Week In Review | House-Sitting, Illuminae, & Research


A million years ago on a book blog called Books o’ the Wisp, I used to do a weekly feature called Week in Review in which I talked about the posts that went up the previous week, upcoming posts, and anything else I thought cool or exciting. I’ve decided to try and bring it back in the hopes it will motivate me to do more each week and plan ahead!

This was pretty eventful week…to say the least. Monday right before I needed to leave for class the sky started to fall and I, my book bag, and my notebooks were drenched.moby

I believe it foreshadowed the rest of the week for on Tuesday night it became clear that Donald Trump would become the U.S. President-elect because of our founding fathers who thought that the electoral college would protect the people from themselves (contrary to popular belief, we do not get to vote directly for who will become president). And on Thursday I got in a car wreck (don’t worry, no one got hurt; just my car and my ego).

But the strangest thing that has affected my life personally is that I house-sat for my instructor who conveniently left the country right after the election (for a pre-scheduled conference, hehe). But the job was more to dog-sit than house-sit. Here’s a picture of my young charge this weekend, Moby!

What I Read

Man Outside by Wolfgang Borchert | Technically I read this last weekend, but since it’s not a book I’m unable to claim it toward my Goodreads Challenge so I want to talk about it somewhere! It is a short play written by a young WWII veteran who died shortly after it debuted on the stage in 1946. He posthumously became a member of Group 47 which was comprised of the writers who came out of Germany post-WWII. The play is about the plight of the German solider who returned to Germany to nothing but closed doors.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | This tome I started at the beginning of the year and set aside because I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I can’t really explain why I wanted to pick it up this week beyond the fact that I just wanted to read something for fun after the stress and mental/emotional exhaustion of the week. I marathoned it on Friday and immediately wished I could read Gemina. I’m probably going to buy it, and this book, so that I can enjoy them over the holiday.


Killing Adonis by J.M. Donellan | I was still in the desperate mood to read this weekend after Gemina so I contented myself with a book I bought via the Kindle app last year. I don’t remember exactly what it was that attracted me to buying this book, but I’m in it now and think it should be a relatively swift read as I find it so much easier to binge-read from my iPhone. Not sure I’m going to get anything out of this read, but it has my interest right now at least.

Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann | This is the book I should have been reading this weekend, but I’ve not been impressed with the first 33 pages I’ve read so I’ve been reluctant to pick it up. Especially as the instructor didn’t tell us we had to finish it by Monday, just to “get as far as we can.” Therefore, since my presentation is due Monday night, that might take priority over the actual book.

Research Articles

After quite a few weeks of not keeping up with the articles related to my individual research, I started back up again with a class deadline to have 10 article summaries completed by this Wednesday. I don’t see a value to talking about every single article, but I will say they’ve been about parasocial interaction which can be described as a relationship on the part of the viewer of friendship or intimacy with a remote media persona. Past research has been in relation to newscasters and soap opera characters; I’m interested how it can be translated to YouTubers.

Last Week’s Posts

Introducing Books and Pixels! | It’s weird, but I almost forgot that I renamed my blog just this past Tuesday! I’m really happy with my choice and this post really well lines out what I want to do going forward.

Thoughts on #Election2016 | Wednesday I think I and much of the country was in a bit of shock over the election results so I found it hard to think about much else other than processing everything that was swirling around in my head regarding the state of our country right now. So I wrote that post organizing my thoughts. I can already look back on it in amazement and know it’s going to be something I want to look back on in years to come.

Week One Update | NaNoWriMo 2016 | Also on Wednesday, I uploaded the only post I had scheduled for this week on how I’d been doing on my first week of NaNoWriMo 2016. I talk about what I’ve written and what I learned.

Upcoming Posts

Illuminae | Book Talk | Monday I’m going to upload a quick post on my thoughts about Illuminae. On my very first book blog I used to do book reviews all the time and 2016 I’ve struggled with whether I like them and feel they’re worth it or not. I loved this book and how different it is that I do want to make sure to write some loose thoughts on it without putting too much pressure on myself.

Week Two Update | NaNoWriMo 2016 | Wednesday I want to upload my second progress report on NaNoWriMo. I love doing these and I myself can’t wait to see what I write because I’ve not written much since I’ve been house-sitting so I’m hoping I can catch up by Wednesday!

Thanksgiving Goals | Friday I will be hitting the road and I want to leave knowing exactly what I plan to do for the next week. So I’m going to make a list of things I want to do and hopefully I’ll get to them all. There’s little more satisfying than making a to-do list and being able to check things off the list.


This weekend I fell back in love with CutiePieMarzia‘s YouTube channel. She’s been doing daily vlogs while she and her boyfriend Felix (of PewDiePie fame) are in Los Angeles for work things since around Halloween. I wish she daily vlogged all the time because I love her vlogging style and I find her a bit of a creative inspiration. She also has a WordPress-powered blog so check her out.

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