OMG you guys it’s only Thursday and I’m feeling chatty

I woke up this morning and for a split-second, I thought it was Friday. And then the realization that it is actually only Thursday came crashing down on me and the day went downhill from there. There was snow on the ground this morning you guys. SNOW. I’m not ready.

Anyways, I’m here to ramble. Let’s begin!

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  • We finished watching all of Galavant this week and for fuckery’s sake, why do I always come to shows too late? I randomly played it on Netflix one night and it’s so delightful but nooooo, they cancelled it after season 2. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a whimsical musical sitcom which sounds weird but is so fabulous. I need the soundtrack. And to start re-watching it immediately.


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  • I’m going to DC next weekend, and then NYC (for Book Riot Live) the weekend after that. I’ve never flown before, and I never get to travel really, so this is all very exciting but holy shit I really need to start packing. (Are you in the DC area? I’ll be trying to check out all the bookish places!) (OR, will you be a Book Riot Live??)
  • I’m already thinking about goals for 2017. Probably getting ahead of myself but seriously this year is flying by.

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  • You guys we have less than two weeks left of this election! Yay! Comedy at the hands of SNL and John Oliver have made it much more bearable. I guess I’ve decided to vote Hillary. I really, really, really don’t like her. I don’t want her to be the first female president. I don’t WANT to vote for her. I will though, because I will burn in hell before I vote for Donald and I don’t like any of the third party candidates, and I won’t refuse to vote. But more than anything, I just don’t want Trump to be president. No no no no no no no. I won’t really be happy if Hillary wins, per se, but I will feel an overwhelming sense of relief for Donald losing. A feeling of dodging not just a bullet, but a fucking missile.

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  • I just started reading The Girl With All the Gifts last night and I’m only about 10% in so far, but so far I’m loving it. Why did I wait so long to read it?? Also, does anyone know if the movie is coming out in the US? I can only find UK release dates.
  • We still haven’t finished unpacking. Seriously, we moved two months ago. I’m going to kind of tackle it this weekend though, because my family should all be coming to visit the first week of December and I need lots of room and to get that Christmas tree up! I haven’t been excited about decorating in years, but I finally get to use my giant Christmas tree out again so I’m looking forward to it.
  • OMG I have to start Christmas shopping. NOT looking forward to that. I’ll be trying to buy a bunch of stuff online because ever since we moved to our nice big apartment I’m really not digging having to leave it to go do things.
  • The comics world has been shitty lately – first the oversexualization of black teen Riri Williams on a variant cover, and then the harassment of writer Chelsea Cain over a feminist comic book cover. And the reactions to these incidents by white male comic writers (and others) has been extremely disappointing.
  • Litsy is continuing to be a delightfully happy, bookish place and if you’re on there, come find me! SarahSaysRead of course.

And I think that’s all I have in me today. Hanging in there?


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Well, here we are folks – the end of the readathon. I did not plan well this time around, so I was way too tired. I set my alarm for an hour of sleep around 2:30 am, which turned into like 6:30 am, and even then reading for that last hour and a half was a little tougher than I expected. Ah well, it was still fun! And I plan to sit around and read more today anyways.


  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Oddly, the first like 8 hours or so. I did not get enough sleep the night before so I took like 3 naps in the morning and afternoon.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Angels and Demons, maybe? It’s my first time reading it, but I bet if I had started off with it I might have actually finished it last night.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? No I think this went swimmingly! And I didn’t mind the lack of official cheering at all – I felt like the hosts were pumped but also having more fun.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The challenges were awesome! I did several.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished 1 short e-book, and started 3 other books. And I read 8 comics.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Short Stories from Hogwarts: Potions, Politics, and Pesky PoltergeistsDifficult Women; Spontaneous (read about 100 pages before deciding to DNF); and Angels and Demons.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Angels and Demons, and the comics. Spontaneous made me laugh a few times but it wasn’t holding my interest.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Umm… I don’t know. They were all alright. I guess Spontaneous?
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Of course I’ll participate next time! And I’d love to donate to the prizes page with like gift cards or something if I can.

Alright you guys. I should probably get up and go out and run a few errands before I come back and read some more. How’d you do?

#READATHON – We’re halfway in!

You guys, I have been so sleepy today. I blame it on the Painting with a Twist thing that I did with my sister and friend last night, which was fun, but after that we went and got food and then I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Big mistake.

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Anyways! I’ve taken like 3 naps so far today. I woke up from my last one and took a quick shower to reset a bit. Now I have an energy drink and I’m making my way through some comics, hopefully ordering pizza soon. Fingers crossed that I can make it at least 5 hours before I pass out again. Oy.


