Borrow-a-thon Wrap-Up

I typically don’t do much for week long read-a-thons but plowed through a fun graphic novel by Owen King inside of an hour. Borrow-a-thon was blowing up my Twitter and I realized, since it was a library book, I’d unintentionally participated. I decided to commit and see what I could read before the week was out.

#WeRateDogs: The Most Hilarious and Adorable Pups You’ve Ever Seen by Matt Nelson

A book from the delightful Twitter account, it features cute dogs (and some not dogs) along with fun captions. 5/5

Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King

A surprise alien invasion occurs at a small liberal arts college. It was fun, weird, and a fast read.  It was like a SyFy original movie without the bad acting. 4/5

Whiskey, Words & a Shovel by r.h. Sin

Autobiographic poetry about relationships, heartbreak, and strength. It spoke to me very deeply and I’m so glad I read it. 5/5

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Compestine 

Dark and eerie ghost stories that center around food and Chinese culture. A mix between ghost stories and cautionary fables. I really liked this and made sure to copy some of the recipes. 4/5



Music Monday: Grrrl Power

The world sucks. It sucks even more if you’re a woman. Here’s some music to make you feel like less of a girl and more of a grrrl. Below are the YouTube links and the Spotify playlist.

Spot Me.

Woman by Kesha
Woman Up by Megan Trainor
Independent by Destiny’s Child
Head Bitch in Charge by Kim Boekbinder
Bad Girl’s World by Halestorm
Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams
Not Ready to Make Nice by The Dixie Chicks
Noncompliant by PDX Broadsides
Women Know Math by The Doubleclicks
I Am Woman by Helen Reddy
Rise Up by Andra Day

Bookish Pet Peeves: Projecting Expectations

“I read this book thinking it would be like Other Book. It’s not so I don’t like it.”

Saddling a book with expectations and then writing off the entire work when it doesn’t meet them. This bothers me so much!

I bet so many people have written off works they could have enjoyed because it didn’t fit into some narrow field of what they were expecting. I read Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt, which was a very journalistic take on a young trans person’s journey. A lesbian booktuber didn’t like it because it voiced all the sides involved (including the bigoted ones) and didn’t take the side of the trans person. That doesn’t make it a bad book; it just didn’t meet your expectation.

I had another friend say that she read A Book hoping it would be like X and not only was it not like X but it was inferior to it. If A Book is not like X, why are you using that as a barometer to judge the quality? It’s not a fair comparison. If you wanted X and the style of story that went with it but got A Book, that doesn’t make it bad.

I hate it when people are so busy hating on a book for not being what it was ‘supposed to be’ instead of focusing on what it actually is. What the writing bad? Was the character development lacking? Are some of the twists in the plot unrealistic or predictable? Where you hoping for plot driven instead of character driven? Is there any reason this book wasn’t good beyond “It wasn’t what I wanted it to be?”

If the answer to the last question is no, the problem isn’t the book; it’s you. At least acknowledge that your unmet expectations are impacting your ability to say if it’s good or bad. If it’s not what you wanted it to be, just say that instead of saying it’s bad or a waste of time.

Music Monday: Funny, Silly Songs

We wedding was about 5 minutes ago and I’m tired, Here’s some ridiculous songs.

Muffintop by Tacocat
Big Fat Bass by Britney Spears &
The Bus Is Late by Satellite High
Satan Gave Me a Taco by Beck
Godzilla by Kesha
How Fucking Romantic by Magnetic Fields
Pumpkin Spicemas by Mikey Mason
Tiny Little Octopus by The PDX Broadsides
Hipster Girl by MC Lars
Hipster Mom by MC Lars

Nerdy 30 Activity 20

Donate to a Bookish Charity

Most charities ask for cash but I’ve got several Little Free Libraries around me and books I couldn’t sell and didn’t need. So I donated half a dozen books to my nearest Little Free Library. It was a mix of adult and YA, memoir and fiction, so there was something in there for everyone.

The reason most charities like the cash is because they know how best to use it. However, cash is one thing I’m desperately lacking. It’s not ideal and I feel like I’m cheating a little bit but the spirit is there.

Casual Challenge Update

Since I fell off the bandwagon of sticking to my challenge, I also fell off updating my casual challenge. If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t be reminded to do it. I just wanted to read and take the edge of a rough time in my life. Here’s how that’s worked out.

