Bookish Roundup –– August, 2020

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Better late than never is what I always say, y’all, and a Bookish Roundup in August of this wild year called 2020 is just what the doctor ordered, if I do say so myself.

A lot has happened in my life this year… I’m now an Empty Nester in a new home, I’ve lost some loved ones and gained a couple more, and perhaps most conspicuously of all, I have been self-isolating in my home since April, as I have a compromised immune system and am in hiding from that Corona Monster… One would think this would give me ample time to add to my reading list, but… no. No, it hasn’t quite worked that way, for my concentration is absolutely shot. Whereas I used to read 15-20 books in a month, in August of 2020, I managed to choke down only 8 of them. And it was hard work, y’all. I keep reading that this phenomenon is touching readers all over the world, but for some reason I feel personally betrayed that it is happening to yours truly. That said, let’s take a look at what I did manage to read in August…

August, 2020 Reads:

By far the star of the month is Mercy Thompson, from the supernatural thriller series by author Patricia Briggs. Now, I held off on reading these books for a looong time – simply based on the crudely designed covers of these books. No lie, y’all – these covers would cause one to assume that the book inside is nothing but a trashy supernatural romance. Which, all things considered, has it’s place in the reading world, but that place is not usually in my own personal orbit. This is a primo example of, “Do not judge a book by it’s cover,” if I ever saw one. So much thanks to my bookish buddies @reidingwithk and @literallyreidingmor for turning me on to this series and for convincing me to take the leap. Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris will absolutely want to pick these up. Incidentally, they are a great “gateway drug” into Supernatural/Fantasy for those new to the genre. Regardless of what kind of reader you are, I suggest you take my lead: check out the first 2 (or 3, or 4!) of the books in this series to begin with, because folks: one will just not be enough. I, personally, love a good binge-fest – and Briggs’s novels are the best kind of binge-able.

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is apparently a historical fiction novel (1992 is historical fiction?! I’m sooo old) detailing the life of an affluent Black Californian teen girl over the six days following the Rodney King verdict/acquittals – which, of course, includes the 1992 LA Riots. Throughout the book, CHR tackles such topics as class, privilege, systemic racism, oppression, and identity.

Final impression: I feel it could have been so much more. I was just so anxious throughout the entire book because I kept wanting to scratch and dig past the surface of the story to get to the real substance that was just waiting to be released.

Will I read more books by CHR? Hell, yes. The Black Kids was her debut novel. You live and you learn. I’m more than willing to bet that whatever this author turns out next is going to be FIRE.

MUCH thanks to @ksherman712 for the fantastic Buddy Read this weekend. Looking forward to many more, my friend!

Want to learn more about the 1992 LA Riots and the unrest leading up to them? Check out the following documentaries on Netflix:

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Bookish Roundup — March, 2019

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It’s finally Spring, and how fitting that with the new baby birds and buds on the trees that I bring to you the first Bookish Roundup of 2019? Life’s been coming at me hard, but I’m coming back at it harder, and reading my ass off at the same time. So, that there is the Pathologically Literate Survival Handbook’s Strategy for Living… just so y’all know.

Speaking of reading my ass off, let’s take a look at what I actually did read in March:

Books I read in March:

    • Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
    • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
    • The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
    • The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
    • A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
    • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
    • Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
    • Internment by Samira Ahmed
    • Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker
    • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
    • Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt
    • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Level Up by Cathy Yardley

So many of my March books were 4-star and even 5-star reads. After two months of fairly lackluster reading, I really hit the jackpot with books like Heresy, Training School for Negro Girls, and A Dangerous Collaboration – among others. I really was pleased with nearly every book I read in this month – something that is not an usual occurrence. Seriously, the majority of these books are well over a 3.5 star rating and are well worth your while to read – so get out there and get reading, y’all!

Are you on Goodreads? Be sure to check out my book reviews at http://goodreads.com/specklife.

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Bookish Roundup — May, 2018

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Y’all, May is over and I for one am a happy little camper about that. What can I say? May was an odd month for me in terms of reading. Things moved very slooooowly, and then they sped up toward the end of the month as I busted out of my late Spring slump like a crazy woman!

