Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.

A coworker recommended it.

This one sounded good. 

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

  • Historical fiction with LGBT characters. I would love a Victorian romance with LGBT characters.
  • YA with more flawed characters. I see lots of main characters with issues but their love interest is generally less flawed. I'm tired of the perfect guy/girl. I want romances between misfits.
  • More mixed race characters. 
  • Great world building. I want more books that build worlds quickly and effectively. 
  • Engaging nonfiction like the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or Kurlansky's books.
  • More female superheroes written by women. 
  • More graphic novels based on historical events.
  • Fiction based on the Bible like The Red Tent.
  • More books set in the 80's or that pay tribute to the 80's. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

April Book Tally

Revival vol 3 by Tim Seeley
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Revival vol 4 by Tim Seeley
Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Nightwing vol 1 bu Tim Seeley
Wonder Woman vol 1 by Greg Rucka
The Party After You Left by Roz Chast
Ghosts by Raina Telgmeier
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn


A good month over all. I did participate in the Readathon for a little bit. I hope that I can participate the whole day in October. I've been having some little slumps but I hope that by the end of May I'm back to normal in my reading.


Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 0 (None this month) YTD: 2
What's In A Name: 1 (Heroine Complex) YTD: 1
Read Harder: 2 (Ghosts and A Manual For Cleaning Women) YTD: 5
Total: 39

Friday, May 5, 2017

April Goals Tally

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. Still working on building my ankle strength. I'm still doing a lot of walking. I've upped my step challenge number to 12,000/day. I'm hoping to get back to biking in May.

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. We actually made a lot of progress here. We are able to pull Tai's car into the garage. I hope to have the whole garage cleared by the end of June. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I didn't get an yoga in this month at all :(

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good on this one. 

Add more art into my life. Nothing formal but keeping an eye out for art everyday. 

Get back to meal planning. We switched to Plated. I'm going to do a post on my experiences with all the meal delivery services we used. 

Take more pictures. I think I'm going to change this goal to something else. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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.

Another one for the Foodies Read Challenge.

Interesting sounding non fiction. Kind of a fish of water story.

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

I picked up Heroine Complex for the What's in A Name Challenge Title has a x in it category. Not only did I cross off a category on a challenge but I read a delightful book.

Evie is trying to handle it all-her teenage sister, her absent dad, her best friend/boss, and her own messy problems. Evie enjoys being in the shadows but when Aveda, San Francisco's resident super hero is laid up with an ankle injury, Evie must step in and help maintain Aveda's image. But can Evie be a superhero and still get the guy?

I really enjoyed Heroine Complex. Evie was funny and relateable. I enjoyed the pop culture references as well as all the superhero banter. I would definitely pick up the next in the series. Others who shared their thoughts on Heroine Complex: Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Badass Book Reviews, and The Daily Geekette.
 I read Heroine Complex for the What's In a Name Challenge.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

I had enjoyed Telgemeier's other books so I was excited to read Ghosts. I was not disappointed. Telgemeier does a great job of translating all the feelings of being a teen into her books. And this was one no different. Catrina and her family are moving to Northern California for her sister, Maya's health. Catrina is upset about leaving her friends. But Catrina and Maya wind up  gaining friends, family history, and developing a closer relationship with each other. I enjoyed this story and I look forward to more ffrom Telgemeier.
I read this one for the Read Harder Challenge: Read an all ages comic.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.


Is it strange that I love Chrissy Teigan? I'm looking forward to this one. I might even cook something out of it!

I need some more Sarah Addison Allen in my life. 

What did you get this week? Share below!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

I'd never heard of Lucia Berlin. I choose A Manual For Cleaning Women to fulfill "Read a collection of short stories by a woman" for the Read Harder challenge. But I'm glad I did.  Her stories were bold, heart-breaking, and gorgeous. So much pain and heartache. I don't have too much to say about this one other than A Manual For Cleaning Women will stay with me for a long time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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 this one.

I got this one for the Read Harder challenge (read a book set with a 100 miles from your location). I've wanted to read it for years but never have. 

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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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.

Reloot.

