Star Wars has its problems, and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker wasn’t perfect, but all of the points I wanted the series end to hit were just straight up nailed, and I walked out of the theater immediately intending to re-watch The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi just so I could see Rise of Skywalker again. I went in expecting #savebensolo and came out #bendemption, and for a film series to make me feel this way after 20+ years means that I will always love it in some way (no matter how much criticism it deserves).
Oh my god, y’all, this song is a frigging bop. I usually listen to music through Spotify, but I went straight to YouTube for “RITMO” because I needed to listen to it on repeat ad infinitum—and guess what, I’m still listening. 🤷♀️
Stuff I Added to My Queue
The premise of The Boyfriend Project—a rom-com which starts when three women become friends after they all find out they’re dating the same man—is so unique and interesting!
New Chuck Palahniuk!
Normally YA books which focus on purity culture, societal pressure, and toxic masculinity do so from a feminine perspective; Not So Pure and Simple does so from a straight male’s.
Redwood and Ponytail is a middle-grade queer falling-in-love story told in verse!!
The book cover to The Regrets is so eye-catching, but the plot is also intriguing. Who can resist a tragic love story?
I’m sure The State of Us is giving everyone YA Red, White & Royal Blue vibes… but is that necessarily a bad thing?
Marie posted “28 of her most anticipated ya contemporary reads for 2020” and oops my finger slipped: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Sweaters and Stars, It Sounded Better in My Head, Only Mostly Devastated, Recommended for You, and You Say It First.
- 2020 reading challenges in which I may (or may not) participate: Books and Tea, PopSugar, Read Harder, #StartOnYourShelfathon, and Year of the Asian
- Destiny on prioritizing mental health through blogging less
- Marie on how to pace your reading
What were YOU up to in December? Let me know!