Friday, September 4, 2015

August Book Tally


Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins
The Martian  by Andy Weir
Unveiled by Courtney Milan

Not a bad month but certainly didn't read a whole lot. Did read some good books this month. My graphic novel numbers have gone way down since I met my goal for that challenge. I also finished the What's In A Name Challenge!


Stats:
What's In A Name Challenge: this month: 1 (The Beekeeper's Daughter) YTD: 6
Graphic Novel and Manga Challenge: this month: 3 (Transposes, Pregnant Butch, Sex Criminals vol 2) YTD :41
Historical Reading Challenge: this month: 1 ( The Countess Conspiracy and Unveiled) YTD: 13
Foodies Read Challenge this month: 0 (none this month) YTD: 4
Total: 115

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

I was really on the fence about reading The Martian. I heard there was a lot of science. I like science but I was worried about it being too academic for me. Weir does a great job of telling you enough but making it easy to understand for the most part. I enjoyed The Martian more than I thought I would.

Mark Watney is a botanist and engineer. He's also funny and stranded on Mars. Mark must find a way to survive until NASA can send its' next manned spaceship in four years. Watching Mark McGyver his way through his stay on Mars was entertaining. I loved reading how he figured stuff out. Mark isn't a character I'll soon forget. He made me laugh and hold my breath in suspense. I hated putting The Martian down. I would tell Mark to stay safe until I came back!

The Martian was a fun read. I don't know if all the science was sound but it was fun anyway. I'm really looking forward to the movie. And I would be interested in reading another book from Weir. Others who shared they thoughts on The Martian: My Thousand Lives, Dear Author, Light Is Beautiful, and Battles and Book Reviews.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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.

Yes, another book by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'm really looking forward to this one.

This is a friend of mine's favorite book. 

Time to read some King.

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-The Duke's Guide To Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Not really what he thought most men in his position were accustomed to doing. Especially if they had spent most of the night drinking with their now boon companions."
pg 27 The Duke's Guide To Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Graphic Novel Review

A fantastic graphic novel about 6 transgender men. Very honest and beautiful. I can't recommend it enough.
An interesting memoir of a lesbian who gets pregnant while identifying as butch. Great look at how health care and society looks at non-gender conforming people. Thought provoking and funny.

I love this series. Such great characters and an interesting premise.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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.


Just gearing up for Banned Books Week. A little early I know.

I know nothing about this one except it looked cute. 

This one just sounded good.

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Gregor felt sure she'd done that fancy trick off the bat completely for his benefit. One flip would have been plenty."
pg 28 Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Goodbye, Little Green House

Recently, my dad sold my childhood home. He hasn't been living in since his heart surgery over 3 years ago. It was time for all of us to move on.

Goodbye, little green house.
My parents brought me home from the hospital to this house.

I had my first dog there.

I got ready for prom there.

I broke into the house once. Who knew you need an ID to get into an 18 and under club?

I spent 30 Thankgivings in that house. I learned to cook a turkey and created our favorite cranberry sauce recipe there.

I learned to cook in that kitchen.

I loved to lay underneath the lilac tree in the backyard.

I dreamed of building a gazebo around the willow tree in the backyard and getting married there as a little girl.

I'll never forget the day we got cable and watching MTv for the first time.

I remember the day my parents paid the house off and we all went to the bank to pay off the loan.

I remember drawing a treasure map all over the fireplace (and it's still there!).

I remember sitting on the couch and watching the world go by.

Thank you, little green house for being a good house. We had a lot of good memories there.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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 some Ephron on the shelf and had to grab it.

Reloot. Hopefully I'll read it this time around!

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

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Having children had never been a question when Anita was young; it was simply the expected order of things. Marriage meant babies and babies meant marriage."
pg 15 Knit Two by Kate Jacobs