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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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Down the TBR Hole #3

My TBR is at 304. I have a problem, and that problem is my ever-growing TBR. Let’s cut it down, shall we?

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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Dorothy Must Die

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

Okay, this sounds corny as HELL, but it’s gotten really good ratings from my Goodreads friends so I gotta KEEP it.

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

I adore Felicia Day. ‘Nuff said. KEEP.

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Gone Girl

I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read this. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I gotta. KEEP.

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The Girl with All the Gifts

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

So intrigued. And again, lots of good reviews from Goodreads friends. KEEP.

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Raptor Red

The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine. Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female raptor dinosaur.

Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red’s extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale. From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact and fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth.

I was on the fence about this, but I just skimmed Goodreads reviews and saw that one person said it was Pride & Prejudice with raptors and another put it on their “I cried” shelf, soooo moving this up my TBR! KEEP.

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The Lovely Bones

AGAIN, I am the only person who hasn’t read this. KEEP.

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The Feline Mystique

What is it with women and cats? The Feline Mystique is the first serious examination of the intense relationship between woman and their cats and of the repercussions that bond can have on others. Richly researched and searchingly personal, The Feline Mystique uses history, science, art, and literature as touchpoints to explain and explore contemporary women’s lives with their cats.

Skimming through the reviews, it seems like this book is kind of disorganized and not quite as interesting as I’d like it to be. TOSS.

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The 100

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

Originally added this because I had gotten into the TV show, but I’ve since stopped watching the show and the reviews on this are fairly negative. TOSS.

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Annabel

In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret—the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and their trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hypermasculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished. 

INTRIGUING. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with an intersex main character??? KEEP, for sure.

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Gonzo Girl

Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.

After surviving an absurd three-day “trial period” involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, Alley is invited to stay at the compound where Reade works. For months Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker page-by-page, all while battling his endless procrastination, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, mounting debt, and casual gunplay. But as the job begins to take a toll on her psyche, Alley realizes she’s alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted literary icon who may never produce another novel—and her fate may already be sealed.

Wow, this just… doesn’t sound interesting at ALL to me. Not sure how this ended up on my TBR, but I guess it’s been on there a while. TOSS.

Aaand my TBR is now down to 301. Hopefully I’ll get it under 300 soon, but knowing me… that’s not likely. Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to?

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Burn, rewrite, reread [tag]

This is such a fun tag! Thank you to Anna @ Reading Peaches for tagging me!

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.

1. White Oleander | Coraline | Night Watch
Burn: 
Night Watch, I just couldn’t get into it
Rewrite: White Oleander, it was great but I love Coraline too much to rewrite it!
Reread: Coraline

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2. The Secret Life of Bees | The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Ender’s Game
Burn:
Oh no this is so difficult… The Secret Life of Bees. Mostly because I read it so long ago that I don’t remember much of it.
Rewrite:
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, rewrite it to make me cry less pls.
Reread:
Ender’s Game, by no means perfect but hey.

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3. Empress of the World | Lord of the Flies | The Carnivorous Carnival
Burn: 
Empress of the World was lovely in theory, but I didn’t enjoy the writing at all.
Rewrite: Lord of the Flies, I remember loving this but I haven’t read it in ages and I can’t rewrite Lemony Snicket, sorry!
Reread: The Carnivorous Carnival.

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4. The Wide Window | The Little Book of Hygge | A Clash of Kings
Burn: 
The Little Book of Hygge. Sorry! I know people love this, but it felt like something that could have been condensed into an essay rather than written as a whole book imo.
Rewrite: A Clash of Kings, I love this book but like I said–can’t rewrite Snicket!
Reread: The Wide Window.

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5. The Subtle Knife | Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance | The Last Animal
Burn: 
Y’all this is… literally the hardest one of the five. Burn The Last Animal, just because it’s the only one of the three without a five star rating from me (I’m so sososo sorry, baby).
Rewrite: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance.
Reread: The Subtle Knife.

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I tag anyone who wants to AGONIZE over hypotheticals. I also tag Wendy @ whatthelog, Rachel @ pace, amore, libri, and Destiny @ Howling Libraries.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Ah, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the wonderful Rachel @ pace, amore, libri! Thanks so much, Rachel!!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

The Questions:

What’s the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?

