Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give coherent reviews...which doesn't always happen.  I enjoy many genres, which is likely the reason I struggle with deciding my next read.

Long Rough Day...

A customer gave me an actual, legitimate headache today. I had to take a break, go to the ladies room and then go buy a travel-sized Tylenol. Usually I want to throat-punch customers like that, but this lady I wanted to missle drop-kick Asuka style!  Just jump up on the counter and drop-kick her into next year!

 

 

Then I had to go to two Walgreen's to FINALLY get the antibiotics for my eye that were prescribed on Friday...on the bus. Had to Lyft home because I was too effing tired to get on another bus.  So the issue with my eye, as mentioned in my Spring Cleaning post... There's a story.

 

So I'm sure most of you remember my surgery and subsequent injuries that left me laid up for a good bit of 2018. This meant me neglecting a lot of things like my annual eye exam, check-up, teeth cleaning, etc. So I saw my primary last week who told me my acid reflux was probably worse because I'm getting older, so to double up and if that helped he'd up my prescribed dosage. Well the old thing hurt. He was just being honest, but I don't see myself as old or even generally feel it.  And he didn't actually call me old, I'm just being butt-hurt and petty. And he was right, I do feel better taking more meds *sigh*

 

Two days later I went for my eye exam and to talk about an issue I had been having with my right eye. I'd been feeling like there's a piece of grit stuck in my eye for a while. It came and went,  so I didn't stress until very recently my eye has been feeling like it's burning.  You know the sensation you feel when you're really tired? Like that, but just the one eye and it started feeling like that all day.  Turns out I managed to injure my eye without knowing it. I'll be damned if I remember getting poked or hit in the eye or actually getting something stuck in it.  But whatever the injury,  it caused two defects inside my eye and I need antibiotics to clear it up.   AND because I'm old, my eyes are dry and I need to use eyedrops several times a day forever now.  Second doctor calling me old. And she actually used my age, the answer to life the universe and everything. Hurts man. Hurts.  But not only this, because the defect has been there for who knows how long, and the whole old, dry eye issue, once the antibiotics clear it up, to keep it from coming back, I have to use a special over the counter eye ointment every night...forever. 

 

So, I'm allergic to the meds she wanted to give me, and she had to prescribe something else, which she worried the insurance would give me trouble with.  The one medicine was out of stock and had to be reordered, the other was "under review" by the insurance.  This was Friday, so I knew I wasn't getting my meds until Monday at the soonest.  Meanwhile, I try all weekend to find the ointment she wants me to use. ZERO pharmacies have it in stock, nor does Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond-- not even the actual manufacturer's website has it it stock!!! And there's nothing about it being discontinued, it's just not available. *sigh* I am losing my mind all weekend trying to find this stuff, or another brand with the same ingredients list.  FINALLY Sunday evening I find a Bausch & Lomb version at Walmart online that I cannot in-store pick-up...I won't see it delivered until tomorrow. *double sigh*

 

No news on my prescriptions on Monday, and mind you I have to go in for a follow-up this coming Tuesday to see how my eye is progressing with the meds.  Finally today I get in touch with the Pharmacy, who gets in touch with the Doctor to change the prescription to something they have in stock, because I can't wait anymore.  I can't answer their return call, which was to let me know that only one was in stock, and the other was at another close-by store and did I want to just pick them both up at the other store?  So I go to my normal store and she tells me the deal, either I can go get it from the other store today, or come back to that store tomorrow.  Thus the bus ride to two Walgreens.

 

And I can't even sleep in and enjoy my day off tomorrow because I have to go for routine bloodwork, because it's the first day I'm able.  I can't wait to see what issues they find with that.  I am totally being a pessimist, don't mind me.  It's just been a frustrating few days.  I needed to vent all of that.

Spring Cleaning...And Questions

So I actually pulled a few more books from my shelves.  And my kid had a few doubles that I've offered to a coworker.  She's a big reader and has passed the habit onto her kids, so I know the books will be going to a good home.  I'm going to swap what I can and I guess give away/donate the rest.  I don't know if I have anything of interest to any of my bookish friends here, but if anyone is interested, I'm slowing creating a donate/swap shelf.  It's not complete, but it's in the works.

