Sunday, October 31, 2021

Tackling the TBR Weeks 39 and 40: Oct 15 - Oct 31, 2021


I am now in year three of Tackling the TBR. Slowly but surely I have made big strides in getting by TBR under control. When I first started in 2019, my TBR was topping out at over 5,000 books. I don't know that I will ever get below 500, but a #BookDragon can dream!

I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month. Feel free to join in if you'd like!

Previous Week's TBR Total: 2,838

Currently Reading

Books Added to TBR

Books Removed from TBR: 11

Books Read

Books DNF-ed: 

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 2,825

Any of these catch your eye? Have you already read any? Let me know!

Happy Reading!

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Book Review | Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt's Creek


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This will be less of a review and more akin to posts I write about Dan Jones's books.

You know, the big fan-girlie ones.

Because I fucking love this show as much as I love Buffy and Friends. If you've been around for any amount of time, you know that my love for those two shows is quite off the charts. (I once faked being sick just to stay home and listen to a 10 minute morning radio interview with David Boreanaz when I was in high school. When my mom got home from work she rolled her eyes at me and said she knew I wasn't sick and that I should've just straight-out told her why I wanted to stay home becase she would have let me either way.)

I was late to the game, but when I finally started watching, I could not stop. I was hooked from that first moment - seeing their lives turned completely upside down, yet still having the emotional energy to incredulously ask Johnny why on earth he actually purchased a town as a joke for David's birthday one year. Johnny could not understand why it was so confusing for them. I about died laughing and knew I would love this show forever from that moment.

I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the town and everything Dan and Eugene were creating. I let Eleanor start watching the show (much like with Buffy, there is some censoring here and there) and she also finds it hilarious. We have a keychain set, one saying Best Wishes (mine) and the other saying Warmest Regards (hers) that we each carry, and it is even how we sometimes bid each other good-bye. We planned to dress as David (me) and Alexis (her) for Halloween this year, until we unfortunately remembered she had to be at her father's house. Next year though, it is ON.

This book is exactly everything you would want as a perfect book-end to one of the smartest, funniest, sweet, hopeful shows ever created. To hear directly from the actors and actresses who brought the characters and the town to life, was almost like sitting and having conversations with them. To see photos from behind the scenes, to see how close they were as a cast, was also wonderful.

I especially appreciated the pages dedicated to Moira's ensembles. I laughed as I remembered specific scenes that paired with the variety of outfits. And we cannot forget the wigs as well. The same was done for David's sweaters. Oh, how I love his sweaters, so so much. (When we do get to dress as them for Halloween, Eleanor and I decided I will be wearing the lightening bolt one.)

One thing I especially appreciated was getting to the heart of the family, particularly when discussing the relationships between David and Moira, Alexis and Moira, and David and Alexis. This is not to diminish Johnny Rose in any way, he is certainly the rock and most level-headed member of the family (most of the time, especially early on). But exploring those three relationships in particular was really important. In "Finding David", the season two premier. Seeing how they chose to mirror David and Moira through their choice of clothing, and how clothing in general was a major way of communicating for the entire six seasons, was important. Until looking back at the stills included in the book, I did not take much notice of how much David and Moira were dressed alike and what that meant.

As for the other two relationships I mentioned, there is discussion around those as well, specifically as the show goes on and Alexis keeps giving Moira these chances to be the mom Moira already thought she was in her own mind. That culminates in the finale of season three, and if you have not seen it yet, I will not spoil it. But I was very touched by the book when Annie Murphy says that in that scene, it is not Alexis smiling but Annie herself, in awe and admiration of Catherine O'Hara.

David and Alexis also have quite the complicated relationship at times, but they always come through for each other when it really matters. I always found it so funny when they would have these big blow-ups, especially early on - like the first episode of the show when they are arguing about who can get murdered first when fighting over who will sleep in which bed (one of my fave scenes ever), after getting into a fight outside telling each other to shut up (another fave scene and one that Eleanor and re-enact often because it makes us laugh).

A point the book really drives home is that they really never had the chance to do this as kids, to have arguments like this, because they didn't really grow up together, what with the boarding schools and all. So, when we see them act like petulant children toward one another, it's because in that way their relationship was kind of stunted and now suddenly they are stuck together in this tiny room for the foreseeable future.

There is so much more here and I could go on forever, both about the book and the show. I loved watching the family grow as individuals and together, to see how their outlooks on life change as they become part of the town that they hated so much when they first arrived.

Best Wishes, Warmest Regards is a must-own for any fan of the show and I can not recommend it highly enough.

State of the ARC #40


State of the ARC is a monthly feature hosted by Evelina at Avalinah's Books - and now me, too! I took over temporary hosting duties back in early 2020. A couple months ago Evelina asked if I would like to co-host and of course I said yes! If you are new to the meme, you can check out the guidelines HERE.

Links go to my review. The majority of the ARCs I receive are through NetGalley. I sometimes find a book or two via Edelweiss or BookSirens. Others have come from publicists, or were offered to me from a publisher who specifically approved me for it on NetGalley; I will always note in the review how I acquired the ARC.


Currently Reading
Defenders of the Norman Crown - May, 2021
The Coffin Ship - June, 2021
The Deep Places - Oct 2021 (Publisher Gift via NetGalley)
The Transformation of American Sex Education - Jan, 2022

Finished, Review to Come
Sweating in the Land of Smiles - July 2021 (Author Gift)
Castles - Aug, 2021
Usurpers - Sept, 2021
Never Saw Me Coming - Sept, 2021
How to Walk with Steve - September, 2021 (Publicist Gift)
Where the Light Fell - October, 2021 (Publicist Gift via NetGalley)
Blackbeard - Oct, 2021

Review or Feedback Sent

When I first started blogging my monthly State of the ARC I felt like I was drowning in ARCs. My main goal was to get my NetGalley feedback ratio above 80% and thanks to this meme, I slowly but surely clawed my way up. At my highest I was at 97%. I am currently at 95%.

How are you doing with your ARC goals? Let's talk ARCs!

Happy Reading

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Eleanor Reads! October Edition


Each month Eleanor and I share the chapter books we've read in that period. We've been reading chapter books since before Kindergarten and her attention span as a four year old was definitely something to brag about. Eleanor was born a reader and that makes my heart so, so happy.

I am making a couple changes because Eleanor is becoming a more independent reader at home. She has no problem plowing through books at school, but at home she prefers I read to her while she is drawing, painting, working on a science project, etc. - she's definitely mine, a born multi-tasker. Plus, who doesn't also love being read to at bedtime?

Currently Reading

Read Together

Eleanor's Independent Reads

Do the kiddos in your life have an interest in any of these?

Happy Reading,
Eleanor and Sarah