Bout of Books

#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!

My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

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Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

#BOUTOFBOOKS 16 Master Post

It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

imageTHE BOOKS

  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
  • The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Civil War: Punisher War Journal by Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • other random single issues of comics

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join at least one Twitter chat.
  • Visit blogs, socialize.
  • 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: 48
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chat and wine really helped.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Days of Tao
#todayinsixwords: Deadpool out on DVD finally, soooo…

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: none 😦
#todayinsixwords: Socialized and went clothes shopping instead.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 24. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Not sure what my problem is.

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 10. Ugghghhghghhg.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: This week has not gone well.

Friday. (Two naps… I wish.)

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 121.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Best day so far this week.

Saturday.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: The Night Circus
#todayinsixwords: Damn damn damn damn damn damn.

Sunday

MONDAY MORNING FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, I ended at 346 pages – way way below my goal. Work was hectic so I didn’t take a reading lunch like I usually do, and I would get easily sucked into spending time with the husband at home. I thought I’d be a reading machine over the weekend, but that didn’t pan out either. I  ran some errands, played some Borderlands, and cooked and cleaned.

On the plus side, I did most of the challenges on the BoB blog, and joined both Twitter chats and the Twitter chats are ALWAYS a blast. Can’t wait for Bout of Books 17 in August!

~Sarah

#BoutofBooks 14.0 Master Post

 

It’s time for Bout of Books! It’s been a hell of a month so far, so I am SUPER looking forward to having my face buried in books this week. Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon extravaganza and you can still sign up here, which you should definitely do if you haven’t already. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. I’m a Bout of Books Expert (see badge on the right) so feel free to reach out if you have questions.

So, let’s take a look at what’s in my potential reading pile!

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Don’t mind the furry cat.

THE BOOKS

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Scribd)
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (volume 1) by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables (volume 4) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • 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: 217
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Twitter chats are the literal best.

I read 75% of my book, and took part in the Twitter chat (with wine, thanks to the honeyman). It was preeeeety awesome.

Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 205
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, The Book of Unknown Americans
#todayinsixwords: Cranky tired miserable grumpy people-hater

Maybe it’s because I finished The Book of Unknown Americans on my lunch and it was super depressing, but I was in a funk the rest of the day. Ugh.

Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 52
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow, Princeless Vol 2, #2
#todayinsixwords: Didn’t really read, too much outrage.

When we sat down to eat, honeyman and I got into a discussion about politics and how Trump is basically running a campaign based on racism. And then we spent the rest of the evening watching police terrorize a St. Louis neighborhood after they killed another young black male (live on Periscope). So yeah, didn’t get much reading done last night.

Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 33
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Really good thirty-three pages though.

Read on lunch a bit, and at night before bed. But Thursdays are date night so we had dinner and played some Borderlands 2 (we really need to start actually going OUT for date night, lol).

Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 14. Ugh.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: Day did not go as expected.

I worked from home – theoretically, I should have had extra reading time since I didn’t have to commute and all that. But I started working earlier than I normally would, it got busy during the day, and then right at the end of the day (when I should have been signing off so I could read for a couple hours before game night) a manager had a crisis and needed something so I ended up having to go into the office anyways to get that taken care of. Blerg.

Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 17.
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The New Jim Crow
#todayinsixwords: I didn’t get nearly enough sleep.

We didn’t get home from game night until 4:30 am. And then I got up at 10 or so, showered, went to run errands – and got saddled with my nephew for the night. Goddamn it.

Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:
Books I read from:
#todayinsixwords:

 

Not sure yet what book I’ll be starting with at lunch-time today… but I am psyched nonetheless! What’s in your Bout of Books pile?

~Sarah

August Monthly TBR

July was actually a pretty good month for me – I ended up reading 7 books, and 27 issues of comics. I feel like maybe I’m forgetting some comics there, I thought it was a little higher.

 

I’m VERY hopeful for August, as you may be able to tell from the giant stack below. No major birthdays, events, or celebrations this month AND there’s a Bout of Books readathon, so I should be a reading monster.

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From top to bottom…

  • Subliminal: How You Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow – I’m weirdly excited about this book. It should be a fascinating read. Also, the cover lured me in because in almost unnoticeable type on the cover it says “Pssst… Hey There. Yes: You, Sexy. Buy This Book Now. You Know You Want It.” I’m such a sucker.
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – This seems like a book I should have read by now, because I feel like I hear it mentioned a lot. I’ll probably save this for B.o.B. week, since it’s a shorty.
  • After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat – Danticat heads home to Haiti to better understand Carnival, which had always terrified her. Seems like this will be part travel, part history, part memoir and I’m thinking it’s going to be fantastic. And also that I should read it on a nice, hot day.
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez – I’ve heard this book mentioned a lot, and it was on the B&N “Buy 2 get the 3rd free” table, so I threw it in my pile. (Confession: I actually bought 4 books off that table. Oy.)
  • Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby – Another book I’ve heard mention of, and it sounds AWESOME. The back blurb describes the obituary for Yvonne Brill – how she had a husband and kids and made a great beef stroganoff, and then eventually got around to mentioning that she invented the propulsion system that keeps satellites in orbit and won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Praising women for their contributions to science and the world? I am so here for that.
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I’ve been wanting to read this for AGES and it’s in paperback now and it was on that B&N table so really it was meant to finally be.
  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski – I bought this last month but then I read Missoula and kind of didn’t feel like reading a book about sexuality and sexy times and whatnot. I think I’ve recovered enough now. Maybe.

