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You guys. I had so many intentions this weekend of getting shit done and have done basically nothing and now the weekend is almost over. Blerg. Why do I do these things?

Reading: The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle, a NetGalley approval that comes out next month. And also, I’ll probably be finishing Amy Schumer’s book on audio this week and it’s so much better than I was expecting it to be. I haven’t seen Trainwreck, and what I’ve seen of her comedy isn’t my style, and I know there’s some problematic privilege concerns around her – but her book has been both funnier and most serious than I was expecting and I’ve actually been really enjoying it.

 

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Watching: We’re slowly making our way through Blacklist season 3 (OMG Liz is being so whiny and it’s driving me fucking crazy) and the honeyman watched all of Orange is the New Black season 4 this weekend, which means I overheard/half-watched some of it. I do not get the love for this show.

Listening: The Heavy. Because it’s good fall music and we finally have some nice cooler weather happening.

Eating: Treland’s mom made a bunch of food yesterday and she made me a container and OMG you guys. Curry chicken, spanish rice, collard greens, mac and cheese… it’s so good. I saved half for later today. Now that I think about it, I haven’t really eaten since this morning… hmmm…

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Blogging: Yeah, I’m getting to it. I have reviews for Burn Baby Burn and The Library at Mount Char to write, today hopefully.

Thinking: About how much of my day was kind of eaten up yesterday because my phone froze overnight, and when I woke up I couldn’t unlock the screen or anything, until I finally pressed all the buttons at once and that did a fucking factory reset and I had to get my phone back to the way it was as much as possible. So I spent yesterday morning doing laundry and screwing around with my phone, and finally saving all of the music on the old laptop to a flash drive. And I still have to put some of my music back on my phone, ugh. What a paaaaiiiin.

Anticipating: A hopefully not-crazy week, in which I finish at least 3 books. I’m aiming high. Also, the 24-hour readathon is in a few weeks! October 22nd, clear your schedules! OH OH OH AND LUKE CAGE WILL BE OUT ON FRIDAY!!!! I’m going to binge-watch the crap out of that on Saturday.

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~Sarah

 

 

 

 

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Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Received an e-ARC from the Berkeley Publishing Group/DAW via NetGalley. All the gushing in this review is my own and it is WELL-DESERVED.

Okay, I’m going to paste the summary from Amazon here because it does a good job and then I get can get to the really fun stuff.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right…or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

This is an awesome fantasy superhero novel. While Aveda can be an outlandishly self-absorbed character, Evie is so real, flaws and all. She has a tight lid on her emotions and stress, which means she can perfectly handle Aveda’s moods and ridiculousness. But when she has to temporarily step into Aveda’s shoes, the lid on her emotions loosens and her character grows into this wonderfully fun, assertive woman and I love it.

There are other people that work at Aveda’s superhero headquarters and I liked them all. There’s Lucy, the gay woman in charge of fighting, training, and weapons who is always trying to get under Evie’s tough exterior and get encourage her to go out and get laid. There’s Bea, Evie’s little sister, who is constantly dodging school and getting into trouble. Nate is the beefy scientist who works in the lab studying the demon portals, who is always irritating Evie with his reliance on data and reason instead of instinct and guesswork. And lastly there’s Scott, the longtime friend of Evie who can do some spellwork and prefers to generally stay far away from Aveda and her tantrums. It’s such a fabulous cast of characters who work so well together and all play a crucial part in the story.

Two things really put this book over the top for me, so that it’s so much more than just a fun fantasy novel. So much of the core is about Evie and Aveda’s friendship and Evie’s role as caretaker and sister to Bea. There’s a spotlight on female friendships and it’s a beautiful thing, and something I deeply appreciated. The second thing is how Evie’s relationship status changes. I don’t want to call it a romance arc, because it didn’t feel that way. She slowly becomes attracted to a guy and has some awesome sexy times. She makes her desires and preferences for a purely sexual relationship known, and even though it’s adorable when it grows into something more I loved that she was so clear in her standards. She didn’t fall headfirst into a relationship in which the parameters were set by the man. Their sparkling chemistry made me grin, but it never overshadows the entirety and focus of the novel – which is of course bad-ass ladies fighting demons and saving the world.

