Thursday, September 3, 2020

August Reading Wrap Up

Another month over, another month where I wrote and read way less than I hoped. Blah Blah Blah at this point, right? Today was a long day with a lot happening all at once and I am just looking forward to a long weekend with zero plans because really, what am I going to be doing?

But hey, when he's not drawing on the couch, look how cute the goblin is
Anyway, let's look at those stats

Number of books read
3
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Number of pages read
1,006
Juuuuust barely managed to pass the 1,000 mark. I also listened to about half of the book Less but at some point was not feeling it and then I realized I had a book to read for bookclub that I forgot about and then I had a library hold come in and here we are.

Fiction
67%

POC authors
67%

Female authors
67%

US authors
67%

Book formats
100% audiobooks

Where'd I get the book
Kindle/Audible: 33%
Library: 67%

Bookclub
33%

Reread
33%

Decades published
2010s: 67%
2020s: 33%

Resolution Books
67%
Crazy Rich Asians is by a POC author from Singapore 
The Vanishing Half is also by a POC author

Friday, August 7, 2020

Help Save USPS and Get a Book - What's Not to Love?

Perhaps you've heard that things in the US are, in general, garbage. Among all of the garbage things, because there is so much, is the threat to the United States Postal Service. I won't go into what's going on or why because all I'd be doing is quoting people far smarter than me who have already written about it, but instead here are some links

Save the Postal Service - The Atlantic
And if you'd rather listen, here's a podcast from Secretly Incredibly Fascinating about US Post Offices

I'm trying to think what I can do, in my small way, to help. I've reached out to my elected officials (and will probably reach out again a few more times). We have stamps. Then I saw my box of books to donate to the local library. While I would hate to deny my library books that they can sell to help fund the library they a) aren't taking any right now because of the pandemic and b) I've already donated about half my books to them in the before-times. So I figure, what if I offered some of these books to people who want them and I can use USPS to get them to you.

Here you go. If you want any of these books below, leave me a comment and we can connect via email to get addresses and whatnot. I do want to caveat that I can't promise how quickly I will get to the post office (because of pandemic and having a small one in the house ALL THE TIME because of pandemic) but I will do my best and I will make sure to keep you up to date. Anyway, here are the books I have that I don't want to have anymore but you might want to have. So have at it.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

July Reading Wrap Up

Each day is 1000 hours long but also flying by at lightning speed, right? For example, it's taken me about 20 minutes to write this far because as soon as I started the goblin (who had been sitting quietly entertaining himself) NEEDED to be in my lap and show me animal noises and I can't NOT do that. Because it's cute and want to spend time with him and also because he will not let me do anything else. 
Speaking of the goblin, it was his birthday this month, so he's officially into the terrible twos except, he's mature for his age (i.e., he has been in this stage for A WHILE now) but it was exciting and also sad that we couldn't do much to celebrate. I mean, not for him, he didn't know what he missed, he just knew he got ice cream cake. But I was sad we couldn't do more. Hopefully we'll be able to better celebrate next year (though honestly, who knows).

One other update before the stats, but last post I wrote about a book I was listening to, Andrea Vernon & The Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection, and how I've been searching for a book that is office satire but the office's business is something ridiculous and I have been burned in the past by books that promised this premise and then DID NOT DELIVER. But I am happy to report that this one did. AND I was a fan of the narrator (Bahni Turpin, who also narrated So You Want to Talk About Race, where I also liked her narration.) So happy I might actually write a review about it. *Gasp*

Anyway, stat time

Number of books read
3
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Nut Jobs: Cracking California's Strangest $10 Million Heist by Marc Fennell (which is sort of a podcast more than a book but I got it from Audible so I'm counting it)
Andrea Vernon & The Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection by Alexander C. Kane

Number of pages read
726
This is the lowest number this year by a long shot. For whatever reason this month, I just wasn't in the mood for a lot of books and ended up listening to podcasts or music or honestly just scrolling through nonsense social media. I should have probably been reading but focus has been an issue. Though looking at past stats, it's not that unusual for the summer, so maybe it's the weather. I was hoping to at least hit 1,000 pages for the month but didn't happen so what are you gonna do?
Fiction
33%

POC authors
33%

Female authors
33%

US authors
67%

Book formats
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
Kindle/Audible: 100%

Decades published
2010s: 33%
2020s: 67%

Resolution books
67%
Wow, No Thank You is by Samantha Irby, a black woman
Nut Jobs is by Marc Fennell, an Australian author/reporter
And while this doesn't actually count towards the resolution count, it is sort of nice that the titular Andrea Vernon is a Haitian-American and her boss (and other main character) is Korean-American. And several of the superheroes are people of color. Still by a white guy but at least not an all-white cast.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A post about stuff

Quarantine is a lot. It would be nice if my country could GET IT TOGETHER FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES so we could get over this like the rest of the world. I am happy my state is taking it seriously but I'm still very stressed, even though I know I'm incredibly fortunate, all things considered.

