2015 End of Year Book Survey

via The Perpetual Page Turner
via The Perpetual Page Turner




Number Of Books You Read: 103
Number of Audiobooks: 12
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Continue reading “2015 End of Year Book Survey”

Favorite Book Covers of 2015

For today’s A Month of Favorites, the topic is our favorite book covers and whyyyyyy. I had quite a few this year, so here are my top ten.

This Side of Home — Maya just looks so happy and blissful.

Royal Wedding — What’s cooler than being cool? Mia apparently.

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why — I just love that Kamala is on her phone and kicking ass at the same time. LOVE. HER.

The Boy in the Black Suit — It’s all crinkly and textured and cool.

P.S. I Still Love You — The covers for these books are even more gorgeous in person. Seriously. I love how romantic and soft they are and that the model looks exactly the way I picture Lara Jean. Also, that black marker is genius.

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen — The cover screams Jeopardy! (which I am a fan of), and Jeopardy! actually features pretty heavily in the story. So. Truth in advertising and all that.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father — The paper hat really sells it.

Ghetto Cowboy — The cover is just a hint at what you’ll find with the illustrations inside. Plus, the cover totally made me want to read the book, even more so than knowing the plot (which is also previewed by the cover).

Lois Lane: Fallout — It matches the plot pretty well. Plus, I love the motion of the whole thing.

Princeless — I love so much about this cover, but mostly how badass it is. The smirk! The sass! The posture! A++++ all around.

Favorite Reads of 2015 (So Far)

Today’s A Month of Favorites topic is Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2015. There are still two days left in the year, so I feel like this may be too early, but! It is close enough to the end that it’s not weird. Also, if I’m being completely honest, I may not finish another book before the year is over. SO! These are the books I gave five stars on Goodreads. Click here if you can’t see them that well. That’ll take you directly to the list on Goodreads. Also: there are TWELVE.

5 stars, part 1

5 stars, part 2

That’s a pretty good mix of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, kiddie lit, middle grade, YA, and adult. I don’t think it usually works out that way.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Original hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.
Original hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

This week, I finished:

  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (comic strip collection, adult) — It’s a collection of comics from her website, so exactly as expected
  • How to Write a Novel by Melanie Sumner (adult) — Meh. I would’ve liked it more if the relationships and characters were a little more developed.
  • Jem and the Holograms: Showtime by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Sophie Campbell (YA, graphic novel) — Disappointing characterization with unnecessarily busy panels.
  • Romeo & Juliet adapted by Gareth Hinds (YA, graphic novel) — Great adaptation with a really sympathetic Romeo.
  • “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin (adult, short story) — Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing. I just really loved this in ways I can’t explain. The ending burned a hole in my heart, and I sincerely feel like everybody should read it.

 Last week, I posted:

[wrap-up-posts week=”51″ year=”2015″ listtype=”ul”]

Currently reading:

I just started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr last night, which is a pretty big deal in terms of popularity. We’ll see how it goes.

Oh, and I started Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton, and it is pretty delightful so far.


#AMonthofFaves: This Is How I Read

I’m back to posting for this event over here because it just makes sense. Whatever, I’m crazy. Let’s move on.


A Month of Faves


Today’s A Month of Faves post is all about how we read. The prompt: how do you pick your next book; what do you do after you’re finished reading a book (do you write a blog post, update Goodreads, put reviews on Amazon etc.; immediately start another book or let the book?)

I am a total mood reader. Except for when I read assigned books (at this point, usually through my two book clubs) and then I become a moody reader. I read what I want when I want. I DNF (do not finish) books without hesitation or remorse. I will sometimes force myself to finish a book and then, if I hate it, I get really crabby about it. I pick books based on their book covers, on what friends say, by the length of the book, by author, by title. Sometimes I participate in the library’s book recommendation Thursday (currently, they have taken to asking us to post pics of what we’re reading and whether we’d like a readalike or random suggestion). Every once in a while, I read what they suggest. When I sign up for reading challenges, I usually seek out books that fit the challenge.