I'll probably never read Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. It sounds so depressing. But I'll try this one.

Interesting sounding graphic novel.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

March Goals Tally

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. I went to the doc, got some ankle exercises, and some inserts for my shoes. My ankles feel a lot better. But haven't really done much physical other than walking.

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. Made almost no progress here. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I went to yoga once this month. It was a busy month and I struggled to go back. 

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good here. 

Add more art into my life. Making plans to go to more art museums but nothing concrete.

Get back to meal planning. We switched to Home Chef which helps tremendously. 

Take more pictures. Still sucking at this. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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 was a fan of Jordan's YA series. Looking forward to her adult romance.

Real Life Reading introduced me to Changes. It seems way out of my comfort level but I'm willing to try.

An LGBT retelling of The Great Gatsby? Sign me up.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

March Book Tally

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
Big Bad Breakfast by John Currance
Wrinkles by Paco Roca
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
Revival vol 1 by Tim Seeley
Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Creamy & Crunchy by Jon Krampner
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Black Panther vol 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Revival vol 2 by Tim Seeley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka
Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes

I read a lot of graphic novels this month. Catching up to my Goodreads goal, only 2 books behind now.

Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 1 (Creamy & Crunchy) YTD: 2
What's In A Name: 0 (none this month) YTD: 0
Read Harder: 2 (Books for Living and Just Juliet) YTD: 3
Total: 29

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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 added The Book of Salt after reading Books for Living.

I was looking for LGBT historical fiction and I found this.

This one sounded good. 

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekend Cooking: Creamy & Crunchy by Jon Krampner

I picked up Creamy & Crunchy because who wouldn't want to learn more about peanut butter. I do enjoy a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a good peanut butter cookie. But Creamy & Crunchy didn't hit the spot.

Krampner has a conversational tone but sometimes it rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes I felt that I was a someone's house and he was recounting what he learned and every time I thought it was over, he'd find someone else to tell me. There are plenty of facts about where and how peanuts are grown. Some debate over who invented peanut butter (Not George Washington Carver) as well as the loss of regional brands that were made for specific tastes. There's even a chapter on peanut butter in music. I admit I skimmed a large portion of the book.

There are some interesting peanut butter recipes through out the book like Elvis' favorite peanut butter sandwich. I'd hoped to make one but time got away from me. I do love a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich with strawberry or grape jam. What's your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?
This was my second read for the Foodies Read challenge.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth  Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.


This one looks good. Very excited to read it.

A favorite. Looking forward to the graphic adaptation. 

I actually found this one on a display for St Patrick's Day. Excited to learn more about my favorite beverage. 

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.

This one looked good.

Reloot.

Interesting looking graphic novel.

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

February Update on 2017 Goals

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. I've rolled my ankle again so walks are shorter. I'm going to the doctor to see what can be done about my wobbly ankles!

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. Made almost no progress here. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I went to yoga-once this month. I want to go back once my ankle feels better. 

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing pretty goiod about this one. Tai and I have been reading after dinner, just listening to music.

Add more art into my life. Added some art museums to my Instagram feed. Enjoying learning about new artists.

Get back to meal planning. We did Blue Apron one week this month. Really helped with the meal planning. 

Take more pictures. Still sucking at this. I don't always like the prompts. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

February Book Tally

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Lost In NYC by Nadja Spiegelman
Paper Girls vol 2 by Brian K Vaughan
Carrie by Stephen King
Jessica Jones vol 2 by Brian Michael Bendis
Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich

Much more productive month. A lot of good reads this month. Feeling like I'm back on track. Plus I got one read towards the Foodies Read challenge. I really want to finish that challenge this year.

Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 1 (Pancakes In Paris) YTD: 1
What's In A Name: 0 (none this month) YTD: 0
Read Harder: 1 (The Mothers) YTD: 1
Total: 15

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

I picked up Just Juliet after seeing some good reviews on Goodreads. I'm glad I did. Just Juliet was a sweet story about first love.

