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  • January 2020 Media Roundup

    Is it just me, or did January feel like it lasted forEVER? The bright side of it is that I got a lot done, to the tune of 10 movies in the theater (thank you Regal Unlimited!) and 8 books read.

    I thought I'd talk about a few favorites and duds from this past month.

    Favorite book of the month: The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Matt gave me this book for our Christmas eve swap. I would have said that it wasn't a book I'd have picked on my own, but lo and behold, I found book 3 of the trilogy on my shelf. So not only was it a book that I would've picked, I didn't know it was a trilogy. At some point, I'll have to pick up book 2. O.o Anyway, the book was a very fun read. It's a thievery book that is very cheeky, and that's what makes it great. If the book took itself too seriously, I don't think it would have been nearly as fun.

    Honorable mention: Why We Sleep

    I feel wrong NOT mentioning this book, because I've been raving about it to anyone who will listen for several days now. Whether you have sleep problems or not, this book is going to freak you out about your sleep health and habits. But it's also oh-so-fascinating, and I want to go around to all my family and friends and complete strangers and tell them how to sleep better. 

    Less than stellar: Walking Disaster

    This is the sequel to Beautiful Disaster, which I read in December for book club. The first book was controversial enough to warrant the second one getting cancelled by the group. But I'd already bought it, and I knew it'd be a quick read, so...yeah. It's a weird read. The relationship in it is problematic even from the guy's perspective. Like, "I bought you a dog even though we're not dating and can't keep the dog at your dorm so that you'll come over to my place to visit" is just ... strange. But hey, you do you.

    Favorite movie: The Gentlemen

    This Guy Ritchie movie was interesting from start to finish. I enjoyed not knowing how all the puzzle pieces were going to fit together until the end, and it scratched my Knives Out itch.

    Why did I sit through this movie: The Turning

    Okay, so it's an adaptation of The Turning of the Screw, which I didn't know going into it. Most of the movie is unremarkable. Matt said that it's the kind of quality he often finds when he looks for cheezy horror on Netflix. But the ending is terrible. It's very jarring and contradictory - like there were two directors, and they couldn't decide what the ending was, so they just stacked them on top of each other. If they had just stopped at the first ending, it would have been just okay. Instead, it left a bad taste in my mouth. If you want to see an example of a good meta ending, see Little Women