It’s Monday! What are you reading?


As I mentioned yesterday, I am in the midst of a reading slump. This usually happens after a readathon, it usually happens when I’m stressed, and it usually happens when I can’t focus.

I have all three going for me. So yay.

Whenever this happens to me, I typically clean the slate (as it stop all the books I’m trying to read) and start up fresh with something new. The books that were currently in my now reading queue were: Eight Flavors: the Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson, Hamilton: the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda (I KNOW, and it’s the audio), and Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm.

All are great. None are grabbing me. *le sign*

So, where do I go from here? You may notice that all of those are nonfiction. Yay Nonfiction November! You are killing me. I’m kidding Eight Flavors because 1) I’m 60% through it and it IS good and 2) it’s a review book. So, other than that, I think I need some fiction. But not just ANY fiction. I need some fast paced, grab-me-by-the-nose-hairs exciting fiction. Let’s look at some recent purchases.

Perhaps A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro?

“The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.”? Hmm…sounds interesting!

Or how about The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes? “Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls-and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autisitc boy cannon resist the captivation pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his back door.” Oooooh, I love trees too. And I love that the character takes on the fight of saving an ancient tree from demolition.

Then there is Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich. I have a huge literary crush on Simon Rich; his writing is always a relief. And his first novel sounds super: “Seymour Herson is the least popular student at Glendale, a private school in Manhattan. He’s painfully shy, physically inept, and his new nick-name, “chunk style,” is in danger of entering common usage. But Seymour’s solitary existence comes to a swift end when he meets the new transfer student: Elliot Allagash, evil heir of America’s largest fortune.” It sounds rather Pygmalion, since rich, bored Elliot decides to make poor Seymour the most popular student in school.

I’ve almost talked myself into all three of these novels! Which one would you pick?

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

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // The End is Nigh….

Right this minute | I am sitting on the couch with the cat who is finishing off the milk from my cereal. He kissed my nose, what was I supposed to do?

Feeling | Ready for this week to be over. So over politics at this point.

Reading | I have no idea. I mean, I’m trying to read, but it just isn’t working. I have had as many as 6 books going this week and nothing is working for me. Yay slump. I DID read And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (LOVE HIM) and it was so sweet and sad and wonderful.

Listening | Slump seems to be including audiobooks. I can’t get into anything! And I have so many books in my Audible queue that look delightful. Geez, I think I’ll go have a pity party for myself. I sound pathetic.

Watching | Gosh, I haven’t watched anything this week. I haven’t had time!

Blogging | 6 or 7 more weeks of classes! Then maybe life with be a little more normal and I can blog more.

Loving | It’s the same thing every week. The weather!!

Hating | Reading slumps. *pity party* *dance*

Eating | Just had some cereal and have moved on to my coffee. Time change dictates and all.

Anticipating | I have to work on my homework this afternoon. Maybe I will try an audiobook while I’m sketching.

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week!

Monthly Wrap Up – October 2016

time goes by

If there hadn’t been a readathon and lots of comics, I’m not sure I would have read anything this month! My second project for class was the create an alphabet from “found objects.” I chose crayons. And much playing and creating ensued. I’m finished with it now, thank goodness, but we started a new project yesterday! It’s something to do with politics too, like I’m not sick unto DEATH of politics. *sigh* Hopefully it will be better than it sounds.

AnyHOO. Here is what I read this month.

