June 2014 Recap

Can you believe June is already over?  Don’t you hate it when people say that?!

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Books Read: 21
Adult: 6
YA:  15
MG: 0
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 19
Non-fiction/Memoir: 0
Graphic Novel: 2
# of Pages Read: 5160

Thoughts on June’s Reading:

  • I’m still not reading any non-fiction.  I’m going to chalk this up to summer, but I’m not sure I can really use that as an excuse.
  • I’m really alternating between adult and YA titles, which is nice.  Almost everything that I get from the library in physical book form is adult, because my library systems YA selection is a JOKE.
  • Although I’m still plugging along on my recapping of Sweet Valley High novels for my other blog, I’m not as into it as I was before, which is why my numbers are lower this month.

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’m still firmly ensconced in my Covert Affairs love affair.  It’s silly, a little stupid, and definitely far-fetched, but it’s good summer TV.  J. agrees that Annie might be the WORST spy ever.
  • We’re also sort of digging the new showMurder in the First.  That’s one I can get J. to watch weekly.
  • Other weekly staples for me include my loves Switched at Birth and The Fosters.

Movies:

obvious childBest Movie(s) of the Month: Obvious Child

Movies Watched: 8
New: 6
Re-Watch: 2
Theater Trips: 3

  • I was up a few this month, with three trips to the theater.
  • Obvious Child was the winner by far this month, but I also enjoyed That Awkward Moment and They Came Together.

Goals for July:

  • Continue reading and watching diverse things.  Keep up with keeping track.  Try to squeeze in a few more movies.

Happy reading and watching, readers!

May 2014 Recap

Another month gone.  Let’s get to it!

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian

Books Read: 16
Adult: 5
YA: 11
MG: 0
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 16
Non-fiction/Memoir: 0
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read:

Thoughts on May’s Reading:

  • As far as non-fiction goals go, I didn’t read any titles this month that fit the bill.
  • I read some knockout YA this month, the best being Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian (out this October).
  • Although I’m still plugging along on my recapping of Sweet Valley High novels for my other blog, I’m not as into it as I was before, which is why my numbers are much lower this month.
  • I read a couple of adult fiction titles, including Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas for book club.

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.

  • J. and I finished re-watching The Office and we’re still plugging away on the re-watching of Parks and Recreation in hopes of eventually catching back up.
  • We’re still watching Game of Thrones and Orphan Black.  I’m excited for the return of Switched at Birth and Masters of Sex (which should premiere mid-July).
  • I’ve gotten super intoThe Fosters (first season is on Netflix).

Movies:

Best Movie(s) of the Month: Bachelorette

Movies Watched: 5
New: 1
Re-Watch: 4
Theater Trips: 1

Thoughts on Movies Watched in February:

  • Not a stellar month for movies.  I’m not sure why.
  • I don’t have a lot to say about the movies I saw this month.  The only one we saw in the theater was Godzilla which was kind of fun but mostly stupid.

Goals for June:

  • Continue reading and watching diverse things.  Keep up with keeping track.  Try to squeeze in a few more movies.

Happy reading and watching, readers!

April 2014 Recap

Another month gone.  It was a slightly slower month in reading and watching.  I did do a lot of cross-stitching, though.  Hmm…  Let’s get to it!

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Pointe by Brandy Colbert: This one knocked me over.  It was so, so good.

Books Read: 18
Adult: 5
YA: 12
MG: 1
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 16
Non-fiction/Memoir: 1
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 4921

Thoughts on April’s Reading:

  • As far as non-fiction goals go, I read only one title–Sex After: How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes, and it was interesting but ultimately not super memorable.
  • I didn’t read much in the way of new YA fiction outside of SVH novels, but the ones I did read this month were knockouts: both Pointe by Brandy Colbert and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han were great (in very, very different ways), and Capricious by Gabrielle Prendergast was pretty great, too.
  • Although I’m still plugging along on my recapping of Sweet Valley High novels for my other blog, I’m not as into it as I was before, which is why my numbers are much lower this month.

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.

  • J. and I have been re-watching The Office for no good reason other than I wanted to and he was willing.  We tend to watch this when we’re both working on other things.  When he’s not around, I’ve been re-watching Parks and Recreation in hopes of eventually catching back up.
  • Weekly must-watches for us include Orphan Black, Game of Thrones (although I’m increasingly less enamored with this), and The Good Wife.
  • I still watch The Mindy Project every week.  I don’t care about New Girl at all anymore, and while I’ll probably catch up eventually, it’s super, super low on my list of priorities.

Movies:

shorterm12Best Movie(s) of the Month: Veronica Mars

Movies Watched: 5
New: 2
Re-Watch: 3
Theater Trips: 1

Thoughts on Movies Watched in February:

  • Not a stellar month for movies.  I’m not sure why.
  • Short Term 12 is the clear winner here.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, and it’s streaming on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.

Goals for May:

  • Continue reading and watching diverse things.  Keep up with keeping track.  Try to squeeze in a few more movies.

Happy reading and watching, readers!

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.