Heroine Complex is full of fun, feminist superhero action. It comes out on July 5th, and I already have my own copy pre-ordered.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

~Sarah

It’s almost April and I’ve practically read nothing this year

Alright, that’s not true. I’ve read 7 books, 8 if I finish The Lowland tonight (which I totally plan to). But damn, that’s not many for being three months into the year. I miss the good old days of having the free time to read 10+ books a month.

I’ve been a terrible blogger this year. (Clearly, since I haven’t posted since March 1st.) With the exception of the #HamAlong posts (which were the BEST), I’ve pretty much been absent from my blog. That’s sad, because I love my blog. It’s my space, and it’s pretty, and I enjoy it. Maybe I need a better laptop at home to get excited about posting again?

Anyways, in an attempt to kind of catch myself up, here’s a quarterly wrap-up of sorts. Let’s start with the books I’ve read:

  • Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Yup, re-reading the series again. I finished Outlander within a week (on my honeymoon, actually) but for some reason I slogged through DiA.
  • Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older – This is the second book in the Bone Street Rumba series, which is a hella fun series. Older is now one of my auto-buy authors.
  • The Fishermen by Chigozi Obioma – After hearing lots of positive, glowing things about this on Book Riot – I was kind of disappointed. I remember liking the writing, and it was an okay book, but probably one I could have walked away from at some point and wouldn’t have cared to pick up again.
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – My favorite read of the year so far. No, seriously. And not just because of the readalong, though that was a blast. I think Chernow, being the Hamilton fanboy that he is, wrote a really compelling and interesting biography and that Hamilton was way more crazy and intriguing than you would think possible.
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – I was liking this book, until the end. This is my second Oyeyemi and I liked it a hell of a lot more than Mr. Fox. I’m looking forward to picking up What is Not Yours Is Not Yours, her new short story collection.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – SO glad I finally read this! It was sad and hopeful and wonderful. My oldest nephew is 10, and I’m very excited that this should show up on some reading lists for him within the next few years. And if it doesn’t, I’ll be putting it in his hands anyways.

Alright, and then the books I’ve started but haven’t finished…

  • Headstrong by Rachel Swaby – 52 awesome women in science. The format of that is pretty cut and dry, which might be why I’ve only read the first few so far. I had a goal of trying to read one in the mornings at work before I start my day, which is why it’s sitting next to my printer at work, but that hasn’t panned out like I thought.
  • The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon – I started listening to this on Scribd, which was probably a mistake. I need a nice hard copy for myself, because I feel like I’m missing something on audio. Also, my car’s exhaust was broken until just last weekend so it was REALLY loud and not conducive to audiobook listening on my commute.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I heard some pretty great things about this on the interwebs, so I bought it with one of my birthday gift cards. I got about 40 % into it and realized I still didn’t really care about what was happening. I flipped to the end, read pretty much how things turn out, and decided I didn’t need to read the middle of the book to get there. This will probably go in the donation pile at home.
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell – I haven’t given up on this one. I started reading it in early March, but set it down for something else and just haven’t come back to it yet. But my love for Lafayette in the Hamilton musical still has me motivated to finish it, at some point.

Don’t even get me started on my comics reading. I’m SO BEHIND. I probably need to cull my pull list a little bit. I am really enjoying SO many of the current Marvel comics, so it’ll be hard to do. I love the All-New All-Different Avengers (except for that wordy title), The Ultimates is a blast, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is ridiculously cute.

I’m working my way through the Fables series, and I still really like it. I’m on volume 10 now, so almost halfway. Some of the plots I’m not a huge fan of because they happened a bit too quickly, but I still always look forward to the next volume.

