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text 2019-05-31 13:35
May 2019 Reading Wrap Up
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal At a Time - Richard Wolffe,José Andrés
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine - Damon Tweedy
The Fifth Risk - Michael Lewis
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated - Alison Arngrim
On Distant Shores - Sarah Sundin
A Change of Fortune - Jen Turano
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection - Kate Beaton

The end of Snakes and Ladders and BoB helped me push past my usual number of books read. COYER Summer starts tomorrow and BL-opoly is off to a good start, so I am looking at upping my BL/GR goal. I really need to write reviews at least once a week instead of writing all the reviews at the end of the month.

 

Goals:

BL/GR: 61/75 (80% completed)

Nixon Reading List: DNF the book this month

 

Challenges:

BoB Cycle 25 - 4 books finished and 3 IG photos

Snakes and Ladders - Finished

BL-opoly: earned $14.00

 

May Reading List

 

1. We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres and Richard Wolffe - 5 stars

 

2. Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery #1) by Laura Durham - 3 stars

 

3. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Dr. Damon Tweedy - 5 stars

 

4. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis - 4.5 stars

 

5. Are You There Coffee? It's Me, Mom by Kianna Alexander - 3 stars

 

6. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Olsen and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim - 5 stars

 

7. Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro - 2.5 stars

 

8. Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro - 2.5 stars

 

9. Bombshells: United, Volume 1: American Soil by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage - 2 stars

 

10. Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton - 4 stars

 

11. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson - 3.5 stars

 

12. The Making of the President 1972 by Theodore White - DNF

 

13. A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction #1) by Jen Turano - 4 stars

 

14. On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin - 5 stars

 

15. Summerset Abbey (Summerset Abbey #1) by T.J. Brown - DNF

 

16. Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction #0.5) by Jen Turano - 2 stars

 

17. Then Came You (Bradford Sisters #0.5) by Becky Wade - 0 stars

 

Stats

Non-Fiction: 6 (5 read, 1 attempted)

Fiction: 11 (10 read, 1 attempted)

 

Print: 7

Ebook: 9

Audio: 1

 

Male Authors: 5

Female Authors: 12

 

AoC/LGBT: 3 (all AoCs)

 

 

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review 2019-05-29 22:17
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection #2
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection - Kate Beaton

Date Published: September 25, 2015

Format: Print

Source: Library

Date Read: May 16, 2019

Read for BoB Cycle 25

 

Blurb

Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over “Strong Female Characters,” the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, “Straw Feminists in the Closet,” and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton’s humor is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

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Review

I had a lot of fun reading this collection of comics. I have never heard of Kate Beaton or her work before, but now I am a fan and looking forward to what she does in the future. Snarky, a little silly, but never dumb or punching down, the humor was pitch-perfect.

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review 2017-12-19 18:35
Step Aside, Pops
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection - Kate Beaton

I always enjoy Kate Beaton's comics, even when I don't have any knowledge of the work she's referencing. My favorites from this collection are the Katherine Sui Fun Cheung comics. 

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review 2017-02-14 18:29
Science bros, Batman buns, and pirate love
Hark! A Vagrant - Kate Beaton

I had heard a lot of good things about Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant and since the premise of it (historical parody + comics) sounded intriguing I naturally thought it would be a winner for me. Well, I can't in all honesty say that it was a winner in my books. There were certainly some comics that I thought were really funny but I feel like those few didn't override my overall reaction of "wow this wasn't as good as I had hoped". I think this is largely due to my sense of humor. I know many people who would probably fall out of their chairs laughing at this (and many others who would totally give up within the first couple of pages). Essentially Kate has selected different little themes (based on historical figures, events, etc) and written short comics to accompany them. Sometimes she writes a little explanatory paragraph at the bottom but this isn't always the case. There is something very "Tumblresque" about her work which might be the biggest draw for you...or it might make you very wary.  I always feel strange giving a "negative" review especially when it's more a question of my taste and not really anything to do with the writing itself. However, this is my blog and I can only review books based on my own tastes (as well as basic stuff like grammar, setup, and so on). For me, this was a 3/10 and I'm not likely to search out any of Beaton's work in the future.

 

I think it's Poe's face in that last panel that does it for me.

 

Should I have put a warning on this?

 

The 'nemesis' series was a hoot. 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2016-01-12 16:00
Top Ten Tuesday: January 12, 2016
The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson
Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari,Eric Klinenberg
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine - Alexandra Kleeman
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein
Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels - Tom Devlin
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection - Kate Beaton
Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
Manners and Mutiny (Finishing School) - Gail Carriger

Top 2015 Book Releases I Meant to Get But Didn’t (original concept and this week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish)

 

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

 

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

 

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

 

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

 

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels edited by Tom Devlin

 

Step Aside, Pops! by Kate Beaton

 

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

 

Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Takeshi Miyazawa

 

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

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