Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

November 2018 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! November into December was kind of rough for me. Holidays are busy AND I’ve been extremely sick. It’s been very difficult to focus enough to get any reading or blogging done, which is why I’ve fallen off the map for a couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon! I’m going to work my way back into blogging on my regular schedule (Tu, Th, Sat), but it’ll probably be a gradual effort since I’m still feeling pretty exhausted and sick. Thanks for your patience, and happy reading! ❤

Books Read:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Believe Me by JP Delaney. 3.5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 2 books (YIKES)
Average Rating:  3.75 stars

Other Posts:

Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 2 books, which puts me at a total of 70 books for the year. I’m 1 book ahead of schedule and at 93% of my reading goal for the year.

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Bookworm Blogging, Readathons

Short-a-thon 2018

I can’t remember the last time I participated in a readathon (I’m so bad at them!) but Destiny @ Howling Libraries and Kathy @ Books and Munches have put together this super fun one that I just had to join. 🙂

Here’s all the important info, snagged directly from Destiny’s post:

SHORT-A-THON!

Short-a-thon is a readathon that is going to take place from 12:00AM December 21st to 11:59PM December 31st. (You can go by your own time zone!)

The goal is simple: to focus on reading the SHORTEST books in your TBR! These can be short stories, novellas, graphic novels, manga—if it’s got a low page count, it works! Of course, our ideas of “short” books will all vary, so go by whatever YOU consider short!

We liked the idea of hosting this readathon for two reasons:
1) It’s unique!
2) BOOST THOSE READING CHALLENGE NUMBERS! Your December end-of-year wrap could look amazing with a big stack of short books thrown on top!

Here’s how you can join in…

Create a TBR in a blog post, tweet, or whatever else you like to use. We recommend making a list of your TEN (10) shortest books!

Leave a comment here or on Kathy’s post with a link to your TBR so she can add you to our official participants list (you can do this any time between now and December 21st).

Use #shortathon18 on social media so we can all find each other and cheer one another one, and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @shortathon! We’ll be hosting reading sprints and challenges everyday.

My Short-a-thon TBR

I decided to choose the same method as Destiny: I’ll write out a list of shorter books on my TBR (all under 150 pages) and choose my TBR at random. I’ve also split them up based on number of pages, like Destiny did! Some of these may not be published yet, and some I may not be able to get a hold of. I’ll select and random and read whatever I actually can and skip what I can’t. 🙂 Here are the books I’ve selected as options:

1-50 Pages: 

  1. A Monstrous Love: Two Halloween Romances – Magen Cubed
  2. Wet Nails – Shira Glassman
  3. Heaven or This – Topaz Winters
  4. Hex Wives #1 – Ben Blacker
  5. The Goddess Collection – Ailie Wallace
  6. Waiting on a Bright Moon – J.Y. Yang
  7. Complementary and Acute – Ella Lyons
  8. A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters – Sam Sax
  9. Throttle – Joe Hill
  10. A Jury of Her Peers – Susan Glaspell
  11. Hunting Monsters – S.L. Huang

50-100 Pages:

  1. The Terracotta Bride – Zen Cho
  2. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. New American Best Friend – Olivia Gatwood
  4. In the Tall Grass – Stephen King
  5. By the Bog of Cats – Marina Carr
  6. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – 
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. The Grownup – Gillian Flynn
  8. Sour Candy – Kealan Patrick Burke
  9. Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live – Sacha Lamb
  10. Rose – Li-Young Lee
  11. This Way to the Sugar – Hieu Minh Nguyen
  12. The Little Red Wolf – Amélie Fléchais
  13. White Nights – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. The Curse Catcher – Laura Thalassa
  15. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  16. Black Helicopters – Caitlín R. Kiernan
  17. Riding the Track – Kara Ripley
  18. Bingo Love – Tee Franklin
  19. Learning Curves – Ceillie Simkiss
  20. Don’t Tell My Mother – Brigitte Bautista
  21. I’m Afraid of Men – Vivek Shraya
  22. The Lost Path – Amélie Fléchais
  23. ApocalyptiGirl – Andrew MacLean
  24. Jealousy Survival Guide – Kitty Chambliss
  25. Bluets – Maggie Nelson

