New to the Queue #11

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff to Read

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh // By the Book by Julia Sonneborn // Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai // A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong // How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker // The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller // Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix // The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule // The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Stuff to Watch

Damsel // Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation // Hot Summer Nights // Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town // The Keepers

Stuff to Listen To

Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA // Hysteria // Pitch Perfect 2 & 3 motion picture soundtracks

Have you also added some of these? Have you already consumed them?? Let me know!

Bout of Books 14

I am usually way behind the times on mini-challenges, but this week I read the right blog post at the right time, and now I can participate in Bout of Books 14! (#woot)

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda (On a Book Bender) and Kelly (Reading the Paranormal) that runs from Monday, August 17th through Sunday, August 23rd. Bout of Books is low-pressure and participants are only asked to read more than they normally would. Meet other participants using the #boutofbooks hashtag on social media.

My regular daily goal is to read 30 minutes per day, so this week I’m aiming for an hour a day (or seven hours for the whole week, however it works out). I also want to finish Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Ms. Marvel, vols. 1-3 by G. Willow Wilson, and Lumberjanes, vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson. Finishing (let alone starting!) Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck by Amy Alkon and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume is a stretch goal.

Are you participating in #boutofbooks? Let me know!

Spring Has Sprung…

…my update schedule. (#ugh)

I think this all started when I picked up The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore as my micro history for Book Riot’s #ReadHarder challenge and found out that it was terrible: the narrative was dragging, Lepore’s choice of end-notes over footnotes became an endless page-flipping experiment, and her unfamiliar citation format gave me a headache. I mean, it’s a friggin’ social history of a female super hero! This book should have rocked me so hard; but, instead, it sat on my bedside table for a full week while I made excuses not to read past page, like, 50.

So I decided to stop forcing myself to read it and chose, instead, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor. And it was better – much better (can we all just agree that footnotes are infinitely better than end-notes????). But it’s still been three weeks since I started reading and I’m only about half-way in and so totally not ready to follow my own blogging schedule and post a review today instead of this whiny blog post.* (#ugh!)

Suffice to say, I have not been a good blogger the past month or so, but maybe now that it’s actually spring (and not pretend-spring), I can get myself back on track.

*(I also missed a Thoughts On post on the 31st and a Five Favorite post on the 6th – if anyone is even paying attention.)