So, January passed pretty quickly. I mean, it dragged emotionally but I can’t quite believe it’s already February. Things are going well here; they’re just busy as all get out. I have a ton of grading (shocker, I know) along with some prep and then there’s my life that’s not work: I’m serving on a search committee for our church’s new minister. That’s not even counting my support groups, bible study, working out (of which I have not done nearly enough), or, oh, I don’t know, being a mom or a person who lives in a house that I would like to enjoy.
1. I watched the premiere of Riverdale (The CW). While I liked some parts of it, I did not love it. Nor did I like it enough to keep watching. The main reason is that it took this bright poppy bubblegum comic:
And turned it into this dreary and aesthetically displeasing bleakness:
You can talk about murder in a small town without having the show be dark and depressing or UGLY (see also: Desperate Housewives and Pretty Little Liars). This whole show is gray. It is the worst.
Someday I may have the time to talk about all the ways it diverged from canon (yes, I am THAT serious about my Archie comics) and other things it did to annoy me, but for now, just see my friend Casey’s post on the PLEASE STOP of teacher/student relationships in teen dramas.
2. I also watched Powerless (NBC). I did not laugh once, nor did I really care for the camera style. However, I’m willing to give it another go.
3. The Good Place (NBC) got renewed. This is a good and wonderful thing. I loved, loved, loved the finale. I love Chidi with my WHOLE HEART. This show makes my heart happy. Thank you, TV gods, for getting this one right and letting it live to see another season.
4. I read six books last month.
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (YA)
- Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (adult lit, abridged [ugh] audiobook)
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (adult lit)
- Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol (children’s lit)
- Giant Days by John Allison (YA, graphic novel) (okay, technically it would be NA, but I reject that, and the characters are 18, so: YA)
- The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (adult lit, graphic novel)
5. I finished one book last week:
I listened to this on audio which I highly recommend. This book and the commentary gave me LIFE. It was exactly the joy I needed in a stressful week.
I am planning to do a full review on the blog. Let’s hope my schedule permits.
6. I am currently reading one book:
It took me about three or four chapters to get into The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, but it’s really starting to pick up, so I’m invested.
I am on the lookout for a new audiobook, though. I need something fun to balance out the seriousness of Jemisin’s world (and ours, tbh).
It’s bleak out there, folks. Try to find some joy where you can. I hope your reading is happy, and if you’re watching the Super Bowl tonight, I hope you have fun.