Tuesday, August 2, 2022

July Reading Wrap-Up+

Already August. Incredible, hows this keep happening? Time moving and so on. July tends to be a fun month. It's the lil monster's birthday. I suppose he's a less lil monster now. We had a fun birthday in the park for him, and he got, conservatively, every dinosaur toy that has every been sold. There's a definite theme in our house right now.
It's also our wedding anniversary. On the same day, no less. While we didn't celebrate on the actual day, we did have a chance to go back to the venue where we got married for a friend's wedding and have a little mini trip away. And I didn't burst into flames during the outdoor ceremony, so a win all around! 

August however. I am starting August without the ability to talk, thanks to a sore throat exacerbated by lots of yelling while at the zoo and mini golf. I don't know if it's ever been this extreme before where I've had to reschedule work meetings because I literally couldn't talk on the call. (And the "calls" I did do, the other person spoke and I typed all of my answers or made exaggerated expressions while on camera.) Hopefully I'm not spending too much more time playing charades.

Anyway, stats? Stats.

Total books read
3
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Magic, Lies and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
I was more than a little excited when my library finally had a copy of this as an audiobook. I'd sporadically done searching on a couple different apps but it never showed up and then one day I was scanning available titles and look what popped up. This book is a linguistics look on how different groups, from Heaven's Gate to Cross Fit use language to create their us/them ideologies. It's an excellent look at how important language is and gives some indication about what to be aware of.
Rating: 5 stars

The Diviners by Libba Bray
This was a Libro.fm purchase when they were having a big sale on audiobooks. I didn't know much about this book but I loved Libba Bray's Beauty Queens and this seemed interesting enough, even if it is the first of a series which usually is something I avoid. But I love a sale and I really liked this. Set in 1920s NYC, where Eve has managed to escape to, getting away from her small-Ohio town. Sure, she has to stay with her Uncle who runs a museum of the occult but Evie has her own occult talents, even if they just seem to cause trouble. Though maybe they an help with a grisly murder scene turns up. The setting is fun, the mystery is a good one and the characters are interesting enough even if a lot of this book was clearly setting up the series for books to come. Other books I'll probably end up reading.
Rating: 4 stars

Magic, Lies and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp
When I don't want to think to hard, which, let's be honest, is pretty often nowadays, I look for a mystery. I like a mystery. I don't often love them, but I like them. And I saw a list of top cozy mysteries and figured I'd give it a try. Daisy's pies all include a secret ingredient: magic. The ability to make people feel content or safe, want to come clean or pay more attention. Or even kill. Daisy uses her power to help avenge women who are in dangerous situations with her Pies Before Guys business. But someone discovers her abilities and blackmail her into baking some of her special pies or have her business revealed. Can Daisy figure out who's blackmailing her while continuing to help women? Also there's a bit of a love triangle going on. There's Noel, a cute farmboy and Melly, a purple-haired activist. AND a pie baking contest. Overall it was a fun if not necessarily the most memorable story and did cause a few eyerolls. 
Rating: 3.25

Number of pages read
1,222

Fiction
67%

Female authors
100%

BIPOC authors
0%

US authors
0%

Book format
audiobook - 100%

Where'd I get the book
library - 67%
indie - 33%

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

Resolution Reads
0% - pathetic

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

June Reading Wrap Up+

We're well into summer now. So I'm trying to enjoy some additional time off, some hot weather, while still spending a fair amount of time hiding indoors because the sun makes me burst into flames. I am making an effort to get out and the little monster has a new hobby, mini golf (thanks, Holey Moley) so I am managing to get out of the house. We've even made it to the beach (where I hide under lots of sunscreen, hats and umbrellas, envying the guys in my life that tan).

But for now, let's focus on the reading, shall we?


