Saturday, January 20, 2018

Snow Day Reading List | Winter Bibliothon Day 1

It's officially day one of the winter biannual biblithon and I am actually typing this on day one, the timing of this readathon might of gotten away from me just a little bit? I don't know how, but I just wasn't expecting it to get here so soon, and don't even get me started on how unprepared I am for the 24in48 next weekend.

Today, though, the challenge is to write about your snow day reading list. I feel like there's a few different ways this could be interoperated in a few different ways. My way is going to be what I'd recommend someone spend a snow day, or two, reading. 

First off: KJ Charles. I haven't read all of their work yet, and some of it is problematic, but it's also just snuggle down and read some slightly ridiculous historical romances, as it should be. 

And, as always, I feel like a classic of a winter day is Harry Potter. I think if you follow me anywhere online, you know my love of HP, so I'm not going to continue more. (If you don't: I regularly go to HP conventions and have two tattoos, I'm holding myself back for your benefit).

However, another really good idea for a snow day reading list, I feel like, would be long as hell books. So you can just sit down, with one book, and try to knock it out, or at least a large chunk of it. The first one that comes to mind for this one, for me, is IT by Stephen King, a favorite of mine, and while a good chunk of it takes place in summer, there's one scene in particular that takes place in the winter that'll stick with you. 

Let me know what your's would be, link me if you also posted, and I hope your readathon has started off on a good note. Happy reading!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017 | TBR + Plan

I'll be taking part in this readathon - starting today, when this post goes up, and going through the 26th. This readathon is a lot of fun, but can also be a lot, all kinds of challenges. Reading, blog, instagram, video. I'll be taking part in a few of the each but the video, though I don't know what the instagram ones are yet and haven't started any of the blog posts yet, so take that with a grain of salt. I do really like this readathon, though. It is involved but it can be a lot of fun.

I've got plans to read a lot this week, and I have no idea how possible it is. I've been having a really bad flare up with my chronic pain the last few days so I've just been tired. Theoretically, though, I could start reading in the morning and then just read, we'll see how it goes.

I'm not going to try and be hitting all of the reading challenges, just a few, and same for the blog posts. As for the books I'm planning to read, though, i've got a general plan? But it's a large general plan. Physical, books I've started reading reading but haven't finished yet, ebooks, at least one audiobook.

I've got options, is what I'm saying, and that's kind of how I like going into readathons? And right after this readathon is the 24in48 readathon (a post will be up about that this week).

Options (just titles, if you don't the book just let me know and I'll tell you, split into ebooks, graphic novels, and digital)

  • whiskey words & a shovel
  • Canto Bight
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky
  • Bands of Mourning
  • A Taxonomy of Love
  • Ramona Blue
  • This Savage Song
  • The Year of Magical Thinking


  • Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1
  • Misfit City, Volume 1
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 7
  • Spinning (Graphic Memoir)
  • everyone's an alien when you're an alien too
  • Princeless: Save Yourself
  • Cobalt Squadron (currently listening to)
  • A Seditious Affair (currently reading)
  • The Falconer
And, honestly, that's a small part of my options? I also have just hundreds of books around me so who knows what I'll read actually read for the readathon?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#DiversityBingo2017 | Final Wrap Up

I'm not completely done with this challenge yet but I'm planning to finish it by the end of the year - and, if I can't, I'll be carrying into 2018 (technically not what the challenge is but I don't care, I still want to read the books I put for the prompts).

I did want to talk a bit about this challenge, though. The main reason I enjoyed it so much was that it really pushed me to do more and more research about diverse books. I was doing research about diverse books anyway and trying to figure out what I wanted to read, but this definitely upped the time I spent doing that - and also my TBR, whoo boy.

I don't think I'll do a specific thing in 2018 for diversity, just because it was kind of stressful? I'm a mood reader and so I'm bad at this kind of read a book with this, even though I can find a book in whatever genre and read that, but it's still just too much pressure for me.

I'm probably going to keep in mind a list of 10 or so diverse reads (mostly things I didn't get to this year, but own) and make sure to reach for those first before anything else, give those a try before anything else.

That is all for a post that'll be coming at the end of the month, though, about my 2018 reading goals. First I'm going to just list the ones I've completed and then the ones I haven't and my TBR for them.

(Notes: MC means main character, any other abbreviations I use that confuse you just ask!)