The last movie I saw was actually It Follows, and I LOVED it!! I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, but the cinematography was gorgeous and it was sooo well-done. I read like three different articles about it immediately after finishing (like, as the credits were playing). Highly recommend you watch it, if you can do horror movies. I get scared SO easily, but I still managed through it with just a couple jumps!

Do you have any weird or random talents?

I am an EXTREMELY fast typist. People end up in awe of my typing speed a lot of the time. I also make a very, very aesthetically pleasing soft serve ice cream, I got that twist talent.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

X Gon’ Give It To Ya by DMX, it’s not my usual genre, but, well, I got into it after hearing it a lot as Xander Bogaerts’ walk-up song at Red Sox games.

What time of day do you do most of your blogging?

Afternoon or early evening! That’s when I’m typically at my most productive.

What’s your favorite museum that you’ve been to?

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washingon, DC! It’s honestly breathtaking.

When’s the last time you went to a wedding?

Last August, so about a year ago! (I did the bride’s makeup!)

Do you have a celebrity doppelganger?

The lead singer of Pomplamoose!

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If you were a cat, what color cat would you be?  (Very important question.)

Calico, or slate grey!

Do you have a favorite publisher or publisher imprint?

No, I’ve only very recently started paying attention to which publishers publish which books–I’m a bad book reader.

Have you ever dressed up like a fictional character?  (Bonus points for photo evidence.)

Many! Mostly for Halloween. Pikachu, Catwoman, Peter Pan. I know I’ve got a picture of the Pikachu one somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it…

What’s your favorite thing about your city (or state, or country)?

I love that there are so many beautiful things to see here in Boston!!

I tag:

Wendy @ What the Log | Destiny @ Howling LibrariesHolly @ Nut Free NerdLauren @ Wonderless Reviews | Christine @ The Story SalveArya @ Arya’s Fangirl Lexicon | Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves | Beth @ Reading Every NightAmanda @ Literary WeaponryMelanie @ Mel to the Any | Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners

My Questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging for?
  2. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
  3. How many cats is an ideal number of cats?
  4. What’s your favorite musical artist?
  5. Where is your perfect vacation?
  6. Are you a writer as well as a reader?
  7. Drink of choice? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic, doesn’t matter!
  8. What’s your preferred method of travel?
  9. What’s your aesthetic?
  10. What’s your favorite season?
  11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
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#mentalhealthmonday book [tag]

I’m so stoked that Wendy put together this tag!! If y’all haven’t checked out her wonderful blog yet, then you totally need to. You can find it linked below in the rules. I was tagged by her, so here are my responses. 🙂

The Rules:

  1. Credit the original creator, whatthelog
  2. Answer the questions!
  3. Tag as many or as few people as you like 🙂

That’s it! Now onto the questions…

1. Name a book that lifts your spirits, even when times are tough.

2. What book about mental health is on your TBR? Why?

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story has been on my TBR forever, since I’ve heard so much about it. I have about a billion mental health books on my TBR, but I think this one has probably been there the longest (in my mind, anyway).

3. Name a non-fiction book about mental health.

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This is one of several  books by Kay Redfield Jamison on my TBR. Unfortunately, I have not read anything by her yet, but my psychiatrist recommended that I do!

4. Read this, not that – name a book with a good depiction of mental health, and one with a problematic depiction of mental health.

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For a good depiction, I chose Lost at Sea by Bryan O’Malley. I’m not sure if Raleigh is truly supposed to be coded as struggling with mental illness, but her thought processes really mirrored how mine are during a depressive episode and I related really hard to this. It was just a really influential read for me!

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Ugh I wrote a whole review on my issues with this book, and it’s portrayal of mental health is one of them. One of the main characters is a stalker, who literally watches a girl in her sleep and kills an animal for no reason. Everybody just kind of blames it on him being mentally ill and doesn’t really care and it’s, uh, bizarre.

5. Other than reading, what helps when you’re feeling low?

Going for long walks while listening to podcasts, taking a bath, lighting candles, watching something goofy on TV or youtube.

