Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week in Review - Week 8

Random Thoughts

I ended up participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week last week hosted at The Estella Society. It was fun to brush off the old tag from the days when Amy hosted it. I am sort of outside the blogging sphere nowadays, but it was fun to join in! I added new bloggers to my feed reader and talked on Twitter a lot. We will see if I can comment on these new blogs and keep using Twitter... This last week also announced some changes to Scribd, a site I use to off-set my TBR pile. I am pretty disappointed with the changes and have found myself trying to read books off my list there instead of my personal challenge to catch up in some series. This is mainly because if I don't like the changes, I will be cancelling my membership in March. We will see how things play out...

Graphic Novel Year

Rat Queens - Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery (reread)
Rat Queens - Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth
Morning Glories - Volume 8: Assembly
Morning Glories - Volume 9: Assembly
Jim Henson's Storyteller: Witches (Scribd)
Clive Barker's Nightbreed - Volume 1 (Scribd)
Clive Barker's Nightbreed - Volume 2 (Scribd)
Girl in Dior (Scribd)

Currently Reading 

Weekly Reading

Rat Queens - Volume 1 (reread) - I love this comic about a group of sassy, female heroes. They are not your conventional band, though, and are often fighting trouble they brought on themselves... But, I was so happy to reread it and revisit with the characters! I hope this series goes far and they continue to develop! Recommended!

Rat Queens - Volume 2 - I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book! It arrived during my reading slump last year and while I started it, I never finished it. Now I could read it with enthusiasm and once again enjoy my time with the characters. I didn't love this one quite as much as book 1, but I am still a huge fan and cannot wait until Volume 3 is out later this year. Recommended!

Morning Glories - Volume 8 - Okay, so I was so close to being caught up in this series that I splurged and bought the last two books before Volume 10 is out in May. I love this series and its messed-up, half the time no idea what is going on, storyline. I knew if I neglected it, it would be next year before I finally caught up and I didn't want to wait that long. This series continues to be a page turner for me. I am definitely a fan! Recommended!

Morning Glories - Volume 9 - And here we are, caught up! Once again this volume was a page turner and I was left at the end wondering what was going to happen next... It seems like the minute something is explained, more weird things start happening. The pieces are starting to come together, though, and I am loving the ride! Recommended!

The Storyteller - I read this on Scribd because I have been meaning to get to it for a while and didn't want to miss out. I love Jim Henson. I love The Storyteller. I loved this comic book. The art is stellar and the retellings are a lot of fun. I think that Jim Henson would have approved! It is essentially a collection of fairy tale retellings involving witches, so I would have enjoyed this even if it was not tied to Henson. Strongly recommended!

Nightbreed - Volume 1 & 2 - I read this on Scribd, too. I am not even sure why.... I didn't like it at all, but I still read all 12 issues that were on there. It was weird, which I expected, but I think I was just not the right audience for it. It was also the first time I have ever read anything to do with Clive Barker and may not have been the best starting point... Just not my thing...

Girl in Dior - I had seen this around the blogosphere and added it to my library in Scribd, but it was because of this post by Melanie and the whole trying to read stuff off of Scribd that I finally read it. And, I really liked it! The art was really great and the story was well-told considering it was based on true events. It is about away from what I normally would read, but it is a graphic novel so that always catches my interest! Recommended!

For the Love of Cats: From A to Z - This just sort of happened... It was a fun cover, I love cats, and it caught my eye last night. I did learn a few things from it, though, and enjoyed the artwork. Another one that I read on Scribd...

Go the Fuck to Sleep - I have been curious about this book since I noticed it when it came out. Not something I felt a pressing need to buy, so I had been planning to read it on Scribd. That happened yesterday and it was a lot of fun! It definitely captures the frustration a parent can feel! Recommended!

You Have to Fucking Eat - And then, there was apparently a sequel. So, decided to read that yesterday as well. It is also lots of fun and definitely represents the frustration of picky eaters well! Also from Scribd and also recommended!

New Additions

Morning Glories - Volume 8: Assembly
Morning Glories - Volume 9: Assembly
Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 7)
Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 8)
The Wicked + The Divine - Volume 3: Commercial Suicide

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 7
Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 1 - Introduce Yourself!
Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 3 - Blogger Recommendations
Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 3 - Books I Read Because of Dewey
Books I Am Excited About - March Edition

Weekly Pictures


  1. You're not outside the blogging sphere (blogosphere, whatever :) ), since looking at your archives, I count 16 blog posts already this year. I think that means you're well within the sphere of blogging, especially, but not only, because of that post about Dewey. Don't shortchange yourself, lady :).

  2. I read Girl in Dior when I had Scrbd. It is so pretty. Made me want to be more fashionable! haha!

  3. You are my graphic novel go to at this point:) I love the sound of a bunch of these so on to the TBR list they go.

  4. Wow graphic novels..... have you read Green River Killer? That is the one I featured for BBAW actually, I enjoyed it. Go the F to Sleep was so funny, I didn't realize he did a 2nd, must get that one.

  5. Girl in Dior sounds really great and I really want to read (or listen to) As You Wish. I absolutely love the movie and I really like that the actors seem really fond of it as well. Love your pictures! You may have the cutest dog ever! Have a great week!

  6. I just read about the Scribd news and I am disappointed. I used that site for a few months in the past and then decided to quit because I wasn't reading enough books to warrant paying a monthly fee. But I liked knowing that I can jump in any month, if I wanted to. I don't think I will be doing that anymore. It's really sad that a 'Netflix for books' is just not working out.

  7. I totally had the same excitement about using the BBAW tag again. Such a weird, random thing!

  8. I have the audio version of Go the Fuck to Sleep. It was funny--and closer to the truth that I care to admit. LOL How are you liking As Your Wish? I am thinking of listening to the audiobook.

    I wasn't able to spend much time on Twitter this past week for BBAW, but I enjoyed what little I did get to do.

    I hope you have a great week!

  9. Love the Rat Queens! Your animals are adorable :)

  10. The audio version of Go the Fuck to Sleep narrated by Samuel L. Jackson was a freebie on Audible when it was first released. I snatched a copy of it, and my husband and I laughed so hard we had tears. Even though our kids are now older, that book still applies. Adults cannot wait to go to bed. Children, no matter what age, refuse to do so. It is not a pretty mix.

    I love that picture of Mackie with Finn. The studied innocence of it - "I'm not doing anything here!" - is priceless!

  11. I've got the sleep book for my daughter when her son did not sleep the night through until he was 14 months old. He's a good sleeper now!

  12. I feel out of the blogosphere too. I haven't updated my Reader in a while. The Girl in Dior looks so good!

  13. I've been wanting to read As You Wish. Hopefully it's good. And you've got very cute kitties. :)

  14. I loved As You Wish! I listened to the audio and they got a lot of the cast to read their own parts. It was wonderful.

  15. what changes on Scribd makes you not like it? I'm curious

  16. I've heard good things about As You Wish. I'll look for your review. Your kitties are so cute! My husband wants a cat like your gray kitty.

  17. Rat Queeeeeeeens! I liked the first volume, and at my most recent visit to the library, I was happy to see that they'd acquired the second volume. Can't wait to read it!

  18. I loved you pet pictures. We had that yellow cat toy (it's name escapes me) but, our cats were not big fans of it LOL

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  20. You can probably also listen to the Samuel L Jackson version on YouTube--that's how Scott and I first experienced it. Trust me, as parents we've definitely wanted to scream Go the F*ck to Sleep many times. :) Also Eat Your F*cking Food!!! :)


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