What I’m Currently Reading

In December 2020


My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

I’ve only read Rainbow Rowel’s short story Midnights, I’ll give the story a 5/5. I rooted for the main couple because they were just too cute! The only thing I didn’t like about the romance was how the main guy kept kissing different girls even though he presumably liked the main character?!? TF



North Child by Edith Pattou

I really like the concept of this book and I’m excited to read further into than I have (I’m about 50 pages in). In this world, the direction of where you were born determines the type of person you are. The mother learns that if she borns a pure North born, they’ll die a cold death. So far: 4/5.



Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

I was enjoying this book but then I put it down a few weeks ago… and haven’t picked it back up. I’m working on it. My rating so far: 3.5/5. Good but I have a feeling I know where it’s going.



What are you reading?



ALSO I’M CURRENTLY LISTEN TO TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW ALBUM!!! OMG!


November 2020 Wrap Up

Things I read and watched in November!


Romancing the Stone (1984)

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WHAT A FUN MOVIE!

About: A romance writer gets to live out here fantasies, when she gets mixed up in a dangerous adventure, to Columbia.

Pros: Just trust me and watch it, it’s a pretty solid movie. And, it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis!

Cons: Are there any?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes, God, Yes (2020)

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By first glance this movie could seem like another Ladybird, a coming of age movie set during the early 2000s, that follows a teenager in Catholic school. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.

About: A sheltered teenager starts having her sexual awakening but she has to suppress it do to her faith. I’m not religious and I would say this film isn’t really for religious people.

Pros: I recommend watching this! The acting, script and directing was really good! The film was about and hour and 18 minutes, not quite a normal runtime for a feature length film, BUT I’m glad. If it was any longer it would’ve dragged out.

Cons: Only negative part was the cliche where the girl gives the ‘high school sucks’ speech in front of her class.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman and Kasie West

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Snow and Mistletoe by Kasie West- This was definitely the best story in the collection. Yes, the story was very cliche… And yes, the characters don’t talk like teenagers but other than that the story was cute and fun! 100% the most christmasy one! 4.5/5

Working in a Wonderland by Aimee Friedman- This was okay. The romance was shoved in right at the end, with no set up before. The main character is sarcastic, but no, in reality she’s just mean. What’s with writers using sarcasm as an excuse to be rude? 3/5

The Magi’s Gifts by Melissa de la Cruz- THANKFULLY this was the shortest story. I’m sorry but nobody cares about materialistic teenagers. OOPS. It’s a cliche that I’m tired of seeing in books and movies. TEENAGERS DON’T TALK LIKE THIS! I SHOULD KNOW, I’M A TEEN! Most teenagers don’t care if someone is wearing a Kohl’s jacket TF. 1/5

Grounded by Nic Stone- This was so close to being the same rating for me as the Kasie West one. Almost the whole story takes place over text, just not my favorite thing. Also set in an airport, again just not my thing. But it does have great representation! This is the only story (yikes) in this collection that has poc and lqbtq+ rep. 4/5

Overall Score-

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Poldark: Season 1 (2015)

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About: Ross Poldark comes back from the war with no parents, no money, and his love engaged to another man. THE DRAMA. It’s like a soap opera with better actors, production, and thought out story lines.

Pros: Everything about this show is great! Once you start watching, you won’t stop.

Cons: Don’t get me wrong, the cinema-photography is beautiful, but it has a lot of ‘looking in the distance’ shots.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


A Princess for Christmas (2011)

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Yes, the day after Thanksgiving I watched a christmas movie… And what about it?

About: Jules Day takes her niece and nephew to England, to see their grandfather, who happens to have a hot prince son. BTW: they are not related. That’d be gross.

Not gonna lie, I was kinda living for the 2011 fashion.

Pros: It’s a hallmark movie with a bigger budget. Cheesy and formulaic but that’s it appeal!

Cons: The hip hop dance scene. Use of the word ‘ghetto.’

