Monday, October 11, 2021

September Reading Wrap Up

Hey guess what? We are several days into a new month and I have yet to update my September reading. I can blame a lot of things. And I will. Work was especially busy this past week with a workshop up lots of time. Last weekend the little monster got a cold which has been a fun game of is it COVID? IS IT? And having a toddler cough in your face an entire weekend isn't great for your health, so then I got sick. It's just been a lot, is what I'm saying. But suddenly I realized that post I meant to write last weekend ne'er was writ and I am way, way behind. Moreso than usual. 
Here's the germ monster, practicing his chopstick skills

Anyway, stats, shall we?

Number of books read
4
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Number of pages read
1,489
Almost the same as August (1,485) Weird.

Fiction
100%

Female authors
100%

BIPOC authors
25%

US authors
50%

Readalong/bookclub
50%
Gideon the Ninth as a fun readalong with online book friends
This Is How It Always Is as a book club choice with IRL book friends

Book format
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
Library: 100%
My library card expired on me this week, which also meant none of my library apps worked and thus necessitated a trip to the library Saturday morning. But all is fixed, all is well.
Also, tbc, I own P&P as an audiobook as well as physical covers. Yet I still just got a copy out of the library. I dunno.

Reread
25%

Published decade
1810s: 25%
2010s: 50%
2020s: 25%

Resolution books
75%
Gideon the Ninth - New Zealand author
Pride and Prejudice - UK author and first published a bit before the year 2000
The Other Black Girl - Black author
Special mention for This Is How It Always Is which is a story about a trans child

So there you have it. Not a bad month, even if I am way behind. Will October be any better? Who knows! Not me

Friday, September 3, 2021

August Reading Wrap Up

There have been multiple times in August I opened up a blank post to write a review, either mini or an actual one. And clearly that never happened. Sometime that was block where I couldn't think of what to write. Most of the time it had to do with a certain someone requiring constant attention. 
It was also just general busy month but now the month is over and we're even a few days into September which have also been busy. 

But hey, I've spent a long time half writing this/half paying attention to rewatch 100 of Ted Lasso so let's just get into those stats, shall we?

Number of books read
5
Shit Actually: The 100% Definitive Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffian and Lacey Lamar
Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection by Alexander C. Kane

Number of pages read
1,485

Fiction
40%

Female authors
80%

BIPOC authors
20%

US authors
100%

Bookformat
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

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

Reread
60%
Apparently this was a busy month and I do remember a lot of not wanting to think. I was going to add some more to the end of that sentence but really, "not thinking" is enough.

Published decade
2000s: 20%
2010s: 40%
2020s: 40%

Resolution books
20% - just the one Amber Ruffian book, which was a reread from earlier this year but it was SO GOOD

Monday, August 2, 2021

July Reading Wrap Up

Summer is already more than halfway over. It's crazy. July is a busy (ish) month here. The little monster turned 3 and HOW is he so big already? He was a teeny baby a second ago. Now he tells full stories and has strong opinions on things. It's also our wedding anniversary in July. The same day as the monster's birthday, because he made sure from day one to make it known things were about him now. 
But hey, let's talk books. I won't get into any details now but I will say that I just finished the book Anxious People, and it was so good, I might even write an actual review. Stats time!

Number of books read
6
Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Theme Park by Andy Mulvihill and Jake Rossen
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Number of pages read
1,773

Fiction
67%

Female authors
50%

BIPOC authors
0%
This is no good

US authors
33%

Book format
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
library: 100%

Book club read
17%

Translation
17%

Reread
17%

Published date
1920s: 33%
2010s: 33%
2020s: 33%

Resolution books
67%
The Murder on the Links and The Mystery of the Blue Train both Christie books so both by a UK author and published well before 1990
The Rosie Project is by an Australian author
Anxious People is by a Swedish author and is a translation

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Wee little reviews

Time again for some mini-reviews! Let's dive right in, shall we?

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez
Read October 2019
This was real good. Assuming you want to get mad hearing about systemic gender-bias built into everyday things. I added this to my TBR after listening to the author talk about her work on a podcast and excellent choice. Thinking about it, I might re-read this one soon.

