2016 Book Memories Challenge

Monday, January 2nd, 2017


 

So I started doing the Book Memories Challenge last year, and enjoyed it so much that I continued in 2016 – even though Grown Up Fangirl doesn’t look to be hosting it anymore. (Enter: my own shiny header!)

Anyway, the basic premise is this: for every book you read, jot down your favorite quotes on a slip of paper. Stow ’em all in a jar and, at the end of the year, look back and see which ones made you laugh, cry, or shake your fist in anger. (Preferably number one.) Of course, my penmanship is a shitshow, so I opted to record them in a blog post instead. This also allowed me to go a little overboard, but I’ll leave it to you to decide if this is a net positive or negative.

This year’s WP file got so bloated that I’m typing this intro in its own window, on account of there’s such a delay on the original. Maybe next year I’ll post the first batch of quotes at the end of June? Or maybe at the end of each quarter? Thoughts?

Either way, I shall leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes, one that’s been hanging heavy on my mind thanks to one of my final reads of the year. (The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg.) TELL THEM STORIES. I think good storytelling might be the one superpower we need most in the coming year.

 
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fuck yeah reading: 2016 books

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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This year I set my reading goal at 105 books – the standard two a week plus one for good luck – and absolutely smoked it with 155 books. I even beat my old record of 148 (set in 2014).

I can’t figure out how to embed them (sad!), but here are screenshots of my 2016 Reading Challenge and My Year in Books on Goodreads.

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(The reading challenge is one book off, since I had a whopping one reread and Goodreads doesn’t have a way of logging multiple sets of dates. Also, click through each image to enbiggen.)

As always, my favorites are singled out with asterisks, BUT. To make things extra-easy for you, here are a dozen titles that I think deserve a little TLC above and beyond. Like, if you read nothing else this year, make it these bad girls.

In no particular order:

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Not to get all pushy, but.

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Stacking the Shelves: December 2016

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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My Christmas book haul! I got a few new comic books as well as two crafty-type books, but my favorite gift by far is the O-Ren Ishii Funko Pop from my sister! Five of my seven rescue dogs are named after fictional characters (Ralphie refused to respond to anything other than “Ralphie,” and I rather liked Peedee’s name, so we kept it). My girl Rennie is named after Lucy Liu’s character in Kill Bill, and I already have the Kaylee and Jayne pops to represent my little fireflies. Sadly, I don’t think Funko makes Mags and Finnick pops. Mags is a pretty minor character in The Hunger Games series, so that’s kind of expected, but Finnick is a fan favorite. Not that I could just buy one half of the pair, that seems w-r-o-n-g wrong.

My parents also got me – well, Mags – a blue life jacket with a fin on it. I shit you not, Mags side-eyed me when I took it out of the box; she knew what it was straight away. I can’t wait to photograph her in it this summer. I think we’ll have to make a special trip to the beach so it looks authentic, with the sand and waves. Our little pool will just look cheesy.

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There were two books in particular that I REALLY WANTED for Christmas but didn’t get: Volume 1 of Clean Room, by Gail Simone, and APB: Artists Against Police Brutality. (Which, if you’ll remember, I tried twice to buy used but ended up with unfinished ARCs each time!) As it just so happened, Amazon had a Season 9 Angel & Faith title randomly on sale, so I used that as an excuse to treat myself to all three.

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Since I rarely buy print books anymore, I haven’t been browsing on Book Outlet in ages. But I happened to catch an ad for their Black Friday sale in my spam folder and decided to give them another look. And, hello, when did they beef up their comic book selection? I checked some items off my wishlist and discovered a few new series, too.

As it just so happens, by the time I filled my cart and started the checkout process, I’d missed the deadline for the sale by like an hour. So I pared my purchases down a bit and settled on these eleven titles. It all came out to around $60 in the end, though, so it was still a steal. And now that I know they carry more graphic novels, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next big one! (Spoiler alert: I went a little overboard on their Boxing Day sale. More on that next month!)

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Stacking the Shelves: November 2016

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

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So on Election Day I tweeted a picture of my I Voted sticker @Ulysses Press to win a Hillary Clinton coloring book, and now the sight of it makes me want to cry. So…yeah. Not exactly the best start to this month’s roundup.

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE, I was especially psyched to find this ARC of The Orphan’s Tale in my mailbox, since my request was denied on Edelweiss. Score! Thanks much, Harlequin!

