Casual Challenge Update

We’re 2 months into the year so it seems like a good time to do an update.

Book Riot

  • One-Sitting Book – The Cute Girl Network
  • Female protagonist over 60 – What Happened
  • Hates cover – Fire & Fury

A cute contemporary graphic novel and Hillary Clinton’s memoir, both 4 star reads. The first was sweet and puts an interesting spin on dating with a skater and a slacker. Clinton’s memoir is very important and will continue to be.


  • Mental health – Turtles All the Way Down
  • Borrowed/gift – The Woman in the Window
  • Sport – The Cute Girl Network
  • GoodReads Choice award winner – What Happened
  • Ugly cover – Fire & Fury

I won TWITW from an Instagram giveaway from Paper Obscura. I’m leaving the unboxing vids pinned to my Insta until March so check it out if you’re interested what they offer in a bookish box. As for the book, I did a full review but it was OK.

I was not a fan of F&F because it had rushed editing and was a poorly quality of writing. It’s important now but will not be remembered well in 10 years. This cover is terrible and I’ve seen better on social media done as pet projects.

GoodReads 52 Books

  • Features A, T, & Y in the title – Turtles All the Way Down
  • Text only cover – What Happened
  • Murder – The Murders of Molly Southbourne
  • 2018 release – The Woman in the Window
  • Deadly sin – Canto Bight

Some arbitrary goals I get a kick out of, like the ATY. It was an accurate representation of mental illness and a very compelling story.

Canto Bight has more than a few of the deadly sins but greed and envy feature very heavily. It was a fun expansion on the universe.

Reading Glasses

  • Mentioned on the pod – The Murders of Molly Southbourne
  • Graphic novel – The Cute Girl Network

TMOMS piqued my interest but I didn’t commit until Brea raved about it.

Modern Mrs. Darcy

  • Memoir – What Happened
  • Read in a day – The Cute Girl Network

I finished TCGN in a couple of hours and donated it to a little free library. I enjoyed it and I hope the next person does too.

In other news, I’m scrapping the Bookish challenge. I’ve got enough here to keep track of.


D Is for Double

Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds or vomits, a double of herself appears. Time and experience have taught her that most of them will try to kill her if she doesn’t kill them first.

I saw this at my library and my interest was piqued but I didn’t commit until it got a solid review on Reading Glasses. It’s a novella (117 pages) so I can’t go into much detail. It gives you enough answers that your satisfied but not enough information that you can easily stop thinking about it.

This story was fascinating and exciting so I’m looking forward to finding more of Tade Thompson’s writing. 4/5

F Is for Fire and Fury

I got my hands on this book a couple of week’s ago. I didn’t finish it sooner because it wasn’t an easy read for me.

The writing is mediocre and has choppy editing. It moves from one vignette of ridiculousness to the next. There’s even formatting to indicate this was a deliberate choice. The lack of flow plus Wolff’s underwhelming writing style made this a slog. A lot of the content also felt like old news due to highlight reels coming out when the book did and the steady flow of leaks in the news.

Wolff also has a shady reputation. Allegedly, some of his off the record moments were put into this book and some things are of questionable truth. One reason this blew up the way it did was Trump trying to shut it down. Had he ignored it, the world would be less curious. The efforts to stop this book from existing made the world give a scummy journalist more credit for veracity than he deserved.

This is a very flash in the pan type of book. It’s important *right now* but will not be important when the next administration rolls around. It will not be remembered as history marches on. This is a 2 Star book getting a 3 Star review because it’s relevant to critical current events.


I feel like I must accomplish a ridiculous amount of things in order to be productive. I woke up with a massive sinus headache today so I went back to sleep hoping to get rid of the pain. It worked but it took until almost 1 PM. I then began a mad scramble to check off my to do list which included:

-Cleaned the toilet

-Packaged and mailed books I sold

-Dropped off packing peanuts at UPS

-Got the mail


-Made breakfast & lunch

-Dropped off books at a little free library

-Donated books to my library

-Returned a library book & picked up a hold

-Packaged and mail 2 Poshmark orders

-Photographed and listed 12 items on Poshmark

-De-furred my work clothes

-Did 2 loads of laundry

-Listened to 4 podcast episodes

Before bed I will probably:

-Repack my bag

-Take 1 Bookstagram photo

-Watch the Olympics

-Make dinner

-Put away all the Poshmark items I listed

Why do I still feel like I didn’t accomplish enough today? Why do I do this to myself? I got a ton of stuff done considering how my day started. This is a know problem among women where we don’t give ourselves enough credit. No more!

Despite feeling like crap, I took care of myself and conquered most of my to do list. It was a productive day. Go me!

Music Monday: Bad Friends

Need a song for a romantic breakup? They’re available by the truckload. Friend breakups? They’re a little harder to come by. Taylor Swift did give that niche a bit more awareness with Bad Blood so let’s hope some other artists follow suit soon. I did a major clear out of toxic and unrewarding friendships last year. These songs helped keep me sane.

Spot Me.

The Last of Me by Bree Sharp
Game Shows Touch Our Lives by The Mountain Goats
Friend of Mine by Lily Allen
What Friends? by Bettie Serveert
Fake Friends by Sigrid
Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
We Used to Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
Ignorance by Paramore
Throne by Bring Me the Horizon
True Friends by Bring Me the Horizon
To the Wolves by Anberlin
Somebody that I Used to Know by Jonathan Young

Last year, I ended several friendships that were unhealthy and/or didn’t serve me well. To some of them, I wish the best, and the rest I invite some of them to dance barefoot on Legos.

Twofer Challenge: N Is for Network

The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means to be exact. The women of Brookport have formed The Cute Girl Network to warn each other of bad guys in the last cal dating pool. Jane really likes Jack but should she? I wouldn’t say the concept is realistic but it doesn’t disturb my willing suspension of disbelief.

This story is a sweet contemporary about dating and a little about skateboarding. As well wacky as this concept sounds, it’s completely believable to me because there are some folks need their drama fix. One of Jane’s friends is a little too into Jane hearing all the negative things about her potential beau. I kind of wanted to smack her. Again, I’ve seen people do far worse in the name of protecting a friend.

One of the biggest ‘lessons’ this book has is that some folks aren’t bad people just for being wrong for you. You have to make up your own mind and figure it out for yourself. It’s part of what makes dating suck and rock. Overall, a light, fun ride. 4/5