Mini-reviews because I’m way behind

Y’all I’m behind and there’s no way I’m catching up, so let’s do some mini-reviews! These are all books I read in December, so I guess this would be my normal monthly review/recap post, except I’m not going to talk about stats since I already did my 2016 wrap-up. Anyhoo, I read a lot of good things at the end of the year! So if you’re somehow still holding on to bookstore gift cards that you got for Christmas, you might want to consider using them on some of these.

I’m Judging You: A Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi – This, like many recent books by funny ladies, is a worthwhile humorous read in which Luvvie talks about how her friend’s need to choose better boy toys but also how we need to be better people in general – less homophobic, less racist, etc. There were some pieces that absolutely cracked me up and I highlighted and read out loud to people, but one of the bits that sticks out in my mind the most is when she talks about the teachers and kids in her (mostly white) school basically refusing to learn how to say her name (Ifeoluwa), and how her last name gives people so much trouble they barely try, but yet we can all pronounce Schwarzenegger with no trouble. I didn’t read this on audio, but I heard it’s GREAT, so maybe you should do that.

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla – This is a collection of essays by British immigrant and POC authors about their experiences. Since I live in the US, the conversations and news about race are usually centered on American experiences – and weirdly, trying to Google to find out the race issues that other countries are struggling through doesn’t turn up much useful information. I’m so glad I got to read this, which gave me insight into some of the prejudices and microaggressions that are ingrained in British culture. This isn’t available to purchase in the US, even on Amazon, but you can get your copy from The Book Depository easy peasy.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – I haven’t loved a Regency historical romance this much in a long, long time. Charlotte is trying to avoid being thrown in front of eligible bachelors by her match-making mama, because she just wants to go on a traveling tour with her bestie. Piers is a marquess but also secretly a spy, who certainly has no interest in marriage unless it’s necessary to keep his cover from being blown. One night Charlotte and Piers are caught alone in a room together and mistakenly taken to be secret lovers. They’re engaged, unless Charlotte can prove who the real mystery lovers are. I giggled SO MUCH reading this, and actually really liked Charlotte and Piers – the character-building was fantastic and the romance was realistically built up. I can’t wait to read more Tessa Dare (if you’ve read more of her novels PLEASE give me recs on which ones to read next.)

How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad – I saw Negin speak at Book Riot Live and immediately went to buy her book. She is an Iranian-American-Muslim lady, and her book talks about her growing up and wanting to be involved in activism and advocacy, and how she does that by trying to make people laugh. She discusses being a “hyphenated” person in a white-dominated society, and her work to use comedy to combat the irrational fear that some Americans have of anyone who identifies or looks Muslim. I really want to watch her documentary The Muslims Are Coming! soon.

The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – This totally deserves all the praise it’s been receiving. Chinese immigrant Charles Wang was a massively successful businessman who made his fortune in make-up- that is, before the recession of 2008 hit. Now the once-wealthy Wangs are broke and on a road trip across America, and it’s a bumpy, funny, heart-warming ride. The Wangs are flawed but quirky and I had a great time with them, and was sad when the book ended.

Ghost Girl in the Corner by Daniel Jose Older – This is just a short little novella, but if you enjoyed Shadowshaper then it’s a must-read (especially since it’s only 99 cents.) I’m not going to go into any details because it’s such a quick read, but figured I’m mention it here in case you like Daniel Jose Older’s other books but didn’t know about this.

Have you read any of these?

Sarah Sunday

Hey guys, guess what? I married the honeyman 1 year ago today! Time is going by way too fast. He’s at drill right now but I’m looking forward to hanging out with him later 🙂

Reading: I finished All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai this week and I’m actually going to try to write a review for it this week, since it was an e-galley and all. I’m about halfway through Hope in the Dark and not really loving it. I think maybe Rebecca Solnit is not for me. I’m also reading Battle Hill Bolero (woohoo, new Daniel Jose Older!).

