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Book under 100 pages: Grumpy Cat Book
Read Aloud: The Catkins Diet (read to my cats)
Middle Grade: Blubber by Judy Blume
Mental Illness: The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston (First Reads win)
Book over 500 pages: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Horror: Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
Read Book/Watch Movie: Under the Skin by Michael Faber (book was really good, movie was okay)
Audiobook: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (the category is supposed to be audiobooks that won an award, but I can't download certain books yet)
Book set before 1900s: Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (a fave)
Non-superhero comic published recently: Rat Queens
Post-Apocalyptic and/or Dystopia: Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Essays: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  1. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

  2. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

  3. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

  4. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

  5. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

  6. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

  7. The Dublin Murder Squad series

  8. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  9. Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

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A book with a number in the title: Nine Stories (1953) by JD Salinger

  • They are good stories, but I wasn't going to keep it after I finished. But then the last story blew my mind.

Not part of the challenge:
Re-read: The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • It took me longer than it should have to re-read this. I was distracted because my copy was falling apart, my cat kept stepping on my boobs, and I kept imagining what their lives would be like. If Mary were a real person and still alive today, she would be 115. Not too farfetched. Hopefully she would have realized her feelings towards Indians were messed up.

  • My book is a paperback edition that was a tie-in with a tv movie. The cover has the three children in front of a Christmas tree, even though none of the book takes place during Christmas. Colin Firth has a small role.

  • A lot of the book seemed like Dickon fanfiction.

First Reads: The Drafter (2015) by Kim Harrison

  • Not too bad

Films of Norma Shearer (1976) by Jack Jacobs
An Untamed State (2014) by Roxane Gay

  • Really good

Manga: Frankenstein (?) by Junjo Ito

  • Couldn't help but laugh at the female creature

Manga: Free Soul (2004) by Ebine Yamaji

  • Misread the description. Was kind of disappointed that the  story wasn't about a relationship between the main character and Angie.

  • There was a slight incest subplot, but they were very flippant about it.

The Book of Negroes (2007) by Lawrence Hill

  • Really good.

First Reads: Luminous (2015) by Kendra A. Ziems

  • It was self published, could have used more editing.

Four Books

Jul. 17th, 2015 10:42 am
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Memoir: Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey (2001) by Bebe Buell w/ Victor Bokris

  • decent trash memoir

  • I didn't like how flippant she was about rock stars screwing teenagers

The rest are not part of the challenge.

Goodreads win: The Girl Who Slept With God (2015) by Val Brelinski

  • I really liked it

  • will be released on August 4

Goodreads win: Let Me Die in His Footsteps (2015) by Lori Roy

  • Also really liked it

  • creepy and lovely

Cat's Eye (1988) by Margaret Atwood

  • so good

  • so familiar

These just keep getting shorter and shorter.
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Published this year: Family Trees (2015) by Kerstin March. Won from Goodreads. It was okay.

Mystery/Thriller: The Pond (1990) by Simon Lawrence. Okay trash book.

Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) by Edward Albee. I've love the movie, but this must be something else to see on stage.

Book With Magic: Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Rites of Passage (2011 or 2014, I dunno) by Miguel Lopez de Leon. Won. Was cute.

Debut of a popular author: Casino Royale (1952) by Ian Fleming. Bleh. Mostly I liked the food parts and when Bond is tortured. My copy smelled like vanilla.

The rest are not a part of the challenge:

Dark Times (2001) by Christopher Golden. I liked it. Buffy's escape was pretty badass.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Creepy. Also, it was a recording of her reading it.

"We Can Get Then For You Wholesale" by Neil Gaiman. Creepy in a cute way.
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Not a part of the challenge: Finished the rest of the Scott Pilgrim books.

Not a part of the challenge: The Truth and the Life (2014) by Elizabeth Moore. A book from the Goodreads giveaways that I actually really liked.

Book with antonyms in the title: That Was Then, This Is Now (1971) by SE Hinton. More depressing than The Outsiders.

Trilogy (2): The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood. I liked it even better than Oryx and Crake. I can't wait to read the third book and I can't wait to see how the tv series turns out.

Book by an author you never read before: The Dream Killer (1970) by Ursula Russell. Originally had a William Faulkner book here, but changed it for reasons.

Been trying to slow down my reading a bit, but whatevs.
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This song is so good.

Other songs I'm lovin' today

  1. Tina Turner - Mountain High/River Deep

  2. Ohio Players - Sweet Sticky Thing

  3. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

This parody Kim Wayans did of the Crystal Waters song. <3

Another Vi Hart video that is just...

David Walliams wrote a childrens book called Gangsta Granny. I know him as the creepy dude from Capturing Mary, so it's hilarious.

While I'm here, I may as well do an update on the books I'm reading

Motown Encyclopedia

  • Bruce Willis had an entry, lol


  • Joeys mom took that really well

  • I finished it

Christmas Treasury

  • I skipped the short story "A Country Christmas". I don't like doing that, but bleh.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

  • Finished this. It's a little more incoherant than the first volume, but in a charming way I guess.

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Finished The Handmaids Tale

  1. Like I said, I loved it.

  2. It didn't really mention what happened to people of color. I imagine the Marthas are WOCs. Or maybe there are still POC and that includes the Econowives.

  3. "Seed in early Gilead"

Started Eat Pray Love

  • I know I know, but I need something easy breezy to read right now.

Got this in the mail

  1. Goodreads win

  2. a book about Motown written by a British white guy, I dunno

  3. It's going to take a while

Fifty Shades Darker

  1. Bitch-troll

  2. I actually liked the movie 9 and 1/2 Weeks, too bad the series couldn't be more like that.

  3. They've only been together for 5 weeks! Ack!

  4. She has worn that blue shirt too many times, does it even get clean?

  5. Ugh, he bitches at her for harmlessly flirting with Taylor. He's like Ray to her, Christian is a cockstain.

  6. Christian says that lovers don't need safewords!? Fuck you, yes they do!

  7. If Ana had went on the NYC trip and her boss tried to rape her, it would have been so victim blamey. I think I would have burned the book.

  8. Christian called Ana and then hung up! That is so childish, that is something Harpy does. Why aren't they using their blackberries for emailing, WTF?

  9. I read "His breathing eases" as "his breathing ceases" and was happy for a moment. I wrote it in my notes as "His breading eases". Christian eases up on breadmaking.

  10. In my annotations, when Ana mentioned her inner goddess doing something (can't remember), I wrote "my inner demon rolls its eyes". It was the one before her inner goddess put a rose in her mouth and did a tango.

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I won this book on goodreads. Here are some thoughts on each short story:

  1. "Rocketships of Brass" by Chris Raven. I guess it was okay, but it seemed kind of abrupt. I think he's planning on making it into a novel or something. It seemed like some short sci-fi stories that were in this anthology from the 90's that I read once. Whatever at that sentence.

  2. Various stories by AL Butcher: "House of Treasure" and "The Secret Kitchen" reminded me of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. Her poems are okay, I dunno.

  3. "The App" by Adam Bigden. I was going to say this was my favourite, but I'm not sure now.

  4. "Sparks" by Donny Swords. I didn't retain anything I read*. Of course this dude has the biggest bio of the writers.

  5. "Dino's Papers" by Alan Hardy. Maybe this one is my favourite. It's quite funny.

  6. "A Hard Days Night"  by Ray Foster. I also liked this one a bit, good twist.

As for the book itself, the formatting could have used more editing. But it was free so whatevs.

* maybe I'm just not into this type of sci-fi, I don't know how I'm going to write a proper review on Goodreads.


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