Adult, Books, Comics, Musings, YA (Young Adult)

Summer Reading Wrap Up

So it has been a while since I have wrapped up the books I have read.  Not only has it been difficult for Gretchen and I to get together all summer for various reasons (time conflicts, mental health, internet being actual butts) so you weren’t getting weekly wrap ups in any way but I have been completely nonexistent on the blog.  Which we all know I am attempting to change here and now… hopefully forever, but no promises.

In any case I am going to try and talk a bit about all of the books I have read in June, July, and August.

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This was the first book for book club this season so there is a full discussion on it here!  I loved this.  I still feel that way.  It did seem to check all of the boxes of things that Michaela would like though.  So if you feel very strongly that we are akin then definitely check this out.

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This was an ARC review I did back in June.  It wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read this year but I definitely did enjoy it.  I had heard of Lisa Jewell as an author and this was my first of hers.  I think that I will look into some of her other work.  She is a bit more commercial than I usually go for but not bad by any means.

The second book club book was Gretchen’s pick and I was super not a fan.  That could have been due to the fact that I was super ill at the time of reading it but I kind of hated it.

Next we kicked off the second season of Nostalgia Junkie.  Unfortunately the unanimous decision on this was that we weren’t super huge fans.  It may be that we just aren’t the target audience but we all had issues with it.

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Taylor’s pick for the first round of book club was a debut and we all really liked it.  It was surprising because it takes a really good book to win all three of us over.  This one did it so you should definitely check that out!

Gretchen and I read Nimona together and we did a video review of it for you guys.  It was super cute and sweet and we completely understood why so many people loved it.  I have followed Noelle Stevenson for a while and new she is a cookie to pay attention to in comics.  Watch her.  She will do great things.


I started the second round of summer book club picks with Middlesex.  Taylor was the one who liked this book the most, Gretchen and I had a bit of an issue with the way it was laid out. You should watch the whole discussion to find out more.

I have to say that I do so love Patton Oswalt.  I haven’t spoken about this anywhere else.  It was a pick for my pop sugar challenge and I listened to it on audio, read by the man himself.  It is always great to listen to autobiographical works when written by the author and especially so when he is as awkward and nerdy as you.

Now we find ourselves in the books I read for booktubeathon.  This was my pick for the book I would only read at night.  I both read the physical edition and listened to parts on audio.  I actually wound up enjoying it more than I thought I would.  It also fulfilled the requirement of a book that is more than 100 years older than me for the Pop Sugar challenge.

This was listened to entirely on audio.  I was conflicted with this.  I was expecting a bit of a funnier story from Steve Martin.  That isn’t to say I wasn’t a fan of his writing style, it just caught me off guard.  It was about a community that I haven’t spent much time learning about so I did enjoy that aspect of it.

This one will be featured in an upcoming post so look out for that.  It was a book with yellow on the cover and a book I learned about from booktube.  I ended up really enjoying this one though it took me a while to decide that.  It was definitely one the the end justified the rest of the book for me.  I like what it was saying politically.

This was both Taylor and my own book to movie adaptation and we both came out of it feeling like … welp that was a mess.  I think it was meant to be a mess.  It was really entertaining but all over the place.  We both enjoyed it but were mildly disoriented by the experience.  Which I think is apt.


I reviewed this one on the blog yesterday actually!  So here we have an interesting new comic coming from Image.  We all know how much I love Image.  If you like robots and stories that ask what it means to be human then definitely give this one a go.

Gretchen and I did a discussion of this one but the audio ended up being a bit borked.  Over all I enjoyed the experience.  It read a bit like fanfiction but it was nice to dip back into a world that I loved as a child.  I am curious to see if watching it as a play would be better than reading it if I ever get a chance to do so.

David Wong is a comic god.  Well, he is.  This one isn’t my favorite of his works but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book and he isn’t a good writer.  I loved hearing from a female protagonist it did change the way the story progressed for me.  If you like science fiction and laughing, give this one a go.

There will be a future review of this one on the blog as well.  Gretchen and I have already filmed it, it just needs to make its way out into the world.  We enjoyed listening to the audio book but we didn’t feel like it ended up doing for us what it was trying to. It was a delight to listen to though so there is that.

This book is most likely going to be in my top 10 books of the year.  It honestly blew me away.  It will also be featured in an upcoming review.  I went into this book skeptical and came out just amazed.  She was able to do so much and so well.  I loved it.  A must read in my opinion.

This was a comic that I picked up based on Taylor’s recommendation.  He had really enjoyed it or had heard good things about it, I am not certain which at this point but I picked it up.  It wasn’t my favorite comic but it did go somewhere entirely unexpected and I give it props for that.

And now we reach the last book I read in August which happens to be Gretchen’s pick for the second round of book club.  This showed up on the blog earlier this week so you can find our discussion of it there.  I enjoyed it, even if much of that video is us picking apart the book.  Sometimes you just have to say, it was a fun experience.

