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September 2015 Recap

Reading:

Best Book of the Month:  Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Books Read: 14
Adult: 8
MG: 0
YA: 6
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 12
Non-fiction/Memoir: 2
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 5,022

Thoughts on September’s  Reading:

  • I read a fair amount in September, and I read fairly evenly between adult/YA titles.  I read a lot of stuff that was merely okay, and a few knockout titles.
  • I’m participating in the Cybils again this year, which means an increase in reading volume for October-December, but it will all be YA fiction, so I should probably kiss goodbye the adult titles I still have sitting on my nightstand from the library.

Watching:

TV:

  • I’ve mostly been re-watching shows I love, like Parks & Rec, The Office, and Buffy, so I haven’t marathoned anything new this month.
  • Fall TV is here, and I’m really into Fear the Walking Dead, Switched at Birth, and am enjoying Blindspot and Quantico.

meearlMovies:

Best Movie in September: Me & Earl & the Dying Girl
Total Movies Watched: 12
Theater Trips: 0
Re-Watch: 1

Thoughts on Movies: 

  • I’m doing an unofficial fall movie challenge, so my movie watching is up this month.  I watched a fair amount of stuff, but the best things I watched included Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (SO GOOD) and Belle.
  • I also watched Welcome to Me, which I liked a lot, and The One I Love, which was weird and sort of wonderful.

 Goals for October:

  • Watch at least 15 new movies
  • Read, read, read.  It’s Cybils time, so this is pretty much a given.
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August 2015 Recap

Reading:

Best Book of the Month:  From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan

Books Read: 8
Adult: 4
MG: 0
YA: 4
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 6
Non-fiction/Memoir: 2
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 2641

Thoughts on August’s Reading:

  • Way down on reading this month, for some reason.  I have a ton to read and very little motivation to do so.
  • I’ve read considerably more YA this month, which is good.  I still have a lot to catch up on.

Watching:

TV:

  • Still chugging away at Beverly Hills, currently stuck in the 8th season.  Don’t get me wrong: this has never been a good show, but we’re well past jump-the-shark territory, and now it’s kind of boring.
  • Definitely ready for fall TV.

Movies:

rickiBest Movie in August: Ricki and the Flash
Total Movies Watched: 1?
Theater Trips: 1
Re-Watch: 0

Thoughts on Movies: 

  • Embarrassingly, I didn’t track movies watched in August, but I’m not sure I watched any with the exception of Ricki & the Flash.
  • I have goals for September, but I’m still hammering out the details.  Obviously more movies and less TV (it’s just so easy to marathon Royal Pains).

 

 Goals for September:

  • Watch 5-10 movies.  Seriously.
  • Read at least 10 books.
  • Keep up with keeping track.
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July 2015 Recap

Summer is hard, guys.  I don’t read as much as I think I will and a lot of my movie-watching ends up being half-hardheartedly watching TV while doing other activities.

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz

Books Read: 12
Adult: 9
MG: 0
YA: 2
Children’s: 1
Fiction: 5
Non-fiction/Memoir: 7
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 3544

Thoughts on July’s Reading:

  • A bizarrely large amount of non-fiction this month, due in part to the fact that I’ve been reading a lot about weight-lifting.  We all need hobbies, guys.
  • Much of the non-fiction I read was great, and some was just sort of forgettable.  But I’m glad to be branching out.

Watching:

TV:

  • I’ve been watching Everwood from start to finish, which has been interesting.  It’s not a show that has aged well, and it’s also not as compelling as it thinks it is.  It lacks many of the things that a show that relies on a slow-burn needs to be really compelling: strong writing, actor chemistry, etc.  But I keep watching.
  • Still chugging away at Beverly Hills, currently enmeshed in the 6th season.  It’s just all so ridiculous.  I love it.
  • Every once in a while, I dip into an episode of Pretty Little Liars, but the show seems to be giving viewers the exact same story every week.  It’s a mystery that people keep tuning in (this applies to me, too).
  • Definitely ready for fall TV.

Movies:

infinitelypolarBest Movie in July: Infinitely Polar Bear
Total Movies Watched: 11
Theater Trips: 3
Re-Watch: 8

Thoughts on Movies: 

  • Three theater trips in July, and all three were solid choices.
  • I rewatched Beyond the Lights (it’s on Netflix and you should go watch it) and still love it.  I watched a couple documentaries near the start of the month, including Blackfish and Hot Girls Wanted.

 

 Goals for August:

  • Watch 5-10 movies.  Seriously.
  • Read at least 10 books.
  • Keep up with keeping track.
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June 2015 Recap

Summer is hard, guys.  I don’t read as much as I think I will and a lot of my movie-watching ends up being half-hardheartedly watching TV while doing other activities.

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: American Savage by Dan Savage

Books Read: 11
Adult: 7
MG: 0
YA: 4
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 9
Non-fiction/Memoir: 2
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 3421

Thoughts on June’s Reading:

  • I read an interesting mix of fiction and non-fiction this month, including a couple of things outside of my norms: some romance, some paranormal, and some literary fiction. Overall I’m happy with the mix.  I just wish I had read more.