100-150 Pages:

  1. Pizzeria Kamikaze – Etgar Keret
  2. Ongoingness – Sarah Manguso
  3. The Atrocities – Jeremy C. Shipp
  4. Ariel – Sylvia Plath
  5. Some New Ambush – Carys Davies
  6. Heathen Volume #1 – Natasha Alterici
  7. Afterlife – Melissa Jennings
  8. The Black God’s Drums – P. Djèlí Clark
  9. Do/ Story/ – Bobette Buster
  10. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  11. Water Memory – Mathieu Reynès
  12. The Backstagers Vol. 1 – James Tynion IV
  13. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion – Margaret Killjoy
  14. Heavy Vinyl Vol. 1 – Carly Usdin
  15. Evidence of the Affair – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  16. Women & Power – Mary Beard
  17. A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman
  18. Moonstruck Vol. 1 – Grace Ellis
  19. The Devil You Know – KJ Parker
  20. Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time – Hope Nicholson
  21. Taproot – Keezy Young
  22. Giant Days Vol. 1 – John Allison
  23. Stairway – Matt Hawkins
  24. Kingdom of Needle and Bone – Mira Grant
  25. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 – Matt Fraction
  26. You Should Have Left – Daniel Kehlmann
  27. The Murders of Molly Southbourne
  28. Written on the Body – Lexie Bean
  29. The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
  30. Dead Leaves – Patrick Kealan Burke
  31. All Hail the House Gods – Andrew J Stone
  32. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida
  33. Zodiac Starforce Vol. 1 – Kevin Panetta
  34. Mockingbird Vol. 1 – Chelsea Cain
  35. Spell on Wheels – Kate Leth
  36. Runaways Vol. 1 – Rainbow Rowell
  37. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! Vol. 1 – Kate Leth
  38. Oh Honey – Emily Austin
  39. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Kabi Nagata
  40. The ABCs of Socialism – Bhaskar Sunkara
  41. Batgirl Vol. 1 – Gail Simone
  42. Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell
  43. The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
  44. Cold, Thin Air – CK Walter
  45. The Melody of You and Me – M. Hollis
  46. Anarchism and Its Aspirations – Cindy Milstein
  47. The Man in the Picture – Susan Hill
  48. Roadside Picnic – Arkady Strugatsky
  49. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Martin Noble
  50. May We Shed These Human Bodies – Amber Sparks

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Not Books, Personal

Hamilton: My Broadway in Boston Recap

In mid-September, Hamilton came to Boston for a two month tour. I’ve always assumed I’d have no chance of going — I’m not sure what tickets looked like before, but the most inexpensive seats for this weekend are in the ballpark of $300 each. My aunt clued me in on the lottery, though, so I downloaded the Hamilton app and entered every single day. It became such a routine thing that I had almost forgotten there was anything at stake.

On Wednesday evening, I was headed home from work and had a notification from the app come in on my phone. I assumed it was the routine “better luck next time!” heads up but to my shock, I had won the lottery! I immediately logged in and claimed my ticket, ecstatic. I texted my closest friends (all Hamilton fans) in disbelief, I posted on Facebook, I thanked my aunt profusely for letting me know about the lottery.

Thursday morning I picked myself out a simple, classy black dress, matched with maroon leggings and black wedges. I did a full face of makeup and went into work dressed to impress. When I got out, I headed over to a coffee shop a couple blocks from the theater to read and get something to eat before the show. Around 6:45pm, I stopped by the box office to grab my ticket, grinning ear-to-ear, and made my way inside. I grabbed a Harpoon cider and waited for the doors to open.