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From Library Thing’s October Early Reviewers batch, a Recorded Books production of Afterward, by Jennifer Mathieu. I really enjoyed Devoted and The Truth About Alice, and was really stoked to win a copy. I started it yesterday while walking the dogs, and so far it’s excellent.

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Thanks to Shelf Awareness and Random House, I received this prize pack of Fannie Flagg books. The Whole Town’s Talking comes out next week. :)

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Also from Shelf Awareness (and NatGeo) is this copy of National Geographic’s latest photography book, @NatGeo: The Most Popular Instagram Photos. It’s stunning, as per usual.

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Rennie desperately wants to be included in the next edition, but Mom doesn’t have an Indtagram account. (Boo!)

Just kidding, she’s praying for the day when I stop drafting her into my book photos.

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For review through Blogging for Books: a David Bowie coloring book. Eeeeps!

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Trevor Noah’s memoir dropped this month, and I have a shiny new copy! (Thanks to…Doubleday Canada (?).)

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From W. W. Norton & Company, an ARC of James Lasdun’s The Fall Guy. The cover has totally got me yearning for warmer, simpler times. WE WERE SO YOUNG AND NAIVE YOU GUYS.

 
I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith ($2.99 on Amazon)
  • Salsa Nocturna: A Bone Street Rumba Collection by Daniel José Older ($.99 on Amazon)
  • Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfe R. Monster ($5 from Beyond Press)
  • Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit (FREE from Haymarket Books)
  • Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan ($.99 on Amazon)
  • The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen ($2.03 on Amazon)
  • The Humanity of Monsters edited by Michael Matheson ($2.50 on Amazon)
  • Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress by G.G. Silverman ($.99 on Amazon)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers
  • There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
  • The Burning World (Warm Bodies #3) by Isaac Marion
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig
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    Stacking the Shelves: October 2016

    Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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    First up: this month’s comic book acquisitions. Only the top one, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, is a pre-order; the rest I bought used, either on ebay (The Last Unicorn) or Amazon (everything else).

    I received an ARC of APB: Artists against Police Brutality on accident, and I’m beginning to suspect that its replacement is lost, so … yeah, that’s fun. I’ve burned through so many of the listings that the next cheapest copy is just a cent less than if I bought it new from Amazon. Anyway, expect the REAL copy to pop up in next month’s roundup.

    2016-10-26 - Becoming Unbecoming - 0003 [flickr]

    From this stack, I’d also like to give an extra-special mention to Becoming Unbecoming, which is just amazing. Honestly one of the most powerful books on rape and rape culture that I’ve ever read. Pick up a copy even if you’re not really into comic books – it feels more like an art project or memoir.

    2016-10-26 - Rad Women Worldwide - 0002 [flickr]

    I’m loving these all-women mini-bio girl power books, and Rad Women Worldwide is no exception. Thanks to Blogging for Books and Ten Speed Press for the review copy!

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    Pictured here with a lovely scarf from Natural Feelings (#sponsored).

    2016-10-26 - Blood for Blood - 0001 [flickr]

    THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I’m holding a copy of Blood for Blood in my hot little hands right now and I can’t even with how fierce and stunning it is. Thanks to Dark Faerie Tales and Bookiemoji – and of course the publisher, Little, Brown BFYR!

    2016-10-14 - Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea - 0003 [flickr]

    I won this adorable kid’s comic book in the September batch of Library Thing’s Early Reviewers. YOU HAD ME AT NARWHAL. AND ALSO UNICORN.

    2016-10-13 - Hag-Seed - 0003 [flickr]

    I’ve already read Hag-Seed (spoiler alert: it is predictably awesome), but I was thrilled to win a copy through Read It Forward all the same. Margaret Atwood is my all-time fave, and this is the first and only physical ARC of hers I’ve owned. I plan on being cremated with it.

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    From Shelf Awareness, a copy of Christina Dodd’s Because I’m Watching, which looks to be a creepy-suspenseful Halloween read. Rennie is helpfully providing some side-eye to further drive home the book’s threatening title.

    2016-10-09 - Margo Kelly Prize Pack - 0001 [flickr]

    Merit Press was giving away copies of Margo Kelly’s two books, Who R U Really? and Unlocked, on Twitter, and I was the lucky winner! They were also cool enough to follow up when I missed the first DM. (Damn you, Twitter!)