I tried out the first volume of a manga called Magical Girl Apocalypse. Treland read the first half or so in the bookstore once and said it was about this girl who walks around looking like a Gothic doll, who explodes people’s heads and says “Magical” and it sounded kind of mysterious and fun and weird. I talked him into buying the first three volumes since he was interested in it and he NEVER buys comics or books, and I decided to try it out too. Ummmm yeah. So there was barely a plot in that first book, it was a vaguely zombie-like situation. But I really, really didn’t appreciate the random boob and panty shots of the female characters. Apparently this is called “fan service”, and it’s basically just thrown in there to appeal to horny teenage boys. Not a fan of this, especially when the female characters are HS students and I’m just not a fan of such blatant things put there to appeal to the male gaze. So, won’t be continuing on with that one.

And because this is basically a recap post anyways, here are my stats for the first quarter of 2016:

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 8 (really, I’m almost done with The Lowland so it’ll count for March)

#Readmyowndamnbooks: 6 (75%) RIGHT ON TRACK!

Female authors: 4 (50 %)

Non-white authors: 5 (63%)

Format breakdown: 8, although some of these I did read both print and Kindle versions, thanks to Overdrive. Reading in bed is really important to me!

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 33

Female authors/illustrators: 8

Non-white author/illustrators: 8

Format breakdown: All print. I’ve really slowed done on my Scribd reading for comics.

I’m really going to try to get back into a groove here, hopefully by posting a review of The Lowland soon. It’s like I don’t even know how to review books anymore, it’s pathetic. But here’s to trying, right?

~Sarah

Survey thingy comes to my rescue

I was going to do a Top Ten Tuesday post today about things I miss about reading and blogging all the time – like readalongs, and blog hopping/socializing, and feeling like a part of the book blogger community, and blah blah blah. It started to bum me out. BUT THEN Alley at What Red Read did a post that popped up on my Twitter feed and I was checking on her posts that I’ve missed and she did this survey thing, which sounds like so much more fun. Thank you Alley!

A – age: 28. Excited to be almost 29, which is almost 30. In my head, 30s are where it’s at.

B – biggest fear: Killer dolls. I can blame this either on Child’s Play movies, or those Goosebumps books about the dummies. Probably both.

This is gonna give me nightmares.

C – current time: PARTY TIME. No, I lied. It’s still morning.

D – drink you had last: Coffee. I should probably actually have some water or something.

E – easiest person to talk to: Treland, usually. And sometimes my sisters, and how funny you mention that because I wanted to have lunch with my sister today and talk to her but nooooo, she’s in a stupid meeting out of town. Damn.

F – favorite song: Uhh.. ummm… I don’t know. I listen to mostly podcasts and audiobooks these days. But I DO enjoy lots of songs by The Heavy lately.

G – grossest memory: Currently it’s that there was pee on our stoop at work. This is happened twice now. Drunk people are peeing on our doorstep in the middle of the night. We’re asking for a motion-sensor light to be installed to see if that deters people at all.  (And I say drunk people because there was an empty vodka bottle next to it one morning. Lovely.)

H – hometown: A place in NY that is not New York City, which is what people who don’t live in NY tend to assume.

I – in love with: The honeyman. Books and comics. Borderlands (whatever, that game is great. It is fun and ridiculous and inclusive and awesome).

J – jealous of: The teenage girl’s hair on Fear the Walking Dead.

K – kindest person you know: My sisters, and my friend Doni.

L – longest relationship: The honeyman, obviously. 8 years, hell yeah.


Soon we’re gonna be married and I’m gonna have to try to remember how long we’ve been together and how long we’ve been married and that’s just too complicated. So just assume that I’m always going from the time we started dating.
M – middle name: May.

N – number of siblings: Three. And we are all WILDLY different, but I love them all.

O – one wish: A credit card just for books that I never have to pay the bill for. But I’d settle for e-book pricing to go back to normal, because they are way too damn expensive lately and it’s really bugging me that every book I want to get on my Kindle is $10.99 or higher. That’s just insane. Overdrive and Scribd can only help so much.

