September, 2021

September 4th, 2021, 2:25 p.m. - "Cheddar doesn't usually indulge in shrimp. He considers it bougie"

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Game of Boyles"; "Renewal": Why was it called "Game of Boyles" and not "Boyles Out"? That episode was weird. But I was thrilled that the second one was about Holt and Kevin renewing their vows; when I saw the episode title a couple weeks ago, I hoped that was what it was referring to. Rating: 4 nutria

September 6th, 2021, 5:18 p.m. - SO MUCH MATH

38. Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir)
Weir does an excellent job of making the science here understandable. He dresses it up so it's not dry. And I love his sense of humor. I'll have to give The Martian another try.

Up next: You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey (Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar)

September 10th, 2021, 7:57 p.m. - Why are white this?

39. You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey (Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar)
How do people who experience this much racism not set something on fire, like, every day? Because I feel like that's the only way to deal with it. Just burn it away until you can face racists again.

Up next: No One Is Talking About This (Patricia Lockwood)

September 12th, 2021, 8:11 p.m. - CAN a dog be twins?

40. No One Is Talking About This (Patricia Lockwood)
I couldn't stop thinking about this book when I was doing other things. Lockwood captures the world and emotions so well. Also, I haven't cried over a book in more than 15 years, but this one made me cry. Darn you, Lockwood!

Up next: The Plot (Jean Hanff Korelitz)

September 16th, 2021, 6:32 p.m. - I was so proud of myself for calling the ending, but, uh...apparently a lot of people did

41. The Plot (Jean Hanff Korelitz)
I liked this a lot at the beginning, but my interest faded as it went on. Korelitz took a lot of pages to tell a story that didn't need to be so long. Also, the book within a book that everyone raved about didn't sound that interesting.

Up next: The Atmospherians (Alex McElroy)

September 18th, 2021, 2:17 p.m. - "Well, like I say every heist, that's enough, Bill"

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "The Last Day": From the episode description, I was dreading a clip show, so I was both pleased that this wasn't that and delighted that it was an hour-long heist. I will miss this show so much, but I'm really satisfied with the way it ended. Nine-nine! Rating: 5 surprise reveals from Gina

September 22nd, 2021, 7:54 p.m. - "Me and you: we're starting a cult"

42. The Atmospherians (Alex McElroy)
This was both fun and thought-provoking. It could have used more of a climax, and the ending wasn't completely satisfying, but for the most part, it was great.

Up next: We Are Watching Eliza Bright (A.E. Osworth)

September 27th, 2021, 5:48 p.m. - Gamergate, but make it a novel

43. We Are Watching Eliza Bright (A.E. Osworth)
This book made me feel itchy. It's disturbing and uncomfortable and magnifies that by being realistic and similar to real events. But it moves quickly and makes you want to find out what will happen. I just wish Osworth had written the Sixsterhood sections differently. The format made them annoying to read.

Up next: We Were Never Here (Andrea Bartz)

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