    2016-10-06 - The Night Voyage - 0001 [flickr]

    My second-ever adult coloring book, Daria Song’s The Night Voyage, for review through Blogging for Books. I’m kind of scared to try it – it looks infinitely more difficult than the Pop Manga Coloring Book! (Stunningly gorgeous though.)

    2016-10-06 - Snow White Graphic Novel - 0002 [flickr]

    From Candlewick, a 1920s noir graphic novel adaptation of Snow White that I’ve been dying to get my hands on! Thanks guys!

    2016-10-06 - Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - 0003 [flickr]

    Just in time for Halloween, the graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” from Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This one’s more faithful than Snow White – and written by Jackson’s grandson, Miles Hyman, to boot!

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    Is it just me, or does this ’70s-era foam pumpkin look eerily like a constipated Rush Limbaugh?

    2016-10-06 - Forever in My Heart - 0001 [flickr]

    I won another Goodreads giveaway! This happens so rarely it feels like a cause for celebration. Forever in My Heart: A Grief Journal is a little more religious than I expected – kind of nondenominational Christian meets New Age – but I can work with it. Creative interpretation, yo.

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    The perks from Lightspeed’s People of Colo(u)r Destroy! Kickstarter keep rolling in. This month it’s the October issue of Lightspeed, as well as the special POC Destroy Horror! edition of Nightmare Magazine.

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • The 13th Continuum (The Continuum Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Brody ($1.99 on Amazon)
  • All That Remains by Al Barrera (FREE on Amazon)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets by Anne Corrigan
  • The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  • Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny
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    Stacking the Shelves: September 2016

    Saturday, October 1st, 2016

    2016-09-20 - September Pre-Orders - 0002 [flickr]

    This month’s comic book pre-orders are two good ones: Angel Catbird, Volume 1, by none other than Margaret Atwood, and Volume 2 of The Golden Compass: The Graphic Novel, adapted from my all-time favorite book/series.

    2016-09-20 - The Supergirls - 0002 [flickr]

    For review through Library Thing: The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid. The first edition’s been on my Amazon wishlist for ages, so I was pretty psyched when I saw that it’d been revised and updated.

    2016-09-20 - Hachette Summer Reads - 0003 [flickr]

    I was lucky enough to win the “mystery box” from the Hachette Summer Reads sweepstakes, which included some pretty rad titles. Thanks guys!!!

    2016-09-14 - Me-A Compendium - 0001 [flickr]

    I got (yet another!) journal for review through Blogging for Books. Me: A Compendium is a super-cute journal with prompts for the kindergarten-to-third-grade set. I’m way too old, but I’m sure some kiddo at RBC will just love it!

    2016-09-23 - Extraordinary Ordinary Moments - 0001 [flickr]

    On the flip side, Jorey Hurley’s Extraordinary Ordinary Moments (also from Blogging for Books) is more my speed. I love that it’s larger than a mass market paperback and much easier to write in than many of Potter Style’s journals!

    2016-08-31 - Pop Manga Coloring Book - 0002 [flickr]

    Last one for review though Blogging for Books: my very first adult coloring book. Although, tbh, I’ll likely leave all the pages as-is: the artwork in Pop Manga Coloring Book is just perfect the way it is.

    2016-09-23 - Levithan Wakes - 0001 [flickr]

    From Hachette/Orbit, a copy of Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey. I had no idea it was adapted into a SyFy series! I’ll have to check it out.

    2016-08-31 - The Other Boy - 0001 [flickr]

    Surprise book mail from HarperCollins: The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey. On bookshelves now!

    2016-08-29 - A Shadow Bright & Burning - 0001 [flickr]

    Last but not least, courtesy of Random House BFYR: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. Like many amazing books (The Female of the Species, hello!), this one also came out on 9/20!

     
    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
  • The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland
  • Baba Yaga by An Leysen
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Little Nothing by Marisa Silver
  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin
  • The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (Revised and Updated) by Mike Madrid
  • The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
  • The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
  • Kill the Next One by Frederico Axat
  • The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Hunter
  • Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
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    Stacking the Shelves: August 2016

    Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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    It’s been a rather shitty month (literally and figuratively, hardee har har!; no but really, the new fosters introduced a worm into the pack, and everyone’s had varying degrees of diarrhea, yay!), so I decided to treat myself to a few comic books from my wishlist. Also: A Helena Pop, because 1) it was on sale and 2) Helena is easily the best character in one of the best shows on television, so.