P – person you spoke to last on the phone: My mom.

Q – question you’re always asked: Are you okay? (I have resting bitch face, I get asked this a lot.)

R – reason to smile: Sunshine through my window at my new work office, woohoo!

S – song you last sang: Some Lily Allen song.

T – time you woke up: 5:45 AM. And I really wish I could motivate my ass to start getting up at 4 again to go to the gym.

U – underwear color: Black. Yup, nothing exciting there.

V – vacation destination: Not sure. If we could afford a honeymoon, Hawaii would be nice, but we’ll probably end up postponing our honeymoon until we have the extra money, or just going to a little bed and breakfast for a couple days. But in the long run, I want to go to ALL the places.

W – worst habit: Stressing? Sometimes for potentially no reason?

X – x-rays you’ve had: I’m pretty sure none. I’ve had ultrasounds, but no x-rays.

Y – your favorite food: Chicken. And lately, froyo because this place in our mall is AMAZING. The last time I went I had espresso and peanut butter flavors, with marshmallow sauce, hot fudge, and peanuts on top. It was SO GOOD. I’d go get it every night if I could.

Z – zodiac sign: Pisces. I feel no sentimental attachment to my sign.

Well that was a hoot. Feel free to join on in, you guys.

~Sarah

The TBR Tag

Yes, yes… another survey post thingy. Blame Brandie. And the fact that I have a book to review (PRO by Katha Pollitt) but I’m still working on it and trying to get all the words the way I want them. You know how that goes.
1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? Yea… I don’t really have a system. I have an apartment full of books and comics, and an ever-growing list in my head and on Goodreads.

 

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook? It’s not really set like that. Ideally, I’d have access to all of my TBR books in both formats. I like paper, but man digital is convenient sometimes. I’ve definitely read a book both on paper and on my Kindle, because reading on the Kindle is so much easier in bed. For comics I usually prefer print, but there are some comics that I like, but don’t feel the need to own physical copies of. And of course, once in a while the comic shop is out of an issue I want to read, so digital services like comiXology come in handy there.

 

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? Mostly mood, but I try to keep it mixed up and this year I’m really aiming for diversity.

 

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest? I’m not 100% sure, so let’s just go with Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. It’s my last Austen to read, I just haven’t brought myself to do it yet.

 

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

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This one, The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. It’s fantasy/sci-fi set in a futuristic Brazil.

 

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover. Yeah I don’t think I have one of these right now…

 

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading. Um?

 

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for. The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu. It’s the third in the Tao series, and it comes out in April. I’m SO excited.

 

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you. The Fables series by Bill Willingham (and others).  The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  The Night Circus by Erin Whats-her-name.

 

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you. Ummmm… I don’t know off that top of my head. People recommend a lot of books to me.

 

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read. Basically all of them, duh. I really need it to be my full-time job. I really want to read March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin right now. I’m tempted to order it on my Kindle now so that I can start it on my lunch.

 

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf? 150 or so. And that to the unread books I have at home and my TBR is actually about… a bajillion books.

And as always, I’m not actually going to tag people. If you need something to occupy yourself, please feel free to join in. No judgement.
~Sarah

I Mustache You Some Questions… (AKA, I literally cannot resist a survey thing)

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I was tagged by Brandie @ Brandie is a Bookjunkie

Because I have a free minute and zero self-control when it comes to answering questions of any kind…

Four names people call me other than my real name:

  1. babe
  2. Aunt Sarah
  3. “mom” (when Treland is talking as Gabby… which we do a lot.)
  4. …? Listen, my name isn’t very nickname-able.