Total books read
4
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
The book is a mix of true crime, the murder of Brenda Lafferty and her infant daughter Erica, as well as the often violent history of the LDS church, particularly focused on the fundamentalist sects. It's an upsetting story (violent murder, and all) and the history provides interesting context certainly not to excuse any of the horrendous acts but to explain how they could come to pass. 
Rating: 3.5 stars

Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter
Nell is in her forties but life isn't quite was she thought it would be. She figured she'd be married, maybe on her way to having a kid, living her best life out in California. Instead, her engagement has fallen apart and she's moved back to London, living with a roommate and looking for a job. She finds one writing obituaries and meets the 80-years-young Cricket and embarks on some new adventures. She also has a pretty good support system between her family and friends (even if she feels like her friends are where they're "supposed to be"). Sometime the story is funny, sometimes I rolled my eyes, it's a bit predictable at times but still fun
Rating: 3.25 stars

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
I did not expect to read this book. I've been on the waitlist at the library for months and anytime I checked the status I got a message that was basically "Don't hold your breath". So I was shocked, shocked I say, when suddenly the book said it was available. The book is a memoir of Michelle Zauner's relationship with her mother, who died of cancer when Michelle was 25 as well as her Korean identity. The story is touching, painting a complicated relationship between Michelle and her mother, the good and bad, ups and downs, pushes and pulls. There is lots of talk of food as well, the role food and memories play together. 
Rating: 4 stars

The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto
I have audiobooks I bought during a sale that are just sitting there waiting for me to listen to. Instead I was scrolling through my library apps to see what was available when this book by Sutanto (of Dial A for Aunties) showed up. I figured I like a mystery and I liked Sutanto's other book so hey, why not? Fish out of water, Lia Setiawan earns a track scholarship to an exclusive boarding school filled with richy-rich kids. Her first day she sees a student being dragged out, though few of the students or teachers seem to be fazed by this and Lia wonders what is going on with this school. Then there is the schoolwide social media app that seems made only for bullying and Lia gets on the wrong side of a few important people, student and teacher alike. Corruption, blackmail, drugs and murder. Can Lia make it out?
Rating: 3.75 stars

Number of pages read
1,536

Fiction
50%

Female authors
75%

BIPOC authors
50%

US authors
50%

Book format
audiobook - 100%

Where'd I get the book?
library - 100%

Decade published
2000s - 25%
2020s - 75%

Resolution reads
75%
Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up is by a UK author
Crying in H Mart is by a BIPOC author
The New Girl is by a BIPOC, non-US author

Monday, June 6, 2022

May Reading Stats+

I'm a bit behind on writing this. This wasn't a great reading month for me. I don't know if it was for too much reason. Lack of motivation I suppose. Though that's not why I'm behind on writing this. Well, not the only reason anyway. We were also on vacation which didn't lead to a lot of time to get things written. Or read anything actually. Such are vacations when kids are involved since before-time vacations involved much reading. I brought a book that I didn't even take out of my bag. Not even on a cross-country flight because it turns out being interrupted every 2-3 minutes by a small child makes it frustrating to try to read anything. But hey, we did get to spend a lot of time seeing friends and going to the beach and a dog birthday party and we even took a trip to Disneyland! And we took the little monster on Haunted Mansion and possibly gave him some excellent fodder for therapy in a few years*. Ah, memories.

Anyway, stats!

Total books read
3
Mexican Gothic by Silveo Moreno-Garcia
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
The Palace of the Drowned by Christine Mangan

Mexican Gothic by Silveo Moreno-Garcia
This was a surprise read for the month. Surprise in the sense that I have had it on hold at the library and the wait time on it was something like "Hahaha yeah sure, you'll get to read this sometime this year" when it suddenly became available. Creepy story (gothic perhaps) about a mysterious family in a secluded village in Mexico and a frantic letter from Noemi's cousin begging for help. There are lots of secrets, lots of atmosphere and right when you think you have things figured out, you don't. It gets scarier than I thought it would and overall the pros outweighed any complaints.
Rating: 4 stars

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
A re-read for me, though first time listening. Bryson (or rather his editor) decides that he needs a new book and it being the anniversary of his book Notes from a Small Island that this is an excellent opportunity to revisit this adopted island nation, especially as he is officially taking a citizenship test. So Bryson creates the Bryson line, the 2 furthest points on Great Britain and visits a bunch of towns and is in general funny and curmudgeonly. Possibly more curmudgeonly than in other books or at least it stood out more. I liked it (it was a re-read after all) but not quite as much as I like his science and history stuff.
Rating: 4 stars