Watching: Seriously I’m just re-watching stuff, but we should probably try to finish Blacklist season 3 and American Horror Story: Freak Show sometime soon. We’ve been watching them since like October.

Listening: Come Close by Common

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Eating: Ugh. Nothing but junk basically.

Exercising: Not at all this week, which SUCKS. But I know that it’s partly because my schedule this week was kind of all over the place, so moving on and getting back to my gym routine this week.

Thinking: Where we should go to dinner tonight, and hoping the honeyman gets home early enough that maybe we can squeeze in a movie or some Black Ops 3 too.

Citizen-ing: I didn’t make any calls this week, which also sucks. I suck on human-ing this week basically. I plan on calling this week about making sure PP is not de-funded, but sometimes things like that seem redundant since my reps are all Dems and are likely already going to try to do that anyways. I’ll find other things to point my focus on this week too.

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Anticipating: The break from holidays and stuff for a while so I can some financial stuff back under control. Helping that- I’m only letting myself buy 4 books a month this year. (No limit on comics, but I am going to try to cull my pull list a bit since I have Marvel Unlimited now and need to chill on throwing money at all those single issues.)

Alright, so I have a lot to do this week! Get back on schedule with my gym outings, call my reps, look at budgeting stuff, etc. Now I’m gonna go enjoy the rest of my weekend while there’s some left.

Sarah… Tuesday?

I feel like I haven’t done a proper Sarah Sunday post in a while since the holidays were busy, so I’m just gonna go ahead and pretend that today is actually Sunday instead of Tuesday.

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Reading: WELL, a couple things because it’s the #boutofbooks readathon this week so of course. I started Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit for the Social Justice Book Club, and I started reading the essays in The Feminist Utopia Project, which are FANTASTIC. And today Daniel Jose Older’s newest book comes out, Battle Hill Bolero, and I would be starting that tonight except the tracking on my Amazon package all of the sudden says ETA is tomorrow. And that’s what I get for being lazy and not wanting to go to the store. I may just go out and get it at B&N and return the Amazon copy, b/c what the fuck.

Watching: I’ve been rewatching a lot of stuff – Archer, Captain America: Civil War, Luke Cage, and Deadpool.

Listening: I’ve been playing all the tracks on my phone on random, so… a little bit of everything.

Eating: Some more salads because I need fresh food in my life after all that holiday food. Also, I’m not drinking coffee in 2017 and that already sucks.

 

Exercising: Adding this to my Sarah Sunday posts! Ummm I crushed it last week and worked out 4 times, but so far this week has been off. Didn’t go on Sunday because I woke up really late and had been drinking for NYE, of course. Didn’t go Monday because I was being lazy and didn’t go this morning because I had some extra stuff going on. Tomorrow morning for sure though! Because I like seeing it on my Fitbit updates at the very least.

Thinking: Nothing but wanting to go home and read my books.

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Citizen-ing: Another addition to my Sarah Sunday posts, I need a better name for it though. Anyways, so this morning I called my Representative in the House at her local and DC offices and encouraged her to vote against HR5 and the Goodlatte amendment. Her staffers couldn’t tell me how she was planning to vote, which is concerning since it was today and all, but they were very kind. I’m trying to make calling reps or taking other actions more of a habit, hence adding it to my weekly update posts.

Anticipating: Reading! I just want to dive face first into my pile of books, TBH. I have that new-year-excitement giving me a push.

Okay time to face the rest of the day. Oy.

#BOUTOFBOOKS 18 MASTER POST

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

I have today off (woohoo, thank you New Year’s Day!) and the honeyman will be kind of busy this week, so I expect a ton of reading time except for maybe on Sunday, because that’s our first wedding anniversary and I might want to spend time with my husband instead of reading. I mean, I guess. 😉

THE BOOKS

  • Turbulence by Samit Basu
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables – Volume 12 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 3 books
  • Read at least 5 essays/chapters from The Feminist Utopia Project
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, and The Feminist Utopia Project
#todayinsixwords: Pathetic since I didn’t have work

Okay so I ended up taking a nap, plus once the honeyman got home I wanted to hang out with him because he’s extra busy for the next few days so we re-watched Captain America: Civil War (Cap is so annoying) and yeah. The Twitter chat was a blast though!

