Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 7 | Hints at Fantasy (begins)

Finally! We’re on a row that features some fantasy books. But don’t get your hopes up because I don’t think the row behind this one has fantasy books. Or maybe it does… I don’t know. It’s a weird shelf.

So yea, my bookshelf tour continues. So far, I’ve been publishing these posts once a week and will continue to do so until I run out of shelves and books…maybe sometime in the fall/winter months, lol.

I’ve been working through this bookcase, which is stacked 3 books deep.

I started with the shelf at the very bottom, the nonfiction shelf; then I moved to the one above it, which I call my general fiction shelf because it has everything except fantasy novels on it. And now I’m on the third shelf from the bottom. The weird one.

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Weekend Reads #105: Black Lives Matter

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

I don’t have a discussion post this week. This is just a quick chit-chat because I can hardly think straight right now. There’s so much going on at the moment. So many people are upset and in uproar. I’ve been having conversations about the current political and social climate all week that by end of the day on Thursday, my mind was so wrung out that I couldn’t think straight much less contribute well during a virtual work meeting.

Despite the corona pandemic, as a Black person, I’m happy to be alive at this time. Yes, it is a traumatic time. Yes, I’ve been anxious, depressed, confused, and angry just about everyday, but I am happy to be alive at this time to witness the movements and pushes for change to better Black lives and to see the urge for this change and support for it spread around the world, to see other nations stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Comics Roundup #38: Assassin Nation, Django/Zorro, Prodigy

I rediscovered my Comixology account a couple weeks ago and was so happy about it that I downloaded the app and binged on a couple comics because I received free access to them for about five days or so.

I read popular comics I’ve always heard about and whatever else caught my attention, which is why I tried these three. Assassin Nation has “assassin” in the title, so that immediately caught my interest. Django/Zorro has the names of two intriguing characters in its title, and Prodigy has a Black dude on the cover, so of course I wanted to read it.


Assassin Nation, #1 by Kyle Starks, illus. by Erica Henderson

Genre:

Thriller, Humor

Series:

Assassin Nation, issue 1

Pubbed:

2019

Goodreads summary:

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

It was entertaining. I didn’t know what to expect, so I went in with an open mind. Basically a dude who was the world’s best hitman rounds up the 20 best assassins in the world for a soiree to ask them to become his bodyguards because someone’s trying to kill him.

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“The Madness of Cambyses” by Herodotus, transl. by Tom Holland

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), my review of this book will be very short because I don’t remember much about it. I could have avoided posting a review of it, but because the intent of my blog is to record everything I read (at least all the books), I must post a review. So here it is.

Genre:

Nonfiction — History

Pubbed:

Penguin Little Black Classics, N⁰ 78 = 2015
The Histories, transl. by Tom Holland = 2013
The Histories by Herodotus = c. 440 B.C. (Who knows?)

From the back of the book:

Weaving factual account with colourful myth, the ‘father of history’ tells of the psychotic Persian king — and his fateful death. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

Certainly an interesting read, but I didn’t care for it. I attempted to read Herodotus’s The Histories once before because I’d read somewhere that it’s like the gossip pages of the classical world, so I picked it up to see what juicy tales Herodotus would tell me. I forgot which translated version I attempted to read back then, but I was very bored after a few pages and gave up because I didn’t really care to read it. I was just being nosy.

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 6 | General Fiction (continues)

Hardcover vs. paperback: Which do you prefer?

I’ll choose a paperback every time. I just don’t see the appeal of hardcover books. Those things are heavy! And they always poke me in my eye. I don’t like them, and I don’t think they like me. 😦

I have a few hardcover books on my shelves. They got there either because I was too excited for a book and couldn’t bother waiting for the paperback to be published years later, or because they were bought second-hand so the hardback was cheaper than purchasing a brand new paperback, or because it’s a series and the first couple books are hardcover so I continued with that to keep the books the same size. (This last one only applies to my Rick Riordan books.) Otherwise, it’s paperback all the way.

