I’m trying something new; I’m going to do a monthly wrap-up post about books and other media. Just to try and keep track of things. We’ll see how long this lasts!
I read 11 books in January, which is about five more than I expected to, especially because I’ve banned reading on weekends (…well, tried to ban it. Sometimes I crack.) Two were from my TBR project, 1 was nonfiction. Two of them were connected by Alexander the Great; I did not intend that, but it was an interesting coincidence. My favorites of the month were Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy.
4 of the books I read in January featured QUILTBAG characters. Two of these had trans characters. A very female-heavy month: 8 female authors, 3 male. All 11 authors were white. Which is definitely something I need to work on.
I finished writing three short stories and am working off-and-on on five short stories. I still haven’t been able to get back into the Novel of Doom, which I pushed aside due to some life issues over the holidays. I’m about a third through a draft, but I’m going to continue giving it breathing room rather than force it. In the interim, I’ve started notes and some early writing on a different novel.
Rejections have been really wearing me down lately. I know I have to submit things to get anywhere, but I just haven’t been in a great headspace to do it. So I only submitted three stories.
Agent Carter is pretty much the best thing to ever happen in my life. I have SO MANY things to say about it, but I’ll refrain for the moment.
I’m really glad that The Americans is back. It continues to be one of the best-acted and written shows on TV.
Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder continue to be batshit insane and awesome.
I quit watching both Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. I enjoyed Gotham at first but I think it might have been better served by a shorter season, and my interest has just sort of fizzled. Sleepy Hollow really upsets me. They went from being my favorite thing on TV to a steaming pile in a few short episodes and it was so frustrating. I tried to watch Empire but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be, so I stopped after the pilot. May try it again later.
I’ve really been enjoying Night Terrors of 1927’s full-length debut, Everything’s Coming Up Roses. While I still don’t like this band as much as I do Rilo Kiley or The Elected, I will take Blake Sennett any which way I can get him, and it is a really good album.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that The Decemberists are never again going to make anything I love like The Crane Wife, and so I am able to enjoy What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World without worrying about it anymore. There are some fun songs but nothings particularly struck me yet.
Well that’s it, time to get ready for February.