Monthly Wrap Up: August, 2017

 

 

Welcome to another monthly wrap up. This monthly wrap up will be for August 2017. In August 2017, I had a horrid bout of depression. Thus, my reading will look kind of slim and sad. However, I still had an eventful month. Check out the monthly wrap up: August, 2017 edition.

Books I have read this month

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder [4.5/5]

I want to see if someone who is gender-queer or trans reviewed this book, because I’d like an #ownvoices take on it. Still, for me, I thought it was a good read. It certainly flew by really quickly. For me, I certainly identified with the sexual abuse and general abuse theme that Yelena deals with in this novel. As someone who has experienced sexual abuse and abuse as well, I felt like it was handled in a sensitive manner. Definitely glad that I have the next two books in the series!

 

 

Things I have watched

Jane the Virgin (Season 2) [5/5]

A lot happens in this season. It was an engaging and heartbreaking set of episodes, for sure. I’m excited to see how life will continue after such a tough ending. Poor Jane Gloriana Villanueva.

Speech and Debate (film) [3.5/5]

This film is all about growing up in a small conservative small town and being a different person. Sharing this experience, the film centers on three awkward teens who band together to form a Speech and Debate team. As someone who doesn’t like musical-type of films, I admit that I wasn’t a fan of the singing stuff in here. But, the cast was charming, and the story was intriguing.

The 100 (season 1) [5/5] 

Oh, man. This show broke my heart often. Freaking Bellamy going from “Whatever the hell we want” to a more relatable person. Clarke and Raven being fantastic figures in this group. Octavia and her search for belonging is giving me life here. I have enjoyed season 1. Even if it gives me anxiety, I still find it a fascinating story.

Everything, Everything (film) [3/5] 

In some ways, this film is a diverse supportive story about a woman of color, written by a woman of color. The love story is charming, and I really like this cast. However, there is a problematic handling of disability and illness in the movie, hence why I docked a few points from it. I still really enjoy it, but it’s important to be aware of the problematic nature of the things we love.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (film) [5/5]

Guardian family is back, and they are having some problems functioning. Peter and Rocket have a lot of tension as is Gamora and her sister Nebula. There are no easy fixes in this narrative, which is one of the reasons I respect it so much. Groot is adorable. But, I really fell in love with Yondu even more than with the first film. “He may have been your father. But, he wasn’t your daddy.” Also: Mantis and Drax were hilarious and sweet together. Beautiful film, for sure a favorite.

Atypical (series) [5/5]

Another beautiful show. I definitely gleaned a lot from it. Definitely will need to let it settle a bit on my mind. But, expect a review of it soon, because it certainly deserves love and praise.

Your Turn:

How was your August, 2017? Any highlights for the month? Share your fun times in the comments.

  This is another change I'm making to the blog: switching from weekly wrap ups

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2017

 

This is another change I’m making to the blog: switching from weekly wrap ups to monthly ones. I have to say that I didn’t read as much as I would have wanted, but I am slowly integrating a scheduled reading time into my daily routine. It’ll take some getting used to.

Also, the first two books were library reads. I learned that library deadlines make me too anxious, so I’ll be reading from my own piles of books. Live and learn.

Books I Have Read This Month

Title by Author [rating/5]

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller [2/5]
I found the portrayal of women in this book off-putting (to put it gently). The main relationship was under developed. The characters were mostly unlikable. 

Lumberjanes -volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters,  [3.5/5]
Charming characters. Echoing a response to the boy adventure graphic novels out there. An interesting and inclusive work. I was glad to read it from the library.  

The Falconer by Elizabeth May –[4/5]
I love this book so much. Memorable characters and a fascinating take on fae. 

Uprooted by Naomi Novak [1.5/5]
Dear Asti, I love you. But, my goodness, this book was not my cup of tea at all. The Wood is an interesting “villain.” And, I actually like Kaisa and her development. It’s the pacing of the story that alienated me a bit. I was just bored the whole time. It took me so long to finish. 

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May –[4/5]
A moving portrayal of trauma and abuse depicted through the main character and Aithinne. Speaking of whom, I adore the new characters in this book as well as the now changed old characters. Really neat development of Kiaran’s backstory and his relationship with the Falconers. Some of it dragged a little bit. Still, it was a charming story, for sure. I await the opportunity to get my hands on the final book in the series. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness [5/5]
Such a beautiful and liberating story. It is a painful depiction of loss, and processing of said loss. Conor felt familiar enough, even though I tend to dislike early teens in literature. The monster is a larger than life character. Definitely recommend this tale. My hope is to pick up another Patrick Ness book very soon. 

films i have seen

Power Rangers (2017) 

To the Bone 

Shows I have watched

Jane the Virgin (season 2) 

tunes i have enjoyed

“Magnetic,” by Canopy Climbers

Your Turn:

Tell me how July was for you! Share your thoughts in the comments.

 

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