Apparently I have read 19 books in the last three months… which honestly amazes me since I have been struggling to read.  A lot of them were audio books and a good chunk were thanks to the booktubeathon but hey they were things that I read.  I have been reading more in the last couple weeks so the hope is that I am feeling safer in myself again and will be able to read a whole bunch more and talk about it with you guys.  That is the hope anyway.

As far as my reading challenges go:

Goodreads: 66/50 surpassed!
Pop Sugar: 27/40 (13 left I think I can do it!)

How are you guys doing after the summer?  Are you excited for fall.  It is my favorite season and I am in the mood for all of the Horror books!  I need a bunch of cider and pumpkin bread and some crisp fall air and I will be a happy girl.

Talk to you guys tomorrow!

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Musings

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 5/16/16

Today is going to be a day of posting things that should have been posted in the last couple of days that I didn’t manage to get done with everything thats been going on.  Let’s start with the wrap up and move our way forward every couple of hours or so, sound good?

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
         #imbibliomancy: Death Vigil
Monday: Michaela’s review of Bossypants
         Gretchen’s From the Notebook on the hidden insidious nature of YA
Tuesday: Betwixt the Books Reviews A Tale for the Time Being
Wednesday: Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on Daughter of Smoke and Bone
         Michaela’s Discussion on Free Comic Book Day
Friday: Gretchen’s Giveaway Announcement

Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 5.8.16

Weekly wrap up time, and you know what that means, yup a video and a list of links.

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: Michaela’s April Wrap Up
             Gretchen’s From the Notebook on her least favorite YA Tropes
Tuesday: Michaela’s 30 Seconds to Disagree
             Gretchen’s 30 Seconds to Disagree
Wednesday: Michaela’s April Comic Pull
             Gretchen’s Worth It Wednesday A Court of Thorns and Roses
Thursday: Gretchen’s Thesis Thursday on the Completion of the Third Chapter
Friday: Michaela’s Review of The Vegetarian
             Gretchen’s Review of The Rose and The Dagger
Saturday: Michaela’s Flicks Epsiode on The Time Traveler’s Wife

Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 5/1/16

Well, we came back from hiatus this week and boy did we jump back on that band wagon.  Here’s everything that happened this week (and some stuff that happened last week while we didn’t post anything).

Monday: Gretchen’s From the Notebook Giveaway Announcement
               Michaela’s Genrethon Wrap Up
Wednesday: Michaela’s Review of Rat Queens Vol. 3
               Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on Angelfire
Thursday: Gretchen’s Interview with Kristin-Paige Madonia
Friday: Michaela’s Introduction to Reading  Books in Translation
               Gretchen’s April Wrap Up
Saturday: Betwixt the Books Discuss! Book Guilt and Reader’s Guilt

Adult, Books, Comics, Musings

Monday Musings: Genrethon Wrap Up!

Woo!  I am back!  My vacation was lovely thanks for asking!  The hiatus really helped with that.  I think I was getting a little bit burnt out with all of the hours I was working and trying to maintain the blog as well.  I didn’t have as much time to think about what exactly I wanted to post and so I was just making content that I could rather than the content that I wanted to.

Time to get excited again!  Definitely feeling rejuvenated.

First, though, we must finish what we started.  Before this whole hiatus nonsense I proclaimed that I would be participating in the Genrethon.  Since I was on hiatus when that ended I didn’t get to tell you about the books that I read for it!  Well don’t worry, I’m going to start off by telling you exactly what I read and then we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Here is that video:

There we are, if all goes well then Gretchen and I will be back tomorrow with a new discussion live stream.  We want to talk about book guilt or readers guilt!  Talk to you then!

Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

Wrap Up Post/What We Read: 4.10.16

This is the last video weekly wrap up for a couple weeks, because of reasons that will be apparent when you watch this video and also when we post other things this week.  Hopefully you won’t miss us too much, but also here are the things we did this week before we disappear into the abyss.

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: Michaela’s Mini Cookbook Haul
       Gretchen’s From the Notebook on Young Adult Book Covers
Tuesday: Gretchen’s Book Blitz for Richelle Mead’s new book
        Michaela’s Intimidating TBR Tag
        Gretchen’s Intimidating TBR Tag
Wednesday: Michaela’s How to Use Previews
         Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on the Vampire Academy Series
Thursday: Gretchen’s Big News Anouncement
Friday: Michaela’s TBR for the Genrethon
         Gretchen’s Review of If the Oceans were Ink

Adult, Books, Comics, Musings, YA (Young Adult)

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 4.3.16

I’m sorry this post is late guys.  It has been nonstop for me this week and there was one portion of this video that took ages to edit, it should be very obvious.  I shouldn’t keep this from you any longer.  Here we go!

