Saturday, January 21, 2017

#24n48 + #diverseathon

I meant to make this post at least a week ago but I've had eye strain for over two weeks now - it's pretty much better, which is how I'm currently able to type this out. It's been driving me insane, though. However - readathons, the best things ever.

24in48 is exactly what it sounds like - a readathon centered around trying to read for 24 hours within 48. Takes place between today and tomorrow (Saturday January 21st - Sunday January 22nd). I've never hit 24 hours, and I'm not sure I ever will just because of who I am as a person, but it's a lot of fun to try and get there. And I always read a lot, even if I don't quite get to 24 hours. Follow along on all social media platforms with #24in48.

(will probably end up taking part a lot with audiobooks so my eyes can mend up fully for the week to come)

#24in48 website
twitter

Diverseathon! This is the second time a handful of booktubers, this time with a blogger and instagrammer, are running this readathon. I'll link a few things below but: Christina Marie's video, mostly because I feel like it has the most information in it. Basically, they really want to focus on #ownvoices this time around - and also not trying to stretch books into fitting into a "diverse" category.

Stretch yourself, read things that might make you uncomfortable - it's only the only way we can learn and grow. Growing pains are called that for a reason. I'm thinking of posting some diverse book recommendations this week, we'll see how well my eyes hold up. If not this week, then in the next few months - there's quite a few posts I've been meaning to do but, alas, eyes. I might post a TBR tomorrow, but I might just post a pile on my instagram of my TBR of diverse books (#ownvoices and not, just the pile I've got in view to remind me).

Dates: January 22nd - 29th

#diverseathon on all social media, and the conversation is fantastic. If you need recs for #ownvoices books, specific or broad, hit up the hashtag or the hosts in particular.

Christina' video again
diverseathon twitter account

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 | Weekly Wrap Up #1 (#BoutofBooks 18)

What is this? A weekly wrap up? I know, I haven't been here much, but the stress of 2016 is over. Well, mostly over. And so hopefully I'll be over here more often. I definitely want to actually do a full review at some point, there's more then a few books I'd like to but we'll see what one works out first.

This past week was Bout of Books, my update post is here, so if this is your first post of mine then you've probably seen most of this already but I really want to try and wrap up everything this year. I like putting everything together and such.

(Also I started at 1 again, instead of continuing the number like I did last time. This is mostly because I think it'll be easier for me, and also interesting to see how many I do in a year)

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson (4/5)
I really enjoyed this one, related to some of the panels - I loved the illustrations and the sense of humor through out. (And also the bunny? Her bunny? Mind bunny? imaginary friend? I don't know, but I liked the bunny)

El Deafo by Cece Bell (4/5)
This was pretty much 80% adorable to me. And also really damn interesting, my grandmother on my moms side was hard of hearing - I think probably legally deaf? she could barely hear with hearing aids in - but I'd never seen/heard about how different it was before. It's a little incredible there even were hearing aids. (The teacher thing was so cool to me).

It did drag a bit, with the kid drama, but I think just because I wasn't fully in the mood for middle grade kid drama? I love middle grade stuff, no idea why it felt like it dragged for me there. Definitely recommend checking this one out.

Crush by Richard Siken (???)
I think I enjoyed this? A lot of his poetry is a little strange. Reading the intro, it's suppose to be obsessive, I guess, and I did enjoy certain ones a lot. I'm just not sure how I felt about the collection overall? I enjoyed it... I think?

Lumberjanes, Volume 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis (5/5)
Lumberjanes is just so good, if you're not reading this series then honestly what are you doing with your life? It's adorable, got great messages, this one had mermaids. I mean, do I need to say more?

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud (3.5/5)
This one kind of surprised me? I expected cute ghost mystery and I got that, but I also really loved our main three characters. Lucy is spunky, and George is kind of adorable, and Lockwood has all these mysteries about him (and is kind of manic, honestly, with the mood changes and the energy, I mean, he made me feel tired at some points). And the end was just kind of really awesome, but of course I won't say more on that. Already have the next book on my kindle (thanks, Overdrive!)

The Virgin (Original Sinners #7) by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
My reread is, sadly, almost over of this series. I love this series, a whole hell of a lot, and mostly because of how much I completely adore all of these characters. Like literally all of them. I'd list them but you might get spoiled. (This series is definitely not for the faint of heart. I've talked about it here numerous times but I feel like I always have to mention it. Check into it first before reading).

