Weekly reading, vol. 8

Hello, happy Sunday! I’m sick or something and my throat hurts and I have no energy and it stinks. But I have a bunch of mini-reviews for the 11 books I read this week! Still heavy into m/m romances, too, btw. I remember seeing a few reviews of Little White Duck by Na Liu back when it first came out, so I snagged it when I spotted it on the shelf at one of my Read More …

We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir by 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 …

Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts

Going by the cover and the title, this seems like it’s about food and breakfast and happy breakfast foods. Well, it’s not. It’s not even particularly happy! It’s actually about babies and trying to make babies and parenthood and all the frustrations therein. Good Eggs is a memoir about the author’s journey towards getting pregnant (with some other stuff mixed in). Turns out her eggs actually aren’t so good, and she and her husband spend Read More …

REVIEW: The House at Royal Oak by Carol Eron Rizzoli

I have only once ever stayed at a bed-and-breakfast, about 15 years ago, so I don’t actually remember much. I do remember each room had a different theme, and it was in a HUGE house so there were lots of rooms to explore. Also they had no television, which was tragic for a 10-year-old (even one who liked to read). Nevertheless, I came away from that weekend with a love of the idea of B&Bs. Read More …

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

I don’t read business books for tips. I read them because I’m interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff! I like stories about people starting up businesses that take off like a rocket. Especially when they have such a great back ground as SA has! She was a freegan/gutter punk/anarchist shoplifter in her youth and now she’s running a huge business and buying expensive cars. The thing that’s most confusing about business is that a lot of Read More …

Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker

This is my second Christine Wicker book; the first one was Not in Kansas Anymore, which I remember liking except for how she kept sticking her own memoir into it. I wanted it to be a straight-forward account of the history of magic in America, not some random person’s quest to meet magical people and see if they’re real or not.1 Lily Dale is exactly the same thing Not in Kansas Anymore is: some random Read More …

REVIEW: Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

I choose to read this book mostly because of the cute cover, but also because I am becoming more and more interested in business-y books lately. I’m not sure why? I’m not usually a reader of self-help/advice books, but I suppose I must be starting my Grown Up life and that means I must read books that’ll help guide me down unknown paths. Or something. So actually this is not that good of a book Read More …

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

I love celebrity memoirs if they’re not just gossip about who slept with who– I don’t find that sort of stuff interesting. I’m more into behind-the-scenes and technical how-did-they-do-that, with a side order of personal life memories. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is definitely more of the latter kind of memoir, though there is a hint of some gossip as well. The Little House on the Prairie TV show was never part of my life Read More …

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

First off! Fun Home is not fun, okay, it is heart-wrenching and tragic and it’ll probably make you feel like crying. It is also really powerful! And though I don’t usually seek out books about sad things, I can kinda see why people do. Finishing a story so ripe with personal grief feels a bit like climbing a mountain: you’re tired and you feel like crap, but you’re also kinda triumphant. Fun Home is a Read More …