- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (★★★★☆)
- Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (★★☆☆☆)
- Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
- Blood+ Adagio Volume 1 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)
- Blood+ Adagio Volume 2 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 5
YEARLY SO FAR: 59
So, as you can see, my intended TBR for September was a massive failure. In general, this month was kind of a #fail in terms of reading; I’m not sure why I read so little. Also, I always feel a bit weird including manga or graphic novels in my reading count, because they’re so damn short! I read both the above manga volumes in under an hour. It feels like cheating to include them, but, I mean, they’re still published volumes with their own Goodreads entries, so…
I am currently reading:
I literally just started A False Report like three seconds ago, but I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time. I decided to start this month because of the Netflix adaptation, which everyone and their mother seems to be watching (literally – my mother, who struggles with English, marathoned the damn thing). I hadn’t intended to start Sorcery of Thorns just yet, even though I’ve had it since June, but everyone is talking about it and I’m so excited about it I just said screw it. I’m enjoying it a lot so far!
In terms of my October TBR, I’m…leaving it up to fate and chance. There’s some classics I’m hoping to read for #Victober (Dracula, Carmilla, Villette) but I also wanted to pick up a couple of thrillers. I also have a nonfiction book all about witches that I desperately want to start soon, especially since I’m heading to Salem next weekend. I’m also really dying to start Serpent and Dove and hoping to get to V.V. James’ Sancutary, both of which are about witches. Oh, and I have a nonfiction book about vampires that I’ve been meaning to read as well. It’s just that time of the year!
It’s been a weirdly lazy month for me overall. I’m probably dropping Sharp Objects; it’s just too morbid and sordid for me, and way too slow. Amy Adams gives a fabulous performance but I’m just…not as interested as I want to be.
What I am very happy about is that Elementary‘s final season is on Hulu, though it is as depressing as it is exciting, since Elementary is one of my all-time favorite shows, and I’m desperately sad that this is the final season and that it is only a measly thirteen episodes.
On a whim I started rewatching True Blood, another show I dearly loved before it went totally off the rails with its final season. I mean, it had begun to deteriorate, in my opinion, as early as season three, when it became far too bogged down in the stories of all of its side characters, but it is season seven that was absolutely batshit. In any case, I’m on season three now, so I greatly enjoyed the first two seasons, which I binged, and now I’m just skipping around to get to the good parts (like vampire Russell Edgington ripping out the spine of a newscaster on live television…fucking iconic). I’d forgotten how darkly comedic this show is; it’s just such a ride.
I also watched the first season and half of the second season of The Sinner, a crime drama series on Netflix, which…I guess I like well enough? I’m mainly watching it to get to the bottom of the mystery, but I’m not really attached to any characters. Plus, the main character, an older male detective, had this whole weird subplot with a dominatrix in the first season that was just so…utterly pointless? It’s definitely a good creepy show and it Goes There and it’s very disturbing and unsettling, but I wish the lead character was different.
I’ve watched no films this month and haven’t managed to catch up on any of the shows I wanted to catch up on. I feel like…there’s so much media I want to consume but I end up so overwhelmed by the sheer number of it all that in the end I consume very little. So many books, so many shows, so many anime, manga, graphic novels, documentaries, podcasts…so little time. Alas.
Speaking of media, I won the lottery to see Betrayal on Broadway, starring Charlie Cox and Tom Hiddleston! I was sitting in like the seventh row, super close, close enough to see faces, and I was delighted! It was a fantastic play with great performances from Cox and Hiddleston and a…strange performance from Zawe Ashton. In any case, there’s something especially thrilling about seeing a show off a lottery ticket, so I think I enjoyed it twice as much.
I also started writing a brand new story that was initially envisioned as a short story, but as it’s about 6K words and nowhere near close to being done, I guess I’m just gonna let it churn itself out. It’s historical fantasy, I guess, set in 1907. It’s about immortality and family and reincarnation. The narrative is interspersed with letters, which is something I’ve never done before, but it’s turning out to be quite fun. The whole thing is really fun, actually; it’s been a while since I completely let myself go while writing and just…gave in to tropes and melodrama for the hell of it. Of course that means the quality of the work is…dubious, but eh, who cares.