books and movies and things – june review

I’ve never been the blogger to do a monthly review, but I figured it can’t hurt anything. I’ve had more time over the summer (during my two months as a nanny for my cousins) to read books and watch movies/tv. Plus, I started posted my poetry again.


  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: As prequels go, this one wasn’t too bad. I didn’t love it because it’s hard to feel empathetic for the main character, Coriolanus Snow, who (spoiler??) is really terrible to everyone in the first three books. That aside, if you want to know more about Panem before Katniss’ life, I would recommend. It has some interesting explanations for some things in the first books.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: I picked this book up without reading any pages, without reading the synopsis… I just had this feeling it would be good. It was. If you like LGBTQ+ reads or coming-of-age stories, this is one I won’t forget. I hear there’s a sequel coming in October…


  • Thief: This is a heist film from 1981 with James Caan. I am not a huge James Caan fan, but it had a pretty decent soundtrack. As 80’s films go, this one hit the mark. The opening scene that introduces our main character was interesting to watch at the very least.
  • The Night of the Hunter: I loved this film. It’s a noir-ish crime from 1955 about a murder-crazed religious man who seeks out a family for stolen money the childrens’ late father left behind. There is a strange point where the film no longer follows the original storyline and completely breaks off, but it was still really cool. Definitely watch this one.
  • JoJo Rabbit: I have been waiting to see this one for a while, but I finally got ahold of it — I’m not always a comedy person, but this one had be rolling. It’s a satire about nazis, so it’s definitely a delicate balance of humor and sadness. But between the cast list (Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson) and the trailer, I knew I had to see it, and I wasn’t disappointed.

TV Shows

  • Game of Thrones: I am on the last season. I mocked this show for its insane popularity, because it was just another fantasy show in my mind. But I finally sucked it up enough to watch it, and I can see why it got so much fame. It’s absolutely genius. There’s not a moment in all eight seasons where I’ve been bored. That is HARD to do. Of course, they have source material, but even so! The world building and the way they draw the audience into a relationship with the audience is brilliant. I’m sorry I waited so long.
  • The Tatami Galaxy/Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei: If you aren’t an anime person, don’t let this trip you up. This is a subbed not dubbed anime about a college student who’s having trouble being happy. He keeps rewinding time (whether intentionally or not isn’t said) to start his college years over in order to get a different outcome. The synopsis doesn’t really explain it well, so fair warning. I quite enjoyed it.

My Updates

  • A New Book! I’m working on my FOURTH self-published work. If you haven’t read any of them, you can find them all on my Instagram shop, here. (The Instagram shop is only available on the app, but you can also click on the links I mention.) It’s going to be called Gently Used. It will be a collection of poetry, just like Lessons i learned when i was older and mind weaving. The other book, the garden boy, is a poetic essay format. I don’t have a timeline for the new one yet, but I’m working on that…
  • Instagram Poetry: I’ve decided to continue my Instagram author page as just a poetry page. I’ve always enjoyed other poets on Instagram, and I think it’s a good way to grow my readership. Do go and follow it if you’re so inclined.

So that’s about it for June. I hope you have a lovely July.

-ellynn ❤