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“More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

            When I say beach read, what do you imagine? Perhaps you think of a tantalizing summer romance in a coastal town where the passion is as hot as the sun and sand. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cozy mystery about a body washing up on the shore, and the quirky local… Continue reading “More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

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“Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

            I have been told by the author to share that this is a book best avoided because of the suffering and pain it will cause. If, however, you are immune to danger and tantalized by fast food ghosts then I can only give my honest review of what I discovered in the pages of… Continue reading “Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

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“A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

               Have you ever read something and had that little click where you realize that long-forgotten thrill of discovery has returned? I remember it used to happen all the time when I was younger: new fantastical worlds, interesting characters, staying up all night to finish the story. Post-degree and analytical to a fault, I’ve had… Continue reading “A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

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“Horror’s Not a Symptom, It’s a Love Affair”: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

            Stephen Graham Jones’ 2020 novel The Only Good Indians burst onto award lists, personal favorites, and—to date—is his breakout success after what was already a compelling career. Following it with something a little different, My Heart is a Chainsaw reads like a love letter to the slasher genre (particularly of the 80s), how they… Continue reading “Horror’s Not a Symptom, It’s a Love Affair”: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

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My Favorite Songs of 2021

               With a full year of WILT under my belt, I can safely say I listened to a lot of music in 2021. Almost every day began with my latest obsession or a new album. I drove and walked to work with either the radio or a CD playing. I listened while cooking, cleaning, or… Continue reading My Favorite Songs of 2021

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My Favorite Albums of 2021

Over the past year, I’ve kept loose track via WILT of the albums I was obsessed with each month. A short term affair, however, does not automatically create a favorite album worthy of a year. This year featured a lot of powerhouse releases from some of my favorite artists, new debuts, and great finds from… Continue reading My Favorite Albums of 2021

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My Favorite Movies of 2021

               Thanks to a semi-active Letterboxd account, I can share that I watched about 118 films for the first time in 2021. I also re-watched 106 movies. I saw my usual bout of horror films thanks to OcTerror and a vigorous research project. A lot of new movies were released digitally and in theaters. While… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2021

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My Favorite TV Shows of 2021

            If 2021 was the year where I was an average reader then it was also a year where I enjoyed more TV, movies, and music than before. I dove back into old favorites with new seasons and discovered shows that I’d somehow missed along the years, along with premieres. I binged. I tuned in.… Continue reading My Favorite TV Shows of 2021

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My Year as an Average Reader

            At the end of each year I usually provide a list of my favorite books. However, I’ve found that, since graduating and in the midst of life, the selection to choose from has lessened significantly. A 2016 study found that the average American reads about 12 books a year. Since I keep track of… Continue reading My Year as an Average Reader

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Lesser Known Crimes

   While Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers are better known for their rom-coms and female-oriented comedies, they have enough films between them that some have slipped into the past. For two filmmakers with decade-spanning careers, it’s understandable to have movies that might be forgettable or lesser known compared to the ‘greatest hits’ but this month… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Lesser Known Crimes