Saying a lot happened in November may be a bit of an understatement. The United States elected it’s next president after one of the most ridiculous campaign seasons in history. This resulted in a whole lot of protesting throughout the country against the president-elect and his vice-president. For many it seems like we are entering the dark ages, but as Dumbledore says “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
So I want to change gears a little bit, and talk about things that have brought me happiness this month through the tough times.
The Book I Read this Month
While I technically haven’t quite finished this one yet, I thought I’d give you a short review anyway.
1. Derelict by L.J. Cohen
I picked this one up on a bit of a whim during Boston Book Fest last month. But, wow did it not disappoint. Derelict follows a group of teenagers living on a small space station who all have their distinct voice and story to tell. After a series of circumstances the four teens end up on a long forgotten spaceship drifting away from their home. I love how well Cohen is able to completely flesh out each character and make them very different from each other. There is so much diversity packed into this story, with several different races and LGBTQ+ characters.
Derelict is highly underrated, but if you love space stories you need to go and pick it up!
TV I Watched this Month
Supernatural: I finally finished season 10 this month, but I’m still very behind so no spoilers please. If you don’t know what Supernatural is (I think you might be living under a rock they’re on season 12) it is about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel around “saving people, hunting things, you know the family business.” It has evolved over its dozen seasons, but it hasn’t lost it’s great story telling and characters. Supernatural keeps you on your toes, never knowing just what they are going to come up with next. You can watch it on the CW and Netflix.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: For anyone who misses The Office this one’s perfect for you. It is a sitcom of sorts starring and produced by Andy Sandberg. Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes place in a police precinct as the officers get up to all sorts of shenanigans and sometimes actually to their job. It’s hilarious and the characters are great. I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already. You can watch it on FOX and Hulu.
Speechless: This is a new family sitcom this season. Speechless follows the DiMeos, a quirky family whose oldest son is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to speak. While the premise may sound somewhat depressing, the show does a great job of being sensitive and still be entertaining. Each character feels fully developed and there have only been 7 episodes so far. You can watch it on ABC and Hulu.
Penn and Teller: Fool Us: If you don’t know who these two are, they are famous magicians and comedians. This a reality TV show where magicians come on Penn and Teller’s stage in Las Vegas to do a trick that will fool even them. It’s a lot of fun to watch, especially if you like magic tricks, but also even if you don’t. It gets even better when the magicians do fool Penn and Teller. I’ve been watching it on YouTube, but it’s also on the CW.
The Movie I Watched this Month
I only watched one new movie this month, so instead of reviewing movies I’d rewashed I just kept it to the new one.
Mascots: This was certainly a strange one. It’s a Netflix original movie about a group of Mascots coming to compete for the title of World Champion. It is entertaining in its own way, but at the end of the day it’s mostly just weird. If you like weird comedies this might be for you, however if you don’t I think you’re better off skipping this one.