January Wrap-Up & Haul

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Happy end of January friends! How was the start of your reading year? Was it a nice slow start, or did you dive right in for a double digit month?

According to Goodreads I’ve read 7 books this month, technically I’ve read 10 but I’m willing to settle on 8. Let me explain below:

Chaos Awakens by Carys Mainprize

The first novel i read this year has not yet been published so Goodreads can’t count it. It is the second novel in my best friends fantasy series that features Gods and angels, demons, and a whole host of other supernatural beings all fighting to save, or destroy, the three worlds. It was a beta read and one day I will review this damn series on this blog.

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Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Brown

I don’t know if this should count towards my Goodreads goal but Goodreads counts it making it my first Goodreads read of 2018. This is a beautiful, and powerful poem about being a Black girl/woman and how no matter what anyone else says we are full of magic. I cried reading this poem, in the middle of a bookstore i sat down and cried. I gave this one a 5/5 stars and highly recommend it for any library.

Harry Potter #5-#8 by J.K. Rowling

Next, in quick succession, I finished up the Harry Potter series which I started just before Solstice. Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, and Cursed Child took up the majority of my reading time this month and you can see all my thoughts on them right here. All together these 4 books rated 3.75/5 stars.

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The Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling

This little companion set to the Harry Potter Series is three books total: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Throughout the Ages, but Goodreads counts the set as one book. This is a bit frustrating but I’ll let it slide since they are quite little and I read them all in a sitting. I gave them 3/5 stars and I talk about these in my Harry Potter Series Chat as well.

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The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Pat Rothfuss

This is not a book for children. That’s really the only thing that needs to be said of it; it looks like it’s for children but it’s really just not. It’s cute and fun and makes you do a double take. 4.5/5 stars.

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Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp

This is one of those books that I can’t quite describe. The best i can do is to say that it is about a man named Francis Falbo who is suffering from a period of severe agoraphobia who is writing a memoir of sorts about not only his shit show of a life but the lives of his tenants, who live in the 5 apartment units he’s split his old family home into. Among other things he tells us about his divorce, his old band, his tenants whose daughter has gone missing, and his tenant who is drawing nudes of middle aged Black men. A lot happens. It’s hilarious and bizarre and i gave it a 3.5/5 stars.

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Nine Pines by August Birch

It’s currently January 29th so i’m starting this short story collection as soon as I’m finished typing this and will update this post accordingly before the 1st of february. I discovered August Birch through his Instagram @August.Birch.WriterΒ and I just got his book so i want to get to it before I get bogged down with moving and such. It’s crime thriller (?) so i’m not sure how I will like it. We shall see.

 

So about 8 books. 3,254 pages (not including the beta read). A good month if you ask me, and I still have 2 days left

Teeny Tiny Book Haul

I didn’t buy a single book this month….I did get 2 though!

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The first thing I got was Nine Pines by August Birch, a collection of short stories (I did have to install a Kindle App on my phone for this so I hope it’s worth it.).

Then my best friend gifted me this beautiful signed edition of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle by Patrick Rothfuss and I DIED. Dead. Gone. I am super in love and count this month as a win.

 

And that’s all she wrote ( actually I wrote about 10,000 words of my novel this month too). How big, or tiny, was your book haul? Let me know and I’ll see you next week with some Black History Month celebrations.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Reading Wrap Up

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Well. The year has changed and goals were not met. Who is surprised? This blog has been several years of me not doing the things I said I was going to do but let’s not focus on that right now. Let’s focus on the positive.

First positive is that you should definitely look at the sidebar and check out my Bookstagram because there’s books and cats over there. Bless.

The next positive is that I read 39 books! Granted several of them were the Kingkiller Chronicles several times over. Oops.

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So what DID I read? First we’ll see by genre, then by author gender (because i wonder about it), and finally by star rating. Afterwards we’ll see my Top and Bottom 3 reads of the year. Boom. Let’s go.

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Boop. There you are. NOW. The main attraction.

#3 Worst Book of 2017

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. It was horribly disappointing, problematic, and not all that well written. This is a book about a teenager girl with SCAD, that illness where she is allergic to everything. Then she falls in love. To put it mildly it is a gross concept that someone put glitter on.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue was am unexpected bookstore find. I recognized the author from the novel Room and she does not disappoint. After a long reading slump this book had me enthralled. It is about a Nightingale nurse set to watch over a young girl who claims to have survived 4 months without food. It’s fucking fascinating.

 

 

 

 

#2 Worst Book of 2017

34861894Just Like a Caucasian by Odera O’Gonuwe. This is an indie author new release that I found on Instagram. It’s about a group of people coming together to make a documentary about race, oppression, and privilege. I bought it right away and it’s trash. That’s harsh but the reality is that this novel is not even edited, it reads like a rough draft, an idea. I don’t like it. At all.