The Palace of the Drowned by Christine Mangan
A writer, Frankie, escapes her home in London following a negative review and a public breakdown to spend some time in Venice to get away and get inspired. While there and waiting for her friends to join her she meets a young woman Gilly who says they have an acquaintance in common, but is that really true? The story has interesting points and bit of a mystery but overall was slow with not-especially-likable-or-interesting characters. A lot happens (relatively speaking anyway) in the last quarter of the book which makes things feel a bit uneven. But hey, most of the setting is Venice and I'm a fan of that. Even if I wasn't a fan of the narrator's over-pronunciation of Italian words (perhaps I would have liked the book more not as an audiobook). 
Rating: 2.5 stars

Total pages read
1,021

Fiction
67%

Female authors
67%

BIPOC authors
33%

US authors
33%

Book format
audiobook - 100%

Where'd I get the book
library - 67%
indie - 33%

Bookclub/readalong
33%

Reread
33%

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

Resolution books
67%
Mexican Gothic is by a Mexican-Canadian author (Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, or so says her bio)
The Palace of the Drowned is by an Irish author
Bryson can get honorable mention here as he has spent at this point more of his life in England than the US though I still primarily count him as a US author so 

*To defend myself here, he loves the Haunted Mansion. In theory anyway. He has watched the Behind The Attraction about the ride an estimated 1,000 times, included twice on the flight over. He has a story book about the Haunted Mansion that he reads on a regular basis. From the moment we parked, he was going on about how he wanted to see the Haunted Mansion. And he was wide eyed through the ride. Until we came out and he goes "Oh no, that was too scary" and then refused to go in any where that was dark or other rides (which could also include ghosts) and didn't like disembodied voices (i.e., the PA system making an announcement). We did eventually get him to go on Jungle Cruise which he was a big fan of and kept saying "Hey that wasn't scary!" And when we asked him his fav part he goes back and forth on telling us it was Haunted Mansion or not. Also he made me read him the Haunted Mansion book every night before bed. So maybe we haven't permanently scarred him.

Monday, May 2, 2022

April Reading Stats+

Here we go, another month done. So I'm not writing much but at least I'm still reading. And I actually bought a book, which is the first in a while since I've been relying on the library for most of my stuff in the last year or so. Well, bought a book for me. While we try not to buy any toys for the boy (the grandparents have that covered) I've announced that books don't count so plenty of those have come in.

Reading this month as been a bit hit or miss. But again, it's mostly library stuff so at least I'm not out dollar bucks (note, I have been watching a lot of Bluey recently, for anyone familiar. And if you aren't, you should probably check it out, whether or not you have small kids cos it is GREAT).

Anyway, let's check out some stats.

Books Read
5
One by One by Ruth Ware
Later by Stephen King
Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb


One by One by Ruth Ware
I was looking through what the library had available and it recommended this new mystery by Ware. I've had mixed results with her but figured even when they're bad mysteries are at least interesting so let's give this a shot. There's a chalet up in the Alps, cut off from everyone due to an avalanche and one by one (see what she did there) people start dying. That and it's got a couple narrators and I love that. However, I didn't love this. I did love it, or at least really like it, for a while and I won't go into how things shifted because I can't get into that without spoilers but to say it was an abrupt about face with me going "Oh but I mean, they wouldn't do that...she wouldn't...cos I mean, you can't" and then angry listening to the remainder of the story going "Well...I guess she did that."
Rating before the turning point: 4 stars
Rating after the turning point: 2 stars

Later by Stephen King
It felt like I hadn't read King in a while. Though actually I read one of his books just last year. But I used to read a lot more King and then he just hasn't been top of mind for a while. Anyway, the point is, I was still scrolling through available titles from the library and this new King story came up. A young boy can see the spirts/ghosts (?) of the recently deceased and talk to them. Importantly, he can ask them questions, ones they have to answer truthfully. The story is interesting and feels very much like a King story. (Side question, has anyone, other than King, ever talked like the characters in King books talk? It is fascinating.) it also, despite being almost 250 pages, felt like it was a novella or at least the beginning of what could be a much longer story. Which I would definitely read.
Rating: 4 stars

Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
This book sort of fell flat for me. The conceit is that processed foods have a lot of salt, sugar and fat in them and those things are bad for us and we should eat less processed foods. Which great, agreed. There's a lot of stuff the food industry does that is presented as very ominous but it's mostly "they put a lot of these things in food, even when you wouldn't think the foods have a lot of salt/sugar/fat in them". Which. Yeah. They also went into "Sometimes the businesses make it a goal to change and make foods healthier but then people buy less of the healthy versions so businesses decide to go back to the less healthy version" which again. Yeah. At one point the book does seem to claim that sometime in the '90s Kraft came up with the concept of using cheese as an ingredient in recipes instead of as something to be eaten on its own and, no sir, I do not think that is true. The parts about how unhealthy these things can be were interesting. It seems to want to make the point that there should be gov regulation on these things because businesses won't make things healthier on their own since it costs them money without actually saying that, which was too bad because it left me going "OK making a lot of good points about how people eat too much of these but falling short on what can be done"
Rating: 2.5 stars

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
What if you had the chance to undo your regrets, to take a different path in life? Nora is given this opportunity for reasons, presented as a library and she can read herself into all new lives if she had just made different choices. What if she met that guy for coffee, what if she had studied glaciers, what if she had stayed in that band with her brother, what if she kept up with swimming? There are thousands of "what ifs" and each decision, big and small, can have drastic outcomes in a life. I like the idea of the novel but there were pieces I found frustrating. For example, whenever Nora jumps into one of this new versions of her life, she's her current age with no memory of what came before it. There's a lot of bluffing her way through these different lives since she should know, say, all of the band's hit songs before she plays in front of a crowd of thousands. Maybe I just found the idea of having to do this very stressful and while it added suspense to the story, I didn't see why, per the logic of the book, how that was helpful. Especially if the idea is Nora should find a life she would rather lead. That and the fact that Nora seemed to be AMAZING at whatever she decided to do. Should she have stuck with the band? Great, she's an international rock star beloved by millions. Should she have stuck to swimming? Olympic gold medalist! And while those frustrations did drop my rating down a bit, overall I did want to keep reading, even if the ending is fairly predictable. So that's something
Rating: 3.5 stars

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb
This is a pseudo-memoir about Bess Kalb's relationship with her grandmother. Pseudo because it is based around conversations, many imaginary (as in, after her grandmother is dead) though some are taken direct from voicemails with her grandmother. Talking about her grandmother's life, and her grandmother's relationship with others in the matrilinear line (her mother, her daughter and of course, her granddaughter, Bess). The book is funny and touching, with a few pieces a bit more serious though mostly it's lighthearted and full of Jewish grandmotherly advice. And short. As an audiobook it was just about 4 hours.
Rating: 4 stars

Number of pages read
1,628

Fiction
60%

Female authors
40%

BIPOC authors
0% - not good, not good

US authors
60%

Book format
100%

Where'd I get the book
library: 80%
Indie bookstore: 20%

Bookclub/readalong
20%

Decade published
2010s: 20%
2020s: 80%

Resolution reads
40%
One by One by Ruth Ware (UK author)
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (UK author)

Friday, April 1, 2022

March Reading Stats+

March is over, another month down. I'm always a fan of March, considering it has a few birthdays in it, including my own. Not that we did much this year, given we're still dealing with this pandemic. Which is fine, and given how many times I needed to be reminded it was my birthday, not something I was worried about. 

I thought I had done more reading this month, but I had a few starts and stops that slowed things down, though I still managed to fit in more than 1,000 pages, which is apparently a goal I have set for myself, seeing how each time I look at my tracking sheet I see how I'm doing to that goal. But why not take a look at those stats?

