Week Notes #7

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sunday, December 30 to Saturday, January 5

Joe and I had all our college friends over on New Years Eve to hang out + count down, and it was so much fun. We don't see them as often as we'd like, so any time with them is a treat. Other than that, things have been pretty quiet! For now, it's nice. After hosting three get-togethers in one week, we are happy with staying in while it's raining and bumming around. I've been able to get a good start on my reading for this year!

BOOKS I FINISHED THIS WEEK

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

NEW ADDITIONS TO MY GOODREADS TBR

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
This January 29th release comes recommended by Rachel from Rec-It Rachel, which I didn't even know about until I saw it in her January Book Club post. I'm a sucker for any kind of time travel story, and this one seems to center around a father-daughter relationship.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I didn't "officially" add this to my Goodreads TBR until this weekend—I thought it was there all this time, tbh—but I've known about it for quite some time now, thanks to Emily from Possibly Literate and Madalyn from Novel Ink. I got lucky on Friday because the library I work at had a copy for me to borrow! More on that soon ... ðŸ˜

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Another time travel book!!!

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
Not exactly sure what caught my attention, but I remember the author's name because her debut novel (Sometimes I Lie) came out last year. I think I'm going to wait and see what others say first, or check out Sometimes I Lie and decide from there?

MOVIES WATCHED


BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH
Another mind-blowing story from the Black Mirror world, no surprise there. Bandersnatch was so immersive, entertaining, and dark as usual. I would highly recommend watching it with friends if you haven't seen it yet! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, Bandersnatch is an interactive movie on Netflix. We follow (and somewhat control) Stefan, a guy who is programming a choose-your-own-adventure video game based on a book he's obsessed with. It explores free will and becomes *so* meta, but I'll save the chatter so you can go ~experience it~ for yourself.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Even though everyone kept saying how much they loved this Spider-Man movie the most, I still didn't have any expectations before watching. Maybe because I loved Spider-Man: Homecoming so much ... although I admit a large part of that has to do with Tom Holland, lol. I haven't seen any of the other Marvel animated movies/TV shows so I can't speak for how Into the Spider-Verse compares, and I can't compare live action vs. animated characters. I CAN say, however, that I liked the story. But I loved the graphics and music so much more. The soundtrack is—and I apologize in advance for using this word—POPPIN'. SO GOOD. My one tiny critique is that there wasn't enough time for a specific character's backstory. (If you've seen Into the Spider-Verse and are wondering who I'm talking about, it's one of the villains.) But I think that's a personal problem, because I always want to know WHY.

FAVORITES FROM AROUND THE WEB

I only have one thing to share this week since I didn't track anything: The Book Nerd's Guide to San Francisco, California! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I'm definitely biased because I grew up in the city and even though I moved away, I still visit from time to time. My entire 2017 year was spent drinking coconut vanilla lattes at Home (fun fact: there are two locations!) and I would recommend visiting ALL the libraries, not just the main branch.

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