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Addams Family Values (1993)

Hope everyone had a good November! Let me know what you read!


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Books I Started Reading Months Ago (and Haven’t Picked Up Since)

Books I started reading in 2020 and never picked up again. Hahaha. Oops?


Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

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when I stopped reading it: I’m an atmospheric reader, so when late June came around, I started to pick up summer books. (June 19 was the last time I picked up the book)

how far I got in it: 392 pages out of 756. (52%)

do I plan to dnf: No, I’ve enjoyed the book so far, it’s just intimidating to pick back up. SO MUCH LEFT.


LadyBird (2017)

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski

about me

when I stopped reading: July 5.

how far I got: 137 pages out of 208. (65%)

do I plan to dnf: This one I’m super ashamed of not finishing. I LOVED IT while I was reading it but the historical information kept me reaching for it over cute summer contemporaries. I WILL FINISH THIS! NOT SURE WHEN THO…


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

about me

when I stopped reading: May 3, 2020.

how far I got: page 8 out of 180 (4%). I guess I put it down as fast as I picked it up.

do I plan to dnf: It’s not that I didn’t like it but I know the story already. I’ll continue when I’m in the mood.


Hocus Pocus (1993)

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

about me

when I stopped reading: This was the first book I bought during the pandemic. So I bought it around June (?) and stopped reading it around that time too…

how far I got: page 22 out of 803. (2%)

do I plan to dnf: No. I do have a hard time reading fantasy because of the all the new terms you have to learn, plus this book is a big one.


yes, this if from big time rush…

What books have you not picked up in months? Or even years? The book that’s been on my currently reading the longest (over a year) is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

October 2020 Wrap Up

My reading goal for the year was to read a book a month, because, normally my reading is very irregular. For a few months out of the year I’ll read a bunch of books, others none. This month I was in a reading slump. I had like 6 books I planned to read this month, but I didn’t start reading until the 19th.


Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger

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thoughts: I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t been said. I can’t stop thinking about this book.

Holden Caulfield, the main character, isn’t a love or hate character. Lots of people find him annoying because he’s very angsty, but I actually enjoyed his character. I liked how the book was written like his train of thought, it made the book feel like I was just listening to someone talking.

Not really much of a plot, more of a character driven story. There is an overall theme in the book, I recommend this article to read more about it. (TW: sexual assault)

The book drags near the ending and some of the middle.

quotes i enjoyed: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” (pg. 214)

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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thoughts: I was so excited to read this book for October, I thought it’d be a scary read. But sadly, it ended up being super boring.

The over writing really slowed down this book. When something actually was happening in this book the writing would over explain (or be over poetic) to the point where the scene feels lack luster. This book could’ve (and should’ve imo) been like 150 pages. And yet another book I read this month where the ending dragged. SO MUCH.

This was the first Ray Bradbury book i’ve read, are all of them written like this? If so, I’d be hesitant to read anymore by him.

quotes i enjoyed: “Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.” (pg. 176) and “Evil has only the power that we give it.” (pg. 249)

Rating: 2 out of 5.


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

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thoughts: THE CUTEST BOOK EVER! This is my first graphic novel and it certainly won’t be the last. I’d just stare at pages because the art is SO PRETTY!

When I just think about this book I smile. I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THIS BUT IT’S SO DARN CUTE!

The story is simple but I don’t see that as a negative, it let’s the art shine.

I DON’T WANT TO SAY ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO READ IT!

quotes i enjoyed: “I don’t want October to be over. Because October means you.” (pg. 15) and “Friends don’t let friends live small lives.” (pg. 200)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tv Show:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 1)

Ok not a book but I just had to talk about this show! I just finished season 1 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, it was fantastic. I watched this show when the first season came out on Netflix, which was like 5 years ago. I was too young to understand most of the jokes so watching this now I appreciate how smart this show is. It’s a musical comedy about a New York lawyer, Rebecca Bunch, who moves to West Covina for her high school ex.

