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June Monthly TBR

May was super sucky because of this DAMN SPRAINED KNEE (it’s been 4.5 weeks but who’s counting) but I did manage to read 8 books and 17 comics, so at least there’s that. It feels weird because I definitely went through like 2 slumps, but then I guess I’d just sit and read a bunch of books in a row so it kind of made up for it, I don’t know.

My TBR for June isn’t too ambitious, and part of me even hopes that I fail hard at it because that would mean my knee would be back to normal and I can do normal shit again like laundry (can’t carry it down the stairs, too unsteady), going for walks, and even maybe even running someday ever.

Le sigh.

On the Kindle:

  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – So Alice Clayton somehow came on my radar because she has a new romance novel out called Buns and that just cracks me up. However, neither of my libraries have that available yet so instead I’m trying this one out. I actually checked out the sample first and it seems humorous and fluffy with some sexy times thrown in.
  • Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen (e-galley) – Comes out June 20th, and I’ve already started it! Good job, me. This is about the women in the public eye that the public loves to hate on (Kim Kardashian, for example) and the sexism that goes into some of these ridiculous critiques. The first chapter is on Serena Williams, and it’s really interesting so far.
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (e-galley) – This is a collection of stories about the women in comics who were kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and otherwise given the “women in refrigerators” treatment in the name of advancing the male superhero’s storyline. Comes out June 6th!

In the stack:

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – I ALSO have this on audio and Neil himself is the one reading, so I’m psyched about that. (I tried another one of his books on audio and I just couldn’t do it because it wasn’t his voice!) This will be my next audiobook but I like having a hard copy to make notes in too.
  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – I only ever read the first book in that other trilogy this author has out, but this sounds really weird and interesting. Liberty described it on All the Books and got me interested.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I’ve been looking forward to this for AGES and a big Amazon splurge I went ahead and pre-ordered it. It sounds like a YA rom-com between two Indian-American teens who’s parents are in cahoots to get them together.
  • Touch by Courtney Maum – Also part of my Amazon splurge (it was a costly splurge, you guys), I threw this in. The cover was pretty and it’s something about how a woman who has made a job out of catching trends as they’re about to happen realizes that people are going to start turning away from technology and embracing “in real life” experiences again.
  • Fables: Volume 20 but also if I can manage it, 21 and 22 and then I’ll be done with the whole series!
  • First Crush by Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan – This hasn’t actually arrived yet, but it’s from Hyacinth Girl Press and I’m going to read it for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, for the micropress category.

What are you looking forward to this month?

October Monthly TBR

I don’t know what is was, but September kind of rocked. I finished 8 books, (8!) and 19 issues of comics. So, I’m being a little ambitious in my October reading.

In the stack:

  • Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler – I’ve been meaning to read this FOR.EV.ER. It’s about a little black girl vampire who is actual in her 50’s and is able to be outside during the day.
  • Super Extra Grande by Yoss – Cuban sci-fi! Space travel faster than the speed of light  is a real thing thanks to Latin American scientists, and a veterinarian will be responsible for saving the day and keeping the peace among the galaxy’s species.
  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – This is about a biracial girl who loses her family and has to rethink how she identifies. I think. I don’t know, it’s gotten so many great reviews.
  • Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer – Seniors students start exploding in class, with no rhyme or reason. I heard about this on the Book Riot podcast and it sounds weird and hilarious.
  • Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon – I have the first three volumes from the library and I really do want to check it out, ideally before I get around to watching the show.

On the Kindle:

  • Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam – Focuses on two best friends who are really different? Honestly the premise isn’t my usual jam, but it’s gotten fabulous reviews and the author will be at Book Riot Live.
  • IQ by Joe Ide – A young inner city kid starts to try to solve the crimes that the police just ignore or dismiss. I am BEYOND PSYCHED that I got approved for this on NetGalley.
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – I’m about 15% into this, the premise is basically like Bio-Dome (that Pauly Shore movie). But you know… without stoners creeping into the giant science experiment. Of course I had to request it on NetGalley!
  • Never Look an American in the Eye by Okey Ndibe – Another NetGalley approval. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but his memoir is about moving from Nigeria to America and it sounds so great.

Alright, and then there are a couple other books coming out this month that sound fantastic and hopefully I’ll get to those too. It’s gonna be a good month, right? Right.

What are you excited to read soon?

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

Let’s get our #READATHON on!

 

It’s time!!! Thank you so much to the lovelies who make Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon possible. You are rock stars.

