Category Archives: Books

Books to Read – March 2021

The Removed – Brandon Hobson

The Burning God – R. F. Kuang

Dying with Her Cheer Pants On – Seanan McGuire

Seven of Infinities – Aliette de Bodard

Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas

Nourish – Heidi Schauster

The Four Tendencies – Gretchen Rubin

Make Time – Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky

Writing Killer Blurbs and Hooks – Adam L Croft

The Vine Witch – Luanne G. Smith

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Books Read in March 2021

Fiction

  • Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Non Fiction

  • Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

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Books to Read January 2021

The Greta Helsing Novels – Vivian Shaw

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia C Wrede

Zoo City – Lauren Beukes

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison

The Midnight Bargain – C. L. Polk

Recognize Fascism – Huff

The Book of Lamps and Banners – Elizabeth Hand

The Last Sun – K. D. Edwards

Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse

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Books Read in January 2021

Fiction

  • The Refrigerator Monologues – Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Invention of Sound – Chuck Palahniuk

Non-Fiction

  • Nature Fix – Florence Williams

Short Stories

Comics

Long Form Journalism

Manga

‘Zines

  • Shit’s Fucked: A Positivity Guide – Gina Sarti
  • Ephemera Issue #1: The Debutante Issue – Quinn Collard
  • Every Reason #12 – Various

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Books Read in December 2020

Fiction

  • Murder by Other Means – John Scalzi

Non-Fiction

  • Unf#ck Your Brain – Faith G Harper
  • The Five Levels of Attachment – don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
  • Wintering – Katherine May

Short Stories

Comics

Long-Form Journalism

  • I Did Not Die: I Did Not Go to Heaven – Ruth Graham

Manga

  • The Way of the House Husband Vol. 1 – Kousuke Oono

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Books Read in November 2020

Fiction

  • Horrorstor — Grady Hendrix

Non-Fiction

Short Stories

Comics

Long-Form Journalism

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Books to Read October 2020

Death at Wenwater Court – Carola Dunn

Death Comes to Pemberley – P D James

Book Yourself Solid – Michael Port

Looking for Jake – China Mieville

Dust and Shadow – Lyndsay Faye

The Coming Plague – Laurie Garrett

On Combat – Dave Grossman

American Vampire Vol. 1 – Scott Snyder

Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre

Consider the Fork – Bee Wilson

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Books Read September 2020

Fiction

  • Too Many Curses – A. Lee Martinez

Non-Fiction

  • Radical Kindness – Angela C Santomero

Short Stories

  • What the #@&% Is That? – ed. John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen

Graphic Novels

  • The Embalmer Volume 4: Mitsukazu Mihara

Comics

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9-8-20

eBay sales: vintage print, honey dipper

craft projects completed: 0

#MilWordy update: 27,248

Sadly, the puppy care and succulent scammers have petered off and now I am vexed by poorly worded ads for watches. I mean, I don’t hate watches, but it seems a shame to go from getting useful snippets of information in my spam to barely intelligible scribbles.

I’ve been reading this book on Radical Kindness. I don’t know that I can recommend it. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not great. Though there’s always something to take from non-fiction books and this is the quote that stood out to me:

“Don’t let your inability to do everything undermine your determination to do something.”
— Cory Booker

Right now, I’ve been struggling to maintain the proper amount of rage and energy to affect change. I’ve been giving widely and hoping that some of those seeds of coin will actually sprout into something which helps other people. It’s just been a year.

I think, honestly, that it’s the year that killed my productivity this weekend. Normally I walk away from a 3-Day weekend with 3/4 of a book. This time, I’ve barely reached 15K on the main book I was working on. That’s not great. On the other hand, I’m feeling much more pressure from #Milwordy to actually write something every day. That means the challenge is working, even if I’m not achieving the numbers I used to achieve when I was young and dreamed of glor… I mean, when I was young and could maintain 10 hours of sustained writing and caffeine ingestion without dying or having my hands and wrists start to ache and burn.

AKA: I’m getting old. It’s not that I’m running out of ideas, it’s that I need to be more selective with where I spend my energy.

I also need to stop eating like a city rat. But that’s a rant for a different day.

Back to the Radical Kindness concept. While I understand the de-escalation techniques and the compassionate viewpoint and the assumption of positive intent portions of the book, I find it a little lacking in the perception that people — women especially — are conditioned and raised to constantly put themselves last. To be kind. To be sweet. To stand back and defuse anger.

To be doormats.

I worry that someone reading this book will stay too long in a toxic relationship and end up taking on “If only I were nicer to my SO, they wouldn’t beat me,” for much longer than they should.

I don’t care that the first chapter of the book basically says that self-kindness is the first step. I have never met an abused individual who didn’t that they were already too indulgent of themselves and think they weren’t giving enough in the relationship.

I guess, in summary, while I appreciate random acts of kindness, and trying to see from other people’s perspectives, and all the touchy-feely stuff I learned in college. I also learned that boundaries are a thing that need to happen. And I think this concept could be acidic and toxic if misapplied. As a therapist, one must give out unconditional positive regard. As an individual, one needs to be able to say “thus far and no further. I don’t owe you my affection and emotional work.”

And this has quickly taken a dive into the edges of heavy topics that I don’t want to handle right now.

Let’s take a left hand turn and talk about writing again:

I think I’ve found Trish’s story in the Promises Universe. She’s a kind, sweet, femme person. And I think she fell into the trap of giving too much of herself or she experienced so little kindness that she had to learn to accept and to give it as she grew up. That’s something at least.

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Books Read August 2020

Fiction

  • In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

Non-Fiction

Short Stories

  • If I were an Evil Overlord – ed. Martin Greenberg & Russell Davis

Comics

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