Top Ten: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. Let’s go!

How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe Roberson (1/8) // Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (1/8) // Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (1/29) // Giant Days vol. 9 by John Allison (2/19) // Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten (2/19)

Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson (3/26) // Ms. Marvel vol. 10 by G. Willow Wilson (4/9) // If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (4/23) // The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby (5/14) // Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke (5/21)

Month in Review: December 2018

Favorite Media

Botched is one of the few shows I can stand to watch with commercials, but for some reason, I also thought it ended in 2015?? Idk. E! broadcast all of the previous episodes in preparation for season five, and I was in a happy couch-watching state for the better part of two weeks catching up on the two seasons I’d missed.

Even though I’ve never read the books (nor want to) AND watched the show since it first premiered, none of the previous Outlander seasons have been must-see TV before now. I honestly don’t know what it is that makes me choose it over other shows, but I watch enthralled for a full hour and then practically salivate until Sundays.

Stuff I Added to My Queue

I have no idea where I first heard about Anjali Sachdeva’s All the Names They Used for God, but the stories within sound just slightly off that I think I’ll dig ’em. (It also has over four stars???)

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung is getting All. The. Hype. and I am Here. For. It.

Joyce Carol Oates’ latest, Hazards of Time Travel, doesn’t have the greatest reviews, but I enjoy her writing and it’s also about time travel so…. 🤷‍♀️

I feel like How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe Roberson just kind of like speaks to me on a spiritual level because sometimes men are just so UGH that I can’t even deal with their bullshit. But then they’re like OMG YES and I can.

Sometimes I just want to forget that the 2016 election happened and, instead, be lulled to sleep by a 500-page oral history on the eight years Obama spent in the White House. (Brian Abrams coming in for the clutch!)

On a Sunbeam initially debuted as a webcomic, but Tillie Walden heard our prayers and let me lounge and read without having to deal with WiFi or scrolling or clicking.

Tressie McMillan Cottom’s Thick: And Other Essays is a (yet another) book that lulled me in by its cover, but I’m also pretty sure the poignant take on race and pop culture will keep me deliciously full.

On My Radar

  • The final season of Game of Thrones drops in April, and I low-key kind of want to rewatch seasons one through seven to like mentally prepare myself for the end. (But will this also make me more emotional???) I really only bring this up because if I want to do it, I need to start real soon and I am not at all ready.
  • I am trying to read for ~30 minutes per day (see my 2019 goals!), but the amount of good shows coming back in January is going to seriously test my ability to pay attention to anything textual: True DetectiveThe Magicians!! Brooklyn Nine-Nine!! UGH NOT FAIR

What were YOU up to in December? Let me know!

New to the Queue #13

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I’ve recently added and hope to consume right now!

Stuff to Read

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead // The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner // The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang // An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim // The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly // The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke // Tin Man by Sarah Winman // The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox // Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Stuff to Watch

American Animals // Chewing Gum * // Eighth Grade // Papillon // Three Identical Strangers

* I apparently added this to a NttQ post back in January 2017 and am finally watching it. LOL forever.

Stuff to Listen To

Lovett or Leave It // Pod Save the World // Slow Burn

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Have you also added some of these? Have you already consumed them?? Let me know!

Top Ten: Short Stories I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was favorite novellas or short stories HOWEVER I don’t really read short stories, so I decided to list ten short stories on my TBR.

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh // “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian // Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein // “The Princess and the Queen” by George R.R. Martin // Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk // Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors // The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg // Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang // You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld

New to the Queue #11

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff to Read

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh // By the Book by Julia Sonneborn // Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai // A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong // How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker // The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller // Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix // The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule // The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Stuff to Watch

Damsel // Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation // Hot Summer Nights // Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town // The Keepers

Stuff to Listen To

Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA // Hysteria // Pitch Perfect 2 & 3 motion picture soundtracks

Have you also added some of these? Have you already consumed them?? Let me know!