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Books Bought This Month
Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists (Los Mejores Narradores Jovenes en Espanol)
Bad Roommate Zine edited by Nicole J. Georges
Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Books Borrowed This Month
Children’s Films: History, Ideology, Pedagogy, Theory by Ian Wojcik-Andrews
Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship by Sarah Banet-Weiser
The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence by Henry A. Giroux and Grace Pollock
Comedy by Andrew Stott
Live More, Want Less by Mary Carlomagno
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
Purity by Jackson Pearce
The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

Books Received This Month
Louder Than Words by Laurie Plissner (from publisher, not for public review)
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (from publisher, not for public review)
Poison by Bridget Zinn (from publisher, not for public review)
Escape Theory by Margaux Froley (from publisher, not for public review)
A Plague Year by Edward Bloor (from publisher, not for public review)
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (from publisher, not for public review)
Dualed by Elsie Chapman (from publisher, not for public review)
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban (from publisher, not for public review)
Nine Days by Fred Hiatt (from publisher, not for public review)
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (ARC from publisher, not for public review)

Books Finished This Month
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Bad Roommate Zine edited by Nicole J. Georges
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Bruised by Sarah Skilton
Live More, Want Less by Mary Carlomagno
Every Day by David Levithan
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Poison by Bridget Zinn
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Forever… by Judy Blume
Escape Theory by Margaux Froley

I keep looking at that last list and feeling like a failure, but then I remember that I also read another eight books for school, so I guess that’s not a horrible amount of books to have read in a month. Meh. Could still be better.

So I wasn’t going to buy things, but then I did, because my favorite thing to do is to spend money I don’t have. Also, though, the two Georges titles I absolutely had to buy because I invited her to come speak to our PLG group (see: post from earlier this month) and she was excellent, so therefore I had to buy things from her. Now I just have to find time to actually read her memoir. And then the Granta book is because I had this idea that it would be really good for me to read things in Spanish more often, because it’s not like I’m reading for an award and for two Master’s degrees right now, so I obviously have ALL OF THE TIME IN THE WORLD and also it turns out all of the stuff in it is in English, I think. And time. So I will read that approximately never when my to-read list has been whittled down enough to get me to read short fiction for grownups, because I totally read that ALL THE TIME or never.

The other thing I accomplished this month was remembering that 50/50 Me is also about movies, not just reading. So I watched some movies, which is a big deal, because I only watch television shows. I saw six entire movies that count towards that quota, plus two others that don’t because I had seen them before. “Butter” was disappointing and nothing like I expected, “Hotel Transylvania” was fine, “For A Good Time, Call” was hilarious, “The Purity Myth” was disappointing because it was like remedial feminism and slut shaming (so actually it’s great, but you’re not going to get new things out of it if you have ever been on the blogosphere or Jezebel), and the other two movies I watched are too embarrassing to tell you about, so that’s that.

I suppose that makes this month actually sort of successful, especially since out of all the books and movies I saw, they were almost all meh or good, and very few felt like complete wastes of time. Improvement! I need to learn to stop reading things about de-cluttering your life and instead just de-clutter already, so that’s a goal for the future.

Incidentally, you can check out all of the titles I just mentioned and get them for your very own self here.

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