My Month in Review
I know, I didn’t do one of these posts last month (the end of the year! I should be all over end of the year posts!), and I’ve basically been MIA all month, but I have my reasons! Namely, I’m student teaching this month – when I’m not at school, I’m exhausted because second graders wear you out, mentally and a bit of physically. Anyway, I’ll try to actually post this month, but I can’t make any promises.
I have been reading so far this year, though, so there’s that. I managed to read 14 books already! Sure, two were DNFs and there were a lot of comic books and graphic novels, but never let anyone think that that means you aren’t actually reading. So, I hope to keep up the good work next month, and maybe I can even post for once.
Music of the Month
It’s kind of a small playlist this month, but I didn’t want to skip it again, so here it is, with some covers and now songs both.
Top Books Read
These are all the good books I read in December, since I never posted it – they were pretty much all at the end as well, so it was a nice way to end 2016. Now for the books of this month, though:
So many great books this month, with an emphasis on contemporary YA and graphic novels/comics – yay for mixing things up a bit!
Quote of the Month
“That’s the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon,” Olive said when I mentioned it at lunch. “My brother just told me about this. You don’t notice something and then you learn the name for it and suddenly it’s everywhere.” Olive thought for a moment. “Whoa, I’m pretty sure I have the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.”
– One True Loves (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
Whoops, not a lot of posts…
Books I’m Excited About
I WILL READ BLOOD RED ROAD EVENTUALLY! And in the meantime, I’ll read my eARC of The Ship Beyond Time (after reading the first book) and I got this Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Shakespeare-style book at the library – it’s bigger than I thought, but it looks quite entertaining and so I’m definitely excited to start it.
Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About
Come on, My (Not So) Perfect Life, you broke the pattern!
Challenges – Progress
Books Read This Month: 14
Books Read for Challenges This Month: 7
Pages Read This Month: 3,768
Average Rating This Month: 3.96
Highest Rating This Month: 4.5
Lowest Rating This Month (Excluding DNFs): 2.5
Total Books Read for Challenges: 7
Total Pages Read: 3,768
Total Average Rating: 3.96
Favorite Non-Book Things
1 // Push I saw this movie years ago and I remember liking it, but I kind of forgot about it much like the pop culture world did, but I saw a post about it on Tumblr or something and decided to get it from the library again. It’s a pretty fun and easy way to pass to pass two hours or so. I wish I didn’t kind of ship Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans (she’s like 13, I know), but their relationship, no matter what kind it is, is the most interesting way…
2 // How to Be Single I didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did, but it was actually quite fun and even made me think a lot about relationships and singledom. I have trouble falling asleep most nights because I can’t turn off my mind, and one particular night was devoted to me analyzing the different kinds of relationships. It’s always fun nights for me.
Also, Alison Brie ❤
3 // Moana I never really go to the theater (I don’t like spending money. Unless it’s books. Or TV shows. And then I might spend too much), so when I do, you know that it’s because I really want to see it – AND I WANTED TO SEE MOANA! Good news: my expectations weren’t dashed. Bad news: the songs got stuck in my head. Wait, did I say bad news?
4 // Spin City Another older show I recently discovered (yes, no one ever heard of this show before me, I am the TV goddess), and it is entertaining. Also, it has so many people I know – I at least recognized all of the regular cast. I was sad when I saw that Charlie Sheen eventually took over for Michael J. Fox because of his Parkinson’s, so as I watch this show, I’m going to pretend that it just ended at season 4 (I think that’s when the main character changes). And this show does a pretty good job of having a gay, black man who seems quite realistic (and wonderfully sarcastic) even in the late ’90s.
5 // The Mick This show isn’t a new favorite, but it’s entertaining enough and I like the family dynamics, especially how the older sister is a bit of an entitled brat (but I love her), but she obviously loves her little brother and doesn’t seem to mind showing it.
6 // Riverdale I’ve only seen the first two episodes (because that’s all that’s out so far), one of those was actually yesterday, so in February, and it’s definitely melodramatic, but I still really like this show. Three words: Betty and Veronica. Archie is maybe growing on me, but these two are the show for me right now.
A Goal for February
Actually post? That seems like a reasonable goal.