Did you all know I liked Cats?
Hahaha, well you’re WRONG.
Did you all know I liked Cats?
Hahaha, well you’re WRONG.
I meant to publish this yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday.
Instead, after three family Christmases and a miserable four-hour ride in a cramped truck, I stayed in bed and read all day.
As a consequence, some last-minute books snuck their way onto my Top 10 list.
It’s a Cinderella story and a plot twist all in one!
I liked this book enough to gift copies to my friends.
The Little Women conversation was very gratifying. I felt seen.
Laurie + Jo or Single Jo. These are the only options.
Get Friedrich out of here.
* Lavery initially published this book under a name he no longer uses, hence the lack of accompanying book image.
Technically, I finished this at 12:45 AM on January 1st, 2020.
Since I read the bulk of it in 2019, I’m counting this as a 2019 read.
I appreciated this book so much.
So many books I read have interesting premises but no soul.
This book had a lot of feelings in a world that I didn’t want to leave.
I know I read this on the LAST DAY of 2019, so recency theory is at play, but this book had one of my favorite endings of the year.
Bittersweet, just the way I like it.
Also…THERE WAS A BI BOI. Or a pan boi.
Either way, a NON-MONO BOI.
This book touched some really deep places in me.
It gave me closure for an awful 2017 friend breakup that I hadn’t been able to process.
I am forever grateful.
I don’t want to oversell one of the plot twists, but…
I read a lot of great graphic novels in 2019. This was the best one.
The emotional honesty was really refreshing.
(CW: rape, sexual assault)
I had to lock my feelings about this book in a box and put them away. Otherwise, I would not have been able to function.
This book has nuance and commentary and excellent representation.
It’s heartbreaking and so well-done.
This book gave me the words I needed to come out, so of course it’s going on the list.
(CW: racism, rape, misogynoir)
Every single one of the sentences in this book is a gorgeous work of art.
I finished this book very recently and I’m struggling to verbalize the impression it left.
All I can say is, “Wow.”
If you want a comprehensive understanding of intersectionality, this is your book.
I chose a number of “fun” books for this list because they made me laugh and provided a helpful distraction.
Dimitrov and Lasky gave me a joyful breakdown of the zodiac, which was what I needed after the chaos of NaNoWriMo.
This book was fun and fast and helpful. It earned a spot on my “Nonfiction/Reference” shelf.
(CW: physical and emotional abuse)
Super ambitious, very well done.
I’ve never read a memoir in this style; Machado killed it.
This book was creative without being gimmicky and very brave in its content.
I am in love with the writing style.
WHAT DO I EVEN SAY??
This book covered a lot of territory, but it did it right!
The ending ACTUALLY made me weep. I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS.
This book gave me so much hope for 2020.
My heart is full.
This is the only new favorite I reread this year.
The rep is SO GOOD.
The anxiety rep is really moving, but what really got me was the on-the-page demisexual rep.
Johnson likened demisexual attraction to turning on a dimmer switch, which made me cheer. Yes! Accurate! This is how it feels!
Then Martin the Surprise Bi described his attraction to different genders and I loved it. More bi bois!
I’m so glad this book came out.
That’s my list. I’ll have more 2019 posts coming in the next few days.
See y’all later. I’m off to watch Cats.
So FUN STORY.
I thought this was Top Ten Tuesday LAST week.
When I saw everyone posting their holiday TBRs instead, I reformatted my entire post and did Top Five Tuesday.
GOOD ONE, LAUREN.
MY BRAIN IS SOUP. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree”
Today marks the first day of Halloween. Continue reading “Halloween the First”
When I get bored, I seek out book tags.
I mean, I have IDEAS and stuff, but they’re all so SERIOUS and my chest gets tight when I watch the news.
I need to have fun.
Obviously, that means knitting while bingeing “What/If.”
In terms of book tags…
…SUSY MADE A GALAVANT BOOK TAG!!!
I saw this challenge on a fellow blogger’s site and YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE A BANDWAGON WITH NUMBERED LISTS.
(Also, there’s a post I’ve been avoiding and this sounded more fun.)
The gist: complete the checklist provided below by drafting and/or publishing one book-themed post a day.
Aman’s original list included a challenge I am NOT INTO, so I came up with a substitution. YES, IT’S ABOUT SHIPPING.
Today’s challenge involves pictures.
I decided to photograph three books: one I just read, one I’m currently reading, and one I plan to reread.
Before I do that, here’s the TBR pile I have going from the Seattle Public Library:
The sad part: THIS IS ME SHOWING RESTRAINT.
I also dismantled a bookshelf. Now my floor is covered in new and unread books, borrowed books, tentative favorites, and old friends:
I won’t even get into the Currently Reading pile next to my bed.
GUESS WHO CRIED AT WORK?
I just received a copy of The Hate U Give and, due to mixed reviews, I’ve been avoiding it.
But Dear Martin has been on my list for a while, so when the library HAD A COPY just SITTING ON THE SHELF, I snatched it up.
Nic Stone uses an interesting mix of dialogue, news reports, and letters to tell the story of high schooler Justyce McAllister as he navigates racial profiling and microaggressions in his hometown of Atlanta.
Stone handles the topic well, balancing out possible “preachiness” with genuine emotional connection. Her avoidance of straw-men and one-note villains helps emphasize the complexity of race relations.