Number of books read
4
A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell


A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon
Yolanda Vance, a driven FBI lawyer, gets sent undercover to infiltrate an "extremist" African-American group who are making trouble at a local chemical company with government ties. She isn't a field agent but she is relatively young, black and the group is operating in the town where she went to college so that's enough to make her the best agent for the job. I enjoyed much of the spy pieces and Yolanda deciding where her loyalties lie (although some of the stuff she discovers about the FBI's past seems like...yeah you should have probably known about that before, it's not exactly hidden). When the story focused on an "unexpected romance" I had more trouble staying focused. But overall, it was an engaging book and I did want to hear what would happen next.
Rating: 3.5 stars

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
An early Hercule Poirot book, the third one published if Goodreads can be believed. There were several times the book swung from "Well this is just a product of its time" to "Nope, nope that's just racist" so something to consider if you're thinking of picking it up. This was a collection of short stories and I think if I was reading them vs listening I probably would have had a better time focusing. As it was, I found myself zoning out and honestly, the app I was using makes it hard to start a chapter over so most of the time I just stayed in the confusion. It's everything you'd expect from a Poirot mystery but they were shorter and Hastings seemed overall more annoyed with Poirot than I remember him being in later ones, but perhaps that was the narrator. Oh also, since I listened to this as an audiobook, one note on the narrator. Overall he did a very good job but he...he cannot do an American accent. He tries. And Americans seemed like they were in almost every story. But here's the thing. The accents were SO BAD and the American characters were only around briefly that it was honestly a delight each time I heard one. There were many different accents, all bad in different ways and never around long enough to be annoying. 
Rating: 3 stars

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Have you heard of the art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum? Biggest unsolved art heist in history. Very interesting stuff, recommended. Anyway, this story is about artist Claire who makes her living making reproductions of famous works of art but can't seem to get her own art off the ground for reasons that are, honestly, sort of convoluted. But that's not the point here. The point is the reproductions she's doing are all on the up-and-up. But one day she's given something different to reproduce: one of the stole paintings from the museum. If she does this, she can get her own show at one of the top galleries in Boston. But what if this stolen Degas is also a fake? Some art history, some mystery, these are the good things. Some of the details around Claire and her history...bit less so. Overall the story probably could have done with some more editing but interesting story at the core.
Rating: 3 stars

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell
Feminism and linguistics. I mean, what's not to love there, right? It's a funny book about the intersection of language and feminism, language and sexuality, language and gender. Each chapter is basically a stand alone piece looking at language from a particular lens, all with very nerdy humor. Definitely a quick read, one I enjoyed picking up. 
Rating: 4 stars

I also started to listen to A Killer Sundae by Abby Collette, the third in the Ice Cream Parlor cozy mystery series. I liked the first 2 books well enough and the library had an audiobook copy available of this latest one. I made it through about 2 minutes. Cos here's the thing. They've changed the narrator from the others in the series. Which could be fine, I didn't stop reading it on that fact alone. But 2 minutes in, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to listen to a whole book read this way. The pace was slow and sounded in no way like natural speech. If it was a book I was really into, I might have been able to power through (definitely listening on a faster speed), but honestly, I didn't think it was going to be worth the annoyance. Which is too bad but also reminds me the importance of narrator when choosing audiobooks. Maybe at some point I'll pick up a book (readable? non-audio? you know what I mean) version of this one

Number of pages read
1,267

Fiction
75%

Female authors
100%

BIPOC authors
25%

US authors
75%

Book format
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book?
library: 100%

Bookclub/Readalong
25%

Decade published
1920s: 25%
2010s: 50%
2020s: 25%

Resolution Reads
50%
A Spy in the Struggle is by a Black author
Poirot Investigates was published before the 2000s and by a UK author

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

February Month End Stats+

Alright, another month and let's see if I can keep up with these mini-reviews along with my stats. (Spoiler,  I did!)

