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April Recap

Why yes, we are basically three weeks into May and I’m just now recapping April. April ended with me spraining my stupid knee and having to sit around doing nothing, which you would think would make for a ton of internet time but you would be incorrect. I just didn’t feel like doing anything but all of the things I couldn’t do, of course, like taking a walk or going up the stairs like a normal person instead of a toddler.

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But actually as far as reading goes April was pretty swell so let me tell you about that. I read 5 books, and 49 comics. I definitely utilized the 24-hour readathon to plow through a whole stack of comics that I had built up and it was awesome.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – Nadia and Saeed fall in love as their country falls into war and chaos. This was so beautifully written and I’m so glad I bought it.

Gumption by Nick Offerman – Thanks to becoming recently obsessed with Parks and Rec, I knew that spending my commute listening to Offerman’s voice would be an A+ choice and it was. He talks about people he thinks are great. It’s more interesting in the beginning when he’s talking about historical figures. Near the end he talks about famous people or people who made movies and it’s not quite as exciting, but still good.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – This comes out on May 23rd and it’s the third in Kwan’s series about mega rich Asian families. If you haven’t read these books you should check them out, they’re funny and perfect summer reading.

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy  – This is what the Social Justice Book Club read in April and it was a fantastic pick. Equal parts horrifying and motivating, even though I didn’t see eye-to-eye with the author on quite everything.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (Book 3) by Derek Landy – I have the rest of the series on my shelf and I think I’ll pick up the fourth one soon. These books are fun because Skulduggery and his young teen sidekick Valkyrie are snarky, and this one ended with kind of a bang.

As far as all of those comics I read – some highlights were Saga Volume 6, Lady Killer issues 3 and 4, Black Panther and The Crew issue 1 (which, annoyingly Marvel has already cancelled because they’re assholes), and Fables Volume 19.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 5

Female authors: 1 (20%)

Non-white authors: 3 (60%)

Format breakdown: 2 print, 2 e-book, 1 audiobook

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 49

Female authors/illustrators: 27

Non-white author/illustrators: 18

Format breakdown: 19 print, 3 digital

I never got around to posting my May TBR on the blog either, but it’s on Instagram and pretty short and I’m making progress on it but somehow there’s only like a week and a half left in the month. How did that happen already?? Last week was Bout of Books and I stayed on the couch all weekend, and ended up reading 3 whole books so that was awesome.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books I might read in NYC this weekend

SISTERS WEEKEND!

My older sister (Heather) and I are taking off after work today to go visit my little sister (Amanda) in NYC for the weekend, and this is particularly exciting because NO KIDS. So the odds are I won’t have a ton of reading time – we’re gonna be running around eating and drinking and trying to see if we can get really cheap tickets to Avenue Q or something, but I might be able to fit some reading in during the drive, or maybe during our spa visit tomorrow morning. So if that opportunity presents itself, this is what I’ll turn to:

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – Bonus points if I get to read some of this WHILE in Brooklyn.

Something New by Lucy Knisley – The only physical book I’m bringing with me (let’s face it, I’ll be buying books at The Strand) and it’s SO overdue at the library so I really should read it.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – I’ve been kind of making myself wait to read this galley about a powerful bruja who rejects her magic and accidentally makes her family vanish, but I think it’s finally time. 

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu – I love Wesley Chu’s Tao series, and I’ve been meaning to try this other one. (And psssst it’s only $2.99 on Kindle right now.)

Finding Fraser by KC Dyer – I just finished re-reading Voyager (Outlander #3) yesterday, so I might dive into this novel about a girl packing up and moving to Scotland to find her own personal version of Jamie Fraser.

Now – any suggestions as to what I should buy if I do some book shopping? I want to get a print version of The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, but man I don’t want to have to lug that giant ass book around. Also, any other bookstore recs? We’ll be stopping at The Strand but I’d like to hit another good bookstore if we can.

~Sarah

 

July Monthly TBR

June was pretty successful! I didn’t get quite as much reading done as I thought I would with the honeyman being gone for two weeks for drill, but still. I flew through 57 comics and 8 books. YEAH!

July’s pile I’m keeping short – I want to read these and then whatever else I feel in the mood for.

  • imageSomething New by Lucy Knisley – It’s almost my 6-month anniversary of being married to the honeyman, so Lucy Knisley’s newest comic seems appropriate.
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Back to my Outlander series re-read! I have it on Audible too, so I bet I can get through it pretty darn quickly. Funko Jamie & Claire are pretty psyched about it too.
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock – I’m really looking forward to this memoir about growing up trans, and what that journey has been like.
  • Chew: Volume 11 by John Layman and Rob Guillory – Newest Chew volume!! This series is almost over and I am going to be SO SAD. But will probably re-read many times.
  • Daredevil Back in Black: Volume 1 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney – I really liked the first issue but missed the next couple, so I grabbed the first volume.

And I have some e-galleys waiting on my Kindle for books coming out in August, I’ll probably try to get to those too:

  • Not So Much Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

What are you excited to read in July?

~Sarah

Click, click (Tech/Media/Comics edition)

(I don’t know why most of the links I’ve saved on Tweetdeck have had such a media/tech/comics bent, but here we are.)

Susan Sarandon wants to direct porn when she retires and I am so for it. I’m all about ladies taking more control in that industry and catering more to the female audience.

