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Currently Reading [tag]

I saw this tag over on Wendy’s blog a little while back and it looked fun, so I decided I’d do it too!

1) How many books do you usually read at once?

I used to only read two or three books at a time (a physical book and an eBook, and sometimes another one thrown in), but lately I’ve been reading ~8 books at a time! I know it’s not for everyone, but it helps me read more because I can just swap out books when I start to lag a little.

2) If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I have a spreadsheet (which I got from Rachel) that keeps track of how far into each book I am. My “goal” is 3% of each book per day, so usually I’ll read 20-25 min (or more, if I’m really into it!) of a book and switch, unless I’m way behind. Then I’ll try to spend more time with that book.

3) Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if my first bookmark was something flimsy that feels like it’s going to fall out!

4) Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

One in my bag, eBooks on my phone, and the rest stacked on the living room table.

5) What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

On a weekday, after work or on my bus ride to work in the morning. On a weekend, in the morning at a coffee shop.

6) How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It varies so wildly! I’d guess 50 pages, but that’s honestly a wild guess.

7) Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Off! Unless it’s a library book.

8) What position do you mainly use to read?

Sitting upright, with my legs curled under me.

9) Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

One of them, at least!

10) How often do you update your goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I used to try to do it once a day per book, but since I’m reading SO many books at once, that’s at least a handful of updates a day. At this point, I only update the progress right before I DNF something (so I know how far I got) or after I finish it.


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!!

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5 Star Predictions

As soon as I saw Rachel post this, I knew I had to do it. It’s a challenge started by Mercedes on booktube. You choose 5 books on your TBR that you think you’ll give 5 stars to. After you’ve read them, you make a follow-up post seeing if they reached your expectations! Here are mine:

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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2

I’ve definitely done this tag once before, but I saw that Steph @ Lost: Purple Quill had done it and got the urge to do it again!

What you have to do is: randomise your read shelf on goodreads, choose first 3 books & then decide which one and why you want to burn, to rewrite & to reread.

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1. Emma | ttyl | Arrows of the Queen

Burn: ttyl, I really liked it at the time I read it, but I’m sure I’d dislike it now.

Rewrite: Arrows of the Queen, the story had so much potential, but the writing left a lot to be desired.

Reread: Emma. It’s not quite my thing, but I’m not rewriting Jane Austen.

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2. The Glass Castle | Proof of Heaven | Crime, Shame, and Reintegration

Burn: Proof of Heavenwhich my mom made me read and which I’m pretty sure ended up being totally (unsurprisingly) fake?

Rewrite: Crime, Shame, and Reintegration had important info, but if I recall correctly, it was kind of dense and boring.

Reread: The Glass Castlewhich I enjoyed!

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3. Octopus! | The Sirens of Titan | Mockingjay

Burn: Octopus! As much as I love octopus things, this book just didn’t interest me much.

Rewrite: Mockingjaynot that I think could necessarily write it better, but I think some things could be tightened up.

Reread: The Sirens of Titan. I remember loving this when I read it? I was on a Vonnegut kick for a long time in my late teens.

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4. The Horse Whisperer | The Girl on the Train | Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Burn: Sorry The Horse WhispererI liked you, but your opponents win this round.

Rewrite: Y’all are gonna hate me for this choice but… Paper Girls. I just could not get into it but I loved the concept and think it could have gotten me if presented differently.

Reread: The Girl on the TrainHonestly, I loved this. I read it in one day and I loved it.

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Down the TBR Hole #9

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Lily and the Octopus

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. 

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. 

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. 

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. 

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. 

Apparently this is a tearjerker about a dog. I’m totally in. KEEP.

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Vita Nostra

Жизнь Саши Самохиной превращается в кошмар. Ей сделали предложение, от которого невозможно отказаться; окончив школу, Саша против своей воли поступает в странный институт Специальных Технологий, где студенты похожи на чудовищ, а преподаватели – на падших ангелов. Здесь её учат… Чему? И что случится с ней по окончании учебы?

Okay, well this is… entirely unhelpful. BUT, it has a 4.24 star average on Goodreads and the reviews in English are glowing. KEEP.

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A List of Cages

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

Rated highly, also rated highly by friends. KEEP.

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Recursion

It is the twenty-third century. Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city-and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self-replicating machinery. Worse, the all-seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time. His punishment? A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of the universe against enemy machines twice as fast, and twice as deadly, as his own-in the company of a disarmingly confident AI who may not be exactly what he claims… 
Little does Herb know that this war of machines was set in motion nearly two hundred years ago-by mankind itself. For it was then that a not-quite-chance encounter brought a confused young girl and a nearly omnipotent AI together in one fateful moment that may have changed the course of humanity forever.

