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text 2017-12-31 12:49
December 2017 Wrap Up
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

Last monthly wrap up of 2017. So many DNFs.....

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 166/150 Complete!

Pop Sugar: 52/52 Complete!

Library Love: 2; 54/36 Complete!

16 Tasks: 32 points total

 

Books Read:

1. Saga Volumes 2-4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - 4 stars to each volume

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley - 5 stars (Recommend especially to the Flat Earth Society reading group, but I am going to be recommending this book to EVERY DAMN BODY in 2018)

 

3. Let Us Dream (from the anthology Daughters of a Nation) by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

 

4. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton - 0 stars

 

5. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes - 2 stars

 

6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 3.5 stars

 

7. I Know What I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee - 3 stars

 

8. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay - 4 stars

 

Books Re-Read:

9. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

 

Currently Reading: Beyond Belief: My Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (50% completed)

 

 

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text 2017-12-30 11:57
Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

 

  • Recommend by Librarian - Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spieglman 
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  • On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky 
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  • Book of Letters - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin 
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  • Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan 
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  • POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello
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  • 1 of 4 Seasons in Title - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester
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  • Story within a Story - Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spieglman
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  • Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)
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  • Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan
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  • Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly
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  • Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb
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  • Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O
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  • By/About a Person with a disability - Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

 

  1. Subtitle - Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors
  2. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. Mythical Creature - Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian
  4. Re-read a shelf keeper - Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  5. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. Career Advice - Check These Out by Gina Sheridan
  7. Non-human Perspective - Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
  8. Steampunk - Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  9. Red Spine - Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings
  10. Set in Wilderness - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  11. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. Interesting Woman - After the Storm (Kate Burkeholder #7) by Linda Castillo
  19. Book with setting in 2 different time periods - The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen
  20. Month/Day in title - March Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al
  21. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 2017 movie adaptions - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley
  24. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. First Book in Series - Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan
  26. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. Recommended by an author you like - Nothing but Trouble (PJ Sugar #1) by Susan May Warren
  28. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. Family member term in title - Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  30. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. Genre never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. More than 800 pages - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  33. UBS find - London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #2) by Sara Sheridan
  34. Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy
  35. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Based on Mythology - The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti

 

About an immigrant or refugee - The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

 

Book with eccentric character - Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) Susan May Warren

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review 2017-12-25 19:15
Review: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

I watched the movie back in January and it was great. And then I kept putting off reading the book, even though I earmarked it for the Pop Sugar Challenge prompt. So comes December and I am down to two prompts left and figure now is the time to read it. After finishing, I could have kicked my own butt for waiting so long.

 

Image result for iceberg book meme

 

So we have all seen this meme from time to time. Exhibit A to prove this meme true is Hidden Figures. Great if you saw the movie, but the women profiled had much longer careers at NACA/NASA then the movie portrayed and did much more than that one mission. Although my favorite lady in the movie was Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn won my heart in the book (I thought NASA did her dirty at the end of her career). Shetterly also deftly brings historical context to showcase what these ladies were up against and how they achieved success on their own standards. It was more than Jim Crow; it was the Depression, their own families, WW II, and their colleagues.

 

I highly recommend this book!

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text 2017-12-19 15:36
Review: Bloom by Kelle Hampton
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

What a load of narcissistic, inspirational porn from a shallow, insecure woman-child. This book wasn't about her relationship with her new daughter and the daughter's diagnosis (Down Syndrome), but her unending whining about how her ideal family life was not made into reality. The author is emotionally and mentally exhausting, and her cabal of enablers (friends, family, husband) just kept her cocooned in her grief. Everything that pertained to her daughter or her condition had to have the author at its core and the author had to have someone hold her hand and do the work for her.

 

When she did bother to think of her daughter, the writing went into treacle, inspirational porn territory. So many "getting through pain to the beauty" "pain comes with beauty" etc. Vague enough to fit any circumstance, cute enough to write in a cursive font over a picture of a sunset and post to IG to show how "deep" you are. UGH. Every person with DS that she came into contact with was a vessel used by God to show her the beauty in being different. DOUBLE UGH.

 

Stay away. 0 stars.

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text 2017-08-31 07:30
August 2017 Wrap Up
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings
Homicide in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Her Holiday Family (Texas Grooms (Love Inspired Historical)) - Winnie Griggs
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin

 I am burning out on COYER. I need something other than Harlequin romance. Bring on Halloween Bingo!

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 128/150; 85% completed

Pop Sugar: 2; 42/52 prompts filled

Library Love Challenge: 2; 42/36 for the year

COYER: 12; 82% of list read from June-August

 

1. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings (COYER) (Pop Sugar) - 5 stars

 

2. Homicide in High Heels (High Heels #8) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) (Library Love) - 4 stars

 

3. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love) - 2.5 stars

 

4. Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs (COYER) - 4 stars

 

5. Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

6. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall (COYER) - 3 stars

 

7. Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller (COYER) - 1.5 stars

 

8. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson (COYER) - 1 star

 

9. Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis (COYER) - 2 stars

 

10. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin (COYER) - .5 star

 

11. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin (COYER) - 4 stars

 

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