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
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
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?

Female authors

BIPOC authors
See this is not great. 

US author
Book format
audiobook: 80%
paperback: 20%

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

sometimes it's what you (I) need

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