TBR is just me going, “Look, a book I read before but can’t remember!” But now we have an added component: I only read, like, halfway through this one, if that. I think 13-year-old me was thrown off by the steampunk-ish aspect, if I remember the book correctly. But here I am, giving it another try!

The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson

Now we’re getting into the books specifically for the readathon! This one is for gym class: a format that I usually don’t read. I bought the eBook for cheap (or got it for free — I don’t remember) a couple years ago. It was an impulse buy for sure: I rarely read eBooks because I don’t have an e-reader. But I couldn’t not buy it: it’s a Pride and Prejudice f/f retelling. Can’t wait to get into it!

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

This was for Mission Strategy: a non-fiction book. I’ve had this book for a few years, and I’m intrigued. I love learning about the work of the Black Panthers, and I am excited to learn about Malcolm X’s life.

Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

I saw this at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, and I fell in love. This is the gay sports graphic novel I didn’t know I needed, but here we are. It also falls under the Hero Support class, as a graphic novel.

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I read this last year, and loved it (here’s my review). I’m re-reading it both because it is the homeroom (group read) book for the Sidekicks, and because I want to before I get to Not Your Villain. It will be just as fun as the first time — this is such a good book!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

It’s about time I re-read this. Already read Six of Crows three times. And now I get to also use it as part of the readathon: lunch time, or a book with a satisfying ending. And the more I sit on it, the better I feel about Crooked Kingdom‘s ending. It just feels right to me, ya know?

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I’ve been meaning to re-read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and it looks like I get to do it, starting this month! This one’s for the Comedic Relief class: a book with a funny side character. With all of the sass Rick Riordan puts into his books, this would be a perfect book!

And that’s that! My June/Biblio Games TBR! I hope you all enjoyed it, and let me know what books you’re planning to read this month! Are you taking part in the Biblio Games, or any other readathon?

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY TBR #11 | February 2019

Hi, everyone! I know I’m surprised every time another month rolls around, but uh…I’m shocked it’s already February. I’m so not ready for it…ha! So, I”m kinda re-doing my format for TBRs — I am now dividing it into books I have started reading, haven’t started reading, and books that I’ve picked from my TBR jar. Thought it would make it look nicer. Let’s get into what I (hope I) will read for February!


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

Hey, look, it’s my favorite HP book that I definitely could’ve finished last month but didn’t. Here’s to hoping I can finish it this month. If not, oh well, I’m stopping the reread for the year. #SorryNotSorry.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

I’m hoping to finish this within the first couple weeks — it’s actually a really fun book so far. I just have a horrible time reading on my laptop. I get so easily distracted… anywho, I have pretty high hopes for this book!

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

We’ll just ignore the fact that I forgot to include this in my wrap-up for January. I barely made a dent in this book; the last part of January was just super hectic for me, and I didn’t have the time to read as much as I wanted. However, I have a solid day to get through this book, and I think I can do it…We’ll see if I actually succeed.

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

To be honest, I don’t know if we’re reading the whole book for class or just chunks of it. If we only read parts, then I will try to finish it on my own, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it if I don’t. If we do read all of it…then that’s another book down!

Bulletproof by Jeff LaFerney

Okay, so I actually have read this book before, back when I first got it in elementary or middle school. I just don’t remember a thing, so I figured I would reread it. I actually met the author when my mom bought it for me! He was running a writing workshop I went to — I was really into writing at the time and wanted to be an author when I was older. He personalized it and everything! Anyway, it’s a mystery book with a main character with psychic powers who tries to solve a murder.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I originally read the classic in school and remember liking it. So, I figured “why not?” Let’s see if it holds up after five years! It probably won’t because I’m really picky now about classics I think are good, but we can at least try it out. For those who don’t know, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian book set in a world where books are considered illegal and are burned upon seeing them.

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

Fun fact: I bought a copy for both myself and my partner back when it first came out. It was signed! I actually pre-ordered it! Well, guess what, y’all. Neither of us have read it yet. It’s been almost four years, and we haven’t touched it. So I was pretty content when I pulled it out of my TBR jar.

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

This was one that was on my TBR last month, and it’s being transferred to February. Still hoping it’s good and that, ya know, I actually get to it. It’ll be interesting to see if there are things I don’t know about in this books.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The more I stare it, the less I want to read it, but I really want to read King of Scars. So. You see my predicament. I do have to say, though, I absolutely love the cover. Just not that excited for the plot, ya know?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I’ve had the audiobook on hold since the day after Christmas, and I’m fifth on the list now…I just want to read it because I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sadie. I hope I can get it this month.