  • Romance with a trans MC - Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
  • NB MC (own voices) - Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde
  • practicing jewish MC - Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
  • MC w/ underrepped body type - So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Neuro diverse MC - Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • bi MC - Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • MC with anaphylactic allergy - My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
  • pansexual MC - The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
  • black MC - Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  • PoC on cover - Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • d/Deaf or HoH mc - El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • immigrant/refugee MC - Inside Out and Back Again by Thahha Lai
  • MC on ace spectrum - Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katherine Ormsbee
  • Non western setting - Want by Cindy Pon
  • diverse nonfiction - Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
  • hijabi MC - The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • West Asian setting - The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • book by author of color - Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
  • #ownvoices - Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson
  • biracial MC - Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  • mc of color in SFF - The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • LGBTQIA+ MC of color - Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  • free space! - even this page is white by Vivek Shraya
TBR - options for the categories I haven't finished yet (no authors names here because for some I'm putting more then one - any questions as to what the book is/who the author is, just let me know! And, if there's problems with any of my picks - future, or even past, just pleast let me know so I'm aware)
  • SFF with a MC with a disability - options: Otherbound, Chameleon Moon, Ascension
  • Indian MC - When Dimple Met Rishi 
  • displaced MC - Ramona Blue 
  • retelling with LGBTQIA+ MC - Ripped Pages
  • MC with invisible disability - Ascension (same as above), Dead Girls Society, Under Rose Tainted Skies
  • Latinx MC - Labyrinth Lost 
  • mc with chronic pain - Far From You, Ascension (still same, this book has a lot going on)
  • Arab MC - Saints and Misfits
  • MC with wheelchair - Push Girl 
  • Visually impaired MC - A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Not If I See You First
  • book set in Centeral America - The Book of Unknown Americans
  • Contemporary arranged marriage - Written in the Stars
  • Indigenous MC - If I Ever Get Out Of Here
I, honestly, am ashamed at some of the ones that I didn't end up hitting. However, I'm also sure that I've just forgotten books that fit in these categories - currently we're not even done with January and I've already read a book with a character with chronic pain do I don't know what's up. Which I've just realized, as typing this, could count for that challenge. 

Either way, I'm doubt I'm going to update again past this, but I wanted to talk about this challenge again because it was important to me. And I spent a lot of time researching books to read, and just ended up adding, and outright buying, so many books that it brought to my attention. And I'm so excited to finish up some of the challenges and read more of the others.

And, of course, I'm always focusing on reading more diversely in 2018. I also feel like this challenge has made me automatically look for those, under the general layer of publishers pushing the white, mostly male books in our faces. They're getting a little better about it, too.

Now I'm rambling, I might make a whole discussion about reading more widely/diversely. If you took part in that challenge, let me know, especially if you did a wrap up so I can see what books you picked up. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bout of Books 21 | TBR, Goals, + Update Post

And another Bout of Books! Sadly, I wasn't able to take part in the last one in August because it was part of the week I was taking an international trip. And this week was going to be a bit of a thing because I was suppose to be getting a cat the weekend before it started.

Sadly, that has fallen through and now we've got to start over with the cat finding. This isn't about cats, though, about the books.

The Goals

  • Read! As much as possibly but don't want to push myself too hard. Last January readathon I got eyestrain. My reaching goal is to try and finish a bunch of things I've been currently reading, finish my Mistborn era 2 reread, and get to some comics.
  • visit blogs! videos! comment!
  • Twitter chats
  • BoB expert! Signed up for this again, even though I don't feel like I helped much last time, but going to try and make sure to be more active more
  • vlog? maybe, we'll see how I feel


The Stack
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (currently-reading)
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (currently-reading)
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

Updates

Monday
Didn't end up reading anything, it's been a weird beginning to the year for me.


Tuesday
Number of books I've read today: 3
Pages read: 335
Time Spent Reading: 3 hours, 11 minutes
Books:
Ripped Pages by M. Hollis (started and finished - 60 pages)
The Doctor's Discretion by EE Ottoman (started and finished - 195 pages)
Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest (started and finished - 80 pages)

Notes:
So it was a good reading day for me, but I'm pretty sure this will be an every other day kind of deal for me, maybe even more then that considering. Still, this readathon is helping me try and get back into reading regularly, which is what I needed. I'm going to try and read more days out of the year then I don't, I think? Just something I've been thinking of, not an official goal, and I have no idea how I'd track that?

Let me know how your bout of books is going!

Wednesday
Didn't end up reading for some reason???

Thursday
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total # of books I've read: 3
Pages read: 75
Total # of pages: 410 
Books:
Think of England by K.J. Charles (started - 75 pages)

Friday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total # of books I've read: 4
Pages read: 164
Total # of pages: 574 
Books:
Think of England by K.J Charles (finished - 164 pages)

Notes:
I enjoyed this book, but I also kind of had problems with how often there were cruel words thrown around about the love interest. I understand it's historically accurate, and it made it a little better then the MC started to defend him, but I honestly don't think it was needed to be that much? Then again, I can see how it really painted those characters in a horrible light.

However, there were moments when the MC thought things - just in relationship to the LI's queerness and fashion sense - that I felt like were very unnecessary.