 

I really feel terrible about my reading progress so far this year, but what can you do?  When you're in a rut, you're in a rut.  It'll pass when it passes.  Plus I'm going through an issue with my eye and am apparently old--according to doctors--which a post for another day, seriously!

 

Also...totally lost my train of thought and can't remember what I was going to say.  Guess it's not important--

 

Oh, wait, I remember!  Under the current circumstances [the admins/site-runners have clearly abandoned this place] are people leaving?  I've made a new goodreads account, but only because I really like their library system... Or I did.  It's been a while so I have no idea what it's like over there now.  I haven't really done anything yet, except start the sync process with the library app on my phone.  I have zero plans to post reviews or interact on the site because, just no!  I may even change my mind and delete my account, I just don't know yet.  I escaped to this site from goodreads and going back just seems wrong.

 

Libib is garbage, in my humble opinion, and LibraryThing is good for keeping up with your library (that is, when your books don't mysteriously disappear completely from your library), but it's not as user-friendly/blog-friendly as this site.  Or maybe it is and I just haven't taken the time to learn the ins and outs.  Of course I'll keep my wordpress site but that's more everything and anything rather than book-centric.  I have an app on my phone which I've used to scan every book in my physical library, and I've learned how to input my digital and audiobooks as well.  But that app is literally just for keeping a record of my library/reviews--no interaction.

 

What's left?  Anyone know/use another site?  Anyone planning to stay here as long as the site is in existence?  I plan to stay, because I like the blogging, but I like to have options.  And I like to chat with you guys.  

 

Hope everyone is doing well and having happy reading so far this year!

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 500 pages.

The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I'm turning very soft in my old age. Some of the incidents in this book are really making me uncomfortable. The abuse, the racism... it's always bothered me in general, but never to the point where I've had to put a book down for a little while before continuing.  And it's not encouraged or sensational.  I guess given the current climate in my country--in the world--it's hitting a little too close to home. 

 

Besides that, the story is highly interesting!

Ugh

First, I keep finding books missing from my library--my digital/online library.  And not just here, buy LibraryThing as well.  Now it's been a year or so, but I took every book off my shelves and scanned them using my LibraryThing app, as well as another app on my phone called book catalogue.  But as I go through the library app on my phone, fixing cover photos and making sure the ISBNs are entered properly, I'm double checking between here and LT and randomly finding that books are just missing.  I cringe at the thought of having to take all of my books off my shelves again...but at the same time, I do love rearranging my shelves.  Don't we all?!  Then there's the need to actually get rid of excess books.  There are he DNFs and the ones I bought that at the time sounded incredible, but now...meh.  They just need to go.  I'm not feeling Marie Kondo, but  at the same time, what is the point of keeping them?

 

Second, eff mother nature!  I had a whole day at the winery planned with my mama for her birthday and...snow.  Seriously?!  I'm a winter girl, but I have had about enough of this weather.  So now we have to reschedule and I have to figure out how to pick up my two free bottles for my membership benefits.  *sigh*

 

Third.  I am a ridiculous person.  This is my total [physical]book haul for February:

 

Don't even ask me what happened to my buying ban, because I have no idea!  My only excuse is that February is my birthday month...I may have gone a little overboard.  I completed all of one book so far this year.  What are ya gonna do?

 

 

 

 

Late post, as usual.  So I had an excellent week as I became, "The answer to life, the universe and everything."

 

It started early with a brunch date with the hubby who wanted to celebrate with me before leaving for work for the week.  Burgers at Bobby's Burger Palace, a trip to the local used book store where I only made it up one side of one aisle, but I did get books and I saw the adorable bookstore cat who spoke to me and rubbed on my legs before returning to their bookstore cat duties.  There were also a couple of cupcakes.

 

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Then hubby and kids surprised me with more (early) b-day cupcakes and an early valentine.

 

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And then a homemade card and cutesy prezzie from my kiddles on my actual birthday.