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Standardized Patient
  2. Aging Clerk (dumbest title ever)
  3. Cash Office Manager at A.C. Moore
  4. Assistant Manager at Waldenbooks

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Love Actually
  3. Pride & Prejudice (BBC)
  4. The Avengers

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Four places I have lived:

  1. My sister’s house
  2. My grandma’s house
  3. My mom’s house
  4. Home with the honeyman

Four places I have been:

  1. Niagara Falls
  2. NYC (YEARS ago)
  3. Pennsylvania (literally just over the border while my friends bought fireworks)
  4. Missouri

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Home
  2. Home
  3. Home
  4. Home

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Beef
  2. Pork
  3. Cranberry juice
  4. Spicy food.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Chicken (in any form but raw)
  2. Potatoes (in any form but raw)
  3. Mom’s baked mac and cheese
  4. Artichokes

Four TV shows that I watch:

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Cougar Town
  3. The Mindy Project
  4. The Flash (even though I’m like 6 episodes behind)

Four things I am looking forward to this year (2015):

  1. June
  2. Reading
  3. Saving for a house
  4. Working out more

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. “I hate people.”
  2. “What in the actual fuck.”
  3. “This should be the gang.”
  4. “Gabby. Gabby. Gabbygabbygabbygabbygabby…”  (I annoy my cat, I’m sure.)

Four People I Tag:

Lol you guys know how this works. If you wanna do this, please do, and let me know so I can come and see your answers.

~Sarah

Book Memory Challenge Meme Thingy

Jo at Beyond Strange New Words tagged me in this! Sounds about right for a Tuesday morning.

 

The rules: answer the questions without searching the Internet or looking at your bookshelves and tag five bloggers.

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1. A book written by an author called Michael: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton…. it’s Michael Crichton, right? Or am I just making up his first name?

2. A book with a dragon on the cover: Eragon! And whatever, that’s a great series.

3. A book about a character called George: Feed by Mira Grant. Ha, and you thought I was going to say Curious George, didn’t you? Almost, my friends, almost…

4. A book written by an author by the surname Smith: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graeme-Smith. Do hyphenated ones count?

5. A book set in Australia: The Rosie Project! The audiobook narrator does an Australian accent, which was my first clue (or maybe is Australian…? IDK).

6. A book with a name of a month in a title: The Violets of March by Sarah Jio.

7. A book with a knife in the cover: Crap… ummmmmm… I don’t even know.

8. A book with the word “one” in the title: Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie. Yeah I’m stretching now….

9. A book with an eponymous title: Emma by Jane Austen. That’s what that means, right?

10. A book turned into a movie: The Hunger Games. (Come on, this one is SUPER easy these day.)

 

I wouldn’t mind this thing being a bit longer. I am FOREVER double-checking things online, so it sucked not to do that… I started second-guessing everything.

“Is that really this name?”

“Is that really the title?”

“Am I just imaging that character’s name???”

I’m not going to bother tagging anyone, because lazy like that… but by all means, please grab it if you’re bored and want to test your book memory skills 😉

~Sarah

More bookish Q&A. Because why not?

Another bookish questionnaire! I know, I know, I’m hopeless. Blame Christine for posting it 🙂 I clearly have no self-control. Come on, you know you’re lookin for a time-waster too.
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1. Favorite childhood book:
UMMMM. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I don’t know why, but it’s like the first book that I want to buy for baby showers.
2. What are you reading right now?
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. I felt the need for some light-hearted sexy times.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
This is silly… How to Think Like a Freak, and You Are Not So Smart – both of which I’m already listening to on audio, but I wanted to be able to flip through paper copies as well.
4. Bad book habit: 
Never getting around to reading the bajillion books I get out from the library.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Duuuuude. I don’t even have the energy to type out that list. There are 9 of them, and I’ve read 2.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yup, I finally made the plunge. Bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite earlier this year. It’s handy.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Ummmm kind of several at once I guess? At least lately I usually have an audio book going, a regular book, some non-fiction, and comics mixed in…
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really, except my TBR has grown absolutely out of control. But I feel like that would’ve happened anyways.
9. Least favorite book you read this year:
How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky. It just was not my jam. And Sex Criminals is probably my least fave comic of the year.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:
I can’t pick one. You’re just gonna have to wait for my top ten favorites on Jan 1st.
11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
I don’t really have a “comfort zone”… I read what I want.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Ha, well yes. See above.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I did all the time as a kid, but I don’t even remember the last time I had to take a bus anywhere. In fact, I would loooooove to take a long bus trip somewhere just for the reading time. Ooooo or a train trip!
14. Favorite place to read:
Basically anywhere.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I lend people books… but eventually I ask for it back or buy a copy just for that person so I can have my copy back.
16. Do you dog-ear your books?
Sometimes.
17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?
Oh good lord, yes.
18. Do you break/crack the spines?
Sure.
19. What is your favorite language to read?
Yeah… English is all I got.
 