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: My Call for Help with Time Management!
             Gretchen’s Post on what Happened to her Spring Break TBR
Tuesday:  Betwixt the Books Discuss! Perceived Genre Hierarchy
Wednesday: My Post on What to Look for When Choosing a Comic Store
             Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on Graceling
Thursday: Gretchen’s Monthly Wrap Up
Friday: My Monthly Wrap Up
             Gretchen’s Review of Tell the Wind and Fire

Adult, Books

March Wrap Up

a.k.a The saddest month so far in terms of reading, but the happiest month so far in terms of being employed, so you give and you take.

28430424The first book I read this month was actually one I was super excited for.  I did a full review of this one because I requested it from the publisher in exchange for my review.  I think this is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.  It isn’t a happy book and there are moments when you sit there going, how could this get worse, and then it does.  If you want to know my full thoughts on the way it was written and why I picked it up, definitely check out that post.

20170404The next book I read was actually the #imbibliomancy pick for this month.  My own pick if you didn’t know.  Station Eleven was pretty quick despite the fact that it is clearly literary fiction.  I think the consensus our book club got to was, “We completely understand why it was a nominee for several awards but didn’t win.”  There were so many things done well but it was just not perfect.  If you want to know what our few faults were you should definitely go watch that book club discussion.

28253202I then managed to snag a copy of the trade for one of the comics that I abandoned over the summer just to see how it turned out.  I think this was my first openly negative comic review, and even then I mentioned its strengths.  I think for me it all came down to the fact that I am not in love with superheroes any more.  I talk more about why exactly I didn’t enjoy this comic in the review I did so you should definitely check this one to know that I don’t love all comics.  Even though it seems like all of my comic reviews are gushing.
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The next book I listened to on audio and I honestly regret that decision.  I did a Flicks episode on this one.  I said those dreaded words, “I honestly liked the film better than the book.”  Now before you write me off completely, I have a hard time with books written from a young child’s perspective and on top of that I had to spend hours listening to a woman speak as if she were a little boy, it just ended up grating on me.  On top of that I felt like I was spoiled for this one.

27753938Remember, when I said I don’t love all comics, well I did love this one.  I have been a fan of Remender’s stories as of late and this one was no exception.  I think the strength here is the world he creates.  The characters were a little cliche, but this was the first volume so it was introducing us to them and their dynamics.  I will be interested in seeing where this story goes from here.  I haven’t decided whether I will pick up the comics monthly from this point on or continue pulling the trades.  We shall see.  I did a review of this one as well so you are welcome to see my thoughts on it in detail.

20696032Alright folks, we have come to the very last book I finished this month.  There were others that I had read a fair amount of but hadn’t finished up to this point.  It is a bit of a weird one, not only because its non fiction but because its a cook book.  Now I generally get my recipes online.  I follow lots of food blogs and foodtubers, but I have recently been trying to avoid dairy because I think I have been developing an intolerance to lactose.  I can’t have anything very milk heavy without feeling sick and bloated for the rest of the day.  This cookbook is vegan and all of the recipes looked delicious so I brought it home with me from the library and pulled out some that I think will be great.  For instance, a summer corn chowder (one of my favorite foods of all time) with no milk.

See how sad this list is.  I am ashamed, but then again I have been trying to find my equilibrium this month.  I started a new job, full time, I still have my old job.  I have also not been cooking for my family which is a problem because nobody else cooks and I feel gross every time we get take out, which is always.  In any case, hopefully in April things are looking up.

Reading Challenges Update:

Goodreads Challenge: 31/50
RYODB Challenge: 6/50
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 14/40

Oh and by the way, Happy April Fools Day!

Adult, Books, Musings, YA (Young Adult)

Weekly Wrap Up/What We Read 3.27.16

Gretchen is back!  *does the dance of someone who doesn’t have to put out the content for two blogs and work a bunch*

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: My Issues with Fantasy
Tuesday: Betwixt the Books Recommends Horror
Wednesday: Tokyo Ghost: Vol. 1 Review
Thursday: Gretchen’s Post on her Road trip
Friday: Michaela’s Recap of her First Week Working in a Library
        Gretchen’s Review of The Blooming Goddess Trilogy 
Saturday: #imbibliomancy Station Eleven

Books, Musings

Weekly Wrap Up/What I Read 3.20.16

This is the first wrap up where I am all by my lonesome.  It was definitely a different experience when I didn’t have anyone to rely on for the humor and making sure I say the right things.  Luckily Gretchen will be back next week!

Sunday: Last Week’s Wrap Up
Monday: How to Take Down Your TBR
Tuesday: (I Wish I Had A) Spring Break TBR
Wednesday: Review of Runaways: Battleworld
                Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on Stormdancer
Thursday: NOTHING!
Friday: Blind Date With a Book Unboxing
Saturday: Flicks: Room by Emma Donoghue

I will talk to you guys tomorrow and I hope you have a lovely week!