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5/5)
I kind of accidentally reread this? It's adorable and amazing and I love it a whole hell of a lot. Honestly, I want like all of the queer - literally including everyone - contemporaries, romance or not. As long as they're cute and happy. (if you have any recs for that, don't be shy). Anyway, this had a lot of buzz when it came out, so you've probably heard of it, but if you haven't checked it out yet then you should. (And buy oreos before you start reading, I'm still craving them).

Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti (4/5)
I half listened, half read this one. And it's read by the author. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I could fully put together into words - at leas at the moment - why I enjoyed it so much. I mean it has a lot of shit in it that made me kind of nauseous, because of things done to her not because of her, but even then... maybe it's just because of the way she writes, how honesty everything felt. I'd definitely recommend checking this one out.

The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat (4/5)
Super cute - problematic series, but I really damn like these characters - and this was literally just thirty pages of a fluff epilogue.

The Secret Lives of Rockstars (Elfpunk series #1) by Suzanne Lazear (5/5)
It was so good, guys. I like was basically flailing alone in my apartment when it ended because I wanted to know what happened next. I think I might do a full review - well probably more like a full gush - because I loved it so much and more people need to know.

This week I read a total of 2,172 pages - and it took me 18 hours and 27 minutes to do it. I feel very, very good about that. Obviously this is an ridiculously extreme, really, reading week.

Stuff:
So. Has anyone else been watching/reading everyones Reading Resolution videos? I have been, even though I knew I already had my few goals set out - which I haven't posted about but there will be a post, actually two, hopefully coming out this week. I love New Years resolutions, and I always have. I like goals, they really help me, especially if they're high goals. But they have to be high, short term goals, I'm particular.

Honestly, there hasn't been much going on besides me reading this week, as I'm sure you've noticed from the reading section of this post.

And eye strain. Damn eye strain, it's the fucking worst.

On the blog:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Bout of Books 18 | Update Post

And time for another Bout of Books, my favorite readathon. Which, if you've seen my post before, you probably know. I don't know how much I'll be getting done reading but I'm hoping to get at least three books done to get ahead on my reading goal (New year, new reading goal, new spreadsheet to fill).

If you're participating let me know! (link me to your blog update post or your twitter, or whatever. I love seeing what everyones reading/up to during BoB)

My Goals

  • Read. Read. Read.
  • Take part in twitter chats
  • Try and get back into reading Words of Radiance (because honestly, self, you've got to just do it. You love this book, there's a lot of it but it's amazing)
  • Finish 3 books

Books to Read (who knows what this will looks like by the end of the week - won't take any off that I put up but will definitely add some):

  • The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  • The God Engines by John Scalzi
  • My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, +
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
  • Crush by Richard Siken
  • The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(I'll add more to my TBR, but I haven't had time to think about this readathon because friends were here for New Years and it's been crazy)

Updates


Monday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Pages read: 129
Time Spent Reading: 26 minutes
Books:
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson (started and finished - 109 pages)
The God Engines by John Scalzi (started - 20 pages)

Notes:
It wasn't a great reading day for me, mostly because still recovering from New Years. Loved having friends over but we did not sleep a whole bunch, like bare minimumn of probably 4/5 hours a night (which some people are fine with, I am not, I need a good amount to function).

Adulthood is a Myth was adorable, fun, and too real. And, so far, The God Engines is strange and weird but enjoying it.


Tuesday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total # of books I've read: 2
Pages read: 367
Total # of pages: 496 
Time Spent Reading: 2:14
Total Time Spent Reading: 2:40 
Books:
El Deafo by Cece Bell (started and finished - 233 pages)
The Virgin (Original Sinners #7) by Tiffany Reisz (started - 136 pages)

Notes:
I didn't get as much reading done today as I wanted to, but I did get some other stuff done and it wasn't a bad reading day, either. I'm now very tired so updating this, then reading a little more, then sleep.

El Deafo was really good - I didn't rate it the full five stars, I rated it four, just because I just kind of got annoyed at the kid drama. I don't know why, I normally like it, but mostly it was the crush thing. I mean, I'm sure kids are actually like that but I never was, or am, so I guess I've got less patience for it. Especially when I'm grumpy.

