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review 2017-07-01 21:54
[REVIEW] Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh

Read this in a day while rebelling against my mountain of schoolwork.

I must be the exception to the rule because I did not find this funny at all. Half the time I was jarred by the lack of connection between the chapters and then I remembered this was a blog so it's not supposed to have a thread, maddening as it was. The other half of the time I was bored.

Nonetheless, I found myself relating to certain things she described particularly concerning depression. The artwork is very amusing and the parts with the dogs were my favorite.
 

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review 2017-01-01 00:00
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh I am ashamed to say that I was unaware of the blog when I picked this up. The whole thing is written in a hilarious and charming way. Some of it had me dying with laughter, while others had me nodding furiously at how relatable it was. One of the stories is called "Depression" and it is about Allie Brosh's struggle with the disease. I've dealt with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager and I've never been able to convey nor ever heard it conveyed so accurately, what It's like to suffer from depression. But even that section is handled with humor. I love it.
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text 2016-06-16 19:32
Ramblings Regarding May Reading
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Crown Duel - Sherwood Smith
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

Favorite book of the monthHyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Honorable MentionsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Longest in pagesEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

 

Total books ingested: 18

Re-reads/listens: 1

 

Total books read: 18 

Total pages read: 5,765

Average pages per book: 320

Average pages per day: 185

 

 

Scores:

1: 1

2: 1

3: 11

4: 5

5: 0

Did not finish:  2

 

Average: 3.11

 

Reviews Written/Published: 5 (Wow, I really, really need to step this up)

 

May wasn't a terrible month, though much of my reading was continuing series I'd already started (hello Morganville Vampires and The Dresden Files). I am continuing to remain behind (and to fall further behind, apparently) on my reading challenge, and I've also been horrible about updating things here (you may have noticed?); currently trying to play "spread out the time in a rational way" and right now my life includes both actually being social and playing World of Warcraft.

 

Blame my friends, guys, for both of these terrible time sinks. ;)

 

No, honestly, I've just been lazy about things. I have started reviews for what I thought was a good dozen but which actually counting my drafts folder here informs me is 48 books; I'm not finishing them for reasons I can't quite explain. I'll need to set myself up a nice day at home with a pot of tea and no distractions and see what I can't manage to knock out. 

 

I also need to actually finish some of the ridiculous number of audiobooks I have started. I have not had any audiobooks listed in my wrap-up for months, but I am listening; I just keep stopping partway through and starting something else. My reading life is a curious thing, I swear. 

 

How did everyone else's May reading go? Do you even remember at this point? Any curious trends you noted? How is June holding up for you?

 

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text 2015-12-02 02:39
December Wrap up
Girl meets boy - Ali Smith
The Girl in 6E - A. R. Torre
Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood - Joshua Williamson
Nailbiter Vol. 3: Blood In the Water - Joshua Williamson,Mike Henderson
Nailbiter Vol. 2: Bloody Hands - Joshua Williamson,Mike Henderson
Sweet Tooth, Vol. 3: Animal Armies - Jeff Lemire
Sweet Tooth, Vol. 4: Endangered Species - Jeff Lemire
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed - Patrick Rothfuss,Nate Taylor

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text 2015-11-04 02:33
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Next Novel
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
Scarlett Undercover - Jennifer Latham
The Martian - Andy Weir
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
The Crown - Colleen Oakes

This topic is brought to you, every Tuesday, by The Broke and the Bookish - I'm just answering these things because they're fun and it's awesome to hear what other people have to say on the topics each week.

 

This week has me answering the prompt: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Next/Sophomore Novel.  Dude, this is hard, because so many authors I've read have had multiple books out, but that doesn't mean I can't include debut authors whose books I haven't read, but I'm looking forward to the sequel.

 

No particular order here, just going off the top of my head.

 

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir 

 

1. Sabaa Tahir:  I had some issues with "An Ember in the Ashes", but I also liked the story and found myself invested in the characters well enough to see where the series would go. I'm hoping that as the series goes on, it builds in strength (and leans less on some of the problematic turns of the story - or at least treats them a little better than the first book did).

 

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh 

 

2. Renee Adieh: I'm already too excited over the release of the follow-up book to "The Wrath and the Dawn", but I've still yet to write a review for the first book.  Argh.  Both of the covers for this book are beautiful, and I love stories set with this theme so, so much.

 

Scarlett Undercover - Jennifer Latham 

 

3. Jennifer Latham: I really liked 'Scarlett Undercover," and I'd like to see where her next project takes her.  I think the biggest appeal of Scarlett was her character voice, which is something Latham did very well in shaping the character.

 

The Martian - Andy Weir 

 

4. Andy Weir - I think I've determined that I'll read anything that Andy Weir writes from here on out, because "The Martian" is one of my all-time favorite books. Really looking forward to what his next major book project will be.

 

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh 

 

5. Allie Brosh:  Because I loved "Hyperbole and a Half" - no shame.  I'd love to read another humor book in the style of the aforementioned.

 

Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain 

 

6. Susan Cain: Because she's so articulate about the experiences of introverts/introversion.  I really enjoyed "Quiet" and I've heard she's releasing another book next year along the same lines.  I can't wait to read it.

 

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley 

 

7. Robin Talley: Because I thought "LIes We Tell Ourselves" was absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to see what she writes next (and I have a galley of her next novel, so even better!)

 

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon 

 

8. Nicola Yoon: I haven't read "Everything, Everything" in its entirety, but what I've read so far makes me want to read more from her in the future.

 

The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker 

 

9. Helene Wecker: Because while I haven't read "The Golem and the Jinni" in its entirety, I'd just really like to read more from her based on her style and the theme of this book.

 

and lastly:

 

The Crown - Colleen Oakes 

 

10. Colleen Oakes: Yeah, technically her sophomore novel is already out, but I haven't had the chance to read it, so it's new to me.  But I love her style of writing and I'd like to read more books from her in the near future.

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