And it’s trade paperback I prefer, not those mass market ones. The trades often have better cover design, I think; and more of them can fit on my shelves than those horrible hardcovers. Sometimes the designers do something fun on the hardcovers, like sprayed edges and stuff, which makes me mad because that means I have to buy the hardcover. I’m a sucker for a beautifully designed book. Still, those things are too damn heavy and take up too much space. I can’t love them. I prefer my trade paperbacks, which are the majority of the books on this 3-books-deep bookcase we’re still touring.

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Illustrated Books: “The Book with No Pictures,” “Hello Lighthouse,” and “Spot & Dot”

I read these three picture books for the OWLs readathon back in April. It had been a while since I’d read a picture book and since I had one out from the library and many unread on my bookshelves, I decided to give in and read some of my favorite types of books.

These three are very different from each other. Spot & Dot is a wordless picture book and the second in a series, while The Book With No Pictures has nothing but words. However, Hello Lighthouse is like your typical picture book that uses both pictures and words to tell the story.


The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Genre:

Children Humor

Pubbed:

2014

Goodreads summary:

At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share — and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

Of the three, The Book with No Pictures is my absolute favorite. Oh my gosh! It’s charming, it’s simple, it’s funny. It was a delight to read and is even more fun when read aloud. I didn’t have anyone to read aloud to, so I read aloud to myself. 😥

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“Vicious” by V.E. Schwab

This book had been sitting on my shelves for years before I finally read it for a bookclub I formed with some coworkers. Someone else in the club chose the book, and I’m glad she did because otherwise it’d still be sitting on my shelves unread, and I wouldn’t have known how great a story it is. It’s one of the best I’ve read so far this year.

Genre:

Sci-fi

Series:

Villains, book 1

Pubbed:

2013

Goodreads summary:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

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Let’s Rewind: May 2020

Ah, May. It started off good and was going pretty great, but then things went downhill with the news toward the end.

Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Despite working from home during the corona crisis, I still crave taking some time off. I just want to check out for a few weeks and go somewhere far removed from current society. I need a break. A break from the current news cycle and the crazy shit going on right now.

You know what? My May was going pretty well. The highest point came on the second-to-last weekend in the month when hip-hop artists Swizz Beatz and Timbaland hosted a Verzuz battle on Instagram featuring two of the most popular Jamaican dancehall artists, Beenie Man and Bounty Killa. That event made my day. It brightened my month even more and brought so much joy to me that I thought the month would end on a high note. But no.

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 5 | General Fiction (continues)

How do you organize your bookshelves?

Everyone does it a different way. If I had the space, I’d have only one row of books and organize them by genre and then alphabetical by the author’s last name. It would make it easier for me to find my books, and my shelves would look neater as well. Or, I might amuse myself by organizing them by color or by size. That would be aesthetically pleasing to my living space.

But that’s a dream for now. In real life, my shelves are organized by genre only, which you’ll be able to tell as you follow along with this tour. I try to keep series together or books by the same author within a genre together, but after that it’s whatever book I grab goes into whatever space it can fit — a free for all almost. I do try to place the hardcover books in the back, since they are usually taller, to make my shelves seem neat, but it’s mostly so that there’s enough space above the row of books to stuff in more books.

I also separate books by the ages they are intended for, so middle-grade books, YA books, and adult books are all on separate shelves. But you might find an errant book mixed in somewhere it’s not supposed to be. That’s probably because I got frustrated and placed it in whatever space I found. That happens sometimes. I’ll wake up on a bright sunny day with high hopes of successfully organizing my shelves only to be surrounded by mountains of books at nightfall having made little progress (due to stopping to read or reminisce about a book) and feeling so frustrated that I just start throwing books on the shelves and giving up, lol.

Anyway, we’re still on the 3-books-deep bookcase…

…but we’re touring the second shelf from the bottom which houses my general fiction books (basically every genre except fantasy). We’re on the second row now. Take a look!

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