March 2014 Recap

Another month gone.  This was an interesting month in that movie-watching was at an all-time low and I supplemented my voracious reading of Sweet Valley High with a slew of non-fiction.  So the result is a mixed bag.  Let’s get to it!

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Books Read: 30
Adult: 4
YA: 21
MG: 5
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 26
Non-fiction/Memoir: 4
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 6223

Thoughts on March’s Reading:

  • As far as non-fiction goals go, I read four non-fiction/memoirs (Soul Survivor, The Honest Life, Live From Saturday Night: The Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, andGod’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America).
  • I didn’t read much in the way of YA fiction outside of SVH this month, but I did knock out Side Effects May Vary and And We Stay.
  • My numbers are insanely high because I read so many Sweet Valley High novels this month for my other blog.  These books are a breeze to get through (I can knock them out in about 30 minutes if I’m not distracted by other things), so they count–but just barely.  I’m on a roll with them right now, so who knows how long that will last.

Watching:

TV:

Much as I’d like to, I’m not obsessively tracking what TV show episodes I watch and when.  So this will be mostly bullet points.

  • I’ve completely slowed down on Breaking Bad.  I’d say I’m watching something like one episode a week?
  • For reasons completely unknown to me, I’m on a serious The Vampire Diaries kick.  I’ve blown through three seasons this month, and I can’t seem to stop watching, even though everyone is dumb and parts of the show really squick me out.  Expect a post on this at some point.  Probably.
  • J. and I tore through the first season of Orphan Black, which is great and you should watch immediately.  The second season premieres in mid-April, and I can hardly wait.
  • I’m also casually re-watching Daria, which HOLDS UP and is still really, really funny.
  • I’m still watching The Good Wife, am looking forward to the return of The Mindy Project, and can’t wait for the return ofGame of Thrones.

Movies:

vmarsBest Movie(s) of the Month: Veronica Mars

Movies Watched: 4
New: 2
Re-Watch: 2
Theater Trips: 1

Thoughts on Movies Watched in February:

  • Not a stellar month for movies, probably because I’ve been hardcore bingeing on TV.
  • Veronica Mars is the clear winner here.  I haven’t written a post on it, and I’m not sure I will, because it sort of feels done to death, but I did love it while also recognizing its flaws.

Goals for March:

  • Continue reading and watching diverse things.  Keep up with keeping track.

Happy reading and watching, readers!

February 2014 Recap

Somewhere over the course of last year, I lost the plot with regard to monthly recaps of what I’d be reading and watching, and that’s too bad.  I actually really like these posts to help me reflect on the past month, in terms of what kinds of media I’d been consuming.  So, with the start of a new year and a fresh resolve to track more thoroughly what I’m reading and watching, here’s my attempt at starting up these monthly recaps again.

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Books Read: 25
Adult: 4
YA: 19
MG: 2
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 22
Non-fiction/Memoir: 3
Graphic Novel: 1
# of Pages Read: 5554

Thoughts on February’s Reading:

  • As far as non-fiction goals go, I read two memoirs (I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From and Never Have I Ever) and one biography (Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer, 1962).  I loved the Plath and was lukewarm on the other two.  I didn’t read anything I would qualify as “hard” non-fiction this month.
  • A lot of the YA I read this month was really, really disappointing: I kind of hated Asylum, thought Royally Lost was painfully silly, and didn’t connect with The Museum of Intangible Things the way I wanted to.  Even so, Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will was my favorite read of the month, hands down.
  • My numbers are insanely high because I read so many Sweet Valley High novels this week for my other blog.  These books are a breeze to get through (I can knock them out in about 30 minutes if I’m not distracted by other things), so they count–but just barely.  I’m on a roll with them right now, so who knows how long that will last.

Watching:

TV:

Much as I’d like to, I’m not obsessively tracking what TV show episodes I watch and when.  So this will be mostly bullet points.

  • I’ve completely slowed down on Breaking Bad.  I think we’re still slogging through the third season.  I will finish it.  It’s just not something I ever look forward to sitting down to.
  • Instead, I hate-watched my way through four seasons of Glee, which I’m not proud of, but there it is.  I don’t know why I can’t look away from this show–it is literally the worst and represents everything I hate, but damn if I can’t stop binge-watching.
  • I also still watch New Girl and Switched at Birth.  Everything else seems to be on hiatus right now.
  • J. and I have started watching The X-Files as something to have on in the background sometimes.  It’s enjoyable but I don’t see us finishing it (as well we shouldn’t because it’s one of those shows that refused to die).

Movies:

12yearsBest Movie(s) of the Month: 12 Years a Slave

Movies Watched: 8
New: 5
Re-Watch: 3
Theater Trips: 0

Thoughts on Movies Watched in February:

  • Not a stellar month for movies, despite my best intentions to get ready for the Oscars.
  • Despite not liking animated movies, I watched Disney’s Frozen and found it adorable.  I mean, largely forgettable, but something I probably would have loved as a kid.  I also watched The Croods and didn’t hate it, so that’s something, I guess?

Goals for March:

  • Continue reading and watching diverse things.  Keep up with keeping track.

Happy reading and watching, readers!

February Recap

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Books:

Total Books: 10  | YA/MG: 5 | Adult: 5  | Fiction: 10  | Non-fiction:  0 | Re-reads: 5
Hardcover: 2  | Paperback:  2 | Kindle:  4 | Phone: 1
Pages Read: 2,798 | Pages Per Day: 100

Best Book(s) Read: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Most Disappointing Book(s) ReadJanie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney

Movies:
Total Movies:  9 | Comedy:   | Drama:  | Horror:
New:  7 | Re-watch:  2  | Theater: 3

Best Movie(s) Watched: Hello I Must Be Going, Argo, Life of Pi
Worst Movie(s) Watched: N/A

Goals for Next Month:

  • FINISH J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy or decide to really give it up
  • Read at least 10 books
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies

Happy reading and watching, y’all.