Tess Fowler removed from Rat Queens, might be because of a return of domestic abuser Roc Upchurch, and I just can’t anymore. Even if Upchurch isn’t returning, I think I’m done with RQ. Tess was doing a GREAT job and either way it sounds like some shady shit went down.

Twitter announced some changes, most of which I think are a good thing – especially not counting handles, links, gifs, or pics in the 140-character limit. Currently, trying to have Twitter convos with maybe 3-6 people is damn near impossible because the handles take up the whole character limit, so yeah. Cool.

The List App, which I have been annoyed forever that it was only available on Apple, is finally freaking available on Android. Except it’s now “li.st” and as far as I can tell everyone stopped using it already so I missed the fun  😦 I still love the concept so I might keep playing with it (SarahSaysRead of course, if you’re on there) And now I’m still waiting for Litsy to come to Android. This is getting ridiculous.

Comixology Unlimited is a thing that’s being called the “Netflix for Comics”, except it’s not. Or it is, but only if Netflix only let you watch the first season of all the shows and you still had to buy the following seasons.

Captain America was a Hydra agent all along. Marvel has lost its damn mind. Bad Marvel. Bad. Go sit in the corner.

Happy Friday y’all!

~Sarah

 

P.S. And please come play with me on li.st if you’re on there, mmmkay? Or if you’re already there, give me tips on how to use it?

Top Ten Tuesday: On A Whim Books

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

The topic this week is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim – notice that it didn’t say Ten Books I Read On a Whim. Yeah I’m going to make use out of that.

1. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips – I just grabbed this from the library over the weekend. I had seen it around on blogs and stuff, but I literally have no idea what it’s about. It’s only 177 pages, so hopefully it’ll be a nice, short surprise.

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Okay this one I actually did pick up, buy, and read on a whim and I continue to fangirl over it.

3. RunLoveKill by Jonathan Tsuei and Eric Canete – Awesome comic series, you can get the volume for like $10 so you should definitely check it out. I grabbed the first issue because I loved the cover.

4. Paradox by Jim Al-Khalili – SCIENCE PARADOXES THAT AREN’T REALLY PARADOXES. Who knew that could be such a fun thing. Happened to grab it off a B&N table one day when the honeyman was buying me books and it was so great that I didn’t notice the tub overflowing while I was reading it in the bath.

5. In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero – I haven’t seen this actress in much, but the cover of her book looked interesting and it’s about her family getting deported when she was a child, so you know, topical to current events. Actually spent the money on it on Audible without hearing a single review or any buzz. Currently reading/listening.

6. Plucked: A History of Hair Removal by Rebecca Herzig – I don’t remember how this book crossed by radar, but I thought the concept was intriguing so I got it from the library. The intro was actually really intense and I was in the mood for something lighter so I ended up returning it before reading, but I plan on spending the $9 for the Kindle version soon.

7. The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale – Pretty fantastic historical romance that I bought at the grocery store purely because the hero had a tattoo on his chest. Tattoos on heroes are not so common in historical romance, and maybe it should be because this rocked.

8. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling by Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones – I happened upon this in the “new comics / YA” section of the library and grabbed it. Apparently it’s based on a book by Marc Mauer about the mass incarceration, which of course I will also have to read at some point.

9. My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek – The title and cover jumped out to me at the library one day and that was all I needed. As delightful and smart as this was, I’m still hoping that Switek will dip his toes into the “dinosaur fiction” pool because I’m pretty sure he’d be awesome at it.

Aaaand I think I’m tapped out at 9! Ah well, I got more in here than I expected. What have you picked up on a whim?

~Sarah

March Monthly TBR

I did not read as much as I was hoping in February. Shocking, I know. In fact, I’ve only finished 4 books so far this year (and I’m behind in my monthly recap posts). But one of those books was the 730-ish paged Alexander Hamilton, and the #HamAlong was delightful, so no regrets.

March, I am sure, will be more varied.

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  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler – Because I need some Butler in my life right now. And you know, had this book around for ages now.
  • Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer – Pulpy detective fic set on Mars? I’m in. And again, have had this for a while now.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – She’s Mindy Kaling’s favorite writer. So clearly I’ve been missing out by not reading more Lahiri.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – Pretty sure I’ve had this in my TBR pile at least two other times before. Why do I keep putting it off??? I could probably read it in an afternoon.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’ve had another book by this author (Vicious) on my to-read list for a long time, but someone somewhere in my social media was tweeting about her coming out with a new book soon, which is apparently a sequel to this one, and it sounded even better than the one I initially had on my list. It’s weird the roundabout way we hear about books. Anyways, this sounds like my jam.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Because some crazy YA fantasy that fellow book bloggers have raved about sounds like something I’m in the mood for right now.
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – Honestly, after I read Mr. Fox by Oyeyemi last year I thought maybe she was just too “out there” for me. This one seemed more popular among readers so I grabbed it last time I was at the library. Honestly I’m most of the way through it right now and it’s pretty damn good.
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell – This was in my pile last month, but I decided I had to finish Hamilton before moving on to Lafayette. I have the audiobook on Scribd too.

And here are the comics I want to read this month because I forgot to include them in the other picture. Whoops.

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  • Fables volume 9 & 10 – Obviously.
  • Civil War – Because I like to know how the big events happened in the comics before I see the movies, when possible.
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse volume 1 – The honeyman is finally starting to buy and read this series (he’s had his eye on it for a while). I’m going to check it out.
  • Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory – Because C&H will forever be hilarious to me.

Let the reading commence! What’s on your list this month?

~Sarah