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
Read October 2019
I don't remember this one. I had to go look up the cover on Goodreads to see if it looks familiar. It does, but I was originally thinking about a different parenting book. Which isn't a great endorsement. I skimmed the summary and it's sort of coming back to me. Woman leaves her child in the car for a few min while she runs into a store, someone calls the cops on her and she has to deal with the consequences for years (her child was ok, btw. Those aren't the consequences she dealt with). She talks about how parenting has changed and people are more fearful and it's of course important to make sure kids are safe and cared for but are we as a society going overboard. Interesting topic and one that apparently just did not stick in my memory. So make of that what you will.

Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Art of a Powerful Narrative by Chuck Wendig
Read October 2019
Writing advice story that isn't judgey. Not quite Stephen King's On Writing but if you're looking for another book about writing, this is a good choice. He uses Die Hard as an example of a good narrative and it's something I think of whenever it's on (which is more than I would have otherwise thought).

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Read November 2019
Hey, more Gaffigan! It's very much like the Dad Is Fat in that it's fine. It's mostly like this standup. I believe the food stuff has even more of his stand up material than the other book, which isn't surprising if you know his routines and how much of them are about food. It was fine. Something I wouldn't mind listening to again though I probably wouldn't be able to recall much more of it even if I read it more recently.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Read November 2019
The second Cormoran Strike detective novel. This one is stranger than the first one and spoiler, gets way grosser. I don't believe i guessed the solution before the end so good on that, I suppose. I liked the Cormoran books but this was prob my least favorite out of the collection. 

Almost done with 2019! So close, I can feel it. Then I'll just be a year and a half behind.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Hot Days, Cool Reviews

I dunno about how the weather is in your part of the world but given the news, my guess would be not ideal. We've been in the 90s (30s for celsius folks) for what feels like forever with lots of thunderstorms that luckily in our immediate area have not caused flooding issues. It has been interesting to see how these rainstorms have done nothing to cool things off. I took a walk in the later afternoon yesterday after a big thunderstorm thinking this would be the time it's cool enough. But the sun came out and laughed at our assumptions. That'll teach me to try to go out in nature.

Now I'm staying cool in the house, with some Blue's Clues on the in background as the lil monster crawls all over and figure I'll take this opportunity to try to get through a couple mini-reviews. Let's see how far I make it.

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
Read September 2019
Story of a stay-at-home mom with a young child who can't really cook or keep the house clean and is really trying to just hold it all together. But she wants to do better so she enters for a chance to win life-coaching from someone who knows what she's doing (I pictured a judgey Joanna Gaines type) with a group of other women and things don't quite go as planned, there are shenanigans, etc. A fun, light read

The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan
Read October 2019
What if a toddler wrote a parenting advice column? it would mostly be a collection of responses explaining why toddlers should be allowed to eat all the candy they want, why nap time is nonsense, why you should keep the juice flowing and other such pieces of wisdom. As the description of the book says "What makes toddlers so fascinating is their unique blend of cute and demonic behavior. A toddler will take your hand and say "I love you," then slap you in the face." Something I have experience with. Funny if it's something you're dealing with because it's nice to know that it's not just your kid.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Read October 2019
Apparently I went through a parenting (or parenting-adjacent) book phase. Anyway, this book. It's basically comedian Gaffigan talking about becoming a dad. And then doing it again. And then a few more times. (He's got 5 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment.) It's basically a book of his stand-up which isn't a bad thing. I'm a fan of his standup and have watched his specials more times than I can count. Nothing super special here but if you like his stand up, it's entertaining.

My own toddler is yelling for "Juice right NOW! Juice please! Juuuuuuuuuuice" so I'm going to go take care of this. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Micro-review Time

It's the end of a long weekend, so why don't I write a couple super teeny, mico-reviews before we have to go back to our regularly scheduled work and such.

I'm still making my way through the backlog so this is going back to fall 2019. Crazy right? I did write a semi-for-real review of Bringing Up Bebe recently but that is certainly the exception and not the rule when it comes to me reviewing things. Even though while reading I still think "Oh man, I'll have to make sure to talk about X when I write about this". It's too bad that time almost never comes. Sigh.

Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens
Read September 2019
Read this for bookclub, and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. But hey, bookclub is for reading outside what I would normally read so it's all working out. Good story if slow much of the time and the mystery format is interesting. 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Read September 2019
On the one hand, it's Poirot and those are aways a measure of fun. On the other hand, I barely remember this one. Which hardly makes a difference and I absolutely recommend this.

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First Century Parenting by Drew Magary
Read September 2019
I have read very few actual parenting books but man do I enjoy books about parenting that aren't like, advice books. I suppose they're more parenting commiseration books? Because parenting is wonderful and stressful and a lot of work and very strange and I love hearing stories about why there is a household rule that you must wear pants while brushing your teeth. Or the "What's up, fuckface?!?" story that is making me laugh thinking about. 

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Read September 2019
Excellent true crime about a truly heinous terror. It's so sad to think about what more the book could have been had it not been for McNamara's sudden death, but what was completed is great. And while police say that nothing in the book had anything to do with the guy finally being captured, I'm going to go ahead and ignore that.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June Reading Wrap Up

June has come and gone. The first half of the year has come and gone. What is time, even?

We took a trip in June! A real vacation. We flew to San Diego and got to see people because vaccines #yayscience and it was lovely. Not relaxing because vacations with a small one are not relaxing, but it was a good time. Friends! Zoo! Pool! Beach! Strawberry Picking! So Much Mexican Food! 
I was going to try to write more but honestly it is too hot and I'm not even dealing with the heat in other parts of the country. Please everyone stay safe and cool. So let's just get to those stats.

Number of books read
5
The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr
On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Dial A for Aunties by Jessie Q. Sutanto
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Number of pages read
1,719

Fiction
60%

Female authors
60%

BIPOC authors
40%
Not perfect but not bad

US authors
80%

Book format
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

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

Book club read
20%

Published Date
2010s: 40%
2020s: 60%

Resolution books
40%
Dial A for Aunties is by an Indonesian-Chinese author
Such a Fun Age is by a Black author

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Bringing Up Bebe: What to take and what to leave behind

During a book walk* around the neighborhood, I picked up a copy of Bringing Up Bebe. It's a book I had heard about but since it came out well before I was thinking about babies, it didn't really make it on my radar. But now that I have one of those, it is of more interest. Except I am still finding my time to sit and read is minimal so even though I now HAVE a copy of this book just sitting on my bookshelf, I still took out an audiobook copy from the library. 

I'm sure I missed whatever drama happened around the book when it came out (because it's a book about parenting so of course there was drama) but here's my takeaway.

Good/useful information
Patience is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced and you don't have to make motherhood your entire identity

Those are good things to keep in mind and I certainly didn't think of patience as something you learn and have to work out, so hey, something to try in my own life. 

I also like the idea that trying different food and eating together for regularly, very scheduled meals is just something everyone does and so the children do it and meal times are in general easier. This is appealing to me right now since I'm pretty sure my monster subsists on energy he pulls from the air since he hardly seems to eat, but it would be nice if he ate everything like he used to do.

HOWMEVER

There are also a lot of bits of this book that I was not crazy about. 

The book purports to be about what American moms do (wrong) and what French moms do (right). But this is a VERY narrow window mostly looking at upper-middle-class Park Slope/Tribeca moms and upper-middle-class Parisian moms. (Sorry, I don't know stereotypes about the types of people in different Paris neighborhoods/arrondissements like I do NYC stereotypes, but I read another review that referred to them as "bobos" as in bourgeois bohemian moms so go with that.) Her section about daycare is really focused on how Americans distrust daycare and focus on mom's that have the option to use other forms of childcare (such as a nanny or not working at all). She allllllmost makes an interesting point about how so much of the childcare in France is subsidized and not so much in the US and perhaps that's an area to explore. But no. Instead there is a line about how expensive daycare is and she assures the readers that "it's not just the well-off who are overwhelmed by childcare costs." That is a direct quote as I stopped what I was doing to write it down as soon as I heard it because WHAT???

