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Sarah Sunday

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  • I spent basically the whole week sick, which sucks. I feel fine now, except for this annoying dry cough that’s lingering.
  • It was my friend’s birthday on Friday, so we went out to dinner that night, and then went to the movies with some other girls on Saturday. It was fun, but man, being social really takes it out of me.
  • I’m hoping to pack in a bunch of reading today, and this week in general. I want to finish Dorothy Must Die, which is weird and interesting, but so far not really the best writing.
  • It’d be nice to get back to my audiobook too. I’ve mainly been listening to podcasts to and from work – they just work out a little better since my commute is now slightly shorter. My faves to listen to right now:
  • I want to make some comics coasters. I need coasters for my desk at work, since it’s wood, and I want to bring a little of my fangirl-y personality to my work area. I was looking on Etsy, but they were either too expensive or just not really what I had in mind. So that should be a new project for me over the next couple weeks – gathering up tiles, Mod Podge, and raiding the dollar bins at the comic shop for panels/images that I like.
  • Next weekend is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and oh man, I cannot wait. I’m going to get my stack together this week and I think it’s going to be mostly comics. Not all, but mostly, because that’s just fun and I have a ton to catch up on. And I’m going to make chicken tacos. And I haven’t had an energy drink in… hmmm… about a month? But maybe I’ll let myself have one then, since it’s a special occasion and all.
  • The honeyman should be graduating from basic in about two months! And I’ve been spending a lot of time online looking up the cheapest possible ways to get from NY to MO (and then back again) so I can maybe be there for it. I really want to go, but we don’t really have the extra travel money… so yeah. Not sure if it’s going to happen. Hmm.
  • OMG TWO MONTHS. Not nearly soon enough.
  • On a cheerier note – Spring is finally here! Snow is finally melted, and it’s been in the 60’s the past couple days, which is absolutely lovely. I got to wear flip-flops yesterday. It was amazing.
  • I’m planning to actually get a post or two up this week – one talking about Scribd vs Oyster vs Kindle Unlimited, and hopefully one review of something.

Alright, now I’m going to go relax on the couch and read while my laundry is in the dryer. How is everyone else’s weekend going?

~Sarah

Top Ten… Thursday? – Books I Want to Read This Spring

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

I had full intentions of participating in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday because it’s an easy one – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List. But once again I got a bit busy, and I missed it. I still feel posting something though, and don’t have any review notes in front of me, so here we are.

1. I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum – About slut-shaming, with some updates/focus on the issue in the face of the internet and social media. I’ve heard that compared to the author’s previous book, Slut!, this isn’t very much of an update and not very much time is spent on talking about the impact technology has had, but I haven’t read her first book so I think this will still be an interesting read.

2. Neutrino Hunters by Ray Jayawardhana – Astrophysicist talks about the neutrino – what it is, and what it could mean for science. The science nerd in me is squeeing in excitement for this one.

3. March: Book Two by John Lewis and Nate PowellMarch: Book One was FANTASTIC, and I’m really looking forward to reading Book Two. For those that don’t know, these are graphic memoirs about the Civil Rights Movement, written by Congressman John Lewis.

4. White Cat by Holly Black – This is a YA book, and it’s about con people I think, and that could only be fun. I hope. I heard that it’s a good book if you kind of want to root for the bad guys.

5. Borderlands: The Fallen by John Shirley – THERE ARE BORDERLANDS BOOKS. As if me being totally immersed in the game and comics wasn’t enough, I discovered on Scribd that there are whole novels. O.M.G.

6. Futureland by Walter Mosley – I have never read Walter Mosley! And he seems like a pretty popular author. I’m hoping that this book of sci-fi short stories is a decent introduction to him.

7. Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca – There are 8 whole volumes of this comic series available for reading on Scribd. I’ve always wanted to read Iron Man, and I heard that this was a good place to start, so finding it on Scribd felt like striking gold.

8. High Price by Carl Hart – This is a memoir, written by a neuroscientist at Columbia University, about his experiences with drugs and I think it goes into some of his current research on drug use. It sounds super fascinating. I might listen to this one on audio.

9. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina – Got this as part of my Ninja Book Swap package! I’ve heard such fabulous things about Meg Medina, and I’m psyched to finally reading one of her more popular books.

10. The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde – Continuing on with my Thursday Next reads. They’re always good for some brain and imagination exercising.