    2016-08-19 - Kaylee Pop - 0001 [flickr]

    2016-08-19 - Jayne Pop - 0002 [flickr]

    …aaaand of course, once you buy one Funko Pop, you can’t stop. My next two purchases were Kaylee and Jayne, in honor of my little ladies, may they rest in peace. Kaylee looks scrappy as heck – wtf is up with that hairline!? – but there’s no way I can return her. Besides, my Kaylee was pretty funny-looking too, so I guess it evens out.

    2016-08-19 - Kaylee & Jayne Pops - 0010 [flickr]

    Pictured here with our 2011 FSMas card, which featured some pretty hardcore cosplay. (We leave a laminated version on the fridge year-round, because how could we not?)

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    Stacking the Shelves: July 2016

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016

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    July’s comic book pre-orders!

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    I won an autographed copy of Reliquary along with some shiny book swag, also signed by Sarah Fine. Thanks Sarah!

    (Photographed next to my giant TBR comic book pile. SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME.)

    2016-07-15 - Senior Dogs Across America - 0014 [flickr]

    Schiffer Publishing was nice enough to send me a copy (beautifully wrapped, I might add!) of Nancy Levine’s Senior Dogs Across America, which is 1) lovely; 2) already out; and 3) makes a wonderful gift for dog lovers of all ages.

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    Mags is rather miffed that she didn’t make the cut. :P

    2016-07-05 - The Call - 0001 [flickr]

    Shelf Awareness FTW! Specifically, an ARC of The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín.

    2016-07-09 - Book Mail - 0001 [flickr]

    Also from Shelf Awareness: an autographed copy of Vengeance by Zane.

    2016-07-04 - A Vegan Ethic - 0003 [flickr]

    For review from the publisher: A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward All by Mark Hawthorne. I had the pleasure of reviewing Mark’s previous two books, and the intersectional focus of this one really has me psyched!

    2016-06-28 - Signed Katherine North - 0003 [flickr]

    I know we’re barely halfway through the year, but The Many Selves of Katherine North is poised to go down as one of my favorite 2016 releases. I was lucky enough to win a hardcover copy, signed by Emma Geen herself, in a launch day giveaway on Twitter.

    (Check the shiny little blurb graphic Bloomsbury made for me!)

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    Normally I’m not a huge book collector, but. I AM SO HAPPY YOU GUYS I CANNOT EVEN!

    2016-06-27 - In My Humble Opinion - 0003 [flickr]

    I wasn’t quick enough to snag an ARC of Soraya Roberts’s upcoming book, In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life, on NetGalley – but when I emailed the publisher to inquire about a physical ARC, ECW Press was kind enough to put one in the mail for me. Thanks a bunch, Sarah!

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • The Chain (The Kinship Series #1) by Robin Lamont ($2.99)
  • The Other Side of the Stars by Katherine King ($.99)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
  • Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online by Bailey Poland
  • Ice Crypt (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #2) by Tiana Warner
  • The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
  • Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood
  • Everfair: A Novel by Nisi Shawl
  • A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion Toward All by Mark Hawthorne
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Yesternight by Cat Winters
  • The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
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    For review on Library Thing:

  • The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler
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    Stacking the Shelves: June 2016

    Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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    2016-06-14 - the lightspeed back library

    This month the first of the rewards from Lightspeed’s People of Colo(u)r Destroy SF Kickstarter campaign came in: namely, the special issue of Lightspeed (with Nightmare and Fantasy to follow in October and December). At my level, I also got access to all the back issues of Lightspeed, which is just bonkers. I already owned a few, thanks to past campaigns, but I think it came out to 64 new issues total. Like I said, BONKERS. I spent most of one afternoon downloading and cataloguing them!

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    There are so many awesomely hilarious memoirs coming out this summer, I’m having trouble keeping track! This one’s from comedian Jessi Klein and Grand Central Publishing (thanks guys!). The is ARC is tragically lacking in cringeworthy childhood photos (the best part of any memoir!), but I’m holding out hope for the finished copy.

    2016-06-09 - JoCo Sizzling Summer Book Sale - 0005 [flickr]

    The second week in June, Johnson County held its annual Sizzlin’ Summer Book Sale! I’ve gone a little overboard in years past, but seeing as I’ve been transitioning to ebooks in the past year or two, I almost skipped the sale altogether. But I really wanted to check out their selection of comic books, *and* we had a recycling run to make anyway, so we stopped by. I only spent like $8.50, but I had a few good scores.

