Opening Chapter 11: November 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I (finally) closed up last month so let’s have a look at what the rest of November will (hopefully) hold.

To Read

I am actually going to give myself a bit of a break and not list what I’m hoping to read this month. Between school and everything else, I just don’t want to stress over it. I’ll read what I read and that will be included in my wrap up at the end of this month.

To Watch

I really have no idea what I’ll watch this month, but as I have a DVD checked out from the library right now I figure I can put that on the list and hope something happens with it.

To Do

  • Work. I’d like to not die or burn out while still also being able to pay my bills. This is where we are now. Because 2020.
  • School. I’m really hoping to get ahead a little bit so that I can take a few days and actually rest with them but…. we’ll see what happens.
  • Pack. I am actually writing this post while on a break from packing so… yay me! The place I’m planning to move to should be ready later this month? I think? Maybe? But I really want to be ready to go when the time comes so I took a couple days off work with the special intention of packing as much as humanly possible. Day 1 so far has proven to be a productive one. Keep your fingers crossed my mental illnesses don’t jump out tomorrow because I’d love to actually get this done for once.

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. πŸ–€

Closing Chapter 10: October 2020 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! I know. I know! It’s near half into November. I’ve been excessively busy because Reasons but I’m here now. Let’s wrap up last month, shall we? πŸ˜‰

Books I Read

I honestly don’t remember all that much reading wise from October because my brain has far too much occupying it but here’s what Goodreads says I read. πŸ™‚

  • The Bear by Andrew Krivak πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›

Movies I Watched

I certainly didn’t do as much movie watching as I’d hoped to, but I did still watch a few good ones.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿 (I actually watched this twice. Oops!)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 🍿🍿🍿½
  • Little Women (2019) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Coco (2017) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) 🍿🍿🍿½
  • Float (2019) 🍿🍿🍿½

Other Things I Did

WORK. A lot. It’s a bit exhausting because The General Public and Florida but I’m hoping not to burn out as hard as it seems like I’m going to. We shall see…..

SCHOOL. I’m getting closer to the end of the semester. I did a LOT of reading and writing and existing and I honestly don’t remember all too much of it but hopefully I’ve learned a bit.

Language Learning. I did a little but honestly I haven’t been intentionally setting aside time for it like I was before.

That’s all that I can think of just now. Happy reading, bookworms and dragons. πŸ–€

Opening Chapter 10: October 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Happy October!!!! This is my favorite month of the year! It doesn’t really get cold here (Florida’s seasons include warm, hot, and surface of the sun.) but I love all of the spiced foods and all things Halloween. πŸŽƒ I’m super excited to find what this month holds, so let’s dive right in and get it started!!

To Read

Same as with the other months, I’m going to keep my TBR short and sweet. Aside from textbooks, I’ll only be consuming audiobooks this month because academic guilt.

To Watch

I don’t think I’ll probably watch many movies this month because of the ongoing theme of academic guilt in my life, but there are a couple I’d really like to watch so I’ll list them here. πŸ™‚

To Do

  • School. I’d just like to pass at this point. I’m going to attempt to put my perfectionism on pause and just accept whatever I’m capable of doing. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that because it would be pretty amazing to be able to say I had straight As through graduate school but also I’d like to not have a mental breakdown. It’s a fine line.
  • Language Learning. I’m putting this on hold for now for a couple of reasons. There aren’t any listening resources that I have found for people learning Ilocano who don’t already speak Tagalog, so it has to be studied in a period of time dedicated just to it and… I have no free time right now. As far as Japanese… First, because the audio program I’m using for the bulk of my Japanese learning is through the library and I have to wait for it to become available again. Sharing is not my favorite, but it’s better than spending that much money to have it for myself. Second, because I was listening to it while driving and I noticed my mental health slipping a bit because I sued to use that time to listen to audiobooks. I’ve started listening to audiobooks again and my mental health has improved. Only slightly, but I have to take what I can get. So, for now, there is no time available for studying.
  • Pack. As I’m hopefully going to be able to move into my new place in a few weeks, it would be nice if my stuff was all packed up and ready to go, right? Right. I need to work on this.
  • Self Care. Is this a thing? I need for this to be a thing. I have no idea what self care even looks like so I’m hoping to figure it out and start doing the things.
  • Halloween. Of course. πŸŽƒ

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. πŸ–€

Closing Chapter 9: September 2020 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! Here we are in the season of scarves and pumpkin spice and spookiness. October is one of my favorite months so let’s wrap up September so I can jump into October with both feet! πŸ™‚

Books I Read

Between work and school, I did not do very much reading. What I did read, I managed to write a full review for so… There’s at least that, right?

Movies I Watched

Similar to my lack of time for reading, I had almost no time for movies. I watched a few with the monsters on Saturday nights, but for the most part I haven’t watched anything. Luckily, the ones I have watched have been good.

Other Things I Did

WORK. I’m not really loving my job right now but I constantly remember how lucky I am that I even still have a job at this point. A lot of my dislike of it is situational caused by forces outside of the library so I’m hoping that the situation outside the library will shift so that the situation inside the library can improve.

