Books I plan to read in January:

Return of the Thief

The Conquest of Bread

The Vampire Knitting Club

...That's a weird mix. Something for every reading mood I have!

I looked at a bunch of reading challenges and found a few that caught my interest. But after thinking about it some more I'm gonna skip those this year and instead do a challenge I just made up called "read the books that are already in your house and/or your phone."

I haven't actually started that yet. But this weekend I'll find something I want to read and get going.

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Last year was a very bad one for me and books. I think I only finished 2. Looking at some reading challenges to inspire more interest and motivation this year.

Any recommendations?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4: fun season, terrible finale.

Cobra Kai season 3: okay season, great finale.

Riverdale, you're up!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

It'd be really cool if no one in a show referred to themselves as "end-game" ever again ok thanks.

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Work, covid, retail hellscape 

Had to pause my Sabrina watch to go to work. On New Years Eve. With three people spread over a 12 hour day. In a very busy pharmacy that's also being used to administer and send covid tests to a lab. So glad to be here. This is great. I'm great.

I'm gonna take a looong vacation once my coworkers are done with theirs.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

"I'm Ned Nyarlathotep. From Canada."

Just a favorite old webcomic (Friendly Hostility) suddenly popping into my head for no reason at all.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

Omg I just laughed for like 5 minutes straight and I forgive all previous failings just for the first Baxter High scene in episode 3.

I suppose I'll also give the writers credit for continuing the very serious drama aesthetic alongside reveling in complete absurdity and general silliness.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

There's a part where Ambrose is briefing the coven on the current situation and there are chalkboards behind him with like sacred geometry diagrams and I'm so excited and my church was so *boring* why didn't we get complicated diagrams in Sunday school???

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

There's a party where everyone dresses as their favorite movie monsters and Sabrina's just...herself from the comics. Okay.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4, no spoilers 

I have to give the writers credit for making me invested in Sabrina's story at all. On the one hand I hate her, maybe more than any other character ever. So much. She's the absolute fucking worst and literally every decision she makes is terrible and I want her to go away forever.

But for some reason I also care about her and want her to be happy???? πŸ˜†

nonono, Father Christmas was the scientist, you're thinking of Christmas's Monster

The Descent (2005) spoilers 

Watched this tonight for the podcast.

That's an awful lot of sexism and racism for what I thought was supposed to be a feminist film. Huh. I mean, it still winds up better than most, but that's more a criticism of the industry than praise for this film.

Reminds me of The Craft that way. And a lot of other ways.

Hulu has a new Hardy Boys series!

I'm on episode 5 and I really like it so far. Much more in the spirit of the books than the CW Nancy Drew series, but with some fun updates.

I love Biff just soooo much in this. And their whole little group. And Trudy & Jesse and their cute awkward flirting.

Anyone else watching?

My #zine order from Germany came! I don’t usually read music zines, but this one is queer/feminist and looked really cool. vinyldyke.net/zine/

I watched Happiest Season a few days ago and loved it. Saw a lot of criticism of it and decided to watch it again, but I didn't feel like actually *searching* so I just scrolled down hoping to find it, but found Love, Simon instead.

...

Like, I *know* it's terrible. So, so bad. So much cringe. But. I kind of love it?

I don't even understand why.

The *book* is good. Maybe the movie just reminds me of the book enough to make it fun?

Okay, I think I've asked this before, but I'm asking again.

if you got to design a reading curriculum (K-5, K-12, college, the sky's the limit) what would you put on it? Please justify books if they're not a good reading experience today but important. And I think this goes without saying, but please include Diverse books.

I MAY be looking for more things to read πŸ‘€

I got a surprise package today, turned out to be an early holiday gift I probably wasn't supposed to open but it's too late for that!

It is the box set of Neil Gaiman books illustrated by Chris Riddell and I am very excited to read them all.

I always think I've read Coraline already but I flipped through and definitely have not. I was thinking of The Wolves in the Walls, which is also very good and I recommend it especially if you like slightly spooky children's books.

My witchy mastodon instances no longer exist, and I miss them. What are some good current witchy instances?

Probably mostly gonna be talking about tarot/oracle stuff and maybe sometimes ritual design.

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