Sometimes all you can do to make yourself read again is find one subject that holds your attention and lean into it with all your strength. My reading resolution of 52 books a year has been a true challenge in both 2016 and 2017, and so far this year I've only managed to squeak through 14. But, a few of those books lately have gone more smoothly, have held my attention more firmly, have kept me coming back to them and working through them. What an enormous relief. They've all been books about magic and witches, magic and witches. If there's a woman in them learning her own power through magic I'm there.

16 hour long audiobooks? Put them in my ears, as long as there's stories about Baba Yaga and spell-casting. Ebooks when I don't usually make good use of my Kobo? I'll pay attention as long as someone is researching the Salem Witch Trails while simultaneously discovering her own magic. Heck, I'll even read Witches of East End EVEN THOUGH it's dumb.

Please, for the love of my reading-hungry brain, suggest witch books to me.


too much head stabbing

   The movies are AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (86)
  2. Lion (16)
  3. Logan (17)
  4. Sense and Sensibilty (08)
  5. Sunshine (07)
   Ferris Bueller, always funny. Lion, always crying. Logan, always anxious. Sense and Sensibility, always proper. Sunshine, always concentrating on something else to free myself from Space Fear. 

   If you haven't seen Lion, I recommend that you do. It is beautiful and sad and Sunny Pawar is the most adorable child on the planet. I am not kidding when I say that I basically started crying a few minutes in and didn't stop until the end of the movie. If you're in an emotionally fragile state, maybe wait for a bit to watch this one. But do watch it! It's good. 

   LOGAN IS NOT A FUN ROMP THROUGH THE WOODS. BEWARE. I heard it described as feeling like a two-hour long anxiety attack and guess what: that's right on the money. It was good and I enjoyed it AND I felt exhausted at the end! I don't know if I'll ever watch it again. To me it felt like a logical progression from the rest of the X-Men movies; to Josh it felt like a re-hash of old ideas with nothing new besides more violence and f-bombs. And there is a lot of violence. Some of it seemed exploitative to me, or maybe the movie was just trying to get across the senselessness of it? I am not sure. I'm also not sure if this movie did what it was meant to do. All in all, I say it is very of the times. Could have done with ~75% less head-stabbing. 

   Sense and Sensibility the mini-series is a masterpiece, here I stand I can do no other. Down with Lucy Steele. 

   I am not good at watching scary movies even when I want to watch them and my experience with Sunshine was no exception. It was stressful! I spent a good deal of time either looking at my phone or intently embroidering. But it was also good? And I didn't get Space Nightmares, so that's also good? Some scientists/astronauts have to go shoot a bomb into the sun to re-start it. Things go wrong! The calls are coming from inside the house! Space! 



5-10, 2017

Hey ho here's some movies. Can you guess them??? I believe in you.



I'm not technically doing Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, but I have a free Saturday and am thoroughly in hermit mode, so it has fallen on an ideal day. I also love a) snacks, and b) reading.

I have two books on the go, Remnant Population / Elizabeth Moon, and the audiobook of A Darker Shade of Magic / V. E. Schwab. I don't know how many of you have seen The Tenth Kingdom (a cinematic masterpiece) but A Darker Shade of Magic has been weirdly reminding me of it. Jumping between worlds using a magic portal? Also there's a scene in The Tenth Kingdom which prominently features A Whiter Shade of Pale and there's no way V. E. Schwab didn't think about that song when they gave the title to this book.

Those are the books, these are the snacks, so far: a smoothie and coffee. Perhaps not very creative but oh well. I have leftover pizza to eat later, and gelato, and Guiness, and if you think I'm not going to eat a scoop of peanut butter later you'd best check yourself.

Will update as I go.


"Will update as I go" hahahahahhhaaa

For readathon I listened to an hour and a bit of A Darker Shade of Magic, nearly typed it as A Darker Shade of Pale at least three (3) times, and read a chapter of  Remnant Population. I also went to see an improv show with my good good friend and did some needlepoint and cried at an episode of Call the Midwife. It is somewhat possible that I am becoming more like my mother in my show choices and reactions.

It was a good day and I'm quite satisfied with my reading performance.


"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave"

   And the movies from the previous post are:
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (68)
  • District 9 (09)
  • Hidden Figures (16)
  • Love & Friendship (16)
  • Rear Window (54)

   Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey was an experience. We had an installment of Movie and Cocktail Club that featured this movie, and three out of the four of us had never seen it before. What a ride. This movie is a) very long, b) has a large proportion of dialogue-less time, and c) was really enjoyable. When it ended I immediately started looking up criticism and commentary to read. Turns out, some people are VERY SURE about What It All Means. Also, Dave is bizarrely good looking. What does THAT mean. 

   Josh and I watched District 9 on January 20th, and let me tell you, that was a weird cognitive moment. Earlier in the day, 45 had been inaugurated, and then I was watching a movie about violence and misunderstanding towards refugees, forced relocation, building a wall to keep Others out, resistance only borne out of an experience of sharing in the suffering of a marginalized group, a lack of transparency in government, and a group of oppressors who believed that what they were doing was right. Does that, perhaps, remind you of something? I'm going to go ahead and say that, along with Children of Men and other dystopian movies, District 9  is only becoming more relevant and poignant. 

   Hidden Figures is required viewing. Go to a theatre, buy a ticket, spend money to watch this movie (as far as you are able; if cost is prohibitive, by all means, obtain it in another way. Please just watch it). This movie is not only required viewing, but also made me laugh out loud, made me tear up, made me confront internalized biases, was super interesting and entertaining, and only very slightly pulled its punches. Seriously. Hidden Figures. Go see it. This is not a drill. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Plus it's about NASA during the Space Race so, uh, SPACE. 

   Will Love & Friendship enter the my ranks of comfort watches? Trick question: it already has. 

   Rear Window is one of Hitchcock's triumphs, in my opinion. A high-stakes bottle episode! Grace Kelly's clothes (the real star)! Suspense! It's got it all.