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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

March 30, 2015 Books, Meme 9

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So, you remember last week, when I didn’t know what to read and I asked you guys? I got a few votes for Station Eleven, a couple for Hausfrau, and one The Library of Mount Char because who can resist a story about librarians?

The Library of Mount Char won out. And I devoured it Friday night on the way home from a school trip to Washington with the girl. And I do mean devoured. If I hadn’t be absolutely exhausted, I would have finished it that night even though it was almost midnight when we got home.

I finished the last 10% the next morning. And now, I am bereft because, again, I don’t know what to read next. Hausfrau and Station Eleven are not calling to me at the moment. I gave Dead Wake a few pages, but I think I want to read that this summer It feels like a summer book. Galileo’s Middle Finger feels too weighty at the moment. I don’t know what I need. NOTHING is really calling to me at the moment.

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In the meantime, I’m leisurely reading Calvin Trillin’s Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco and listening to The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Buried Giant feels like one of those books made for me. So far, I absolutely adore it.

Up next, I really have no idea. I think I’m going to listen to The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. I’ve put off that reread long enough. Other than that, I really have no idea!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

March 23, 2015 Books, Meme 5

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Good morning my lovelies! And welcome to another week in 2015!!

So, what am I reading this week? Whelp. I finished Cinnamon and Gunpowder yesterday morning and am now weighing possibilities. C&G was SO GOOD that I know I have to be careful with what I pick next. Here are the possibilities:

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is really gunning for the spot. It’s being compared to Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill, plus it starts with two rockin’ sentences:

Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78. Most of the librarians, Carolyn included, had come to think of this road as the Path of Tacos, so-called in honor of a Mexican joint they snuck out to sometimes.

I mean, I just want to keep reading after that.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is trying hard too. I love Erik Larson’s work, plus it’s publication coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. It sounds a little action packed, which I’m thinking I may need to bring me down from the high that was C&G.

There is also Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, which everyone and their cousins-sisters-mothers-best friends-daughter is reading right now. I keep thinking I need to wait for the hype to die down but dang it, I hate being left behind.

I also find myself wondering if I should give Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel another try. All my reading buddies seem to be loving it, so much so that I’m completely certain I must have missed something first time around.

And lastly, I’m also thinking of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger. There’s just something about that title that appeals to me…. That cover too. It really appeals to me.

What do you think? Which book should I try out? Don’t worry, I’m still going on Middlemarch by George Eliot, as well as The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I like to have at least three books going, for when I need a break from one.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Springing to Read These…

March 17, 2015 Books 14

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As of RIGHT NOW, this VERY MINUTE, these are the ten books I want to read this Spring. Because you know it will change in ten minutes.

1. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman – Ms. Hoffman and I have a tenuous relationship, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to read all her books.

2. The Home Place by Carrie La Seur – Someone (not sure who) reviewed it and it sounded great.

3. The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe – Sounds like a difficult read. I’m ready for one.

4. Dead Wake by Erik Larson – Because duh, I love Erik Larson!

5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James – We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon. We came away loving the island, the culture, and its people (and the food!). I want to learn more about how they got to where they are today.

6. Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen – Saw it at the library and thought it sounded interesting. I don’t know much about the Congo and want to learn more.

7. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – Duh. The title.

8. The French House: an American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village that Restored Them by Don Wallace – I love these kind of books in the Spring.

9. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield – After listening to a podcast on color, I really want to learn more about them and where they came from. Starting with red!

10.We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo – More of that learning thing – this time Zimbabwe. It sounds like a heartbreaker.

What do you plan to read this Spring?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

March 16, 2015 Books, Meme 7

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Good morning jelly bellies!!! And happy Monday!

Do you know how I’m always saying I’m a mood reader? And how sometimes it takes me a third, fourth, or fifth time to get into a book? Well, it happened again this past week. As I said in last Monday’s post, I was reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown, but I wasn’t hooked on it yet.

