Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I spotted this one on someone else's blog and it looked good.
Reloot. 
I'm always looking for good fantasy.

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hang A Thousand Trees with Ribbon by Ann Rinaldi

I admit I hadn't heard of Phillis Wheatley prior to picking up Hang A Thousand Trees With Ribbons. I have enjoyed Rinaldi's other books and this one was no different. Rinaldi brought Wheatley's life to life so vividly.

Phillis arrived in America as many Africans did in the 1700's, on a slave ship. Phillis was stolen from Africa and brought with her mother and friend to America. Phillis had little idea what would happen to her once they arrived but Phillis was purchased by a family. At first, Phillis did the usual house slave tasks, helped with meal preparations, housekeeping, laundry, etc. But when the son of the man who bought her noticed that she seemed to learn to English quickly and could read, Phillis received tutoring and education. Phillis had something in her that gave her the words to write. I believe that some people have gifts and I was so glad to hear that she was able to use her talent when so many Africans who were brought to America during that time weren't given a chance.

I enjoyed Hang A Thousand Trees with Ribbons. A great introduction to the life of Phillis Wheatley. Others who shared their thoughts on Hang A Thousand Trees With Ribbons: The Book Bag, Life Wordsmith, and Books For Keeps.
This was my third read for the What's in A Name Challenge, Title with "tree" in it category.

Friday, December 2, 2016

November Book Tally

On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
Jessica Jones: Alias vol 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Groot by Jeff Loveness
We Stand On Guard by Brian K Vaughan
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? Achy Obejas
Princeless vol1by Jeremy Whitley
Shiro: Wit, Wisdom, and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer by Shiro Kashiba
Day Zero by Kresley Cole
My Brown Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett
The Vision vol 1 by Tom King

Another good month. I'm trying to finish up all my challenges. The Foodies Read and The What's In A Name Challenge are still giving me trouble.

Stats:
Graphic Novel Challenge: 6(We Stand On Guard, Princeless, Jessica Jones, Snow White,The Vision, and Groot)  YTD: 29
Foodies Read Challenge: 1 (Shiro)  YTD: 4
What's In A Name Challenge: 1 (We Came From Cuba)  YTD: 2
LGBTQIA Reading Challenge: 0 (none this month)  YTD: 6
Total: 97

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Graphic Novel Review

I really enjoyed Jessica Jones tv show. This graphic novel had elements (Hello, Luke Cage) but didn't follow the show. I liked learning more about Jessica. I look forward to more Jessica.
Set during the Great Depression in New York. Beautifully drawn. Followed the usual story line. I loved it.
Groot
I loved this one. I hope they do more Groot graphic novels.
We Stand On Guard
It's no secret I'm a Brian K Vaughan fan girl. I really enjoyed this one.

Princeless vol 1
I loved this one. Great for girls of all ages.
The Vision vol 1
This one was a lot deeper than other graphic novels I've read. The Vision wants to be human. This volume explore what being human and having a family means. Really makes you think.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

My coworker raved about People of The Book. Actually she raved about Brooks so I foresee more of her books in my future. 

This one came recommended from Goodreads based on other books I read. 

This was recommended by a friend. 

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shiro: Wit, Wisdom & Recipes by Shiro Kashiba

I've been lucky enough to eat at Shiro's twice. So when I saw his memoir, I had to pick it up. Shiro is a sushi legend in Seattle. I was excited to learn more about Shiro and hear about how he became a sushi chef. I enjoyed learning about Shiro's life in Japan and how he came to America. This was in the late 60's and early 70's. There was no internet and sushi shops weren't as popular so Shiro had to rely on a friend who was backpacking through the US to help him find Japanese restaurants that he might work in. Then he wrote letters to those restaurants asking for a job. It took a long time for him to find someone who was willing to give him a job but he found a restaurant in Seattle that was willing to take a chance on him.

There are some recipes in the back. I wanted to make a few of the recipes but I read the book over Thanksgiving and didn't have a chance. But the Sole Shioyaki and Poke Belltown looked really good. I can't wait to try his new place, Sushi Kashiba. Others who shared their thoughts on Shiro: The Matterhorn Review, Mode Nook, and The Oxen of The Sun.
This fourth read for the Foodies Read Challenge.

Friday, November 25, 2016

We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas

I found We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? on a list of books about LGBTQ and POC. Obejas' book definitely discusses the intersectionality of both. The stories are all touching, some humorous, some sad.

Each story is so different but most of the stories are focused on a gay or lesbian character. Sometimes about their lovers, sometimes about their health, about their families. The nationality of the person also plays a large part, most of the characters are Latinx. The stories don't all follow the same characters. Some stories are about men, and some women. Obejas doesn't shy away from talking about AIDS. I could this book wasn't written recently because I almost never hear about AIDS anymore in the United States. I'm sure it's still happening but it's not getting the press it once did. But Obejas' stories about AIDS were moving and real. In fact all of her writing was real. She talked about everything like she's been there.

I really enjoyed We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? I couldn't find any reviews about this book from independent bloggers. It seems like a lot of college courses have this book on their syllabi. I hope more people read it.
We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? fulfilled the country category for the What's In A Name Challenge.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

The sequel to Ash & Bramble. I really enjoyed Ash & Bramble. I look forward to this one.

I liked The Happiness Project. I'm interested to see what I can learn in this one.

Another one I'm looking forward to.

What did you get this week? Share your loot below!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I heard a lot of good things about Lab Girl. I'm always looking for engaging non-fiction. Jahren delivers.

We start when Jahren is finishing her dissertation. She's determined to open her own lab. It's in the last days as a student that she meets Bill, who becomes her best friend and lifelong lab partner. Hope finds a college where she and Bill can open a lab and start working. For most of the book, Hope must continue to find funding to support their work. Sometimes she's able to find enough, sometimes they must steal from other departments to continue working. All this happens while Hope deals with bipolar disorder. While some memoirs gloss over the hard parts, Jahren doesn't sugar coat anything. I appreciated her straight forwardness about her illness, about how difficult it is to be a scientist, and how trees and plants are dying at rapid rates thanks to humans. The science lost me at times but the story was so engaging, I just kept reading. Reminded me of The Martian.

Lab Girl is a great read for anyone even if you aren't interested in science. Science and the information about trees was important and facinating but Jahren's personal story was just as important. Others who shared their thoughts on Lab Girl: The World's Best Gardening Blog, Lost In A Great Book, and Some Beans.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

This is the third Woodson book I've read this year. I keep gobbling up her books. They are so beautiful, unlike others I've read. Woodson is talking about this world, our world, and being brown in it. I look forward to more of her books.

August was living in Tennessee until her father moved her and her brother to Brooklyn. It's the 1970's. August is becoming a women, trapped between girlhood and adulthood. Although I was born later, I remember that in between stage. Being pushed towards adulthood while clinging to childhood. Not understanding what you are feeling but wanting to feel more, not wanting to feel at all. Woodson captures this all in such an amazing way.

Another Brooklyn is one of those books you don't want to end. Woodson has an amazing talent. I highly recommend picking up one of her books. This one if you can. It will transport you to 1970's Brooklyn. Make you feel young and old at the same time. Give you understanding and take it away. Amazing and beautiful. Others who shared their thoughts on Another Brooklyn: Library Love Fest, Hopelessly Devoted Biblophile, and Hollywood The Write Way.