December Monthly TBR

I can’t believe it’s December. It’s here, you guys. 2016 is almost over and good riddance. I only finished 4 books in November (but I’m halfway through like 4 others.) I’m already looking forward to 2017 reading – especially because January usually means that life in general slows down a bit. So here’s my December TBR, and let’s hope I get around to at least half of it.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – This was actually on my November list and I didn’t get around to it but I really do want to soon.
  • Folding the Red Into the Black by Walter Mosely – I bought this at Book Riot Live and it’s some sort of non-fiction I guess? Whatever, I’m trying it because Walter Mosely.
  • Human Acts by Han Kang – I was one of the #readathon winners in October and this is what I picked! It comes out in January so I feel like I should read it now.
  • How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad – Okay so my favorite panel at Book Riot Live by far was “If We’re Not Crying, We’re Laughing” and Negin was on that panel and she was fantastically hilarious. I bought her book ASAP (before BRL was over).
  • Plucked by Rebecca Herzig – I’ve been dying to read this! And I wanted to in November when the paperback was released, and I bought it, but just didn’t have the time. It sounds like just a kind of goofy thing – the history of hair removal – but she goes into the social and political aspects of hair grooming and I’m just so here for it. I’m going to start this as soon as my family leaves (they’re going to be visiting for the next week, so).
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – I’m so mad I didn’t read this before going to BRL. I bought it back when it was released in October but you know how it goes. Time and all. Jade was another delightful woman on the same panel as Negin and yeah I need this.

On the Kindle:

  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Comes out in January! But I still haven’t finished the e-galley yet because I’m bad about reading short stories. But I will, I swear.
  • Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran – Another January release. I got approved for this kind of late, but I’m going to try to fit it in because I think it has to do a bit with the immigrant experience and having a child in a place you’re new to.
  • The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp – I feel like I was seeing this everywhere and it grabbed it while it was on a Kindle sale. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I saw the words “occult” “Twitter” “died” and “YouTube” in the description and that hooked me, I guess.

Here’s to hoping December is nice and relaxing! What are you aiming to read this month? I just realized I don’t have a single Christmas-y title in my pile. Hmph.

Sarah Sunday

Is there anything more sad than the end of a long weekend? (Obviously there is, but let me have my first-world-whine for the moment, okay?) But, it’s been a really nice four days off. I ate delicious good, decorated my tree and cleaned the house, read, and even went to the gym on Saturday JUST BECAUSE I FELT LIKE IT.

Reading: I’m 60% through Drums of Autumn. I’m on a VERY slow Outlander series re-read here, but in the name of relaxing I’ve been burying my nose in this and will probably finish it soon. I also read Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole this weekend, which was a great short Civil Rights Era romance novel written by Alyssa Cole. She is the actual best. And I’m still reading The Good Immigrant, I’m Judging You, and The Clancys of Queens. (Clearly I’ve gotten ahead of myself.)

Watching: A lot of Archer. I’ve been wanting to read more, so I watch short episodes of things with the honeyman. Man, season 2 was especially great, amirite?

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Oh, and we also saw Doctor Strange on Saturday, and it was good. Nothing to get excited about, and I feel like it was missing something in terms of plot or character development, and I hate that they even threw in a tiny ridiculous romantic thing (and couldn’t get more creative with their casting than Rachel McAdams), but yeah. It was alright.

Listening: OMG you guys the Hamilton Mixtape is killing me in the greatest possible way. I love that the songs are coming out a couple at a time up until the actual release. Wrote My Way Out is AMAZING and Ja Rule and Ashanti perform Helpless together, and man it’s like my childhood hearing those two together again.

Eating: Well, pumpkin pie because I purposely bought an extra one just for home because I look forward to it all year and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna settle for one pathetic piece on actual Thanksgiving Day. And also spinach lasagna rolls, which are so yum and so much easier to make now that I have counter space.

Blogging: Well, hopefully that will pick up again. I’m done with this working a ton of hours bullshit, so that should help. I DO have family visiting this week though (well, Friday through Wednesday) so this week in particular will probably still be a bit quiet. I’m gonna try to at least get a November wrap-up post up.

Thinking: How my family is coming into town in like 4 days and I still need to buy them Christmas presents. Oy.

Anticipating: My family visiting! My little sister, her boyfriend, my nephew, and my mom are all coming in from NYC and my little brother MIGHT be coming from California (we’re not sure yet). It’s very exciting.

Hope you guys had a great holiday (or regular weekend, if you’re not in the US) and have an easy Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a holiday filled with food, love, and relaxation – and don’t put up with any racist/homophobic/sexist/xenophobic/etc asshole relatives’ shit either. 

