Month in Review: February 2019

Favorite Media

Oh, man, this book y’all. I stayed up until 12:30am on a work night reading the second half of If I’m Being Honest because I couldn’t put it down. There was a delicious slow-burn romance that made me curl my toes and squee juxtaposed with a nuanced portrait of female friendship. There was fandom and passion projects and mental health and I may have cried a bit? UGH IT’S SO GOOD.

Listen: I was not a fan of this song for the longest time and then I watched Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform it at the Oscars and now I can’t get enough. (Including all of the covers.)

Stuff I Added to My Queue

Bad Blood came out last summer, but I’m still hearing good things about it, and I was in a (desperate) mood for some well-written true crime after struggling through Mindhunter. 👎

The cover of Cannonball caught my eye in an issue of Publisher’s Weekly, and then the summary just sounded so me that I had to add it to my TBR.

Where did The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane catch my eye? 🤷‍♀️ But that cover! And the summary! It gives me such Shadow Cipher vibes, and I am here for it.

I normally like my true crime more, I don’t know, high-profile? But every time I came across Say Nothing, I thought, “hmm, that actually sounds really interesting.”

Vicky recommended Starry Eyes as part of a massive YA romance post, and I couldn’t pass up something summarized as one of her “favorite enemies-to-lovers contemporary romances EVER.”

Another middle-grade mystery that reminds me of Shadow Cipher? A new Margaret Peterson Haddix? Gimme The Strangers now please.

Vita Nostra is a decade-old Russian fantasy whose English translation was just release a couple of months ago, and the combination of “adventure, magic, science, and philosophy that probes the mysteries of existence, filtered through a distinct Russian sensibility” sounds fantastic.

Ari featured Whisper Network as a recent TBR add, and it just sounds so delicious that I had to add it as well. (Especially because of this snippet: “If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened.”)

ICYMI

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

Top Ten: New Releases I’m on the Fence About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was new releases I’m on the fence about. Since I couldn’t quite think of ten, I included two new TV shows as well! 

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson // Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi // Ghosted by Rosie Walsh // Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite // 99 Perfect Mine by Sally Thorne // The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston // There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Killing Eve // You

Month in Review: January 2019

Favorite Media

I have been on a superb Aaron Tveit kick lately, which has basically come and gone since Grease Live! but is right now like JSKLDJ:KLS. I went down a rabbit hole one afternoon and came across a cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”/”All I Ask” which is just all kinds of devastating. Like, he looks absolutely WRECKED while singing, but it somehow makes the songs that much better. (UGH my heart.)

Stuff I Added to My Queue

I stumbled onto The Bookish Life of Nina Hill through NetGalley and then promptly fell in love with the cover and summary. An Introverted bookworm falling in love with her trivia partner? Yes, please!

The Flatshare sounds like it could be, I don’t know, weird? But I’m hoping it’s the cute romantic read the summary promises.

Everyone (and their mother) has Internment on their TBRs, and I have also succumbed to peer pressure. 🤷‍♀️

Do I really need to explain why I added Meet Cute? It sounds like every fanfic I ever read and loved while in college and I am so here for that.

Is Opposite of Always another YA meet-cute that also kind of features time travel? Or maybe it’s just About Time in book form?? I don’t care, though, because both sound adorable!

The cover for Queenie is gorgeous, it sounds like a character study more than a plot-driven novel, and I am 100% super okay it.

Technically, You Started It gives me the same ~vibe I got out of Emergency Contact with a dash of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser through in, and I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint. 🤞

I literally read The Unhoneymooners‘ summary line-by-line expecting something to jump out as “meh” but then nothing did??? And then I saw that it was by Christina Lauren and I was like “oh duh no wonder.”

A new Lindy West? ‘Nuff said.

On My Radar

  • I’m going to BEA this year (!!!), but I don’t live in NYC, so now I have to book a hotel and decide on a mode of travel. (Yes, this might take me a whole month to accomplish!)
  • I’m ahead with my reading which means I might get to my ARC of If I’m Being Honest in time to nominate it for LibraryReads! (Like, who am I right now???)
  • I’m skating by with my blog and video schedule, but I want to make it a priority to sit down once a week and actually do things in advance (as opposed to the night before). Why is time management so freaking hard?

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

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

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 my 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