Saturday
Number of books I've read today: 3
Total # of books I've read: 7
Pages read: 388
Total # of pages: 962
Books:
Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison ( started and finished - 112 pages)
The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh (Society of Gentleman #0.5) by K.J. Charles (started and finished - 32 pages)
A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentleman #1)  by K.J. Charles (started and finished - 244 pages)

Notes:
Apparently I have found myself on a queer historical romance kick - on that note, if you have any besides gay/bi dude reccs, please leave them down below. I've had people recommend me K.J. Charles and, on one hand, I can see why but the books are definitely not without their problems.

Giant Dayssssss. I don't know why I love this comic series so much but I do. It's just so much fun, and just three girls at university being friends. It's so great I cry.

Sunday
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Notes:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bout of Books 21 | Announcement/TBR

Bout of Books is a week long readathon that is very low key and incredible to take part in. It's very low pressure, not even any reading challenges to try and fulfill, but there is a lot of people just reading and having fun.

There are twitter chats happening, as well (which I'll hopefully be able to take part in both!) They're on Monday 9pm EST, and Saturday 11am EST. They're always a ton of fun and very motivating to go through, always makes me want to read!

On the twitter note I'm also a Bout of Books expert this time around again, so if you have any questions feel free to ask me here or on twitter (@caseycassidy).

As for what I'll be reading - kind of no idea, as per usual. I've got a lot of things I'm in the middle of that I meant to finish before the year ended up it ended up being a very, very busy December. And, also, there's time between now and the readathon starting and I don't know what I'll get done in between then and now. I do know that I'll be trying to finish a book every day - graphic novel counting for that since it's my arbitrary goal.

I was going to try and list what I'm currently working on and other possibilites but, honestly, I have no idea what I'm going to have time to read between now and the start of the readathon. Or what I'll be in the mood for by the time it starts. I'm getting a kitten the Saturday before the readathon starts and, as I'm typing this, friends are still visiting from NYE so I've got no idea what to expect.

Anyway - if you're planning on taking part, let me know! And say hi on twitter if you see me, I try not to post too much but I do linger in the hashtag a lot.

BoutofBooks website
Sign up post

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: Still Can't Do My Daughters Hair (poetry)

Title: Still Can't Do My Daughters Hair
Author: William Evans
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4.5 stars
Page Count: 96
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2017

Summary:
A collection of poetry by William Evans - he's the founder of Black Nerd Problems and has performed poetry on stages across the country. (I highly recommend checking out his work on YouTube, he's performed there and phew)


author twitter
blacknerdproblems



Review:
eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
This collection. There's so much here. I felt like so much of it was going over my head. I love poetry but I'm not super well versed in it. If you feel the same I highly recommend just reading it out loud to yourself, especially this kind of poetry by someone who performs it a lot (or just go on the internet and look up them performing it, because that's a whole different level).

This is, apparently, less then 100 words and almost made me cry? I can't really review this collection with any authority, as I'm white, so I'm not going to try. I'm just going to try and give you enough thoughts that, hopefully, you go pick this collection up for yourself. Or for a friend.

There's just - so much and it is so well done, well written, fucking incredible. I could tell that even when it fel tlike it was going over my head.

I cannot recommend this poetry collection  enough - it's so damn good and so important to me now. Reading poetry by people of color is some of the hardest things to do, because there can be so much raw pain there, and it's hard to read, but I feel like I owe it to myself to do so. And you should definitely go check out William Evan's stuff, definitely this collections, it's the one thing I've seen from him but I highly, highly recommend.

"I could be more compassionate, but I was raised by the dead."
Phew
... still coming for the children. It is telling us that we are still the children." 
And also ow, for both of those. I, sadly, need to get better at highlighting and notes when reading ebooks as I'm sure there's more things that I'd be quoting but phew boy. This poetry collection

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks

Title: Depression & Other Magic Tricks
Author: Sabrina Benaim
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 3/5
Page Count: 97
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

Summary:
This is a poetry collection written by Sabrina Benaim (best known for Explaining My Depression to My Mother) and this is her first poetry collection.


author's twitter





Review:
There were parts of this collection I really, really enjoyed and connected to but it didn't blow me away in any way. I don't know what it was about this collection but, while I did really enjoy it, I didn't become super attached to it.

I didn't know a lot of this poetry collection when I originally decided to request it, though I did realize I knew a poem from it - Explaining My Depression to my Mother - which, if you haven't listened to, hey. I've seen it during those slam poetry youtube holes I fall down every once and a while.

I'm not sure why this poetry collection didn't catch me more, maybe it was just the mood I was in while I was reading it. I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but I did get annoyed with it at points. All of which were definitely personal things and nothing to do with the author.

There were multiple points talking about her depression in relation to a signficant other, which I understand can be a part of it, but the way she described it at points was honestly just frustrating for me. Someone else cannot cure your depression and that just argh.

Overall, though, this was a solid poetry collection and I would recommend checking it out.

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