Rereading Original Sinners was such a great decision since I'd already forgotten so much of it. Except for my love of Kingsley, which is now eternal. (and probably going to become a problem). This one is interesting considering the whole plot of it, which I won't talk about here even though I want to because book seven out of eight.

Wednesday
Number of books I've read today: 4
Total # of books I've read: 6
Pages read: 838
Total # of pages: 1,334 
Time Spent Reading: 6 hours, 46 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 9 hours, 26 minutes
Books:
Crush by Richard Siken (started and finished - 62 pages)
Lumberjanes, Volume 5 by Noelle Stevenson, + (started and finished - 112 pages)
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud (started and finished - 390 pages)
The Virgin (Original Sinners #7; White Years #3) by Tiffany Reisz (finished - 274 pages)

Notes:
Whew, it was a reading heavy day but that's what I was aiming for. I am still mulling over my feelings for Siken's collection and might need to reread to decide. However - I adored the Lumberjanes. Of course and always, if you're not reading Lumberjanes then honestly what are you doing with your life?

I really enjoyed The Screaming Staircase. I can't remember when I ended up checking out the audiobook but I think someone I follow somewhere was talking about it recently. And so I started listening to it today and quickly put aside the audiobook to read it on my own because I can read faster then that. And it was so good, not quite on the adorable side but almost?

The Virgin. Of course I adored it and am honestly a tad upset to be almost done with my Original Sinners reread. Originall (ha) I wasn't planning on rereading anything but the main books. However, I think I'll probably end up rereading The Confessions, as well. For fun.

Let me know what you read today, as always, and if you've read or are currently reading or want to read anything I read.

Thursday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total # of books I've read: 7
Pages read: 361
Total # of pages: 1,695 
Time Spent Reading: 3 hours, 27 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 12 hours, 53 minutes
Books:
The Queen (Original Sinners #7) by Tiffany Reisz (started - 58 pages)
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (started and finished - 303 pages)

Notes:
Simon vs was a reread, and I have had it on a pile to read soon and kept toying with when. And just ended up picking up up yesterday on a whim. I woke up with very minor eye strain yesterday so I ended up using a credit to get The Queen audiobook and laying with an eye mask on listening to that and some podcasts (mostly I listened to the new Get Booked podcast, as you do. *stacks more books onto my TBR* it's fine, everything is fine).

Friday
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total # of books I've read: 7
Pages read: 115
Total # of pages: 1,810 
Time Spent Reading: 1 hour, 23 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 14 hours, 16 minutes
Books:
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co #2) by Jonathan Stroud (started - 55 pages)
Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties by Laurie Edwards (started 60 pages)

Notes:
I got the audio, thankfully, of the second Lockwood & Co book - I listened to some, read a few pages more. And then ended up reading more then I expected in one sitting of Life Disrupted, which I did not expect to arrive in the mail but was so excited when it did I just kind of started it.

Saturday
Number of books I've read today: 3
Total # of books I've read: 10
Pages read: 362
Total # of pages: 2,172
Time Spent Reading: 4 hours, 11 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 18 hours, 27 minutes
Books:
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti (started and finished - 204 pages)
The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat (started and finished - 30 pages)
The Secret Lives of Rockstars by Suzanne Lazear (started and finished - 128 pages)

Notes:
I'm honestly hoping I won't get anything read Sunday because I want to try and get my eye strain under control. I woke up with it on Thursday and it still hasn't gone away yet. One, it can't be good for my eyes, and, two, it's annoying and painful. Hopefully it'll only take a day or two, last time I had it, it wouldn't go away until I got new glasses (but I just got new glasses a few months ago). Argh.

Anyway - a lot of good reading done today, short things. I half listened to Sex Object on audio and half read it physically, probably exactly. I couldn't stop listening/reading. It'd reach an end of a chapter and I'd go to stop it, but before I could she'd already be talking again and I'd already be sucked in again. Really, really good but definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Summer Palace was surprisingly cute and fluffy. And I knew I was going to like The Secret Lives of Rockstars, mostly because it sounded fucking awesome, but I honestly didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. It was amazing - and I think the first thing I read this year that I gave five stars that wasn't a reread. Highly recommended, and hoping, hoping there is still going to be a second one/a series.