SCHOOL. I constantly feel like I’m behind. Even writing this post, I feel guilt over not working on my projects for classes. I’m anxiously looking forward to next semester, which (fingers crossed!!) will be my last before graduation.

HOME. I’m finally moving! The place I found needs some repair work from the previous tenant but once it’s ready, I get to move. I am SO EXCITED!!

That’s all that my academic guilt will allow me to think of just now. Happy reading, bookworms and dragons. πŸ–€

Opening Chapter 9: September 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Welcome to September. Let’s just jump in because I’m already a little bit late anyway.

To Read

I’m going to stick with my 2020 theme and make this one modest, especially since both of my professors seem super keen to make sure I read nothing but scholarly articles and textbooks from now until December. Anyway, here goes…

To Watch

I have a few DVDs checked out from the library, so I’ll just list a few of those and hope for the best here. Honestly, I feel like I’ll be lucky if I get more than two in but we’ll see.

To Do

  • Work. I’m just hoping to continue presenting the virtual science programs because SCIENCE!
  • School. Hopefully I’ll get caught up to the point where I’ll be able to get ahead a little bit and catch my breath. I feel like I’m perpetually behind and drowning but on fire right now and I’m only a week and a half in so… I’m going to have to figure this one out.
  • Language Learning. I’d like to spend at least 30 minutes a day on each language, but we’ll see how it plays out with things being so far out of balance right now. I just don’t know.
  • Monsters. I’d like to not let them fail at school, which I feel will be so much my fault on account of them being enrolled in virtual school because pandemic.
  • Self care? I need to find a way to self care that isn’t overly time consuming (I don’t really have much free time at all) but also isn’t exercise (I’ve been told I exercise close to too much right now). 😬 Suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!! πŸ–€

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. πŸ–€

Closing Chapter 8: August 2020 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! The end of August has come (and gone–I know I’m just a bit late). Let’s go ahead and wrap this baby up properly so I can kick off September right!

Books I Read

August was a very light book month because it was chaotic and hectic and I just couldn’t find all that much time to read. Honestly, the fact that I read these books is a miracle, though I also managed to read quite a few picture books as well.

  • Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz πŸ›
  • Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›

Movies I Watched

I did watch a few movies, though not as many as I thought I might. It was still definitely at least a mostly good movie month.

Other Things I Did

WORK. I’ve started presenting virtual science programs and it is so great! I’m loving being able to science with the kids again and incorporate different books and scientific fields into it!! I’m trying to focus hard on that and the fact that I work with the most amazing and talented people because without those two things………..

SCHOOL. It has begun. I am already drowning and on fire at the same time. It’s totally fine.

Language Learning. This has kind of come to a bit of a standstill while I try to get the rest of my life all balanced out because… There is no balance. I need balance to my chaos.

I completed the MCU Movie Challenge! All 23 films (plus I plan to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soon because it’s a great movie.) I have to admit that at one point in it, I was ready to give up. I even regretted starting the movie challenge. In the end though I’m kinda glad I watched all of those movies. It’s interesting to see how all of them are entwined and I’m really looking forward to seeing the lineup of new MCU movies that are set to come out over the next few years. Including, of course, the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that’s due in 2022. Because yes.

That’s all that I can think of just now. Happy reading, bookworms and dragons. πŸ–€

Opening Chapter 8: August 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! It’s August now and I have no idea how we got here. Like… what happened to April? I don’t know but let’s dive into this post so we can start this month off right!


To Read

As seems to be my theme this year, I’m going to keep my to read list modest. I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump so until I can drag myself from it kicking and screaming, I’m not sure I’ll do much reading at all outside of what’s required for work and/or school. Here’s what I’m hoping to read for fun…


To Watch

I’m not sure I’ll watch a lot of movies this month so I’ll keep this list modest as well. I’m still working a bit on completing the MCU Movie Challenge so some of these movies will be for that.


To Do

  • Work. I’m trying to figure out exactly what will be happening with this and just thinking about it is setting my anxiety off like mad so we’re gonna focus on other things until we’re able to control this part, yeah? Yeah.
  • School. My semester starts up closer to the end of this month. I’ve gotten a lot done with my thesis project, but I’d like to do a bit more before classes begin. I also want to do some reading for the classes before they begin because otherwise I’ve found I have trouble finishing all of the assigned readings. Grad school students read A Lot.
  • Language Learning. I want to get more regular about studying both Ilocano and Japanese. I’ve been semi-regular about it, but I’d like to commit to studying both of them every day. I’m going to have to put it into my calendar, but because I’m not sure what’s going to happen with my work right now… I can’t really schedule anything.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this month? Stay safe and stay healthy, bookworms and dragons! πŸ–€

Closing Chapter 7: July 2020 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! How is it the end of July already? No clue. But let’s wrap this baby up anyway, shall we?


I Read

July has been a bit book light and movie heavy for me so this list is a bit of a short one. This is partially because I’ve started listening to language learning recordings on the way to and from work instead of audiobooks. I’ve mostly been reading physical and digital books this month.

