Read, Watch, Listen – Too much media #1

I consume A LOT of media. I listen to music all day everyday, like I seriously freak out if I don’t have headphones with me while I work. I’m constantly reading, because I really don’t know how to not be reading and as any person my age I watch a lot of Hulu and Netflix. SO I’m starting this new series called read watch listen – too much media where I share what I’m currently reading, watching and listening to.

Here we go.

Currently Reading: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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This book has been on my radar for awhile, before the Hulu series came out I saw it on a lot of favorites lists and always read good things about it but never got around to picking it up myself. Well the time has finally come and in our current political and social climate it makes this novel an eerie read. If you haven’t heard of the book or the Hulu series the general plot line is that America is no longer and women are now striped of all rights, not able to read, to write, to do anything but attempt to become pregnant by the men their assigned to. I’m only about 80 pages in but I already know this is a book I’ll take slowly because man is it going to hurt.

Random quote I love: “nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Currently Watching: Marvel’s Runaways.

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Okay I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m super burnt out on superhero content but wow does this series feel fresh and new. The series centers around a group of teenagers who’s parents are a part of this weird murdery organization. The kids start to develop powers and also witness something that makes them think their parents may be shitty people and band together to figure out what the heck is happening. I’m only about half way through the season but I really love the diverse characters and their group dynamic. I’ve always been a sucker for teenage superheroes (shoutout Teen Titans) so I’m excited to see where this series goes and if it keeps me interested throughout. ALSO to be perfectly honest I heard there was a gay relationship between two main characters so0o0o0o of course I’m going to stick around for that.

Random tidbit I loved: The kids use Lyft to travel which is just so hilarious to me like who got Lyft to sponsor this show.

Currently Listening: Something to Tell You by Haim

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A couple of years ago I stayed up all night listening to Haim’s debut album, Days Are Gone and watching all of their interviews that were on Youtube. I fell in love with the band, made up of three sisters, Este, Danielle and Alana, their music is such a great pop rock mix, their voices are beautiful and I want to be their best friend. They’re just so cool, in the effortlessly cool way that I’ve always wanted to be.

ANYWAYS Sometime to Tell You is their latest album and although it took me way too long to finally listen to it, I have now kept it on repeat. My favorite songs on the album are Walking Away, Nothing’s Wrong, Ready For You and Found It In Silence, but man the entire album is just SO good.

Random favorite lyric: “If you were gonna change things you would’ve by now” – Walking Away

So there you go , that is what I’m reading, watching and listening to at the moment. If you have any recommendations for what I should read/watch/listen to next then feel free to comment, or tweet me, or message me on insta or beep me.

Random side note after I wrote beep me: When I went to Emo Nite the DJ kept playing the Kim Possible ringtone in between songs and I never understood WHY, it was so strange.

The top 5 of 2017; books version

Let’s just get into it shall we? Here are the top five books that I read in 2017, not all of them were released this year but they were new to me so that’s all that matters.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER BECAUSE I CAN NEVER PICK FAVORITES.

1. what is not yours is not yours stories by Helen Oyeyemi

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In the past couple of years I have gotten to love collections of short stories and this book has soared to the top of my favorites list. First of all, this book will fuck you up. This book made me laugh, cry, cringe, think and gave me nightmares. It didn’t leave my brain for days and honestly is still wedged in there a little. I’m not even sure how to talk about this book because it’s just such an experience.

The stories are sometimes mystical, funny, scary, beautiful, heart wrenching, supernatural and wow all the adjectives in the world could apply to this book. The characters are also so diverse, different ethnicities and sexualities are represented throughout and the fact that some characters from one story pop up in others will leave you wondering how the worlds connect.  I loved this book and it’s definitely one I will reread over and over.

2. i hate everyone but you by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

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All of my best friends live miles and miles away from me so a book about two best friends going to colleges across the country from each other appealed to me in a huge way. The book’s format is that of emails going back and forth between the main characters so having them talk and fight and figure life out through text was relatable as hell and it never felt out of place to only hear the two main characters voices.