Indeed, by mid-May I had read a mere five books. Five. So, so sad, don’t you think? For me, anyway. Then I rejoiced as I joined the Bout of Books 22 Readathon – surely I would redeem myself by reading all kinds of books during that week-long period, right? Wrong. I managed only one and a half. NOT EVEN TWO FULL BOOKS, y’all. Granted, all kinds of emergency dental and medical appointments kept creeping out of the woodwork during that time, but still – I was so disappointed in myself.

Thankfully, I redeemed myself over the final ten days of May by reading seven books within that time period. I repeat: the bulk of May’s reading occurred during the last ten days of the month! I don’t know what was going on with me, but at least I upped the count of books read to a total of thirteen with that little spurt at the end. Let’s take a look at what I did manage to get under my belt last month…

Books I Read In May:

I was so excited that FOUR books I’d been anxiously awaiting were released in May. I was thrilled with two of them and happy with the other two, so it was win-win for me. A fun read in particular was Puddin’ by Julie Murphy, as I read it along with three of my book club buddies which made it not only a blast, but much more thought-provoking and meaningful. I even managed to sneak in my non-fiction read for the month by reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris right before the end of May! Not a bad read, but I’m much more looking forward to its sequel, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

I have high hopes for my reading goals in June; at the very least I would like to read more than FIVE books by the middle of the month. Do you think I can do it? I sincerely hope so. I guess we will find out with June’s Bookish Roundup, y’all. Until then, Happy Reading!!

what did you read in may, friends?

Bookish Roundup — April, 2018

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Happy May Day, y’all! Another year is nearly half way over, can you believe it? The time has flown by, especially since I tend to measure it by how many books I’ve read! April happened to fly by particularly quickly, not the least because I participated in (count ‘em) two readathons. I had so much fun participating in the 25 in 5 Readathon at the beginning of April, and particularly the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon at the end of the month. For the Dewey’s Readathon, I once again holed up in my BFF’s amazing guest suite, where I was waited on hand and foot while I read my little heart out. I am so lucky to have this friend and her family in my life, and I never let myself forget it. Thank you again, Carrie!!

Now, because of the readathons I was able to read a total of 19 books in April – woo-hoo!! I’m back in the game again, y’all – that pesky reading slump is old news as far as I’m concerned. I was able to read five books during the 25 in 5 Readathon, and during the Dewey’s Readathon I was able to read four. The remaining ten books were spread out through the rest of the month.

Books I Read in April:

I went heavy on the YA again in April, but I just couldn’t help myself – there were too many great titles that I just could not pass up! Of particular note in the YA category, I would mention The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. Both were particularly well-written, powerful reads. Stray City was an excellent novel as well, but of particular note I would like to mention Alice by Christina Henry and its sequel, Red Queen. A dark, twisted retelling of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, these books simply blew me away.

May is upon us, y’all, and it’s starting to finally warm up (and green up) out there. I’m getting to spend more and more time reading out on my front porch, enjoying both my books and the sunshine. Coming up in May is the week-long Bout of Books Readathon, which I will be participating in. You can also look forward to a mid-year check-in of my 2018 Bookish Resolutions: How am I doing? Am I meeting my goals? Failing horribly? Stick around and you will find out soon enough… Happy Reading to you all!!

Did you read any YA in April? What was your fave book of the month?

Bookish Roundup — January, 2018

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Oh. Em. Gee. January was a gangbusters month in reading for me, y’all, and I am here to tell you all about it! Not only did I manage to read 23 books last month, but I found soooo many amazing reads that I couldn’t believe my luck…

Books I read in January:

As I mentioned above, so many of the books I read in January were just spectacular. I also happened to read a LOT of YA titles – 17 of the 23 books I read were of the YA variety, in fact. Whew! And to think that this time last year, I wouldn’t touch the stuff! How times change…

Some of my fave titles from January included The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. A special shout-out goes to Girls Like Us by Gail Giles. While it was a short read (221 pages), Girls Like Us was so sweet and real and heartbreakingly beautiful. I read it in one evening and did not want it to end. It’s definitely a must read for everyone.

Based on my raging reading success in January, I am super excited to get started on my February reading list. I already have several titles waiting for me on my Kindle Paperwhite (both owned and borrowed), as well as those sent to me from NetGalley and those I’ve checked out from my local library. Don’t know if I can beat the record I set last month of reading 23 books since we only have a 28-day month, but I’m sure going to give it everything I’ve got. Happy Reading in February, y’all!!

