July

July Recap

So, July was alright! I didn’t read a lot, but I probably should’ve seen that coming cause dude, I’m busy. I read 4 books, 1 graphic novel, and 8 issues of comics.

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Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen by Jazz Jennings – Funny and interesting and eye-opening, and I particularly recommend the audio version.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – My ongoing Outlander series re-read is going swimmingly. And Voyager was perfect for the super hot weather we’re having, because high sea adventures and pirates.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – Interesting and a little haunting. The main character really wears her grief.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Such a pleasant surprise – it’s sci-fi and set in space and the crew members are a varied bunch of humans and aliens and it was just great. Listening to those Book Riot recommendation/new books podcasts really pays off.

Something New by Lucy Knisley – Her graphic memoirs are just the BEST. And having gotten married myself earlier this year, I was super into it.

 

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 4

Female authors: 4 (100%)

Non-white authors: 1 (25%)

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

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 8

Female authors/illustrators: 2

Non-white author/illustrators: 2

Format breakdown: All print.

 

So – not great, but not terrible… I’m glad I finally read a memoir by a transgender person and want to read more – can any one recommend other transgender authors? Non-fiction or fiction?

How was your July?

~Sarah

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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

July Mini-Review Recap

July was a pretty great month! Honeyman is home, had our 8-year anniversary, got a little engaged, AND read a decent amount of books!

I finished 7 books, and I read 27 issues of comics.

Okay, so actually my comics reading slacked a LOT. I haven’t been reading them on Scribd as often and I’m super-behind in my paper ones. Got some catchin’ up to do in August. Anyways, let’s see what the books were like.

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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – I really liked this book, but I can’t describe it for anything. It’s set in a futuristic Brazil, and it’s kind of YA-ish, and just go read it before the summer is over, kay?

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Man, Scribd is AWESOME. They have so many brand new audiobooks! I only had a minor curiosity in reading Modern Romance, but I couldn’t resist it. I mean, Aziz starts the audiobook making fun of the listener for being too lazy to read the actual book, and it only gets more amusing from there. And I learned that apparently the most popular time for sexting is Tuesday at 10 AM. Who knew?!

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – I know this author has written a ton, but this is the first book of his I felt compelled to pick up and it is SO worth the read. It’s absolutely horrifying and will make you afraid to leave your house but also righteously furious on behalf of the women who have been so let down by our judicial process.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older – Older is quickly becoming one of my auto-buy authors. Dude knows how to WRITE, even when his main character is a female teenager. His books are such a great blend of fantasy, noir, and humor. Pick up one of his books, you won’t regret it.

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Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet – My bad for not having a good picture of the cover… but this was a fun little book! A newlywed couple go to an island for their honeymoon, and on one of their excursions they discover mermaids. Real mermaids. And then someone in the discovering party is found dead, and things escalate from there. The main character, Deb, was cheeky and a little mean, so I TOTALLY got along with her. Perfect summer reading (and incidentally, perfect because I was reading this on the day Treland proposed, so the honeymoon theme was particularly timely).

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, said the shotgun to the head by Saul Williams – This is actually a re-read, that I just happened because I saw it sitting there on Scribd. It’s poetry, and it’s about a kiss. Saul Williams is fantastic.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Toni Morrison says this is required reading, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a long letter from Coates to his son about what it means to grow up black in America. It is, of course, heartbreaking and insightful and something absolutely everyone should be picking up right now. RIGHT. NOW.

Alright, so let’s check out those stats…

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 7

Female authors: 2 (29%)

Non-white authors: 5 (71%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 3 e-book, 1 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 27

Female authors/illustrators: 6

Non-white authors/illustrators: 2

Format breakdown: 21 print, 6 e-book

Man, my comics reading suffered this month. I’m working on that. Also, I think I mentioned on Twitter a while ago that I made a new Google Docs spreadsheet for tracking my reading, and I LOVE it. I think I’ve been using it for about a month now, and it’s so awesome to be able to access it anywhere, even on my phone. I have separate tabs for Books, Comics, Book Purchases, etc. And I add a book to it as soon as I’m reading it, highlight it, and then just remove the highlight and fill in the date once I finish it. (Or, if I never finish it… then that’s noted too.) Anyways, it’s very exciting, maybe I’ll do a post on it later with pictures.

~Sarah

July Monthly TBR

This post is SO LATE. Shadowshaper came out on June 30th, and I went to my local Barnes and Noble, and they didn’t have it (didn’t sell it out, just not stocking it). I ordered it on Amazon instead, and chose the No Rush shipping because it usually comes in 2 days anyways and then I get my $1 credit for music/tv/books. Well by yesterday, a week later, I STILL didn’t have my book. For some reason the carrier had it marked as “signature required” and claimed they attempted delivery, but they did not, and why the hell would a signature be required… ANYWAYS, enough rambling. After lots of irritation and anger I made Amazon refund my money and keep their book, and drove like 20+ minutes away last night to the big Barnes and Noble to finally get it.

And this post is late all because I wanted Shadowshaper in my pile, because much excitement. Good lord. So here we are. image

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is a re-read. I’m going to read the new Harper Lee when it comes out, but I thought a refresher of this would be nice since I’ve only read it once.
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – Older is awesome and I have been VERY looking forward to this.
  • Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet – I’ve heard Book Riot folks praise this on the podcast, and I stumbled across it last night while at Barnes and Noble for 50% off. So yay.
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – I’m reading this now and it’s about as horrible and terrifying as you’d expect. Horrible as in subject matter, of course. The book itself seems really well-written. I’m about 35% or so into it.
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – BOOM, ALREADY FINISHED. But since it fit nicely into the picture anyways, I’m listing it. Always a nice feeling to add something to your list just so you can cross it off.
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Listening to the audiobook on Scribd. He has a very distinctive voice, so I’m pretty sure this is a good choice. It’s a LITTLE weird to be listening to a book about technology/romance but also reading a book about rape, but I think the different formats may help keep them separate in my head. (I also recently bought Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski which is about female sexuality and stuff… after starting Missoula, I’m thinking that’s going to wait a bit.)