124. Wayward, Issue 16 by Jim Zub
125. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, read by Tim Robbins
126. Giant Days, Issue 19, by John Allison
127. Yesternight, by Cat Winters, read by Xe Sands
128. Lumberjanes, Issue 30 by Shannon Watters
129. Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill
130. Faith: Volume 1 – Hollywood and Vine by Joy Houser
131. Lumberjanes, Issue 31 by Shannon Watters
132. Wayward, Issue 17 by Jim Zub
133. The Sword, Issue 1 by the Luna Brothers
134. The Sword, Issue 2 by The Luna Brothers
135. The Sword, Issue 3 by The Luna Brothers
136. The Sword, Issue 4 by The Luna Brothers
137. The Sword, Issue 5 by The Luna Brothers
138. The Sword, Issue 6 by The Luna Brothers

My favorite was Yesternight, hands down. It’s rare that a book truly surprises me any more and the ending completely surprised me. So fun. I also read Fahrenheigh 451 for the first time and it was great. Tim Robbins, while a bit mumbly at times, was great. I’ll be reading it again.Sans mumbles.

I’m working on my Nonfiction November list now. I’m so happy it’s here! I’m ready to binge on some nonfiction!

Currently // October 30, 2016


Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch, watching the kids play a game and wishing they could be just a TINY BIT QUIETER. It’s like they know I’m trying to read.

Feeling | A little better. This has been some cold! Plus, the big thing going on in my life at the moment (besides taking a 300 level college course in ART) is the fact that we are buying a house! To be built! My nerves are shot! And so excited! And scared to death! We will probably sign the contract this week and then I will never buy anything ever again.

Reading | I realized I had a few credits I needed to use in Scribd (did you know it stops at 9?) so I got a few. I’m thinking I’ll start with The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas, but who knows.

Listening | I have been listening to so many spooky podcasts this week! It is the best podcast week of the year. Check out Imaginary Worlds, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and Lore, of course, for lots of spooky treats.

Watching | I watched Man Up with Simon Pegg and Lake Bell on Friday night. It was a delight.

Loving | The weather. It has been so lovely!

Hating | Sniffles.

Eating | Honey Nut Cheerios with milk. Just about ready for a cup of coffee.

Anticipating | My new house. I’ll be flat broke but it will be red with white shutters and I WILL HAVE A LIBRARY.

Currently // The Hangover


Right this minute | Y’all, I’m TIRED. That was a long 24 hours. I read until about 11, slept until 3, woke until about 4, then slept to almost 8. Whew!

Feeling | I have a book hangover, the best hangover there is!

Reading | I read Lumberjanes, Issue 30, Faith Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine, and Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill. They were all great. I also started Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman. All in all, I read about 400 pages.

Listening | I am currently listening to The Vanishing by Wendy Webb. It’s read by Xe Sands. And it is super creepy.

Watching | My son play Pikman 3 at the moment. You guys know I don’t watch much TV!

Promoting | The next Readathon will be in April. Date pending.

Loving | The weather! I LOVE FALL and this one has been GORGEOUS so far.

Hating | Fall colds. Three out of four of us have one right now. Yay.

Eating | Nothing yet. Am debating making an omelet.

Anticipating | Getting back to my reading! Happy Sunday y’all!


Currently // Work work work

Right this minute | I am covertly blogging at work. Shhhhhhh!

Feeling | Purty good. Been busy, as you may have noticed. I never meant to go completely silent and then, next thing I knew it was a month later. Whoops.

Reading | Spotty. My September was short on quantity but long on quality – just the way I like it:

The Trees bu Ali Shaw, read by Ben Onwukwe
Giant Days, Issue 18 by John Allison
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, by Jon Lindstrom
No One Knows by JT Ellison
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Snow White by Matt Phelan

They were all fantastic. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite. The only one I was disappointed in was No One Knows. I wanted to throw it at the wall.

Listening | I’ve been binging on podcasts. Recent additions to my subscriptions: Kind World, Heavyweight, All in the Mind, Accused, and The Alton Browncast.

Watching | I took EVERYONE’S advise and binged Stranger Things. SO GOOOOOD.

Blogging | Heh.

Promoting | Readathon is ON!

Loving | THE WEATHER. Fall is finally here and I am completely delighted.

Hating | Politics.

Eating | I want tacos. I seriously want tacos.

Anticipating | I took next Monday off. It’s Spring Break at the uni and I don’t have class. I’ll be working on my homework all day, but I will not be anywhere on campus! CANNOT WAIT.


