Nerdy 30 Activity #11

You’d think I’d have included the long time TBR resident as part of my first big purge but you’d be wrong. I just added Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI by Candice DeLong. I’ve had it for quite some time and haven’t felt particularly interested in reading it. Add in my awesome library having a copy and I have no particular reason to keep it.

I’m trying to whittle down the current number of books I own because there will be an epic purge coming up. Remember when I completely gutted my closet and dresser? I want to do that with my bookshelves. They are too full with too many books I’m not over the moon about reading. It’s unhauling time. I do not know when exactly I’ll have the time to do a full gut but I hope it’s soon.

Nerdy 30 Activity #10 or The Halestorm Book Tag

I made a book tag after one of my favorite bands. I hope you like it.

Love Bites: A book that broke your heart
The Never Open Desert Diner. I’m not easily moved by fiction but I distinctly remember sitting on the couch informing FHubs I needed a hug.

You Call Me a Bitch like It’s a Bad Thing: Your favorite badass heroine.
Myfawny Thomas. She was pathologically shy but faced the loss of herself head-on. The new version of herself managed to save the world and keep track of her receipts.

What Were Your Expecting: A book that was not what you expected.
The Name of the Wind. All I’d been told was that it was the greatest fantasy novel ever and the intro on the back. What I got was considerably slower and less swashbuckling than promised. Interesting? Sure. Well written? Definitely. Accurately represented? Not on your life.

And don’t be like that schmuck on reddit who told me ‘you’re doing it wrong.’ If the nature of storytelling is about misleading or bending the truth, the back of the book did a lovely job of it.

Freak Like Me: A protagonist you strongly relate to
Adrien from The Trees. While I’m not like this anymore, I can appreciate his lack of ambition and self-loathing in a way many can’t. I’ve had people want to fix me or help my suffering but most want nothing to do with it. When the world treats you like you’re unimportant, it’s easy to start believing it yourself.

Apocalyptic: A post-apocalyptic title you loved
Rover Red Charlie. It’s a graphic novel about dogs in the apocalypse. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of man’s best friend when there is no man to befriend.

Bad Girl’s World: Your favorite female villain
It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything in this series but the female coven leader in the third Dresden book really stands out to me for some reason.

I Like It Heavy: A large book on your TBR
Doctor Who: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End. It’s a large, hardcover graphic novel collection of Doctor Who comics. I got it gently used for 50% off the cover price and still need to read it.

Innocence: A coming of age story
As I get older, YA contemporaries appeal to me less and less but when they did, I absolutely loved Love and Other Four Letter Words.

Rock Show: A book where music is important
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. It’s on my TBR and I image music figures somewhere prominently.

Familiar Taste of Poison: A popular book you don’t like
I tried to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell but just couldn’t get into it. I don’t think I ever will either. One of the perils of aging out of YA.

I’m Not an Angel: A character who went from good to bad
Caleb Prior started pretty neutral but twisted ‘faction before blood’ into ‘faction before humanity.’ I’m sure there are better examples out there but this is what came to mind.

Gonna Get Mine: The last book you bought
The last book I bought is still in transit but it was The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair. I saw it on one of Jen Campbell’s videos and needed it in my life. #noimpulsecontrol

Music Monday: Dangerous Women

In addition to a subtle menace, all of these songs have dangerous women. They are not forces to be reckoned with.

Kill of the Night by Gin Wingmore
Rise by Katy Perry
Daughters of Darkness by Halestorm
Wreak Havoc by Skylar Grey
Fat Chick’s Revenge by Storm Large
Criminal by Fiona Apple
Quiet by Milck
In the Air Tonight by Kelly Sweet
Running with the Wolves by Aurora
Serial Killer by Lana Del Rey
Fight Like a Girl by Emilie Autumn

Nerdy 30 Book #9

For a book I’ve owned for less than a month, I opted for The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal. I received it as part of Moth Box and decided my reading from home weeks was an excellent time to conquer it. It’s the north of England in the early 1980s and the economy is rubbish. People are desperate for work but there’s none to be had. During a riot, a tragedy strikes a family that leaves them all reeling.

As Mercedes promised, this story is very dark and sad. In a family of so many people, there are so many things to make life uglier and harder. The tale was very depressing if you let it be but it also showed how the option of ‘lay down and die’ cannot be a permanent solution. Duggal did a fantastic job of showing how ugly and messy life can be but how we all must keep carrying on.

I was seriously on the fence about how to rate this but I landed on 4 stars because Duggal gave us resolutions but not perfect and neat endings tied in a bow. Life doesn’t work that way. She also accurately portrayed grief and desperation. We need more literature that shows how ugly life can be. 4/5

Nerdy 30 Activity #9

I smelled a book and I liked it.

It’s actually hard to find that New Book Smell that I love so much because a lot of books aren’t as fresh off the presses as I’d like. During my brief stint in publishing, we got in a batch of brand new books. At least four of us stopped to inhale and enjoy the New Book Smell.

Part of my birthday book haul made that a bit easier to accomplish. One of the things I got was the B&N hardback of Winnie the Pooh stories. I’d loved this as a kid but I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever read the stories or just watched them on Disney.

This beautiful book came shrink wrapped so was able to peel off the wrapper and inhale that fresh book smell.

Music Monday: Favorite Lyrics

This Music Monday is more about the words in the song that spoke to me. People often forget that music is poetry and often designed to have as much meaning as the sound accompanying them. Here are some of my favorite pieces from songs.

Looks like your writing on the wall was Lorem Ipsum after all – Dessa

And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies and the face of the lovers with no time for me – Fall Out Boy

I am a universe wrapped in skin – Joy Williams

Where do we go when our prayers are answered but the answer is no – Lindsey Stirling & Carah Faye

In your deepest pain, in your weakest hour, in your darkest night, you are lovely – Icon for Hire

Fear is a choice you embrace – Nightwish

Tell me something more than what you tried to hide – Anberlin

Put your lighter in the air and lead me back home – Halestorm

My heart is like a stallion; they love it more when it’s broken – Fall Out Boy

Your anger has such beauty underneath – Delta Rae

No one ever died from wanting too much – Garbage

We grow stronger for breaking apart together – Joy Williams

I surrender up my heart and swap it for yours – Ed Sheeran

Sympathy’s better than having to tell you the truth – Anberlin