Monthly Wrap Up – May 2016

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You guys. It’s the end of May. Where did it go? I feel like it went by in the complete blur! I’m not even sure I saw it on the calendar! Yet, I managed to read 14 things? What?

56. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
57. Giant Days, Issue 14 by John Allison
58. Rat Queens, Issue 16 by Kurtis Wiebe
59. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
60. Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
61. Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
62. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
63. Sleeping Giants, Themis Files #1 by Sylvain Neuvel read by Full Cast
64. Criminal: Coward by Ed Brubaker
65. Lumberjanes, Issue 25 by Shannon Watters
66. Lumberjanes, Issue 26 by Shannon Watters
67. Hellboy, Volume 2: Wake the Devil Mike Mignola
68. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon
69. Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker

I am hard pressed to call anything a favorite. I loved rereading The Raven Cycle straight through, finally ending with The Raven King, the end of the series. I am sad to let these characters go! Running Like a Girl was super inspiring. Hammer Head was girl power to the max! Just like Lumberjanes! And Sleeping Giants was just plain fun and exactly what I needed at the time.

Here’s hoping June is just as awesome and that maybe I even manage to see some of it!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


What am I reading? That’s a great question. Up until yesterday, I was reading several things. Well, I should say “reading,” because while I could say I was reading them, I was actually avoiding them. Knowing how I am, I knew it was best to just put off those books I was reading and start fresh.

So I did.

The only one I didn’t was Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert. One: because I have to review it and Two: I am actually not actively avoiding it because it’s pretty good.

So, I started I Am Radar by Reif Larsen and managed to read over 50 pages in one day. It’s kind of weird and epic, which seems to be just what I needed. I have a few other books sitting beside me, ready to try to take its place if it doesn’t work out. So, we’ll see. Geez, sometimes I really hate being finicky.

The only thing I’m lacking is an audiobook, but, seeing as I doubt I’d have time to listen to anything today, I’ll figure that out tomorrow.

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

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // One of those days….

Right this minute | my children are driving me crazy and I am absolutely certain they are doing it on purpose.

Feeling | A little irritated! lol

Reading | I’m almost finished with Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert. After that, I’m thinking of cleaning the deck and starting fresh. None of my other reads are really calling to me. I think I have Gobbledybooks™.

Listening | My daughter is singing the Spongebob song. See, told you she’s doing it on purpose.

Watching | We’ve been watching Flashpoint at work and it’s been a daily cry. Such a good show but damn does it get me in the feels.

Loving | That it’s raining. Maybe I can stay in all day! And hopefully break the awful humidity we’ve had the last week.

Hating | The way my neck feels when it rains. Getting old sucks yo.

Eating | My son made me a cheese-toast English muffin this morning. Too bad he used the ones full of gluten! I helped him get the right ones. He’s so cute.

Anticipating | A day of laundry and reading. I hope.

Have a great week!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Just Finished



Currently Reading

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I am SO CLOSE to finishing The Raven King! I just have to force myself to listen. I’m afraid to listen at work, because I will become a puddle. Mother Tongue is epic, which means it’s great and wide angled and long and slow reading. I’m enjoying the heck out of it. The Underground Railroad will break whatever The Raven King leaves alive, for sure, while Borderline is meant to be pure fun. Which, it is, but, being a printer/graphic designer and noticing that the book was cut crooked? Makes for a distraction and irritates the fool out of me.

Up Next


I honestly have no idea what I want to read next, but these three are top contenders.

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

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Currently // I Just Can’t with this Day

Right this minute | The sun is shining though.

Feeling | A little lot headachy, but I’m working on it!

Reading | I am on the verge of reading too many books! I’m almost finished with The Raven King, which is trying to BREAK me, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which will finish me off, and Borderline by Mishell Baker, which just seems fun and may hold me together in the end. Oh, and Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert which just makes me want to travel the world.

Listening | I have SO MANY PODCASTS to catch up on! And, now that I’m almost finished with The Raven King, I will be trying to do just that.

Watching | I started my daughter on my favorite tv show EVER: Chuck. It’s been so fun watching it again with her.

Loving | That summer is almost here and we get a lovely break from packing lunchboxes, homework, and going trying to go to bed on time.

Hating | That I have no extra time to read all the books I want to read! There are so many!

Eating | I discovered avocado toast. There has been no looking back.

Anticipating | An afternoon nap!

Have a fantastic Sunday!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?



Just Finished

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Y’all. Running Like a Girl. IT IS SO GOOD. But more on that later.

And yes! I finally finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue!!! It’s a good thing I reread it. I had forgotten way too many things.

Currently Reading


Surprising no one but myself, I actually jumped right into The Raven King. I am terrible at finishing series, as I think I noted before, and I was seriously worried I would put it off until forever. I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS THOUGH. Despite what it does to my poor heart.

