Monday, May 3, 2021

April Reading Wrap Up

Spring is here! Most of the time anyway. I mean, we got hail the other day and we went from 85 down to like 50 so that was something. But hey, some nice weather and a chance for the small one to get outside and cause chaos in a new environment. And things are looking better for getting somewhat back to normal. Well not quite normal but normal-er. But we're vaccinated in this house (at least those of old enough to get the shot) as are our families and more and more friends and it's so nice to see even a little bit of light at the end of this very long tunnel. 

Also, let's take a look at where the lil monster is
Art project! He refused to take it off for awhile. Also he thinks it's a cat mask. I'd correct him but butterflies don't make cute noises so kitty it is.

On a reading side, April was a re-read month. I dunno why. I didn't intend for it to be at the start of the month. But that also seems to mean this was a very, white month. Not great, I know. Why don't we just take a look at those stats.

Books read
5
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Broken in the Best Possible Way by Jenny Lawson
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
World War Z by Max Brooks

Pages read
1,900
so close to hitting, nay exceeding, 2,000. I saw it, thought about reading something short to push me over the edge and then...didn't. Whatchya gonna do?
Fiction
40%

Female authors
20%

BIPOC authors
0%
See this is not great. 

US author
100%
...again
Book format
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

Where'd I get the book
Chain bookstore: 20%
Gift: 20%
Audible: 20%
Library: 40%

Rereads
80%
sometimes it's what you (I) need

Bookclub read
20%
I recommend The Princess Bride for your bookclub, especially if you haven't done much reading about the book. A+ bookclub. Also then you have an excuse to rewatch The Princess Bride 

Decade published
1970s - 20%
2000s - 60%
2020s - 20%

Resolution books
20%
Just the one, The Princess Bride originally published in '73. Low bar that I'm just barely managing not to trip over.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

BOOK GIFT

 This is a very quick post, as you can see. But I mostly wanted to say LOOKIT THIS
For my birthday, Tom got me a gift that hits on some key loves of mine: books, things that smell nice, and getting stuff in the mail. 

So he got me this monthly subscription of books + aromatherapy from a bunch of small businesses. 

It's called Peace & Pages and this first box includes
  • The book The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  • A fresh daisy bath bomb from Leebrick in Colorado
  • A "Daisy Me Rollin" soy candle in brown sugar & fig scent from Amandatory Activity in Maryland
Tom is quite the good gift giver

Monday, April 5, 2021

March Reading Wrap Up

March came and went didn't it? Faster than normal? March always feels fast for me since Tom's birthday is the beginning of the month, mine is the end and there are a few others scattered within. That and this year being the anniversary of being at home ALL THE TIME made time feel very loopy and multiple times I forgot that we were now in a new month and not just March 36th. 

All that is to say this is late because I don't understand how time works.

I also didn't get a huge amount of reading done. In part cos I was reading one book that really shouldn't have been an issue and yet it turns out I really shouldn't read books on my phone because then the internet proves to be a real distraction when it's literally right in my hands. Also not having audiobooks for some of the stuff this month has shown me how little time I spend just sitting down and reading because there is always something that needs done. But it has been a good time for podcasts which I'm...I won't say catching up on because there are so many back episodes but I listened to a few anyway.

Here's an obligatory adorable picture of the little monster (surrounded by his dinosaur crew) before getting into the stats

Books read
3
The Institute by Stephen King
Man vs Child: One Dad's Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting by Doug Moe
You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffian & Lacey Lamar

Pages read
933
Didn't crack 1,000
Fiction
33%

Female authors
33% - technically it's 50/50 since the last book had 2 authors but since trying to account for multiple authors is in general too much work, I'll keep it at the book level and say 33%

BIPOC author
33% - see comment above

US author
100%

Book format
audiobook - 100%

Where'd I get the book
library - 100%

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

Resolution books
33%
Just the You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey book by Black authors Amber Ruffian and Lacey Lamar. It was almost higher because I almost listened to this book a second time after finishing it because it was so good and so funny

Monday, March 1, 2021

February Reading Wrap Up

How is it March already? It was just March. I don't even know what I did in Feb. Not much but that's very similar to what I've been doing so I suppose no surprise there. Work has been busy, especially the last couple weeks and honestly, it's hard to remember stuff from earlier in the month. My brain basically gets to Sunday and then erases the week to make room for whatever new nonsense is coming by way. 

Last month wrap up I mentioned we converted the goblin's crib to a toddler bed. If you're wondering how that's going (and I'm sure it's been keeping you up) he stayed in that bed for all of 3 nights before deciding that was not for him but the queen bed that was also in his room would be more his speed. We finally got a railing for the bed and I mean, I can't blame him for the choice. That bed is far more comfortable, especially for all the stuffies that need to be there
No bed pic, but here he is holding court with his dinosaurs

Reading-wise I didn't do what I hoped, which was read some Black authors for Black History Month. Instead I got tired and lazy and then read a bunch of Agatha Christie instead since Christie stuff is predictable and also regularly available at the library. That and listened to a bunch of podcasts. But let's see what I did read

Number of books read
5
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie
Thicker Than Water by Tyler Schultz

Total pages read
1,323

Fiction
60%

Female author
80%

BIPOC author
20%

US author
40%

Bookformat
audiobook - 100%
Where'd I get the book
Audible/Kindle - 40%
Library - 60%

Decade published
1930s - 20%
1940s - 40%
2020s - 40%

Resolution books
80%
Mediocre is by Ijeoma Oluo, a Black author
Agatha Christie - UK author and the stuff was published in 1930s and 1940s

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

More Teeny Reviews (May & June 2019)

Those mini-reviews went pretty well yesterday, right? I thought so. And hey, here I am again typing out some more.

