Totally Didn’t Book Tag

Courtesy of ReadLikeWildFire The tag is interesting but the vlogger seems kind of drunk.

1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I get wanting to do more with those characters but it just didn’t feel necessary. I only know the premise of the next one and I’m disappoint.

2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. There was no difference in the voices between Tris and Four. I get why two points of view was necessary but don’t do it if you can’t write it.

3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde. I wanted a matched set dammit.

4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.
Why pick one? 90% of love triangles are unnecessary since they never happen in real life. It’s a cheap plot device.

5. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I appreciate what they were trying to do but Ron was grossly underdeveloped and it messed with time more than a damn season of Doctor Who.

6. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.
Catching Fire. It ends with ‘BTW, your district is gone.’ I can’t imagine getting that right when it came out and waiting for the rest of the information.

7. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.
I’m going to repeat myself and say the Thursday Next series. I’d love to see what other characters have to add to the series. I do agree with the original vlogger that Mockingjay would definitely have been a richer book with more behind the scenes information.

8. Totally didn’t need that much hype.
The Twilight series. It normalizes abuse and wraps everything up perfectly in a tidy bow. No one dies, nothing bad happens, and they all lived blissfully ever after.

9. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)
Most YA dystopian don’t need a ‘if you liked this series.’ If you like YA dystopian, try the ones that sound interesting. They’re kind of over-saturating the market TBH.

10. Totally didn’t deserve my time.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. This bitch needs to learn to google. She got so much wrong about D.C. as well as other really obvious things. If the makeup can hide a bruise, you can’t wash it off with crappy soap and hybrid SUVs aren’t common.

Read the Rainbow: Yellow & Nerdy 30 Book 18

For yellow I read Suck Less by Willam Belli. I was familiar with some of his songs like Chow Down and saw it at the library. The best way I can describe this book is weird

Some of his advice was great like eating fewer carbs, recommended exercises, and how revenge is a fool’s errand. He talked about being honest in relationships whether you’re in an open relationship or not. Some advice answered questions like where his balls go when he’s in drag.

Some advice is just straight up bad. I couldn’t tell if some of this was tongue in cheek or serious like how to cheat more effectively and how to give yourself an eating disorder to lose weight were.

There was absolutely some major male nudity. I expected as much but if you’re not prepared to see some wang, this is not for you. I’d give it 3 stars because the line between serious and personal and cheeky queen was perforated.

Summer Book Clean Out

I did a big clean out of board games recently. This freed up enough space on that book case for FHubs to move several of his books over to a dedicated shelf on them rather than have them mixed in with mine.

This freed up enough space on one of my shelves that it was very open and clean. I really liked how it looked when my books weren’t stacked and stuffed to the gills. I was originally considering doing July for my rereads but my wedding date is coming up fast. I think my rereads will be better served to relax me during when I have to make lots of little decisions.

July will instead be dedicated to reading what’s on my shelves and getting some stuff off them. After my complete gut of my shelves, I have one that is solely dedicated to books I want to read and decide if they stay or go. I’ll post my TBR in a week or so as usual.

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s the middle of the year so what better time for this book tag?

 

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Night Music by John Connolly. It has a bit of everything he does and he does it all very well.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

I’ve only read one sequel so this was pretty easy: Split the Party by Drew Hayes. It deepened the characters, story, and world. Two very big thumbs up.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza. A little advice can’t hurt.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The upcoming Welcome to Night Vale book It Devours.

5. Biggest disappointment

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. I didn’t have high hopes going in but oh my god. The bitch couldn’t even be bothered to google critical information.

6. Biggest surprise

NPCs by Drew Hayes. I expected to be underwhelmed but instead I was completely charmed.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Drew Hayes. I’ve only read some of his NPC series but his other works sound like just as much fun.

8. Newest fictional crush

I don’t really have these so N/A

9. Newest favorite character

Probably Duane from My Fairy God Mother Is a Drag Queen. He’s incredibly fun and sassy without being a token sidekick. I’d love to hear more about his story.

10. Book that made you cry

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It was, I imagine, a very true to life portrait of slavery and the brutality of that time.

11. Book that made you happy

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I laughed out loud at her dog stories. And the goose attack? Hysterical!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

It’s a comic series so I’m counting it: Wonder Woman. It was incredibly well done and I hope it’s just the beginning for female hero movies.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Probably the one I did for The Creators, Vol. 1 by Michael S. Bracco. I am acquainted with him and he’s a really cool guy. His book is also amazing so go read it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

My Signature Shakespeare copy of Romeo and Juliet with laser cut paper designs. It’s a souvenir from my trip to NYC and I love it.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Accessing the Future edited by Djibril Al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan
  • In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
  • The United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans
  • The Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

Categories with several options are

  • An adventure memoir
  • A celebrity memoir
  • A Translation
  • A non-Western fairy tale
  • A book from a TV show

 

Reading the Rainbow: Red

I meant to just start Archie vs. Predator last night but got sucked in and binged the entire thing. I’m definitely calling this a horror based on the amount of bloodshed. It starts with a spring break trip and falling star and ends with an impressively high body count. What was really fun was that they did all of this in the traditional art style of Archie.

It was weird, silly, gory fun. I wouldn’t recommend it for your typical Archie fan but if you’re kind of twisted like me, you’ll love it. There were also some fun mash-ups at the end of the Archie universe like Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder meeting Josie and the Pussycats. All of these mash-ups are considerably more PG. Overall, 5/5.

Reading the Rainbow: Orange

One color down! I started with orange since it was light and I’m going to pick up some library books after work.

I was very excited to read Prison Island by Colleen Frakes. Frakes grew up in the last U.S. prison accessible by only air and sea. Both of her parents worked there and they lived in the tiny community. I liked how Frakes interspersed her past with her final tour of the island.

I felt like I was only getting a fraction of her story. There are so many questions I have that weren’t even touched on. What was dating like as a teenager? What happened when she finally did get glasses? What were the different rebellions her and her sister engaged in? What happened if she couldn’t get back from the mainland before the last boat? Where did she stay? Did anything happened between her island friend and that inmate from the boat? What happened when they moved to a more isolated house? Did any family ever get kicked off the island for rule breaking?

I’m a bit disappointed that so many of my questions are unanswered. I was expecting a bit more. I’d give it a 3.5/5. I was interesting but didn’t go as deep as I was hoping it would. This is a very singular experience and I was hoping to get a more complete picture of it.

Today’s Google Doodle is about Gilbert Baker’s creation of the pride rainbow. It was founded with color theory and includes two shades of blue and pink. From my initial pull, I’ve got the dark blue and have another short graphic work that could function as light blue. I have no idea what would be pink but if I get through the 6 color rainbow a bit faster than I was anticipating, I may add those two colors into the mix.

Emojiathon Take 2

Emojiathon is having around round! It goes from June 1st until the end of the month. The minimum to read is 4 so I think it would be fun to try and work that into my June as well as reading the rainbow. My life isn’t complicated enough with a convention and wedding planning. Let’s add on to that.

Marginalized group should be easy since it’s pride. I’ve had Leaving Megalopolis for a while so that could apply to the peace out category. I’m not sure if Archie vs. Predator counts as sci-fi or horror. We’ll see how I feel after I read it. Prison Island got no hype despite being a pretty unique story. I couldn’t even convince my library to pick it up. I just got lucky at SPX a couple of years ago.

That’s the minimum of four but I’d like to see if I can check off more. After all, I still haven’t taken advantage of the freebie with this list.