Monday, January 22, 2018

Admitting Some Favorites

I sometimes have a problem when it comes to admitting when I love something. Some things. Certain things.
I was thinking about this the other day when I was re-reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell for the I'm-not-sure-how-many-times. I finished my other book but still had commuting time left and being bookless is unacceptable, obviously. And Attachments has been a go-to whenever I need something else to read, even if it's just a couple chapters. Which was my plan. But a couple chapters turned into a few more chapters turned into the whole book.

It was roughly at that point that I had to admit to myself that yeah, I think Attachments is probably one of my favorite books. But why do I have to admit it? What is it something I ever denied? Or not actively denied, I suppose (because no one was challenging me) but something I didn't really acknowledge.

This isn't the first time it's happened, although the first time I can think of with a book. The other 2 instances that come to mind are movies: Clueless and Jurassic Park.

Both are movies I've seen a million times from the time they came out to present day and yet for both it's been within the last 3-5 years I've acknowledged that these are favorites. I've always liked them. I have read the novelization of both movies. Yes, even Jurassic Park which WAS BASED ON A BOOK (which I also read). No, I don't know why the novelization exists.
Maybe I have an idea
Maybe I didn't acknowledge it at first because none of these are particularly high-brow things. I mean, they aren't especially low-brow things either. Distinctly middle-brow. Very average brows. And it's not like other things that I consider favorites are impressively intelligent (Lamb by Christopher Moore, The Martian by Andy Weir and also the movie, World War Z by Max Brooks). 

Maybe some things are just a slow burn. Some things are instant favorites and some are comforting and eventually you realize how much you rely on them.

I don't have too much of a point here other than maybe I should revisit other things I really like to see if maybe I actually like-like them. Also that everyone should read (or reread) Attachments because it is the most wonderful, sweetest thing.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reader Harder List: 2018 Reading Challenge

Last year, Etudesque posted a book challenge list from PopSugar that I meant to update throughout the year and then managed to update all of twice. Whoops.
This year she's posted a list courtesy of Book Riot called Read Harder that I will attempt to remember this year. Or I'll do what I did before and forget about it until the last week in December.
  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e., mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It was a reread but STILL COUNTS
  1. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  2. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
  3. A book about nature
  4. A western
  5. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  6. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  7. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  8. A children's classic published before 1980
  9. A celebrity memoir
  10. An Oprah Book Club selection
  11. A book of social science
  12. A one-sitting book
  13. A first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  14. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  15. A comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC or Image
  16. A book of genre fiction in translation
  17. A book with a cover you hate
  18. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  19. An essay anthology
  20. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  21. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
OK so, when I saw how short the list was I was thinking "Yeah, I got this." And then as I looked at it closer I realized "Shit, yeah, this IS gonna be hard." Hence the name, I suppose. 
Well, one down at least. Let's see how the rest of the year goes

I swear, I'll get around to writing another real review soon. Scout's honor and all that. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reading Through the Years: 2013-2017

Alright, we've seen how things look this last month, last quarter, last year and now it's time for some totals over the last 4 years. Don't you just love an infographic? (Cos clearly I do).

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Reading Stats

2017 is over and let's take a look at how the year overall stacked up.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Q4 Reading Stats

OK it took me some time to get the actual infographic set because 2018 is the year of procrastination (so basically the same as every other year, hooray for no growth!) But it's here now, so enjoy!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December Reading Wrap-Up

I know it's been a while. I blame the holidays. Not that I really have a good excuse (I didn't travel, nor did we have people staying with us) but still. Holidays throw schedules off and take up lots of otherwise productive time where you are sitting around eating junk food. But I am still around and I am still reading so hey. There's that.

I hope everyone had relaxing and 9more) productive holidays and lots of plans for 2018.

I'll be doing a few different wrap up posts so let's start with the first one, December reading stats!

Total books read
Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Neurocomic by Dr. Hana Ros & Dr. Matteo Farinella
Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
You Don't Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent

Total pages read


POC Authors

Female authors
US authors

Book formats
ebook: 20%
hardback: 40%
paperback: 40%

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

Readalong/book club

Book by decade
2010s: 100%
Books by genre
Graphic novel (also science!): 20%
Memoir: 40%
Sci fi: 20%
YA: 20%

Reset and You Don't Have to Like Me are by POC authors (Asian and Latina, respectively)
Neurocomic is by a non-US author (UK).