    Sadly I didn’t realize that I already owned copies of Sovay and Tunes for Bears to Dance To; those went straight into my donations box!

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    I won an ARC of Everland and some pretty fun swag from @IReadYA! You just know I’m going to try those wings out on one or more of the dogs. (Poor dears.)

    2016-05-30 - Recorded Book Mail - 0001 [flickr]

    For review from Recorded Books/Library Thing: Samatha Mabry’s A Fierce and Subtle Poison. This actually arrived last month – I’ve long since read and reviewed it – but I forgot to snap a pic before misplacing it in a pile of mail. Oops!

    2016-05-27 - The Passage ARCs - 0001 [flickr]

    I was over-the-moon thrilled to win @LillianJClark’s twitter giveaway for a complete set of The Passage ARCs. Normally I’m not a huge collector – ARCs, paperbacks, e-books, I don’t much care about format as long as I’ve a chance to read it – but I love this trilogy (or at least the first two books in it!) and a collection of ARCs really struck my fancy. They look so nice and shiny, sitting on the high living room shelf next to their hardcover cousins.

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    Surprise book mail is the best! This copy of Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven showed up in my mailbox unexpectedly; I guess I must have won a giveaway from @wwnorton and no one told me? Either way, not complaining!

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft ($4.00)
  • Wilde Stories 2009: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($1.50)
  • Wilde Stories 2010: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($3.00)
  • Wilde Stories 2011: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($3.99)
  • Wilde Stories 2013: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($4.00)
  • The Black Tongue by Marko Hautala ($1.99)
  • The Girl in the Time Machine by Debra Chapoton ($.99)
  • Secrets Under the Olive Tree by Nevien Shaabneh ($.99)
  • Beastly Manor by Alex Hall (free on Amazon!)
  • You Were Here by Cori McCarthy ($1.99)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
  • The Conjoined: A Novel by Jen Sookfong Lee
  • The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
  • Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • The Sunlight Pilgrims: A Novel by Jenni Fagan
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape by Jessica Luther
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
  • Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel by Carol Birch
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    Stacking the Shelves: May 2016

    Saturday, May 28th, 2016

    2016-05-10 - Birthday Books (& Rennie) - 0003 [flickr]

    2016-05-10 - Birthday Books (& Rennie) - 0007 [flickr]

    2016-05-09 - Cookie Dough Cake - 0003 [flickr]

    First things first: My birthday was earlier this month. (Yay me!) Shane made me a chocolate cake with almond buttercream frosting AND BITS OF COOKIE DOUGH STUFFED INSIDE (genius!) and I got a big stack o’ comics and vegan thin mints and a Supernatural messenger bag that I’m maybe probably most definitely too old for.

    (The Orphan Black TP is still on my wishlist, in case anyone wants to send me a late gift. Just saying.)

    2016-05-10 - Brain Freeze Journal - 0002 [flickr]

    I requested yet another journal from Blogging for Books; I’m pretty sure I have enough to cover the next decade at this point! Even though I’m kind of over the teeny tiny sizes, I just had to have the Brain Freeze Journal. It looks so much like a Neapolitan ice cream sammie I salivate a little every time I look at it!

    2016-05-23 - Long May She Wave - 0009 [flickr]

    True story: I put in for a copy of Long May She Wave (also from Blogging for Books) mostly on accounta I was wondering just what the heck it was. A book of American ephemera? Tear-out postcards? A stationary set? As it turns out, it’s a cross between two and three: a faux book housing 100 individual postcards: 50 unique designs, with two of each so you can send a card/keep a card, if you’d like. Kind of neat, eh?

    2016-05-03 - Places No One Knows - 0002 [flickr]

    Thanks go to Natalie C. Parker for this ARC of Places No One Knows! I also won an ebook of Beware the Wild in her twitter giveaway!

    2016-05-03 - Life Without Nico - 0001 [flickr]

    For review through Goodreads: the children’s book Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana and Francisco Javier Olea. This is the first GR giveaway I’ve won in, like, a year! That’s okay, though; since I started with NetGalley and Edelweiss, I’ve been entering fewer drawings for physical books, so that’s probably (mostly) why.