The blurb doesn’t catch me, none of my Goodreads friends have read it, and it has an average rating below 3.5 stars… TOSS.

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Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree? 

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. 

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. 

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

This still sounds very intriguing and Rachel rated it highly, soooo KEEP.

Ok, so I only got rid of one book this time. And my TBR list keeps growing. Oops!!

Previous: Down the TBR Hole #8

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The Fall for Books Tag

Hey, I got tagged in another thing! This time by Rachel @ pace, amore, libri. I guess it’s a week of tags for me, oh well. 😉

THE RULES

  • Please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Have fun!

One of the first books you fell in love with

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There are a zillion books I could put here, but when I think about reading into the night as a kid, I definitely think about The Boxcar Children. I absolutely loved this series!!

A book you knew you were going to love from the first page

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[heart eyes emoji] Emily Carroll’s writing and illustrations are INCREDIBLE so I knew immediately that I’d adore this.

A book you didn’t think you would love as much as you do

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I honestly picked up this collection of short stories on a whim because the eBook was on sale and it had a Neil Gaiman story in it and honestly it ended up being the best short story collection that I’ve literally ever read.

The character who will always have a place in your heart

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Daine from Wild Magic has been one of my favorite characters for years, since I first read the book. The series is a quartet and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it. I actually might be due for a reread soon…

Character you love on the page, but would never want to meet in real life

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I’m sure I’m the millionth person to say this, but: Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. He’s such an asshole, but on paper he’s such a loveable asshole.

Literary couple you will ship until the day you die

Y’all I’m so sorry, but… I don’t have an otp. There are plenty of ships that I love, but there are none that I am absolutely burning up about.

An author whose writing style you fell in love with

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Joe Hill! I’ve loved everything I’ve read by him so far.

A book recommended to you by a friend/family member that you quickly fell for too

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A friend suggested the Wool series to me and I think I read the entire thing in around a week… this also deserves a reread, for sure.

Piece of book-related merchandise that you had to own

I honestly… don’t have very much book-related merchandise! My best friend got me a Ravenclaw keychain when she went to Harry Potter World, so that’s probably the closest thing I can think of.

An author whose works you love so much that you auto-buy/borrow their new releases

Again… Joe Hill. And Stephen King. There’s a theme here.

I tag:

Wendy @ what the log had to say
Rachel @ Rachel Reading
Destiny @ Howling Libraries
Kathy @ Books & Munches
Elizabeth @ Mountains of Books

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Where Do My Books Come From?

This is such a fun meme, I love it! It was originally created by Laura @ Reading in Bed and I pulled it from Rachel @ Pace, Amore, Libri. You go through the last 30 books you’ve read and note where they came from. Let’s see if I can actually remember where all of these came from…

1. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. Library.
2. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. Postal Book Club.
3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Library.
4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Siefvater. Physical ARC.
5. Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson. Library.
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gift.
7. Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood. Postal Book Club.
8. Warcross by Marie Lu. Library.
9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Purchased from Amazon, eBook.
10. The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy. Library.
11. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki. Gift.
12. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. Gift.
13. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. Postal Book Club.
14. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz. Purchased from Amazon, eBook.
15. A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett. Library.
16. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. eARC.
17. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. Library.
18. Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus. Purchased at used book sale.
19. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Gift.
20. The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson. eARC.
21. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Library.
22. Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka. eARC.
23. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Library.
24. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
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25. The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. Library, eBook.
26. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. Gift.
27. The Stranger by Albert Camus. Library, eBook.
28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Gift.
29. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. Purchased from Amazon, eBook.
30. Policing the Black Man edited by Angela J. Davis. eARC.

Stats:

  • 4/30 (13%) Purchased by Me
  • 12/30 (40%) Borrowed from Library
  • 3/30 (10%) From Postal Book Club
  • 5/30 (17%) ARCs (1 physical, 4 eARCs)
  • 5/30 (17%) Gifts
  • 9/30 (30%) eBooks

This was pretty cool! I was actually expecting more library books, and more eBooks, so I guess my unofficial estimates were a little off. The books were all purchased prior to May, which is around when I got my library card. I’ve been surprisingly good about not spending money on books, although I did buy the hardcover version of Strange Weather at the Joe Hill signing (definitely worth it) and I do have a short list of books I am positive I want to own a physical copy of.