On the Kindle/Scribd:

  • When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – Another Freakonomics-like book, and the audiobook is on Scribd. It’s basically a collection of their best blog posts from their websites, but I’m really enjoying it.
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – This is about mass incarceration and the racism of the criminal justice system. I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, and with current events being what they are… it seems fitting.
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – I read Beah’s memoir years ago, and this is a novel by him. It’s been collecting dust on my digital Kindle shelf for far too long.

Comics:

  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli – Miles Morales!! I haven’t read any Peter Parker comics, but I am sick to death of him because of the never-ending movies. This is the only version of Spider-Man I find remotely interesting right now.
  • Fables Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – Continuing on with this series, which will probably take me years to complete but I do really like it. This volume is called “Storybook Love” so I think we all know it’s gonna be great.
  • More single issues and stuff, clearly.

Alright, so that’s my list! I think I’m going to go paint my toenails and start digging into The Book of Strange New Things. What’s on your radar this month?

~Sarah

Aww, MINITHON is over

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The minithon is done, and fun was had.

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

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

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

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

~Sarah

MINITHON TIME

 

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

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

Much excite.

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

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

See y’all on Twitter.

~Sarah

 

Bout of Books 13.0 MASTER POST

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It’s time for Bout of Books! I have been waiting for AGES. Since the last one ended.

Bout of Books is a week-long, no pressure, reading marathon and it is the greatest. I didn’t sign up to be an official expert or anything this time around, but I have done a lot of these so if you have questions, feel free to ask. You can still sign up here until Tuesday night. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter and Instagram, as usual – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

Alright, let’s take a gander at this delicious stack of books.

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THE BOOKS

  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Symbiont by Mira Grant
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • March: Book 2 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven
  • Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Kindle, already started)
  • Invincible Iron Man: Volume 8 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca (Scribd)

THE GOALS

  • Read 1000 pages.
  • Join in for at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on blogs.
  • 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: 156
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Three-Body Problem, Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Where did all the time go?

Monday

 

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 116
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Daredevil: Guardian Devil
#todayinsixwords: Saw Age of Ultron again, so…

Tuesday

 

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 326
Total number of books I’ve read: Uhh… 21 issues of comics. (Three volumes, and some single issues.)
Books I read from: Invincible Iron Man volume 8, Alex + Ada volume 1, Ms. Marvel # 15, Thor # 7-8, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
#todayinsixwords: Got 4 hours sleep last night.

Wednesday

 

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 270, plus whatever 7% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is. I’m listening to it on audio.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics
Books I read from: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, RUNLOVEKILL #1-2, Inhuman #13-14, Uncanny Inhumans #1, Inhuman Annual #1, Birthright#7, Nailbiter #12, Storm #10-11
#todayinsixwords: Comics. Surprise call from the honeyman!

Thursday

 

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: Whatever 2% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is.
Total number of books I’ve read: 31 issues of comics.
Books I read from:Marvel Comics: The Untold Story audiobook.
#todayinsixwords: Ended up not reading at lunch.

Friday

 

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 240
Total number of books I’ve read: 34 issues of comics, 2 novellas
Books I read from: God Help the Child, Saga #26-28, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie by Daniel Jose Older
#todayinsixwords: Not bad, saw Big Hero Six!

Saturday

 

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 234
Total number of books I’ve read: 40 issues of comics, 2 novellas, 1 book
Books I read from: Hawkeye volume 1, God Help the Child
#todayinsixwords: Great second half of the day.

Sunday

 

 

CHALLENGES

Bookish Survey challenge, hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves? They’re kind of spread out, but I have a whole bookshelf of just favorites and comics, and then classics, non-fiction, romance, poetry, general fiction, and then other shelves that are just series or all mass markets, etc. It’ll be more organized when I have a library room again.
2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? Uhh… Bet Me I guess? Romance isn’t a big genre for me, but man I love that book.
3. What is the last 5 star book you read? I’m not sure… my spreadsheet isn’t in front of me right now to look at my recently read stuff. But off the top of my head, The Martian and The Lies of Locke Lamora. Neither of which were very recent, so I’m probably forgetting something glaringly obvious from this year, I’m sure.
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? Daredevil: Guardian Devil, hands down. I’ll probably read it tonight after work. I am so excited to start reading Daredevil.
5. What book do you recommend the most? Outlander, probably. I just love it so much.

 

WRAP-UP

  • 1342 pages read, most of which was comics
  • Plus about 11% of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story on audio
  • Favorite reads: RUNLOVEKILL #1 & #2, Kia and Gio, and Anyway: Angie
  • Least favorite reads: Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. Disappointing intro to this character, but I’m looking forward to exploring other Daredevil titles
  • Took place in one awesome Twitter chat
  • Had a blast!