 

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Then a date with my Mama which included a trip to the hair salon [photos redacted], a small brecky at DDs with prezzies, a trip to the bookstore, which I got to look at more than one aisle, and dinner.

 

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All-in-all I've had a great week-ish,

Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

It's taken me almost two days to review this as I finished it in the wee hours of barely February 14th.

 

People have been raving about this book so much, and the description hit on so many things I love, I was dying to read it.  An audiobook copy finally became available from the library and I let is sit in my queue until I had only 5 days before it had to be returned.  I said to hell with everything else eating up my time and attention and knew on 1.75 speed I could knock it out in no time.

 

Let me preface this by saying the book was great.  The characters were interesting and diverse, the plot was interesting, the pacing was good.  Over all the writing was very good.  So why is there clearly a but coming?

 

But, it wasn't awesome.  Perhaps the hype and buildup gave me certain expectations.  I thought I would lose myself in this story.  I did not.  It did not pull me in or resonate with me at all.  I wanted this to be the best thing I read all year, I'm afraid that will not be the case.   I suppose it's my own fault.  I wanted too much, to adore this book.  I only liked it.  

 

I agonized over this review because I didn't want my thoughts to bias anyone else.  It was a good book, it just didn't hit me the way I wanted it too.

Work Shenanigans, Vol. 3...ish

I'm not gonna line, I'm not sure where were are in this series, lol.

 

Okay so the evil woman who does the schedule-- myself and several coworkers have confirmed that she is pure misery and evil--has tried to perform a maneuver meant to show her power and piss me off.

 

First she moved my days from Mon thru Wed, to Mon, Tue, Thu, which was really annoying, but not completely terrible because some weeks it's really nice to have that one day off in between. Particularly because Tuesday seems to be her "To Hell With Coverage Day".  So joke's on her.

 

I suppose that is what prompted her to pick her latest move.  For reasoning that makes absolutely zero sense, because nothing she does makes sense in the normal(ish) world, she's changed my Thursday hours from 9a-5p to 10a-6p.  Because being there until 5pm wasn't rough enough.  Same amount of hours, but that one hour difference can be really jarring, especially since I take public transit to and from work.

 

I've learned the hard way that you can't approach her from the front, which is what I prefer.  She's very condescending and nasty in general.   It would likely end in me telling her to stick the job where the sun don't shine, at best, and throat-punching her at worst, and she's not worth the jail time! Also, her aside, the job isn't terrible. Secondly, she would spout something about me agreeing to be available between 9a-8pm, which is correct.  But I like 9a-5p and would prefer to stay on that schedule.

 

My epic passive aggressive move, which is the only way to counter this type of evil, was to request off the first Thursday the system would allow.  Requests have to be within 18 days of the date requested.  I was just a few days shy of the week after next (Feb. 7th.) So as of Feb 14th, I have requested Thursday off.

 

This may not work, but I believe it will, and I'll tell you why.  Evil is lazy.  The system automatically rolls over the previous week's schedule.  Her job is to check the schedule for mistakes, or to make changes according to what staff has request (and had approved.) Evil almost never does this.  She just allows the schedule to roll over; this is why Tuesdays have been fucked for nearly three months.  The reason she changed my schedule to give me off on Wednesday was because I once requested off on a Wednesday. The next week I had the same schedule and she had to go in and fix it. And as punishment for taking a day off (without pay mind you,) she moved me to Thursdays.

 

This lastest change could be because I never got back to her about whether or not I would do inventory.  Or because she's an asshole.  Or because she sucks at her job.  Perhaps a combination of the three.

 

Obviously, it'll take a month to see if my move works or backfires.  Who knows what will happen because I also requested Feb 11th off which is a Monday.  I'm just not dealing with her or customers on my birthday.  Who knows how she'll mess up the schedule with me requesting two days off in the same week. My pay check will suffer, but such is life.  Maybe she'll actually schedule me for Tue-Wed that week.

Update will be posted as soon as the schedule for that week posts.  Also as always, thanks for riding the crazy train with me!

