Recently: a bunch of Scribd books

in discretion reesa herberth

So Scribd removed thousands of romance and self-published books from their catalog this week. More about that here and here if you haven’t already heard about it. Basically, Scribd is screwing themselves with high payout rates and low subscription prices; people are reading too many books per month for what they pay in membership prices, and so Scribd thought the best thing to do was remove access to thousands of books. They gotta do what Read More …

REVIEW: The Bone Key by Sarah Monette

bone key

So apparently I have a thing for books about repressed introverts who’re plagued by the paranormal when they’re not working in a museum. I’m not really surprised. It combines my love of books, antiques, mysteries and the paranormal, plus there’s a character with the potential for some sort of clam situation if they have a cute enough sidekick. (Spoiler: Kyle doesn’t have a sidekick (or friends). He also doesn’t go anywhere in a character development Read More …

Quick comic book reviews, part 1

ms marvel vol 1

I’ve read a lot of comic books in the last few months and haven’t reviewed them. So it’s time to play catch-up! Yay! Ms. Marvel vol. 1 – G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona This is just as great as everybody says is it! The art and characters and story are all fantastic. This first volume is basically about Kamala (a Pakastani American teenager who lives in New Jersey) coming to terms with wanting to Read More …

REVIEW: We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir by Jess Fink

We can fix it Jess fink

I read this for the spring readathon! (I’m very behind on reviews, yes.) I picked it up because a) it’s an indie-ish comic, b) written and drawn by a woman (which is harder to find on Scribd than you’d think) and c) it’s an autobiographical time travel memoir! So it’s like fiction filled in with non-fiction experience in a more overt way than you’d usually find in books. It’s like a thought experiment: what would Read More …

7 books and 1 short story featuring (mostly) kind librarians

Reading list

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. One of the protagonists hides from bullies in the library, where later the kind librarian gives her an all-clear. She also lets the protag keep the un-cataloged book which later turns out to be a magical guidebook. Matilda by Roald Dahl. Kind librarian encourages Matilda’s wide and furious reading habit, gives her book recommendations. (On the other hand, she also doesn’t call CPS when a Read More …

Recently: The Philosopher Kings, my 100th book read this year

I’m currently1 about 63% through an eARC of Jo Walton’s newest book, The Philosopher Kings. It’s the sequel to The Just City which I read and loved earlier this year, and so far it’s very good. It takes place 20 years after the end of the first book, and mostly it deals with the consequences of events from that book and one particularly heartbreaking scene in the first chapter of this book. It’s difficult to Read More …