I’m cheering this time around! It’s been years since I think I took part in cheering, and the process is a little different, so this will be interesting but I’m so psyched to come around and shake my pom poms at you guys! Watch out for me on #TeamRaven

As always, I’m going to attempt the full 24 hours. I haven’t succeeded once with this, but some year it’s going to happen, right? IT MIGHT FINALLY HAPPEN.

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THE E-BOOKS, BOOKS, AND COMICS

  • Not So Much Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
  • The Face: Strangers On a Pier by Tash Aw
  • Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  • Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovell
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Planetfall by Emma Newman
  • Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  • I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 by Skottie Young
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Fables: Volumes 10 & 11 by Bill Willingham
  • Hexed: Volume 1 by Michael Alan Nelson

OPENING MEME

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? NY
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hard to say, I have SO many that I’m excited to dive into.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Gummy bears.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! A tiny small part of me is considering a “#readathon” tattoo.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ll be cheering this time around!! Woohoo!!

I’m not setting any particular page goals or anything. I just want to read, do some challenges, cheer, and have fun. Feel free to check in with me on Twitter! (@SarahSaysRead)

LET’S DO THIS!

~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

February Monthly TBR

 

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in January. I mean, I kind of did because I read about half of damn Alexander Hamilton plus three other books, but still. And I’m SO behind in my comic reading, it’s a shame.

But then I said to myself: “So create an even BIGGER pile for February!” Logical, I am not. But who knows.

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From the top…

  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Already 25% through this, continuing with my Outlander series re-read.
  • Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins – Romance, because you know, February / Valentine’s Day. And I think the heroine in this one is a pirate or something, so fun stuff.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – I’ve never read Junot Diaz, but he’s a popular author and I’ve had this book for a long time now.
  • Jazz by Toni Morrison – Honestly, my attention span and general inclination at the moment for some lighter reading means this may not happen this month. But I like to be optimistic.
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell – LAFAYETTE! ‘Nuff said.
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – And this shall be the month we finish off the #HamAlong, which has been delightful. I get the sense that Chernow is a bit of a sexist, and he’s way too much of a Hamilton fanboy, but this might actually end up on my best-of list at the end of the year. I’m sure reading it after loving the Hamilton musical makes it seem much more fun and lively than if I had read it before, but whatever.
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 2 – More Miles Morales!
  • Fables Volume 8-10 – MOOARRR FABLES!!

There’s no way this is all gonna happen, but I’ll give it a shot. What are you excited to read this month?

~Sarah

December Monthly TBR

November was rough. I don’t know what it was, but I just struggled to get reading in. It took me a full three weeks to finish a book I was actually super excited about and enjoying. Ugh.

In 2016, I’m joining Andi for her #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge, in which there are no rules but my own and I’m aiming for 75% of my reading next year to be from my own shelves. Because of this, my December TBR is loaded up with library books, mostly from Overdrive.

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From the top…

  • The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead – A short non-fiction work about Whitehead’s love for NYC. Having just visited NYC and probably visiting my sister and mom there more often, I thought this might be interesting.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – Because it’s a damn disgrace that I haven’t read more Lahiri.
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, and honestly I was surprised it was available on Overdrive without a wait list. Hell yeah.
  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami – I think I heard about this on Book Riot or something? It sounded familiar and was on Overdrive’s “recently added” list, so here we are. I’m actually about 25% into it and it’s good so far.
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover – Because Brandie LOVES this author and I’ve been meaning to check her out for a while.
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – I own this one and it was on my TBR a while ago, but I really really do want to finally read it.
  • On Immunity by Eula Biss – I started this on Audible but haven’t had the chance to listen to it much lately. So, the physical book. I will finish this, dammit, it’s interesting.

Comics:

  • Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou – One of those comic works on non-fiction that’s been on my radar for a while. A co-worker had to read it for a class and actually gave it to me because she didn’t want it anymore. Win!
  • Fables volumes 6 and 7 – Because I looooove this series but I really have to pace myself reading them.
  • A whole bunch of the unread single comics I have sitting on my table right now. I think there’s at least a dozen, I’m really behind.

It’s a long shot I’ll get to all of these. I’m getting married in like 5 weeks. FIVE FREAKING WEEKS. So I should probably start doing shit, like call the place and find out how many tables there are, do centerpieces and some decorations, get music together, figure out what exactly I’m gonna wear, etc. So yeah, minimal chance that I’ll read all these. But still, here’s to an exciting and happy last month of the year!

~Sarah