1. What are you reading right now? Comics! Specifically Spider-Man (Miles Morales). I have so many single issues that I’m behind on. I’m also about 100 pages into Spontaeous by Aaron Starmer but I think I might ditch it. It’s made me laugh, but I’m not really feeling it.
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished 1 – one of those short story thingys from Pottermore.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I think I might start The Girl With All the Gifts, so maybe that? Or Angels and Demons?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just stupid sleep interruptions. I have to make it a point to get up and move around more, and maybe sit in my bungee chair more. I bet that’d be hard to sleep in.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I won a prize! In Hour 3. That was exciting🙂

I’m also just realizing that I should’ve made myself leave the house at some point. It’s crappy out, but running to the comic shop and post office probably would’ve refreshed me a bit. Ah well.  How are you guys hanging in?


#READATHON – Let’s get this party started! 

It’s time!

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And let me start by saying thank you once again to the awesome people that host and produce the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon every year. Y’all are fabulous. (HUGS)

I am going to try to stay up the full 24-hours, and I will probably fail, as per usual. But I’m going to try because that’s half the fun. Now let’s get to the juicy stuff!

You guys, I never know how to get cute pics of my physical stack and digital stack together, and now I am totally obsessed with using the Pic Collage app for that. Look how fun!


  • Super Extra Grande by Yoss
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang
  • Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres
  • the three Pottermore Presents short collections by J.K. Rowling


  • Finish 1-2 books, and at least 15-20 comics
  • Take part in mini-challenges
  • Blog hop a tiny bit, cheer people on via Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, Snapchat (follow me!  SarahSaysRead)
  • Have a ball


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Rochester.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Oh god I don’t even know… I’ve been looking forward to The Wangs vs The World for ages now, but I’m also excited about some quick HP reads in the Pottermore Presents stuff, and I have some ARCs calling my name… gah! 24 hours is not enough!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Jalapeno poppers! They’re my readathon snack. And I usually do chicken tacos for readathon day, but this year I’m just ordering pizza. NOM.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I actually really love NO TURN ON RED signs / laws. Takes away a tiny bit of driving stress.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve done a bunch of readathons! Well, I’m going to order food instead of making it, so that will be nice and hopefully free up a good amount of time for me. Otherwise, I’m not sure I’ll do much different – just try to read without falling asleep and probably failing, like I do every six months! Lol. I do have a new laptop (old one was literally falling apart), so maybe I’ll be more active online and do more update posts. Oh, and this will be my first readathon on Litsy! HURRAH! You can find me on Litsy as “SarahSaysRead” if you are so inclined.

Aaaaaand go!

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Women of Marvel-Netflix Part 1: Daredevil

I’ve been meaning to do some posts like this for a while, because why not, but a recent episode of the Fanboys at Large finally gave me the push when they wondered how female fans feel about Marvel’s handling of women in these Netflix shows. Some day I’ll do posts just about the Marvel shows in their entirety, but for now I’m going to focus on the ladies. This post will be just about the women in Daredevil (both seasons), with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to come.

Be warned, there are many, many spoilers here for BOTH seasons of Daredevil

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First up is Karen Page. I already knew going in that she has a horribly tragic story/relationship thing with Matt, so their evolving flirtation, while kind of corny and annoying, doesn’t really bother me. If anything, I’m so glad that she’s been given more of a solid foundation as their secretary and then evolving into a journalist. She gets a little overly emotional sometimes… but okay, so she’s a softie. I can live with that. But I HATE that Matt and Foggy act like she’s crazy in the first season for carrying pepper spray. She was brutally attacked, twice, and has every reason to suddenly be wary of strangers, not want to be alone in her apartment, and to carry some sort of protection. I was disappointed that the show portrayed her that way. On the other hand, she’s been shown to be persistent, compassionate, and driven towards a sense of justice. She does what she needs to survive. I dig her.

I do kind of hope that they go a different route with her relationship with Matt in the show and she tells him to go screw himself. Since I expect it, I don’t hate their storyline… but I’d love for her to find out that Matt was ready to drop everything and be with Elektra while in the midst of dating her, and then decide that she’s done with him.

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Next is Marci StahlI admit to totally hating Marci at first, because you’re supposed to. She’s ambitious, callous, and a bit of  a passive racist. But I think the men in the show kind of treat her like crap. In the end, she does help save the day by risking her life and career to get information on Fisk that will help put him away. And what does she get? A lame toast around the table behind her back (“god bless her and her designer pumps”). I love that she’s confident, and drops some truth bombs (see GIF above, I mean she’s not wrong). I find myself warming to her more and more, and I hope that her priorities are little adjusted now, because I’d like to see more of her, and if that’s in a relationship with Foggy… well, we’ll see how it goes. Be careful, Marvel.

