Reading in December

Welp. 17 books for the month. Pretty darn good, all things considered.

11 were Cybils.
6 were non-fiction.
1 was an audiobook.

Ho hum.

Telegraph Avenue

It took us months to get all the way through Telegraph Avenue on audio. It was good but oh so very long. SO VERY LONG.

The Life of Elves

Welp. I read it. It was no Elegance of the Hedgehog but it did have a lot of pretty words. But, The Life of Elves just wasn’t amazing like I wanted it to be. (And, it read like the first book in a darn series… no idea if Barbery plans/planned a sequel but I’m pretty sure I won’t read it.)

2 Cybils Non-Fiction/Poetry

These might be the last books I read from this year’s shortlist. The year has run out of days and I’ve run out of interest in reading books that I’m just not THAT interested in. I might pick them up later if the mood strikes me. Or, I might not.

Finishing with these two non-fictions makes me pretty happy, even if I didn’t finish the full challenge. Both were excellent and I’m really glad I read them.

I Will Always Write Back made me yell a lot, about clueless white people. It also caused me to pull out my wallet and make some donations.

House Arrest was pretty darn good but it made me want to break things. It also made me just a little bit weepy.

9 Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books from the Cybils Shortlist

I’m not linking all of these because OMG, too many…

– A Pig, a Fox, and a Box — was fine, really simple and easy.

– Don’t Throw It to Mo! — was ok, too, but this confused us because it’s rated “one letter” above A Pig, a Fox, and a Box and it was significantly harder. I think we don’t understand the Scholastic level program anymore. (TW was troubled by this one because the Mo doesn’t play (football) very often (meaning, he’s a benchwarmer)…)

– In, Over and Under on the Farm was cute. I like the flaps and will see about reading it to JMP when he arrives for Christmas.

– Ling & Ting: Twice As Silly was ok. I didn’t love it. Kind of boring, really.

– Picture Perfect (Sofia Martinez) was better than I expected it to be. I like the use of Spanish in the book (and the glossary in back.)

– Big Bad Detective Agency was pretty ho hum, really. I think I’m just kind of tired of these types of stories. lol.

– Ranger In Time #1 troubled me SO MUCH. A dog who is just playing around in his back yard, minding his own business and digging holes, as one does, when he’s suddenly transported in time and… he’s a dog, he spent the whole trip across the Oregon Trail looking for his people and trying to do a GOOD JOB so his person would find him. Good lord that was troubling to me. People time traveling is fine, but animals? NO. Don’t do that. Gah.

– Dory and the Real True Friend confused me. LOL. I was confusing Dory with Violet Mackerel and was trying to figure out why this felt so out of character to the previous books. Hahaha. Once I realized my error, I settled into it. The thing is, I don’t particularly like the Dory books. I mean, they’re fine. But Dory doesn’t speak to me. lol.

– Lulu and the Hamster In the Night was fun. I like Lulu and Mimi. I like them a lot. I like their grandma, too.

2 Cookbooks

I’ve liked all of the Thug Kitchen cookbooks so I was looking forward to Thug Kitchen 101. But, for some reason I had it in my head that this was going to be about fast food or road trip food but it’s not. It’s definitely a “101” style cookbook and I was disappointed. I didn’t see anything that I really needed to make, which is sad since our vegan will be here in a couple of weeks and it’s always nice to have a new dish for her to try. Blah.

And then there is Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings. I’ll admit it, I do follow her on Instagram and LIKE her but I wasn’t especially interested in her cookbook. I didn’t pre-order it and I didn’t even reserve it from the library. If it hadn’t just been sitting on the new arrivals shelf last weekend, I probably wouldn’t have thought to check it out.

Turns out, it’s good. Even though I don’t eat bacon and she loves her some bacon — and I don’t eat seafood or soup and she’s got her fair share of those recipes, too, I found myself saying over and over again that I’d make that. I even, for a minute, was sad that I don’t eat bacon because her garlic bacon sounds pretty darn good to me. In theory. I’d even make it for my bacon lovers but TW says it sounds yukky. She’s weirder than I am, by far.

I might actually want to BUY this cookbook… that’s saying something.

Life of the Party

Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire was excellent but it pissed me the hell off. If Earl Tupper was still alive, I’d take my ass down to Costa Rica and tell him off.

Dumb ass.

(It also made me think about Tupperware and home party sales people and stuff a lot more than I expected it too, lol. I might have also, almost, considered having a Tupperware party.)

I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual

I finally made time to sit down with Luvvie’s Im Judging You: The Do Better manual. As expected, Luvvie nailed it all. This is shit some of y’all don’t know and SHOULD know. You should just go ahead and read it right now. And give a copy to your family members who should know better and don’t.

You should also follow Luvvie on FB and Twitter. Immediately.

Reading in November

Welp. Down to the wire. Whatever my overall goal was for the year, I’m not gonna make it. But, let’s look on the bright side — November wasn’t a bad month for me. Not bad at all.

Total Read: 11

Non-fiction: 3
Cybils Shortlist: 6 (mostly YA but some middle grade)

We are listening to the longest audiobook, ever. OMG so long… we may never finish it…

3 Non-Fiction

Make: Over 40 Fantastic Sewing Projects is what happens when you’re in the library and see a pretty cover and the word “MAKE” in really big letters a completely misleading sub-title, (Please, click the link and look closely at the title of the book vs the sub-title visible on the cover… you wind up with a book about sewing projects that has absolutely no interest for you. Whatever.

Tinkering: Kids Learn By Making Stuff was awesome. Perfect for “Grandma Camp!”

Your Sharpie Style was a perfectly fine Sharpie project book.