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