My daughter asked me once how many books I think I’ve read in my lifetime, and I told her that my Goodreads total of 1,065 is only a fraction of the books I have read because I have been a voracious reader since I was four or five, and that total only takes into account the last 12 or so years of my life. And that doesn’t even count the books I have DNFed, some of which I have made it to almost the absolute end and said, “No more!” and set aside.

When I finish a book, these days I promptly (or within a day or two) go to Goodreads and log it, including the date I read it. I rate it and write a brief review–enough so that I know why I gave the book the rating I did. (People who do not leave comments with their ratings burn me up! Why did you think it was a four-star book or a two-star book? Give me some clue!) I make sure to leave a comment with my rating because when I go back and look at my old ratings, I cannot remember why I rated a book the way I did. Also, since I have read so many books, I often do not remember anything about many of the books I have read (I came across one that I had given four stars that I absolutely do not remember reading. Even reading the synopsis did nothing to jog my memory. My only guess is that it was for a class I was taking at the time.)

I am bad at shelving, though. That is a thing that I need to work on. Except for by date. And, now, by reading challenge. I am a slow learner sometimes.

Then, once a book is logged, I move onto the next one. I generally like to keep it light, but I love books filled with angst. I love teen lit, but am currently burnt out on it. So I have moved onto reading adult books about adolescents. So, yeah, I totally have a type. Let’s keep it contemporary, friends. For, lo, that is my jam.

Diversity on the Shelf 2016

Alysia has stopped updating her blog, and I really love this challenge, so I have decided to host it for the upcoming year.

Diversity on the Shelf 2016

The purpose of the challenge is super simple: make a goal to read books by and/or about people of color throughout the year to encourage other readers to have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry.

The challenge runs Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016. Books read before Jan. 1, 2016 do not count toward the challenge.

Leave a comment or make a post stating what level you want to participate in and link up below. If you don’t have a book blog, but have Goodreads or Library Thing, etc., you may use that to participate and post your links as long as you set up a public dedicated shelf for the challenge.

1st Shelf: Read 1-6 books
2nd Shelf: Read 7 -12 books
3rd Shelf: Read 13 – 18 books
4th Shelf: Read 19 -24 books
5th Shelf: Read 25+ books
Need ideas for what to read?

Books can be any format, genre, or length that have been published at any time as long as they are by or about a person of color. Choose your books as you go or create a to-read list! Use the books for other challenges! It’s all good. Again: the only requirements are that the books be by or about a person of color and read in this year.

Oh, and to clarify: “about” means a main character, not a secondary or tertiary character. If a book has multiple narrators or POVs and one of them is a POC, it counts. Otherwise, nah.

At the end of the year, I’ll do a giveaway for people who meet or exceed their initially stated challenge goal. So that means you can go up a level (but not down!) as the year goes on. The only requirements will be signing up here (sign ups close on Dec. 1, 2016) and writing a wrap up post or linking to your completed shelf by the end of the year.

And that’s it! Sign up below, grab the button, and spread the word. I’ll answer any questions in the comments.


Welcome to the Diversity on the Shelf Challenge!

boring blogging angst

So after my last post, which was an epic flounce from the world of self-hosted/Wordpress blogging, I’ve realized that there are benefits to using WordPress over LiveJournal: (1) Posts are easier to find [for me and readers] and (2) some posts are better suited for this platform (e.g., teaching posts).

So I’m back.

If you know me, you know I tend to suffer from all or nothing, black and white thinking, so it either had to be all LJ or all WordPress with nothing in between. Except, after some time away, I have figured out that it doesn’t have to either/or but can be both/and. All that means is LiveJournal for personal stuff and TV talk and more loosey-goosey book talk, WordPress for more formal book reviews, challenge sign ups, and any teaching talk.

Both/and. It can work.

On the plus side, I am now way less stressed out about blogging. And I have got to find a way to stop working out my internal strife in public.