It’s Monday! What are you reading?

In an effort to engage more with other bloggers and to talk a little bit more about the books I read, I have decided to start participating in this weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. There’s also a children’s lit one for people who focus on books from those categories hosted by Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye from Unleashing Readers. I’m seeing a lot of cross-posting in my future, basically.

This past week, I finished:

  • The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry (middle grade, audiobook)
  • I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost by Ellen Conford (YA, short stories)
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (adult non-fiction, self-help)
  • Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger (adult non-fiction)


As of today, I’m reading:

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless… by Jen Chaney — Yes, still. Here’s a fun quote from it since I have no idea when I’ll finish.

Donald Faison: That was my go-to when I wanted to be with a girl. I’d say, “Come over and let’s watch Clueless.” Absolutely. Clueless was the ultimate wingman. They love the movie. They didn’t give a shit about me being in the movie, they just loved the movie, period. I didn’t start getting girlfriends until Clueless came out. It worked well for me. It’s true. It’s because I kept it real. That’s exactly right. Because I was keepin’ it real.


Bless him.


Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage


Till You Hear From Me by Pearl Cleage — I’m listening to this one on audiobook and one of the narrators is Bahni Turpin who I really enjoy. The plot is a little slow (I’m 1/3 of the way through and the two major players haven’t met yet), but I’m interested to see what happens. The male main character, Wes, is despicable so I’m really intrigued by that. So far, I can’t tell if this will end the way this type of narrative typically does (the two main characters fall in love) or if a whole lot of crazy is going to go down instead. I really feel like it’ll be the latter, so we’ll see.


Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri — I *just* started this one today, and I am intrigued so far. The opening was definitely action packed, and I can see reluctant readers being totally sucked into it. A horse right in the middle of Philly! Intriguing.

Next week, I’ll add in some info about reading challenges and such, but I think this is a good first post for the meme, yes? Yes.

Welcome to Metropolis High!

I generally enjoyed this book, but I have to say I hated every single thing that had to do with Clark/Superman. WHY IS HE THERE? This is a prequel about Lois. And here’s the thing: Lois is a badass. She is a great character in her own right. She doesn’t need Clark to make her interesting or make her story worth telling.

I don’t hate the fact that an army brat who has traveled around a bunch has an online best friend. I don’t even mind that she maybe thinks she’s digging on the guy. That is all fine. In fact, it’s believable. But having it be Clark makes this more of a Superman prequel than a Lois from Superman prequel, and Lois is an interesting character in her own right.

She deserves better is all I’m saying.

Also: interesting characters, nice job setting up the world, etc. It was all fine. Except for stupid Clark being there. Oh and the school colors being red and blue. I know it’s a nod to Superman’s costume, but still. Can you imagine how hideous the team uniforms are? Gross.