December, 2019

December 1st, 2019, 2:12 p.m. - We have to save the planet so Lindy West can keep writing books!

48. The Witches Are Coming (Lindy West)
Reading this was listening to a friend and just going, "Yes! Yes! I know! I totally agree!" the whole time.

Up next: The Need (Helen Phillips)

December 7th, 2019, 2:14 p.m. - E pluribus unum

49. The Need (Helen Phillips)
So...did she...did she kill the...the other...?

I'm so confused.

Up next: Trust Exercise (Susan Choi)

December 8th, 3:54 p.m. - "I have empathy. That's the one where you care about other people, right?"

Modern Family – "Tree's a Crowd": Luke and Sherry? Doubtful. And didn't he learn his lesson a few years ago about not pursuing someone Manny liked? Rating: 4 too many people living in Phil and Claire's house

Supernatural – "Last Call": I can't be the only one who was expecting the episode to end with Dean and Castiel going to Sam's room and finding a sock on the door. Then Cas could ask what it meant and Dean would have to explain. Anyway, remember how Dean can't sing? Yeah. Rating: 3 inside jokes about Misha Collins being Russian

December 14th, 2019, 4:43 p.m. - Yeah, yeah, unreliable narrator, we get it

50. Trust Exercise (Susan Choi)
This is the book everyone's been raving about all year? Really? It switches back and forth between past and present tense, the second section goes between first and third person, we never find out what happened after the end of the second section, and the third section is just...nothing. I don't get the buzz.

Up next: In the Dream House (Carmen Maria Machado)

December 15th, 2019, 4:22 p.m. - "I have a sixth sense. I know when stuff is going to happen. Like I knew the ending of The Sixth Sense"

Modern Family – "The Last Christmas": Why do shows always think they need to end with people moving away? It would be funny if, after everyone mentioned the possibility of moving, the series ends with everyone staying put. Rating: 4 bad pieces of relationship advice

Supernatural – "Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven": This wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be (especially for an episode with such a perfect title), but at least we got what I wanted for Rowena. And Jake Abel was terrific playing dual roles. Rating: 4 burgers craved in Hell

Perfect Harmony – "Merry Jaxmas": I can honestly say I've never seen Bollywood dancing in a Christmas episode of a TV show before. Gotta love a groundbreaker. Rating: 3 birthstone earrings

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