R.I.P. Moma Cat

Many of you went on her journey of pregnancy, fostering, birth and rerelease into the wild with me. Sadly Moma Cat's journey has come to an end.  We found her in her shelter this morning.  Best guess is she was sick and we didn't know it.  She seemed perfectly all right yesterday and I'm positive that she didn't freeze.

 

The whole family is devastated, particularly my youngest daughter.  We know we did the absolute best we could for her. She was loved and cared for as much as she would allow us to do so.  Now she's free of pain, hunger, loneliness.  Perhaps she's in the kitty afterlife chillin' with my boy Paw-Paw and her babies that didn't survive.  I am very sad, but also relieved that we no longer have to worry about her well being.  She will be sorely missed.

 

Grateful My Hubby is a Cheapskate...

...let me preface this with, he's not really; he spoils the crap out of me and our girls.

 

So ever since my dad passed my mom, brother & myself have made a point of getting together every month or two and having dinner, catching up, just seeing each other.  It's just the three of us, no partners, kids, or extended family.  

 

Last week my mom asked to get together this Friday (last night) and she wanted to see the kids and partners as well.  We haven't all been together all at once in a long while.  The problem arose when we couldn't decide where to go out to dinner.  As my brother lives the furthest we always try to find a mid-way point to meet so that the drive time is about equal for us all.  With kids and partners involved the indecision is just ridiculous.   

 

We all seemed to decide on Hibachi, and then my hubby starts bitching about having to pay for the four of us and it's going to cost a fortune.  Meanwhile I've recently eaten at Hibachi and the prices are very reasonable, and I offered for the two of us to split the cost, because, partners.  He agrees and says, "Anything my wife wants," being the smartass that his is because it was a group decision, not just mine.

 

The next thing I know, he's confirming that he has the correct phone number for my brother and an hour later, we're going to bro's house and he's cooking.  AND hubby offers to pick up mom and drive her with us so that she doesn't have to be burdened with driving and can have a glass of wine or two at dinner without issue.

 

The kids were a little meh but really they're just happy to get to see their uncle, cousin and mom-mom.  And my brother and nephew took a tip to Rome and Greece for Christmas instead of doing the present thing, so we would get to hear all about the trip.

 

We got there at 7:00 and didn't get on the road home until 11:30.  There was wine, rum, ouzo, and really, hilariously, inappropriate stories.  I swear if I wasn't already scarred for life, I would have been after last night!  We had the BEST time just eating and hanging out as a family.  This morning hubby informed me that we would have never had so much fun at a restaurant (which clearly he forgets what my family is like, because we sooo could have,) but I digress.  We had a wonderful night and it was mostly thanks to my hubby being cheap and orchestrating the evening.

 

Grateful.

When I Die...

...it will probably be beneath anavalanche  of books and Funko Pops. I had a serious discussion with myself and decided I’m okay with that.
 
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2019 Reading Goals

Didn't quite meet the goal in 2018, but that's never stopped me from trying again.  Same goal as last year, 52 books.  With my buying ban, once again, firmly in place, I plan to [attempt] to read books that I currently own or library books.  As always, I make no promises to myself, or anyone else.

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Reading Rainbow is an old show from my childhood.  Although not all of them are as old, these books have been on my TBR List for entirely too long.  I hope to rectify that in 2019.

 

  1. Apocalypse Cow
  2. Brisingr
  3. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
  4. The Cat Who Came Home For Christmas
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird
  7. Little Women
  8. The Princess Bride
  9. Tuck Everlasting
  10. Watchers

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Censorship sucks, so as always I will attempt to show my distaste for it by participating in Banned Books Week.  And I plan to read the wonderful works of art that small-minded people are trying to supress throughout the year.

 

  1. The Bluest Eye
  2. The Handmaiden's Tale
  3. The Hate U Give
  4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  5. Nineteen Minutes
  6. Two Boys KissingTBR

And of course I have a standard list of books that I really want to "try" to get to this year.  It's supposed to be a more flexible than the other two lists, but let's be real; I read what the book goddess deems me in the mood to read.  It's still nice to have a plan though.