Glad to have beaten the rush (I was among the first seated), I let the usher lead me to my seat at just past 7. I had expected a secluded seat near the back and couldn’t believe it wasn’t a dream when they brought me right up to the second row, congratulating me with a smile. I sat back and gazed at the stage in awe until the show started.

I’m disappointed to have missed the original cast, but the group of actors who performed were absurdly talented, of course. Actually getting to see the visuals enhanced the entire story in a way I could not have even comprehended beforehand. The characters truly came to life for me, and it was so fun to see the different spins that the actors were able to put on them. In particular, Austin Scott (the lead man himself) projected certain lines in a completely different manner than Lin-Manuel Miranda had. Although each character was at their core the same, it is fascinating to see how one person can be interpreted and portrayed so differently — even when restricted to the exact same lines.

Overall it was a truly magical experience that felt like it was over just after it had begun. I wish I had more to say about the play itself, but it really feels like something I would need to see multiple times to even begin to explore in depth. There were so many nuances and points of discussion that flashed through my mind as I watched, but there was no way for me to remember most of them while focusing on experiencing the performance in the moment. All I have left to say is that if you can get yourself to a production, I would highly recommend it.

Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

Believe Me [review]

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Believe Me by JP Delaney
Published by Quercus on July 24, 2018
my rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Goodreads avg:
3.69 (as of 2018-11-16)
cw: slut shaming, gore, CSA, self-harm, abuse
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.

Spoiler-free Review

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In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap? But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

But then, this isn’t lying. This is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Which, as you will discover, is very different.

→ What I Liked:

The Twists
While I’m not one of those people who can guess the ending to every mystery, I can sometimes be hard to please with twists. I like them to be somewhat believable, meaning that there needs to have been an indication somewhere that this was a possibility. Not necessarily anything glaring, just something to point back to as a foundation. This was actually one of my biggest issues with Dangerous Girls. While the very last bit of the book is so full of twists it’s messy, JP Delaney masterfully puts together most of the pieces in such a way that the reader can’t help but be impressed. I really thought I knew where this book was going at the beginning, but I was very wrong.

The Characters
Claire, our narrator, is a British actor living in NYC. It’s clear from the start that although she’s down on her luck, she’s just brimming with talent. She’s easy to sympathize with, but far from perfect. Although she has somewhat of a stereotypical background, in my opinion she was quite an original character. Patrick, the man accused of murdering his wife, felt really well-done as well. While at first the reader thinks they have him pinned down, that soon comes undone. Seeing him through Claire’s eyes, we find out just how difficult it is to discern who someone truly is.

→ What I Didn’t Like:

The Ending
I tore through the entirety of this book, loving the build-up, but felt entirely dissatisfied by the ending. The author threw in so many red herrings I could barely see straight. Everything began shifting wildly and rather than astounding me, it caused me to lose any suspension of disbelief I had. It felt cheesy and cheap and I’m positive JP Delaney had the talent to create something better than this.

→ TL;DR:

  • Great twists
  • Page-turner
  • Believable characters
  • A terrible ending
  • Would recommend

 

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(Blurb and cover courtesy of Goodreads.)

Not Books

Shuffle the Music [tag]

I bookmarked this tag that I saw Hilary do aaages ago and just re-found it! I love music and have discovered a lot of new artists recently, so it seems like a fun time to do it. In addition to the below rules, I’m going to skip duplicate artists and I’m going to use my Spotify library since that’s all I use to listen to music anymore, so be aware that it doesn’t necessary reflect my full music tastes. I’m ALSO only going to do ten songs so this doesn’t get too long (since I’m including album covers and quotes).

First and foremost… click HERE for the Spotify playlist of all the songs included below! 🙂

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
  2. Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
  3. Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

 

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Please save this for me
I’ll come back for you, love, I promise to

Please by Ludo
My favorite band, one of my favorite albums. This is a really great first song for this tag! Ludo is super fun and goofy, but they also have more serious songs like this one.

