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 Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Okay, so a) this is not a book for social media newbies. It says it right on the cover: this is for people who’re already pretty familiar with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. And b) it’s also geared more towards business owners/social media interns, aka people doing it for money or for getting more traffic so they can get more money. If you’re a business owner with a Twitter account, you’re set! The Art of Social Read More …

REVIEW: It’s Always Personal by Anne Kreamer

What I thought this book was about: how to deal with you and your coworkers’ emotions in a professional way. What it’s actually about: the science behind emotions and how we should be more forgiving when people turn out to be humans with feelings. So it’s not all that good of a “how to” book. It IS good on figuring out the whys behind crying, anger, fear, and anxiety. Basically: it’s because of science.

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 …

Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus

When I was a teenager, which at this point is over 10 years ago, I somehow stumbled across zines. Possibly I found them through this fun site which was a message board/eBay combo where you could sell stuff to other people and then maybe they’d pay you for it.1 Anyway, I found zines, and then I bought a lot of them, and then I made some of my own, and THEN I found out about Read More …

This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

I found this book through Kim, who’d reviewed Marilyn Johnson’s newest book recently. (It’s about archaeologists and looks REALLY GOOD.) MJ’s two older books were on Scribd, so I went for it. Specifically, I went for the one about librarians. I love books about books, even though sometimes it makes me feel a little bit like I’m one of those snakes eating its own tail. Kind of circular, I suppose. Okay, so reading this book 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 …