May Wrap Up

May was a good month for reading both in quality and quantity.

  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (print, library)
  • I am not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum (ebook, own)
  • A Kiss at Midnight by Eloise James (ebook, Scribd)
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (ebook, Scribd)
  • The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James (ebook, Scribd)
  • Insatiable by Asa Akira (ebook, Oyster)
  • Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick (print, galley)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print, own)
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente (print, own)
  • The Ugly Duchess by Eloise James (ebook, Scribd)
  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan (ebook, Scribd)
  • Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James (ebook, Scribd)
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson (print, borrowed)
  • Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole (print, library)
  • The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan (ebook, Scribd)
  • The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (ebook, Scribd)
  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (print, library)
  • The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (print, own)
  • Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner (print, own)
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (print, library)
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (print, own)
  • Inferno by Dan Brown (print, own)
  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay (ebook, own)

My diversity count could have been better this month. I managed only 26%. It was all those romance novels that did me in so that’s to be expected. I did have 86% female count so there’s that. I managed five non fiction which is higher than my usual number and one book of poetry!

Some of my favorites were

  • No Matter the Wreckage: I haven’t been moved by poetry in a long time. After seeing Sarah Kay’s TedTalk I quickly picked up this book. It’s so great. The poems she does in her talk are also in the book!
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self: What I said about poetry I also feel about short stories. More often than not, I read them feeling dissatisfied. Not so with this collection. I need to pick this one up for my own library.
  • How to Build a Girl: This one reminds me of my sister. Not that she’s a sixteen year old Lady Sex Adventurer, but she could have been. I had to recommend this book to her as soon as possible.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic: Such a fun book. I look forward to the next one. Actually I really want it now.

There was only one miss on the list and I don’t really want to call it out because I feel like the author’s followers would troll me. It was pretty bad and could have used an editor…or maybe a ghost writer. I finished it because for some reason I kept hoping it would get worse. It didn’t. No, it wasn’t the Toni Morrison.

What books did you read in May? Any favorites? Any letdowns?


Weekend rearranging: TBR Shelf

Coming home from Portland showed me one thing…I’ve been hitting the bookstores a little heavy lately so now I have too many books for my TBR shelves. I could temporarily move some into the office with the read books, but instead I’m going to try to put a little bit of a print book purchase ban on myself until I can fit all of them on the shelves. That of course means a bit of a re organization. I pulled my ARCs of the shelf. I’ve never really liked them buddying up with the finished product. They tend to be forgotten.

I also took a look at my sooner rather than later TBR shelf. Right now I’ve been focusing in on my feminist books and I’m not abandoning that. So I pulled a few of the fiction books off the shelf and swapped them out for a few of what I think will be “easy” reads. So no Murakami or the classics. Whether this will ring true or not, I will let you know. I still have a stack of books on the floor in front of the cases so I have a lot of reading to do.

My kids leave in about three weeks to go to their grandparents for three weeks. I imagine I’m going to get a ton of reading done. I’m pretty excited to get some uninterrupted reading…which I’ll probably squander on watching every Buffy episode on Netflix or napping.

Some books that are on the immediate TBR shelf:

  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Lexicon by Max Barry
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
  • A Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugene Kim
  • The Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McCain

Anyone else have to ground themselves from buying books? Any rules about when you can buy books? A friend of mine says she buys a book for every two that she reads which is a pretty solid way of doing things.

Birthday Trip: Portland Edition

Wow, it’s been a bit since I’ve been on here. I’m sorry guys!

My birthday was this last Saturday and to celebrate, my husband surprised me with a road trip to Portland which you know means…Powell’s. We ended up going twice (of course we did). Who doesn’t love a bookstore so big they have to give you a map?

Like woah.
Of course I needed at least one signed book.
My husband standing guard over my books.
Representing the Riot…which was not intentional.
Trip one!
Trip two! Not counting the books I picked up for my kids.

There is something down right magical about Powell’s. I love the combination of used books and new. I felt a little bad having my husband trail after me with the basket, but he was game and kept telling me to take my time (he’s all mine ladies, back off). A tip for such a large bookstore? Personally, I made a list off my TBR of the books I wanted to buy the most. It’s easy to get overwhelmed after three floors of awesomeness. I scouted new books first and walked away with a few books not on my list. I didn’t notice they had search computers until the end of the second trip when we actually had to hurry up because we had a movie to catch so I missed out on a few books I’d been looking for.

I walked out with some great titles and can’t wait to start them. Although that N.K. Jemisin is looking quite intimidating.

Have you been to Powell’s? What’s your game plan when you go?


Bookstore Day


The clothes make the woman…buy a lot of books

Independent Bookstore Day which started out as California Bookstore Day last year is a day to celebrate our indie bookstores. Last year I made it late and missed out on a lot of the specialty items. This year I got to my favorite indie Bookshop Santa Cruz at opening.

I love this place!


They had lots of great things planned. They had a wheel of prizes where I won a book on California by a local author and participated in a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt gave me a moment of pause in the category asking for a classic I’d never heard of, but I prevailed! I wasn’t able to do the literary trivia, but I think my speculative fiction book club ladies are down for it next year.

So many fun events!


Pardon the crappy handwriting!


Spin baby spin
Hmm. As a native Californian I bet there’s still a lot about my home state I don’t know.

I came home with some nifty stuff, especially the Roxane Gay book which had been my main goal. I also bought some fuck socks inspired by Christopher Moore’s Fool. There are there three socks included to cut down on that blasted lost sock problem. Also some snarky tea towels which I’m almost not wanting to use. I didn’t realize Roxane Gay’s book would be autographed which made it extra special!

I’m a sucker for snark, Roxane Gay, and cool socks.
The first one! *is dead*
I ❤ you, Roxane! Can’t wait to read it!

Did you participate in Independent Bookstore Day? What stores did you go to? What awesome loot did you come home with?

TBR shelf: May

Aw may. My birthday month. I turn 32 this year. I was feeling a bit down about it, but then I realized I’m only getting better with age. I’m bragging a bit, but it’s more of a self acceptance. I’ve spent years trying to figure myself out and my place in the world and I think I finally have an idea on who I am. That being said I wanted to read about other women who rocked. I know I did the all female month recently, but is it really something one can over-do? If your answer is yes, I’m not your blogger.

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Honor by Elif Shafak
  • The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  • Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson
  • Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstration by Elissa Stein
  • Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties by Lucy Moore
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
  • Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century by Betsy Israel
  • God Help The Child by Toni Morrison

My digital shelf

  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
  • Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
  • I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum
  • American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

This is just too good of a pile I’m hoping I can make a sizable dent in it. Which would you be reaching for first?