What was your fave read of January?

Bookish Roundup — November, 2017

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Whew! November was a crazy busy month here in the Pathologically Literate household, y’all, and am I glad it is over. C’mon, December – hit me with your best shot!! Despite the craziness of November, I was able to read a total of eighteen books and participate in a five-day Thanksgiving Readathon. Thus, I’m not complaining too much.

Here’s a list of everything I read in November:

So… November, 2017 was the unofficial Month of Cheesy Romance Novels. I loved getting to know the Winston Brothers, and started on a Sarah MacLean series as well. In fact, there were several great reads this month, however, my favorite novel by far was The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. Berg has been one of my favorite authors for about twenty years now, but her last few books have really been hit or miss for me. Folks, with The Story of Arthur Truluv, that old Berg magic is back!! Arthur stole my heart about two minutes in and, nearly a month later, has yet to give it back.

Now that December is here, I have twelve more books to read to reach my unofficial goal of reading 225 books in 2017. Piece of cake, y’all!! In fact, barring natural disasters, I believe I shall surpass that goal. Yay, me!! Keep your eyes peeled in January for an update on my Bookish Resolutions for 2017. Until then, friends – Happy Reading!!

What did you read in November?

Bookish Roundup–October, 2017

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I love Fall, y’all!! I adore that crisp, cool air and spend copious amounts of time reading on my front porch with a blanket and coffee (or hot cocoa!) each day. Fall has been good to me this year, too, in that I had an awesome reading month in October! I read a total of nineteen books, raising my total number of books read for the year to 195. Woo-hoo!!

Now, let me be clear about something. I would have read even more books in October if it weren’t for this little devil:

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We spent a lot of time training and caring for little Miss Tootsie all month, toting her to and from Puppy Kindergarten classes and working on the skills we learned there here at home each day. She is growing a little each day, and although she’s still a tiny little stinker, Tootsie is light years away from where she was when she came to us. I know that your real questions is, is she growing on me yet? Yes, and no. She has definitely become somewhat easier to handle over the last month or so, but the peace I knew before she came into the household is still gone. The perfect equilibrium that my sweet Sheltie, Ruby, and I had enjoyed has been shattered and we’re still trying to figure out how to fit Tootsie into our lives. One thing is for sure, however; The Boy is one happy camper. He absolutely adores Tootsie and works tirelessly to care for her and to make things easier for me when it comes to her care. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure.

Back to the books, y’all! Let’s take a look at what I read in October:

Wow. Where do I even begin? So many of the books I read last month were amazing. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was both brilliant and powerful. Becky Albertalli is a new favorite YA author; I hear that she is collaborating on a new novel with YA author Adam Silvera – can’t wait to check that one out! Castle of Water, recommended by a book club friend, was everything it was promised to be – many tears were shed with this one, y’all, so be prepared. Jessica Cluess’s Kingdom on Fire Series is excellent. Speaking of puppies (as I was a moment ago) The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete was a good read as well, and helpful to The Boy and I on many points.

As I said, October was a fantastic month for reading and I’m hoping that November will be the same (or better!). Temperatures are still in the 50’s and even 60’s on some days here in Nebraska, so there is still plenty of porch time ahead for me. I have some great books waiting for me on my November TBR, and I can’t wait to get started. Happy Reading to you all!!

Where is your favorite place to read in the Fall?

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Bookish Roundup – September, 2017

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It’s Fall, y’all!! My favorite season is finally here, and I’m so excited! While I haven’t exactly seen my favorite things about Fall yet (apart from the Pumpkin Caramelicious at Scooter’s Coffeehouse!!), the air is fraught with anticipation and it won’t be long before temperatures drop and that crisp, cool air blows through my hair as I read on my porch on a sunny Fall afternoon… I can feel it now. Oh, yes – Fall is here, y’all!!

Unfortunately, my pre-Fall reading habits have taken quite the hit this year. I was moving along at quite a pace the last few months, hitting between at least 15 to 20 books per month. And then… The Boy bought a new puppy with his earnings from his summer job. Was this Pathologically Literate Momma happy about that? Well, it is what it is, and there ain’t no turning back now. One thing is for sure, a brand new 6-week-old puppy in the house is almost like having a new baby in the house at times – especially when it comes to trying to get things done. Granted, she is now 11 weeks old and we’ve adjusted a little bit, but she’s still taking up a looooot of time and even though The Boy is pulling his weight, a lot of that time seems to be my own which has made reading a lot harder than it used to be. Where it used to take me 1 1/2 to 2 days to read a book, it’s been taking me more like 3 or 4. Yikes! But how can you be mad at this cute little face…?