     
    For review on Edelweiss:

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    For review on NetGalley:

  • American Girls by Alison Umminger
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    (I’m still working through last month’s stack, so it was a slow month, galley-wise!)

    Stacking the Shelves: April 2016

    Saturday, April 30th, 2016

    2016-04-26 - Gilda Stories - 0003 [flickr]

    City Lights was nice enough to send me a copy of the expanded 25th anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories! This one’s been on my wishlist for at least a decade, so I am understandably stoked.

    2016-04-26 - Gena-Finn - 0001 [flickr]

    I won an ARC of Gena/Finn through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program, but Chronicle Books accidentally sent me two copies! I guess I’ll donate the extra to RBC, since I already have a box going for them? Or maybe it’s time to host a giveaway?

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    From Blogging for Books: F*ck That: An Honest Meditation by Jason Headley. (Personally, I think Calm the F*ck Down! has more of a ring to it!)

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    An ARC of Some Possible Solutions: Stories by Helen Phillips, also for review through Library Thing. (I forgot to include this in last month’s roundup. Ooops!)

     
    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Mermaid Girl: A Story by Erika Swyler
  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
  • We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
  • The 100 Year Miracle: A Novel by Ashley Ream
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  • Three-Year-Olds Are A**holes by Sarah Fader
  • The Unseen World by Liz Moore
  • The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen
  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black by Gregory E. Pence
  • A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff
  • Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install
  • “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  • Night of the Animals: A Novel by Bill Broun
  • Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
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    Stacking the Shelves: March 2016

    Saturday, March 26th, 2016

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    I already had the pleasure of reviewing Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess on NetGalley, but it’s even lovelier in real life.

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    Another journal for review through Blogging for Books! Unlike the other Potter Style titles I’ve tried in the past, this one is generously sized, and I also love the arts and crafts emphasis.

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    & thanks to Kristopher Dukes for this copy of A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises!

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • Women’s Work (Women’s Work #1) by Kari Aguila (FREE on Amazon!)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • With Malice by Eileen Cook
  • The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
  • Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past by Vanita Oelschlager and Kristin Blackwood
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
  • Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
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    Stacking the Shelves: February 2016

    Saturday, February 27th, 2016

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    Quirk Books was giving out free Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar calendars for the New Year and I was lucky enough to get one! Which is pretty rad, on account of it’s February and I’ve neglected to buy a 2016 calendar. Plus it’s hella creepy and just my style.

    Also? Really digging the mini-style calendars. The edges don’t curl downwards with time, like on the regular sized ones.

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    A million thanks to Mindy McGinnis for this ARC of My Life With the Liars. 2016 is shaping up to be the year of kids escaping from creepy cults, and I couldn’t be more psyched.

    (Rennie, on the other hand? A little less impressed. She thinks I have more than enough books as it is, okay? JEEZ MOM GET SOME HELP ALREADY!)

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    In honor of Supergirl (which I keep meaning to DVR and then promptly forgetting! booooo me!), Switch Press hosted a twitter giveaway of Lois lane: Fallout, and I won! Thanks guys!

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    I also scored a galley of Parker Peevyhouse’s Where Futures End, which I have been looking forward to for like forever. Okay, autumn-ish. Just feels like forever.

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer ($0.99)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Fellside by M.R. Carey
  • The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
  • Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster
  • Fowl Language: I Used to Be Cool and Do Cool Things by Brian Gordon
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Every Heart A Doorway #1) by Seanan McGuire
  • Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
  • Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
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    Stacking the Shelves: January 2016

    Saturday, January 30th, 2016

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    For review through Blogging for Books: Life-Changing Magic: A Journal: Spark Joy Every Day, inspired by by Marie Kondō’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (Weirdly, they are listed as different editions of the same book on Goodreads. Ooops!)

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    I won this bad boy in a giveaway from Simon Teen right before the holidays: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

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    A copy of Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn, received for review through Library Thing. (Spoiler alert: I loved it!) Thanks, Candlewick Press!

     
    I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • The Whistleblower’s Dilemma: Snowden, Silkwood and Their Quest for the Truth by Richard Rashke ($2.99)
  • Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age by Pete Thorne ($1.99)
  • Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of–And Escape From–Healthcareland by Jody Berger ($1.99)

  • Brother by Ania Ahlborn ($1.99)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016)
  • Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (2016)
  • Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood (2016)
  • Burning by Danielle Rollins (2016)
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction by Jen Kirkman (2016)
  • Heartless by Leah Rhyne (2016)
  • The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks (2016)
  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (2016)
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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: December Recap

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    2015 Real Book Challenge: December Recap

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


     

    So I flamed out pretty early with this challenge. I set a goal of 50 “real” books and only managed 37, resulting in a dismal 74%, despite the fact that I surpassed my overall reading goal of 105 by 17 books. Oy.

