I truly do not know how to start these posts anymore. September is over? October is starting? Hello, welcome, I’ve survived another month, and I’m glad you have too??
I’ve been jumping around between a lot of games lately, most of which have not been good for my head/eye problem, but sometimes I just need a distraction and something to do.
I’ve played a bit of the Sims 3 game with the married couple and their gay lovers that I mentioned last time. It’s fun, and wow, I LOVE the world of Roaring Heights! It’s so beautiful, with its beaches and Art Deco buildings and old-timey style. Even the golden-hued lighting in that world is just perfection.
I also played some Sims 4, since they did a free trial of the Eco Lifestyle pack. I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of The Sims 4, but it makes me sad that this is the first iteration of the game for which I haven’t played all or most of the packs, so I’m not gonna turn down a free trial.
I started a couple other games, but I’ll talk about those once I’ve played more.
I also watched a couple movies, most notably, Dragonheart. Which I’d seen numerous times in my childhood but hadn’t seen since maybe middle school. It was a movie I knew I loved back then, but movies, especially old faves, have been disappointing me lately. This was fantastic though. I genuinely loved it. The tweet below is a thread (which also quotes another thread) about my thoughts.
If you've never seen Dragonheart (1996), you should absolutely watch it. It's truly a great movie, even better than I remembered. And gayer. https://t.co/fveDQZx860
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@KitTheNameless) September 27, 2021
Music! I’ve got a few songs that I’ve been listening to a lot lately, all of them quite melancholy. “Heather” by Conan Gray (which has a beautiful music video), “#88” by Lo-Fang, and “Freak Like Me” by Transviolet.
In case you missed it, I finally switched over to https://metaphorsandmoonlight.com to match my blog name! So be sure to follow the new URL however you follow me. I transferred over my Bloglovin, WordPress, and email followers, so if you follow me any of those ways, you should be good.
Books I Received for Review:
I was lamenting the fact that, despite Netgalley and Edelweiss both letting publishers offer audiobooks, so few do, and then Macmillan Audio put a bunch up, one of which happened to be a book I really wanted (Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo). Turns out he NG app doesn’t work so great, which was frustrating, but oh well. I also got the graphic novel Real Hero Shit by Kendra Wells and Life of Melody by Mari Costa from Edelweiss, and Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Durham and The Awakening by Dusk Peterson from the authors.
Books I Finished:
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What a great reading month I had! Two 4.5-star books (The Darkness Outside Us, Summer Sons)! I might even bump TDOU to 5 stars because…
The Darkness Outside by Eliot Schrefer – THIS BOOK. It was… whew. It was so much more than I thought it would be. Heavy and heartbreaking, but not without some hope. Thought-provoking. An amazing story, and one of those books I will keep thinking about for a long time. If anyone has read this or reads it in the future and wants to chat, DM me on Twitter or something! (Side note, I’ve actually gotten a few people interested in this book with all my tweets about it, so I feel like I accomplished something this year lol.) [My Review]
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo – Interesting, messy, queer characters and a mysterious story, but it was the fantastic writing style and the buckets of sexual tension that really elevated this one for me! [My Review]
Real Hero Shit (Vol. 1?) by Kendra Wells – A queer fantasy graphic novel that was pretty, hilarious, and fun!
Out of House and Home by Drew Hayes – The latest book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. These books are pretty chill, and I always enjoy them.
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens – Gorgeous cover, and not a bad story, but the characters and relationships didn’t have enough depth for me. So a bit of a disappointment, though I may have enjoyed it as a teen.
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass – I don’t normally read horror, but this one caught my attention, and thankfully it didn’t end up scaring me. It does deal with a lot of heavy topics though, like mental healthcare, bullying, and bigotry. Another one that didn’t have quite enough depth to the characters and relationships, but I still enjoyed it.
A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson – This was thought-provoking and mysterious, but also sweet, and coming up with theories for what was happening was fun.
Life of Melody by Mari Costa – A super cute queer graphic novel about a fairy godfather and a troll beast raising a human child together and falling in love.
In Case You Missed It:
– I matched up three FUN. songs with the Simon Snow trilogy books.
– I reviewed Summer Suns by Lee Mandelo, a sort-of paranormal mystery with gorgeous writing, messy characters, and buckets of sexual tension.
– I reviewed The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer, a heart-wrenching, heavy but hopeful, thought-provoking love story about two boys in space.
– I reviewed Tomai, a fairly short but cute visual novel with lots of pretty art!