Let me know what you read! (Might not respond right away because eyes, but I'll try to by Monday night/Tuesday. Hopefully)

Sunday
Number of books I've read today:
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Pages read:
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Notes:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bout of Books 18 | Sign Up

Hello there, long time no talk. It's been a bit of a hectic few months, as every time I post here I say, but it might be evening out once 2017 starts. I'm not sure how well my participating in the beginning of this readathon will be, mostly because I'm having apartment guests for New Years (I want it to just be then so much, I miss my friends, and there will be four of us in the same place!!).

Anyway - Bout of Books. You guys all know it's my favorite readathon, Amanda and Kelly are awesome, and if you're interested in participating here's the little quote (with the blog link to sign up)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I don't think I'll end up posting a TBR or anything, though since I realized how close it was I've been mentally adding things to the list. Like: I need to finish Words of Radiance, I'm dying to, but also want to get a head start on 2017 by knocking out a good few books so we'll see which wins out.

If you're participating let me know, with a link to your blog/twitter. (the twitter chats for this readathon are the best) Hope you all had a good Holiday season, I'm personally kind of relieved it's over, and hopefully a fantastic New Year (2017, be better).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

October & November 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up(s)

Well October and November were certainly... something, let me tell you. The end of October was possibly just the best part of my year, if not the last few years. So many friends together for LeakyCon, and LeakyCon itself just was fantastic this year, and I miss everyone so much - even with the texting and skype, of course (Well, google hangouts are easier).

And Brianna - who I saw for the first time in over two years at Leaky, see why it was so ahhhh? - and I accidentally started like a full Sanderson reread? There's a few each of us haven't read, but mostly we're focusing on the cosmere. I'm currently in the middle of Words of Radiance (currently kind of taking a break from it because everything is a little crazy, we'll get into that). Really mostly cosmere, but I do want to reread books 1 & 2 of Alcatraz and then read the rest since all the new pretty editions are out, too.

Books:

  • Asking for it (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace (4/5)
  • Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (5/5)
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo (5/5)
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie (I still don't know?? I would recommend checking it out, though)
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo (5/5)
  • The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives, #1) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5) (really 10/5)
  • Dispatcher by John Scalzi (3/5)
  • Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work #1) by Tiffany Reisz (4/5)
  • Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work #2) by Tiffany Reisz (4/5)
  • Something Nice (Original Sinners #1.5) by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
  • Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton
  • The Siren (Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas (3/5)
  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas (3/5)

Graphic Novels/Manga:

  • Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin (4/5)
I wouldn't say I had a bad two reading months - especially because I hit my goal of 100 books for the year (book books) at the very end of November, like the 30th, so that's fantastic. However, in november of books it doesn't feel like a lot. To be fair to myself, though, I've been working on Stormlight, as I mentioned. And, for some reason, I read those books super slow - I love every second of them, but they're just dense for me for some reason. (Which is why I'm still only halfway through WoR, as well). 

To off set that I read romance and YA Fantasy because I read those two the fastest and they're my light fluff reads - which is something I just noticed as I was going through this list. Also a few audiobooks because at the beginning of November a friend brought the Sims back into the forefront of my brain, new expansion pack released. and that was the end of that - so much audiobook time, though. 

Anyway - read quite a few Tiffany Reisz, accidentally started a reread of her Original Sinners series, which I love. Also loving her Men at Work series, but it's definitely not on the same level as Original Sinners - it's good, though, and the banter is pretty great. 

Six of Crows I already want to reread - I started it last year and stopped, but this time. Whoo, there was no stopping me, I tore through both books and loved them both so much. I love the characters and how we see how the world is after the events of the Grisha trilogy. And they're diverse, I love Jesper to my soul. And also Kaz has like chronic pain?? I just love this duology??

I don't normally go over everything I read but - Throne of Glass. I started the first book the year I came out because I got an ARC and then stopped halfway through about and never continued. And so I ended up picking it up again - audiobook, there's a theme here - and I finished it but I don't think I liked it? It's interesting and some of the scenes and enjoyed, but overall? I've very confused about how I feel about the first two books in this series, and I guess I'll keep reading it? I want to know what happens, and I've been spoiled a little for later books, but do I care? I honestly don't know.

