• Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2020

    March 31, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • Magical Readathon/OWLS Readathon 2020

    March 25, 2020 by

    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… Read more

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

    March 23, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

    March 1, 2020 by

    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 (★★★★☆)… Read more

  • Black History Month TBR

    February 11, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

    February 3, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • 15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020

    January 8, 2020 by

    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… Read more

  • 20 Things to Do in 2020

    January 3, 2020 by

    This year, instead of having bookish goals and/or resolutions, I’m going to do more of a free for all and just talk about a bunch of things I want to do in 2020. They’re not even necessarily resolutions (or at least, not all of them are), and many are definitely more about having fun than… Read more

  • 2019 Accomplishments & Reflections

    January 2, 2020 by

    2019 has been a year of many firsts. To that end, it’s been a rather successful year for me. More than that, I feel like it’s been a very busy year; I think I’ve had something to look forward to nearly every month, which is novel but welcome! I didn’t do this type of reflective… Read more

  • Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

    January 1, 2020 by

    The Wicked King by Holly Black (★★★★★) The Poison Master by Liz Williams (★★★★★) The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (★★★★★) MONTHLY TOTAL: 3 YEARLY SO FAR: 87 A rather paltry number of books read this month, which is fine. For various reasons December was not a super productive month for me, but I’ll… Read more

  • 2019 Scrapbook

    December 31, 2019 by

    This is a compilation of all the media I’ve enjoyed during the year as well as a record of the various places I’ve been. I’m certainly not including every single thing I watched or listened to, only the things I want to remember. 2019 has been a year of a lot of Arabic music, some… Read more

  • Best Books of 2019

    December 30, 2019 by

    2019 has been an odd reading year for me; I think that my reading tastes have been shifting quite significantly. I no longer read the massive amount of YA that I used to, and I’ve been reading quite a bit more fantasy. I feel like I’ve gone back to my roots, as my top three… Read more

  • Books I DNF’d in 2019

    December 27, 2019 by

    This is a companion post to the Most Disappointing Books of 2019 post, and I suppose I could merge them together, but I think that I have very different feelings about books I DNF vs. books I managed to finish, so I like to keep these separate. I don’t DNF often, because I hate feeling… Read more

  • Most Disappointing Books of 2019

    December 25, 2019 by

    I still have two books to finish for this year, but neither of them is going to become a least favorite of the year, so I thought I would get this post out of the way now! As always, this is not meant to be an objective list; none of these books are objectively “bad”… Read more

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