The songs in this show are so good! They all play on tropes of normal musical tropes, like instead of a love ballad you get a song about setting for someone. I have at least one song from this show stuck in my head at all times!

The show has well rounded characters, actually funny jokes and smart writing. The only negative thing I can think about this show is sometimes the situations in this show are uncomfortable to watch. (Mostly Rebecca getting caught in lies). But, the show is so well paced that the scene progresses quickly.

I can’t say enough great things about this show!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you for reading! Let me know what you read this month!

Stay safe!

Spooky Movies I Watched In October 2020

SEASON OF THE WITCH, BITCH!

number 3 contains spoilers.


1.

The Haunting (1963)

About: This is an adaption of the 1959 novel, Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. A man named Dr. John Markway, invites two women to stay at a notoriously haunted mansion.

Pros: This is classic for a reason! Great cinematography, acting and script. If you sensitive to blood and gore, there isn’t really any, but read here for more information.

Cons: The main character’s monologue can get a little bit much at times. The main character is a little much in general. And, personally, I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but it’s still worth the watch!

Spookiness: I wouldn’t say this is a scary movie, more of a thriller/mystery.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

About: A group of people are trying to survive the night, while zombies are attacking.

Pros: Quick, simple and entertaining. Holy shit, that ending, I wasn’t expecting it! And, the acting was good.

Cons: Since this movie came out 50 years ago, I personally find that some of the ‘scares’ don’t hold up. Other than that, I liked it.

Spookiness: The zombies aren’t really scary, but the sense of impending doom makes the film more suspenseful.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

About: Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier, called Not After Midnight. After their child dies, a couple go to Italy for work. And they think they still see her running around.

Pros: The cinematography was beautiful, with a score to match.

Cons: Ok. Lets get into it. This movie was ok, at it’s best. Every second of your movie should be important to the plot of the film. I’m not someone who cares about sex and nudity in movies but the plot didn’t really need a 10 minute sex scene, did it? It slowed down the plot, and it felt like I was watching a totally different film. Also, the movie was so slow building I thought the ending scene would be very impactful. Nope. Mr Baxter gets killed (by the murderer that was running around Venice) and the blood was so red, it looked like cherry slushie. I laughed do hard. Oops.

I’m sure I didn’t ”understand the complexity of the filmmaking,” and maybe you’re right. Nonetheless, the film felt pretentious in it’s ‘complexity.

Spookiness: Does fog spook you?

I’m going to go for the obvious joke…Take the movie title’s advice.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

4.

Fright Night (1985)

About: A teenage boy fears for his life when his neighbor turns out the be a vampire. Directed by Tom Holland and staring Chris Sarandon and William Ragsdale.

Pros: I love when a movie uses practical effects! (That transformation scene with Evil Ed is fantastic!) And sure… the bat fight didn’t age great…But, I’d prefer that than some nonsense CGI.

It’s a fun horror movie! The cast is great (for the most part). It’s campy and spooky, truly the best of both worlds.

Cons: The middle and ending dragged out. Halfway through the movie I was like, ‘ah yes if feels like the middle of a movie.’ If you’re watching a movie and thinking about the length of a movie, not a good sign. Some of the conversations I zoned out. The bat fight.

Spookiness: Fun lighthearted horror movie.

I haven’t watched the 2011 remake, maybe it’s good? I’d only watch it for Toni Collette though.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

5.

The Innkeepers (2011)

About: Two hotel workers spend their shifts hunting for evidence of supernatural activity. Staring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, directed by Ti West.

Pros: The characters were very entertaining, they’re the best part of the film. And, the call back to the lock at the end (the only thing I didn’t predict).

Cons: Very Predictable. Random characters (with dedicated scenes) serve no purpose, other than to fill the time. The film spends half the movie relying on jump scares. The ending left me thinking, what was the point of this movie? This movie played it safe; even if nothing was original, the movie didn’t use tropes in a smart way.