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Meet Tootsie, y’all!! Tootsie is a Min-Pin (Miniature Pinscher) and would not have been my own first choice in a dog. We already have an eight-year-old Sheltie (Ruby) and my hope had been to get another Sheltie puppy at some point. Well, that’s all gone up in smoke now! Not that I’m bitter or anything, right? Seriously, though, even though a Min-Pin was not my first choice in a dog, she’s a pretty darn cute – if energetic – puppy. She’s definitely taking some getting used to – and will for a while – but I have faith that she will eventually grow on me. Please, God, let her grow on me…

And now, without further ado, let us take a look at my September Reading List:

Ten of the fourteen books I read in September were YA titles. Both of the Meg Medina titles were amazeballs. The Sea of Tranquility was as wonderful as everyone had promised it would be, as was The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Words in Deep Blue was a testament to book lovers everywhere, and I adored it. All four of the adult fiction titles I read in September were winners, too. Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was on point and even better than her first. I really lucked out last month – I may have read less, but at least they were worth my limited time!

October is already shaping up to be a better month, methinks. I believe I’m beginning to get back into my reading groove (please, God!). I recently checked out some awesome titles for my Kindle and from the local library, and have some exciting ARCs to read as well. All that reading time I’m planning for my front porch this Fall is going to be put to goooood use, my friends. Can’t wait! Hope you have a Happy Fall full of Happy Reading, y’all!!

Where is your fave place to read in the Fall?

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Bookish Roundup — July, 2017

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Summer reading has been heating up around here, y’all. I am blasting through the books like no other and it’s no wonder – the temps around here were so hot in July that there wasn’t much else to do beside hide indoors with the nice and frosty A/C. Not that I was complaining, as you’ll see when you peruse my list for the month. I read a total of 22 books last month. Of course, this is partially thanks to the 24 in 48 Readathon I participated in on July 22nd & 23rd. Now, nearly 1400 people participated in this popular readathon (of which the point is to read a total of 24 hours out of a 48-hour period), but this happy little reader did it in style…

As a single homeschool Mom, I very rarely have a break from my son (we are talking 24/7 here, folks), and I was concerned about the viability of my plan to participate in this readathon. I don’t exactly get a lot of alone time in which to complete long, extended periods of reading without interruption. My beloved BFF came to my rescue in a BIG way. She and her husband recently built an AH-MA-ZING home on the edge of town, and I was offered the opportunity to stay in their guest suite for the weekend of the readathon, turning it into a mini-getaway for myself. Well. She didn’t need to ask me twice!! Here’s a pic of the gorgeous suite in which I lounged for the two days and three nights of my semi-staycation:

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But let’s not forget the best part (besides the books) – the mini-bar!!

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Y’all, I was in. Heaven. On. Earth. I holed up in there and read my little heart away. In the meantime, the most fabulous BFF in the world (mine) stood at the ready, prepared to serve my every need if only I should make it known. I was so overwhelmed by her generosity and hospitality, as well as that of her family’s. Nothing could have made that weekend more perfect. It’s only too bad I don’t have a picture for you of the amazing “Reading Porch” that was attached to the suite. Aaaaahhhhh. I will carry this with me for a long time, y’all. It had been too long since I had done something just for me, and this was the perfect thing to choose. Fingers crossed that I get to do it again for the next 24 in 48 Readathon in January, 2018…

Why don’t we take a look at everything I read in July:

I truly enjoyed nearly all of the books I read last month. My two favorite would include The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick and The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (both Quick and Jackson are two of my fave writers in general). Out of all 22 books I read, only one of them was a thumbs-down. Unfortunately, An Extraordinary Union was so not my cup of tea. Alas, you live and learn. I’m soooo excited about the books I’m going to be reading in August – not the least of which because I joined a new library, opening up my Kindle e-book borrowing options even more! But we’ll talk about that next month. Try to stay cool out there, folks. Happy Reading!!

What books did you read while beating the heat in July?

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