20. What makes you love a book?
Interesting premise, great characters, and humor. Maaaaan I love me some humor.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If a book comes to mind while having a discussion with someone, I may recommend it. But in general I’m bad at talking about the books I love.
22. Favorite genre:
I don’t have a favorite. I’ll take it all.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
Hmmmm… I wish I read more classics. My classics consumption has slowed WAY down since I switched to my current job. Less time to focus.
24. Favorite biography:
The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m just saying that because it’s a “cool” choice, I’ve read it like 4 times. Also, for humorous biographies I really love Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Not sure if that counts as a biography, but it’s memoir-ish.
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LOL that lady in the background

25. Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)? 
I read It’s Called a Break-Up Because It’s Broken after ending a 5-year relationship, and yes. I kind of think it should be mandatory reading for everyone immediately after the end of a relationship.
26. Favorite cook book:
The Pioneer Woman Cooks. SUCH GOOD FOOD. Even if I can’t eat a bunch of it because I don’t eat pork or beef.
 
27. The most inspirational book you’ve read this year:
Basically all of the non-fic, including but not limited to Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield.
28. Favorite reading snack:
Popcorn or jalapeno poppers.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:
Hmmmm. Twilight. It wasn’t a HORRIBLE book. Bella was a whole lot less angsty and stupid, but the movies had already done the damage.
30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
I have no clue. I don’t read a lot of critics.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Pretty okay with it. They’re usually funner reviews to write. And up, funner is a word. Because I say so.
 
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?
Russian.
33. Most intimidating book I’ve ever read:
Hmmmmmm… Emma? East of Eden? Both of which I really enjoyed, but were big and scary to me for some reason.
 
34. Most intimidating book I’m to nervous to begin:
Les Mis.
35. Favorite Poet:
Saul Williams, Kahlil Gibran.
36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?
Around a dozen.
37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
Like 75% of the time, it’s horrible.
38. Favorite fictional character:
LMAO yeah like I can’t even try to pinpoint that right now.
 
39. Favorite fictional villain:
Hmmm. I don’t know if I have favorite villains (except maybe Kahn from Star Trek or Whiplash from Iron Man 2, but those are movies), but I have favorite antiheroes: Heathcliff, mainly. And Dr. Horrible. Shut up, it counts, there’s a comic.
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40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:
Whatever strikes my fancy at the time… plus about 20 back-ups? I don’t know, I never travel.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:
Ha. Ummm… no idea. A couple days to a week?
 
42. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The honeyman and whatever he’s watching on tv.
43. Name a book you could not finish:
Some book by Emily Giffin. Ugh.
44. Favorite film adaption of a novel:
The Princess Bride, most of the HP movies.
 
