Eventually, I’m going to be writing these sorts of posts in a more time-sensitive manner. In the meantime, I have Goodreads and my library account to tell me what I’ve been reading and/or watching. And, as always, all credit for this sort of post goes to Leigh Kramer at HopefulLeigh.
Books I’ve Read
- Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice: Based on the fact that I tend to like things that involve vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, the Mortal Instruments series), I thought Anne Rice was a surefire win for a book to read. Alack and alas, I just did not get into this book (as evidenced by it taking me months to get through). Anybody else?
- Why Have Kids – Jessica Valenti: I had this book on hold at the library for ages, and finally got around to reading it. As I expected, it was a refreshing take on parenting that helped me better articulate my thoughts about the whole process. Especially helpful was knowing that Valenti is most definitely a feminist, and most definitely chose to have a child.
Books I’m Reading
- The Red Tent – Anita Diamant: I’ve intended to read this book for years after I spotted my sister-in-law reading it on Christmas vacation. Thus far, it is certainly living up to my expectations. (People over 30 can roll their eyes… now) I find that, as I get older, I appreciate quasi-historical fiction a lot more than I ever have before.
- The Twelve – Justin Cronin: My feelings about this book change with every chapter. Sometimes, I love it and I can’t stop reading. Other times–likely because I haven’t been paying enough attention–I have no idea what is happened, or (more importantly) when it is happening. Nevertheless, Cronin still has me captivated.
- Lifespan Development, 4th Edition – D. Boyd, H. Bee, P. Johnson: In addition to my crazy work schedule in the month of May, my normal reading time was also monopolized by reading a textbook. Granted, it is reasonably interesting and feels fairly bias-free as textbooks go, but it is still homework. As an aside, I seriously appreciate that it is a paperback; so much easier to read!
Television I’ve Watched
- Battlestar Galactica, Season 2: As per previous posting, the spouse and I are trying to watch the entire series prior to the departure of our dear friends. We’re nearly finished season 2 of four?
- Veronica Mars, Season 3: Despite the fact that I was obsessed with this show when it first came out, I somehow missed seeing the final season. I’ll chalk that up to the early years chaos of university. Thus, in order to insulate myself against the recent and abundant stresses of work life, I watched basically the entire third season in a few days. And it was awesome.
Films I’ve Watched
- The Great Gatsby: I have loved this novel since I read it in my first year of university, and thus I had unfortunately high expectations. This Baz Luhrman adaptation was okay by me; I enjoyed the interspersing of rap in the soundtrack quite a lot, and the visuals were pretty and shocking and appropriate. I do, however, find Toby Maguire extremely annoying. I believe he ruined the movie for me in a lot of ways. Sad, huh?
- Shaun of the Dead: Oh my goodness this movie! I was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was! It wasn’t until AMC released the first few seasons of The Walking Dead that I even tolerated zombies, but man… this movie. I loved it.
- The Invisible War: An extremely well-made but also terribly heart-breaking documentary about sexual abuse in the American military. As I’ve described to others, I cried ALL THE TEARS while watching this documentary, and rightly so. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, as the discussions are very honest and thus quite disturbing.
- Django Unchained: (I actually think I watched this in April and forgot about it?) Much to the chagrin of a few friends, I haven’t watched enough Tarantino to form a solid opinion of his work. I felt ‘meh’ about Pulp Fiction, and “liked” Kill Bill only from the perspective of an independent woman. Inglorious Basterds was the only film I feel I can give a solid affirmative. All that being said, Django was shaping up to be the Tarantino film that made me a fan, and it didn’t. It was too long, and I just didn’t like it that much.