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Hey I’m a little drunk on you
And high on summertime

Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
Okay, so I’m a bit of a country fan, mostly because I grew up listening to it! I really love this song because it’s catchy and fun and I used to love driving around listening to it on summer nights.

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I think I’ve been here before
I think I’ve run into you

Deja Vu by 3OH!3
Okay, so 3OH!3 is another one of my favorite bands. I fell in love with them during high school and still JAM to them. I’m actually going to see them live (for the first time EVER) in a couple weeks and I’m wildly excited.

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I was in the wrong place
At the right time

A Night on the Town by The Dear Hunter
I’m a broken record. You guessed it, ANOTHER one of my favorite bands. These guys I’ve seen probably 4ish times at this point? I’ve cried at their shows, and they’re the first (and so far only) band whose lyrics I’ve gotten tattooed on me.

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Where will you be waking up tomorrow morning?
Out the back door goddamn but I love her anyway

Miss Jackson by Panic at the Disco
I don’t listen to a ton of patd anymore but I’ve been obsessed with this song for like 3 years and can’t stop.

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I got too many people I got left to prove wrong
All those motherfuckers been too mean for too long

Bastards by Kesha
An explicit cover and an explicit song, oh no! God, I love Kesha so much and I really adore this song.

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If this is really how it’s meant to be,
Then movin’ on sounds good to me, baby

In My Head by Dierks Bentley
More country music, what can I say. This one is just catchy.

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I remember how they took you down
As the winter turned the meadow brown

Mykonos by Fleet Foxes
I got really into indie folk the year before and after I graduated from college. Burlington, Vermont will do that to you.

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And I realize the blame is on me
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
I think TSwift’s music is so catchy and I liked her back when she was doing country #originalfan (jk).
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It’s not the chase that I love
It’s me following you
Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers
See the whole Indie Folk thing above.
I tag whoever would like to do this!
Book Tags, Bookworm Blogging

T10T: My Bookish Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally put together by The Broke and the Bookish and has been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is bookish items and merchandise that I want to own. This is super fun because I can share some neat stuff with y’all from my etsy wishlist!

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The Clever Clove has a LOT of fun stuff! They’re currently on maternity leave, but should be returning in 2019, and can fulfill all your bookish merch wishes then. 🙂

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I want a library book stamp for my books sooo badly. I don’t necessarily have a practical need for it, but I think they’re so cute!

Gifts for Book Lovers Book Bags

These book clutches are just adorable, I’d kill for the one with The Raven on it!

Vase Bookends

And these vase bookends are just gorrrrgeous.

Library Card & Stamp Pins - Set of 2

Last but not least, look at this cute pin set!!

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Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

The Haunting of Hill House [book review]

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Published by Penguin Classics on October 3, 2013 (originally 1959)
my rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Goodreads avg:
3.89 (as of 2018-11-07)
content warnings: gaslighting, suicide

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The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Nothing is ever really wasted, she believed sensibly, even one’s childhood, and then each year, one summer morning, the warm wind would come down the city street where she walked and she would be touched with the little cold thought: I have let more time go by.

Hi all!! I’m trying a new review layout that I feel really helps me organize my thoughts better. Let me know how you like it. 🙂

→ What I Didn’t Like:

The Characters

Our main character, Nell, gave me a lot of mixed feelings. At times I adored her and at times I found her unbelievably annoying. The rest of the characters I disliked even more. I didn’t understand the motivations of most of them, and I found their sudden changes in mood and demeanor off-putting. I can see the purpose of this: to wonder whether it was all in Nell’s head, whether it was caused by the house, and/or whether these people were truly acting like this. The problem was, I found it so distracting and confusing that it detracted from the atmosphere of the novel for me. I was, quite frankly, annoyed by most of the characters.