January Recap

Books:

Total Books: 10  | YA/MG: 7 | Adult: 3| Fiction: 9  | Non-fiction: 1 | Re-reads: 2
Hardcover: 2 | Paperback:  5 | Kindle:  3 | Computer: 0
Pages Read: 3,195 | Pages Per Day: 103

Best Book(s) Read: Golden by Jessi Kirby
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Movies:
Total Movies:  14 | Comedy:  4 | Drama: 3 | Horror:  6
New:  7 | Re-watch:  7  | Theater: 1

Best Movie(s) Watched: 10 Years
Worst Movie(s) Watched: Mama, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 10 books
  • Review at least 10 books (this has been harder lately)
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies–including as many of the Oscar nominees as possible

Happy reading and watching, y’all.

October Recap

 

Books:
Total Books:  23  | YA/MG: 23  | Adult: 0  | Fiction:  23 | Non-fiction: 0  | Re-reads: 0
Hardcover: 16 | Paperback:  1 | Kindle: 5  | Computer: 1
Pages Read: 6,767  | Pages Per Day: 218

Best Book(s) Read: Pinned by Sharon G. Flake, My Book of Life by Angel, The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally, Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher

Movies:
Total Movies:  8  | Comedy:  4  | Drama:  2 | Horror: 2
New:   1 | Re-watch: 7   | Theater: 1

Best Movie(s) Watched: N/A
Worst Movie(s) Watched: The Mist

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 10 books
  • Review at least 10 books (this has been harder lately)
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies (this might suffer until the Cybils are over)

Happy reading and watching, y’all.

September Recap

Books:
Total Books: 10   | YA/MG: 4  | Adult: 6  | Fiction: 8  | Non-fiction:  2 | Re-reads: 1
Hardcover:  4 | Paperback:  1 | Kindle: 5  | Computer: 0
Pages Read: 3107  | Pages Per Day: 103.6

Best Book(s) Read: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

Movies:
Total Movies:   11 | Comedy:   4 | Drama:  7 | Horror: 0
New:  5  | Re-watch: 6   | Theater: 2

Best Movie(s) Watched: Sleepwalk with Me
Worst Movie(s) Watched: Celeste & Jesse Forever

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 10 books
  • Review at least 10 books (this has been harder lately)
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies

August Recap

Books:
Total Books: 10   | YA: 6  | Adult: 4  | Fiction: 10 | Non-fiction:  0 | Re-reads: 1
Hardcover:  2 | Paperback:  1 | Kindle: 7  | Computer: 0
Pages Read: 2674  | Pages Per Day: 86.2 (ughhh)

Best Book(s) Read:The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Movies:
Total Movies:  8  | Comedy: 1   | Drama: 6  | Horror: 1
New:   4 | Re-watch:   4 | Theater: 2

Best Movie(s) Watched: Manhattan, The Cabin in the Woods
Worst Movie(s) Watched: Bachelorette

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 10 books
  • Review at least 10 books
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies (I will make this goal, I swear!)

July Recap

 

Books:
Total Books:  8 | YA:  8 | Adult: 0 | Fiction:  8 | Non-fiction: 0 | Re-reads: 0
Hardcover: 2 | Paperback:  0 | Kindle:  6 | Computer:  0
Pages Read:  2,501 | Pages Per Day: 80.6 (worst ever?)

Best Book(s) Read: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Movies:
Total Movies: 9  | Comedy:  3 | Drama: 6 | Documentary:  0
New:   6 | Re-watch: 3  | Theater:  2

Best Movie(s) Watched: Magic Mike, Take this Waltz
Worst Movie(s) Watched: American Reunion

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 10 books
  • Review at least 10 books
  • Post at least 20 days out of the month
  • Watch at least 10 new movies (I will make this goal, I swear!)

June Recap

Books:
Total Books:  14  | YA:  12 | MG: 1  | Adult:  1 | Fiction:   14  | Non-fiction:    0  | Re-reads: 0
Hardcover:  1  | Paperback:    1  | Kindle:  12
Total Pages Read:  4,105 |  Pages per day: 137

Best Book(s) Read: Something Like Normal
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read:  Fifty Shades Freed

Movies:
Total Movies:  7   | Comedy:  2  | Drama: 2    | Horror: 1   | Action: 2
New:   4  | Re-watch:   3 | Theater: 2

Best Movie(s) Watched:  Brave
Worst Movie(s) Watched:  Snow White and the Huntsman

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 12 books
  • Watch at least 5 new movies

May Recap

Books:
Total Books: 11  | YA: 10 | MG: 0 | Adult:  1 | Fiction:  10  | Non-fiction:  0   | Re-reads: 1
Hardcover:   0 | Paperback:  2   | Kindle: 9  | Audiobook: 0  | Computer: 0
Total Pages Read: 3,397 |  Pages per day: 109

Best Book(s) Read: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Most Disappointing Book(s) Read: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Movies:
Total Movies:  7  | Comedy: 3  | Drama: 2  | Horror: 0 | Action: 2
New:  5  | Re-watch:  2  | Theater:  3

Best Movie(s) Watched: The Avengers
Worst Movie(s) Watched:  This Means War

Other and Miscellany:

Goals for Next Month:

  • Read at least 12 books
  • Watch at least 5 new movies