I was pitched Mother Tongue and lo-and-behold, it was right up my alley. I read 100 pages the first time. I can’t wait to get back to it.

I AM SO CLOSE to finishing Hammer Head. I will do it tonight. Such a great book that was hindered by my ADHD reading style.

Up Next

Oh Lord I have no idea. So many contenders. Lab Girl is still on my bedside table and The Lonely City came in for me at the library. Finally.


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

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


The Wander Society by Keri Smith

The Wander Society by Keri SmithThe Wander Society
by Keri Smith
Published by Penguin Books
on March 29, 2016
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
verb  \ˈwän-dər\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown

Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author of Wreck This Journal, discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, her interest was piqued. Little did she know at the time that those simple markings would become the basis of a years-long, life-changing exploration into a mysterious group known only as The Wander Society, as well as the subject of this book.

Within these pages, you’ll find the results of Smith’s research: A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You’ll learn about the group’s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission.
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The Wanderers are Everywhere. 

Do you like to wander? Do you like to disconnect; from life, your phone, from everything – even just temporarily? Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with nature, yourself, with the world?

Then this book, this SOCIETY, may be for you.

It’s easy to do:


When we constantly fill up all our “empty” time with stimulation in the form of electronic devices, games, and distractions, our brains become disengaged and the thinking process is effectively halted. We never get to hear our own inner voice-we don’t develop a relationship with ourselves and our minds. We don’t get to know who we are because we’re not listening.

I find that I am too connected. I have to have my phone with me. I can get lost on the computer, for hours at a time. I do not want to be this way. I have started wandering. And I will wander more.

Join me?

Getting My Butt in Gear Part 3


Firstly, I want to thank you guys for all the encouragement in my first post and all the great music in my second! You are really helping me get my butt in gear!

Secondly, this shit is hard. It is becoming increasingly obvious that I am actually not as young as I used to be. Views like that above, taken while on a walk, sure do help though.

Lastly, I feel myself faltering.

I haven’t lost any weight. My legs are tired all the time. My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. The thought of going out in the heat and humidity makes me want to gag.

Yet. My pants are looser. My hips don’t hurt like they were before. I have more energy. I have more appetite. The morning cool before the onset of a Southern Spring day is lovely and peaceful. I hear so many bird song, smell the fresh mown grass. Have a moment to myself.

Getting in shape is a Catch-22. Gotta take the good with the bad. Gotta remember the good during the bad. And remember that it gets better. IT GETS BETTER.


It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Just Finished

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Y’all. It has been so long since I finished a book, I had to go look up which book it was I last finished. I was afraid I hadn’t finished a book since the Readathon in APRIL, but, luckily, I finished The Dream Thieves and Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together since then. Whew.

Currently Reading


Have you ever lost a book while reading it? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I misplaced Hammer Head over a week ago, but found it at my MIL’s house yesterday. So I’m back at it! I started Running Like a Girl while I was in the mountains this past weekend. And then, I am still working my way through the Raven Cycle so that I can go into The Raven King with everything fresh in my mind.

Up Next


Obviously The Raven King. I’m really hoping I don’t stay true to form here…I have a hard time finishing series. I still haven’t read Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue. *sigh*

I’m also really looking forward to Drinking in America and, lastly, I am thinking of diving into Lab Girl. I’m on a nonfiction streak!

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

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Reading Wrap Up – April 2016

April Reading (1)

I am amazed I have any books to post on this list. April was so packed with everything BUT reading. At least it felt that way. Work blurred into Readathon prep and then into sleep and whoa, I did it all over again. What a crazy month. Yet, I read 12 stories thanks to the Readathon, comics, and audiobooks. Here’s hoping May is much calmer.

44. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
45. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, read by various readers
46. Giant Days, Issue 13 by John Allison
47. Rat Queens, Issue 15 by Kurtis Wiebe
48. Lumberjanes, Issue 24 by Shannon Watters
49. Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by Kelly Sue DeConnick
50. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
51. The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez
52. Hellboy, Volume 1: Seeds of Destruction by Mike Mignola
53. Morning Glories, Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
54. Wayward, Issue 15 by Jim Zub
55. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Best Book of the Month

I have to give that to The Regional Office is Under Attack, not only because it is the only full length novel I read that wasn’t an audiobook, but because it was just plain FUN. Fun, fun, fun.

May’s Ambitions

One big ambition I have is to get through the rest of the Raven Cycle books so that I can finally read THE RAVEN KING. I could just jump into it, but I really feel like I need a refresher. I also plan to read TEN my own books for Andi and Melissa’s #SmashYourStack Challenge. Totally got this.

How was your April? What are you looking forward to in May?