→ What I Liked:

The Writing
While I had issues along the way, the fact remains that Shirley Jackson is an incredible author. She is just fantastic at atmospheric writing (although as noted above, the characters ruined some of that for me) and knows how to add in twists that you won’t expect, even if her books aren’t outright scary. In fact, the ending saved this book entirely for me. It was a solid 3-star read until the last bit, which had me on the edge of my seat. That ending cemented Nell as a solid character in my mind and I really felt what she was feeling.

→ Additional Thoughts:

I was quickly convinced that this book was a huge inspiration for House of Leaves, one of my favorite books. From the general aura of the house, to the scientific exploration of the unnatural, to the strange dimensions, this had an HoL vibe through and through. In fact, I’m sure in the months to come, I’ll be noting a lot of books and movies that are influenced by Jackson, as she has clearly made a mark on literature with her writing.

→ TL;DR:

  • I found the characters somewhat annoying
  • Spooky vibes, but not really scary
  • Shirley Jackson is a god-tier writer
  • The ending is SO GOOD
  • Definitely helped inspire House of Leaves
  • Recommend!

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T10T: My Backlist TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally put together by The Broke and the Bookish and has been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is “backlist books I want to read” which are… so many of my books. I’ll give you just a handful that I’ve been meaning to get to!

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
I’ve been reading this series for a while now and am finally on the last book. I bought it a few weeks ago, but am waiting to build up the courage to get to it!

So Sad Today
I adored The Pisces so much that I need to read everything by Melissa Broder and I feel like I’ll love this collection of essays.

Where You’ll Find Me
My sister has this, it’s a true story that takes place near where I grew up, and she told me I’ll cry my eyes out. So I really want to read it and am also terrified to.

The Plague
I read my first Camus a couple years ago when my cousin recommended The Stranger to me. I’d been meaning to read some more and my friend has also been meaning to read The Plague, so we’re hoping to do a buddy read sometime soon!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
I’ve heard SO many good things about this series and won the first book in a giveaway recently, so I am VERY excited to get to it sometime soon!

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TBR Lows & Highs #7

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

She recently tweaked it a little bit, and I LOVE the tweak because I’ve been struggling to remove more and more stuff! Here is the new additional rule: I’d like y’all to pick ONE book from the “lows” that you think I should prioritize and I’ll add the top pick to my TBR ASAP shelf. So comment with your vote! 🙂

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

The Lows:

Bad Feminist
Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Are You My Mother?
A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Kissing the Witch
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances–sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one’s own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.

Kraken
Kraken is the traditional name for gigantic sea monsters, and this book introduces one of the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious inhabitants of the sea: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative ride through the world of squid science and adventure, along the way addressing some riddles about what intelligence is, and what monsters lie in the deep. In addition to squid, both giant and otherwise, Kraken examines other equally enthralling cephalopods, including the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly abilities, such as camouflage and bioluminescence. Accessible and entertaining, Kraken is also the first substantial volume on the subject in more than a decade and a must for fans of popular science.

Octopus
The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends – from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities.

In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea.

The Highs:

Kiss the Girls
This one was already on my TBR but I entered a giveaway this morning, which added it AGAIN.

Dolores Claiborne
I’ll probably end up adding all Stephen King I’ve yet to read to my TBR, but this specific add was inspired by Callum’s review.

Pulp and Gentleman Jack
These both came off of this November 2017 Releases post (all queer books!).

The Good Daughter
Potentially found this via Melanie??

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

October 2018 Wrap-Up

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Books Read:

  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey. 2.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers. 4.5/5 stars, review.
  • In Her Skin by Kim Savage. 4/5 stars, review.
  • Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan. 2/5 stars.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Talyor Jenkins Reid. 4/5 stars.
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. 5/5 stars, review.

Books read: 7 books
Average Rating:  3.57 stars

Other Posts:

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Reading Goal Progress:

This month, I read 7 books, which puts me at a total of 68 books for the year. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule and at 91% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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