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Spider-Man Volume 4
#todayinsixwords: Struggling with Hope in the Dark

 Didn’t get quite as much reading done as I wanted to, but it was an alright day I guess. I’m not loving Hope in the Dark as much as I was hoping (ha) to, and I think for Wednesday I’m gonna ignore that and sink into a novel instead.
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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 142
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Got sucked into a good book.

 I started the e-galley for this book coming out in February and I’m really enjoying it so far! On the down side, I hardly got any sleep last night so I bet I’m not going to get much reading done today.
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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 242!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Tired but super successful reading time.

 So, I thought I wouldn’t be good for much reading on Thursday because I was exhausted. But when I got home I took a 2-hour nap, and then spent the rest of the night finishing All Our Wrong Todays! Awesome. So proud of myself.
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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: None 😦
#todayinsixwords: Way busier than I was expecting.

Friday was a really weird day (Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter, had to call the police at work because of a suspicious bag/package on our stoop), and work was so hectic that I didn’t even take a lunch. I thought I could squeeze a few pages in after work and before we went to our friends’ house for game night, but that didn’t happen either.

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today:55
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older (wasn’t in my original stack because it just came out on Tuesday, but yay!)
#todayinsixwords: I am the most sleepiest ever.

 I took like three naps on Saturday, no clue why. Also I got the honeyman Playstation Plus for Christmas so we can play games online, and we finally sat down last night to play Black Ops 3.
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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 93
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero
#todayinsixwords: Wedding anniversary, so I was busy.

The honeyman had drill earlier in the day which is when I read, but he got home early enough for us to go see Hidden Figures and then go out to dinner, and then we played more Black Ops 3 when we got home. So all around a pretty great 1 year wedding anniversary!

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Sunday

Alright, so let’s wrap it up!

  • 2 books finished
  • 734 pages read
  • 1 awesome Twitter chat (pretty sure I was napping during the one on Saturday)

Not too bad! I wish I had been able to get a third book finished, but instead I ended up in the middle of both Battle Hill Bolero and Hope in the Dark. Ah well, it was a fun time anyways.

Thanks as always to the our lovely Bout of Books hosts and for everyone who participates! I had fun with you guys this week!

2016: Wrapping It Up, Thank Goodness

Happy New Year’s Eve! 2016 is finally over (finally!) and now I can do the fun stuff, like dive deep into data about my reading and book-buying and stuff.

I’m pretty excited about my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016, because man they were stunning.

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  1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  2. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  3. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  4. Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole
  5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  6. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  7. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  8. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
  9. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
  10. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Narrowing down my top ten felt extra hard this year, which is why I did a Top Five Runner-Ups post. And I don’t know if I’ve ever had romance in my top five before, but I read some exceptional ones this year.

So, my reading goals for last year were mostly the same as the year before:

  1. Read 50% non-white authors.
  2. Buy more books / spend more dollars on non-white authors.
  3. Maintain roughly 50% gender stats

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Another one of my goals was also for 75% of my reading to come from my own shelves or Scribd, and I failed horribly at that, so let’s just move on now.

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So, a couple notes:

  • I read fewer books and fewer comics this year than in 2015, which is a bummer. I’m pretty sure I read so many fewer comics (501 in 2015) because I read hardly any digital ones this year. I got rid of Scribd earlier in the year when they changed with model again, and I didn’t get Marvel Unlimited until November. And this was just a really busy year, so I’m not surprised the number of books I read decreased. I’m actually surprised it only decreased by 5.
  • I tried to go on a book-buying ban for 6 months, and that failed and backfired. I ended up buying about 60 more books this year than the year before.
  • My page count is actually higher than last year – probably because I re-read the first four Outlander books this year.