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Claire Temple is a big one, since she’s been in all three shows so far and is almost definitely going to be in Iron First. In Daredevil, she saves Matt’s life, they seem to develop some feelings towards each other, but then he gets caught up in what he’s doing, won’t really explain much of it to her, and she chooses not to be around him anymore because she doesn’t want to deal with his bullshit and she’s too afraid that he’s going to cross a line in his superheroing. I hated this entire flirtation, and I don’t think it needed to be there. Her continuing to help him did not need a romantic undertone. I like Claire, and I’m excited to see her grow into her Night Nurse role. I read an article that pondered whether Marvel will kill her off to bring the Defenders together, and I will lose. my. shit. if they did that.

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Ugh, Vanessa Marianna. She seems great at first, right? Smart, articulate, owns her own business. But I kind of hate Vanessa, even though I think there’s some sweetness to her and Fisk’s relationship. She was wary of Fisk to start, and realizes very quickly that her instincts were right and that he’s dangerous, but continues to date him. As soon as she handed her gun to him, her best means of protecting herself from this stranger she suspects is up to no good, I was done with her. And she apparently approves of all the horrible shit he’s doing, even helps him. Hard pass.

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Poor Mrs. Cardenas, who only existed here because Marvel couldn’t resist killing an innocent woman in order to motivate the superhero to finally get the bad guy. She was a sweet old bird, and I’m sad that she got such crappy treatment from the show.

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Madame Gao is a boss. There’s not really much more to say, except that I hope she makes a reappearance at some point. 

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Oy…Elektra Natchios. I have so many mixed feelings on her as a character. She’s absolutely crazy, but a tiny part of me likes that about her. I really don’t like the obsessive, toxic nature of her and Matt’s relationship. You know how in season 2 of Dexter, crazy-ass Lila showed up and enraptured Dexter and he was just fucking up left and right because he couldn’t get his head out of his ass long enough to see what a bad situation it was? That was basically Matt and Elektra. I think she could be a great character, but the season she was introduced was kind of a mess and they could have done better. And speaking of doing better – why the hell didn’t her final costume have sleeves? Why bother with Melvin making anything for her at all, if her arms are like 100% unprotected? Come on, Marvel. Come on. Anyways, Elektra’s all right… but I’m a little disappointed that they hinted at her return.

My thoughts about these ladies and the treatment they receive in the shows is always evolving, and I welcome other perspectives, so feel free to tell me what you think. How is Marvel doing representing women in Daredevil?

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Wow you guys. This book.

It’s pretty fair to say that I actually didn’t know much of what this book was about. It’s been on my radar for ages, and the excitement of basically everyone on the internet exploded when it came out last week, so I had to go and get it for myself. I knew that it was vaguely about a black religious community, but that was about it. I sat down this weekend and devoured it.

When Nadia is a high school senior muddling through grief after losing her mother, she starts seeing Luke, a college football star working in a diner because of an unfortunate injury. Their romance doesn’t last but they have a secret, something Nadia doesn’t even share with her best friend Aubrey, and that secret will follow them through early adulthood and warp their relationships in ways they could never have anticipated. They all have their flaws, but you can’t help but feel for each one of these characters as they navigate through what life has dumped in their laps.

So, the secret is such a big thing, but I don’t want to say what it is in case anyone reading this has avoided that detail so far and doesn’t want it to be spoiled. But I very, very much loved the topic and the many ways in which it was discussed and dissected. But the other big piece of this book is the concept of mothers. It’s about how our mothers affect our lives, whether they are present or absent. It’s about the different shape that mothers or mothering can take – it can be a caring sister, or a doting daughter, or one of those old wise ladies at church praying for the community. It can be the ways in which you choose to be there for friends and family, it can be knowing the difference between right and wrong, it can be doing the hard thing even if doesn’t feel right. Mothering can be the decision not to be a mother, or the decision to actively pursue motherhood no matter what.

Brit Bennett did an absolutely wonderful job in this book. There were so many quotes that I jotted down to muse over later, that lend insight on blackness, and sadness, and womanhood. I absolutely cannot wait to see what she puts out next, but whatever it is I’m here for it. She’s going on my auto-buy list.

Have you read it yet? What did you think?

Fledgling by Octavia Butler


This is definitely one of those “Why did I wait so long to read this??” books. I picked up Fledgling from a used bookstore a couple years ago, but it’s just been sitting on my shelf. I added it to my TBR for this month because I wanted to read something I’ve had on my shelves for a while, and plus it was about vampires so perfect for Halloween-time, right? Well, it was not even remotely scary so maybe not a great Halloween pick, but it was still a great read.

