January Wrap-Up


January has been a busy month reading-wise, though reading has not entirely been the only thing I’ve been doing. The new year does come with it a list of maybe-goals I want to try in 2016, one of which is a monthly wrap-up of things I’d encountered this year in both the blogosphere and nerd-media. Hopefully I can last doing this for a while.


Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (5 cookies)
Far Out Fairy Tales (3 cookies)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (4 cookies)
Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan (4 cookies)
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (5 cookies)
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana (2 cookies)
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (5 cookies)
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (5 cookies)
Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (5 cookies)


Abomination by Gary Whitta
The Imitation Game (Graphic Novel) by Jim Ottaviani
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin


Retelling: Alaeddin
“I Wonder if it was Morning”
Oath and Blood


“Sketch” (Excerpt 1) – I haven’t done much actual writing other than prompt-writing for my creative workshop in school, so updating my monthly wrap-ups might actually force me to FINISH what I meant to write. In this case, I’m trying to finish a short story so I can work on my bigger one. Baby steps, right?


With Oscar season coming up, my friend and I have started our Oscar movie project. It’s kind of a one-note, though, since the nominations were pretty unvaried. Lots of controversy runs abound, obvi, but I won’t touch on that here.

Trumbo – House Un-American Activities? A screenwriter blacklisted? Bryan Frelling Cranston sticking it up to the man? Yespls.

Bridge of Spies – I feel like half the movies I watched this month took place in the ’50s. This one was also about the Red Scare. Only about actual spies. On bridges. And Tom Hanks.

Brooklyn – Another ’50s movie. This time in the POV of an Irish town girl who goes to Brooklyn seeking her fortune. Highlight of the movie? Felicity Smoak playing a minor role. I mean, um, there was a lot of good stuff in this movie, too. Love triangle nonwithstanding.

The Big Short – Kind of a hot mess, tbh. The movie tried to make the housing crisis a little more interesting and understandable to the masses, but I was still bored out of my mind. And it just came out as a hot mess.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – My Alan Rickman movie marathon kind of went straight to a Harry Potter marathon. Why not start at the beginning, yeah?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Random note: I’ve forgotten how much of HP trivia I remember. That’s a weird sentence, ain’t it?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – So I skipped the third movie. While that did have a lot of Snape angst, I wasn’t a big fan. So I went for the awesomeness that is book 4.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – And omg the epicness of this movie. Hands down my favorite of the movie series.

South Park: The Movie – Before my friend and I embarked on our Oscar movie project, we had an animated movie project. This was one of them…

When the Wind Blows – Because practically this movie depressed us like nobody’s bizness.

The Road to El Dorado – That trail that we blaze!


Jessica Jones – My brother and I popped this show on and then I saw “David Tennant” on the credits list and I was all: “OH GOD. IS HE A VILLAIN. YES.” Needless to say I kept watching it.

Gossip Girl – WHAT. This show is addicting. And I’m rewatching it again for some inane reason. And visiting random GG sites occasionally.

Agent Carter – Because Hayley Atwell is ON POINT. And her fashion is everything. And her badassery is everything. Also, the Mother Confessor.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – Every Sherlock wait is the longest wait ever. And yet totally worth the wait, because this particular special did not disappoint.


Life is Strange – I play this occasionally, but my sister can attest to the fact that I get very angsty with the story, and I can only take so much human stupidity at a time.


Mass Effect 3 – I might have inadvertently messed up a choice in the previous game that might end up killing a character of mine on the third game, so this is a slow progress. Not that I haven’t played this a gazillion times or anything.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Ugh. So I started this, but I kind of accidentally erased my file on the Kindle, and might have to start over again. I’ll wait until I can actually be bothered to devote my time on it.

King’s Quest – I have to come to realize that I like this game. A lot. But do I want to spend 30 bucks on a game where not all the chapters are out yet? NOPE.


Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods – Not only does this news mean that a screen adaptation of American Gods is getting even MORE REAL than before, but omgawd that man is HAWT.

Lena Headey and the Game of Thrones Bachelor – Because Lena Headey wins at life.

Stephen Amell and John Barrowman Let it Go – I am only sorry that I was not at panel for this. SO SORRY. They are both just perfect.

Fairy Tales during the Bronze Age – This is pretty rad.

R.I.P. Alan Rickman – 😦

T-Swizzle Still On Point – Okay, this came out at the end of December, but EFFING FINALLY on this song. Not that it’s one of my favorites in her 1989 album or anything. Nope…

I realize I obsess over way too many things. Maybe a wrap-up of my month is a bad idea…

7 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up

  1. UGH Why didn’t we GO?! I’m still so upset by this. Also, you make my January feel very, very light. Damn editing! And thank you for reminding me that I need to finish Jessica Jones. Every time I turn on Netflix it’s to turn on Gilmore Girls right now…

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    1. Every time I miss john barrowman at panel I get very sad XD. He’s too much of a hoot to miss. And lol I may have stopped all my TV shows in favor of gossip girl, so my February is going to be super light >>

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  2. It’s been forever since I read Poison Study, but I really want to reread it and finally finish the series. Glad you enjoyed rereading the Hero and the Crown, I might need to revisit it again soon. Jessica Jones was awesome. I just finished the season this past week. Hope you enjoy February!

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    1. I reread both Poison Study and Magic Study recently, mostly because I still haven’t read Fire Study, and it’s been years! If I wasn’t already reading Fangirl ATM I’d totally pounce on the third book, haha.

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