 

 

 

 

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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Oh this must be the birth nerd in me but I adore the TV show Call the Midwife and the memoir it is based on was golden! It is a true story of a midwife in an impoverished area of London in the 1960’s. I loved the writing, I loved the honest look at the subject matter. I adored it.

 

 

 

#1 Worst Book of 2017

92319The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa. This one was almost #2, and Just Like a Caucasian would have been #1 but what decided it for me was that The Girl Who Played Go ate my entire March. I had to BRIBE myself to read it (funnily enough my bribe was that if I read it I’d be allowed to by Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon). I honestly can’t remember much about what it’s about, it’s a struggle that’s for sure.

 

 

 

 

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Who is surprised? This book is a masterpiece. You can read my review for it here but if you want to skip that then let me just tell you that this book made me cry constantly. I did. Not. Stop. A book about Black women prospering? Yes plz. Thanks. I love it.

 

 

And that, dear friends, is that. I shall see you next week with my 2018 TBR.

 

May Book Haul

Well hello friends!

I moved again, and plunged into a pretty back reading slump because of it, hence the long absence.

Kinda hard to be in a reading mood when your books look like this

Bookshelves or no my book buying has not let up in the slightest. Book buying is stress relief. Book buying is adventuring. I refuse to stop. You can’t make me. Fight me.

1. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth: This is the memoir of Jenny Worth, a midwife in London’s East End during the 1960’s. I impulse bought this from Book Depository early in the month after I binge watched the BBC adaptation not realizing it had been based off of a book.

2. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: This should be obvious, the show is blowing up all of my feeds everywhere and I want in. This was also a part of that Book Depository haul; funnily enough they were the last ones I received last night.

3.Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I have been wanting to read this book since it came out, and since The Sun is Also a Star has been popular it’s been more like a need. For one reason or another I just haven’t picked it up until I found it the other day at a local record shop. Shop small and all that.

4. Just Like a Caucasian by Odera O’Gonuwe: This was an impulse buy that i stumble upon on Instagram. You can find the author and her book here. I like to support an indie author so ‘m super excited to read and review this one!

5. Infant Massage by Vimala McClure: I found this in the Little Free Library. I’m studying a variety of birth work and infant care so I figured I’d check this out and see what’s up; i haven’t looked up any reviews on it yet so I don’t know if it’s a good resource or not.

6. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois: Also a Little Free Library find that I’ve always kind of wanted to check out and have in my library.

 

Only six books but that’s six times as many books as I’ve started in the last two months :/ I WILL finish this anthology though, and then I will chip away at this stack of new reads ❀

 

2016 Wrap-Up

Am I the only one who thinks 2016 is a sentient entity that derives pleasure from our continued cried for mercy? Because I would put money on that being the case.

Regardless of the shit show the last 12 months have been for everyone all across the world this year, in my little corner of reality goals have been met and I’m proud of myself. I met my reading goal, won NaNoWriMo, and finally jumped on the Bookstagram bandwagon. This is going to be a quick wrap up of my reading year. That means numbers so I made graphs! Fun fact: I fucking live graphs.

In 2016 I read:

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My ratings:

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Genres I read:

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As for my writing; this year I won Nanowrimo and am about 80% of the way through the first draft of my novel as of this writing!

Goals for next year:

  • Read 75 books or short stories
  • Complete a “polished” draft of/finish my novel
  • Begin posting to YouTube again
  • Read Harry Potter and LotR
  • Do a month TBR jar reading challenge
  • Do a weekly short story writing challenge

That list is way more confident than it should be. Wish me luck and happy end of 2016!!

November Wrap-Up

November was a hell of a month wasn’t it? At least for me; Nanowrimo, 3 jobs, looking for a new place to live, trying to read 10 books! I over estimate my abilities sometimes! In terms of bookish accomplishments I “won” Nanowrimo, and read 7 books. I count this as an accomplishment even though 1 of those “books” was a Ray Bradbury short, I think it evens out since 2 of the books were counted as 1. Anyway. Onwards and forwards!

MY HAUL!
I hauled a good but in November though a lot of those are gifts for my nephews for myself I snagged 9 books! This doesn’t include books I ordered in November and won’t get until December.

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Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell: I had a fully illustrated hardcover of this growing up and I have no idea what became of it. I bit the bullet and snagged another!

Little Free Library scores:

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A Hive for the Honeybee by Soinbhe Lally

The Book Escape Haul!

Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow by Ann Turner
Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory

WHAT I READ!
In total I read 8 stories but 7 books in November. Alice was a twofer.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell 5/5
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron 5/5
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen 5/5
The City at the Center of Forever by James T. Witten 4/5
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jon Richardson 3/5
Dark They Were and Golden Eyed by Ray Bradbury 5/5
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll 5/5

Lots of 5 stars! Mostly because 4/7 were some of my favorite rereads and Alias Hook was a touching retelling of Peter Pan.

How was your November?