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Books Bought This Month
Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children’s Literature by Rudine Sims Bishop
Books Received/Acquired This Month
Gilded by Christina Farley (Kindle First)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (Netgalley ARC)
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell (Edelweiss ARC)
The Fierce Reads Anthology: A Tor.Com Original by Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne, and Marissa Meyer (free on Amazon) Continue reading
Hey hey! So it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and whatever. But if you’re into holidays, then it is the perfect time for me to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus, a new book by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd. It is about why you should think dead people are sexy. I am totes on board with this, because Heath Ledger.
I’m pretty sure the title told you everything you needed to know, which means you are intrigued but also utterly confused, right? So was I. And even after having this book, I am utterly confused. Its existence makes zero sense, and I can’t figure out how someone had the idea for it. There are four pages for each person appearing in it, and there are 50 historical figures in it. That’s it. That’s the common thread. People who existed is the common thread.
What’s baffling, then, is that it’s totally adorable and really interesting, even though it makes no sense. Continue reading
Hey, friends. This book, Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney, is pretty great. It is my memoir, except I didn’t write it, which is weird. And also it is not at all like my life, but it totally is, too.
It’s like this. Katie Heaney is my age (in this book; actually, I think she’s about a year and a half older than I am) and has never dated someone. She, like me, has yet to understand how it is that two humans come to an understanding that they are going to publicly acknowledge that they hang out with each other. And accept the other person, more or less, how they are. So this is her life story, punctuated by crushes and almost-kisses and situations which totally should have made a right turn into boyfriendlandia but didn’t, all of which I am also painfully familiar with. (I should be fair and say that Heaney and I have had very different ways around this noboyfriendness when it comes to sexytimes, and also there was a four-month period in which I did have one, this one time, but it was very much out of our friends all dating each other, so it just made sense, and also, clearly it’s not one of those situations where having done it once changes your pheromones so you can become a member of the club – I am still not a member of the club of People Who Know How To Get Significant Others.) Continue reading
Behold this very meta jpg (okay, it’s a png):
That is a thing I did at ALA Midwinter, and it was fantastic. It was also somewhat embarrassing. Though I am known for being a talker, I am actually rather shy and don’t like to be awkward in front of large groups. I really hate groups in general, and since I’m naturally awkward, I don’t like to be awkward on purpose. But I sacrificed all of my personal comfort in pursuit of the greater good, and that makes me awesome. Continue reading
Brace yourself. I went to ALA. Got a lot of ARCs. Got some final copies, too. Ermahgerd.
Books Bought This Month
Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Root-to-Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable by Tara Duggan Continue reading