The fat-shaming. It's exhausting and comes up over and over and over again. At a fairly early point she talks about how a mom friend was making cupcakes but saw them as something for kids and thus didn't have one herself. And also did not offer the author one, on the assumption she (the author) viewed them the same way. The author then says (I'm paraphrasing since I don't feel like finding the direct quote in the book, but instead was going by what I heard from the audiobook) "My mother, for all her great qualities, never turned down a cupcake." And then I was happy my son was not in the car with me, since I blurted out "OMG just have the fucking cupcake."

The book is also light on data. Maybe if this was treated more like a memoir (which I suppose it semi-is) this would be less of an issue. And this may not be an issue for most people (although I do encourage you to question the broad generalizations without the data behind them), but since my fav pregnancy and early-childhood books were ALL ABOUT THE DATA, I'm skeptical of any advice books that lack this. 

So there you go. A lot of this book was a leave it for me but there were moments. Let's see how good the goblin can get at waiting.

Also hey, an actual review. Would you look at that? 

*Everyone participating puts out any books they no longer want on their front porch or wherever and people walk around and take what they want. You get to clear out some old stuff and you get new books. Wins all around.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

May Reading Wrap Up

Another month has passed and I know it's been said a million times but man time flies. May was pretty good. We got vaccinated! We traveled! It was still I would say fairly conservative travel* but travel nonetheless! That was pretty neat. I didn't get a huge amount of reading done while on this trip, unless you count kids books, in which case I read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom many a-times. We also watched a lot of Moana. Like a lot. There are certainly worse movies the little one could have been obsessed with but I could go for some variety. I may not have been able to get much relaxed reading done, but the goblin got to play with the cat and dog (we are pet-free at home) which made for a lot of cute moments so that was almost an even trade.
I also cut off my hair! I hadn't gotten a haircut in...let's just say a long time and the pandemic is only partially responsible for how much time passed. But hey, I had enough to donate. It's slightly shorter than I was planning but I was like an inch from donation length and it seemed silly to not just go for it. 

Why don't we get to those stats?

Number of books read
3
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

Number of pages read
984

Fiction
33%

Female authors
100%
BIPOC authors
33%

US authors
67%

Book format
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
library: 100%

Bookclub read
33%

Published date
2010s: 100%

Resolution books
67%
The Trauma Cleaner is by an Australian author. It also focuses on the life of a transwoman, which doesn't technically "count" towards my resolution since I don't have a stat for LGBTQ+. Not that I think I shouldn't but I find that one is harder to easily quantify and thus I avoid it as a qualification. But I mention it here anyway.
The Leavers is by an Asian-American author

*We drove from NJ to SC to visit my dad out in the middle of no where so we weren't seeing tons of people or going out but still. Change!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

She wrote some itsy bitsy, teeny weeny...yellow polka dot reviews?

Sorry, that title started off strong but sort of fell apart on me. Anyway, it's been a while. Like a while, a while, so why don't I try to write up some more teeny book reviews about books I read 2+ years ago and barely remember. Sound good to everyone?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Read June 2019
I do not remember this book. I mean, I sort of remember it. Vaguely. I remember being annoyed at it at times (a bunch of times) but other times I was on board. I realized after the fact this is the second in a series, though it never read like that, but maybe I would have liked it better had I read the first one. Rom com and misunderstandings and eh.

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick by Maya Dusenbery
Read August 2019
What a fun, light-hearted topic! This was a very good book about an infuriating topic. It made me very mad many times over. As the subtitle says, it's about all of the ways medical science fails women, usually by not bothering to test anything (including birth control at some stages) on women and not taking into account that medications, treatments and symptoms may be different in women and this is literally killing people. 

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch 
Read (first) August 2019
Do you like linguistics? Do you spend time on The Internet? Do you want learn about linguistics on the internet? Of course you do, don't lie, you nerd. McCulloch is very enthusiastic about the topic and it was very fun listening to her narrate this. Especially when she had to say things like "aldhaighdajghda" or whatever the actual written "keyboard smash" looked like in the book. Definitely recommended

It's Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke
Read August 2019
I have no idea what this book is. 
OK I looked up the cover and I have some memories of it. Less than The Bride Test so not great. It's a memoir from a YouTube star who is blind and it's about her being blind and growing up blind and it had interesting parts but overall it was...just OK. And not all that memorable

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.