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Life Update: June 24, 2017

Hello all! It’s been literally two weeks since I posted anything. I’m sorry about that. I just wasn’t very motivated to write for the blog, and I’ve been anxious about finding a job. I have had several promising interviews, so let’s hope I find something soon.

I have been posting videos over on my YouTube channel, the most recent one being a review of Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. I meant to also post written reviews here, but obviously that didn’t happen in this case. If you enjoy bookish videos, feel free to check out the channel.

I also enjoy Tumblr and I run this blog dedicated to all things period drama and fantasy. I enjoy making edits and gifs for it. So, again, if you’re into that, feel free to check that out.

Other than that, I’ve been playing video games and reading. Not much else to report on, honestly. It’s almost the end of the month, so at the beginning of July I’ll have several new posts coming. I love the beginnings of things.

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Life Update: June 10, 2017

I haven’t been around this past week, and I’ve made zero posts since my last life update. That’s all due to my mental health. I just haven’t felt like participating.

What have I been doing instead? Reading a bit (by listening to audiobooks), playing video games, and watching YouTube.

This past week I did get an in-person interview, and they said they’d let me know in a week. I hope I have a job the next time I do a life update post! That would be awesome.

At the end of the last post, I promised I would start a bullet journal, and I did!

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I found a cheap one at Michael’s that even has the dot graph. I also got a great collection of colorful pens. I’ve been updating my trackers and other things daily. Maybe in the future I’ll go into more detail on how I use it, but right now it’s brand new.

Another exciting thing that happened is the publisher sent me a copy of Hunger by Roxane Gay. This is one of my most anticipated books. I can’t wait to read it. It comes out on June 13 and I highly recommend you pick it up. I know it’s going to be awesome.

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I did go and see Wonder Woman in theaters and I adored it. I love superhero movies in general, but the last few Marvel movies haven’t been great to me. I’m getting bored with them. I feel like the DC movies are darker and grittier, and that’s what I like.

The audiobook I’ve been listening to almost nonstop is The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I finally finished it! You can read my immediate thoughts on Goodreads, but I ended up giving it three stars.

The next audiobook I’m going to focus on is Tears We Cannot Stop, and I’m also trying to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on ebook.

Reading Wrap Up: May 2017

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This month I managed to finish three books, which I feel okay with. In my reading plans post, I stated that I want to read 3 to 4 books each month. I was really hoping to get at least 4 in during May, but it just didn’t happen. The first half of the month was spent in school since I was wrapping up my final semester, so I guess I can blame that. But also, my depression has been kicking in because it’s so hard to find a job. I’ve felt good the last week or so, though!

In the future, I may write out some new thoughts about the books I finish, but today I’m just copying and pasting what I wrote on Goodreads. I’m doing this because I plan on doing full reviews on each of these books.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – ★★★ – I struggled a bit with this book because I found it predictable and still surprisingly disturbing. I think the characters are intriguing with so many issues unique to them. The characters make this story special. The mystery itself was rather full of tropes and, like I said, I predicted most of the surprises.

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Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – ★★★ – I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Opinions are my own. I never rate things half stars or quarter stars, but I’m going to make an exception for this book: It’s a 3.5 stars from me. The first third or half of the book I really struggled with and almost DNF’d it because I felt like I was just watching women get beat up. Then, in some stories, it seemed as though the reader was meant to sympathize with the abusers. I was getting rather frustrated. But I kept going, and eventually the stories came around to the emotion and meaning of relationships. These relationships were mostly romantic ones between men and women. I don’t think there were any homosexual relationships in the book, and that does annoy me because there was story after story after story that focused on a male/female romantic relationship. Enough seemed like enough. As you can tell, I have some issues with the book. However, the writing is wonderful and moving and powerful. It pulls you in and makes you really understand what these characters are feeling. My favorite in the collection is “North Country.” I also wanted to mention the fact that there are a few fantastical stories in this collection, but I think they fit because, on the whole, this collection seems to be about relationships, either good or bad ones. That’s why I’m also annoyed with the title of the book. Yes, we have some “strong” women in here that may make life “difficult” for men, but that doesn’t seem to be the focus here. I’m left wondering why this title was chosen, and part of me believes it’s because Gay is known to be a feminist and a feminist-y title would sell well.

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The End We Start From by Megan Hunter – ★★ – I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions are my own. I can’t say much about this book because it’s so short, and therefore I’m not sure what’s a spoiler. But it’s a story about a woman and her baby and how they’re surviving in a dystopian type of future. The writing is good and very descriptive at times, but it surprisingly lacks emotional depth. There’s also no big, overarching plot points or character descriptors. For example, none of the characters have complete names. They’re just referred to as letters – R, Z, O, etc. For the first third of the book, I thought this may be because the author wants the reader to latch onto the emotions of the story, which center around a woman trying to survive with her baby. But without anything of substance to hold onto, the story came off as shallow and underdeveloped. I have a lot of questions that I can’t pose here because they may be spoilerly, and the story just fails to answer any of them. After the first third, I thought the book was hitting its stride, and I was really enjoying it. I read the entire thing in two sittings, which is rare for me. But as I was reaching the end, I realized I wasn’t going to get any answers, and became annoyed and frustrated. I think this is one you can skip.

Most Anticipated New Releases: June 2017

I put this short list of books together rather quickly because I didn’t really plan on doing this sort of thing on my blog. But then I realized that I am paying attention to new books and publishing now that I’m out of college, so why not start talking about it?

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – Science Fiction – June 15
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Hunger by Roxane Gay – NonFiction: Memoir – June 13

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The Lost History of Stars by Dave Boling – Historical Fiction/Cultural: Africa – June 6
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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen – NonFiction: Feminism – June 20