There are so many reasons I love this book but the main one being I absolutely loved how the two main characters fought. Whenever the characters would fight it was as if I was reading my own texts between my best friends and I. The bickering back and forth and also instantly making up was so spot on, I loved it. This book doesn’t stop there though with its authenticity though, the authors tackle LGBTQ+ and mental health in such a way that never felt forced like some other YA novels have felt to me.

3. The Gallery Of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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The first thing I want to say about this book is that it’s a slow burn. This book took me a couple of days to finally finish (as someone who usually reads a book in a day this was a big deal) but at the end it was worth it. I’ll be real, one huge reason this book is on this list is because the main character is bi and as a newly come out bi female this representation was important to me. Other than sexuality this book is about art, as the main character is also a painter and her sister a musician and her best friend a dancer. I loved the way the book tackled enjoying art and being your best self and what that all means. Overall, a great YA fictional read.

4. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election and the world has never been the same. This book hurt. Her insight into the election and after and her hopes and dreams to what could have been was like a stab to the gut. I’d go from reading about gun violence and what she would do to help prevent it to reading Trumps latest ridiculous tweets and that difference was painful. This really is a must read for anyone who cares about what happened during the presidential election.

5. Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

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I am so late to this book. It came out in 2012 but man is it SO FUCKING INTERESTING. It’s a nonfiction memoir about Susannah Cahalan, a young reporter living in New York who suddenly develops some crazy symptoms and his in the hospital for a month. The book is an honest, crazy, and fascinating look at what happened to her and how she was able to get back to herself.

I just want everyone to read this book because it really blew my mind, from how her early symptoms were ignored by doctors to the simple test that finally gave an insight to her diagnosis. By far, one of me favorite nonfiction books ever.

So there you have it, my favorite books of 2017. If you want to keep up with all the books I read check out my Goodreads, I’ve been using it since 2009 so it’s a pretty accurate account of what I’ve read, what I’m reading and what I want to read.

https://www.goodreads.com/kendylgoodman

 

The year of 100 books.


– Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Throughout 2016 and in the months into 2017 I have said that 2016 was the worst year of my life. Even though there were bright spots of beauty and life that happened that year, it was also a year full of loneliness and trauma. Really, the only way I was able to deal with all that I was going through, was reading.

Books have always been a crutch of mine, a source of stability and escape that I’ve sought out ever since I was kid. My mom always nurtured my love for reading and never censored the content that I read, which looking back on, was a huge blessing. Growing up, my family moved around a lot and as cheesy as it sounds, I found my home in the books I read, and the characters I grew up with. There are books that I read as a middle schooler or high schooler that I’ll still reread today because it takes me back to a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Last year though, reading became a lifeline, or a drug. I had dropped out of college and moved home at the beginning of the year, after a traumatic death happened in my family. My mental health was the worst it had ever been, and I was really overcome with depression. It was a struggle to get out of bed every single morning, and as soon as I would get home from work I would crawl right back under the covers.

I was depressed and numb, and extremely lonely. So as always, I turned to books. I read with an intensity that I have never felt before. When I read, I became so enthralled in the world I was reading about that the characters were able to make me feel the full spectrum of emotions that was missing from my every day life. I would read in every spare moment, riding in the car, while eating, on breaks at work, and until I went to sleep. I filled every moment I had to myself with words, as if I was afraid to be alone with my own thoughts.

My go to genre was fantasy novels, worlds so unlike my own, with characters that had amazing powers and strength who would have to overcome ridiculous obstacles in order to survive. I love the “chosen one” concept, and romeo and juliet type love stories. I love warring kingdoms, and magical battles, I devoured it all.

There’s probably a conclusion  I could draw here about the strength of the characters I read giving me the strength to overcome my depression but that’s not really the conclusion I want to make.

Reading was the healthiest way I could escape my life. It was a door that was always open to me, and I don’t think I could’ve survived 2016 without walking through that door every day.

When I tell people that I’ve read 100 books in a single year, they’re so impressed and say things like “wow I wish I could read like you do, or had the time.” I usually say something like thanks, I love to read so it wasn’t a big deal. Really though, I want to tell those people that I hope you never get to the point that you need to escape your life as much as I needed to. I hope you can live with your thoughts without seeking someone else’s. I hope you can find strength in real friends, and not fictional ones.

But if you do get that point, let me know, I have plenty of book recommendations for you.