A couple of days late, but welcome back to Watching Roundup: a monthly feature where I talk about all the shows and movies I watched in the course of the month.
I ended up watching a lot less in February than I did back in January. I got into Author Mentor Match, so a lot of my usual screentime has been taken up by writing and planning. I’m still in shock that I got in, tbh. Too shocked to even write a proper blog post about it, haha. I will though! Eventually. Once I’ve composed myself a little. It’s… kind of overwhelming to even write about it? But maybe I’ll do a retrospective about the whole experience after I get through my revisions.
Without further ado, let’s get back to the Roundup!
This book has been on my TBR for a shamefully long time. I’m a big fan of Gail Carriger’s work. I read her YA Finishing School series years ago and loved every single book. Finishing School is the prequel series to the Parasol Protectorate, of which Soulless is the first book.
17-year old Elatsoe (pronounced El-At-So-Way) “Ellie” Bride lives in a world that’s similar to ours… but not quite.
Steeped in author Darcie Little Badger’s Lipan Apache heritage, Ellie’s world is one of ghosts and the spirits of old stories. Ellie has the ability to commune with spirits. She even raised the ghost of her old dog from the dead. But there’s one line that people with this ability must never cross: you can bring back animal spirits, but not humans. Human ghosts are too unpredictable.
This is my second book by Robin Talley and it couldn’t be more different than the first.
I read her Macbeth retelling, As I Descended, a few years ago. It’s a dark, creepy, gender-bent, Sapphic take on Shakespeare’s classic play. It was one of those creepy, atmospheric books that I love to read in autumn. (Preferably with the lights on, because I don’t do so well with the spooky stuff.)
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is entirely different. Different tone, different genre, different everything. And yet, these two stories are linked by their Shakespearean themes.
Wayyyy back in 2019, my library hosted a book swap. You could bring in 10-15 books to trade. I attended two of these events and came away with some amazing reads. I spent last year working my way through them. I only have a few left now, and Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads To You was one of them.
Jennifer Donnelly’s Stepsister is an epic Cinderella retelling that completely blew my mind.
I always enjoy a good retelling. Cinderella retellings in particular.
Which is weird, considering it was never my favourite Disney movie. I grew up during the Disney renaissance. I owned VHS copies of the movies. My top 3 favourites are still Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and The Lion King. Poor Cinderella never ranked as highly for me.
Once again, it feels like these topics are being chosen by someone who read my mind. (Thank you. But also: get out of my brain!) I was an English major, so I’m well-versed in books that came out before I was born. In some cases, centuries before I was born. (Follow the link for more info on TTT.)