After Friday night, I AM SO HOOKED. I read over half the book that night and who knows, if I hadn’t fallen asleep, I may would have finished it. As it is, I’m well over halfway now with intentions to fit some more in today. I just don’t want to put it down. So. Much. Fun.

Last Monday, Andi and I agreed to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie together. I started on it Tuesday. Since my copy is an audiobook, and I’m also listening to Middlemarch by George Eliot, both are going slow. I am loving Americanah in audio, one because I learned how to pronounce Chimamanda’s name AND the reader uses different accents for the different characters. I am still enjoying Middlemarch too, now that I’m getting more into the story.

Up next? Well, after Cinnamon and Gunpowder, I’m really wanting to get to Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger because with a title like that, how can I ignore it? I expect I’ll still be listening to both Americanah and Middlemarch so I haven’t really considered what is next for me in audio.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Everybody Needs One

March 11, 2015 Book Reviews, Books, eBooks 9 ★★★★½

Everybody Needs OneStrong Female Protagonist
by brennan lee mulligan, molly ostertag
Series: Volume 1
Published by Top Shelf Productions
on November 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 220
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-half-stars
With superstrength and invulnerability, Alison Green used to be one of the most powerful superheroes around.

Fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego Mega Girl was fun — until an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading arch enemy, showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy, and suddenly battling giant robots didn't seem so important.

Now Alison is going to college and trying to find ways to help the world while still getting to class on time. It's impossible to escape the past, however, and everyone has their own idea of what it means to be a hero....

After a phenomenal success on Kickstarter, Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag bring their popular webcomic into print, collecting the first four issues, as well as some all-new, full-color pages!

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Everyone needs a Strong Female Protagonist, that is.

I hate to admit it, but I had never heard of this comic until I saw it on NetGalley. It’s a webcomic. It had a very successful Kickstarter campaign. It fell into my lap and y’all. I am so happy about that, because this protagonist is right up my alley.

Alison Green is one of those protagonists you can’t help but identify with. Sure, she has superhuman abilities, but underneath all that strength and super-ness, lies a very uncertain girl with real world problems like money, family, friendship, lack of confidence, and a past she just can’t escape. And then yes, on top of it all, Alison has superpowers. What does she do with that? Is she obligated to save the world? And who really cares anyway?

There is so much to love in this little comic. The writing is great. The art is too. The thing I love most though, is the message. That no matter how smart, how super, how strong you are, you are also human. With human fears, feelings, desires, and just messed up.

Highly recommended.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

March 9, 2015 Books, Meme 11

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I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of sad to see this Monday. This weekend, especially yesterday, was so gorgeous and springlike! We played outside, I read outside, took pictures, started digging out the garden, and just generally enjoyed it all. Especially that extra hour of sunlight.

Spring is on its way!

Thanks to the impromptu Flash Readathon this weekend, I got in an extra book, and the source of my garden work. Orchard House by Tara Austen Weaver was a delight. I’ll be telling you more about it soon, so we’ll leave it with an “I Loved It” stamp of approval.

Having finally finished Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman (everything I have come to expect from Gaiman!), I started listening to Middlemarch by George Eliot. My friend Amanda from Fig and Thistle voiced some concern with my listening to the audio, but I did my research and I think I found the best reader and production. Don’t you love it when your friend have your back? She’s the best and why I wanted to read the book in the first place. I trust her when it comes to the classics.

Also, is it normal that I kind of want to smack Dorothea? Hope so….

Sometime in the last couple of weeks, I felt that panic that sets in when one has so much one wants to read that one doesn’t exactly know what to pick up. So, I emailed my bud Andi begging her to give me a book, any book, that she wanted me to read. She rather enthusiastically and promptly emailed back with Cinnamon and Gunpowder. Luckily I already had that one! And after I finished Orchard House yesterday, I decided to give it another go (this isn’t the first or second time!) and I think it’s sticking! I love it when that happens.

After these, I honestly have no idea. I’m taking it book by book right now.

