Why hello, August. Where did you come from? The year is flowing by faster the older I get, so it’s no wonder I barely manage one post per month. It takes me too long to create just this one! At any rate, feel free to peruse my list of entertainment consumed, and tell me what you consumed yourself. Got any recommendations? Lay them on me!
Look at me, being all super-productive at reading! A month full of variety, along with some friends who published their debut novels! I’m so proud of Gribble and Mason!
26) Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger
27) Safe As Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino
28) I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
29) Steel Victory by J.L. Gribble
30) In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
31) The Empress Game by Rhonda Mason
One piece of short fiction, but for fans of the Newsflesh series, oh so good.
6) Please Do Not Taunt The Octopus by Mira Grant
I’m letting my comics pile up again, but I did get a few under my belt.
Jem and the Holograms #4
Ms. Marvel #16
Orphan Black #4
It was an interesting mix of movies last month, though a solid handful were repeat viewings. Ant-Man happened, because of course it did. No other theater showings, and I should note that 7 Days in Hell is NOT a horror movie, but a mockumentary spoof about fake tennis rivals featuring Andy Samberg and Kit Harrington. Yeah. It’s kind of crazy. And wrong. But funny. But wrong.
* = repeat viewing
7 Days In Hell
Ant-Man (in theaters)
I’ll Follow You Down
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back*
Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi*
The Last Starfighter
July allowed the hubby and I to catch up on shows we’d fallen behind on. So YAY for catching up on Orange is the New Black, whose Season 3 finale has one of the most perfect sequences EVER with the inmates at the end, and it’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful moments in the show. Can’t wait for season four!
Orange Is the New Black Season 2
Orange is the New Black Season 3
Silicon Valley Season 2
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 1
Veep Season 4
That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2015 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!
6 thoughts on “Culture Consumpution: July 2015”
I had a really productive reading month.
1. The End of All Things, by John Scalzi. 4 stars. A fine addition to the Old Man’s War Saga.
2. The Collector, by Nora Roberts. 3 stars. For my local book club.
3. Witches Abroad, by Terry Pratchett. 3 stars. For Mark Reads.
4. One-Eyed Jack, by Elizabeth Bear. 4 stars. Mount TBR 9/12.
5. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. 3 stars. Celebrity autobiography of one of the first black ballerinas in a top-flight company.
6. Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis, by Helen Bynum. 4 stars. Substantive non-fiction book for the year, book 8/12.
7. Razorhurst, by Justine Larbalestier. 3.5 stars. It was a perfectly nice book, but did not speak to me particularly for some reason.
8. Penric’s Demon, by Lois McMaster Bujold. 4 stars. Novella. It is always good to read something new from Bujold, but while I enjoyed it, it was not one of her top-tier books.
9. Hostage, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. 3.5 stars. It was a fun book.
10. The Voyage of the Basilisk, by Marie Brennan. 3.5 stars
11. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 5 stars. A meditation on race in America in 2015, written as a letter to his son. It’s short, at 160 pages. I’ve learned to expect resonant, poetic prose from Coates, but he is at the top of his form here. And the beautiful language is in the service of a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be a black man in America today. This may be the best book I’ve read in 2015. Non-fiction book 9/12 for the year.
12. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. 4 stars. My expectations for this book were lowered by all the reviews I saw, so I did not feel betrayed by the portrayal of Atticus as a racist the way many people were. I particularly appreciated the reviews that pointed out that Atticus’ courage in defending Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird did not mean he was not also a defender of the status quo of a society that kept black folks as second class citizens. So it is not as out-of character as you might think when he attends a KKK meeting in this book.
13. The Story of Owen, by E.K. Johnston. 4 stars. Either a middle-grade or young YA book. Modern-day Canada with the addition of dragons and dragon-slayers.
14. City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett. 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this and will need to re-read it at some point.
15. The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes. 4 stars. Despite my distaste for horror, I really enjoyed this book. Mount TBR 10/12
1. A Single Samurai. 2 stars. For my Hugo reading.
2. The Journeyman: In the Stone House, by Michael Flynn. 1 star. Hugo reading.
3. The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale, by Rajnar Vajra. 3 stars. Hugo reading.
4. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium, by Gary Rinehart. 3 stars. Hugo reading.
5. The Day the World Turned Upside Down, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. 2 stars. Hugo reading.
1. Saga, Vol 2, by Brian Vaughan. 5 stars. Hugo reading, sort of.
2. Saga, Vol 3, by Brian Vaughan . 4 stars. Hugo reading.
I haven’t finished Ms Marvel, but I got far enough (halfway through issue #4) to feel comfortable voting for the Hugos.
1. The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold. 4 stars.
2. Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel. 5 stars. Read for my UU book club. It remains an amazingly excellent book.
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I am amazed by your productivity! DAMN!!!
So I’ve got the Scalzi coming, and I’ve got the Bujold, Beukes, Brennan (all Bs!) in my TBR. I’ve read SAGA and MS. MARVEL, and those make me happy.
I’m debating on the Lee, but I’ve read a few reviews/discussions that are helping me put the book in better context, so I may pick it up.
I keep two lists of books on my kindle that I have not yet read. One list is my official TBR list that contains books I bought in 2012 or earlier. The other one is books I have bought in 2015, along with a few leftover books from 2014. The goal is to clear out the 2015 list by the end of the year. For the past few months, I’ve been working on clearing the first half of the alphabet, so Bear, Beukes, Bennett, Brown, Brennan, Larbalestier were all read because of this. So you’re not imagining the proliferation of B’s. 🙂
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Ah, now that makes sense. I’m treating my TBR Paperback Swap pile the same way, by going through it alphabetically by author’s last name. 🙂
Books in July:
1. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
2. Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore by Jay Sekulow
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
6. This Year It Will be Different by Maeve Binchy
7. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindquist
8. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
9. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory is a memoir about working in a crematorium and it was interesting, although a bit gruesome in parts. I’m loving the Peculiar Children series.
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I read 1984 and BRAVE NEW WORLD in high school. Loved them both, but BNW was my favorite. It enraptured me. I’ve also heard very good things about the Doughty, and have been meaning to pick that up some time.