Sarah Sunday

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You guys, it’s been almost a month since my last post. That is so sad.

To say it’s been busy would be an understatement. Most of June was spent watching my nephew and waiting for the honeyman to come home. And then at 12:45 AM on June 19th he did get home, and I’ve been soaking it up. I missed that man SO MUCH, and it’s such a relief and a joy to have him home. I love him, and I love being able to touch and talk to him whenever possible, and love hearing his stories from basic training and love just spending time with him, and it’s all very wonderful. But between that and work, I haven’t had a lot of extra time for reading and blogging.

So of course, in July, I’m hoping to change that and bring some balance back. It’s going to be rough, because there are a lot of people at work taking vacation this month, and our anniversary is in a couple weeks, but at this point I’d be happy if I manage at least a post a week. And I REALLY need to catch up on my blog reader. I’ve missed reading your posts.

I want to keep this kind of short because I want to do another post this morning, so I’ll bullet-point some other note-worthy stuff.

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  • I got a new tattoo! Well, technically 2 new tattoos. I got the NC non-compliant logo on my right wrist (the symbol for women labeled “non-compliant” to men and their standards in the comic Bitch Planet). I LOVE it. I love that it’s from a comic but that it’s a symbol for feminism and for refusing to keep quiet in the face of sexism. And I love that I had a lady tattoo artist do it. I always go to the same place to get my tattoos, and I just see whoever is available, but from now on I think I’m going to specifically request Ashley, because she was open and funny and did fabulously.
  • The second tattoo is the 3 little stars from the tops of the Harry Potter pages :) Because I really needed a Harry Potter tattoo. I’m going to add the stars to my other wrist at some point too, for a sense of symmetry.
  • I went with my older sister, Heather, and she got her first tattoo! Yayyyy, Heather! She got the word “Believe” with the stars at the end.
  • My mom and nephew are home from Maine temporarily while she tries to empty out the house so it can go up for sale. Love that they’re here.
  • The honeyman and I have been playing Borderlands together, since I finally got my character up close to the level his is at. And he showed me a shield and pistol set up that is SO much better than what I was doing and now my character is almost over-powered. It’s awesome.
  • I’m reading The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson, and I should be finishing it today. Considering we’re not even a week into July, this month is already looking better than June, reading-wise.
  • I saw Magic Mike XXL yesterday with my friend. Yup, that’s what I did for 4th of July. We brought amaretto sours in 1 liter bottles, bought sodas, and then dumped the soda out and refilled our containers with the amaretto sours and drank while we watched the movie. I don’t know how you could see these movies sober – they’re SO much more fun when you’re getting drunk. After the movie we walked around the mall a tiny bit to sober up before walking back to her house, and we played a couple rounds of Glow Golf (it’s this inside mini-golf place in my mall, and it’s dark with everything in black light and neon, it’s really fun), and then got coffee and chatted for a while. It was a blast. And then the honeyman took me home, I fell asleep, and then read most of the night while he went to play video games with his friend. So basically, it was a nice laid-back holiday.
  • It’s stupid that alcohol isn’t sold at movie theaters. At least, not in NY. I don’t know about other places.

Alright, that’s it for now. I got other posts to work on. My July TBR will be up soon – I’m waiting for a book to get here, which should be tomorrow.

How have you guys been?!?

~Sarah

Sarah Update

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Hey guys! It’s been a while! I’m still alive, but I’ve been stupidly busy. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • A big project at work has been taking up a bunch of my time since the end of May. This has severely impacted my reading time and ability to concentrate on anything not-work. Luckily, that’s winding down so I’ll actually be taking my lunches again and bringing my work laptop home less often.
  • My little sis graduated last week, so I went with my mom and nephew down to Georgia to see it and to bring her home. I can’t believe she works for the federal government now. It’s crazy. The trip was okay – some stressful times, and some good times. I was really glad to get back home. I missed my Gabby-cat like crazy and Georgia water smells gross.
  • And then this morning my mom, nephew, and sister just left to move to Maine. Which sucks, and I have some sads about that today. Stupid Maine.
  • On the bright side – the honeyman gets home in SEVEN DAYS. ONE WEEK. I so cannot wait.
  • That means this week I’ll be trying to clean up and get ready for him coming home. Stocking the fridge so we don’t have to leave the apartment if we don’t want to, doing big loads of laundry so everything is clean and fresh, de-cluttering some stuff, etc.
  • But I’m hoping to finish a book or two this week. We’ll see. I also have 30+ comics waiting for me to dive into, plus I’ve been reading some Daredevil on Scribd…

