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February Reads in Review

Didn’t think I’d make it through one more book before the month was out but I did!

Book No. 6
My sixth finished book was Divergent by Veronica Roth. This was one of those books and then movies that was all the rage and I kept meaning to but never picked up until now. OMG I finally understand why people got so excited about it! It’s a thrilling read! The main character and her crew are brave and good, and we as readers can admire and sometimes imagine ourselves as like them. The bad guys are pretty obviously bad guys, but it doesn’t really spoil the fun. Things keep getting crazier and crazier and you’re surrounded by all-out pandemonium and insanity. I could not put this book down. I tried to make an argument against grocery shopping so that I could keep reading instead. DANG. This book was so fast-paced and I’m left with my mind reeling wondering, if this much happens in a single book, what on earth will the next two be like!? I even forgave the author for the one thing that bugged me, naming her five factions with different parts of speech: why would she make Erudite and Dauntless adjectives while the others, Amity, Candor, and Abnegation are nouns! But yeah, I got over it, because the book is that good.

Reading Challenges
And now, the reading challenges. For the PopSugar 2017 reading challenge I marked this one for No. 39, the first book in a series you haven’t read before. For the Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobook challenge this one was not an audiobook, so I remain at 2 of 10 for the Byte level (don’t worry, I do have an audiobook in process). For the Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read challenge, this 487 pgs puts me at 2,569 pgs of 12k pgs on the Bonsai level. For My Reader’s Block Color Coded challenge this cover is multi-colored and doesn’t really fit any of the requirements so I’m still at 4 of 9 completed. This is not a re-read, so for Read It Again, Sam I’m still at 1 of 4 at the Déjà vu level. For My Reader’s Block Mount To Be Read (TBR) this was definitely on my tbr list for a long while, putting me at 3 of 12 for the Pike’s Peak level, and Rock My TBR challenge at 3 of 12 too. For the Diverse Reads challenge (here and here) I didn’t really think of this book as diverse; there are characters of different skin colors but it’s so nominal it’s hard to even remember which are the non-white characters. However, the main character is constantly facing very dangerous situations, so I’ll be interested to see if the author explores physical disability in the series. For The Book Date Full House challenge I marked this book for being on my TBR list for more than 2 years. It came out in 2011 and the movie came out in 2014, so it’s been in the back of my brain for a long while. For The Book Date Read the Books You Buy challenge it doesn’t count because my mom gave me my copy. For the Whatever I Think Of Memoir Bingo challenge it doesn’t count because it is not a memoir. For The Worm Hole’s What’s In A Name challenge, it doesn’t fit any of the categories so I’m still at 2 of 6 completed. Below are the hashtags of the challenges that had them.

#popsugarreadingchallenge
#rockmytbr
#diversereads2017
#whatsinaname2017

I hope your February reading and writing has been absolutely fantastic and you can’t wait to see what March brings. Write strong, Read strong.

Love!
Jobe

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Diversity: Disability

The idea of finding books with differently-abled or non-neurotypical authors or characters really stumped me, so I figured some research would not go amiss.

WeNeedDiverseBooks.org starts a discussion hereDiversityInYA.com talks about diversity here, The Guardian talks with TheBookAddictedGirl about the topic here, and the American Library Association weighs in on the link between diversity and banned books here. And if you’re a visual person like me, you will love the rainbow of book covers compiled by the Children’s Book Council right here, with a teaser below. Wow! This definitely got me adding books to my to-read pile!

Best,
Jobe

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February Reads in Review

And as we say goodbye to February, we say hello to March, which is my birthday month! For whatever reason my birthday has always been my absolute favorite holiday, even though I don’t want anyone to know about it on Facebook! Isn’t that ridiculous? I don’t even know.

Book No. 5
The fifth book I read this year was an absolute find. I went into the Bookworm for an Anne Rice trilogy I’d been needing to fill out my “complete works” shelves for favorite authors, and on my way out the door the owner asked if I wanted to also pick up his copy of Tithe by Holly Black, because of my interest in YA. Oh my gosh y’all, it is so good!! This is the kind of book you can read in one sitting or one day, it is that fast-paced and gripping. The story mixes dark imagery, modern day language, and mythic Irish faeries to spectacular effect. The language is beautiful and the characters are flawed yet lovable. Best of all, after I’d finished this book thinking it was a stand-alone, frosting on the cake: I discovered that it is the first in the trilogy! I immediately ordered books 2 and 3, of course. And here’s the sprinkles on the frosting: an absolutely unofficial fan made book trailer. YAY!!

