Monday, July 9, 2018

June Reading Wrap Up

I know I'm late with this. I mean, when am I not at this point. And right now we are close to go time with the whole pregnancy thing so it's probably not going to get better soon. Know that I promise I am not going away. It may be a hiatus but not disappearing.

Anyway on that, here's how my June reading went. Getting stuff done with a lot of re-reading because right now I just want to read stuff I know I love. Not that I've recently been disappointed by books I've read but it's always a possibility and right now I don't need that.

With that's let's see how I did

Number of books read
5
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Attachements by Rainbow Rowell
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Total pages read
1,426

Fiction
80%

POC authors
20%
I know, small sassy girl. I know
Female authors
40%

US authors
60%

Book formats
ebook: 40%
paperback: 60%

Where'd I get the book
gift: 20%
indie: 40%
Kindle/Audible: 40%

Blogger reco
60%

Rereads
40%

Readalong/bookclub
20%

Decade published
2010s: 100%

Resolution books
40%
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (POC author, non-US author)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (non-US author)


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Meaty by Samantha Irby: I am excited because I am thirty years old and I don't have a man in my life

I was scanning through NetGalley and saw a copy of Samantha Irby's earlier collection, Meaty available. And since I enjoyed We Are Never Meeting in Real Life so damn much I thought I'd see if I could get a copy of this. And a copy was granted, in exchange for an honest review.

I can't decide which of two books I like better. It's hard to say since really they're both similar. They're both collections of essays about her and her life. They're hilarious and vulgar and a times touching (did I tear up while reading one about her mother? MAYBE. Was it followed up not long after with an essay about diarrhea? MAAAYBE) 

She has essays about dating ("How to Get Your Disgusting Meat Carcass Ready for Some New, Hot Sex"), medical issues ("The Many Varieties of Hospital Broth"), family ("My Mother, My Daughter"), money ("I Should Have a Car with Power Windows By Now"), pop culture ("Elena Tyler: AKA Why I Can't Be Mad at Lena Dunham"). What I'm saying is Irby has range.  

And she's relatable. I mean, look at the way she talks about her Crohn's Disease
And I know a lot of things suck, and so many people are going through so many terrible things, but to me, in this goddamned moment, nothing is worse than this gross-ass shit disease. Yes, there are worse things, but since those things are not currently happening to me, this bullshit is the worst thing that has ever happened to anyone in the history of ever.
This is how I feel about any bad thing that happens to me, regardless of how serious. It's times like this you realize how truly connected we all are.

This book is hilarious. Thinking about it, I may like it better than WANMIRL. Maybe. It's close. But they're both pretty great and if you like funny ladies, give them a try.

Gif rating:

Irby, Samantha. Meaty. Vintage, 2013. NetGalley

Monday, June 11, 2018

May Reading Wrap Up

I know. I only posted ONCE in May. And it was one of these wrap ups. I'm disappointed. I wanted to get some more writing done and I could/should make more of an effort to do so. But I'm tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired. I am going to (try) to stop feeling guilty about not getting writing done and just accept that for a little while, this is how it's going to be. I'll have a couple reviews and I'm thinking I'm gonna try to do some mini-review posts to get caught up. (ALSO I'll have you know I wrote some posts for the Frankenstein readalong and then never posted them because who knows why. I think I forgot and then was so far back and just. I need a nap)

But hey, since I can do some stats, let's do that

Number of books read
3
And a Bottle of Rum: The History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Glitch by Elisabeth Curtis

Total pages read
1,189

Fiction
67%

POC authors
33%

Female authors
33%

US authors
67%

Book formats
ebook: 33%
paperback: 67%

Where'd I get the book
Indie: 67%
Netgalley: 33%

Review books
33% (and now I have 2 books I really need to review)
Rereads
33% (gotta get ready for the Crazy Rich Asians movie! Also, great beach reach. And I read it on the beach. I was on a )

Books by decade
2000s: 33%
2010s: 67%

Resolution books
33%
because of Crazy Rich Asians (POC and non-US author) but it feels sort of like cheating since it's a re-read. But not so much that I'm not going to count it.

Monday, May 14, 2018

May Reading Wrap Up

I have already explained my tardiness in these posts but now I have double the reason. I mean, the main one is still the whole making a human thing BUT we also took a vacation prior to this guy showing up and most likely putting a hold on our vacations for the immediate future. We had a very relaxing vacation in Hawai'i* and it was amazing and I had thought maybe I would actually get some writing done. But it turns out I would much rather sit on the beach/by the pool and read instead of pulling out a computer and writing anything (surprise, I know) so that didn't happen. I did get reading done though so that's fun.