Campfire by Shawn Sarles

I placed a hold on this one last month, and I’m still #10 on the list… I don’t think I’ll be able to get to this one, but I’ll put it down just in case. It sounded pretty interesting at the library — Campfire is a horror YA book about a family going camping in the forest. You see where this is going, right?


Send me productive thoughts because I’m going to really need them this month if I’m going to get through eleven books in the shortest month of the year. Seriously. What the hell did I get myself into?

Are any of you like me, and decided to tackle a bunch of books this month? What are you thinking of reading? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY TBR #11 | January 2019

…It’s already 2019? Excuse me? Wow, time flies. Well, another month, another TBR. Before we get started, though, I do want to point out that I am trying something new with my TBR. I noticed that my stack of unread physical books have been…growing, to say the least. So, to help minimize this, I put slips of paper with the titles of these books written on them in a jar. Each month, I will draw a number of slips from the jar to read these books while still having a few books I choose to read as well. Hopefully, this can decrease my physical TBR stack by a considerable amount throughout the year. What that explained…let’s begin!



A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Like I said in my December wrap-up, I started this but was not able to finish before the month ended. So here I am! I hope it is as good as everyone says it is.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I rented this from my library when I first come home for winter break. I am very excited to start it; I love ghost books. And I love the cover!

Campfire by Shawn Sarles

Another book I picked up from the library that I have to read before going back to college. It sounds very spooky, and it has been a while since I read a nice horror or thriller book. I have not seen anyone that I know review it, so it will be interesting if I like it or not.

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

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! I’m so excited to listen to the audiobook. I wonder what Professor Lupin and Sirius Black sound like… Ohhh, can’t wait!

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I’m pretty excited for it! It is another YA book, and it seems to have a ghost-y feel. I cannot wait to see what this book has for me!

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loener

I am a semi-big history buff, so I love these kinds of books. I always like learning about how crappy the U.S. education was in teaching me accurate history. On top of that, I just like learning history in general, especially when it involves marginalized groups.

Empire of Sin by Gary Krist

I do not even remember when I bought this book…maybe a couple years ago? Though, I am pretty sure I bought it for the reasons I bought the prior book: I love learning the lesser-known parts of history.

Sula by Toni Morrison

I actually read most of this a few years ago, but I do not remember it at all. So, I figured that re-reading it would be a great idea. On top of that, it is a classic, and one written by a black woman, too!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I am so glad I drew this book! I have been meaning to read the GrishaVerse trilogy, and what better time than the beginning of the new year? It will be a nice refresher, too, before I read King of Scars when it comes out!



And that is it! I know that 9 books is a bit much for me, but I am up for the chllenge. So, what are you all reading this month? Let me know!

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MONTHLY TBR #8 | November 2018

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Yay, another TBR for the month! But, I mean, it isn’t necessarily all new…some of it is stuff from October’s TBR, lol.


1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula

One of the ones from my October TBR. I technically started last month, but I’m still working on it. I’m reading it as I listen to the audiobook, and it’s going pretty well so far!

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MONTHLY TBR #6 | September 2018

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So, if you’ve read my August 2018 wrap-up, you would know that I finished zero books last month. It was partly due to a reading slump and partly because it was just a really busy month for me, and I couldn’t give nearly as much time as I wanted to reading. I’m hoping once I get back into school (omg, it’s my last year of undergrad, wtf), I can make up a schedule for both reading and keeping up on my blog. Because of that, I’m going to try and keep it light this month.

1. “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins (audiobook)

Catching Fire

I’m pretty sure this has been on my “currently reading” shelf since July…well, let’s see if I can finish it this month. I only have about nine hours left on the audiobook? So I should be able to.

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MONTHLY TBR #5 | August 2018

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I already kicked off the month by starting two audiobooks and a physical book! Go me! Anyway, here’s my TBR for August!

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

I had this on my July TBR, but just never got to it. However, I started it just yesterday on audiobook! I’m only 40 minutes in, but loving it so far. Hoping that it’s just as good as The Hunger Games!

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MONTHLY TBR #4 | July 2018

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I hereby dedicate this month to all the library books I took out at once… Which means those are pretty much going to be the entirety of my July TBR.

1. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

Brightsiders

Saw this at my library, and decided to pick it up. I’m always down for some bi girl rep, so when I saw my library had this on the YA New Release shelf, I wanted to snag it. I guess it’s also a way to distract myself until Queens of Geek comes back so I can read that, too.

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