So we all know that 2016 was a garbage fire for many, many reasons, but I do want to point out a couple awesome things that happened for me this year:

  • Got married to the honeyman!
  • Visited Washington, DC for the first time.
  • Went to Book Riot Live! (This was also one of my 2016 goals, woohoo!)
  • Moved to a bigger apartment.
  • Got two new tattoos (vault symbol and arrow – the arrow is the only thing my family could agree on when we decided to get a matching tattoo)

So, even though 2016 sucked on a massive, general scale – I had lots of good things going on.

And now, I have some pretty simple goals for 2017.

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All right you guys. Have a wonderful night tonight, and let’s go into 2017 positive and determined to kick ass!

Happy New Year!

Top 5 Comics I Read in 2016

Hope y’all had a lovely holiday! I saw family, ate a lot of food, played a lot of games… it was great. And I kind of ignored the internet, which was nice, but now I’m ready to be back and get some work done!

So, I did not read nearly enough comics this year. Hardly any stand-alone graphic novels, I’ve been struggling to keep up with my pull list all year, and I’ve barely read any digital comics at all. FOR SHAME, SARAH. I did recently (ahem, in November) sign up for a year-long subscription to Marvel Unlimited, so I’m hoping that will boost my comics reading up a bit because I’ll be able to read them in bed again. (In 2015 I had Scribd and read a ton of comics in bed, I’m sure that’s why my numbers were like double what they are for 2016.)

Anyhoo, these are my Top 5 Comics I Read in 2016. Some are old, some are new.

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I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 by Skottie Young – I loved this, muffin-fluffers! Yes, that is the kind of cursing that spews out of Gertrude, who has been stuck in Fairyland and has been trying to find her way out for the last 30 fluffin’ years. Watching her skip along Fairyland murdering anyone who gets in her way was an absolute riot.

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Jessica Jones: Alias (Volumes 1-4) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos – My issue with Bendis aside, I did really enjoy the Alias series. Jessica is someone who’s easy to relate to because she’s no where near perfect. She’s just trying to solve the case and get on with her life. And it was a lot of fun to see some of the panels that they replicated almost perfectly in the show.

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Something New by Lucy Knisley – Hey, I got married last year! So when I finally got around to reading this, I had ALL the feels for Lucy’s struggles. As always, her graphic memoirs are fantastic and I can’t wait to see more from her. (She’s a great follow on Instagram too, btw.)

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Ms. Marvel (ongoing) by G. Willow Wilson and various artists – I have to give major props to Ms. Marvel. It just continues to be an absolutely awesome series. Kamala Khan for the win! Always. (And Hollywood/Marvel you can get around to making her movie ANY DAY NOW PLEASE.)

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Nighthawk: Hate Makes Hate (Volume 1) by David Walker and Ramon Villalobos – The first and only volume will be out on January 10, 2017 and I highly suggest you check it out. It will be the only volume, unfortunately, because Marvel is sometimes a bunch of dicks and decided somewhere around issue 2 or 3 to cancel it after the first arc. So, there are 6 issues and they pack a big bunch. Nighthawk is facing a white supremacists, corrupt cops, arms dealers, and big questions surrounding injustice and violence. It is SO RIGHT for what our country is going through right now and I’m super bummed that the series didn’t even get a chance.

Alright, now I know my comics reading was slacking this year – did anything come out in 2016 that I absolutely have to check out in 2017?

 

Top 5 Fiction Honorable Mentions of 2016

It was SUPER HARD to try to narrow down my top ten books that I read this year, but I think I mostly have the list ready. You won’t see it until December 31st though, because I just might read something amazing between now and then and have to change it, and I’m a little crazy that way. But here are five books that were so, so, so close to being in my top ten for this year but didn’t quite make the cut.

