Update: Life and Books (Jan 2022)


New year, same old everything else? For me, at least. I don’t really have any news to report.

I sent my sims on another vacation, since there was a Sims 4 Snowy Escape free trial. Unlike their Island Living vacation which was pretty chill, this one was full of snowboarding, skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing. But my sims are active sims, so they had an absolute blast. Every time a new Sims version comes out, they do a lot of reiterating old packs, but having actual slopes and mountain climbing as part of the world was cool.

Season 2 of Dungeons & Daddies has started! I’d been having a bad week, but 30 minutes into Episode 1 already had me laughing out loud multiple times. It’s really a hilarious D&D podcast, so check out Season 1 if you want lots of laughs.

And because I’m determined to get more people to watch Drawfee, I might as well promote that again too! Another thing that brings me much needed laughs every week. (Plus cool art!) So are a couple of the videos that made me laugh the most recently. Part (14:27 – 16:10 ish) of the first one was especially great, and the intro of the second one is hilarious. (At least, I hope they’ll still be funny to people who don’t already and know and love the show and its hosts.)

I started watching the Miraculous Ladybug show (S1-3 are available on Netflix), and I’ve gotten hooked, which I didn’t expect to happen. I have a Twitter thread going with my random thoughts.

I also drew this little guy. *shrug* I may make a digital drawing of him and fix him up if I can muster up the energy and focus.

That’s all I’ve got! Just kind of trying to get by.

Blog/Bookish Updates:

Nothing. I haven’t even worked on the dark mode anymore. I think this is as good as I can get it because I’m at a loss for how to create a custom cookie to make the browser remember when someone has switched to dark mode. (I could do things the easy way and download a plugin, but why start doing things the easy way now?) If it’s not working for you (and you want it to), you probably need to clear cache in your browser.


Books I Received for Review:

Quite a few! Oak King Holly King by Sebastian Nothwell, from the author. Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund, Three Left Turns to Nowhere (kinda anthology), and the audiobook for The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka, from NetGalley.


Books I Finished:

Catch and Release by Isabel MurrayYagi the Bookshop Goat by Fumi FurukawaA Walrus & A Gentleman by Emmaline StrangeSpin Me Right Round by David ValdesOak King Holly King by Sebastian Nothwell

If you’re considering buying one of the books below from Amazon, I’d really appreciate if you’d use my affiliate link!

I still had KU this month, but I didn’t have a ton of luck with it. A few books I really enjoyed, but I had been hoping to find at least one good complete series, with the same MCs throughout, that I could binge.

Catch and Release by Isabel Murray – This was an unusual sort of romance since the LI was a very not human merman and they couldn’t even properly communicate with each other, but it made me laugh, it made me feel, and it somehow felt surprisingly believable given the premise.

Yagi the Bookshop Goat by Fumi Furukawa – This was just super cute! A world of animal people, and a goat working in a bookshop trying not to eat the books. Also a cute romance.

The Aster Crown by Emmaline Strange – A nice romance between a human and fae but also a sort of nature-y, magic-y, light horror-ish sort of element to the plot

A Walrus & A Gentleman by Emmaline Strange – This was such a cute romance! Turns out I also like lighthouse settings.

Point Worth Series Books 1-6 (Jacob Michaels is Tired, etc.) by Chase Connor – The longer this series went on, the more annoyed I got. This felt like one book draaaaaaaagggggggged out into six, with lots of repetition and very little plot and every character being vague and secretive, and then an ending I didn’t even understand.

Blackbird in the Reeds // Wolf and the Holly // Fox and Birch by Sam Burns – This is a trilogy of trilogies, so nine books in total, and these first three didn’t super stand out for me, but they were enjoyable.

A Vampire’s Heart by Kayleigh Sky – Vampire romance! I’m not sure why this one didn’t really capture my attention, but it wasn’t bad.

Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes – A cute YA LGBT+ time travel story with a diverse cast and touching messages.

Oak King Holly King by Sebastian Nothwell – A very sweet, gentle kind of romance between a fae and human! I loved this one, and the cover fits it perfectly (and is so beautiful).


In Case You Missed It:

– I reviewed Monster Hunting… For Love, a cute monster dating sim.
– I reviewed Real Hero Shit Vol. 1 by Kendra Wells, a fun, funny, queer fantasy graphic novel.
– I did the Personal Library Book Tag and talked about my bookshelves.
– I shared some 2022 queer books I’m excited for.
– I reviewed Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson, a touching and somewhat bittersweet YA time travel romance.
– I reviewed A Pet Shop After Dark by npckc, a unique and slightly spooky puzzle game.


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Have you been playing any good games, listening to any good podcasts, reading any good books, etc.?


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  1. Greg

    I should try that podcast. And dark mode sounds fun. I always love little atmospheric touches on blogs but have no idea how to do that lol.

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Snowy Escape is one of the sims EPs I’ve not explored enough. I’ve sent my sim snowboarding once and did a little mountain climbing and never really went back to it. I do like you can either live there or just vacation there, though. I hate how hit or miss KU can be with books. I did come on to a couple of winners on there last month and it was probably the most I’d used it for ages. I want to try and read at least a few books a month to make my subscription worth it otherwise I’m going to need to cancel it.

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      You should do more, watching them ski and snowboard when they get to expert level is fun lol. I didn’t actually climb the whole mountain, but I watched a video just to see it, and it’s pretty cool! Yeah, I’ve found some amazing stuff on KU, but also a lot of meh. And unfortunately there are a lot of unfinished series, and idk when I’ll have KU again to finish, plus some appear to maybe have been abandoned.

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m sad that I didn’t get a chance to play Snowy Escape. It looks like a cool pack. I might buy it next time it goes on sale. I’ve been playing with the jungle pack. My Sim goes to the temples and plunders all the cultural artifacts. I hope you’re having a good February!

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      Of all the packs I’ve tried so far, this one had the most for the money. So if you like TS4 and make a lot of athletic sims, it might be a good pack for you! Lol it’s too bad they don’t do free trials for game packs, some of those do seem like they’d be fun to try. Thanks, you too!


    I finished reading Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. I liked it, but it did end abruptly. I found out I’m behind in that series so I have ended up adding the other books I haven’t read to the books I am going to read. Today I have started The Simarillon by J.R.R. Tolkien.
    On some days I have been listening to the Scientology Fair Game podcast. I also watch Bailey Sarian who does true crime and dark history stories. For shows, I have been watching The Blacklist, This is Us, Lucifer (season 4), and You (I’m on season 2). I also watch an anime called Fire Force (I’m on season 2). I’m almost through with Fire Force. I’m thinking about watching Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      I just found out there was another novella/book added after the final book in the Shatter Me series, so it turns out I’m behind too. I’m not super into true crime, but dark history kinda sounds interesting. I loved Lucifer! I hope you’re enjoying S4, and all the other shows!