And that’s ten! I’m really, really looking forward to reading all of these. Hopefully I get to them, of course. I should. I’m looking forward to some warm, sunny weather that I can spend reading outside. Man I miss reading in my car at lunch time. What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

(Also, holy crap, Spring officially begins on Friday! Amazing.)

~Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Book I Wanna Read This Spring

Good morning ya’ll!

It’s Tuesday, it’s Tuesday *does a little dance* so it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books at the Top of My Spring TBR List. This should be easy 🙂

Peter Clines

1. Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines  – I saw this at Barnes and Noble the other day, and it sounded really interesting. After seeing that it got really good reviews online, I’m so psyched to read it. It’s about superheroes trying to protect Los Angeles from the zombie plague. SUPERHEROES AND ZOMBIES. Goodness.

 

Cassandra Rose Clarke

2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – This is a new sci-fi book that’s gotten really fantastic reviews. I think it’s about a girl and her robot. I really want to read it.

 

Christopher Healy

3. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – I think this is a YA or children’s book, but it looks so fun! The various Prince Charmings from various fairy tales are often sitting on the sidelines, but soon they band together to protect their kingdoms from various threats. It sounds like a really fun twist on fairy tales!

 

4. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde  -I really, really like the Thursday Next books and I have no good reason for not having read this one yet.

 

Jane Austen

5. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – The only one of Austen’s six novels that I haven’t read yet. It’s on my Classics Club list and I think it’s time I crossed it off!

 

Barbara Kingsolver

6. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – I have had this book sitting on my shelf pretty much since the day it came out like 2 or 3 years ago. I really like Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books) so I don’t know what the hold up is, but I want to finally read it.

 

Veronica Roth

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth – This is a super-hyped up YA book, but I found it used for about $2 so I figured I’d try it. I mean, the movie is going to have Kate Winslet in it so maybe it’s better than the slew of other dystopian YA flowing from the publishers these days.

 

Jim Al Khalili

8. Paradox by Jim Al-Khalili – I picked this out when the honeyman took me book shopping for my birthday. It’s about 9 of the major paradoxes in science and explains how they’re not really paradoxes if seen from the right angle and using the right science. It sounds really fun.

 

John Connolly

9. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – Oh look, yet another book I’ve owned forever and still haven’t read! Something about a kid mourning his dead mom finding refuge in books and it reality and fantasy become magically blended… I don’t know. It sounds like something I would like, you know?

 

10. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – Another book from my Classics Club list that I want to get to soon. I literally know nothing about this story. The closest I can get is saying that I really like the candy bar (haha), so this should be interesting.

So that’s my list! And this is the tip of the iceberg, I promise.

What are you excited to read this spring? Tell me!

~Sarah

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read This Spring

Good morning peeps! So, on this nice spring day it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Read List. Let’s hop right in, shall we?

1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – Comes out May 1st! I CANNOT WAIT to read this. I absolutely love Graceling and Fire and have been looking forward to this for ages.

2. Starters by Lissa Price – If for no other reason than the awesome cover. This seems like it be the next big thing in YA.

3. A Night Like This by Julia Quinn – The newest Julia Quinn comes out on May 29th! This is part of the Smythe-Smith Quartet of novels, and I loved the first one.

4. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore – One of the most hilarious authors ever is coming out with this new novel on April 3rd!

5. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – Alice at Reading Rambo is hosting a readalong for this book in April! Looking forward to the discussions and stuff 🙂 Click the link if you want to sign up.

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – And Jenn at Booksessed is holding a readalong fort this in May! I’m really looking forward to the discussions on this one, because the subject matter should lead to lots of good stuff. Click the link to sign up!

7. Aloha From Hell by Richard Kadrey – This is the third (and possibly last?) Sandman Slim novel, and the honeyman and I really want to read it. We are however kind of cheap and don’t want to buy the hardcover, so hopefully I can get a copy from the library soon.

8. The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien – I really this it’s about time I finally read this massively popular series, don’t you agree?

9. October the First is Too Late by Fred Hoyle – This sci-fi book was written in 1966, and it’s written by a scientist. It’s about how time doesn’t really go from the past to the future – time exists all at once, WE move through it in one direction. It sounds really good and it’s only 175 pages, so I can’t wait to try it out.

10. Q is for Quantum by John Gribbin – This is just one of many books by scientist John Gribbin that I want to read, but I think I’m going to work on getting my hands on this one next.

So that’s my ten! A nice mix of new releases and older books, I think. What’s on your list?

~Sarah