Reading the Rainbow: Green

I’ve had Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore on my TBR for literal years. I snagged cheap at Baltimore Comic Con a couple of years ago. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. 

I love the idea of the heroes we put our faith and security in turning on us. How do we react? How do we handle that? 

There are a lot of stories about humans hunting each other. This takes it to another level. What would happen if someone had a psychotic break or serial killer behavior with meta-human powers?

The heroes don’t want to be bad but are you a hero when your powers force responsibility on you? What if you think people are beyond saving? This makes you think about tough questions about what it means to be heroic.

What really got me were the dogs. Seeing the poor dead puppet on the street and watching poor Mina’s heart break when she sees the dog she didn’t want to care about hurt her. I just wanted to find one of my dog friends and hug them. 

I loved how the raccoon became this beautiful metaphor. As an animal person, this all resonated with me. Lots of feelings were had.
One bonus of waiting so long to read it? Surviving Megalopolis is already on shelves! (No, I’m not buying it yet but that’s happening before the year is out.) Go read this now. 5/5

Closet Declutter

Despite trying the KonMari method, I seem to work best when I mull over what I really need in my life. Since there’s a major change on the horizon, I won’t need as many office clothes as before.

Skirts – I don’t have many skirts by American standards. An asymmetric black mini skirt (with pockets), a reversible purple and orange silk skirt, a hi-lo skirt with classic movie monsters, and I’m waiting on a gorgeous rainbow cloud skirt from Elhoffer Designs. I’m waiting on a red skirt from Gaia Conceptions for my Velma costume.

I had two knee length full skirts from ModCloth, a navy one with pastel sharks and a blue one with a bright octopus. I love the shark skirt because sharks are one of my favorite animals. The octopus skirt has a big waist that my chubby belly likes to squish down. I realized that I will never wear them to go out and be social and if I’m leaving my office life behind, there is no reason to keep them. I listed them on Poshmark and they sold in about 2 hours.

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Camis – I have a lot of tanks from Jordan Dene and sleeveless rayon tops. One of the main reasons I wore camis was because they worked so well with all of my skirts. All of them also show a sliver of bra in the back so I’m getting rid of all of my camis except my black one.

Leggings – I don’t need to look office appropriate as much so I’m gravitation more toward my bold leggings. This means that I can phase out at least one pair of my plain colored leggings.

Cardigans – I know I’m not going to wear a lot of my cardigans to hang out or go out so I can narrow this down by quite a bit. Some of the snaps on by Eddie Bauer 7 Ways cardigan don’t hold well and I’m accepting I’m probably more Slytherin than Gryffindor. I also got a cute black and white cardigan from ModCloth hoping it would be a great basic and I just don’t love it.

I like my 4th Doctor cardigan but I don’t wear it very much so I’m on the fence about it. I have a purple bolero sweater with half sleeves I’m also on the fence about. I’d use it with anything with thin straps for the office but I also have it in cream. I’m not sure if I still have a use for it but I’m not sure if I should get rid of it yet.

Tops – I have a plain tank top from ModCloth and I reach for one of my graphic tanks every time so it doesn’t make sense to keep it.

Unfortunately, selling these clothes is more of an exercise in minimizing and contrbuting to my side hustle since I had to replace a part on my car that the mechanic called “the most expensive part to replace.” I got this news just after I found out a doggy daycare near me might be hiring. Looks like I’ll have to put off my career change for a little while longer.

 

Summer Reading Forecast

Given the nature of some of my challenges, my summer reading has already started to take form.

June is Pride month in the U.S. so I plan to read the rainbow. I’ve got a few in mind for certain colors but my rainbow isn’t yet set in stone. I also have to read a book for Pride month. So far June is shaping up to include.

  • Suck Less by Willam
  • Prison Island by Colleen Frakes
  • Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone

Be the analogy balls, crotch or something else unpleasant, it gets hot and humid AF here in the summer. Yay swamps. To counter some of this, I want to read about some place cold.

  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Out of the Ice by Ann Turner

I plan on trying to use my ereader more so the following titles will hopefully make an appearance

  • Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans
  • The Greenland Diaries by Patrick W. Marsh
  • Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I am terrible about rereading books so I plan on enjoying some old favorites this summer as well.

  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
  • Shelf Life edited by Greg Ketter
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Obviously there will be several more titles but I don’t want to commit to too many this far out. So far my summer reading is shaping up nicely.

Nerdy 30 Quarterly Review 1: Activities

It’s time for part 1 of my quarterly review. Was I active enough in my reading life?

  1. Participate in at least one read-a-thon – Emojiathon
  2. Listen to a new podcast about books – Modern Mrs. Darcy
  3. Give away a long time TBR resident – FBI memoir
  4. Read 6 books that have been sitting unread on my shelf for too long
  5. Donate to a bookish charity
  6. Visit a famous library
  7. Attend a book themed party – Library ball
  8. Read the rainbow
  9. Shop in an indie bookstore – Kramer’s after the Women’s March
  10. Be read to
  11. Create a book tag – Halestorm
  12. Only read from home for a 3 weeks – March 6-27
  13. Only read from the library for 3 weeks
  14. Only read from my Kindle & computer for 3 weeks
  15. Only reread books for 3 weeks
  16. Dress bookishly for a week – January 10 – 16
  17. Read a banned book
  18. Attend an event at the library
  19. Read a book by an author from a country I’ve never imagined visiting
  20. Sign up for a book box – Moth Box
  21. Post an elaborate bookstagram
  22. Read a book for a holiday
  23. Read the book, see the movie, debate
  24. Color
  25. Attend a bookish event
  26. Do at least one book purge – Of 40+ books
  27. Smell a book – Winnie the Pooh
  28. Make a bookish playlist
  29. Use a TBR jar
  30. Chosen for me

I’m wrapping the quarter having done 11 activities on this list. Well done me. I really enjoyed making a book tag so I might have to try that again sometime. Emojiathon was pretty easy since it only had to be 4 books in a month. I still plan on participating in a few other readathons this year so I’ll let you know when those happen.

Part 2 of the Book Box will be in April with the Nocturnal Reader’s Box as well as my library reading (more on that shortly). My library also has it’s big book sale which is a 4 day event. Looks like my activities won’t be slowing down any time soon.

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: Resist

Today is my birthday! I will be turning 30 and pretending I’ve got my shit together. I truly hope my 30s prove to me more interesting, fulfilling, and fun than my 20s. It is also Women’s History month and we need to remember to stand strong and never stop resisting.

Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) by K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton
Make America Great Again by Pussy Riot
Queen of Swords by Idina Menzel
Fight like a Girl by Emilie Autumn
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde
You Can’t Kill Us by Icon for Hire
Government Hooker by Lady Gaga
Straight Outta Vagina by Pussy Riot
Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams
Quiet by Milck

Nerdy 30 Activity #6

I’m revising to ‘host a book-themed party’ to ‘attend a book themed party.’ I tried to get my bookish friends to join in for a blind date with a book party but nobody bit. Rather than make myself crazy trying to make that happen, I’m just going to ever so slightly move the goal posts to accommodate my library’s annual party.

This year was on a weekday but it was Harry Potter themed. I was able to rock my elhoffer design teacher’s robe.