Currently // Overload

Right this minute | I’m relaxing in my favorite chair for a bit before I have to get ready for church….AND I just realized I haven’t had any coffee yet. Must fix this.

Feeling | I don’t know…maybe a trifle overwhelmed? I know I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew, I’m just seeing things shift…in ways I’m not perhaps happy with. I haven’t read a bit in almost two weeks and I miss it. Yet, when I go to pick up a book, I…well, I can only say that it feels like I have no room in my head for it. Does that makes sense?

Reading | I’m listening to The Trees by Ali Shaw. I seem to be okay with audio.

Listening | See above yo!

Watching | Mary Doodles on YouTube! And other doodlers and illustrators and such. And lots of How to Use Illustrator videos.

Blogging | I’m trying!

Loving | The cooler weather! It’s still hot and humid, but not AS hot and humid.

Hating | I can’t really think of anything at the moment.

Eating | I had strawberry Cheerios for breakfast. They vaguely remind me of Frankenberry.

Anticipating | We’re having a cookout later and then, I hope, I get a nap!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Labor Day!


Time to Imbibe Some Peril



Despite everything going on in my life at the moment, I refuse to miss out on RIP XI. Nope, it’s not going to happen. My list is shorter than years past, and I know I won’t read AS MUCH, but I will still do some reading. Well, mostly listening. I had a few extra credits laying around, so I bought a few perfect RIP reads. And I have a couple short novellas waiting in the wings as well.

My pool consists of:

On audio:

The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Hike by Drew Margary
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
The Elementals by Michael McDowell

In print:

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Man in the Mirror by Susan Hill (I want to reread)
The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

and then who knows how many comics.

Plus, I’ll be watching Stranger Things on Netflix for sure. I just watched the first episode and I am completely hooked.

Monthly Wrap Up – August 2016

Monthly Wrap Up

Just as I suspected it would, my reading slowed drastically this month. Now that I am a college student (again!) and the kids are back in as well, time is at a premium. Still. I read some great things.

111. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
112. Giant Days, Issue 17 by John Allison
113. Queen & Country Volume 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka
114. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
115. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
116. Lumberjanes, Issue 29 by Shannon Watters
117. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, read by Cary Elwes and additional cast

I completely adored Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves and I am hoping it wins all the awards. The Men Who Stare at Goats was just the best. So fun to read, as I told you here. The Soul of an Octopus made me fall in love with the shy, intelligent, and adorable mollusks. And As You Wish was a delight.

I don’t mind the reduced reading, when it is this fulfilling. I hope September brings more gems like these my way.

How was your August?

Currently // Whew!


Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch. My family is still sleeping. It is lovely and quiet and peaceful. It won’t last, which is fine. It makes this moment all the more special.

Feeling | I’m not going to say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew; I can do all of this because I have the support of my awesome husband and family, but whew. I went to bed at 6:30 Friday night and slept until 7 Saturday morning, with only the shortest of wake-ups in-between. This girl was BEAT.

Reading | I have not read a word I wanted to read all week. It’s like college all over again. *short*

Listening | I AM listening. Now that I’ve finished my Tanis binge (next episode please!) I have moved onto listening to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and it is just lovely. I am loving learning more about the product of what is probably my favorite movie of all time.

Watching | I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials and Skillshare classes on Adobe Illustrator. I know InDesign and Photoshop, so of course we’re using Illustrator in class. I have some catching up to do!

Blogging | Sporadically. May be a bunch of Currently posts between now and December!

Loving | Life! School starts tomorrow for the kiddos, I have class, our new kitten is growing and crazy. Life is pretty good.

Hating | That my nature makes me “wait” for the other shoe to drop. So to speak.

Eating | Y’all. Candy corn is out.

Anticipating | Class tomorrow! Now, I’m going to go work on my HOMEWORK! lol

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!