I read this at work and screamed. I was not okay.
Then I had to be cool and not cry at the end.
My heart is broken and I hate everything.
In essence, two petty siblings complain about their perfect half-sister’s expensive upcoming wedding whilst their own lives fall apart.
I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m not much for bestsellers or realistic fiction normally, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Ginder’s writing. And of course I was tempted by YET ANOTHER BLUE PARTY-THEMED BOOK COVER. What is WRONG with me?
I’ve been thinking about this book a lot. I don’t know what about it I find so comforting, but reading it feels like coming home. This book replaced Harry Potter as my favorite YA fantasy, which is funny because it’s based on Harry Potter.
Just LOOKING at it makes me happy. Is this NOT the most perfect cover in existence?
I have zillions of books in my TBR pile and a trillion more coming in from the library, and I think I committed myself to 19 books for Feminism Month? All that to say I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to reread this, but I am LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
This is only tangentially related: Should I give Fangirl another chance? I didn’t like it, but so many other people did. I’m always jealous when someone has a reading experience that I don’t share. Maybe I’ll save that for next month.
Tagline: Meet Harriet Manners. Girl. Geek. International supermodel?
When I saw “New Girl” for the first time, I didn’t think I’d like it. I started watching it as a joke and was surprised at how funny it was. The writing made me laugh out loud–a rarity–and, after one episode, I couldn’t wait to watch another.
Reading Geek Girl was similar. I checked this book out based on the tagline alone, thinking it would be super cheesy and fun to make fun of. Two pages in, I was already laughing–and not because it was bad either!
Geek Girl follows “geek” Harriet Manners, an astonishingly unpopular girl who has more interest in Russian history and animal facts than fashion, so when she becomes the new face of fashion line Baylee, it comes as quite a surprise.
I normally dislike books with obvious morals, but in Geek Girl‘s case, I didn’t mind. The story offered a new take on the “Be Yourself” motto that other books and movies tout and immediately contradict. Despite the subject matter and some of the more outlandish happenings, this book was more believable than many of those other ones.
For instance, some “be yourself” stories have it so that once the main character accepts who they are, they find true love, popularity, worldwide fame, and wealth. The true lesson: you can only have these things once you no longer care about them!
Geek Girl didn’t go in that direction. At the end [minor spoilers], Harriet is still unpopular and still only has one friend (and one stalker), but she’s reprioritized what is important to her and rediscovers the good things she already has. The only possibly unbelievable bit–a fellow supermodel having loved her the whole time–is tempered by the fact that the reader gets to see their relationship develop. Nick has a personality and a character; he’s not just there as wish fulfillment.[/minor spoilers]
Geek Girl moves along at a fast clip, each chapter ending on a cliff hanger and/or zinger from one of the characters. The pacing is excellent and makes me wonder whether Smale has ever written for television.
This book is so freaking funny. Here are some gems:
“Frankie here looks like the ginger child of an alien and duck union, and that is so fresh right now.”
“So that makes this a secret between the two of us, right?” I glare at him. “Which makes us kindred spirits? And–correct me if I’m wrong–soul mates?”
“We’re not soul mates, Toby. You can’t just go around stealing secrets and then forcing people into being your soul mate.”
Oh my God. I’m the Right Girl? I’m usually the Girl That Will Have to Do I Suppose Because That Other One Got Chicken Pox (Year Five play Cinderella).
And from the sequel:
In fact, you could say I’ve really grown up since you last saw me.
Not literally. I’m exactly the same size and shape as I was six months ago, and six months before that. As far as womanly curves go, much like the volleyball captain at school, puberty is making no bones about picking me last.
The thing that most surprised me was how many twists the story offered. Since the jokes were so spot-on, I expected the story to be average–I’m cynical enough to believe that a plus in one category means a deficit in another. Contrary to my expectations, there were more than a few moments that I did not see coming. And they weren’t shocking in a Kady-Cross-I-wish-you-had-foreshadowed-that way, but in a No-way-I-can’t-believe-they-went-this-direction-that’s-awesome way. MORE THAN ONE TIME. THAT’S RARE FOR ME, GUYS.
My favorite conversation takes place at the end of the book and has given me new romance goals:
There’s a long silence. “I like you,” Nick says finally. He’s still speaking slowly, but the laziness that is always there seems to have disappeared. My whole body feels like it has a lightbulb in it.
He likes me?
Lion Boy likes me?
“But…why?” I manage to stutter.
Nick shrugs. “You’re different.”
I frown at him. “Good different or bad different?”
He grins. “Good,” he says. “And bad. But even the bad bits are different and they always make me laugh.”
“That makes no rational sense at all,” I tell him, crossing my arms. “There are 7,228,898,142 different people in the world. You clearly just haven’t met that many.”
“I’ve met enough,” he says, twinkling at me and taking a step forward. His cheeks have gone pink now as well. I didn’t know it could happen to boys.
A human heart is supposed to beat between sixty and ninety times a minute, while resting. A hedgehog’s heart beats up to 300 times a minute while standing still. Honestly, I think I might be turning into a hedgehog.
Wonderful revelation of a YA book. Go read it. You have 30 minutes to find a copy before I kidnap your dog.