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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Adult, Books, YA (Young Adult)

The Weekly Wrap Ups That Never Were~

Wherein Michaela is the sickest thing and under ludicrous amounts of stress and Gretchen can’t help her even if she wanted to.

You know I’ve been behind because of the shoddy content and the complete and utter lack of book reviews on the blog as of late, but I couldn’t even edit together these two wrap ups until now.  So here they are in one Frankenstein’s monster of a post.  Enjoy.

 

Monday 5/23: Gretchen’s From the Notebook on A Court of Mist and Fury
Tuesday 5/24: Gretchen’s Ruler of Books Tag
       Michaela’s Ruler of Books Tag
Wednesday 5/25: Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on The Queen of the Tierling
       Michaela’s Review of The Vision: Vol. 1
Thursday 5/26: Michaela’s Thursday Musing on Moving Out
Friday 5/27: Gretchen’s Review of Lady Midnight
       Michaela’s Discussion of Book Hoarding

Monday 5/30: Gretchen’s May Wrap Up
Tuesday 5/31: Bibliomancy for Beginners Discussion of The Bone Gap
Wednesday 6/1: Michaela’s May Wrap Up
        Gretchen’s Worth it Wednesday on Circle of Magic
Friday 6/3: Gretchen’s Review of The Vanishing Throne
        Michaela’s Summer Reads Recommendations 

I did it… it took two weeks but by god its here.

Adult, Books, Comics, YA (Young Adult)

May Wrap Up

Today would normally be comic book Wednesday, but seeing as I have spent the last week or so moving I have not read anything of note and therefor have nothing really to talk about.  On the other hand, it is June first so maybe I should tell you what I read this month?  Mayhaps?

I have to say it was a bit of a sad month this month, at least in terms of reading.  I moved out and got my own place this month so I won’t be too hard on myself for reading four comics, one book, and DNFing one.  Lucky for you, I have reviews of all of these, with the exception of one I believe, but its an ongoing series and who needs me to prattle on about something so much.

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Going to try something new this month and rather than giving you a paragraph of ramblings on each title, you can click on the image of the title that intrigues you and it will take you directly to my review of it (or the goodreads page for that one that I didn’t review… play Russian Roulette which one is it?)

As far as my reading challenges are concerned, the sorry state of the books I read mean that I did not complete a single Pop Sugar challenge, but they did all count toward my Goodreads challenge with the exception of the DNFed book which I myself am excluding.

This brings my totals to:

Goodreads Challenge: 46/50
Pop Sugar Challenge: 19/40
#RYODB Challenge: 12/50

There it is folks, May in a nut shell.

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, Comics, Musings

WTF Did April Go? April Wrap Up

Welp, I guess it’s almost May

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Oh wait no… IT IS MAY….

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That would seem to imply I should do an April Wrap Up, so … no time like the present?

Books that I read in chronological order (and a mini synopsis on my feelings there of):

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I started the month with several cookbooks, and I did mini reviews for these so there would be no point in me repeating myself today.  Just head over to that post and hear all about my endeavors to find good vegan recipes since my lactose intolerance diagnosis.  My future in food doesn’t necessarily have to be bleak, nor vegan honestly, its just the dairy free assurance in here that really set the bar above normal cookbooks.  I still love food, I just need to love food without cheese.  Hopefully, I will learn.

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Then for national poetry month at my job, I was reading a bunch of poetry to put it up on the libraries social media and I actually wound up reading this whole collection.  It was on the smaller side, and the poems weren’t particularly difficult.  I didn’t dislike this collection, it was funny at times, but it wasn’t something I could really post on the libraries pages (nsfw).  If you like sassy, dirty poems then this is probably the collections for you.  It was enjoyable but I don’t think particularly memorable.  This is kind of the polar opposite of the other collection I will talk about shortly.

188092351 First graphic novel/comic I read this month.  I actually have a full review of this one up if you would like to know my thoughts on it in detail you should read the post.  TLDR; This comic is really coming together for me.  At first I was wondering why it had so much hype.  It seemed like there were too many characters and I couldn’t understand how it all came together.  Now I understand, and everything is taking shape, its less cluttered and more nuanced.  Really its starting to look like a masterpiece.  The next week I went out and bought the third volume in a mad attempt to get caught up even though I think it took me over a year to read the second.  If you were on the fence about this series I can definitely say it is worthwhile to push through any initial confusion and see what this comic can do.Niffenegger_TTW_mech.indd

We now move into the realm of books I read on vacation and therefor they do not yet have reviews posted!  Some I plan on having reviews for, others not so much, but I will get into that more in each one.  This one was the first that I finished and I will be doing a review of this one, in fact I plan to watch the film and then do a Flicks review where I talk about them both.  I was surprised how much I actually liked the structure of this one.  It was a weird love story for sure and I think the question throughout of fate vs. free will was one that I found quite compelling.  I remember while listening to the audio book that I had to remind myself the characters were characters and not real people which is a testament to this book for sure.  More to come soon!