But it's been a weird as fuck week, and also currently in the middle of WoR so anything else just isn't Sanderson, and also it's just been a weird as fuck year, to be honest. But, yeah, this week - I think I was casually diagnosed with scoliosis? But the chiropractor thinks he can fix it? But... scoliosis? it's been a weird few days, I need to see an actual doctor, I think? (I'm so confused, about life and books and really just everything).

Anyway, we'll figure it out eventually. I hope you had a good months in general and reading wise, we live in a post election world now which doesn't feel good but there's things we can still do to fight back. (Yeah, I'm bringing politics in at the last minute). And my back doesn't hurt that much at the moment, so everything will be okay? I don't know anymore, 2016 is almost over, though. Hopefully the craziness doesn't carry to 2017. (Though...)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up

September was a month. I thought all of the stress would be gone as of the end of August - hahaHahahA - but it wasn't exactly a bad month, either. There were some readathons happening, which I alway something I enjoy. Three this month, unless I'm forgetting one: Tackle Your TBR, diverseathon, slowathon.

Diverseathon was a last minute one because of stuff that was happening over in the YT book community (booktube, if you will), and I think it was a great idea. And it sounded like one they're going to try and do again, with some more preparation. I didn't really take part in any of the chats, I kept forgetting because they weren't all at the same time, but I answered some of the questions after and read through everyone elses answers. It's definitely a really important thing to talk about, I'd check out the hashtag on twitter (#diverseathon).

Now to wrap up the books and such - I actually did one weekly wrap up, to wrap up mostly diverseathon (didn't finish my slowathon book)

Books:
  • Be My Fantasy (Fantasy Series #1) by Alisha Rai (4.5/5)
  • Stay My Fantasy (Fantasy Seires #2) by Alisha Rai (4.5/5)
  • Wife by Wednesday (Weekday Brides #1) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Married by Monday (Weekday Brides #2) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Fiance by Friday (Weekday Brides #3) by Catherine Bybee (3.5/5)
  • Single by Saturday (Weekday Brides #4) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Taken by Tuesday (Weekday Brides #5) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Seduced by Sunday (Weekday Brides #6) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Treasured by Thursday (Weekday Brides #7) by Catherine Bybee (4/5)
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite #1) by Catherine Bybee (3/5)
  • Love Beyond Body, Mind, and Space: An Indigenous LGBT Anthology by various awesome people (5/5)
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankin (5/5)
  • Ash by Malinda Lo (5/5)
  • The Dark Wife by S.E. Diemer (4/5)
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassie Clare (3/5)
  • Duma Key by Stephen King (5/5)
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Ridget (4/5)
Graphic Novels/Comics/All that:
Edit: No, I did read a graphic novel, past self, and it was amazing and adorable

  • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (5/5)

First off - I read eight books by Catherine Bybee this month, that happened, actually in ten days. The reason for this is because I wanted to finally finish the Weekday Brides series since the last two books were out. And so I ended up rereading the other five, because I remembered very little of what happened, and finishing out the series. They're fun, a little ridiculous, fluffy romances. Basically: they're cute (side note: the sex scenes aren't the best, but at least they weren't super cringe worthy. Some better then ohers).

I'll just link my weekly wrap up here if you want to see my thoughts about all the diverseathon reads, below to Bybee and ending with The Dark Wife - basically, though, all of them were incredible.

Besides that, I read Duma Key. Again. I've lost count at this point, I listened to it on audio because, for some reason, I just really love the audiobook for this one? I mean, I've read the physical book so many times, but the audio is also a lot of fun. If you've never read a King book - this is probably different then you expect but, in my opinion, the King I like the best. (Duma Key, IT, Bag of Bones, Dreamcatcher - those are among my favorite, though I know that list will expand when I finally get to some of the more popular ones. IT might be my favorite book ever, honestly).

Seven Ways We Lie was really well done but I was also confused for the first 20% - which is probably just my memories fault - and also it was slow to get to start to reveal things. I really enjoyed it, though, even loved it. And was super impressed about how well seven POV's worked, and it's not all tied up in a bow at the end but there aren't too many loose ends that it drives you crazy. And one of the POV characters is pansexual, which is freaking awesome (yes, more this) and it isn't said outright but it seems like Valentine, another POV character, is on the autism spectrum. And it was just really good, I will definitely be picking up whatever she writes next.

