- Henry IV & V (Hollow Crown BBC series)
- What Good are the Arts? by John Carey
- The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller
- The Outsider by Albert Camus
- Why did it take me so long to start in on Camus? I mean, I've read the Myth of Sisyphus & other essays, but his novels/novellas!
- I really wish this were a bit more about historical Vlad than about the history of vampires in literature & film, but alas. Perhaps there really is too little known about the historical Vlad?
- Yes. I enjoyed this immensely and would recommend it to just about anyone. That being said, it only covers the Western world, and I'm sure it's not totally comprehensive, but still really interesting in terms of seeing how views on suicide have changed and why these shifts may have occurred.
- Same for Vonnegut. Loved the graph on Kafka. Sometimes it felt like he was trying too hard to be funny, but I suppose that's his style. Having read this makes me want to read his novels though, so those are now higher on the list than they were previously.
- Danny, Who Fell Down a Hole, was also on the list of to-read, but didn't happen. Banjo of Destiny was surprisingly enjoyable (considering it's a children's book)! The straightforwardness and simplicity of the plot was a little irritating, but I suppose I can't expect too much complexity for the targeted age group, and it even made a jab at psychoanalysis. Loved it.
- This was a re-read. Still glad my English teacher got us to read it early on in grade 10.
- Another re-read, because I recommended these and wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about.
- It's been a long long while since I've read a YA book, but I'm glad I did! Burned through it within a day.
- Couldn't for the life of me get my hands on a version of The Thing by John Carpenter. Got this one by accident.
April (the month of mostly movies)
- I wasn't sure until the moment she decided what to do what she was going to choose. To an extent, I did know, because of course it had to be that way, but there was a part of me that really sincerely hoped otherwise. And then the sort of bright look toward the future, because the cyclist went to get help at the end.
- Everything was pulled off so very well. All the connections. I mean, a bit simple in terms of how they presented it all to the viewer, but at the same time, the viewer would have been completely lost if they hadn't filtered it down to the most important information and made sure to emphasize the connecting points/names.
- Incredibly beautiful. The entire movie: visuals, soundtrack, the plot.
- Had my doubts at first because of the POV, and the lack of anything concrete in terms of the bear itself, but I suppose the overarching presence of the bear sufficed and the novel didn't need the bear to actually reappear at all. Whether it was a dream or not where it did reappear, is another issue. Also, you're constantly thinking about whether Anna is a reliable narrator of events, and how much she actually did remember when she says that she remembers everything that happened.
- I gave up on reading the other book on octopuses because of the way it was written. I picked up this one instead, which was well-written and engaging, but touched on the surface only of all the information that could've been passed on. I really wish these two books could have been put together into one, so that people interested in reading about octopuses wouldn't have to deal with horrible formatting and awkward writing in the former, and an insufficiently sated curiosity in the latter.
Still making my way slowly through these ones:
- Plato's Republic has taken a backseat, unfortunately.
- The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent by Lynne Isbell
- Dostoevsky's Demons is still unfinished
And made a trip to Doug Miller's Bookstore, which is a real gem that I hope to visit again another day, and came out with another stack of books, so this will be a very busy summer.