Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mini-reviews: Summer 2017

As has been clear, I have not been posting much here. For REASONS sure (he's still adorable). Which means, as mentioned previously, I am super behind on reviews. Like super behind. Like we're officially over 12 months behind on some books. Whooops.

Because I am so far behind (so far) I want to do some mini-reviews to try to get up to speed. Some of these I may write full reviews about, others it may just be the minis*.

I last did a mini-review roundup last September. Some of those books got full reviews, others, not so much. I was thinking, to give these mini-reviews some structure I'll stick to books read in a given month. That'll also help me keep track of how much I have to do (a lot). This ALSO gives me an excuse, for this first roundup, to just repost the ones I did before but include the Gif rating. I was planning on reposting those few mini-reviews I had done before but adding the Gif rating and TURNS OUT, with the exception of one book, they're all from the same month. So. Nice way for me to ease into things. Also the small one is making noises so I should probably see what's up.**

So here are some mini-reviews for books I read last summer that never got their own full reviews

July 2017
Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
A very slow, very quiet book which is odd considering the topic is about a woman who is murdered. Relationships between sisters, and some stuff about sex workers and the seedy underbelly of Japan. There are even multiple POVs and unreliable narrators and stuff I usually like but not in this case. It was just...strange and pretty boring and difficult to follow and meh.
Gif Rating:

August 2017
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr
It's a book about cleaning. And how to clean. And it was great. This is not like Marie Kondo's which was more a way of being with some advice that no, I am not thanking my purse every day. This is more practical instructions. Part of it is her tackling different projects (deep cleaning the kitchen, tackling clothing stains) and another part is her answering questions and she is SUPER nonjudgemental and will provide advice for cleaning your sex swing because dammit, cleanliness is important. Thank you, Glynis, for the reco. And I'll prob do a full review of this one. Eventually.
Gif Rating:

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
Another collection of essays by a funny lady. Perhaps not quite as successful as others in this category, but still entertaining, especially a story about the power clothing can give you and a particular skirt. I was expecting it to be a bit less memoir than it was but that's FINE and it was still entertaining.
Gif Rating:

*If it's a mini-review only, that means the book was fine. It wasn't a favorite (or else I'd want to write about it and convince you all to read it) and it wasn't horrible (or else I'd want to write about how awful it was and steer you away).

**Though, did you know that babies can cry in their sleep? Like full on yelling, in addition to all of the other noises. And I promise, he's actually asleep. This Friends clip is an accurate portrayal of what his sleep is often like. It is...unnerving. Babies are weird.