Fledgling is about a black girl named Shori. She’s a 53-year old vampire who looks like she’s about 10 or 11, but she doesn’t know any of this about herself. At the book’s opening, she wakes up barely alive – blind and burned, with a crushed skull. She eventually heals, but with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her. She comes to realize that she is a vampire, an experimental, genetically modified one who is unique in her ability to be in the daylight, and that she is the only survivor of a brutal attack on her family. Shori has to set out to learn about herself, about what it means to be a vampire, and who is launching the attacks against her people.

I kind of very much love Octavia Butler’s version of vampire lore. I don’t want to spoil much, but I think most of it makes a lot more sense than the traditional folklore. She does some unique things with their existence, abilities, and traditions that I haven’t seen done elsewhere. I think that you’ll like this a lot if you enjoy the mythology of vampires more than the action and gore of vampire stories. But for me, that’s only one part of what made this so interesting.

Race plays a secretly big role in this book, and Butler uses it to make some commentary on the way the concept of race exists in our world, through her use of genetic modification in Shori’s creation to how insidious racial bias is. I had a great, long conversation with my husband about the race dynamics in Fledgling, especially after a pretty critical review I happened across online when I was about ⅔ through the book. And of course, Octavia uses this simple plot – who is trying to hurt Shori and how can they be stopped – as a backdrop to play with concepts of sexuality, consent, power, family, justice, and intimacy. I wish that I had read this with a book club because there’s just so much to be picked apart here. I love it when novels give me a lot to chew over.

Have you read it? Thoughts?

Sarah Sunday

It’s Sunday morning and I’ve already finished a book and now working on blogging, and there’s so much more Sunday left! Usually it’s already 5 and I’m sad because the weekend is winding down.

Reading: I finished The Mothers by Brit Bennett today and it is as fantastic as everyone is saying. Believe the hype – go get it. I’m still reading Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, and I’m thinking I’m going to try to squeeze Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard in today.

Watching: Still slowly making our way through Blacklist season 3 – my brother told me to get some wine or something to make it through the end because apparently some things go down. But also, watching the debates has been upsetting but weirdly fun because you just know some stupid shit is going to get said and Twitter is FABULOUS at live-tweeting and it’s just great. I’m almost sad that there’s only one left, but there should be plenty of comedic gold to come for it for a long time.

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Listening: I haven’t started an audiobook in weeks, I can’t seem to land on one that I can focus on enough while I drive.

Eating: I cooked the rabbit! And it came out pretty good – it is a lot more flavorful than chicken, and I can’t wait to buy more and try different recipes. We gave Gabby a few pieces and she went NUTS, wouldn’t leave us or our plates alone afterwards.

Blogging: Dude, not nearly as much as I want to. I have some more reviews to work on, but I’m guessing that my posts are going to be a little more all over the place this fall. I’m taking two trips in early November, and then the holidays hit. But I’ll always be pretty active on twitter/instagram/litsy/snapchat at least.

Thinking: About how I REALLY should get around to finishing the unpacking downstairs at least. And also, holy hell Christmas is coming up way too fast.

Anticipating: The readathon next weekend! Bookish people unite!

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How’s your weekend going?

IQ by Joe Ide

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Thank you SO much to Mulholland Books for giving me the chance to read and review this! I promise all thoughts expressed here came from my own head.

Man, this cover though, right? I love it. I’ve been looking forward to IQ since I first heard about it a few months ago. Here’s the publisher’s description:

A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.

So my brain really focused on the “genius kid solves cases that the police ignore” bit and forgot the part about this being about him working on a rapper’s case, so I was a tad disappointed that the focus wasn’t more on IQ using his Sherlock-like intellect to solve cases for the city’s downtrodden, but that was my own fault. Outside of that, I really enjoyed this.

The book bounces back and forth between IQ’s teenage years when he used his intelligence in less honest ways, and the current day where he’s trying to figure out who set a crazy hitman out to kill a failing rap star. A lot of the book, especially in the flashbacks, is dedicated to explaining how IQ grew up and what motivates him to solve cases for people today. There’s a wide range of emotions here too – my heart hurt for some of the things IQ went through, but then I literally had to pause reading to laugh out loud at some other parts, like the summary of ridiculous fights between the rapper and his ex-wife.

Honestly, I kind of had a good idea early on who was going to be the bad guy and I was right, but this was still a fun read. I hope there are more to come, because I want to see more of IQ’s smartypants self and I’d love to see future books delve more into the social justice side of his cases. I have a feeling that IQ has the potential to evolve into a hero-for-hire kind of mystery series and I would be all over that.