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – I know, right?! Seriously, this book was amazing and Colson Whitehead is amazing and it deserves all the praise. BUT I had to cut it in favor of some other great fiction that I felt more strongly about. I loved that he took the Underground Railroad and made it an actual structural thing in this book, and imagined what that would look like. If you haven’t read it, you should read it ASAP and then go read more Whitehead because like I said, amazing.

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Fledgling by Octavia Butler – This is one of those “why did I wait so long to read this” books. It’s about a young black vampire who wakes up after a violent attack and has amnesia. Octavia Butler plays with vampire lore, race, and genetics in such a fascinating way and I wish I’d been reading this with a book club or something so we could’ve had a deep nerd discussion about it.

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – Definitely one of the most interesting zombie books I’ve read in a long time. Melanie is a really wonderful character, and I loved the ending. I want to see the movie still… but maybe not, because I have some mixed feelings about the race-switching that they pulled in the movie casting.

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IQ by Joe Ide – Mysteries aren’t normally my thing, but I was dying to read this novel about a young black man named Isaiah Quintabe with Sherlock-like intelligence and powers of deduction, who is trying to put it to good use by helping people in his community solve the crimes that the cops ignore. The focal point of this one is actually him trying to solve a case for a rap star which wasn’t quite what I expected, but there was a lot to like in this one and I can’t wait for any future sequels Ide puts out.

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The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about this one, and it’s all true! It’s about a rich Chinese-American family who loses everything in the Recession and are driving from California to upstate NY with the few possessions they have left. It’s tender, heart-warming, and at times absolutely hilarious. There’s a certain ketchup incident that I’m sure will be burned into my brain forever.

All five of these should be at the top of your TBR, if you haven’t read them already. And this list was so full of amazing books, can you even IMAGINE what my final top ten is going to look like?!

Top 5 Shows and Movies I Watched in 2016

I was going to do a comics post today… but I feel like I need to catch up a bit on my comics reading before I can do it right. So instead, let’s talk about some of the best things I watched this year! As you know, I’m the WORST at watching stuff but I did manage to see all of the super heroes movies, at least. And there might be some stuff on here that came out before 2016 but I just finally got around to.

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Deadpool – Starting off the year right was Deadpool! I’m SO glad this movie was done well, because it would’ve been really easy to screw it up. Ryan Reynolds is a genius, and I can put this on while I do other things and still enjoy the crap out of it. I think it might need to be re-watched this Christmas weekend, actually.

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Luke Cage – LUKE CAGE!!! My life basically is not complete without these Marvel Netflix shows. They did such a great job, from the casting to the setting, everything. OMG that scene with Method Man! That scene when Mariah… you know. Amazing. I feel like I didn’t get to fangirl with enough people over Luke Cage this year, but it was great and goddamn I need season 2 already, but that will take forever. (Also, Daredevil season 2 also came out this year… but Luke Cage clearly topped that.)

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Galavant See, I told you there would be things on here that came out before 2016. But I finally watched Galavant and of course I LOVED it. It’s whimsical and fun and people suck for cancelling it after only 2 seasons. I would also like to complain here about how it’s not available on DVD, because I have friends who have yet to get the internet or Netflix and this would have been an AWESOME Christmas gift.

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Stranger Things – When the internet started squealing about this one, and I found out it was only 8 episodes, I decided to give it a shot and of course it was so great. The honeyman and I binge-watched it and then watched it again with friends. Dustin is my most favorite kid ever, I swear. (And for the record, Barb kind of sucks.) I think season 2 comes out in July, so there’s something to look forward to!

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Captain America: Civil War – TEAM IRON MAN, WHAT UP! I need to re-watch this, but I thought it was a pretty good time. It handled having a ton of characters in it surprisingly well. I CAN’T WAIT for the Black Panther movie. And despite my frustration at another fucking Peter Parker… that Holland kid did a good job and I guess I’m willing to see the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie when it comes out. Maybe after a thousand iterations of Peter Parker we’ll finally get at least one Miles Morales… Anyways, yeah this was fun. Can we be done with the focus on Captain America now and just focus on the Avengers?

