Lost in Libraries

Lost in Libraries

Book reviews and bookish discussions

Haven't done much reading so far this year.

 

I can recall finishing only one book: Heist by MJ Duncan. It was okay, glad I sort of didn't pay for it (due to Kindle Unlimited).

 

I've checked out many books from the library physically and via Overdrive but didn't finish any. Whoops.

Apologies

I had a goal to write one post a week for 2018 (with at least one post a month being a book review) and three weeks of 2018 have passed and I've only written one post! 

 

(On Wordpress, of course, I don't really post here since the website is so darn buggy)

 

I don't know why I set that goal since I have absolutely no idea what the non-book reviews posts would be even be about. I don't think anyone wants to read about my rambles about femslash fanfiction...

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I'm still getting notifications about PEOPLE I DON'T FOLLOW joining books clubs I'M NOT IN.

Shelf Shuffling

Renamed my maybes shelf and shoved a few from my to-read to the maybes shelf. Mostly those I know will be hard to find because they're obscure. 

 

I should fill my to-read shelf with the books I own but haven't read but... lazy.

September Recap

Books read:

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Secrets in Death by JD Robb

 

Books currently reading:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Books purchased:

Warcross by Marie Lu

 

Books read but did not finish:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

 

Placed on TBR:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

 

(crossposted from my Wordpress)

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1 Stars
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

The latest entry in the In Death series is the least memorable one in a while. This book's case is the murder of someone readers met in a previous installment: Larinda Mars. Some digging by Lieutenant Eve Dallas reveals that Mars had spent years blackmailing people just because she liked it.

 

Spoilers below the cut.

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Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 370 pages.
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

I chose the paperback edition because it has the right cover and right release date but I'm actually read the hardcover edition. 

 

I'm still generally apathetic about NR/JDR so once again this is a library check-out. 

 

So far, it's a usual copy and paste formulaic JD Robb book.

 

A smidge more homophobia from Eve is all I've noticed so far. Just under halfway through and I'm so, so bored. I'm cringing at how much money I've spent over the years buying her books. I want my money and my shelf space back. 

My latest posts on WordPress

Still trying to remember to post regularly on WP but it's a bit difficult because I get distracted so easily. I'm also still trying to figure out what kind of book blogger I want to be on that platform.

 

August Recap

 

July Recap

 

REVIEW DC Rebirth Batman Beyond Vol. 1 Escaping the Grave by Dan Jurgens

 

May + June Recap

 

REVIEW The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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Why am I getting notifications about people I don't follow joining book clubs I'm not in?

I think my main problem with finishing books these days is that I'm just 100% not interested in reading books about straight people and books about queer women are hard to find in public libraries (can't afford to buy books these days; no money and no space for them in my house). It might be easier if I had a Kindle...

Review
5 Stars
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore

A riveting and thoroughly researched history of the young American women whose lives were irreversibly changed by radium. During World War I, dozens of young women, some still teenagers, were hired to paint dials numbers and hands with a magical substance called radium. No one told them it was toxic. The numbers and hands were so small, the girls only had one option to get the brush fine enough to paint them properly: put them in their mouths.

 

Lip, dip, paint. Over and over again.

 

When the girls started getting sick, no one could figure out the cause. It took some time before anyone even considered that what they did at the factory could be the cause. And when even a hint of blame was placed on the radium, the company worked as hard as it could to divert the blame to something, anything else.

 

It took decades for the young women, many of whom had died horrible, painful deaths decades before they were meant to pass, to get justice. Moore tells the never-before-heard story in painstaking detail. Truly an incredible book.

 

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 330 pages.
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

DNF. Got too bored.

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4 Stars
Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (Rebirth) - Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque

This volume contained Issues #1 – 6.

 

Barbara Gordon travels to Japan to train with combat masters of the East. But on her first day she runs into an old friend who causes a whole load of problems for her and whose actions place a target on Batgirl’s back.

 

Gordon is in fine form in this volume, using her combat skills, technology skills, and library science skills to fight against this new nemesis. The new skills she struggles to learn also help her save herself and her friend. The only downside, for me, in this issue is the unnecessary romance between her and her old friend. Why do they have to be lovers? Why can’t a man and a woman just be friends?

 

It’s also not the best issue to start with if someone is new to DC because it assumes the reader knows who Babs is and what she can do. Her personality is already firmly established. There is nothing new here beyond the skill she learns from the people she meets in this issue. There’s only a brief hint to the long period where she was wheelchair-bound (the great Oracle days) and is easily missed. I personally am still torn whether it’s tolerable or bad that she is no longer paralyzed.

 

Overall, it’s an acceptable iteration. Issues #7-10 are already available.

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Went to my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 2017). I arrived around 4pm and the line took approximately one hour just to get in. The employees were throwing out trivia questions for prizes, which is how I got the Batman comic that is in the picture. I wasn't able to purchase any comic books because I was with someone who wanted to leave and they were my ride so I had to listen to them (the woes of not having my own car). Plus the line to purchase items looked like a two hour wait and I was in no mood to wait in another line. It was really great to see them have such good business though. It was the first time I've been to a comic book shop (because no car) and I was relieved I didn't have to deal with any snide comments. I'm hoping the atmosphere is as positive during regular business days because I want to browse their Funko collection one day.

 

I highly recommend FCBD to anyone who has the chance to go. Many comic book stores sell comic books other than the Big 2. And FBCD has special issues to help people who wouldn't normally be into comic books get into comic books, such as The Legend of Zelda or Spongebob Squarepants. They have kids and teenage and adult (not that kind of adult, mind you) comic books so anyone and everyone can find something they like on FBCD. It is an annual event on the first Saturday of May and you find a local comic book store that participates using this link.