Top Ten Tuesday – 99 Problems and a Book Ain’t One

February 17, 2015 Meme 6

It’s TEN! Or, Ten Book Related Problems I Have.

1. There are SO MANY BOOKS. These are the books I really really really want.

2. My TBR overflows. This is books I actually own.

3. Time. That elusive element. I never have enough of it.

4. Power. The machines need it. And run out. Constantly….

5. Light. Or, I can’t read in bed because people can’t seem to sleep with a light on. How rude.

6. Shelf space. And/or memory, for the electrical stuff.

7. Money. You know that quote? The “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes” – Erasmus? quote. Dang it, I have little mouths to feed. They have to come first. Most of the time. ::joke::

8. Attention span. Some days I just don’t have one.

9. Readers. I have few in my NON ONLINE LIFE and the ones I do don’t read like me. They read that popular, mainstream…STUFF. So depressing.

10. I can’t carry the cute little purses I love because a book or two won’t fit in them.

What are some bookish problems you have?

toptentuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. More HERE.

caprici2

Divider

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

February 16, 2015 Books, Meme 7

22522808 13872 8205029

Hey! Would you look at that? The Soloist is STILL ON MY LIST. Never fear my friends, I’m about halfway finished with it. My God, what an amazing book. So sad. So inspiring.  I tore through half of it yesterday and, if the weather does what they are saying it will, I expect I’ll have some extra time this week to tear through the rest.

In Geek Love news, I’m still working my way through it. It’s one of those books that…well…feels long even if it isn’t. What I mean is, I can sit down with it for an hour, feel like I’m reading at a pretty good clip only to look up and see I’ve only advanced 5%. Good thing I’m still enjoying it.

Since I finished The Man Who Touched His Own Heart last week (excellent audio!), after much hemming and hawing, I started Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I would listen to that man read anything. ANYTHING I TELL YOU.

On deck, I’m thinking I’ll finally start The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields. I also really want to start Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice by Marjorie Shaffer, another book I bought with my birthday money (The Soloist is the other). And in audio, I’m thinking My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, if I can manage to get it on my iPhone. It’s an audio ARC and I’m no good with iTunes.

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

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.

 

caprici2

Divider

The TBR Tag!

February 15, 2015 Books 7

books

The TBR Tag!

I was tagged my best bud Andi from Estella’s Revenge. My internet has been down all week and lazy me didn’t write anything anyway, so… this is good timing

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? I am terrible at this. Sometimes I put books in Goodreads right after I buy them, but most of the time, I only add it once I start reading it.2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook? I’d say, right NOW, it’s pretty even, but it’s steadily skewing toward eBook. Damn you Amazon and your fantastic sales.3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? My reading tendencies are in my blog name. I am capricious. I read whatever trips my trigger at any given moment.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest? Oh my gosh, I have no idea. The earliest book on my Goodreads TBR is Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR? The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

eveningmists

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover. Ha! SO MANY. It would be easier to say which book is on my TBR with an ugly cover. I’m such a cover whore.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading. What? I PLAN ON READING THEM ALL. SERIOUSLY.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.

blackdove

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac: A Novel by Sharma Shields. SOON. Very, very soon.

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf? Um….1,080… THIS DOES NOT MEAN I OWN THEM ALL. My TBR shelf on Goodreads serves as much as a wishlist as a TBR list.

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you choose to do this, please let me know!

caprici2

Divider

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

February 9, 2015 Books, Meme 13

Monday

Hellooooooooo my friends! Happy Monday!!!!! (This is me, putting on my I’m Happy It’s Monday, Even Though I’m Really Not, Face!) (I’d rather be in bed.) And how are you this glorious rainy overcast day?! Wonderful!

One good thing about today, as my daughter has been telling me for the past week, is that it is NATIONAL READ IN THE TUB DAY! I am so doing that tonight.

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty darn good. Another reason why I’m having trouble embracing Monday. I was able to read so much yesterday! I just want to kick back and do it some more! The weather was gorgeous, the porch so comfortable! I even walked outside with no shoes on! In February!! Ah, Spring. I am so ready for you.

So, as for the reading. I finally finished Burial Rites, which completely broke my heart at the end. I hate knowing the end and hoping it won’t happen that way despite knowing it will. Kind of like watching Titanic. I started Geek Love last night (for the group read with Estella? There’s still time to join!) and zipped right through several chapters. I can’t wait to get back to it. Hello, tub time!

In addition to Geek Love, I am still trying to read The Soloist. I am finding that more and more I have less time to read from a real book. I tend to read very late at night and it’s so much easier to read on my iPad then. I did get a couple chapters read and am desperate to find more time with it. I’m intrigued.

Lastly, I am listening to The Man Who Touched His Own Heart by Rob Dunn, read by Robert Fass and OMG who knew the history of the heart was so gosh darn fascinating? I am totally loving this book.