45. The most disappointing film adaptation:
The Other Boleyn Girl. What a train wreck.
46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:
Around $100? Not nearly enough, of course.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Sometimes.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?
Actively not wanting to read it anymore, or not having the time to actually pay attention and focus on it if it’s heavier reading like classics or non-fic.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
In general, yes. But there’s definitely a sense of disorder at the moment.
50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
Keeeeeeeppp.
51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?
The Goldfinch. I just don’t see it being a book I enjoy. Which makes the fact that I own the hardcover ridiculous, but it was only $4 at the used library bookstore and it was SO popular, so there on my shelf it sits.
52. Name a book that made you angry:
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Just… bite me.
alan rickman what the fuck
53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:
The Humans by Matt Haig. Ended up totally loving it.
54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:
Sex Criminals! A comic series about a girl who stops time when she climaxes. Such a fun premise, and the artwork is fabulous, but I read 6 or 7 issues and I just don’t care about any of it.
55. Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading:
Romance novels, I guess. I don’t feel guilty about the stuff I read, so I don’t get how it’s a guilty pleasure, but I think I get the spirit of the question… Romance novels are good brain candy.
Well, that was fun.
~Sarah

Yet another bookish questionnaire

This was created by Raeofsunshinebooks and I found it on Read.Run.Study. Sometimes these things just need to happen.

 

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1. What is your favorite fictional food or drink?

I’m not sure I have a particular favorite dish. I do ALWAYS get hungry when I read the Outlander books – stew and bread just sound so delicious, especially when I read them during the winter months.

2. How long did it take you to finish your last book?

A few days? Longer than it should have, but the end of my week is always busy, so I hardly get any reading done of Thursdays and Fridays except when I can squeeze in during my lunch.

3. How many times do you stare at your books or bookshelves each day?

Lots, but I’m not sure there’s a way that I would quantify this…

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4. How many Goodreads friends and books do you have?

LOL Goodreads. You’re funny.

5. Do you ever quote books in public?

No. TV shows, movies, even video games – yes. But hardly anyone would catch any bookish reference or quote I would try to throw in there.

6. Do you ever reread books?

Of course – I read Harry Potter and Outlander alternately basically every other year.

7. Do you judge a book by its cover?

Of course.  And I’m not even sorry – I’ve been hooked in by a cover and it’s worked out pretty well.

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Sorry Laurie, I disagree.

8. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr?

INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER. Tumblr I really only go on when I want to search for GIFs.

 

9. Which genres take you the longest to read?

Classics and non-fiction, depending on the book. But generally if I have to pay closer attention, it’s going to take me longer.

10. Who are your favorite BookTubers (or Book Bloggers)?

I can’t even make a list this long. Seriously, SO many book bloggers.

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11. How often do you pre-order books?

I don’t think I’ve ever pre-ordered a book. I was on reservation lists at Borders for the last HP book, but I think that’s it.

12. Are you a shopaholic?

When it comes to books and comics, absolutely.

13. How many times have you reread your favorite book?

Well that would be Outlander, and probably… 5 times? At least?

14. Do you own a lot of books?

A CRAP TON. That’s an official term of measurement for how many books I have.

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15. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?

I usually take pictures of books as I’m reading them… I Instagram a lot, and I’m easily distracted apparently…

16. Do you read every day?

I try.

17. How do you choose a new book?

I’m not sure there’s a method to the madness. I kind of just wing it.

18. Do you always have a book with you?

Yes. Like 98% of the time.

(This ended at question 18 and that’s really bothering me, so I’ll add on two more…)

19. What are your biggest distractions from reading?

Blogging, working, working out, video games, hanging out with the honeyman, chores, errands… it’s amazing I get any reading done these days.

reality is terrible

20. What is your favorite place to buy books?

ALL the places. Barnes and Noble, comic book shop, Amazon, used library bookstore… I wish there was an indie book store in my area, but there’s really not. Just a couple of used book stores, and those turn out to be rarely worth the trip.

 

Well this was sufficiently easy-going for a Monday. If you do this too, come and let me know so I can check it out!

~Sarah

My Kindle Paperwhite – a review

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Good morning you guys!