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  • My job is moving to a new office in August, and I’ve been having fun thinking of decor. I’m going to go with a comics and bookish theme. I ordered this today:

Deadpool Faces his Most Dangerous Adversary Yet... An Ornery Harlequin Cat Awesome Upcycled Vintage Dictionary Page Book Art Print 8x10

  • And I’m going to buy these soon as well…

Vintage Superheroes Minimalist Movie Poster Set / 6 Poster

  • Plus I’m going to make book or comic themed coasters, get a bookish mug to hold my pens, etc.

Alright I guess I’m just rambling now. Just wanted to let y’all know I’m still around. Hopefully will be catching up on blog stuff this week, or at least by the end of the month.

How are you guys doing???

~Sarah

June Monthly TBR

My reading in May took a big hit – 4 novels, 2 novellas, and about 46 comics. Partly because I’ve been hitting the gym more, and watching my nephew every weekend, and have dived back into Borderlands 2 BIG TIME.

I’m not thinking that June is going to be a big reading month either, because THE HONEYMAN COMES HOME THIS MONTH YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! So I want to read all these, but between Borderlands distraction, getting the apt all prepped for the honeyman’s returned, and then actually getting to spend time with him when he gets home – my reading expectations are not that high.

Anyways, here’s some books I want to read, if by some miracle I get the chance to sit down and focus.

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  • Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum – This book basically lives in my wheelhouse.
  • Manhood by Terry Crews – Big buff-ass Terry Crews wrote a book about growing up as a man and how to be okay with your feminine side and he’s a feminist and this just sounds amazing.
  • Missoula:Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – Investigative journalism about the horribleness that is rape, specifically focusing on this college town, sound fascinating and terrible but like something I HAVE to read.
  • Crux by Ramez Naam – I’m going to try to FINALLY read the sequel to Nexus, which I really liked. Downloaded this to my Kindle so I can start it at literally any time – in the gym, in bed, waiting in the airport, etc.
  • Ginga by Daniel José Older – The author’s newest novella is already waiting for me on my Kindle. Something to hold me over until his newest novel, Shadowshaper, comes out at the end of the month.
  • Daredevil comics – I’m not being specific about which ones, because there are a ton on Scribd that I’m going to try. SO excited.

And I could add more, but I’m going to stop myself here. There will probably be a bunch of comics read too, of course.

What are you hoping to read this month? Anything you’re excited about?

~Sarah

#Comics – What I’ve Been Reading (Daredevil, Manifest Destiny, Alex + Ada, Copperhead, Fables)

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 Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada

Alright, so this was my first ever Daredevil comic experience. I absolutely LOVED the Daredevil show, and I want to read a whole bunch of Daredevil comics. Someone suggested I start with Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. My library had it in stock, so here we are. In this arc, Daredevil is stuck with a baby in his care – a baby that some say is the Anti-Christ, and some say is the Savior. He doesn’t know what to do.

I did not enjoy this first foray into the Daredevil character. I generally like Kevin Smith – I will always crack up at his movies (except for Clerks, god I hate Clerks). But he doesn’t have the best handle of writing women, necessarily, and that really came through in this story. I didn’t appreciate the way he wrote any of the female characters. Daredevil himself thinks some pretty shitty things about females – granted, by the end there was a reason for it, but I didn’t like the reason either. It was a lousy plot device that I won’t spoil for you, just in case you want to check this out. So this was a fail for me, but I’m REALLY looking forward to diving into some of the Miller/Brubaker/Bendis backlist for Daredevil.