Please ping back if you do this, because I wanna see everyone else’s stats, too! It might be cool for me to start putting these stats into my monthly wrap-ups, what do you think?

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Down the TBR Hole #8

It’s Saturday and you know what that means — time to tackle my TBR list again.

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Mostly Void, Partially Stars

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a collection of episodes from Season One of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.

Okay, I don’t usually do this, but I mostly just want this as a collector’s item. I think the covers of all the WTNV books are gorgeous and I just want them to sit on my shelf and look pretty. KEEP.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

I don’t know how I don’t have this one yet. KEEP.

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Food: The Good Girl’s Drug

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But most books on the topic were aimed at older women, women she had a hard time relating to. Calling on top psychiatrists, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. With humor and compassion from someone who’s seen it all, Food: The Good Girl’s Drug is about experiences shared by many women-whether they’ve been struggling with compulsive overeating their whole lives, or have just admitted to themselves, that yes, it’s more than just a bad habit.

I have a complicated relationship with both food and my body, and I kind of don’t want to read this atm. TOSS.

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Alexander Hamilton

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Because I love Hamilton (the musical). KEEP.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future—all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you’re less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

It’s been ages since I read non-fiction, but this is TOTALLY my jam. KEEP.

Okay, so I didn’t do great this week. I still managed to get rid of one book, which is better than none. Next week I’ll have to put the pedal to the metal.

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Down the TBR Hole #7

Hi everyone! Apologies for missing my Thursday post this week. I guess I don’t technically have an “official” blogging schedule on here, but I’ve been doing Tues/Thurs/Sat pretty consistently for a month or two so I feel obligated to hold to that! I was away a couple weekends in a row and then came down with a really terrible cold, so I’ve had barely any time or energy to devote to reading and writing. I seem to be out of the woods with this, so hopefully I’ll be back to my regular schedule and will be able to tear through some books soon!

Anyway, here’s a little down the TBR hole post for y’all! Enjoy.

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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As I Descended

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

I’m looking through the reviews and this is described as a spooky lesbian Macbeth. I don’t know anything about Macbeth, but this is calling to me. KEEP.

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Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting

Pure Magic is a practical crash course for anyone who’s ever envied TV witches. Or women who always seem to get the job, apartment, or date they want. Or people who can make their dreams come true. Judika Illes has written a spellcasting primer in down-to-earth language. “I consciously set out to write a book that would be different from any other on the market,” Illes writes. “This book is jargon free. It contains information usually handed down from teacher to student. It focuses on the practical aspects of spellcasting in a clear and nonjudgmental way. . . . No specialized metaphysical training is required.” What is required is that we become aware of the natural rhythms, energies, powers, and patterns of Earth and her diverse inhabitants.

Pure Magic offers a plethora of individual spells, plus concrete advice on how and where to practice magic, to rightly use words of power, and to cleanse, protect, and enhance your magic self. Work your way through it’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan, and all will become clear. Learn to listen to Mother Earth, focus on your magical allies, gather the simple equipment Illes outlines, and follow the straightforward instructions, and you will soon be constructing your own spells and experiencing magic in your everyday life. Pure Magic is a book that beginners will follow rigorously and advanced spellcasters will refer to again and again for guidance and inspiration.

I added this back when I was getting really into witchy stuff. That interest is not as intense as it was before, but this has a high rating and still seems like an interesting read. KEEP.

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Red Queen

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

I feel like the book community is so divided on this book, people either love it or hate it. And I need to read it so I can figure out which side I’m on! KEEP.

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Rape Is Rape

Such emotionally charged false accusations have convinced much of the general public and the media that acquaintance rape is a figment of the imagination. As author Jody Raphael reveals in Rape Is Rape, the more acquaintance rape is reported and taken seriously by prosecutors, judges, and juries, the louder the clamor of rape denial becomes.

Through firsthand interviews with victims, medical and judicial records, social media analysis, and statistics from government agencies, Rape Is Rape exposes the tactics used by the deniers, a group that includes conservatives and right-wing Christians as well as some controversial feminists. The personal stories of young acquaintance rape victims whom Raphael interviewed demonstrate how assaults on their credibility, buttressed by claims of low prevalence, prevent many from holding their rapists accountable, enabling them to rape others with impunity.

Rape Is Rape is an exposé of those using rape denial to further their political agendas, and it is a call to action to protect the rights of women and girls, making it safe for victims to come forward, and end the acquaintance rape crisis. A resources section is included for those seeking help, advice, or hoping to get involved.