6. Name a book that is intersectional – e.g. there is a character of colour or lgbt+ character with low mental health

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The MC in The Roses of May is a woman of color who is struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder.

7. Why do you think accurate representations of mental health is important?

They’re important because there are so many misconceptions about mental illness out there! Particularly when it comes to disorders that people consider to be more “dangerous” like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I think it’s hard for folx to remember that these are real people, and that they are more than their mental health. It’s also important because it is easier to support people with mental illness if you can understand to some extent what they’re going through, and I think representation helps with this.

8. Name a book about a less well-known mental health condition.

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Okay, another Kay Redfield Jamison book on my TBR… This one is about manic depression (bipolar disorder), which isn’t necessarily less well-known, but certainly less well-understood by the general public.

9. What book would you recommend to someone looking to learn more about mental health?

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I’d recommend The Bell Jar, just because I was really struck by reading it and think it’s an accurate portrayal of depression and how deep it goes.

I tag anyone who’d like to participate! Please tag me in your post or comment the link here so I can see what you have to say. 🙂

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Rachel @ peace, amore, libri to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag. And here it is!

Question 1: E-books or Physical Books?

Both for sure! I love physical books, but e-books are perfect for my commute and for books that would otherwise be super bulky (the asoiaf series, for instance). I also NEED my kindle app to read NetGalley books!

Question 2: Paperbacks or Hardbacks?

Paperbacks all the way. Hard covers are nice for decoration, but I stress too much about ruining dust covers and they’re just not practical for me when it comes to actual reading. My books tend to take a beating.

Question 3: Online or In-store Shopping?

In store! Bookstores warm my heart and I love browsing physical shelves. Online shopping just isn’t as interactive and while it can be convenient at times, it just doesn’t cut it for me with books.

Question 4: Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies, just because I have such a difficult time following series! I always forget to keep an eye out for upcoming books and I can lose track of everything real fast. Trilogies give me less to worry about.

Question 5: Heroes or Villains?

It’s a tie for me, it depends on the hero and it depends on the villain!

Question 6: A Book You Want Everyone To Read

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It is a commitment, but it is SUCH an amazing book!!

Question 7: The Last Book You Finished

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Question 8: The Last Book You Bought

Three books at once! Everything, EverythingThe Glass Castle, and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Question 9: Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark

Um, I’ll use literally anything as a bookmark if I don’t have one on hand. A candy wrapper might be the weirdest??

Question 10: Used Book Yes or No?

Yes! I mean, why spend the extra money on a new book when you can get a used for a fraction of the price? My favorite thing is used book sales at libraries.

Question 11: Favorite Book Genre

That’s a hard one for me! I’m a mood reader so it changes based on what I’m into at the moment. YA is probably my favorite this month.

Question 12: Buy or Borrow?

I need to get back into the habit of borrowing!! I haven’t had access to a library in over a year but I literally JUST got a library card for my local library (finally), so my new deal with myself is that I am only allowed to buy a book if it is one of my absolute favorites and/or if the cover is so Aesthetic™ that I NEED to display it on my shelves. Hold me to this, y’all.

Question 13: Characters or Plot?

Characters! I don’t care how good the plot is if I do not care about the characters at all.

Question 14: Long or Short Books?

Depends on my mood, honestly!

Question 15: Long or Short Chapters?

Short! It’s nice to have little built-in breaks in books. Especially because I like to stop at the end of chapters if I can, so shorter chapters makes that easier.

Question 16: Name the first three books you think of

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. House of Leaves. Harry Potter.

Question 17: Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry

Both! Books that make me feel any kind of emotion strongly are good.

Question 18: Audiobooks Yes or No?

No, I usually miss bits because it’s hard for me to stay concentrated. I might try them again someday after I work through my backlog of podcasts, though.

Question 19: Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Absolutely. I know it’s not always a good thing to do, but I don’t have time to read the description of every single book ever!

Question 20:Book to Movie or TV adaptation?

TV! Movies are usually too short to really get everything important in. My pet peeve, though, is that TV shows usually give the creators a reason to add unnecessary things in or to continue making more seasons even when it’s not warranted.

