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.

Four Graphic Novels

Lion of Rora was the graphic novel that I expected to like the least. Turns out, it was pretty darn good. Well drawn and well written.

I also really enjoyed Secret Coders #1 but was so annoyed when it ended. I understand cliffhangers but geez, really? You couldn’t give us just a tiny bit more??? Oy. (Also, those birds are kind of creepy.)

Ms Marvel was excellent, as expected.

And, the big winner for me was The Marvels. This was really well done. All graphic novel in the beginning and then text at the end. Beautiful. Also, sad.

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

The Useful Book is a pretty useful book, especially if you’re a younger person or someone who just never learned much about cooking and homemaking. That section was pretty detailed. The section that covers “Shop” was not quite as robust but was still pretty useful for things like “How to Clean Your Gutters” and “How to Replace a Light Fixture.”

It feels like an excellent book for a college student or a young person getting her/his first house/apartment.

2 Cybils Non-Fiction

There was a time when I never quit a Cybils book but this year, I’ve quit two. The most recent, Symphony for the City of the Dead was… I just couldn’t read it. I tried, I really did. TW read the whole thing, and I give her props for that. I cannot imagine any kid reading this who didn’t have to. (Unless he/she had some great fondness for Russian history or Shostakovich, I guess.) Ugh.

Thankfully, Bayard Rustin: Invisible Activist was better. In fact, it was excellent. Everyone should read this one.

The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl

I have no idea where I saw The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl but it caused me to reserve it at the library almost immediately.

It was ok. I didn’t hate it. Most of it. I even really, really enjoyed the pregnancy test parts. Laughed out loud, a lot. I probably would have liked it more if I had known a single thing about Jamie Primak before I read it.

Four Graphic Novels

Readathons, even #fakereadathons, mean I get to spend some time catching up on graphic novels and these four were excellent. All four of them.

Roller Girl was awesome. I loved everything about it. I hope there are more Roller Girl books.

Next, I read March Book 2 and it was good, obviously, because John Lewis, y’all.

After that, Sunny Side Up. Poor kid. This was well written and well drawn. I didn’t expect much from it and was very pleasantly surprised.

Last, but not least, Honor Girl. Loved it. And, shockingly, I loved the ending. Some people probably didn’t – those “I want a happy endinggggg.” kinds of people. Nope. It ended exactly as it should have.

Four Non-Fiction

The #fakereadathon turned into a #fakereadathonweekend and I knocked out four non-fiction books for the occasion. Woot!

First, I finished The Bridge Ladies and really enjoyed it. I don’t know squat about bridge but when I was a kid I used to peruse the bridge column in the newspaper every Sunday and try to figure out what the heck they were talking about. Too much math for me but this memoir was pretty excellent. Moms, daughters, bridge and stuff. Go read it.

Next, I read Urban Sketching. I was overwhelmed by it. Too many words, too many sketches. I mean it’s a good book for urban sketching, I’m sure. It’s just too much. I need more white space.

More my speed, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. I want to own this book. Seriously. I wonder how much is is for Kindle… oh, hah. Cheaper in paperback. I’m pretty sure I will own this some day.

Last but absolutely not least, The Aunt Jemima Code. Super interesting and I was tempted to go dig through TW’s cookbooks to see just how many of the featured books were on our shelves. I’m pretty sure quite a lot. (though it’s also possible that she Kondoed a bunch, too.) Really good book.

Remember Me to Miss Louisa

Remember Me to Miss Louisa was mentioned in this post about black women and street harassment. It sounded interesting so I reserved it at my library. (Well my library didn’t have it so I ordered it from ILL and it arrived from USF pretty quickly.)

It was really interesting and I’m glad I read it.

The Complete Book of Home Organization

Oh look, another book by a blogger I love! I’ve been reading A Bowl Full of Lemons for a very, very long time. So of course I was going to read her book, The Complete Book of Home Organization.

Like her blog, her book is super pretty and useful. I enjoyed it quite a lot. And, I even re-organized my kitchen a little bit after reading the first few pages on kitchen organization.

Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life

Look at me finishing another book. Yay me. Go me! Unfortunately, it took me a good two weeks to read an incredibly short book. But, it could be worse. Anyway…

During a really quick trip to the library, I spotted Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life on the shelf and grabbed it. This was not the kind of book I should have been choosing (which is why it took me weeks to read it) but I did because I love Wilkie Collins.

To be clear, I love “The Woman in White” and I have a complicated (ahem) relationship with “The Moonstone.” I’ve read TWiW multiple times and would love to read it again. (In fact, while I was reading this book I decided I should LISTEN to TWiW on audio because I’ve never done that. Hi TW, sorry… lol.)

This biography was… good. Not great. It was a little dry and I’m not sure the author really likes Collins very much. (Weird, right?) Whatever. I enjoyed it. (And, besides listening to TWiW on audio, I’m going to spend some time reading all of Collins’ books — I’m surprised by how many I haven’t read at all.)