Is there anything prettier than the aesthetic of gates/doors/windows? I have at least 7 pieces of such nature (3 by Magritte alone lol (I actually have 4 Magritte, but the 4th one is Rêve) on my walls. Let's go.Background painting by Thomas Fearnley.
When the exact genre is "Let's meet up at a reunion and do murder and adultery as we ponder the good old school days and our insecurities. Also, we all hate the perky blonde."
The Hunting Party: "Some people, given just the right amount of pressure, taken out of their usual, comfortable environments, don’t need much encouragement at all to become monsters."
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: "Hierarchy, that was normal. What was strange was how deeply you could come to need it; how eventually, over enough time, you would long for someone to come and put you in your place."
These are psychological thriller/dark academia books that highlight the themes of envy, insecurity, perfection, and the inner killers in anyone as well as how elitist school hierarchies can totally screw with your head. You can read each of these in one sitting because the pacing, POVs, and problematic MCs will trap you. Both are 5/5 stars from me.
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Background painting by Max Jensen.
I've been looking through my past drawings and I realized that I REALLY like the aesthetic of combining my ornaments with classical oil paintings. Will be experimenting with this idea in the foreseeable future. What do y'all think?
Money doesn’t even have to be involved to make a decision be economic. When a military medical team arrives on a battlefield where soldiers have a variety of wounds, they are confronted with the classic economic problem of allocating scarce resources which have alternative uses. Almost never are there enough doctors, nurses, or paramedics to go around, nor enough medications. Some of the wounded are near death and have little chance of being saved, while others have a fighting chance if they get immediate care, and still others are only slightly wounded and will probably recover whether they get immediate medical attention or not.
If the medical team does not allocate its time and medications efficiently, some wounded soldiers will die needlessly, while time is being spent attending to others not as urgently in need of care or still others whose wounds are so devastating that they will probably die in spite of anything that can be done for them. It is an economic problem, though not a dime changes hands.
Most of us hate even to think of having to make such choices. Indeed, as we have already seen, some middle-class Americans are distressed at having to make much milder choices and trade-offs. But life does not ask us what we want. It presents us with options. Economics is one of the ways of trying to make the most of those options.
So I read 12 books this month, and I'm gonna talk about 8 of them using my regular tier-ranking system.
The "I wasted my time" tier: I was just really disappointed in or bored by these books, so they got low ratings from me.
All the Light We Cannot See was plain boring for me. Yes, I know compared to all the critics that have praised this book, my take that it's lackluster doesn't mean much, but this book tasted like air. For a book so character-centered, I have no idea why I couldn't give a shit about any of them. As for A Very Large Expanse of Sea, this book felt rather... incomplete? The romance was just basic, and I found Mafi's depiction of Islam and the main character's motivations just kinda weird.
The "Holy Shit" tier: I really loved these books! All between 4-5 stars and they really made my day because I thoroughly enjoyed them!
The Burning Girls was a fast-paced, eerie horror read that deals with ghosts, religious dogma, and is set in the dreary English countryside... Emily Brontë would approve of this book, I presume. The Love Hypothesis was a surprisingly great read! I despise romcoms and almost never read them, but Goodreads was putting it in my face so I had to pick it up and found, for once, that I actually liked the main ship and the way their relationship progressed. Finally, Dial A for Aunties was a fun read about family, heritage, identity, and most importantly: how to conceal a dead body in a wedding with a couple thousand guests! It made my week!
The Holy Grail tier: These books are my babies and no one can take them away from me like these were so fricking good.
Let me tell you... In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is the love child of The Hunting Party and If We Were Villains and I ate that shit up like a starving woman. The best feature was the unbearably insufferable narrator who made this story so real. False Witness is harrowing yet beautiful, dealing with the legal world and crimes against women, and I literally think about the opening and closing chapters of it all the time (Callie defense squad!!!). Finally, The Atlas Six was my favorite read of the month. It's existential and fantastical, meticulous and murderous, and I literally would sell an organ to get the sequel tomorrow.