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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Do you like buddy/group reads or are you a reading loner?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. 

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Question: Do you like to read with others (buddy reads, read-a-longs, bookclubs, etc)?

Answer: Sort of? I love being able to, honestly, discuss a book with a friend but I've never been part of a book club.

The Oprah/Reese type of book clubs usually pick books that don't interest me - Something Bad Happens: A novel.

And author/fan group reads are usually - you must be positive - affairs and I'd rather be free to talk about pros and cons so those aren't for me.

I'm a mood reader and (usually - not anymore lol) read fast so buddy reads don't often happen.

As close as I get is talking about books after reading with a friend who has read the book, which I do a lot and love!!

Do you like buddy/group reads?

Monday, August 2, 2021

I'm Reading...Tokyo Ever After, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians..., Scars Like Wings & Ask Again, yes

I may have finished a few of these by the time this posts but here's what I picked up recently.

I had several audiobook library holds come in at the same time and had to return a few and go back on the waitlist because I am just too slow with audio to finish in 14 days. The holds were all nicely spaced out but somehow became available at the same time. When it rains it pours books lol

*All books are library loans or my own

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean ~ Goodreads: Japapnese-American Izumi Tanaka finds out she's a princess in Japan and finds herself caught between two worlds and  handsome bodyguard.

I've heard so many good things about this one and a whirlwind, happy read is exactly what I'm looking for.

The book pusher: Jen

Everything you Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer~ Goodreads: The title pretty much sums it up. This is a very basic question and answer format that gives you answers to common questions without taking a huge deep dive into the subject. Yet it's very fast paced and informative. The author, who is Ojibwe, concedes in the intro that no group is a monolith - so his answers might not reflect the experiences or preferences for all Native people. Rather, he wants to use this book as a jumping off point for people to ask questions and give answers without judgement in the hopes of opening up avenues of communication.

He's covered topics like terminology, religion, Columbus, customs so far. (I'm about 50% in) And I'm enjoying the narration by Kaipo Schwab. His voice is light and engaging making this a good read for both young and old.

The book pusher: Book of Secrets

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart ~ Goodreads Ava Lee was horribly scarred and lost her parents and a cousin, Sara, in a fire. Now she lives with Sarah's parents and reluctantly goes back to school and try to regain some sense of normalcy. I just finished this one and will have a review up soon. There were a lot of things I really liked about this one (& one minor thing I didn't).

The book pusher(s): Sam & Lindsi 

Bonus: this is another book from my physical TBR read!

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane ~ Goodreads "
In Mary Beth Keane's extraordinary novel, a lifelong friendship and love blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next thirty years. Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness."

Not my typical read but another book on my physical TBR pile that I'm finally working my way through. So we'll see what happens!

The book pusher: Joyous Reads

Thursday, July 29, 2021


Every once in a while, there's a string of weird headlines and the ones below caught my eye. I had to see them - so now you do too 🤣

As if we don't have enough health crisis going on right now - there's the "diarrhea incident" on the set of NBC's Ultimate Slip 'N Slide  reality show that is supposed to air right after the Olympics.

The radioactive pig story isn't quite as bad as it first sounds. Wild boars have bred with domestic pigs left behind in Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, creating a hybrid species. The domestics pigs are now hardier and have flourished. Unfortunately (or fortunately lol), they are not giant, glowing TERROR PIGS though. As people move back into the area there's bound to be a clash but I'm pretty sure the "terror pigs" will lose. 

This isn't a story but still weird lol and something we saw on the way home last month. Just your average ride or die driving companion.

The car has a Jurassic Park logo on the side so I assume the T-Rex travels to local events. I was sure that this was how I was going to die - our car hit by a giant rubber dinosaur but he was securely attached, despite flopping around and baring his menacing teeth at passersby.