Just don't think about that, k? I don't know how it's already time for this... but then, I also skipped doing a monthly wrapup in August due to my hiatus. So some of the things you see in this post will be, in fact, August books and movies... but they're counting as September ones because it's easier for me to not skip them and I'm sure you want to hear my thoughts on them. (Because my thoughts are flawless.)
So... here we go!
This song, y'all. Listen to it. It makes me cry and throw up my hands in praise of my Savior. He did so much for us, and his glory is completely incomprehensible.
It makes me cry. And I just love it, k? It sounds like it's about veterans to me, but it has a much deeper meaning as well personally. Listen to it.
I like this one. I don't know why, exactly. It's just... a good song.
Here's my Spotify Playlist for this year so far, in case y'all are interested:
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (who is by the way a woman): I couldn't give this one more than three stars because it had cussing and some of it was just really uncomfortable, but it really delves into the question: What if Hitler had won World War II? I visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this August, and had an idea for a similar book I want to write, so I read this one largely for research. And it was good. Again, three stars for content, but definitely a worthwhile read.
So... here we go!
So... take a picture of all the books I've read so far the last two months. (Or rather, don't take a picture. I'll give it to you.)
August was a good month for reading, but I still got a lot of good books in September.
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight: I got this one as a prize for breaking a habit (thanks, parentals!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sequel, The King's Scrolls, wasn't as good IMO, but I definitely enjoyed them both. 4 stars each.
Dare and Deny by Tricia Mingerink: I got the first two on Kindle for our road trip and devoured them both in a sitting each. Oh my goodness. This is the kind of fiction that I'm crazy for. Argh. I literally started screaming when I got to the end of the second book. But I ordered them all in paperback (signed from the author store!) and they should be arriving any day. Five beautiful books. My bookcase will probably kill me in my sleep. 5 star series, at least so far.
Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston: This one was a disappointment, because I really do like Ahsoka a lot. But just as a warning for those of you who might be interested in reading it: It's a really annoying writing style, and to me, it seemed like there were LGBT undertones. Which was really annoying. 2 stars.
While the script and acting in this were definitely wanting, the storyline was great, and the whole depiction of Christians as good people who made mistakes and weren't perfect but did their best and also really knew what they believed and did it was very refreshing.
I finished out the trilogy with sister #1, and it was just as vividly wonderful as I've always remembered it being. Good gravy, I love this movie.
I actually....watched this one several months ago and have seen it three or four times now? But it's so good, people. It makes me angry that history hides this kind of story. Why should history hide anything? It happened, and we should learn from it and move on. Bring good stories like this out into the light where people can be inspired by them, and take the bad ones and teach them so we can learn from them. Sorry. #MiniRantOver
I had to watch this one for history class, and... sorry not sorry. It was really cheesy. There were a couple of good moments, but the rest of it was... sort of tacky and weird. It dragged on forever even though we fast-forwarded several times. (But hey! The guy on the left in this picture is actually MEL GIBSON IN 1981!!!!)
*tries to remember what she wrote in the last two months* *has a crisis because has written next to nothing*
Well, for one thing, I finished Watched!
Also: The story I was working on for the Rooglewood Press contest, which I was calling Snow Maiden, wasn't working. So we're scrapping it and starting over, I'm afraid.
But that's not all bad! I'm now doing another story, that's really really hard to describe and has no real plot yet and will need alpha readers soon because I have two months to completely write it (O_O) but I'm doing this, people. We're all doing this.
Since the story is so hard to describe and has, as yet, no real title or synopsis or anything, here's the first 500 words or so.
The words flowed from her pen like water over sheer rocks.
The eyes rested on her as they passed. The girl who should have been doing her homework, whose heart should have content to keep with it day by day like the rest of them.
But the ink in her heart would not allow her to rest. So, she didn’t rest. She wrote instead.
“You should come to dinner now,” called Terrence, one of the few other writers in the place, as he passed her room on the way downstairs. “I hear it’s lamb stew. Excellent for the consumption and composition.”
She shot him a humorless smile, sick of the lies that invaded the place. He liked her, she knew. But she could not stop the writing. There was no chance of THAT.
So she wrote, the story of the unicorns filling the book until she had to get a new one. They’d spent years making that paper, the traders in the north; and yet she went through it like leaves before the wind. She sat at the desk and killed worlds and spun lives in her fingers; for on the pages of her book none could withstand her.
So... what do y'all think?
- Lots of things? Can I just say?
- But mostly school.
- Too much school.
- But lots of time with my family and reading too apparently?
- I don't even know where all the time's gone.
- And I am also a really boring person.
- But my friends and I are going to see the Lego Ninjago Movie! Because we're on a movie hangover and we're also fangirls of the show and the Lego movies so... yeah.
How was your month? What do you think of my snippets? Am I the most boring person alive? Is it fall for you yet? ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS. (And be honest: are you a secret Lego Movie fangirl?)