#Readathon Book One: The Doodle Revolution

I didn’t plan to read The Doodle Revolution front to back in one sitting but I got involved and ended up not wanting to put it down. It was excellent. I wish she’d talked about color with more depth, that was really the only disappointing part of this book. (And that was really disappointing.)

I didn’t do any of the doodle games or exercises, but I’ll go back and do some of them before this has to go back to the library. (I might update this post after I actually do some exercises. Maybe.)

PS. I’m categorizing this as “art” for the purpose of organizing my blog posts but DOODLING IS NOT ART. Just making sure y’all know that (and everyone knows that I know that.)

Good morning and happy #readathon

Hah. I can tell I haven’t done this in awhile, I usually pre-write my answers (or most of them) to the opening survey. LOL. Not this year. I had almost forgotten that there was an opening survey. Gah. I hope to never miss two #readathons in a row, again. Ever.

Onward…

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
— I’m quite happy to be reading from Keystone Heights, FL and NOT from Chicagoland. Finally.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
— Hard to say. Doodle Revolution? Or Book Jumper? Oh wait. FIRE! (a graphic novel about the life of Zora Neale Hurston.)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
— Well. I’m not sure. We deviated from the norm this year and just bought our snacks at Publix. So, there’s nothing really exotic or unusual happening. That’s going to be something I regret. I guarantee it. Maybe the cream horns. I LOVE CREAM HORNS.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
— I am starting off tired. No idea why, since I slept well. You care about this, right?

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
— I did not participate in the last readathon but I’ve participated in a lot of them … today…I’m going to be reading outside a bit, particularly in the morning while it’s cool. That will be a big change for me. We’ll see how that goes.

Onward to the books (and the coffee!)

The Wild Girls

We needed an audiobook so I wandered around the library shelves until Wild Girls jumped into my bag.

It was a really quick audiobook and really enjoyable to listen to. It also didn’t end badly, and it had the potential to end badly. I was really impressed that the author didn’t take the easy way to a happily ever after ending. I liked that a lot.

I also liked Joan & Sarah (Fox & Newt) and I liked every single one of the characters. All of them.

Fun read. Let’s all be wild girls!

Two Days Gone

Apparently Two Days Gone is part of a series, the Ryan DeMarco Mysteries. Who knew? I have no idea how it appeared on our library cart. I thought TW picked it up. I also thought she had already read it and left it on the shelf for me to read because it was good.

Turns out, she hadn’t read it yet but it was good.

Dark. Very, very, very dark. Also, heart-freaking-breaking. One of those… what choice would you make if forced to make a horrific and impossible choice. Good lord.

I do kind of want to go back and read some of the other books, to see how DeMarco got to the point he’s at now. I mean, they gave enough backstory to get the gist but I might have to go back and read it for myself. Hold the phone, it IS part of a series but this is the first one? Now I’m frustrated. What do you mean this is the first one? You’ve given us a really dark and flawed character with an #ASSTON of backstory and we don’t get to actually live any of that backstory with him? Now I’m not so sure I want to read another… maybe. Hell.

Hidden Figures

Oops. I finished Hidden Figures awhile back and thought I already wrote about it. Apparently not.

Anyway.

Totally enjoyed it. Really enjoyed seeing how the movie combined bits and pieces of womens’ stories and tweaked the timeline a little and the ages of characters and the relationships of characters. That was pretty interesting to think about, in terms of book to movie stuff.

I also really enjoyed learning more about the work these women did. And loved how much time was spent on Dorothy Vaughan’s story. She’s my favorite. The only complaint I have is that there wasn’t quite enough about Christine Darden.

The Road to Enchantment

I have a total love/hate with The Road to Enchantment. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the writing. What I did not enjoy was the language around the main characters decisions regarding her pregnancy. Then again, I have this same angst around a whole lot of books that feature characters who are CHOOSING whatever it is they ultimately end up choosing. Whatever.

Two Non-Fiction Craft Books

I picked up This Can Be Beautiful with the idea that it would be a good book for #Readathon later in the month. But, it needs to go back to the library before #readathon so I read it last weekend when I was tired, had a headache, and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to read next. It was OK. Not great. Not horrible. OK. There were a couple of cute ideas and it was a good book to flip through at the time. Also, I have no idea who Tiffany Pratt is. Do you Canadians watch her on HGTV in your country?

Since I was reading This Can Be Beautiful, I figured I might as well read Crafting with Feminism, which I picked up at Poetry & Prose when Steph and I went to dinner in DC last month. I couldn’t resist it. Totally cute. We should really make those vulva Christmas ornaments this year. And, I have an idea for a Christmas gift I might make for Michelle. But, the biggest thing that happened because I read this darn book is I fell into the hole that is Vaginal Fantasy videos. (the author of this book, Bonnie Burton, is one of the co-hosts.) Until now, I’d steadfastly avoided this video series. (Easy because Google Hangout is stupid…) Now, I find myself just randomly clicking one of their videos and listening (and laughing) while I work. Oy.

My Name is Lucy Barton

TW hated My Name is Lucy Barton. She said it was like reading one long run on sentence, which makes no sense. There’s a lot of punctuation in the book. I get it though. It was an odd little book and pretty depressing, too. Poverty and abuse and poverty and, well, it was an odd little book.

I didn’t hate it. But, I didn’t love it, either.

Oh. Hahaha. It was long listed for a Mann Booker. That explains everything. Really.

Reading in March

Oops. Well not really. I knew it would be a light month with two separate trips plus Michelle Belle coming to visit. Still. Eight total. Oy.

2 were audiobooks
2 were YA
NO non-fiction, sheesh

April will be better.

The Mothers

The Mothers was so good. I mean really good. The characters were amazing – real and flawed, as they should be. And the story felt real every step of the way. I didn’t want it to end and I wanted to follow these characters for another five years to see what happens to them, next.