 

1. Army of Darkness: Omnibus 2
2. Brooklyn Brujas:
     a. Labyrinth Lost
     b. Bruja Born
4. Empress
5. Hail To The Chin
6. Inheritance Trilogy:
     a. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
     b. The Broken Kingdoms
     c. The Kingdom of the Gods
9. Shades of Magic Series:
     a. A Darker Shade of Magic
     b. A Gathering of Shadows
     c. A Conjuring of Light
12. Uprooted
13. Vorrh

2018 Read List

I came in short of my actual reading goal; however, I made a pretty good showing in 2018:

 

  1. Under a Prairie Moon by Madeline Baker
  2. Savage Autumn by Constance O'Banyon
  3. Savage Winter by Constance O'Banyon
  4. Lamb by Christopher Moore
  5. The Lightning-Struck Heart By T. J. Klune
  6. Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
  7. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
  8. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian Vaughn
  9. Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian Vaughn
  10. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  11. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
  12. Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian Vaughn
  13. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian Vaughn
  14. Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian Vaughn
  15. Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks
  16. Army of Darkness: Omnibus 1 by Various
  17. The Evil Dead by Mark Verheiden
  18. Haven't You Heard? I'm Sokamoto by Nami Sano
  19. What The Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong
  20. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
  21. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  22. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  23. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  24. Jaws by Peter Benchley
  25. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  26. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  27. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  28. Slade House by David Mitchell
  29. An Eye For An Eye: The Doll by John Saul
  30. Twist Of Fate: The Locket by John Saul
  31. Ashes To Ashes: The Dragon's Flame by John Saul
  32. In The Shadow Of Evil: The Handkerchief by John Saul
  33. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  34. Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope by John Saul
  35. Asylum by John Saul
  36. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  37. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  38. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  39. Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile by J. L. Bourne
  40. The Child Thief by Brom
  41. Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
  42. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  43. Lullaby by Jonathan Maberry
  44. Master And Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  45. A Ruin of Shadows by L. D. Lewis
  46. Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian Vaughn
  47. Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian Vaughn
  48. Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian Vaughn

Review: Saga, Volume 9

Saga Volume 9 - Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

Are you effing kidding me?!

 

What the hell did I just read?!!!

Review: Saga, Volume 8

Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I die a little every time I read a volume.

 

Sweet Boy.

 

Kurti.

Review: Saga, Volume 7

Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

Wowzers this series is getting harder and harder to read.  The loss is going to be the death of me.  The family is together again, but still separated.  Alanna's having another baby, Hazel's growing up so fast and has moved into her bratty phase.

 

So much drama and angst.  I hate it.  I love it.  I'm almost frightened to see what happens next.

Review: A Ruin Of Shadows

A Ruin Of Shadows - L.D. Lewis

I have no idea how to review this, because I don't want to spoil it.  I'll do my best.  The story was original and once I stop letting myself be distracted by outside forces (e.g. children, husband) I couldn't put it down!

 

The author has quite a way with words.  They were so descriptive that I could picture everything clearly.  The protagonist, General Édo, was a badass who was basically blessed by a demon.  She was basically the reason the empire was powerful and feared, but the minute she called an order into question they wanted to oust her.  And what's worse, her Shadows, the soliders she brought up and trained herself were so quick to turn their backs on her.  So her options were to let them take her out, or fight back.

 

Of course she fought back!

 

I was happy with the pacing of the story and the ending.  Sometimes with short novels the ending seems rushed or unfinished.  Not the case here.  There was a clear ending that fit with the plot, nothing ridiculous or convoluted.   And even though I could definitely go for more, everything was resolved.

 

Hope to see more from the author soon.

Currently reading

The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin
Progress: 115/500pages
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within
George R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Tessa Gratton, Bentley Little, Zak Jarvis, Violet Glaze, Peter Giglio, Mercedes M. Yardley, Dieter Meyer, Scott Bradley, Brad C. Hodson, Nicole Cushing, Alice Henderson, Alethea Kontis, Steve Duffy, Maxwell Hart, Richard Ch
Progress: 31/640pages
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
Twice Bitten
Crystal Green, Erica Orloff