Ah, another weekly wrap up. This one is the first one for April. I am starting to realize that I am not reading that much. Compared to other bloggers, my reading isn’t enough. It is hard to accept that I’m somehow slower at this.
But, to be fair, the books I was reading were so difficult for me. Mostly, they were taxing emotionally. They were not light fluffy reads. Certainly, they didn’t feel that way.
For this week, I started working on week 1 on Read Your Book Shelf a Thon (RYBSAT). The readathon involves picking a spot on your bookshelf and then reading onward.
How did I do, you ask?
RYBSAT (Part 1) Read Books
The Winner’s Crime
Oh my goodness, this book made me want to cry. I am okay with characters having mixed feelings about their allegiances. Totally fine. But, not communicating this struggle with themselves is frustrating. Another frustrating thing is that there was no pain-free communication between the two main characters.
Oh, and Jess, Ronan made me want to cry even more, because I like them. I don’t know why I do, but I do. Maybe it’s because I can tell that Kestrel loves them a lot.
One more book to go. I am curious but also in agony.
I hate the Emperor and his son. There’s a puppy in this book, but we don’t get to see her enough.
At least she peed on Kestrel. Someone had to do it.
The School of Good and Evil
As I am writing this review, I still have a little bit to go in this book. And, I cannot handle how difficult this book is. The School of Good and Evil has been a rough experience. I don’t know if I don’t like middle grade. Or, perhaps this book was just troubling for me. The vilifying of a beautiful girl bothers me. I usually root for the Slytherin antagonists. But, this book kept repeatedly reducing women to love-driven fools.
And, heaven forbid for there be any queer relationships. The whole time, I am saying, “Leave the boys and be together. You two can be a good team.”
But, no, we have to make one of the girls inadequate for being beautiful. No girl can be smart and pretty. Cannot compute.
Stupidly, I may read the next one, too. Because I have it, and I want to know what will happen next. Sophie deserves better. Also, VILLAINS deserve better. Kids are smart enough to know that being an antagonist doesn’t mean you are: a) ugly, b) mean, c) aggressive/violent.
Yes, I am sighing.
Finally, I got to watch The Edge of Seventeen. It was a thought-provoking movie. Its exploration of maturity, identity, (mis) communication, and relationships was powerful.
My favorite moment from it was this, “I think some deranged part of me likes thinking I am the only one with real problems.”
I cringed at the make out scene with Nick, but that is because of my own issues (probably?).
Definitely a movie I’m glad to have around to rewatch when perspective is lacking. I often need to sort out my priorities.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
After months of resisting, I gathered the courage to pick up the DVD for this movie. I have very mixed feelings about JK Rowling, and I don’t really follow her new additions to the Harry Potter canon. So, I am hesitant to hear what she has to say about this movie.
I enjoyed this film. It was cute, nostalgic, and sweet. I’m not sure why it has to be a five film series. It could’ve been a nice cute standalone.
Upon researching it some more, I do think learning more about Credence would be swell, because I connected with him a lot. But, I strongly identified with the Niffler.
We need lots of Queenie, Tina, and Jacob.
Plus Newt, who reminds me of Merlin’s sweetness. I love them. I really, really do.
“Rising, Rising,” Crywolf (Bassnectar remix)
I have been able to read a little bit every day. My writing has been lacking. And, I consistently resist exercising. Actually, it’s not really resistance. Instead, it is poor time management skills.
Truly, I need to get my act together. Hoping next week will be better.