And there we have it! Notice none of the DC movies made my top five, because they were shitty. Was there anything else good this year that I missed and should watch in 2017?

***UPDATE: I forgot Ghostbusters!! So I’m adding it as a last-minute pick dammit, because it was hilarious and I loved these women and I’ve ALREADY re-watched it. Remember how I’m bad at watching things? Exactly. And it’s on my Christmas list because I want to watch it again and again. Fingers crossed they announce a second one.

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Okay NOW I’m done.

Top 5 Audiobooks I Listened to in 2016

Continuing on with my “top fives” of the year…

So narrowing this list down to 5 was actually pretty easy, because I don’t listen to nearly as many audiobooks as I would like. Stuff gets in the way! Like podcasts, or my car needing the muffler replaced, or whatever. But here are my Top 5 Audiobooks of 2016.

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In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero – I don’t watch anything that Diane Guerrero plays in (though I REALLY want to check out Jane the Virgin), but I grabbed this on Audible because it sounded interesting, and certainly topical. It’s about how Diane, who was born in the U.S., came home from school one day to find that her undocumented immigrant parents had been taken by ICE and deported. Diane herself narrates which is awesome, and she talks a lot about her relationship with her parents, how deportation broke up their family in more ways than one, and how she survived after they were taken out of the country. This was a great listen, and I HIGHLY recommend it, especially now with an incoming president who is out to vilify people like Diane and her family.

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The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy – I saw Tara Clancy at Book Riot Live, on a panel with two other amazing, hilarious women, and I immediately downloaded her audiobook. She talked on the panel a bit about being from a working class family, and how after the election people were pointing at white working class families like hers as the reason behind Trump winning, and she made us laugh and then made us all tear up and she talked about knowing that her father, this kind man who brushed her hair when she was a little girl, probably voted for this horrible man and how she’s trying to deal with that. The audiobook is about her growing up in Queens but almost in two separate worlds – working class and just getting by, but also spending weekends in the Hamptons thanks to her mom’s very wealthy boyfriend. Tara is the reader, and thank goodness because she has this great voice with a strong Queens accent, and she’s a fantastic storyteller. I loved every minute of this one.

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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (read by Mariska Hargitay) – Y’all, I bought the Hamiltome as soon as I could get my hands on it, but let’s be real – I was never going to sit there and actually read that giant thing. I have it for the lyrics and the gorgeous pictures. But I DID jump at the chance to get it on audio, because I heard that Lin himself reads a bit – as it turns out, he reads his annotations to the lyrics. The narrator Mariska does a good job, and I got to learn a bit about what went into making Hamilton. Wins all around.

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The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – Can you tell I’m a sucker for memoirs on audio? It’s true. I’m not even a big Amy Schumer fan, mostly because I haven’t really seen her in anything and the skits and stuff that I have seen were okay. So I grabbed this on Audible thinking it’d probably at least be good for a laugh, and it was – but it was also surprisingly poignant and there were times I just sat in my car to finish a chapter. So yeah, a great listen, and I need to see Trainwreck.

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Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood (read by Arden Hammersmith) – You don’t think you want to read a book about death fraud, but you do! Elizabeth takes a look at that shady occurrence of people faking their own deaths – whether for insurance fraud, to hide from an abusive ex, or just to escape the drudgery of your life and start over somewhere. I learned a lot of weird things listening to this, as my family will confirm, because I kept dropping tidbits into random conversation. The only part I didn’t love was when she talked about people who thinking Michael Jackson is still alive, because dude I just do not care enough. He could come back tomorrow, would make no difference to me.

Confession time: I only listened to seven audiobooks this year, so like I said this was pretty easy BUT they really are all great and you should listen to them. Here’s to hoping I can reach double digits with my audiobook listening next year!