One reason I'm more apt to write these seems silly but. I got a new computer. And it makes a difference in the sense that my last computer was getting on in age and it got slooooooooow. I know that is my fault and Tom has pointed out his desktop was even older and it's working fine and he's not wrong. But that didn't make using my old computer less frustrating. This new computer is snazzy and light and it's rose gold, which I have recently learned is a lame millennial color but I think you're just jealous of my pink computer.

Anyway, I digress. Let's see what I remember of books I read almost 2 years ago.

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women & the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley
Read May 2019
That sounds good, right? Something I would be way into and would have lots of good insights. And I bet it did. Except I do not remember it at all. I believe she had an article about Emotional Labor which was probably where I first heard the term and I bet this was good and possible I even talk about points from it without remembering where I heard them. But I don't remember this.

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
Read May 2019
It's Shakespeare by way of Bill Bryson. What's not to love?? Assuming, you love those two things already. If you don't already love them, well then I have no idea. It's great and also not that long cos we don't really know that much about Shakespeare and Bryson isn't about to do a ton of conjecture. Get that from Stephen Greenblatt. (Maybe I should reread Will in the World...)

Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff
Read June 2019
Are you a fan of My Favorite Murder? If so, then you already know about this book and don't need me to talk about it. If you haven't listened to MFM, give that a listen and decide if you want to read this. Already listened and decided you don't like it. Why are you thinking you'd read this? What do you think you're going to get out of it? 

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Read June 2019
More British murder mysteries. Those are fun just don't take them too seriously. Also I don't know that Ware knows exactly what time period she set this book in because while I only remember bits and pieces I remember for a while thinking this book was from the early half of the 1900s only for there to be a flashback to like 1993 and no ma'am, I'm sorry. Ignore that and it's entertaining.

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett
Read June 2019
I was thinking about this book recently because I just finished Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo and her sports section talks about him a fair amount and I was reminded that I enjoyed his book. I mean, there's a lot of football in it, him being a football player and all and I only know so much about the sport (and only care so much about it to...sorry) but since the sport isn't the focus but instead systemic racism, it was a good read.

You Do You: Proud to be Fabulous ed by Tan France & Nikki Levy
Read June 2019
I remember this was a free Audible original (which I think...Audible stopped doing?) and I believe it was some short stories/essays but that's all I've got. I don't remember anything about it other than it was short.

Alright 6 more reviews done and I even almost remembered things about them. Good job, me.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Even Minier Mini Reviews

I am so behind on reviews. So behind. It's ridiculous. It's embarrassing. But also it is what it is. I have a busy job. I have a toddler. There's also a pandemic but considering how far behind I am in reviews, I don't think I can blame that. I mean, I'm going to. Because this pandemic suuuuuucks.

anyway, to get through this backlog, I had been doing mini reviews. But here's the thing, I'm so far behind I don't think mini reviews are going to cut it. It will take too long. So let's go with even minier reviews. A couple lines and then BOOM move on. Plus, I can't say I remember a lot about some of these books so I can't write more than a few lines without a bunch of research or rereading which would take even more time.

So let's do this!
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Read April 2019
It's a murder mystery within a murder mystery and that format is less fun than it may seem. But it's still a murder mystery, something I'm a fan of, so not terrible. 

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Read April 2019
A few short stories, which can be really hit or miss but his are mostly hit so that's nice. There's one about a camera that made me cry but was v good and I think Wil Wheaton narrated it (audiobook). There's one about glass raining from the sky killing people. There's one about a magic cloud. And then there's another but you're lucky I was able to remember the other three. I kinda want to go back and read it again so that's a good sign.

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Read April 2019
Short story in a world where most of the time if you are murdered you just come back to life so there are people who's job is to "dispatch" people who are about to die otherwise and hopefully they'll be fine. I don't remember the plot but that's a pretty good set up.

Dark Water Bride by Marty Ross
Read May 2019
Murder and death and secrets and horror and the audiobook was done with a full cast which adds something fun. Pretty sure I didn't guess the ending but it still held together so good stuff.

My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach
Read May 2019
I like Mary Roach. I do not remember any of this. At all. Which is odd cos I like and typically remember the other stuff. Not this one. Maybe it's good. Who knows? Not me.

The Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar
Read May 2019
Short story about a mom who is just looking out for her daughter and maybe it seems like she's overreacting but IS SHE? This one was very good and I definitely remember it and will probably listen to it again since I can probably finish it in an afternoon.

Pretty good for a first attempt. Let's see if I can keep up with this and WHO KNOWS, maybe I'll be able to get through all my 2019 books before the end of 2021.