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Multiple Authors – Bikes in Space edited by Elly Blue
Unreliable Narrator – Final Girls by Riley Sager
Holiday other than Christmas – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1
Book you brought on a trip – The Glass Castle
Takes place over a character’s lifespan – Trump Revealed
Unreliable narrator – The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Due to her blackout, you could make the argument that Quinn (a Final Girl) is not a wholly reliable narrator. Frankly, I suspected she committed at least some of those murders from the beginning. Given how things come out in the end, I think this holds up. One of the more dramatic moments of Sabrina takes place on Halloween.

I don’t get to take vacations often so I was a tiny bit worried about the trip one. Fortunately, my library came through with a hold in time for my lone vacation this year. The Trump biography starts before he was born and goes until just after the election. Jack Sparks is proven to be an unreliable narrator as well as his brother.


Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Banned or challenged book – The Handmaid’s Tale

When they said to read harder, they weren’t kidding.


GoodReads 52 Books

2017 Movie Adaptation – The Glass Castle
Two or more authors – Trump Revealed
Long Title – The Little World of Liz Climo
Unreliable narrator – Final Girls
Banned Book – Handmaid’s Tale
Book with Illustrations – A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
Published in 2017 – I Fought the Law

I just scraped by on the long title and a children’s book definitely has illustrations. Law was a funky art book about asinine laws in America.


Diversity Bingo

Non-western IRL setting – Suicide Forest
MC of color in a sci-fi/fantasy – Meddling Kids
Indigenous MC (own voices) – Mapping the Interior

If you thought Book Riot was hard, this one is nigh impossible. It was only pure dumb luck I checked any boxes once I stopped trying. The Japanese suicide forest is a real place and the first character we meet in Kids is Latina. Jones, I didn’t realize, is a native American and his novella deals with growing up broke, Indian, and haunted by a dead father.


October Wrap-Up and November TBR

The spooky time is over and I’m days away from being married. How did I get my spooky kicks and what will I be reading in November?

October Wrap-Up

Final Girls by Riley Sager
A very entertaining thriller with twists I never saw coming. 4/5

Bikes in Space edited by Elly Blue
A great anthology but it’s so small it was done too soon 4/5

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
A very fun take on the Scooby Doo gang without copyright violations and plenty of actual monsters. I really enjoyed some of the shout outs to the inspiration (Zoinx River) but Salem didn’t burn witches! They were hanged! That inaccuracy is a personal pet peeve 4/5

Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adiran Tomine
A delightful little book about some of what goes into planning a wedding. 4/5

Why I March: Images from the Woman’s March Around the World by Samantha Weiner
A fantastic compilation of signs and images from the different marches all over the world earlier this year. Never forget, never surrender. 5/5

I Fought the Law by Olivia Locher
A funny art book about really ridiculous laws in America. Very insightful commentary in the early pages. 4/5

Dogs Are People Too by Dave Coverly
A nationally syndicated cartoonist compiled several of his cartoons about dogs and included several personal stories. Sweet and funny. 4/5

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman
A children’s book about the sheer magnitude of things in the world. Great art. 4/5

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
The blurb by Alan Moore sums this up pretty well: ingenious and funny. The horror builds gradually as Sparks learns the world is much darker and more terrifying than dreamt of in his philosophy. 4.5/5

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
A novella about a native American family, the ghost of a dead father, and the struggles they face. 4.5/5

Dogs on Instagram
It excluded some of the captions which was disappointing. Sometimes the captions can make the photos but it did include a large amount of cute dogs. 4/5

Norbert’s Little Lessons for a Big Life by Julie Steines and Norbert
Norbert is the 3 lb therapy dog who gives excellent high fives and is Instagram famous. His book is cute, sweet, and almost too wholesome for this world. 4/5

Not featured are the 185 pages of What Happened by Hillary Clinton I read. It wasn’t great timing for me and that book so I hit a good stopping point and returned it to the library. I’m back on the mile long wait list.

I did a lot of short, fun reading as well as a little spooky reading. It has very little resemblance to my intended TBR but this is how my life goes.

November TBR

I’m going to dabble in Nonfiction November but not completely ignore fiction.

Unfu*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
I convinced the library to pick this up. The least I can do is read it.

What We Do Now edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians
I started it and I’d like to finish it.

Accessory to Marriage by James Walters
A memoir of a wedding photographer. Since I’m getting married in a matter of days, this seemed appropriate.

Going Rogue by Drew Hayes
The third installment of this great series. I borrowed it from a friend and should get it back to her.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
Didn’t read it last month. Will try again this month. I’ve seen a lot of other folks reading it lately so I feel compelled to follow suit.

I have a bunch of library holds I’m waiting for so I’m leaving this wide open for those to roll in. Some of these are even children’s books because I’ve seen several BookTubers talk about them so I decided to indulge my curiosity.