A to Z Challenge: B is for Books (and Movies)

Every month, I do a recap of the books I read the month before. This month, I’m including movies in the recap. Since my A to Z goal is quick, short blog posts, I’m doing one-sentence reviews of each. 


I ended up reading three books for my Romance Book Club. (One was technically a February book I didn’t finish.)

  • Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins, an entertaining and emotional secret baby romance set in late-1800s California.
  • Level Up by Cathy Yardley, a cute story about love and friendship between game developers, set in Washington state.
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, a sweet love story developed over emails, set in the Midwest in 1999.

I also read a number of graphic novels in March.

  • Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy was a fun story of a group of friends using their unique strengths while having mystical adventures at summer camp. Excited to see what Vol 2 brings.
  • Rutabaga the Adventure Chef and Zita the Spacegirl were read with a 2nd grader, and we both enjoyed them greatly. Cool illustrations and characters, a mix of humor and feeling, and strong fantasy and sci-fi elements.

When I’m writing a lot, I have to sacrifice scripted TV shows because I have no self-control when it comes to binge-watching. But last month I needed a couple movie days to just veg out.


  • Zootopia (2016): Cute, funny, and emotional, albeit with some mixed metaphors.
  • Zoolander 2 (2016): I loved the first one, and I didn’t think this was as bad as people claimed.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016): Gorgeous animation and stunning scenery design, but the antagonist was underdeveloped.
  • Rise of the Legend (2014): Awesome fight scenes and a layered storyline. Also, Eddie Peng is a hottie. Recommend.
  • The Power of Narsimha (2005): Entertaining story and fabulous Bollywood dances.
  • Babylon A.D. (2008): A movie with both Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh in it could have been amazing, but this one is just okay – it was fine to have on in the background while drawing.
  • Pitch Black (2000): Even though I think Chronicles of Riddick is the worst movie I’ve ever seen, I was able to appreciate Vin Diesel in this one many years after it came out.

6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: B is for Books (and Movies)

  1. I haven’t seen a movie in forever! My attention span is all over the place. O.o I did see Pitch Black though–when it first came out. I remember it creeped me out, in the way a good creepy movie can do!

    I have the book Level Up on my TBR, and really want to get to that one. The Beverly Jenkins one, I am going to check that out now.

    I really like how you posted the one sentence reviews. I might have to try that when I blog my Sunday Post week in reviews. See you around the blog-o-sphere! 😀

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