September 2017 Reading Wrap Up

My reading picked up a lot more steam this month, compared to August that left me in quite a slump, thanks to many exciting September releases. I’m ecstatic to see what’s to come in the next reading season.
In total I read 10 books this month:

Honorable Mention:
Season four of Broad City was released earlier this month, so I finally decided to cave in and give it a go on a whim, thanks to Rosh Hashanah. I had seen the start of the pilot years ago, but quickly made my exit when I realized the introducing scene wasn’t my cup of tea. I then became convinced that the whole show must be on the same level of raunchiness as said scene and that, consequently, the comedy relied solely on showing non-stop sex scenes. I WAS WRONG, OF COURSE.

The series was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as two Jewish American best friends who navigate everyday life in New York City. And I have to say that the direction the writers and actors took this show from season to season truly impressed me at every turn. I can’t believe my past-self thought Broad City would be overrated or overhyped, this is the one show that truly lives up to its reputation and continues to rise over and actively raise the bar of expectations.

Funnily enough, when I made the choice to give the series a go this month, I started from the season four premiere, which was unknowingly the best decision, because in it we have the origin story of Abbi and Ilana’s friendship back in 2011. I ended up binge-watching the show in just two days in reverse chronological order. Which I’m frankly glad to have done because the later episodes are one of my favorites.

Plus, having read I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin, who share a very similar dynamic to Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, couldn’t have been more perfect right before watching the series. My fellow Jewish women are on top of their game, and I feel like a proud mother. Broad City is really the most taken back I’ve been by a TV show in ages. I’m pretty sure the last time I was this surprised was with Skam back in December.

So now is when I let the art speak for itself because I couldn’t even begin to encompass the brilliancy that goes on in the minds of those that deliver the iconic Broad City scenes time after time. The comedic timing is utterly and completely unique.

Ilana Wexler is honestly unlike anyone I’ve ever encountered about before. And I’m obsessed.

I feel rejuvenated.

I was floored by this whole episode season.

I’ll end with sharing THE BEST dialogue I got to experience and then non-stop quoting in head:

This show has no boundaries as to where it will go, and I am so here for it. To be honest, it was a whirlwind of a binge-watch, but Broad City has without a doubt made a new fan out of me.

Favorite current episodes include: The Lockout” (1X04), “Hurricane Wanda” (1X07), “In Heat” (2X01), “Kirk Steele” (2X08), “Coat Check” (2X09), the entirety of season three (not even kidding), “Sliding Doors” (4X01).

That was my September wrap-up, thank you for reading!


Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Having to wait on the release for this illustrated collection of original fairy tales since the start of the year was nearly excruciating. I even went ahead and read The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo a month after the news to calm my eagerness. But here I am finally ready to dive into my long awaited review for this collection!

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

“And what lesson am I to learn from this story?” asked the beast when she was done.
“That there are better things than princes.”

#1: “Ayama and the Thorn Wood.”

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An original retelling of a forest that demands to hear only the truth and nothing but the truth, which made for a clever, wordy, high-spirited read. It also delivered a compelling mix of Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, excelling at capturing the chilling and gleaming atmosphere.

“And can this ugly beast not speak for himself?”
The beast looked upon his father and said, “A man like you is owed no words. I trust Ayama to tell my story.”

#2: “The Witch of Duva.”The Language of Thorns 2-- bookspoils

A twistingly clever take on the wicked stepmother trope. Seriously, that ending couldn’t have messed me up more. Leigh Bardugo was making it quite the challenge to move on seamlessly from story to story while delivering such blows at each end.

“Karina who had given herself to a monster, in the hope of saving just one girl.”

Also, coming to the realization that AURORA’s Runaway fit like a glove for this tale was so fulfilling. From the lyrics to the visuals in the video, I was continuously mesmerized.

“I got no other place to go
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore.”

#3: “Little Knife.”The Language of Thorns 3-- bookspoilsBardugo once again succeeds to bring about an unexpected turn of events. And I have to note that I came to endlessly appreciate her for sharing the message that our heroine’s story doesn’t have to end with finding romantic love (not specifically talking about one tale here), even going so far as to make that the damn point of it all.

“It was I who built the tower of trees,” said the river.
“And I who earned the mirror from Baba Anezka. It was I who found the magic coin. And now I say to you, Yeva Luchova: Will you remain here with the father who tried to sell you, or the prince who hoped to buy you, or the man too weak to solve his riddles for himself? Or will you come with me and be bride to nothing but the shore?”

“The river carried her all the way to the seashore, and there she stayed. She said her prayers in a tiny chapel where the waves ran right up to the door, and each day she sat by the ocean’s edge and watched the tides come and go. She lived in happy solitude, and grew old, and never worried when her beauty faded, for in her reflection she always saw a free woman.”

Easily the best ending I’ve read in awhile.

Overall, I was enamoured by this deliciously feminist collection of atmospheric folk tales filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

4.5/5 stars

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Review: The Dogist Puppies by Elias Weiss Friedman

The moment I got my hands on this book, I was beyond ecstatic to start my journey of admiring over 800 puppies that awaited in the pages to follow, but I generously managed to rail in my excitement for a hot minute to read the introduction of nearly 5 pages. It was worth it, though, just for the one comment from the author at the end that made me crack a smile: “If you’ve read this far, I admire your restraint.” 

The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. And with their sweet faces, soft bellies, and oversized paws, the puppies in The Dogist Puppies make this book even more irresistible than Friedman’s first one! Presented documentary-style, every portrait tells a story and explores each puppy’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.

“I hope when you look at the picture in this book they make you smile, but I also hope the book gives people a better understanding of responsible dog ownership.”

Not only did reading and poring over this book strengthen my deep fascination with dogs, I also got enlightened and educated so many times on so many puppy breeds and their unique characteristics. I loved every single minute. Elias Weiss Friedman excels at making you take in all the different puppies by adding background or dividing them up into fascinating themes that I mentioned above. From pups to working guide dogs, shelter dogs, assistance dogs, the author never fails to highlight that “the beauty of dogs is in their diversity of form and function, and while beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, all dogs deserve recognition for who they are and why they’re here.”

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On that note, this book has made me the most overjoyed in awhile and just THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE. And as a result, I’m now more desperate than ever to get my hands on Elias Weiss Friedman’s The Dogist.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: September 19th, 2017

5/5 stars

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