I don't really know what to say about this month. I will say I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my neck by just sitting at my desk working. It was so painful, and surprisingly so when I did, to the best of my knowledge nothing, that I called my mom the nurse to have her assure me I wasn't actually dying. I was doing a video call for work when I hurt myself and I very much wonder if the others on the call wondered wth was going on with me as I kept very still and tried not to grimace. So if anyone is wondering about my age, I am "pulled-my-neck-moving-my-computer-mouse-can't-move-my-neck-for-two-days" years old.


Number of books read
5
A Game of Cones by Abby Collette
Loving Day by Mat Johnson
First Bite: How We Learned to Eat by Bee Wilson
Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrick Backman

A Game of Cones by Abby Collette
This is the second book in this cozy mystery series about Bronwyn Crewse, who returned to her small home town to run the family ice cream parlor Crewse Creamery. Except wait, there's another murder! There's a lot about the ice cream (though far less than the first book) and different shops around the village and perhaps other tropes of the cozy mystery genre which I am less familiar with. So whether this is a trope I cannot say, but one thought I repeatedly had while listening to this is that Wyn and especially her friend Maisie are basically the worst possible detectives. I'm not sure if they actually solve anything or if they just happen to be in the right place and even then, sort of have to be hit over the head with the answer. I don't necessarily know if this is a deal-breaker. I mean, it wasn't for me. This isn't my fav book but I did read both books in the series and odds are I'll read more. I mean, I'll complain again, but I'll read it.
Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Loving Day by Mat Johnson
Things aren't going great for Warren. His comic shop and his marriage in Wales have failed. He's returning back to America to deal with the death of his father, or more accurately, to deal with the crumbling mansion in the Philly ghetto. Warren himself is half black and half white, though he's spent his life identifying with the black community, despite his light skin (often having to prove himself that he was in the right space). While back in Philly he discovers a piece of his past he didn't know existed, his own daughter who has been raised as white. So that's the setting to this book, navigating a world as a mixed-race man and explaining this world to his daughter who didn't know she was mixed race. Instead there are lots of subplots that involve maybe ghosts and a cult and a love story that didn't really work for me. Things get muddled, and these less-than-stellar moments start to outweigh the good ones.
Goodreads rating: 2.5 stars (and I know you can't do half stars on GR but I am)

First Bite by Bee Wilson
Things I like: Interesting look at "children's food" vs. "food", idea that you can learn to like dif tastes whether you're a child or adult, these things aren't set in stone
Things I dislike: talks about a healthier relationship with food and not dreading eating but consistently talks about "good food" rather than just..."food. Is very judgey at the idea of adults deigning to eat "children's foods" like birthday cake ice cream
It's difficult to rate because the parts I liked, I really liked. It's just that there were an equal amount of parts that I really didn't like. And these sections kept going back and forth.
Goodreads rating: 2.5 stars which I already acknowledged I can't do on GR but I can here and the parts I didn't like annoyed me a lot so it outweighs the parts I did like (which I would rate a 4)

Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore
Another installment of adventures of Pocket of Dog Snogging, following Fool and Serpent of Venice. This time Pocket finds himself (along with his apprentice Drool) on the shores of Athens and in the forest where there seems to be some fairy business. Pocket wanders into the world of A Midsummer Night's Dream except in this one Robin Goodfellow has been murdered and if Pocket wants to save himself and Drool he'd better figure out what's going on and fast.
If you like Moore and you like Shakespeare, this is a fun one. Not as good as Fool but it's still a good time and it was one I didn't want to put down
Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
Maybe to make up for the fact that I started but decided to stop Bear Town but moreso because my library hold came in, I listened to Fredrik Backman's collection of essays to his young son about the things he needs to know. They were funny and I felt like I knew where some of his fictional characters and situations came from. it's very much in that genre of parenting books where the parents are honest about not knowing what they're doing but just trying to do their best. 
Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Number of pages read
1,437

Fiction
60%

Female authors
40%

BIPOC authors
40%

US authors
60%

Book format
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

Where'd I get the book
library: 80%
indie bookstore: 20% 

Decade published
2010s: 60%
2020s: 40%

Resolution books
80%
A Game of Cones is by a Black author
Loving Day is by a mixed race author
First Bite is by an English author
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is by a Swedish author