23282174The next book I read, well technically finished because I had read the majority of this book earlier in the month was The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos.  I have written a full review of this one and had it scheduled to go up the Friday before our hiatus but it didn’t go live and then I was rereading it and I think my feelings on it had changed from when I had written it to when I had actually finished the book (I had only 20 pages left, I didn’t realize how much my thoughts would change).  I don’t know whether I will rewrite that post and post it later or just not review this one at all.  It wasn’t my favorite book, for sure.  It was definitely weird.  I felt that it didn’t quite do everything it could have.  It left me confused and kind of empty by the end, I’m not sure if that was intentional because a theme of despair and emptiness was prevalent with this one, but I did finish it so it is here.

17733621The next book is also a book that I had read a majority of before my vacation but was finally able to finish on our drive down.  I participated in a buddy read with a couple other YouTubers which was freaking awesome in general.  This one is not counted in my Goodreads challenge because it is technically a reread (I listened to the audio book of this one at the very end of last year) but I wanted to read the physical text and reading it while talking with other people really changed the way I read this book.  It was fantastic again, if nothing else I just fell in love with it even more because there was so much intricacy and detail in the writing that I hadn’t noticed the first time when I listened to it as an audio book.  Still great, highly recommended.  Gretchen and I plan to do a review of this one but she is still reading it so you will have to wait a little longer for that one.

25489025The last book I finished on vacation I read throughout the week when we were actually doing things as a family.  I loved this book.  In fact it will be featured here on friday as part of my books in translation series.  As I did my thesis on Korean literature I feel like I have a certain perspective that I can lend to this book that others might not.  It has been making the rounds because of its feature in the Man Booker International prize.  I want to discuss the elements of it that might be confusing to an English speaking audience when it pertains to Korean Culture, or from what I understand Korean Culture to be.  In any case.  This was fantastic, and really short, so if you have the opportunity I would suggest picking it up.  For sure.  It is quite eery and very moving.  I would note that this might be triggering for someone with an eating disorder or severe depression as there are incident of suicide and food obsession in here, so ye be warned.

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I continued my search for good poetry to post on the library social media when I returned to work.  This one I had ordered at the beginning of the month and arrived while I was away, so I hadn’t had a chance to pick it up.  I started flipping through it and ended up reading the majority of the book in its entirety.  This one knocked me over.  I honestly felt like I didn’t fully grasp everything it it because it was so well done, well constructed, and intimate.  It definitely focuses on and pertains to the objectification and experience of African American Women and I believe it won the National Book Award for poetry.  I think this is one I might buy for myself because I need to go back and highlight and write in the margins which I couldn’t do in the library copy.  In any case, fantastic collection and something that you should definitely read even though it is no longer National Poetry Month.

28762820The final book I read this month was something I was super excited for.  I pre-ordered it from my comic store months ago I was so ready for this to come out.  Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectation.  Rat Queens has been one of my favorite comics since I first read it.  This one didn’t come together for me.  I’m not sure if the issues I have will be resolved in future installments because there was a lot left hanging at the end of this volume and I do intend to continue but the first two volumes were above and beyond better than this one.  I did a full review of this one and my thoughts on it last week so definitely go watch that to hear why I am sticking with it and a little about the sordid past of this poor comic.

Alright, we have reached the point where I can tell you about how I am doing in my yearly reading challenges.  I feel better about some rather than others, but that is alright we can’t always overachieve.

Pop Sugar Reading Challenges: 18/40 completed
Goodreads Challenge: 38/50 read
#readyourowndamnbooks: 8/50 read

I think this is making me realize that I take far too many books out of the library and need to be reading the books that I own instead.  This is a challenge seeing as I work in a library… I am constantly seeing books that I want to read and I take them out and read them.  I have to, I only get a few weeks with them right?  Ugh.  Will prioritize my own books in May I think.  I think this is best.  Perhaps I should read only my own books in May… that would be interesting I think… Let’s see.

That was April for me… 12 books read in total and a bunch of genres I don’t normally stray into.  I’m ready for May and wherever it takes me, how about you?

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