    I blame Netgalley: 2015 was the year I discovered the joy of eARCs, and I went all in. Nearly all of my reads were on an ereader. That’s okay though! I love my Kindle: it’s great for traveling and reading in low-light environments; you don’t have to worry about hoarding, since the books take up zero space; no more relocating entire bookcases full of books when that one corner of the house floods YET AGAIN (okay, maybe that’s just me); and ebooks are wee bit cheaper, especially if you wait for the deals. Plus my Kindle is easy to hold up from the bottom of a dog pile, so there’s that.

    But comics and “crafty,” heavily illustrated books? I still prefer the real thing for those. Buffy just doesn’t look the same on an iPad, okay. Which is my roundabout way of saying that I plan on participating in the Real Book Challenge again this year …. just with a more realistic goal. 25, maybe?

     

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  • 2015 Book Memories Challenge

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2016


     

    So technically I think I’m supposed to jot down my favorite quotes on slips of paper and store ’em in a jar for this challenge, but. My penmanship is a horrorshow, and copying and pasting from my Notes is so much easier (ebooks yay!), so I decided to go the high-tech route instead. I think I may have gotten a little heavy-handed with the quotes (so hard to choose just one!), but I don’t mind if you don’t.

    I actually had a great time with this one: after finishing a book, I’d flip through my notes in search of choice quotes for the challenge; this also gave me a chance to go over the material and gather my thoughts, which is super-helpful when writing a review. It’s a win-win!

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    fuck yeah reading: 2015 books

    Friday, January 1st, 2016

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    This year I set a goal of 105 books – about two per week – and beat it by 17, despite my rather dismal showing in the Real Book Challenge. (Book-wise, 2015 will go down as the year I got hooked on ebooks. eARCs, especially!)

    I read some really amazing books – The Gracekeepers, The Library at Mount Char, More Happy Than Not, Church of Marvels – but if I could only recommend one, it’d be Rachel Vincent’s Menagerie, for its wonderfully unexpected animal rights elements. Of course you can’t expect me to choose just one (!), so honorable mentions go to Octavia Butler’s Kindred (an oldie) and Sandra Newman’s The Country of Ice Cream Star (more recently published), both of which are simply phenomenal.

    Basically I had a really great year in books, even if my personal life was in shambles. Goodreads made it into a pretty little display, too. (If a little misleading: there are a ton of 5-star books that aren’t obviously marked as such on the page. Just in case you’re wondering why Butler isn’t more prominently displayed.)

    After the jump is a full list of what I devoured last year, along with links to reviews and a cover gallery. As per usual, my favorites are marked with asterisks!

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    Stacking the Shelves: December in Books

    Saturday, December 26th, 2015

    This month’s Stacking the Shelves post is pretty modest, considering it includes Christmas. Since losing Peedee last month, we’ve had a hard time getting into the holiday spirit; and the only presents I exchanged with anyone was the dogs. So the only books I acquired this month were the ones I bought or won. Which is still more than I can read in a month – at least in my current jello brain state – so that’s okay! Receiving more books for Christmas when I still haven’t gotten to all of last year’s gifts probably would have made me feel a wee bit guilty anyway.

    Also, I just started reviewing again after a two-month hiatus, and seeing as I’m struggling with a moderate backlog, I resisted the urge (and it was a strong one!) to request any more e-galleys this month. My trigger finger’s feeling mighty itchy, though.

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    Just in time for Christmas, I received this lovely illustrated book of poetry, written from the point of view of Farm Sanctuary’s rescue animals. Signed by author Maya Gottfried, who graciously gave away three copies of Our Farm on twitter.

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    I scored a few used Tamora Pierce titles on BookMooch! Maybe I should join readwritelove28’s Tamora Pierce reading challenge after all?

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    I’ve been looking forward to this one forever: Amy Lukavics’s Daughters Unto Devils, courtesy of @HarlequinTeen and The Irish Banana! Posed next to my weirdo hybrid Halloween-Christmas decorations because SPOOKY.

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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: November Recap

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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