Next, I really really want to read The Sasquatch Hunger’s Almanac by Sharma Sheilds. On the nonfiction side, I’d really like to get to A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield. I have Neil Gaiman’s new short story collection, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances in the wings. And, as for a new audiobook, I was leaning toward The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, since I splurged and spent a credit.

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

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.

 

caprici2

Divider

Meal Plan Sunday

February 8, 2015 Food 5

image

Sunday – Not sure yet. May be a “fend for yourself” night.

Monday – Taco Salad. Which is pretty much my own design. Taco flavored meat (that’s GF of course), refried beans, cream cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, green onions, black olives, tortilla chips…basically all the good stuff layered together. I like easy meals for Mondays. I seem more tired Monday nights than any other night.

TuesdayBaked Potato Soup. I was looking for recipes and asked if anyone wanted potato soup one night. When everyone heard “two pounds of bacon” they were sold. ::sigh:: It DOES look good though.

Wednesday – I’m having a veggie night. Making Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes, sauteing some Brussels sprouts in olive oil with garlic, and….something. I haven’t decided yet. Can you suggest a vegetable that would go well with these two things? Or some other side? Rice? Polenta? Grits?

 Thursday! – No cooking

Friday! -No cooking

Saturday – I seriously want some fried catfish, but no one seems to have any. Will either track some down, substitute another white fish, or go fishing.

What are your dinner plans for the week?

 

caprici2

Divider

Stuff I Learned This Week

February 6, 2015 Books 9

I’ve learned some pretty interesting things the last week or so, listening to my podcasts and in my reading, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.

  • Bessie Coleman was the first African-American pilot. – Nerdette Podcast
  • Play-Doh was invented to be a wallpaper cleaner. – History in Five Minutes Podcast
  • Thomas Edison invented the tattoo needle. – History in Five Minutes Podcast
  • Caroline Herschel was the first woman paid for scientific work. – Stuff Your Mom Never Told You Podcast
  • Woodpeckers peck up to 12,000 times a day. – American Museum of Natural History Podcast; The Science Behind Football
  • Emma Ann Reynolds was the first African American woman admitted to the Medical College of Chicago at Northwestern University. Chicago schools refused to admit Reynolds because of her race. In 1889, Reynolds sought the assistance of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams to receive training. Williams proceeded to establish the Provident Hospital and Training School, an interracial hospital and nursing school.Reynolds enrolled at Provident in 1891. She graduated in 1893, and she then entered the Medical College of Chicago at Northwestern University, becoming the first African American woman admitted to study at this institution. She graduated with her medical degree in 1895. In 1896, Reynolds moved to Waco, Texas, where she opened a medical practice. She lived in Waco until 1899, and the, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she continued to work as a doctor. In 1902, Reynolds returned to Frankfort, Ohio, practicing medicine until her death in 1917. (source for this text) – The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery by Ron Dunn
  • Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (referenced above) was the first man to perform open-heart surgery He was also African American. Learn more here. Seriously. He’s fascinating.
  • This is a biggie. I was listening to Nerdette. They were interviewing Scott McCloud about his new graphic novel The Sculptor (which, by the way, I really need) when he mentioned he had recently found out he had something called ASMR. He asked the hosts if they knew what that was, to which one hesitantly replied, “is that the scalp tingling thing?” and he said YES. He said YES y’all. I have that scalp tingling thing! I’ve had it all my life! I never knew what it was or if anyone else has it! I WAS SO EXCITED. ASMR stands for Autonomous sensory meridian response and basically, well, it can be many things, but in my case, certain sounds, low pitched voices, sounds, whispers, etc, well, make my scalp tingle. It doesn’t hurt. It tickles. It’s kind of weird, but also soothing. Anyway, here’s more on it if you’re curious. I’m just so happy that it’s not a weirdo thing that I’m not alone with!! – Nerdette Podcast

Have you learned anything interesting this week? I’d love to hear about it!

caprici2

Divider

Alex + Ada, Volume One by Jonathan Luna

February 5, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 10 ★★★★★

Alex + Ada, Volume One by Jonathan LunaAlex + Ada
by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn
Series: 1-5
Published by Image Comics
on July 16, 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 128
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Collects ALEX + ADA #1-5. From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

Five reasons you need to read Alex + Ada. Like, right now:

1. The art is gorgeous. It’s plain jane, but well drawn, and for the story (at this point, anyway) I think it fits. Alex is sad. He’s depressed. And his world reflects that. And the story, while not original, it is a fresh take on it, if that makes sense. I mean, the execution is excellent. And you know, it’s not what you have, it’s all in how you use it. It is just so engaging.

2. Robots are boring. Super boring. Completely subservient, no will – absolute no will – of their own. No personality, no desire, no spark. Some people may think this is great! No more dishes, no more laundry! Others, those who see robots as more than that, have a Big Moral Dilemma to contend with. Fireworks!

