Nerdy 30 Quarterly Review 1: Books

It’s been 3 months into the challenge. How am I doing?

The Months

  • January: Weight Loss and/or Human TraffickingStranger Here
  • February: African American History MonthNegroland
  • March: Women’s History MonthBad Girls throughout History
  • April: Autism Awareness Month
  • May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • June: LGBT+ Pride Month
  • July: National Wilderness Month (borrowed from Sept)
  • August: Mental Health Awareness (borrowed from May)
  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October: Disability Awareness Month
  • November: Native American Heritage Month
  • December: Non-Christian Faith/Culture

Stranger was underwhelming and Negroland was just frustrating. Bad Girls was beautiful in are, cover, and meaning as well as being quite fun.

The Pairs

  • Big Name Press – The Nest
  • Indie PressCautionary Fables and Fairy Tales
  • Old – Night Music
  • New – The Handsworth Times
  • Short –
  • Long –
  • Near –  The Day of the Donald
  • Far –
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

The Nest was published by a subsidiary of HarperCollins publishing. The Day of the Donald is a gloriously ridiculous tale of what life might be like under a Trump presidency. It was funny and set inside the nation’s capital. Cautionary was fun because of the different takes on the tales and the various art styles. Handsworth shows grief and desperation in a realistic way that impressed me.


  • Award winner/nominee
  • RecommendationNPCs
  • Celebrity
  • Translation
  • Non-western mythology and/or fairy tale
  • Genre I typically avoidBarons of the Beltway
  • Library bookThe Trees
  • Book from a TV show

NPCs was great fun since I’m in a D&D campaign and we’re getting attached to our NPCs. Barons dealt with an important topic in such a biased way that I couldn’t trust if what I was seeing was actually true. Trees was a lovely tale of magical realism that shows the depth and height of the human spirit.


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