I got a Kindle like 3 months ago, and I haven’t even really talked about it! So I figured that it’s about time. Especially since I was so ridiculously, angrily, anti- e-readers. Like, swore I would never ever have one, I would never buy another e-book, e-readers suck, yada yada yada. I’ve probably (definitely) talked about it before,  but here’s why I caved and got a Kindle:

  1. I wanted to read conveniently in the dark. This became a bigger deal for me this year, when my reading-during-the-day time decreased significantly.
  2. I heard of Oyster, and it sounded really cool… (although I’ll only be able to use it on my phone, or if I eventually get a Kindle Fire)
  3. I’ve been way more into science and technology in the past year or two, and it started to feel silly being all “e-readers are the worst”.
  4. The possibility of ARC’s… every once in a while. I’m not a big ARC person in general, but it’s nice to have this option.

 

ANYWAYS. So I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite back in March. Here’s what I love so far:

  • Reading in the dark. Or just bad light in general. It’s pretty awesome not to have to worry about having a book light or positioning myself under a lamp just right.
  • No glare. This is why I opted for the Paperwhite, instead of automatically jumping to a Kindle Fire or other shiny screened thing. That and I didn’t really want a tablet until very recently… but that’s a different topic.
  • Shopping. You guys were right – I once sat there browsing around and ended up ordering $16 worth of novellas and on-sale books. AND I have permanent 3G on it, so I can browse and sample books even when I’m out and about and have time to kill.
  • Novellas. A point in of itself – it’s nice to be able to read the little stories that authors only release digitally. Though I would still prefer to buy stuff like that from my favorite authors in print.
  • Whispersync. This wasn’t a feature I thought I’d really enjoy, but I ended up signing up for Audible this month and it’s been SUPER cool to listen to a book on audio while I’m at work or driving, and pick up right where I left off next time I sit down with my Kindle.
  • Tweeting my highlights or notes. Just one more way to get me to socialize more, but it’s a nice option. Though usually my notes or comments are just “LOL”.
  • Samples. Obviously, I’d prefer to spend an hour or more at Barnes and Noble looking at books. But for books that B&N doesn’t have or when I’m not at B&N, it’s nice to be able to download a sample of a book and decide from there if I want to buy it. Most notably, I tried a sample of The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios and now I can’t wait to go to B&N and buy a copy.
  • Kindle Match. Some books that you’ve bought on Amazon in the past (or that you will buy in the future) are in the Match program – meaning you can download the e-book for $2.99 or less. I was able to download Lamb by Christopher Moore for 3 bucks, meaning I have that awesome amount of hilarity walking around with me all the time.

What I don’t like:

  • Ads. The non-ad version wasn’t available when I was shopping for a Kindle Paperwhite – there was like a 5 week wait and I am IMPATIENT. So I got the cheaper version that comes with ads. It’s not too bad, it’s not like they’re visible while you’re reading. It’s just ugly screen savers.
  • No color. This isn’t a huge issue, but there’s just no sense in attempting to read a graphic novel on a black & white e-ink screen.
  • No apps. It really bums me out that I won’t be able to use Oyster on my Kindle, because the Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t support apps like that. I’ll be able to use Oyster on my phone, but reading on my phone just isn’t as comfortable, kills my battery, etc.
  • Digitally owning books. I just prefer my paper copies. Digitally owning a book isn’t bad if it’s a digital copy of a favorite book that I already own, or if it’s new and I’m not sure I’ll like it, or I read it and liked it but not enough to take up space on my shelves… but for any book I really like, I’ll buy it in paper.

 

Admittedly, I kind of love my Kindle. I still MUCH prefer paper books, but the Kindle is REALLY handy. If it could support apps and be in color, it’d be perfect. (Or, if the Kindle Fire could have the kind of screen that the Paperwhite has, that would work too.)

 

I know I’m probably not using it to its full ability (like searching through a book for a specific passage, or viewing all my highlights, or something…) Any features that I didn’t mention that I’m missing out on? Anything you love or hate about your e-reader? Anyone have and read on a Kindle Fire?

 

 

~Sarah

 

P.S. (My third post in a week?? I AM ON A ROLL!!!)