I feel really freaking good about this reading month, even though everything is still on fire in life, at least the book thing is going good. (Currently I have a cold, my glasses are broken, and I'm ignoring the whole thing that is the refi. Oh, also, I haven't bought my plane tickets to LeakyCon yet which is in like two weeks). But I am twelve books ahead in my reading challenge of reading 100 book, books so we are all good. Totally fine.

How did your reading go, let me know, or link me to your own monthly wrap up. Any insane and awesome Harry Potter people heading to LeakyCon in October?

On the Blog:
August 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up
#Slowathon | Tackle Your TBR (#TackleTBR)

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19th | #diveseathon & #slowathon wrap up

Hello, friends, to readathon heaven. I mean, I'd prefer back to back but all at once is also fine. (And while diverseathon and slowathon are over - Tackle Your TBR still has a week left, readathons are my jam).

I have a lot of feelings that this last week promoted - about reading diversely and my privilege as a white person, which I have been aware of before and tried my hardest to... be aware of it and use it correctly, I think that's the best wording I can get. I feel like I've always been aware of the privilege I have, and don't have, but only the last few years have I realized that I can use it.

Anyway - all of my thoughts just aren't coming together. The other thing I wanted to talk about was reading diversely, what this whole week was about. Only the last few years have I purposely tried to read diversely, realized I should - even then, I know I'm not doing as well as I could be. And I'm sure there's a ton of reasons, but one of the reasons is when I'm not in a normal reading schedule - aka: a reading slump, to me - then I just want to read fluffy things. Easy to read things.

And I say this with a lot of love, but normally (mainstream) diverse books are dealing with issues - which I understand, obviously. And it is something I love and look for in diverse books, but I have to be in the right headspace for it - and normally my reading slumps coincide with my 'down times' as I've been calling them, and I just can't. I can't do it.

I'm going to try and be more firm about it because there are books that aren't "issue books," and since I've gotten my kindle paperwhite, I can actually stand to read ebooks for long periods of time. And I know a lot of diverse books are self published because of various reasons - particularly diverse romance because romance is a giant and well selling thing in the industry - and try to be more conscious about not just buying diverse books, but actually reading them.

There's also the fact where I gravitate towards some diverse books more then other - LGBTQIA+ being the most usual for me - and so there are definitely weaknesses in my diverse reading, that I really want to try and fix.

Now - onto what I read this week, and what I'm still actively working on at the moment.

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
Mostly Void, Partially Stars (Night Vale Scripts #1) by Joseph Fink, Jeffery Cranor  (5/5)
I've been listening to this podcast for years now - sometime towards the end of their first year of episodes - and I'm still listening. (Did you listen to the new episode this week? Someone got a binural microphone and it was awesome). Anyway - I loved this. There's a few of the older ones I relisten to but most I don't, so it was a lot of fun to relisten by reading. And catching on smaller things I didn't before or forgot. I highly recommend this podcast and everything related to it (also Alice Isn't Dead. I've only listened to a little of Within in the Wires so I can't say I'd recommend it, but what I have heard was awesome)

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT SciFi Anthology (5/5)
I found this kind of by accident, just looking through the "people also bought" thing on Amazon, and I saw this and was like - that, that's something I want to read. And, going in having heard nothing, I definitely don't regret it. Some of the stories I liked less the others, but there weren't any I didn't like, nothing below 3 stars (which is kind of - it was okay for me, but doesn't mean I didn't like it at all). I'd definitely recommend this - and if anyone has recs of books, fiction and nonfiction, about indigenous characters being two-spritied, I'd love to read them, I seriously want to learn/read more about this. Have found one that seems to be legends retold without those parts cut out, but I'm not sure how good it is so - if you know any.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankin (5/5)
This wasn't a comfortable reading experience, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't suppose to be. It's very real and very just out there with all of it. I follow sports 0%, so all the stuff with Selena William's surprised me a little, I didn't know any of that. I kind of think everyone should read this, especially if it's going to make you uncomfortable, because it might make you think. It definitely made me think. Besides that - I'm still not sure how to put my thoughts together about this? There's a lot there.