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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  • 39 days till the honeyman comes home!!! We’re in the 30’s now!! I legit cannot wait. Agh.
  • Here are some GIF’s to express my general feelings while having to watch a child for more than 24 hours:

 

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  • Happy Mother’s Day! I literally cannot comprehend how you all do it. I’m hella thankful for my mom and Treland’s mom, and I’m taking them to dinner today, which should be nice. Shout out to my sisters too. I love your kids, I really do.
  • I lucked out and found some awesome Marvel shirts this week. I found a tank at WalMart of all places that actually has She-Hulk and Spider-Woman on it with other superheroes, and then another cute tee shirt that has a face made out of some of the Avengers’ faces. And at JC Penny I found a Marvel shirt that has most of the Avengers, INCLUDING BLACK WIDOW. *gasp* And I got a pair of comic leggings. I now have space leggings and comics leggings, which is awesome even though they will only ever be worn indoors.
  • Bout of Books is this week, which is super exciting. Most of this night is going to  be spent getting the master post ready, and some posts to go up during the week.
  • Work was busy last week. Well, it was really slow on Monday and Tuesday, and then kind of exploded on Wednesday and I was relatively busy for the rest of the week, which was nice.
  • I finally watched Man of Steel. That’s the first Superman movie I’ve ever watched, and while I’m kind of more interested in him as a character now… dude, that movie was not good. I also watched A Knight’s Tale, which was good (as I knew it would be, seriously, I’m just a lazy movie-watcher), and started watching Into the Woods, but I fell asleep like halfway through it.
  • That is TOO MUCH of watching things. I’m going to see Age of Ultron again on Tuesday, and then I need a few weeks of not seeing movies.
  • I successfully got up at 3:50 four days in a row this week to go to the gym before work. Hell yes. And I’ve been counting calories too. And I bought a new scale. Getting back on track, and hopefully I will look all amazing for the day the honeyman comes home. And then we will go out to eat a bunch and just be fat monsters together for a few days, which will be glorious.

Alright, I suppose I should finish laundry and get my nephew in the tub so we can go take a walk or something. I am loving this 80 degree weather! How has your week been?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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I feel like I have a lot to talk about and not a whole lot of time, so let’s bullet-point this!

  • THE HONEYMAN COMES HOME NEXT MONTH. I already proclaimed this excitement on Twitter, but seriously, just really happy that’s a thing I can say now. May is usually my favorite month, but I hope it flies by this year.
  • If you’ve been following things like We Need Diverse Books and diversity in books and comics is important to you, there’s a Kickstarter going on right now for a kids comic called Cash & Carrie. It looks really good, totally something I would want to by for my niece and nephews. The girl is captain of the wrestling team! I mean, come on. Check it out, maybe? I couldn’t give as much as I want, but it still has 30 days to go so hopefully I can donate again.
  • I’ve been following the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore for a while now (before the riot night) and that was on my mind a lot all week. I’m disappointed that pretty much every one I spoke to mentioned the riots and how awful that was, but didn’t express any concern for the fact that a man died and that’s why they were protesting. I’m glad to see that the officers are being charged, and I hope that they are all found guilty for the appropriate charges, at the very least of misconduct in office. We’ve seen officers still get off the hook even after being charged – I hope that trend starts to change here. We need some serious police reform in this country.
  • I saw the new Avengers movie! Went Friday night for my friend’s birthday. I can’t wait till more people have seen it so I can talk spoilers, b/c I had a couple issues with it. But it was still really good, and I want to see it again. I’m planning to go see it with the honeyman when he gets back (if he doesn’t see it at the USO or something before then), but I might go even before then because I don’t want to wait six weeks.
  • Saturday was Free Comic Book Day! So, I picked Devil Baby (he’s almost 4, I need to think of a new nickname) up yesterday at 8-ish, and we went to the bank, pet store, Starbucks, and Target and then headed to the comic shop. DB picked out two of the freebies and I picked out three, and I picked up some other stuff I had on my pull list and some new comics I’d had my eye on. AND I got a little teeny tiny Iron Man and Captain America to put on my desk at work. FCBD success!
  • And watching my nephew has gone pretty well this weekend – he’s been pretty good, and we watched Jurassic Park together last night 🙂 One month till his mom comes home!
  • Today is the birthday party for my niece and other nephew. They’re 7 & 10 this year, respectively. They’re turning into VERY cool kids. My niece wanted Avengers toys for her birthday, and my nephew wanted Playstation gift cards. Of course, I got them both books and Amazon gift cards because that’s what Aunt Sarah does, but still.
  • I’ve been at my new job for 1 month now! It’s going really well, and I’m getting into the groove of things. I’m SO glad I got this opportunity. The only down side is the bi-weekly pay. My first full check is NEXT week. FINALLY.
  • Bout of Books is coming up very soon! Kicks off on May 11th. B.o.B. is my FAVORITE readathon, so I’m pretty psyched.

Alright, and now I need to go wrap those birthday presents and finish laundry. How is everyone else’s weekend going?

~Sarah