Elizabeth Jennings is one of the most complex female characters I’ve ever come across. She is an undercover KGB agent posing as a travel agent in 1980s Virginia, at the height of the Cold War, with her husband Phillip and their two American-born children. From the outside they seem like the perfect American couple, but in reality, their lives are full of spying, lying, betrayal, and murder. What is especially intriguing about Phillip and Elizabeth, however, is that it is Elizabeth who is the cold, closed-off emotional enigma, while Phillip often showcases vulnerability and honesty.
A little over two years ago, I wrote an article for The Mary Sue called The Complicated Role of Arabs in American Television. In said article, I discussed the dearth of roles for Arabs on TV, and then proceeded to do an in-depth analysis of the – at the time – only three Arab characters in the history of American television. Two weren’t even played by Arab actors, and only one had a plotline that didn’t revolve around terrorism in some way.
When I saw the ad for Ramy, I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it. A whole show about Arab-Americans? On a popular American streaming service? A show about Arab-Americans in America that has nothing at all do with terrorism? A comedy, at that? With actual Arab actors speaking actual Arabic instead of mangled gibberish? Continue reading “TV Corner: Ramy”
- Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (★★★★★)
- The Pawn by Skye Warren (★★★☆☆)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (★★★☆☆)
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells (★★★☆☆)
- Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (★★★★★)
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (★★★★☆)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (★★★★☆)
- A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (★★★☆☆)
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte(★★★☆☆)
- Not That Bad by Roxane Gay (★★★★★)
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (RTC)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 11
YEARLY SO FAR: 70
This has been a surprisingly productive month. I read way more books than I expected to, and a lot of them were books that were in my backlog, meaning I have been wanting to read them for a long, long time. I finally finished Jane Eyre (a book I started in March!), and I read three other classics to make up for that lost time. I got a couple of YA books in as well, one a new release (Bright We Burn), and the other an older release that has been on my list since it came out (An Enchantment of Ravens). I also got in literary, thriller, nonfiction, and even dipped my toes into the erotica/dark romance genre. And I read nearly everything that I had on my TBR post!
I haven’t actually finished Spinning Silver yet, but I’m 80% of the way through, so I’m sure I’ll be done by the end of my 90 minute commute, lol. I’ll try to get the review out before tomorrow, since I’ll be super busy preparing to leave for the airport, and I really want Goodreads to mark it as finished and reviewed in August. It’s also the only book I’m reading at the moment, which I did on purpose; I wanted to clear out everything before I leave for Egypt just so that I could feel organized and free to start whatever book I want.
I haven’t yet decided if I’m taking my laptop with me to Egypt, but if I don’t, I’ll probably vanish from here for two weeks, because my aunt, who we’re staying with, doesn’t actually have internet at all, so I’ll just be on my phone. But I might just take my computer in the end because I’m enrolled in three classes this semester and they’ve all started, so I’ll need access to Blackboard. Not to mention there might be some Fulbright stuff I have to finish up. I don’t like taking my laptop while traveling unless I absolutely have to, though, so we’ll see.
Mini TV Update: I am completely behind on everything I need to catch up on from last month, and yet somehow I managed to binge two whole other shows. One is called Safe, a British thriller starring Michael C. Hall which was really twisty, and the other is American Gothic, which was also a really twisty thriller/family drama. Both are on Netflix! I also started watching Father Brown; I’m only two episodes in but I’m already loving it. It’s about a Catholic priest who solves crimes. This isn’t even the only British show with a crime-solving clergyman lmao. It’s not even one of two (although the other one also takes place in the 1950s). Why are there so many British shows with crime-solving clergymen?
I used to do this on Livejournal. Then, not only did Livejournal become a ghost town, Photobucket basically went belly up. So I figured it was way past time for a new home for my annual tradition.
Basically, this is a compilation of all the things that I had enjoyed in my year, like music, books, television, films, and actors. Now that I have an entire blog dedicated to talking about books, I hardly need to include that in the scrapbook, but I still wanted to include my other new discoveries! I’m certainly not including every single thing I watched or listened to, only the things I want to remember. I always have such great fun doing this virtual scrapbook, and, as I’m going to tag people, I hope you will as well! (Feel free to use my banner if you like!)
When we first meet Juliet Burke, she is an absolute enigma. Who is she, really? What does she want? More importantly, whose side is she really on? As it turns out, knowing where her loyalties lie is moot, since Juliet herself doesn’t always know which side she’s on. She shifts allegiances depending on what works best for her at any given time. However, once she does decide to have someone’s back, you have her loyalty forever, no matter what.