3. The political and social tensions. People are terrified because the robots are becoming sentient and no one knows how it is happening. And just like in the real world, when people don’t understand something, they panic. And when they panic, bad things happen. And then the politicians get involved. OH SNAP.

4. Loneliness. This hit me so strongly. These characters have everything they could possibly have in subservient assistance. Alex, for instance, wakes up to a holographic tv screen that gives him the weather, the news report, and more. He has a robot (a very standard model) to make his breakfast, wash his clothes, put up his feet, etc. He has implants in his head that enable to him to tell all his appliances (and robot) to do this, do that, make the water this temperature, flush the toilet, call Grandma, etc. He doesn’t want for anything. Anything except basic human company. In this near future, everything seems solved, except loneliness. Depression. All our technological advances can’t solve this. Except maybe self-aware extremely lifelike robots?

5. Because I LOVES it! When have I ever steered you wrong? (Don’t answer that.)

caprici2

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday – All the Comics, All the Time

February 3, 2015 Meme 17

February 3: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre (for example I feel like I’m pretty well read in contemporary YA but there are some STAPLES I can’t believe I haven’t read. Or if you just want to books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue)

Since it IS Comics February and OBVIOUSLY I can’t shut up about comics, here are the top ten comics I hope to get through this month:

TopTenComics

1.  Alex + Ada, Issues 6-12 by Jonathan Luna (um…in between starting this post and finishing it, I kind of read all of these…)
2.  The Fade Out Issues, 1-3 by Ed Brubaker
3. Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe by Wayne Vansant
4. Wayward, Issue 1 by Jim Zub
5. The Manhattan Project, Volume 1 by Jonathan Hickman

TopTenComics2

6. East of West, Volumes 1 and 2 by Jonathan Hickman
7. Rat Queens, Issues 6-8 and Special Issue, Bragga #1 by Kurtis J Wiebe
8. C.O.W.L. Volume 1 by Kyle Higgins
9. Deadly Class Volume 1 by Rick Remender
10. The Fuse Volume 1 by  Antony Johnston

Are there any comics you’re excited about? Read any good ones lately? Do tell!

toptentuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. More HERE.

caprici2

Divider

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

February 2, 2015 Books, Meme 11

2.2.15

Good morning!!! And Happy Monday!!!

No, I’m really not that excited. It is pouring down rain and I’d rather be at home reading Burial Rites. It would be fitting since it seems to rain ALL THE TIME in that book. Especially at dramatic moments. Of which there are a lot.

So, yeah, still reading Burial Rites. Somewhere around Wednesday of last week, I ran out of Free Time. I just couldn’t find it. I finally tracked it down Saturday and read quite a bit and then Sunday, of course, there was the Super Bowl, so I read during the plays and watched the commercials. As you do.

Saturday, I had a birthday gift card to B&N (yay!), so I went and got three books, one of which was The Soloist. I’ve been craving some nonfiction and this sounded marvelous. Let’s just hope Free Time keeps popping up.

I am not currently listening to anything (I hear your gasp) as I have been listening to a ton of podcasts, but am thinking of starting Dept. of Speculation soon. It looks like a quick listen.

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

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.

 

caprici2

Divider

Meal Plan Sunday

February 1, 2015 Food 3

image

Sunday – Super Bowl Party!!! I’m making gluten free sausage balls. Hopefully they will be as good as glutened ones. (Is glutened even a word?) (I just made it one! Ha!)

Monday – So, back around my husband’s birthday, I discovered I like grits (because he requested shrimp and grits for his birthday supper.) IF you cook them in chicken stock. And add cheese. Oh. My. GOODNESS. So yummy. So, I’ve been on the look out for more grit including recipes. My mother-in-law gave me Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything FAST for Christmas, and there is a recipe for Polenta with Sausage and Mushrooms. I’m going to alter it by using stew beef instead of sausage (cause I’m just not a fan of Italian sausage) and see how it is.

Tuesday – Another recipe from How to Cook Everything FAST tonight. Skillet Meatloaf. Mark swears there will be more crispy bits. YUM. Will also have potatoes (because hello? Meatloaf begs for potatoes!) and asparagus. Roasted asparagus. With lots of garlic. Heaven!

Wednesday – Wednesday features a recipe I found on Pinterest. Roasted Shrimp with Broccoli. I am serving with rice for me, probably pasta for the kids. Butter, shrimp, broccoli, and rice. All I can say is I can’t wait.

 Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!

Saturday – I’m not sure yet! It’s so far away. Since we won’t have to go Super Bowl Party shopping and it will probably be cold, I’m thinking it will be a good time for a big bowl of chili. With gluten free cornbread, of course.

Last week notes: Last week my fabulous hubby did all the cooking. I was down with a stomach bug the first part of the week and had no appetite, so he stepped up. Isn’t he grand? We had sauerkraut and sausage on Monday, spaghetti on Tuesday, and Wednesday he made salmon with rice and zucchini. I would love it if he would do that more often!

Any ideas what you’re having this week?

caprici2

Divider