We’re going to the honeyman’s mom’s house for Thanksgiving, and on Friday night we’re seeing friends. Other than that, I’m locking myself in my house to decorate and read. If you’re interested, there’s a #thankfullyreading readathon thing happening this weekend. It’s very relaxed, just read when ya can and join in – and thanks to Jenn for hosting!

Sarah Sunday – where I’ve been (literally)

Holy shit it’s been a busy November. I have finished exactly 1 book this month. It’s tragic. BUT things have been super busy, and instead of my usual brief survey-ish post I’m going to ramble about what I’ve been up to.

First I was in D.C. – extra exciting because 1) I never go anywhere and 2) it was my first time riding a plane. We stayed in the Phoenix Park Hotel (I recommend it, it was right in the Capitol near Union Station and it was lovely, even if the room was a bit small but who cares about that?) and I did lots of walking around and looking at things – the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, etc etc etc. And it is all GORGEOUS, it’s such a pretty city. And of course, I went to as many bookstores as I could. I’m bummed I didn’t get to go to Politics & Prose, but you know it was only a weekend and Uber trips start to rack up, so. And in case you’re wondering, no I didn’t particularly enjoy flying, but I was much less afraid than I would have been at 18. The view is pretty but otherwise it’s stressful and take-off/landing make me nervous.

Book acquired: John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead (from Capitol Hill Books) and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (from Kramerbooks)

THEN I was in NYC for Book Riot Live! Well, actually then I was home and worked 36 hours in three days and THEN I was in NYC, but whatever. Also, second plane trip (well, third and fourth flight if we’re being very specific). I got to see my mom and sister and nephew, and I loved Book Riot Live – being in the room with so many other book lovers, people that I talk to online all the time, and seeing BR staff all over the place. I made myself go up and say hi to Rebecca Schinsky, and I did my first ever author signings – Alyssa Cole signed two of her books for me (she was so kind and funny) and Valentine DeLandro signed volume 1 of Bitch Planet for me (intimidating but he was very nice). The panels were mostly fantastic, and so many books went to the top of my to-read list.

And I got to see Alley! Hi Alley! And also Victoria, Dani, and Kenya – all lovely ladies🙂

Books acquired: Too damn many to type here, but some are visible in that picture below. (My wallet hurts just thinking about it.)

Then I came home and spent some time with my Gabby cat❤

Outside of all of this travelling, work has been absolutely bananas and I’ve been working 10+ hours a day and I’m really sick of it. This big rush should be over for the most part, but I’m kind of done with this working all the time crap. This is a three-day week because of Thanksgiving, and I’m not staying past 4:30 any of those days, dammit. My right eye has been twitching, which isn’t so unusual when I’m dealing with a lot of stress, but it’s been weeks and I’m actually starting to get concerned.

In other news – the election was a disaster, the Hamilton Mixtape tracks are coming out a couple at a time and it’s delightful, and I have family coming to visit in two weeks! Also, the aforementioned Kenya and I are thinking about a Rochester area book group based on Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge (for 2017, I guess, since 2016 is just about over), and I’m psyched about getting together with other book people on a more regular basis. And in the spirit of trying to find other local readers and to join Alice’s #ReadUp group (because you can never be in too many social justice book clubs, amirite?) – I’m back on Facebook. I rejoined VERY reluctantly because I loathe it, which is why I spent the first half hour blocking as many family members and co-workers as I could find, because it’s going to be for bookish purposes only.

OKAY that was a lot of catch-up, but that’s where I’ve been. In other cities, and buried in work. How’s November treating the rest of you?

Top Ten Tuesday: What to Read If Your Book Club Likes Comics

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Do you guys have any idea how often I daydream of starting a comics book club, either in person or online? I never quite get around to doing it though. But if I did, I think these would be perfect. (Also, since I don’t know any other people/ladies who read comics in my daily life, a lot of these are already pretty popular but would be good for newbies. I guess if I was in a comics group with a bunch of people who already read a lot of comics this list would probably be different, but these are all worth reading many times, so maybe not super different.)

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1 – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. This graphic novel is full of snark and whimsy, and it’s just great.

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2 – Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin. This series is about a young black princess who thinks the traditional fairy tale model of waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince is bullshit. She’s setting out to save herself and her sisters.

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3 – Genius by Marc Bernardin and Afua Richardson. This mini-series about a tactical genius young black girl who wages war back on the police is so great, the art is fantastic, and there’s so much to talk about there given the conversations around police brutality.

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4 – Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – This is such a wonderful space saga about an outlaw family just trying to survive.

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5 – Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – So this isn’t actually a comic book, but it’s about Asian-American superheroines and it’s SUCH a delight to read. I think any comics-centric book club would enjoy it.

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6 – March (books 1-3) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – These graphic memoirs are about Congressman John Lewis growing up and how he took part in the Civil Rights movement. They are as fantastic and disturbing as you would think.