Watching:

TV:

  • Is anyone else watching UnREAL? It’s so great and smart and it’s required viewing for me every week.  I love it, even though I’ve never watched The Bachelor or any of the similar shows in the franchise.
  • I’ve been watching the early seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210 (inspired by the new Again with This podcast), and it’s pure pleasure for me.
  • I’m almost done with the first season of Finding Carter, which is basically terrible but I can’t look away from it.
  • I also watched the third season of Orange is the New Black and can’t believe I have to wait a year to get more episodes.

Movies:

 

I didn’t track movies for June, which is weird.  But I also didn’t really watch any?  I did go and see Jurassic World, and apart from that, I can’t remember much in the way of movies from June.

 Goals for July:

  • Watch 5-10 movies.  Seriously.
  • Read at least 10 books.
  • Keep up with keeping track.
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May 2015 Recap

I actually skipped a recap for April because my reading was so off the skids with getting ready for the move.  But I was back on track for May, so here’s what I read and watched last month:

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Books Read: 12
Adult: 8
MG: 0
YA: 4
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 9
Non-fiction/Memoir: 3
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 3802

Thoughts on May’s Reading:

  • I read a few excellent things, including Bryan Bliss’s No Parking at the End Times and Kathy Charles’s John Belushi is Dead (this is probably one of the most outstanding YA fiction books I’ve read from my backlist  in recent memory).
  • I have a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I hope to continue that this month.

Watching:

TV:

  • I’m basically in a Shameless hole and I’ve been watching that almost exclusively.  I love it.
  • I also did a rewatch of Orange is the New Black season 2 to prepare for third season.

Movies:

Best Movie(s) of the Month: The Babadookbabadook

Movies Watched: 10
New: 5
Re-Watch: 5
Theater Trips: 5

Goals for June:

  • I’m trying to continue reading a lot more than I have been, which seems to be going well since getting my new library card.
  • I want to watch a few more movies this month, and hopefully have them be new.  I’ve been relying on stuff I’ve already seen, and that does nothing to shrink my ever-growing list of things to see.
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March 2015 Recap

I hit the skids this past month.  I definitely hit a reading slump and wasn’t watching a ton of stuff, either.  Here’s what I got up to:

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Books Read: 11
Adult: 6
MG: 0
YA: 5
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 10
Non-fiction/Memoir: 1
Graphic Novel: 1
# of Pages Read: 2875

Thoughts on March’s Reading:

Watching:

TV:

  • J. and I got really into House Hunters this month and plowed through the episodes available on Netflix.
  • I’ve been doing a slow, distracted rewatch of the first few seasons of The O.C.  It was so much fun and just went completely off the rails.  It’s too bad.
  • I’m looking forward to April, which marks the return of Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Orphan Black.  TV right now is pretty bleak.

going clearMovies:

Best Movie(s) of the Month: Going Clear

Movies Watched: 14
New: 2
Re-Watch: 12
Theater Trips: 1 (but we didn’t stay for the movie. It’s a long story)

Goals for April:

  • Get back on the reading train.  Read at least 15 books.
  • More movies I haven’t seen before! I’ve been all about the rewatch lately, which is fine but doesn’t help me cover the myriad movies I want to see.
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February 2015 Recap

I was pretty productive, pop culture wise, in the year’s shortest month.  Here’s what I got up to:

Reading:

Best Book of the Month: Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

Books Read: 19
Adult: 10
MG: 0
YA:  8
Children’s: 0
Fiction: 14
Non-fiction/Memoir: 4
Graphic Novel: 0
# of Pages Read: 4223

Thoughts on February’s Reading:

  • Much of this month’s success is due to reading a bunch of SVH.  I fell off slightly this month in terms of outside reading, but it’s still pretty good considering the slide I fell into late last year.
  • I’m still firmly entrenched in the adult fiction world, which means less YA than usual, though I expect that to pick back up as more titles I’m excited about are released this year.

Watching:

TV:

  • J. and I finished Friends and have fallen into a TV slump as a result.  We’ve both been watching our own stuff on our own and very little together.
  • I watched the entire first season of You’re the Worst (kind of love it) and also re-watched the entire Sex & the City series (haters to the left).
  • We’re still watching The Walking Dead every week, and I keep up with The Fosters, Switched at Birth, Hindsight, Broad City, and Empire on a weekly basis, too.  Everything else languishes on the DVR.

Movies:

amiraBest Movie(s) of the Month: Amira & Sam

Movies Watched: 14
New: 11
Re-Watch: 3
Theater Trips: 1

  • Just one theater trip this past month to see the mess that was Jupiter Ascending.
  • Much of what I watched was in preparation for the disappointing Oscars, and most of those movies were pretty underwhelming, but I mostly liked The Theory of Everything and Boyhood was ok.
  • I loved, loved Beyond the Lights.

Goals for March:

  • I’m hoping for 2-5 non-fiction books read, as well as 10 fiction books knocked out.
  • Another 10 movies down would be excellent, too.
  • These goals are generally the same, month-to-month.