 

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Manifest Destiny:Volume 1 by Chris Dingess and Sean Macikiewicz

Lewis and Clark aren’t just exploring the new land – they’re on a mission from the President himself to catalog new species and destroy any monsters that stand in the way. I admit to not remembering a ton about Lewis and Clark from history, but this is fun. Sacajawea is a bad-ass and there are monsters, what more could you ask for?

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Copperhead: Volume 1 by Jay Faerber and Ron Riley

This actually might be my favorite trade of this post. Copperhead is about a woman and her son who move to Copperhead because she’s taking the position of Sheriff. Copperhead is a mining town on a outskirt little planet, and it has a lot of issues – including the massacre that happens on Sheriff Bronson’s first day. I really liked seeing a female taking a position of authority and totally living up to it, and there’s a lot of plot to work with already. The citizens are wondering who Sheriff Bronson really is and why she’s come to this lonely outpost. And Copperhead seems to hold plenty of its own mysteries and shady characters.

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Fables: Volume 2 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

I really enjoyed the first volume of Fables, but I was still a little nervous about going on to volume 2. What if it wasn’t as good? And it took place on a farm? What? Yeah, I’m an idiot, it was really good and man why don’t I have volume 3 yet. I need it. NEED IT.

Alex + Ada: Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

I definitely forgot that I had the first volume of Alex + Ada on the Kindle from a Humble Bundle purchase a while back. One of the comic shop guys mentioned it when it was recommending some stuff, so I finally went and read it. It was… interesting? I can’t decide if I want to continue on with it or not.

A man who is kind of drifting through life, kind of lonely, gets a present from his rich aunt – a companion android. Androids are a hot topic after some recent sentience problems, and the idea of having a “companion” that’s technically a robot is still strange to most. Alex goes to send the android back… but changes his mind.

The idea of a man falling for an android woman is fun, and I like stories that play around with concepts like that. But it’s usually one I approach in novel format, and I’m not sure I’m completely sucked in yet for this story, in this format. I don’t get enough of what’s going on inside the character’s heads. I may try getting the other volumes from the library as they come out, and we’ll see if I develop strong feelings either way.

Alright, that about catches me up on trades… what have you guys been reading?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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  • 25 DAYS UNTIL THE HONEYMAN COMES HOME!
  • The beginning of this week was really rough. It makes no sense, but now that we’re in the month-range till Treland comes home, I’m feeling almost constantly close to tears for no freaking reason. From excitement or happiness? Or maybe just because it’s on my mind ALL the time, whereas for the last few months it was always in the back of my mind, but not something I let myself think about all too much. I don’t know. But Monday night I got two letters from him and it set me off and I spent the rest of the night holed up in my apartment snacking and finally beating The Walking Dead season 1 video game.
  • And then Tuesday night I finally beat Borderlands 2. FINALLY. And I will probably continue to play kind of a lot of Borderlands within the next several weeks because man it’s a great distraction.
  • On the down side, this will probably mean not reading nearly as much as I want to. Which sucks, but also… whatever.
  • Anyways, busy week at work. Made it to the gym five days last week. So basically, tired all the time.
  • I have my nephew again this weekend, and we watched Jurassic Park 1 & 2 last night before we both passed out. It was a VERY long day full of running errands and shopping, and we both didn’t take naps and we really should have (I was running on 4 hours sleep). I may finish this marathon on my own tonight after I drop him off.
  • I finally have the first two issues of Secret Wars, so I’m excited to dive into those. And A-Force! YESSSS. And I picked up Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which looks super fun and I may let my niece borrow, if it seems like she could handle it.

Alright, there’s laundry to do and comics to read and a nephew to entertain. My sister comes back in about two weeks, thank goodness, and then my weekends will no longer be dedicated to baby-sitting. I love my nephew, but this crap is exhausting.

How has your week been?

