It’s Monday & I’m more than halfway through the semester

October 24, 2016

That means it’s almost over.

That means soon I’ll be able to breathe.

I don’t think I have ever looked forward to winter break more.

In other news, this week I got to meet literary goddess and living queen emoji Meg Cabot. She is every bit as funny and amazing as you would imagine. Also, she thinks I rule.



During the Q&A, I asked her two questions:

  1. Have you ever considered doing a crossover between your books/characters?
  2. Would you write another screenplay?

The answer to both was no, though she did say that she might consider the first one. Also, her explanations for both were hilarious and involved, and I swear, she is like a comedian. She will take a small thread from a story and then weave it into all of her subsequent stories and then come back to it like a punchline.

I love her, basically.

Last week, I completed Naz’s Diverse Books Tag! Click the image to go to the post.

The Diverse Books Tag


I also finished one book:

Last Night I Sang to the MonsterLast Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sad and beautiful book about a sad and beautiful boy, and it just wormed its way right into my heart. Also, it almost made me cry! Twice! But in the best possible way.

Anyway, this was a joy to read, and even though it is sad, it’s still full of hope and love, and I am just really happy this book exists.

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And I’m currently reading two:

underworld by meg cabot

I mentioned last week that I need something light to read as I was making my way through Last Night I Sang to the Monster. So I checked out Underworld by Meg Cabot since I never finished the trilogy. Also, you know, in anticipation of meeting the queen.

The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

I bought this. Meg Cabot signed it. I’m reading it. That is all.

In TV news:

Okay, I gave the second episode of Insecure (HBO) a try, and I liked it much more. Enough so that I’m planning to keep watching it. I am pretty sure the things that irritated me about the pilot were still there, but they were may more toned down, so that’s good. Also, I am pretty sure the language and stuff wouldn’t have bothered me ten years ago. Or even twenty. Here’s some proof.

On the drive down to meet Meg Cabot, this happened:

Me: *listens to Biggie and 2Pac, jams along*
Daughter: *turns on Pit Bull*
Me: “That’s so vulgar!”

So, yeah.

Also I am watching Superstore as I type this, and Glenn’s decisions are stressing me out. But at least it’s funny again, and I am a smidgen less bitter about Telenovela getting canceled. At least this week.

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Happy reading, everyone!



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  1. Elisabeth Ellington

    Your post really makes me want to read some Meg Cabot. It’s been years–far too long! She is so funny. I can’t believe the semester is over half over. I had a panic this week about all the things we haven’t done yet.

    • Akilah

      Oh yes, I’ve had that panic. Also all the things I’m behind on. There are so many. Sooooooo many.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Aaaaa I still need to watch Superstore! My friend convinced me to watch Timeless so I’m doing that now — the first episode horribly stressed me out, mostly in fun ways but also sometimes in racist ways? (cause they travel to racist eras), so I’m not sure how many more I’m going to watch. We’ll see!

  3. vendija723

    She is terrific and prolific!

    And I just loved Aristotle & Dante, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read more Alire Sáenz.


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