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

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Stuff I Learned This Week

March 6, 2015 Books 7

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Modeling used to be considered a form of prostitution, because you were using your body to earn a living wage. Stuff Your Mom Never Told You – Living Dolls (Listen)

10-15% of humans are left-handed and scientists have NO IDEA WHY. – Stuff You Should Know – Why Do Lefties Exist? (Listen)

There is no such thing as being right or left brained. – Freakanomics – This Idea Must Die (Listen)

Alan Alda (actor, writer) should have been a scientist. Freakanomics -This Idea Must Die (Listen)

The more the do aerobic exercise, the more you can slow the decline of cognitive function. I obviously need to work out more. – The Torch – Busting Brain Myths and Bringing Balance Through Tai Chi (Listen)

And, in Learning Seredipidy, again, there is no such thing as being right or left brained. Both sides work together equally, neither is “stronger” than the other. – Busting Brain Myths and Bringing Balance Through Tai Chi (Listen)

Stan Lee, comic guru, is teaching a Super MOOC at the Smithsonian online. You can take it for free. I signed up. Care to join me? The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture

Did you learn anything interesting or new this week?

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Flash! Readathon! #FlashReadathon!

March 5, 2015 Books 8

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Me and my big mouth. I mentioned needing a Readathon on Facebook and next thing you know, we’re having a Flash Readathon this weekend.

You’re welcome.

As you can see, it’s loosy-goosy, easy peasy, sit down and read when you can. No work! All fun!

I’m not sure what I’m planning to read yet, but I know it’ll be fun. Come on. Join us!

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Comics February! The Roundup!

March 3, 2015 Books 6

Another year, another end to Comics February. Sure, I can read comics all year, but it’s not quite the same. February is special because a bunch of my friends are indulging in comics too! It’s just so much fun.

So. Surprisingly for me, I read 22 comics this month. I meant to read more, but I ran out of time. Here is the run down:

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Alex + Ada, Issue 6
Alex + Ada, Issue 7
Alex + Ada, Issue 8
Alex + Ada, Issue 9
Alex + Ada, Issue 10
Alex + Ada, Issue 11
Alex + Ada, Issue 12

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Rat Queens, Issue 6
Rat Queens, Issue 7
Rat Queens, Issue 8
Rat Queens Special: Braga #1

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The Fade Out, Issue 1
The Fade Out, Issue 2
The Fade Out, Issue 3
The Fade Out, Issue 4

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Lumberjanes, Issue 11

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Wayward, Issue 1
Wayward, Issue 2
Wayward, Issue 3
Wayward, Issue 4
Wayward, Issue 5

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Fatale, Issue 1

Yeah, I’m feeling kind of wow about it. I’m sure others read more, but by golly, I read all these and all of them were awesome. I honestly can’t point to one I didn’t like.I love the futurist tones of Alex + Ada, and the unlikely love story. Rat Queens is just plain FUN. It’s like the male trope of raising hell, kicking ass and taking names, and getting as drunk and sexed-up as you want and giving it to the ladies. The ladies. They love it. The Fade Out is pure cinema noir/murder mystery fun. Lumberjanes is my love. I can’t get enough of these kids. Wayward indulges my fascination with mythology and Japanese culture. And Fatale, in the vein of The Fade Out (same authors!) is, well, I need more of it to say for sure. I only read the one volume. But I’m dying to get my hands on more.

So, there you have it. My Comics February. Now I can’t wait for 2016!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

March 2, 2015 Books, Meme 13

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HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!! No, seriously. It’s not snowing or sleeting or freezing of the rain or even raining. It’s just foggy. I AM HAPPY.

And would you look at that? I’m not reading The Soloist OR Geek Love any more! BECAUSE. I. FINISHED. THEM.

Hallelujah amen.

After the complete…weirdness…of Geek Love, I needed something relatively normal. I am not finding it in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac! I am in Someone at a Distance though. These two together feel like a good balance for me.  And Neil Gaiman. I’m just dragging it out because it’s Neil Gaiman. So yeah.

Up next, I’m leaning toward Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer,  the audiobook of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice by Marjorie Shaffer.

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

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