Ash by Malinda Lo (5/5)
All I knew going into this was: f/f retelling of Cinderella. And I was just like: hell yes, take my fucking money. And then I didn't get around to it at first, as I do with a lot of books for some unknown reason with my brain. I'm a little angry at it, though, about this one - this book as incredible. I'd heard Malinda talk - at a LeakyCon lit panel, multiple ones - and so I knew I liked her then, and she definitely sold me on her books, but I just got around to one. I own Adaption, and am now hoping to get to that one soon because - this book. It had all these fairy tale elements and was just amazing - read this book immediately, and then follow me in reading all of Malinda's books. All of them.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (5/5)
This was so cute - it was only about 50 pages, but I would of read like a whole series with them having adventures and such. They're both adorable and there's a unicorn, and teaching an ogre how to dance - so cute, I can't handle it.

The Dark Wife by S.E. Diemer (4/5)
Okay. This was way more adorable then I thought it'd be for a Persephone/Hades retelling, even one that's a f/f one. (Sidenote: if anyone knows of more queer myth retellings - please let me know). It was... not slow, but it also wasn't fast paced. That's just the way it was, though, I super enjoyed it. Loved the characters of Persephone and Hades, and also Pallas - all the ladies were awesome, pretty much, and Hermes. Definitely check this one out.

Currently-reading:
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This is a reread and I just - it's so good? Like I remember I was completely in love with it, but... I guess I forgot what that meant, how much I was in love with it. I'm definitely not rushing this one. (Mostly because I don't want to but also because tiny print).

Duma Key by Stephen King
I accidentally started continuing my reread of this - it's September, I have to crochet and this was my current audiobook - and I didn't realize, at first, that it could count towards diverseathon considering Edgar's missing an arm and his hips fucked. And while King didn't get hurt that bad, this did stem from a bad as hell accident he was in. It's one of my favorites

(I said this on Litsy but there's a few King books I read when I was very young - 11 - and they're my favorites and I will reread them over and over until I do. For instance: Duma Key, Dreamcatcher, Bag of Bones. Most importantly: IT. I'll probably reread IT soon just because of the recent movie (remake) hype, cannot wait).

Stuff:
More thoughts on diverseathon here, I wanted to talk about the other stuff up top because it felt very important to my reading. I didn't end up really getting to any of the twitter chats, though I popped in a few times while cooking dinner because priorities (priorities being the food, sorry twitter). However, overall, I think it's just such a great and needed idea.

I think more people will participate if it's planned earlier, because while it felt like there was a good amount, I'm sure some people were put off by the last minute part (I also didn't do it because my heart was so set on slowathon, but I have been trying to focus part of my reading on The Way of Kings because I'd been planning that).

Mostly I think this was a good kick in the ass for me, to remind me I have all of these diverse books I want to read, I own them, they're right there, I've just got to read them. And I talked about this up above, of course, but I'm just saying it again, mostly to remind myself.

There's no shortage of diverse books - POC authors, characters, MC's with different backgrounds, religions, genders, sexualities - as long as you're looking for them, they are there. And after the last week, I have found so many that sound interesting and I'll definitely be looking into - if you've got any books you love by authors of color, and about POC, then please leave them in the comments or let me know somehow. I may have a ton of new recs, but you can never really have enough, can you?

Right now, the end of this week, I've been feeling that: I own so many books I want to read, and there are so many I don't own yet. I want to read like 100 books next week. Which, I guess, is a good feeling but also a stressful one because, obviously, I cannot read 100 books next week. I have enjoyed the slowathon, as well, and slowing down my reading this week - though, honestly, I was too tired to do anything else. Particularly with The Way of Kings, which I read a year ago and remembered the basic things but definitely forgot smaller things, and most of the medium sized things. Cannot wait to inch my way through it more.

Tackle Your TBR still has a week left, so that's what my week wrap up next week will be about - stats and page counts for both week, but I also want to put this ones info here because I don't feel like I've wrapped up a readathon unless I have

Books Read: 4
Graphic Novels/such Read: 1
Pages Read: 1,178 (+ 4 hours, 36 minutes listening to Duma Key)
Time Spent Reading(+ some listening): 15 hours, 16 minutes

(Side note, wow this post is a long one: I also wasn't sure, after writing up my rec posts, about posting them - but I did. Mostly unsure because I didn't feel like there as anything new there, they were pretty well known books. But it is hard to know everything, so maybe someone say something knew. Or didn't realize something was diverse in whatever way. And, hopefully, next time I'll have most and different books to recommend, depending on how soon)

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