But instead of talking about all the things that are bad and scary right now and instead of trying to review books that I read over a year ago, I thought I'd talk about some stuff that I'm enjoying right now. Because gotta enjoy the little things right now.

Be forewarned, I haven't really thought this through so this post could fall apart pretty quickly. But I hardly post so this is something.

Central Park
It's central in my heeeaaaaaaarrrt.
It's an animated show (!), from the creators of Bob's Burgers (!!), that is a MUSICAL (!!!) starring voice talents from Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs (HAMILTONs), Stanley Tucci, Kathryn Hahn, Josh Gad, Tituss Burgess, and Kirsten Bell (for season 1, but you may have heard that she is being recast because she is white and her character is biracial) as well as a TON of other people. There's a weird but loving family, led by father Owen, caretaker for Central Park, who just wants to make it the best park. His wife is a journalist for a hyper local paper, the kids are strange in that Bob's Burgers-esque kind of way. But then there's Bitsy Brandenham, a super rich crazy lady who wants to take over Central Park to develop the land. And there is my fav character, Helen, Bitsy's maid/assistant who hates Bitsy (and is not subtle about this) but wants to get in the will. Basically, this is a show that checks all of my boxes. It is on AppleTV which is...not great, but this show is great and the music is great and there's a chance I may not finish this post cos I've wandered off to go watch the musical numbers.

OK OK I'm back.

Supermarket Sweep
Are you aware that both Netflix and Amazon Prime have old episodes of Supermarket Sweep? Did you know that the host wears incredible sweaters in the early seasons, some of which I lowkey want? If you aren't familiar with the show from '90s daytime TV, know that it is incredibly dumb and super fun and do Tom and I spend time discussing what our strategy would be if we were on the show? Yes, yes we do. Because this is the level of brain activity I can dedicate to a TV show right now. Watch it for the easy trivia and rampant consumerism.

Andrea Vernon & The Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection
I have not finished this yet. I'm very much still early on. BUT I feel like this might be the story I have been looking for. The story I have been PROMISED in the past, but thus far I have not found someone who could deliver. I want a silly book about office politics and nonsense but the office is in the business of something ridiculous. I've tried ones about spies and zombie cleanup specialists and I think at least one other examples that is escaping me right now. But none of them could pull it off. But so far, this one is doing it. It's about superheroes but it's ALSO about an administrative assistant figuring out how her boss likes her coffee and I feel like as I talk about it it sounds boring but I am ENJOYING this. Because it's ridiculous. Please give me more about contract negotiations between different corporations that represent various superheroes to determine who is going to get the contract to deal with the weird alien space egg hanging over Yankee Stadium. This also happens to be narrated by Bahni Turpin, and I recently listened to her narration of So You Want To Talk About Race which I thoroughly enjoyed, so that's just another bonus to this book. Please don't let me down.

Alright that's three things, which makes it a list. But it's getting late so it might be time to watch some nonsense and play some sudoko and further unwind. But hey, I managed to get a book related thing in here, so that's fun.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

June Reading Wrap Up

Man, I really meant to write another post in June and clearly that did not happen. Because you know...*gestures around*. I don't know that I have much to recap about June in general. Get outside. Wear a mask. Donate, protest, do what you can.

But hey, here's the lil monster reading. He especially likes this part of the book because it involves cake. To the best of my knowledge, he's only ever had cake once (for his first birthday) but he KNOWS.
Also, he's slowly learning his colors and letters, which is a) his "lel-low" (yellow) and "puu pur" (purple) are the MOST adorable and b) his learning this is making me feel far better about the amount of Sesame Street (and Cocomelon, and Gecko's Garage) he's watching.

Anywhoo, let's see those stats.

Number of books read
4
Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
Educated by Tara Westover

Number of pages read
1,160

Fiction
50%

POC authors
50%

Female authors
100%
US authors
75%

Book formats
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
Library: 100%

Book club books
25%

Decade published
1930s: 25%
2010s: 75%

Resolution books
75%
Peril at End House was published pre-2000 and by a non-US author (Christie, UK)
So You Want to Talk About Race and Blanche on the Lam are both by Black authors.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

May Reading Wrap Up

It's June. May was fast and everything is terrible right now and I'm so very tired (and have the privilege of being tired and being able to disengage when needed). There are lots of organizations that you can donate to if you're able (NAACP, various bail funds, SPLC, CUAPB to name a few).

I stuck to comfort reads again this month and honestly, this is probably going to be a theme for a while. But still reading, so that's something. Oh yeah, and probably a lot of Poirot because he is ridiculous and those rich people murder mysteries are very fun and comforting.

And hey, it's been a while since I've included a pic of the goblin so here's one where he's trying to decide his next read.

So, let's see those stats.

Number of books read
5
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Double Sin and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Total pages read
1,566

Fiction
100%

POC authors
0%
Female authors
60%

US authors
20%

Book formats
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

Where'd I get the book
chain bookstore: 20%
Kindle/Audible: 20%
Library: 60%

Rereads
20%

Decade published
1920s: 20%
1930s: 40%
2000s: 20%
2020s: 20%

What will happen next month? Who can say?