~Sarah

#Comics – What I’ve Been Reading (RUNLOVEKILL, Birthright, Squirrel Girl, Inhumans)

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RUNLOVEKILL #1 & #2 by Jonathan Tsuei and Eric Canete

I was really taken in by the covers here, so I grabbed these and I’m so happy I did. A wall is being built around Prygat, supposedly to provide security from outside aggressors. Assassin and fugitive Rain Oshiro knows this isn’t the case, and needs to get out of the city. Someone is hunting her, and they’re getting close. She has 24 hours.

I was immediately sucked into RUNLOVEKILL, by the writing and the art. I adore the art. It reminds me a bit of Rob Guillory’s style (he does Chew), but bolder, more stark lines and scenes. And the story grabs you from the first page. Who is this woman? What is she up to? Why is she running? The setting is very sci-fi urban, with a sense of doom and that the government is more of a harm to it’s people than a help. I am just the most excited about this. It’s SO GOOD. I can’t wait for issue 3.

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Birthright #7 by Joshua Williamson and Andre Bressan

This was a really great issue, a LOT happening. They’re still roughing it and trying to hunt something down. Mikey tries to teach Brennan about girls. There are some absolutely gorgeous panels. I need issue 8 like yesterday.

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 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 and #5 by by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

I love this series for how wonderfully ridiculous and fun it is. It’s lady-positive, it’s spunky, and it’s just a weird, weird ride. Issue 5 fell a little flat for me, it was kind of an odd thing where people pretended they knew who Squirrel Girl was and made up stories, and yeah… hopefully back to our regularly scheduled programming with issue 6.

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 Inhuman #13 and #14, Annual Inhuman #1, The Uncanny Inhumans #0 by Charles Soule, various artists

I like the Inhumans. They’re weird and there’s great power struggles and I love how Ms. Marvel is related and it’s all fascinating. I like Medusa a lot more than I initially thought I would, and am super intrigued by her husband Black Bolt. I’m glad there’s going to be a movie. BUT. I’m thinking I may take this off my monthly pull list and just start getting the trades as they come out. It’s not something I SUPER look forward to, and I think I’d probably enjoy the story more just being able to read several issues in one go.

And now for a few more comments on comics I was too lazy to take a picture of:

  • Storm is over now, yes? I’m glad. I got bored with it a while ago, but I was already so far in I figured I should just finish out the current arc. Of all the things I’ve been reading, this is one that I actually had to kind of force myself to. Sorry, Storm. You could have been really cool, but this was so DULL.
  • Nailbiter continues to be awesome. I think it’s the only crime/murder/mystery type of comic that’s really held my attention.
  • Saga is kind of breaking my heart. I just want Marko and Alana to be together forever, okay? And I’m an optimist so I’m sure it will turn out that way, but man so much action and tension happening right now.

Alright, that wraps this up I guess. I have a lot more to talk about, so hopefully I’ll get another WIBR post up this week to talk about some of the trade volumes I’ve devoured lately.

~Sarah

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

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I think it’s appropriate that I do this review in bullet-points, which are KIND of like a checklist… of things… that I have to say… (I’m reaching here, I know, just let me have it).

  • My first Atul Gawande book – he’s been receiving a lot of praise lately for Being Mortal, which I have on audio and still need to dive into.
  • I am fully aware that our minds and memories are not infallible – and yet, this was still very fascinating. We put so much emphasis on experience and knowledge, but often a tiny, seemingly insignificant thing can be missed and have a huge impact.
  • I particularly nerded out when I learned that we basically won WW2 because of the invention of the flight checklist. (I’m paraphrasing, of course.)
  • Gawande takes a look at checklists in several different businesses – construction, aviation, and medicine – to see what effect they have on success, and the reduction of mistakes.
  • I am seriously considering trying to find out which of my local hospitals (if any) use a standardized checklist in their operating rooms and making it clear to everyone I know that I only want to be brought to one that uses a checklist.
  • Less than 200 pages, which I appreciated. Immensely readable.
  • I like that he scolds surgeons and doctors a bit for resisting the use of the checklist, because they feel that they’ve been doing their job long enough that they don’t need one. They are the most likely to need one.
  • I spent most of this book wondering how I could implement checklists more in my own life. I basically do, I make a whole bunch of “to-do” lists, but it’s sticking to them that’s the problem…
  • I do use a checklist for one of my job functions, and it’s SUPER helpful. I love adding to it and seeing what I can remove and just generally trying to make it better.
  • Makes me feel all motivated to be efficient and find room for improvement.