  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • City of Night by Dean Koontz πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› Β½

I Watched

July has definitely been a very movie-heavy month for me! I’m still working on completing the MCU Movie Challenge and this month has seen a fair bit of progress on that. I also got to rewatch one of my favorite series with my monsters. It was their first time watching it, so it was extra special for all of us. Here’s the list of movies I watched this month!


I Did

WORK. Work has been… Well, it’s quite difficult to describe. Stressful and exhausting, for sure. I’m still hoping that some aspects of the job I used to love will reveal themselves at some point in the near future. At least one has–the amazing team of people that I get to call my work family. We’re basically carrying each other through this right now. I could not do it without them. ❀

SCHOOL. I technically finished my class for the semester, but my work isn’t finished. I’ve taken the extra time between classes to work on building my ePortfolio (essentially, a digital thesis) so that I’ll have less to do later on. This is an especially good idea, I think, because I only have two semesters left! 😁

Language Learning. I’ve been doing much better about practicing both Japanese and Ilocano every day, though in different ways. This is largely due to the level of availability of reference material. Japanese has a LOT of reference material, whereas Ilocano has nearly none. Either way, they’re works in progress.

Injury… I pulled a muscle in my back in the last week of July. Which is part of why I didn’t post this wrap up sooner. No worries though. It’s healing nicely and I think within the next week I’ll be back to my regular routine. πŸ™‚


That’s all that I can think of just now. Happy reading, bookworms and dragons. πŸ–€

Chapter 7: July 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Yes, I know, but better late than never. Let’s just dive right in!

To Read

I’m going to keep this list modest, simply because I have a lot going on and I’m not sure I’ll be able to read as much as I would like to. Anyway, here’s the list!

To Watch

I already know I’ll be watching a lot of movies this month, I’m going to just be honest with myself and you and write all the ones I plan to watch from this point of the month on…

To Do

  • Work out. I’ve done pretty okay with this, with the exception of a few heavy depression days, so I figure I’ll give a go at continuing. I’d like to eventually get to the point where I can start running again. An injury I had a while ago complicates this, but I’ve been told that if I can strengthen the muscles around the injured joints I should be able to run again. So far, I’ve tried trail running which has worked out well but is not always available to me.
  • Homework. I’m working on my ePortfolio so I’ll have less to do later in my program, which really doesn’t have much left at all. It’s quite a lot so I’m glad I have time to work on it now instead of trying to cram it all into my last semester because I’m not sure it would be possible for me. I’d like to get to a point where I have a solid skeletal structure for it before my next set of classes starts.
  • Continue to study Ilocano and Japanese. This has started to look a lot like Pimsleur Japanese to and from work as well as lunch break and Ilocano Anki decks in the morning, on my lunch break, and in the evening. It’s spread out but it will have to do for now.
  • Pack. Long story short, my place still isn’t ready so I haven’t found the urgency I need to pack. I’m going to try to work on that but… I’m still great at procrastinating. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. πŸ–€

Closing Chapter 6: June 2020 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! I realized that we’re half into July and I never wrapped June up so… better late than never, I guess. πŸ˜… Let’s jump in!

Books I Read

Surprisingly, I did manage to get some reading in during the month of June. Mostly audiobooks, though I’ve also gotten into reading digital books on my breaks at work so that’s helped. Here’s what I read last month.

  • The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› Β½
  • Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • When You Know What I Know by Sonja K. Solter πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›

Movies I Watched

June was not a movie heavy month for me. I’m still working on completing the MCU Movie Challenge, though apparently I took June off from it. πŸ˜… Here’s the list of movies I did watch!

  • Madagascar (2005) 🍿🍿🍿
  • The Boss Baby (2017) 🍿🍿🍿½
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) 🍿🍿🍿
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Brian Banks (2018) 🍿🍿🍿🍿

Other Things I Did

WORK. I went back to work at the beginning of June and we have been open to the public since then. For those who maybe didn’t know already, I work in youth services at a large public library. It’s been… different. And quite stressful. And, honestly, I’m shocked I’ve managed to get anything outside of work done at all because I’m always exhausted at the end of the day. In short–I have no idea how our essential workers have managed. You are all amazing and worth so much more than whatever it is they’re paying you!

SCHOOL. It was a very condensed class, but I had an AMAZING group to work with for all of the group projects. Honestly, without them I probably wouldn’t have gotten as much out of the class. It was actually pretty great.

Language Learning. I didn’t do much with Ilocano during June, but I did start listening to Pimsleur Japanese on my lunch break every day. It’s helping but, to no one’s surprise, Japanese is difficult to learn. Still, I’m improving and really enjoying it. It’s such a beautiful language!

Working out. I’ve managed to turn this into an actual habit. So much so that my body refuses to accept “rest days” and I end up doing something on them anyway. Usually light yoga for beginners.

Long Distance Socializing. I’ve been video calling with my sister a lot. I also video call my monsters while I’m on my break at work. Technology does have its wonderful moments, doesn’t it?

I participated in a blog tour! The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth is such a fun book and I really truly love it. It was also a really fun one to create a Bookish Soundtrack for.

That’s all that I can think of just now. Happy reading, bookworms and dragons. πŸ–€