What I Checked Out in September

I checked out Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado on audiobook, which is narrated by Amy Landon. I really enjoyed the first few stories, but some of the later stories were disorienting. I checked out the book to see if that was easier to read, and it was, but the book is still not really a style I’m into.

What If? by Randall Munroe is one of my new favorite books. I was worried that I wouldn’t understand a lot of it, but I actually had no problem. I listened to the audiobook (narrated by Wil Wheaton), then went back and looked at the drawings in the book. I almost wanted to listen to it again right after I finished. Highly recommend.

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I decided to pick up Me Before You by Jojo Moyes after watching the movie several times and not being able to get enough of it. I am listening to the audiobook, which has some chapters that are narrated by other characters. Susan Lyons does most of the chapters, and she is delightful. It’s very easy to listen to, which is exactly what I have been needing this semester.

I listened to Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, narrated by Carolyn McCormick. I can’t say I was disappointed exactly because I went in with low expectations. It might have been better to read.

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The movie Annihilation was much more enjoyable. I really appreciated the depth each character had and was pleased that it deviated from the book quite a bit. The graphics near the end got a bit strange, but no more strange than you’d expect from a science fiction film.

After reading the book, I picked up the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale on DVD. It didn’t offer too much more than the book at the beginning, but I am curious to see what they do with the second season.

With the recent release of The Nun, we realized we hadn’t seen The Conjuring 2. It’s not my favorite of the Warren movies. I found out afterward that the story it’s based on was not a case taken by Ed and Lorraine Warren. But it was still more enjoyable than most horror movies.

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