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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2020

  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (★★★★★)
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (★★★★★)
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (★★★★☆)
  • When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)
  • A History of Magic and Witchcraft by Frances Timbers (★★★★☆)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (★★★★☆)
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (★★★★☆)
  • Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Return by Rachel Harrison (★★★★☆)
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters (★★★★☆)
  • The Demonists by Thomas Sniegowski (★★☆☆☆)
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 35

So…March has been one hell of a year, huh?

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Magical Readathon/OWLS Readathon 2020

I’m not going to go into what the OWLS Readathon is, because if you don’t know what it is, you can go read all about it! The gist of it is basically: pick a wizarding career to pursue, earn the OWLS (and later, NEWTS) for it via fulfilling certain reading prompts. Here are some helpful links to learn more:

I’ve never participated in this readathon before, mostly because I never bothered to find out what it actually entailed, but this year I’ve actually had the time and energy to do so and I’m intrigued! And it’s a good excuse to form a TBR.

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TV Corner: Alex Karev and the Clash of Watsonian and Doylist Dynamics

In fandom discourse, there exists the concept of Watsonian vs. Doylist reasoning. The terms are thought to originate from the Sherlock Holmes fandom. Simply put, a Watsonian interpretation of canon attempts to explain events from an in-universe perspective, while Doylist reasoning explains these same events from a real-world perspective, thereby treating the events as created objects. Essentially, a Doylist understanding of media acknowledges the intents and actions of creators and actors, while Watsonian interpretations do not. Sometimes, these two opposing dynamics will clash in a way that leads to character assassination. There is no better example of this than the departure of Alex Karev from Grey’s Anatomy.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

  • Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore (★★★★★)
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (★★★★☆)
  • You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (★★★★★)
  • A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (★★☆☆☆)
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (★★★★☆)
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (★★★★☆)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (★★★★☆)
  • The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (★★★★☆)
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (★★★★☆)
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 11
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

I’m still on a roll in terms of quantity of books read! Standouts for this month include You Let Me In (a very creepy supernatural/psychological thriller that might end up being on my favorites of the year list), Resenting the Hero (an obscure but very funny and very short little fantasy book), and The Confessions of Frannie Langton (a harrowing historical fiction about a former slave woman accused of murder). Very disappointed by A Woman Is No Man, which is just badly-written and lacking nuance when it comes to Arab representation. Also Real Life, which is just not for me, but not necessarily a bad book; I just thought it was boring and overly pretentious. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020”

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Black History Month TBR

Just like last year, I hadn’t planned on doing a themed TBR for the month, which is why I’m still working to finish three whole other books, but seeing everyone else talk about their themed TBRs has made me kind of want to jump in! A lot of the books people are reading and talking about are books that have been on my TBR for a while, so I may as well read them in February! Continue reading “Black History Month TBR”

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (★★☆☆☆)
  • Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R. Anderson (★★★★★)
  • I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (★★★★☆)
  • Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier (★★★☆☆)
  • Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)
  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob (★★★★★)
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (★★★☆☆)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (★☆☆☆☆)
  • Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford (★★★☆☆)
  • I Was their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib (★★★★★)
  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings (★★★★☆)
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carrol (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 12

As you can see, the reading year is off to a rather auspicious beginning! Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020”

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15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020

Y’all know I struggle with literary fiction, but one of my goals for 2020 is to read some more ~literary~ books. What do I mean by literary? I think the connotations of “literary” usually indicate well-written or experimental prose and a somewhat serious narrative dealing with serious, realistic topics. Or something to that effect. Not all the books on this list are hardcore literary; many, in fact, fall into that nebulous category of “upmarket” fiction – which is, as I understand it, literary fiction with a more commercial appeal. I think it’s a good mix! Continue reading “15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020”