Tuesday, February 9, 2016

January Book Tally

Prelude To A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
When A Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare
Over Easy by Mimi Pond
Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Deadpool vs Thanos by Tim Seeley
Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman

Good month. I started slumping at the end. I'm hoping some romance novels will pull me out of it.

Stats:
Graphic Novel Challenge: 2 (Over  Easy and Deadpool vs Thanos)  YTD: 2
Foodies Read Challenge: 0 (none this month)  YTD: 0
What's In A Name Challenge: 0 (none this month)  YTD: 0
LGBTQIA Reading Challenge: 1 (Honey Girl)  YTD: 1
Total: 11

Monday, February 8, 2016

January Goal Update

How did I do on my goals in January?

Overall, poorly. We bought a house (yay!) but it made it hard to do anything else.

-Train to complete STP in 2017. Haven't made any progress.

-Take one dance related class a week (Zumba, pole dancing, etc). I was sick for most of January so gym time was nil.

-Continue to set aside time for myself. Again, between the house and being sick, I got nothing.

-Clear out the clutter. I did good one the physical clutter. Sorting through our stuff to pack generated some boxes of stuff to get rid of.

-Use up what we get in our Full Circle box each week. I've been a lot better about this one. Work in progress.

-Take 3 more cooking classes. Saw a class I wanted to take but timing didn't work. I'll probably put this off until after the move.

-Expand my cooking horizons. Haven't even thought about what I'll make.

Wednesday, February 3, 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 read part of the Dressmakers series last year. Time to complete the series. 

This one looked pretty interesting. 

What did you get this week? Share below.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January Graphic Novel Review

I enjoyed the story of this one. It's the 70's and Madge takes a job in a coffee shop. The story follows Madge and her coffee friends as they fall in and out of relationship and do drugs.

Still trying to read more Deadpool before the movie comes out. I liked this one because the Avengers and the  Guardians of the Galaxy show up.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman

I added Honey Girl to my library queue because it is was set in the 70's, featured surfing, and the main character was half Hawaiian and queer. I don't seem to read many books set in the 70's. Plus it's short length sent it shooting to the top of my list.

Nani's dad died suddenly and her mom moved them from Hawaii to California. Nani wants to fit in the local girls so her friend in Hawaii gave her a list of rules to follow. So many rules! That was probably my biggest problem with Honey Girl. The lists of rules. So many things girls weren't allowed to do-eat in front of boys, let him know you pee, cut your hair, wear certain colors. Especially since I could see this didn't fit Nani. She was awesome in her own right but these rules made her hide her awesomeness. But slowly Nani realized what was important. It was kind of a coming of age story.

Nani and the other girls don't surf but they know a lot about surfing in order to attract surfer boys. There's plenty of surfer talk but if you are looking for cool surfer girls, this isn't the book. I did enjoy the 70's feel of the book. I also liked Nani's realizations about her sexual feelings towards boys and girls. It all felt natural and not forced. I'd read more of Freeman's books. Others who shared their thoughts on Honey Girl: Rather Be Reading YA, In Bed With Books, and The Bibliophilic Book Blog.
This is the first book I read for the LGBTQIA reading challenge.

Wednesday, January 27, 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.

Alternate history where Britain controls magic and the colonists invent stuff? Sounds awesomely steampunk.

I really enjoyed the last Talley book I read. Looking forward to this one.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 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've heard good things about Ockler and about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. 

I do love graphic memoirs.

This one has quite the buzz.

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


Thursday, January 14, 2016

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

I don't remember how I heard about All American Boys but I'm glad I did. If you or a teen in your life is looking to understand the #BlackLivesMatter protests or understand more about racial inequality in America, then All American Boys is the book. Reynolds and Kiely do an excellent job of showing how complex the issues are without dumbing down the issues or making light of people's lives.

Rashad goes into a convenience store to pick up some gum and chips on a Friday evening. When he bends down to retrieve his phone from his duffle, a woman trips over him. Moments later, he's being beaten and handcuffed by a police officer. Quinn watches his friend haul Rashad out of the convenience store and beat him mercilessly.

Told in alternating chapters, the reader explores the depth of this situation. Why does this happen? Is it the police? Is black men? How has racial inequality changed or not changed in the last 50 years? All American Boys puts a much more human face on the struggle and helps show how this is everyone's problem. I also found the story to be easier to understand but not easier to determine where the solution lies.

Overall, All American Boys is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it for teens and adults. I think we can all learn from this well told book. Others who shared their thoughts on All American Boys: Rich In Color, YA Bibliophile, YA Love, and Sorcery In The Bookshelves.

Wednesday, January 13, 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 read about Herland on a list of female-centric scifi novels. I'd like to read more women centered scifi.

Reloot. I really want to read it this time.

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars? Sign me up.

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Goals

New  Year, New Goals. How did I do last year? Go here.

-Train to complete STP in 2017. This is a 200+ mile bike ride over 2 days from Seattle to Portland. In order to be ready to bike 200 miles, I'm going to do 3 long rides: Living The Dream Ride, Cycle The Wave, and the Tulip Pedal. I'm excited about this goal and can't wait to start training.

-Take one dance related class a week (Zumba, pole dancing, etc). Dancing doesn't feel like exercise and I love it so I'm going to do that more.

-Continue to set aside time for myself. Continue going to the spa, get my hair cut on something of a schedule, get my nails done. That time is important.

-Clear out the clutter. Last year I worked on physical clutter. I'm going to keep working on that as well mental clutter. There's a lot of shit in my head that needs to go.

-Use up what we get in our Full Circle box each week. Every week we get an amazing box of organic produce and sometimes we don't eat it all. If we haven't finished what we have by the time I need to order again, then we don't order. Also I need to order smarter.

-Take 3 more cooking classes. I'm already signed up for one in March. I enjoyed the ones I took previously and they teach me new things.

-Expand my cooking horizons. Learn to make one Thai dish, one Korean, and one Vietnamese. I went all Asian since we are still doing the no dairy thing.


I'll note my progress each month like I did before. Let's do this!