COMICS

  • Black Widow volume 2
  • Manifest Destiny volume 2
  • East of West volume 4
  • Postal volume 1
  • Plus a million other things because I’m so behind.

This week was supposed to be a big reading and blogging week, almost like my own private readathon. That has not really panned out so far, but I’m hopeful for the rest of the week. And the honeyman has drill this weekend, so I can always barricade myself in my apartment on Saturday or Sunday and read read read.

So yeah. That’s what I’m reading this month. I’m feeling pretty good about it. What are you excited to read? I know there’s a LOT of good books coming out this month, tell me what’s on your list!

~Sarah

July Mini-Review Recap!

July is over.

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To cheer ourselves up, let’s take a look back at what books I read in July! And my teeny, bite-sized thoughts about each.

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud – I liked the smart-mouth djinni, but overall nothing to write home about.

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx – Short, sweet, sad.

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Full-Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti – The RAGE I had at this book. Besides the points I disagreed with, the author was crass, judgmental, and talked down to the reader. Not cool.

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Dead Harvest by Chris Holm – Fun, dark, and exciting urban fantasy. Looking forward to reading the sequel, once I can find it at the library or get around to ordering it from B&N.

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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – Brilliant novel. Can definitely see it in my top ten of the year.

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman – A collection of interviews, anecdotes, and lectures from Feynman – who may or may not end up being one of my favorite physicists ever. This was my first foray into his work and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Joyland by Stephen King – Hella disappointing. Dull, zero scary times.

The Silence of Out Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell – Short-ish graphic novel about one of the author’s experiences growing up in Texas during the Civil Rights movement, and the tension between white and black families even when they were trying to be friends. Fantastic topic, but overall the book wasn’t very impressive (sad to say). I didn’t have much to say about it, which is why there was no review.

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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1) by Lilith Saintcrow – Fun urban fantasy novel with a super bad-ass heroine. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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Habibi by Craig Thompson – Stunningly beautiful graphic novel, about two child slaves in the Middle East.

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines – Depressing novel about racial injustice of the court system in the 1940’s, and two men that bond over an unfair death sentence. Worthy of its classic status, and still very relevant.

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Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick – Graphic novel biography about Feynman’s life. Great content and really enjoyed it, even if the art wasn’t my style.

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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – Short, delightful little novel that’s perfect for anyone who loves words and language – tackles themes of totalitarianism and censorship while remaining quirky and enjoyable.

A pretty good month, overall! Have you read any of these? Thoughts?

~Sarah

July Monthly TBR

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Jenn created Monthly TBR to show up the books you hope to get to within the upcoming month, and I love it. Feel free to visit her blog and join in! You know you wanna.

Alrighty then, let’s see how I did in June!

June Monthly TBR completed

7 out of 10! Not too shabby… I read a total of 10 books in June – the others were East of Eden (just finished last night!), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Recorded Attacks (Zombie Survival Guide), which was just a short graphic novel. There was also another novel that I got about halfway through it before I DNF-ed it. I started You but didn’t get far before I lost interest, and somehow I never got around to that Walking Dead book or A Natural History of Dragons, which is a shame indeed.

Oh well. Onwards! Here’s the pile for July.

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From the top…

  • Summer by Edith Wharton – I’m determined to give Wharton another shot. And this is July-appropriate (summer tiiiiiime) AND would count for my Classics Club list.
  • Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm – Fantasy pick. I was initially intrigued by this because Angry Robot is the publisher and I’ve liked a lot of their books lately, and then I saw SJ talk about how awesome this series is, so yeah. That’s happening.
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – Classic Club pick I’ve been wanting to get to. Does anyone have a preferred translation that they’d recommend? I have two different ones, not sure which to go with.
  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud – This is the start of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, a popular kids/YA fantasy series and I’ve been meaning to start it for YEARS. Well, I finally have! I’m reading this one now, about 120 pages in.
  • The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio – Fiction pick, by an author I like. Should be a good, quick read.
  • Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Non-fiction science pick! Woo-hoo.
  • Full-Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti – More non-fiction. I’ve been meaning to read a different book (Why Have Kids?) by this author, but I thought this looked good too. Still trying to find a book about feminism that I can actually identify and get along with.
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman – I believe this is a colletion of works by Feynman, and this will be my first experience with him. As much as I’ve gotten into physics in the past year I haven’t read anything by him yet, but a friend gave me this (Thanks, Tom!) so now I get to check him out. I’m excited.
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – YA pick, because I have two classics and three non-fiction picks and let’s face it, this pile could use some lighter reads.
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – I’ve been wanting to read this ever since reading Riv’s review. Can’t wait to start it!
  • The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister – This is a follow-up to The School of Essential Ingredients, which was a really good book. And you know how I love fiction that involves lots of food.

BAM! There we have it. Let’s be real though – the chances of me reading 11 books this month aren’t great. Normally I’d be more optimistic, but July is a hectic month – the honeyman and I will have our 6-year anniversary, there’s 3 different birthdays to celebrate, and I’ll probably start packing since we’re moving at the end of August. Sooooo yeah. I’m going to try though!

What are you looking forward to reading in the coming weeks? And seriously, if you have a recommendation for a good translation for The Three Musketeers, let me know. I might end up just starting to read both of the ones I have until I decide which one I’m liking better.

~Sarah