Question 21: A Movie or TV show you preferred to the book

I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but I hear The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made a better movie than book (I’m not enjoying it so far so I’m sure I’ll agree with that).

Question 22: Series or Standalones?

Standalones! Same reasons as listed above in the trilogies vs series question. Although duologies and trilogies are doable for me most of the time. And I do enjoy series, don’t get me wrong! I just struggle to read them all a lot of the time.

 

And that wraps it up! I tag anyone who is interested in participating in this tag! 😉

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly tag/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “top ten series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t.”

Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel
The series has 6 books and begins with The Clan of the Cave Bear. I’ve literally intended to start this series for years, but I finally got Cave Bear on kindle recently, so I should be starting it soon!

Six of Crows Series by Leigh Bardugo
This series hasn’t been out for too long but I’ve heard loads of good things and have been meaning to read it. I also got Six of Crows on kindle recently and hope to start it soon.

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
This series is so intimidating–there are many books and from what I’ve heard it’s a huge commitment. I’ve also heard the series starts off strongly and then tapers off, so I at least want to read the first couple books.

The Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O’Malley
I’ve read bits and pieces of this series, I think, but I’ve never actually read it, you know? Anyway, it looks cute as hell and I know so many people who love it, so I really need to finally get to it.

The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
Another series I’ve heard loads of good things about, but just haven’t gotten around to yet.

The Dune Series by Frank Herbert
Another intimidating series. I’ve heard these books can be somewhat dense, but I’ve always wanted to read them!

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Again, another series I’ve heard some really good things about. This has come recommended to me several times, so I really need to get to it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
I think literally everyone besides me has read this series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Father’s Day

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is my first time doing TTT, and I’m excited! 🙂

This week’s theme is Father’s Day. This is perfect, because my dad has had a huge influence on my love of reading. My dad was also a reader for a very long time. He has a great love for Stephen King and all things horror, so now I have a great love for Stephen King and all things horror. For my Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to list 10 books from my TBR list that remind me of my dad, and are topics that I think he’d enjoy to some extent. Here we go!

Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw Through Time by Lee McCann
My dad has always had a thing for Nostradamus and I got this book for free, so it’s perfect!

Fascinating glimpse into the life and career of the enigmatic physician whose books of prophecy have intrigued readers since their publication in the 16th century. Presents modern interpretations of his most astonishing prophecies-many imminent in the next ten years!

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
This is a series my dad has always loved, so I’ve been meaning to read it forever! I have his old copies of most of the series, but don’t have a matching copy of this one. I recently bought a kindle version when it was on sale, so I’ll probably get around to reading it soon.

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly–she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
A classic Stephen King book, I don’t think I need to say more.

Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

Papi: My Story by David Ortiz
Okay, this one is a little off-genre, but my dad is a HUGE Sox fan, so it still makes sense.

David “Big Papi” Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game.  As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise from “never wins” to “always wins.” He helped them upend the doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again.  He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work, and his legacy. As he put it: This is our f*ing city.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My dad also loves space and science!

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
My dad lives in the woods of New England, has an unbelievable amount of wilderness survival skills, and would probably love to be a hermit, so.

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality–not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

The Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross E. Lockhart
Back to horror!

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century’s most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called “Lovecraft Circle”), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
My dad also loves learning about indigenous folks.

In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”

Dune by Frank Herbert
Sci-fi! He also loves sci-fi.

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.

That’s only 9, but I kind of ran out of things I thought my dad would actually like. Regardless, I had fun doing this and can’t wait until next weeks’ TTT!

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down the TBR hole [tag]

Alright y’all, I’m pulling this tag from what the log had to say! Overall a good tag, I gotta go through my TBR to weed stuff out more!

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?

Here we go!

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Yes yes yes yes I’ve still been meaning to read this so bad.

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
I still absolutely need to read this.

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
Meh, it’s still a cool concept, but I don’t think I’m as into it as I was before. I’ll take it off for now.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Pretty sure there’s some lgbtq stuff going on here, so it’s gotta stay!

Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams
I’m pretty obsessed with cephalopods, so this also has to stay.

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