Six on a Saturday

Six bookish links for the week:

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Six on a Saturday

Six bookish links for the week:

  • First, two opposing thoughts on Black Panther, the movie. Christopher Lebron in the Boston Review – ‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve: “As the movie uplifts the African noble at the expense of the black American man, every crass principle of modern black respectability politics is upheld.” Adam Serwer offers an eloquent rebuttal in The AtlanticThe Tragedy of Erik Killmonger: “The following distinction is crucial: Black Panther does not render a verdict that violence is an unacceptable tool of black liberation—to the contrary, that is precisely how Wakanda is liberated. It renders a verdict on imperialism as a tool of black liberation, to say that the master’s tools cannot dismantle the master’s house.” See the movie, read the articles, and discuss. (I’ll be going for a second viewing today.)

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The NOPE Tag

Well, this is a hilarious interlude for the week. Not down with all the lovey-dovey stuff? Check out the Nope Tag! Thank you so much to Lucinda at Lucinda is Reading for tagging me!

See the original tag here.

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

The Couple Next Door. It was just stupid. It wasn’t shocking or surprising, just stupid.

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Heathcliff and Catherine of Wuthering Heights, aka Terrible People Being Terrible to Each Other. In what way, exactly, is this #relationshipgoals?

3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

The Millennium Trilogy. I haven’t been silent about how I feel about this work. I don’t plan on reading the final installment.

4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

I was never Team Katniss or Team Peeta. I was Team Katniss-Make-Up-Your-Goddamned-Mind-And-Move-On.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Atonement. I know that this book is critically acclaimed, but I just hated the twist at the end. I felt like I had gone through the whole story for nothing.

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.

Stealing Lucinda’s answer here: “Yes I will go on a date with you Christian Grey, you sexy control freak abuser you.”

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

There’s no genre I’ll never read, but I’m not a big fan of fantasy or romance…or fantasy/romance.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

The ones with too small print and too small margins. I distinctly remember not reading a book for one of my classes because I couldn’t deal with the print.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

The “she’s a girl, he’s a guy, so they must get together” trope. News flash: people of the opposite sex can exist around each other without trying to take their pants off.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

I will never read The Lord of the Rings. Stop trying to tell me I should.

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

When female characters exist only to move the male characters’ plots forward. See: The Shadow of the Wind.

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Stealing Lucinda’s answer for this one, too: Ron Weasley. He and Hermione had no chemistry. They were fine as friends and should have stayed that way. (Also: Christian Grey.)

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

I don’t remember which book it was, but I was reading one of Augusten Burroughs’s books and came to a part where he claimed that male baldness was more traumatic than breast cancer. I had to fight the urge to throw the book to the other side of the train.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Does Christian Grey count?

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Is it bad that I can’t think of a single one? I’m sure that says something about me…

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Sorry, but I don’t think Andy Weir is nearly as clever as he feels the need to explain to us he is. I will probably not read anything else he will ever write.

So, my lovelies – what books and characters make you ride out of town with the flames of NOPE in your wake?

186 Little Fires Everywhere


by Celeste Ng, 2017

I loved Everything I Never Told You, so I was supremely excited to get my hands on Celeste Ng’s second novel. Like her debut, Little Fires Everywhere focuses on suburban life, both the promise that it holds and the prison that it can become. Elena Richardson has a seemingly idyllic life with her husband Bill in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Bill is a successful attorney, Elena is a respected local journalist, and their four high school-aged children – Lexie, Trip, Moody, and Izzy – complete this portrait of a perfect American family. Well, except for Izzy who, at the beginning of the novel, has set fires in each of the bedrooms of the Richardson home. Izzy has always been Mrs. Richardson’s greatest struggle and she will be her ultimate undoing.

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133 Eat That Frog!

eatthatfrogby Brian Tracy, 2001

Eat That Frog! is one of those self-help type books I’ve encountered on the productivity/start-your-own-business websites I peruse. It’s been touted as a great instruction manual for learning how to get off your ass and start getting things done, and so I added it to my list of books that I should probably read. When a recent water shut-off at my apartment building forced me out for a day, I found myself browsing the shelves of a bookstore, where I grabbed this book and promptly read it cover to cover. It’s a slim volume and an easy read and although I personally didn’t learn a whole lot new from it, I can see why people find it valuable.

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98 The Reptile Room

reptile-roomby Lemony Snicket, 1999

On to Book the Second! (Remember, there will be spoilers in these reviews.) We rejoin our intrepid heroes, the Baudelaire siblings, as they’re placed with another relative. This time their guardian is their uncle Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, a leading scientist in the world of herpetology. For the first time since their parents’ death, Baudelaires feel safe in Uncle Monty’s home and each are encouraged to do what they love most – Violet has large sheets of paper on her bedroom walls for inventing, Klaus finds lots of books to read, and Sunny gets her teeth on all manner of objects. It’s not until the mysterious Stephano arrives to fill in for Uncle Monty’s departed assistant that the air of safety is shattered – it’s none other than Count Olaf in one of his disguises, coming again to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshineThank you to Lucinda of Lucinda is reading for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

So, to take a break from my regularly scheduled book reviews, here are my answers to Lucinda’s questions.

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