This is an important topic and one very near and dear to my heart. The reviews are also all very good. KEEP.

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Saving Sammy

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets. 

Sammy’s mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors’ prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth’s quest took her to the center of the medical community’s raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free.

Driven by her desire to help others, Beth Maloney has infused every page of this triumphant journey with heart and passion. An important story, Saving Sammy is part manifesto, part medical mystery, but is at its heart the empowering and inspiring story of a mother’s determination to save her son, take on the medical establishmentand win.

An intriguing memoir. KEEP.

Okay soooo… I didn’t get rid of ANY books this week. Oh well. Everyone has off weeks, right?

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Down the TBR Hole #6

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of… she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

I’ve heard lots of good things about this and it’s right up my alley. KEEP.

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Warrior Goddess Training

It’s no secret that women today are juggling a lot. We now make up more than half the workforce in the United States and are busier than ever with partners, children, family and friends, often putting the needs of others ahead of our own.

And if we feel overwhelmed by it all or fall short of perfection, many of us have learned to be our own worst critic rather than our own best friend.

In Warrior Goddess Training, bestselling author HeatherAsh Amara provides the antidote to the flawed idea that you are not enough.

Direct, honest, and unapologetic, Amara will show you how to release the layers of expectations to finally see yourself for the authentic, perceptive, perfect woman you really are.

If you don’t love and honor yourself with every fiber of your being, if you struggle with owning your power and passion, if you could use more joyful play and simple presence in your life, then it is time for an inner revolution.

It is time to claim your Warrior Goddess energy.

Drawing on the wisdom from Buddhism, Toltec wisdom, and ancient Earth-based goddess spirituality, the Warrior Goddess path includes personal stories, rituals, and exercises that will encourage and inspire you to become the true warrior goddess you are meant to be.

I’m just not feeling this right now. TOSS.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I’ve heard such bad things about this and wanted to read it anyway to see, but why subject myself to that? TOSS.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

I still can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. The premise is super intriguing and I love the cover! KEEP.

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Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers

Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today’s diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life.

The reviews make it seem not very well-written and not very intersectional. I think I’ll put this one aside for now. TOSS.

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History of Madness

History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why, Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined?

Shifting brilliantly from Descartes and early Enlightenment thought to the founding of the Hôpital Général in Paris and the work of early psychiatrists Philippe Pinel and Samuel Tuke, Foucault focuses throughout, not only on scientific and medical analyses of madness, but also on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad. He also urges us to recognize the creative and liberating forces that madness represents, brilliantly drawing on examples from Goya, Nietzsche, Van Gogh and Artaud.

Foucault can be difficult to read, but I really want to try to make it through this one. KEEP.

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The Girls

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Hmm, there are a lot of conflicting reviews on GR. I think I’m gonna pass on this one for now. TOSS.

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Year of Yes

The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

Also a lot of conflicting reviews! This just isn’t appealing to me like it did when I originally added it. TOSS.

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Where Am I Now?

Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

I love Mara Wilson on Twitter and I can’t believe I STILL haven’t read this yet! I literally just went and put it on hold at the library in order to make sure I read it. KEEP.

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100 Days of Cake

There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for.

This sounds like it COULD be okay, but I just saw a review saying it contains some girl-on-girl hate and I’m not about that. TOSS.

Anyway, dang! I managed to cull SIX books from my list, which I think is a record for me. I’m proud of myself for managing to be so ruthless today. Have y’all cleaned out your TBRs lately?

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The End of the Year Book Tag

I’ve seen this floating around a bit, but finally decided to nab it after Destiny posted it recently! I hadn’t been paying too much attention to it (I have a confession–I skip past tags a lot!), so I didn’t realize what the tag was actually about for a while! It seems like a good tag for prioritizing your end-of-year reading, which I really need to do.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

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Stephen King’s It! I’m about 25% through, so I should be able to finish it.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

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Plenty! I’m currently reading It as well as The Raven Boys and I feel like both are pretty autumnal.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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Are you trying to make me pick ONE new release?? I guess I’m currently most excited for It Devours!, mainly because of the cover.

What are three books that you want to read before the end of the year?

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Fen, A Guide to Being Born, and The Refrigerator Monologues!

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I’ve read a few wonderful ones recently, but I’m sure there are still some major contenders waiting for me!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Except for a handful of releases already on my TBR, nope! I like to wing it. 😉

Have you sorted out your end-of-year reading plans yet?
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