Spookiness: Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes are scarier.

Could be a good introduction to horror for 13 year olds. Or if you haven’t seen many horror movies, it might not seem as formulaic.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

6.

The Lost Boys (1987)

About: Two teenage boys move to Santa Carla (the murder capital of the world), where a group of vampires live.

Pros: It’s purposely campy, duh, it’s directed by Joel Schumacher. A movie with punk vampires wearing fabulously bad clothes that bleed glitter blood, count me in!

The family relationship was so cute. Sam Emerson, played by Corey Haim, was such a charismatic character that you couldn’t help but want more screen time of.

Cons: THEY SAY THE NAME MICHAEL 118 TIMES.

Spookiness: A campy pick for a halloween movie night.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what you watched this month!

Best and Worst Paranormal Romances I Read in September 2020

contains spoilers! readers beware!


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

9 years later I’m just now getting around to reading this. The characters were likable and the plot was fast moving. But… I hate exposition dumps. When Katy found out that her next door neighbors were aliens, the author dumped all the information you could possibly need to know, in one chapter. I skipped over soooo many pages because of this. Although, it isn’t a perfect book, I still had a lot of fun.

And Damon Black. Need I say more?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Hush Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I flew through Hush Hush, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. The back and fourth dialogue Nora and Patch had, I loved it. So many great, funny lines. I did have trouble shipping them together BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER THE WHOLE TIME. Hmmm…. sounds like a creep creep weirdo.

Not that books have to have likable characters to be good, but VEE WAS THE MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER EVER. (Just kidding, Jacob Black exists). All her character did was drive Nora around, slut shame, and fat shame.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Crescendo was a different story…

This book was so frustrating. I had to take breaks every other page because of how infuriated I was. I get it. Nora felt Patch wasn’t committing fully to her, but then the whole book was about how she still wanted to be with him. And, don’t get me started on Patch and Marcie. If I wasn’t reading on my phone, I would’ve catapulted the shit out of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Need by Carrie Jones

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Where do I start?

Sound of Music (1965)

The book starts out with Zara White, moving to live with her grandmother, in Maine. Each chapter is titled a type of fear (i.e. necrophobia and mnemophobia) Apparently, saying the names of random fears calms her down. Okay…That’s only relevant in chapters 1 and 2, because it never comes up again. Great writing. Halfway through the book, she learns there’s pixies, werewolves and tiger-people (?), living in her small town.

Characters: Does anyone have a personality?

Zara- Our main character. Not like other girls. Likes to run. Evil pixie guy wants to make her the queen of pixies. Likes Nick. Is told she has a ‘unique name.’

Nick- Badboy reputation? Not really. Calls himself Alpha. Oof. Apparently a werewolf but Zara thinks he’s a dog at one point. Likes Zara.

Betty- Zara’s grandma. Can turn into a tiger. Uhhh…anything else? Bad at cooking.

Zara and Nick’s Relationship:

It felt 1000% forced. No chemistry. When Nick randomly shows interest in Zara, I had to go back a few pages because I thought I missed something.

Every time they’re together, the author feels the need (pun?) to remind up that Nick is ‘extremely attractive.’

Crybaby (1990)

Nick tell her she’s “very lickable.” THE FACT THAT THIS ISNT A SEX SCENE. IT’S ABOUT HOW WHEN HE WAS A WEREWOLF HE LICKED HER FACE. THEN IN HUMAN FORM, HE LICKED HER HAND. THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

(Austenland 2013)

Things I liked:

The Setting- I’m a sucker for a paranormal romance set in a small town. (As you can tell)

The Pacing- Never got bored!

The Ending (I guess)- The ending was so silly! They defeat the ‘Evil Fairy Guy’ with forks. They encage him in a house surrounded by forks. LOL.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Sorry if that got a little to ranty! Let me know your thoughts on these books! Thank you so much for reading!