Also I realize I never posted my infographic for Q1 reading. The infographic has been 90% done since before March ended but in order to get the book covers to format the way I want them I now have to use a different computer than I do all of my writing on and while that other computer is RIGHT HERE (I'm looking at it right now) and available to me whenever I want to use it, that is so much more work than using my personal laptop (not it isn't) and I am very lazy (this is a fact). So. By this point that probably won't get posted. But you never know.

Anyway, let's jump into those April stats!

Number of books read
5
The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
Texts from Jane Eyre by Daniel Ortberg
Meaty by Samantha Irby
Relish by Lucy Knisley
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
Total pages read
1,206

Fiction
40%

POC authors
20%

Female authors
60%

US authors
60%

Book formats
ebook: 40%
paperback: 60%

Where'd I get the book
Gift: 20%
Indie: 40%
Kindle: 20%
Netgalley: 20%

Review books
20% (Also I should really review that book...)

Books by decade
2000s: 25%
2010s: 75%

Resolution books
60%
The A to Z of You and Me and Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores are both by UK authors
Meaty is by a POC author
So there you have it. Not too bad. My writing may be pathetic right now but keeping up with the reading.

*We were there just before the volcano Pahoa started erupting though we were on a completely different island (Oahu mostly, with some time in Maui) so we were fine. Also we'd watch the local news there and they are, or at least were while we were there, far calmer about this than everything I've seen since coming home. Yes it is serious and dangerous and for the people who had to be evacuated and lost their homes, a tragedy. But also, the national park where the volcano is located was still open to the public while it was erupting. Mostly it's been a surprise how different reporting has been.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Where I've Been

OK so as you have probably noticed, I haven't posted much. And I have an excuse. I mean, it's a good one. I wasn't going to say anything here since I don't talk a huge amount about my personal life but I feel like I should explain.

I'm pregnant!
Just about 6 mos along now. We're not posting anything about it to social. I mean, it's not a secret or anything but we just decided to keep it from there. Besides, my social media is a curated collection of ridiculous gifs, book news, food pictures, random resistance posts, and bitching about public transportation. I have an image to maintain and all.

And with that I wasn't originally planning on saying anything on the blog until Thor (I've been calling the fetus Thor since the beginning since we don't plan on sharing the name til he's here and it often feels like there's a god of thunder in there) gets here. But I also thought I would keep up with my my normal blogging schedule because why would things change?
Yeah...that's fair
Instead, hahaha, turns out this pregnancy thing is a lot of work. Or at least it feels like a lot of work as I am exhausted all the time. And nauseous a lot (though getting better. More good days than bad but still...). And heartburn. And weird pains. And did I mention exhausted? So after a long day at work (which seems to be OMG SO BUSY ALL THE TIME) I don't have the energy to do much more than watch (and rewatch) The Great British Bake-Off and play Sudoko on my phone. Things that require very little brain function. Which includes writing here (and even comments on other people's posts, as I'm sure you'll notice me commenting on posts of yours that are like a month old). I try to write posts on the weekend but since I get nothing done during the week, weekends tend to be busy with the same level of weekday exhaustion.

So this is to say I haven't been around but I have a good excuse and it may take some time til I'm back to a normal (or new normal) schedule BUT I will be back here posting. I like writing about books. I'm still reading. I love reading other people's blog posts and commenting on them and this community is just the best. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

March Reading Wrap Up

March is always a pretty swell month, cos it's my birthday month and all. I am a fan of that. And I did marginally better with reading. I mean, sure 2 of them were graphic novels/comics and one was an audiobook I've listed to a jillion times BUT STILL. I even managed to get all of the reviewing for books-I-need-to-not-just-want-to review done. Pretty proud of that. Did you see that? Last week, TWO whole reviews were written? You should know, I was very smug on Tuesday when the second review went out.

Let's get on to those stats!

Number of books read
4
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
World War Z by Max Brooks
Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Total pages read
1,091

Fiction
50%

POC Authors
50%
Female authors
75%

US Authors
75%

Book formats
audiobook: 25%
ebook: 75%

Where'd I get the book
Gift: 25%
Kindle/Audible: 25%
NetGalley: 50%

Review books
50%

Books by decade
2000s: 25%
2010s: 75%

Resolution Books
50%
Number One Chinese Restaurant is by a POC author
The Best We Could Do is by a POC author and author originally from another country (though she grew up mostly in the US)