Aaand that’s all I got! The Checklist Manifesto was an interesting read about a pretty common concept, that for some reason we rarely actually put to good use.

Sarah Says: 3.5 stars

Aww, MINITHON is over

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The minithon is done, and fun was had.

I had a lot of mini things – mini pizzas, mini Butterfingers, mini goldfish. Nephew (mini-human) had some too.

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And as for reading, I read 25 pages of God Help the Child by Toni Morrison before I ended up taking an impromptu nap (downside of nephew napping, it was so QUIET AND PEACEFUL). Read three issues of Saga, and then read two Daniel José Older novellas that I’ve had on my Kindle for a while: Kia and Gio (20 pages), and Anyway: Angie (32 pages).

Basically, a reading and eating and napping success! Thanks Tika!

And since it is still Bout of Books until tomorrow night, I’m gonna go read some more. OR watch a movie with the nephew. We’ll see.

~Sarah

MINITHON TIME

 

I FINALLY get the chance to #minithon! Tika hosts these wonderful mini readathons once in a while, and somehow I ALWAYS miss it, but not this time. THANKS TIKA for putting this together.

So as you’re reading this I’m probably headed to the movies with my nephew, because I’m watching him this weekend (mini reading partner!) and we’re going to go see Big Hero Six at the dollar theater. But after that we shall be home and he should be taking a nap and I can read mini books and eat mini snacks with you guys. I should be able to read for at least 4-5 hours.

Much excite.

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Some mini books. And I have some Daniel Jose Older novellas on my Kindle, too.

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MINI SNACKS! I may be even more excited about the food than the books…

See y’all on Twitter.

~Sarah

 

New DC Titles Coming in June

You guys can tell I’m a bit of a Marvel snob. I’m not a fan of DC’s movies at all, and the only character I’ve had any interest in is The Flash – mostly due to the TV show. I don’t like Batman. Haven’t read any of the Batman comics, but from what I know about the character from all the movies and shows – ugh. Superman is only mildly interesting to me.

But, I want to give DC a better chance. They have 24 new titles starting in June, and these are the ones I’m going to try out.

Black Canary

Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by ANNIE WU

I know zero about Black Canary, except she’s some sort of vigilante or undercover bad guy? She has a new run starting, and I figure I’ll give it a try. I want to get more of a feel for how DC treats their female characters.

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Martian Manhunter

Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA

This guy, J’onn J’onzz, is from Mars… so basically, I’m down.

Midnighter

Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art and cover by ACO

I think I’m the most intrigued by this guy. I looked him up on Wikipedia, and apparently he has superhuman abilities, actually kills his enemies, and he is (I think) a gay character, which is something I don’t think I’ve seen for any male superhero so far.

 

Prez

Written by MARK RUSSELL
Art and cover by BEN CALDWELL

Beth Ross is the first teenaged President of the US? I’m in. And ditto wanting to see how DC treats their ladies. It makes me nervous that I don’t see any female writers on my list so far.

Starfire is a new title starting in June that I know has a female writer, but the cover image just kind of turns me off… so we’ll see. If I hear good things about it, maybe I’ll pick it up then.

Cyborg

Written by DAVID WALKER
Art and cover by IVAN REIS

So I guess this character was experimented on by his own parents? Yikes. And dudes half metal-machine, which sounds cool.

Alright, so those are the ones I’m going to give a whirl. Are there any that you’re looking forward to checking out? Giving me a few alternate suggestions doesn’t hurt.

~Sarah