Lena is 17 and a senior in high school. She has a boyfriend and does well in school. Lena figures she'll go to college, get married, have kids, and become a teacher like many of the other girls in her town. But when Lena meets Juliet, Lena discovers that she might not want those things after all. Juliet is artistic and spends a lot of time making her own clothes. And the rumor is that Juliet is gay. Lena's never met a gay person before but she knows she wants to become Juliet's friend. Lena and Juliet seem to have a lot in common-art, horror movies, video games. The more time Lena spends with Juliet the less time Lena wants to spend with anyone else. But does Lena like Juliet as a friend or something more?

I appreciated how real Lena, Juliet and the other characters were. Reagan takes the time to let the characters tell their story. I also loved the epilogue which provided the happiest ending for all the characters. I really enjoyed Just Juliet. Others who shared their thoughts on Just Juliet: Life of A Crazy Mom, Every Book Counts, and The Nerdgirl Reviews.
This satisfies the Read a LGBTQ romance novel for the Read Harder Book Challenge.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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.


Squee! Gaiman and Norse Mythology. Let me clear my schedule. 

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

I choose Books for Living to satisfy the Read Harder challenge: Read a book about books. I don't really like reading about books. Either the author likes to shame the reader for not reading great works of literature or they talk about books so obscure that maybe 5 people read them. Schwalbe strikes a balance. He talks about books I never heard of in a way that made me want to read them. He doesn't shame, rather offers his opinion or other's opinion about why you might want to read a book. His tone was conversational. Plus his own love of reading oozed out of the pages and made me want to read more.

Books for Living added to my tbr pile. It was an enjoyable read and one you could read a little at a time. I hadn't wanted to read The End of Your Life Book Club but now I might. Others who shared their thoughts on Books For Living: 20somethingreads, Lit Lovers, and Linda's Book Bag.
This satisfies the book about books category of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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'm always looking for graphic novels written by POC. 

I like Chevalier and I was excited to see a new book from her on the library shelf.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

50 Things About Me


1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30 a.m. 

2. How do you like your steak? medium rare 

3. What was the last film you saw at the theater? Lego Batman (I liked the Lego movie better)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Brooklyn 99 

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I like where I live now. 

6. What did you have for breakfast? yogurt, a vita top, and coffee. 

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike? calamari, most clams

9. Favorite Place to Eat? a sushi restaurant 

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch 

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Honda Fit

12. What are your favorite clothes? sweatpants

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? France

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? full 

15. Where would you want to retire? No need to move, I would stay in Washington State.

16. Favorite time of day? early evening

17. Where were you born? in a hospital 

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? football

19. How many siblings? 1 half brother

20.Favorite pastime/hobby: reading

21. Bird watcher? no 

22. Are you a morning person or a night person? night 

23. Do you have any pets? a dog

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Nothing comes to mind

25. What did you want to be when you were little? Screenwriter.

26. What is your best childhood memory? Riding in the car with my parents on our weekend adventures. My dad loved exploring, my mom loved shopping so we always did a little of both each weekend.

27. Are you a cat or dog person? dog

28. Are you married? Yes 

29. Always wear your seat belt? Yes 

30. Been in a car accident? nothing serious. Just fender benders.

31. Any pet peeves? being dismissed or ignored.

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings? artichoke hearts, olives, onion

33. Favorite Flower? hydrangeas

34. Favorite ice cream? bubble gum

35. Favorite fast food restaurant? Panera

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test? none 

37. From whom did you get your last email? work

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? restoration hardware

39. Do anything spontaneous lately? filled out this questionnaire 

40. Like your job? yup

41. Broccoli? I love it 

42. What was your favorite vacation? victoria, good food and plenty of relaxing

43. Last person you went out to dinner with! Tai

44. What are you listening to right now? office noise

45. What is your favorite color? purple 

46. How many tattoos do you have? zero 

47. What time did you finish this quiz? 11 am. 

48. Coffee Drinker? yes

49. Favorite Fandoms? Harry Potter, Firefly, Star Wars, Deadpool

50. Marvel or DC? Marvel

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.


Another one for the Foodies Read challenge.
This one was on a list of recommended LGBT books.

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