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7 – Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine DeLandro – Surprising no one, I’m sure. But there’s so much about feminism to talk about here, including great essays in the back of each issue written by a feminist writer focusing on a particular topic.

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8 – Nighthawk by David Walker and Ramon Villalobos – So this only lasted 6 issues – Marvel decided to give it the axe after only about 3 issues due to “poor sales”. I have many rants about this, but this one arc would be so worth the read for a book club. There’s MUCH to discuss in it about race, police brutality, and violence.

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9 – Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud – I read one of McCloud’s other books, Understanding Comics, and it was great. He uses comics to talk about comics! This one apparently tackles topics like how technology is changing comics, sexual and ethnic representation, how creators’ rights work, and more and it would be a great addition to a comics book club.

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10 – Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – This webcomic-turned-book is one of the most hilarious but also profound books I’ve ever read. While most of Allie’s stories are hilarious and absurd, she also talks quite a bit about her struggles with depression.

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11 – Maus by Art Spiegelman – Because anyone who hasn’t read this really should. The author uses animals to represent people in his tale about his father’s survival during the Holocaust.

Alright guys – what else would you suggest for my imaginary comics book club? OR, who has an interest in an online-only comics book club??

November Monthly TBR

Woot! October was another decent month (7 books read, 23 comics) and now things are about to get crazy up in here.

So, I don’t even remember if it’s still a thing but almost every year I’d see people participating in Nonfiction November, in which you binge on nonfiction for the month. Well, for the first time ever I actually remembered that before November hit, so I’m doing it whether it’s a “official” thing or not.

Now, this is kind of horrible timing because I’m doing quite a bit of travelling this month, plus Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but whatever I’m gonna try to do it. And I have a couple novels here, for easy plane and bed reading.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – Everyone has been praising this romance novel, so I finally bought it. I don’t buy much romance in paperback anymore, but I was at the bookstore and it sounds great, so why not. It was funny seeing the look on my husband’s face though when he saw it.
  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley – I’d love to fit this in before Book Riot Live in mid-November, since Walter Mosley will be there!
  • I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi – Funny lady calls people out on their shitty behavior. This should be a riot.
  • For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English – I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES.
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – Finally diving into this, and I’m sure it will be fantastic as I keep hearing.
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – I have this on audiobook too, I really want to read it before seeing the movie.
  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Joe McFadden – Quantum biology! I started reading the first chapter the other night, I’m really looking forward to diving in.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, it came out so long ago and I love Michio Kaku’s books.

Damn, non-fiction needs to chill with these long damn titles. OH and there’s a book coming out in paperback today, Plucked by Rebecca M. Herzig, that I’d like to grab and read as well. It’s about the history of hair removal / grooming and it sounds amazing.

So, what’s on your radar this month?

Sarah Sunday

The honeyman is playing video games and I’m sitting here reading, blogging, and drinking coffee. It’s a good start to a Sunday! Also yesterday I successfully tackled the basement and living room and made major progress on unpacking, so that’s cool. There’s still boxes in the bedroom, but those are the husband’s to deal with, so.

Reading: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, which is super interesting and perfect with Halloween right around the corner. I’m also catching up on a bunch of comics, I read about a dozen last night and I have about 20 more in this stack.

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Watching: Nothing really. I started re-watching Galavant yesterday, because of course I did. And we’re going to stay in tomorrow for Halloween and watch a scary movie of Treland’s choosing. Kinda hoping we get trick-or-treaters, but if not it’s cool because more candy for us😉

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Listening: Jidenna and Janelle Monae. Treland got that “Long Live the Chief” song that Jidenna performed on Luke Cage stuck in my head, so I downloaded a much of Jidenna and Janelle Monae songs this weekend.

 

Eating: I made chicken taco chili on Friday and it’s already gone! So probably pizza tonight.

Blogging: I’m trying to schedule a couple things in advance, since I’ll be travelling a bunch over the next two weeks. But also, I had these cute business cards made (see below) to bring with me to DC and NYC, just in case the occasion calls for it. I’m obsessed, they’re so adorable.

Thinking: About all the shit I have to do before leaving this week, and also I’ve never flown before so that’s starting to stress me out just a tiny bit… but less so than the thought of flying would have like a decade ago, so good job on growing up, me.

Also, about how I’ve been trying to grow out my hair this year and the dark blonde is about down to eye level now, and it is SO TEMPTING to just color it again before going anywhere, but then I’d have to start all over again… Stupid dumb hair.

Anticipating: Having a mini-vacation! And exploring DC a bit, and reading on the plane. It’s only like an hour and a half flight but I’m VERY excited about the chance to read while flying for some reason.

How has your weekend been?

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?