Reading Challenges
And now for everyone’s favorite game, categorizing the book into my reading challenges. For the PopSugar 2017 reading challenge I marked this off as No. 17 a book involving a mythical creature (faeries). For the Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobook challenge this one was not, so I’m still at 2 of 10 for the Byte level. For the Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read challenge, this 310 pgs puts me at a total of 2,060 pgs toward 12k pgs on the Bonsai level. For My Reader’s Block Color Coded challenge this cover color is Brown and is 5 of 9 completed. This is not a re-read, so for Read It Again, Sam I’m still at 1 of 4 at the Déjà vu level. For My Reader’s Block Mount To Be Read (TBR) this was in my tbr pile for a few months (I bought it toward the end of 2016) so I’m at 3 of 12 for the Pike’s Peak level, and Rock My TBR challenge 3 of 12 too. For the Diverse Reads challenge (here and here) I didn’t really see this book qualifying as a diverse read, but it is written by a woman, if we’re counting that. For The Book Date Full House challenge I marked this book for Attractive Cover. For The Book Date Read the Books You Buy challenge this is my first book! I bought a total of 4 books on that trip so this is 1 of 4 or 25% for a “Making Inroads” status. For the Whatever I Think Of Memoir Bingo challenge it doesn’t count because it is not a memoir (I’m doing really badly on this one! I need to hurry up and pick something!). For The Worm Hole’s What’s In A Name challenge, it doesn’t fit any categories (I’m having a hard time with this one) so I’m still at 2 of 6 completed. Below are the hashtags of the challenges that had them.

#popsugarreadingchallenge
#rockmytbr
#diversereads2017
#whatsinaname2017

I hope your March is totally kickass. Keep on reading and keep on writing, no matter what.

Love,
Jobe

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February Reads in Review

Is it just me or is February really zooming by? How strange to have rain when this time a few years ago we were snowed in!

Book No. 4
The fourth book I finished reading was the second book of the Abarat series, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker. As expected we are in for another full-color painting filled book just as gorgeous as the one before it. Barker knows how to sparsely recap so a new reader won’t be lost and a continuing reader won’t be bored. The story for Candy and her friends continues onward with crazy dream-like circumstances and consequences. I found myself trudging a bit but the middle but the end starts to really pick up again: there are several chapters that are swapping cliff-hanger-ending-style between two exciting scenes and I had to keep reading to find out how both would conclude! The progression of Candy as a character is interesting to witness as she comes into her own. I look forward to seeing how the next book will advance the story!

Reading Challenges
And now for everyone’s favorite game, categorizing the book into my reading challenges. For the PopSugar 2017 reading challenge I marked this off as No. 15, a book with a subtitle. For the Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobook challenge this one was not, so I’m still at 2 of 10 for the Byte level. For the Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read challenge, this 512 pgs puts me at a total of 1,750 pgs toward 12k pgs on the Bonsai level. For My Reader’s Block Color Coded challenge this cover color is Red and is 4 of 9 completed. This is not a re-read, so for Read It Again, Sam I’m still at 1 of 4 at the Déjà vu level. For My Reader’s Block Mount To Be Read (TBR) this was on my tbr list so I’m at 2 of 12 for the Pike’s Peak level, and Rock My TBR challenge is 2 of 12 too. For the Diverse Reads challenge (here and here) this book qualifies as diverse because its author is queer. For The Book Date Full House challenge I marked this book for the UK Author category. For The Book Date Read the Books You Buy challenge it doesn’t count because I already had it–I think I got it as a discard from the library. For the Whatever I Think Of Memoir Bingo challenge it doesn’t count because it is not a memoir. For The Worm Hole’s What’s In A Name challenge, it doesn’t fit any categories (I’m having a hard time with this one) so I’m still at 2 of 6 completed. Below are the hashtags of the challenges that had them.

#popsugarreadingchallenge
#rockmytbr
#diversereads2017
#whatsinaname2017

I hope your February reading continues to be wonderful and you keep your pages out of the rain.

Love,
Jobe

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WotY (Word of the Year) for Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about integrity and accountability. I sometimes get easily distracted. I have no ill intent, but sometimes I waste time at work. Time that could be spent a better way, accomplishing more. I’ve been trying to focus on the concept of ACCOUNTABILITY and doing what I know needs to be done whether there’s someone over my shoulder or not. I hope these images inspire you as they did me. (All images found from Google image search of the word “accountability.”)

Posted in Word of the Year

WotY (Word of the Year) for Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about integrity and accountability. I sometimes get easily distracted. I have no ill intent, but sometimes I waste time at work. Time that could be spent a better way, accomplishing more. I’ve been trying to focus on the word INTEGRITY and doing what I know needs to be done whether there’s someone over my shoulder or not. I hope these images inspire you as they did me. (All images found from Google image search of the word “integrity.”)