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November 2022 – What Are You Reading?

I’ve been planning on reading Dune since September, but needed to read a couple of other things first (I wanted to reread the Die graphic novels so I could lend them to someone, then I needed to finish Namwayut, which I started reading for Canada’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation).  I finished Namwayut at the beginning of November, clearing the way to start Dune (which is still ongoing)!

Nonfiction books:

  • Namwayut: We Are All One – A Pathway to Reconciliation by Chief Robert Joseph

Fiction books:

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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October 2022 – What Are You Reading?

The 8 The Walleye magazines I had in September

I forgot to mention this last month, but I started slowly trying to get through some of the magazines I have stashed.  I believe in September I read 2 MacLean’s and 2 or 3 issues of The Walleye.

This month though, those magazines once again took a back seat as I decided to concentrate on finally finishing Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Haas. It’s been a long time since I read volume 3, so I once again needed to reread the entire story. I’ve found that this is well worth it – every time I read them, I seem to get a lot more out of them!

Nonfiction books:

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Fiction books:

  • Magical Boy: Volume 2 by The Kao (graphic novel)
  • Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreakers by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Haas (reread, graphic novel)
  • Die Volume 2: Split the Party by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Haas (reread, graphic novel)
  • Die Volume 3: The Great Game by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Haas (reread, graphic novel)
  • Die Volume 4: The Great Game by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Haas (graphic novel)
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So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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September 2022 – What Are You Reading?

My mom and I went book shopping, and I got a couple of new books that I was really excited to read. Unfortunately The Poppy War took me several weeks to get through, so it was the only one I finished.

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • Warriors: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I didn’t really have a favourite book this month.  I was enjoying the first part of The Poppy War, but I didn’t like parts 2 and 3 at all (I almost stopped reading it, but kept hoping that I would enjoy it more if I continued).  Fire and Ice also wasn’t as good as the first Warriors book in my opinion.  So overall, this wasn’t a great reading month for me.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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August 2022 – What Are You Reading?

August was the first month in a long time that I felt really good reading.  I read some interesting fiction, most notably the first few books of Benjamin Percy’s Comet Cycle, which were recommended to me by a friend at work.

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy
  • Buffy: the Last Vampire Slayer by Casey Gilly, Joe Jaro and Joana Lafuente (graphic novel)
  • The Sugar Thief by Nancy Mauro
  • The Unfamiliar Garden by Benjamin Percy
  • Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

My favourite was definitely The Unfamiliar Garden. I liked how the narrative was tighter than in The Ninth Metal.  I liked the characters a lot more.  And while I’m not really a horror reader, I enjoyed the horror elements of the plot.  The Unfamiliar Garden would definitely make a fantastic movie!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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July 2022 – What Are You Reading?

Well, I’m officially a wreck this year: part way through July, I ran into some health troubles.  I’m doing better now, but I lost about a week where I wasn’t able to do much of anything, including read.  Thankfully I finished The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn before that happened, so at least I read something this month!

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

I really enjoyed The Diamond Eye – it’s about Lyudmila “Mila” Pavlichenko, a Soviet female sniper with 309 official kills, who also befriended Eleanor Roosevelt. It is based on Mila’s life story, with the exception of a FDR assassination plot that Quinn added – the assassin wanted to frame Mila during the Soviet official visit to the United States that she was part of.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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June 2022 – What Are You Reading?

Well, I did a bit better with my reading this month than last month!  I even managed to read a few books that I own (though they were both newer books – when I set that goal for the year, I was hoping to read some of the older books I own!)

Nonfiction books:

  • The Self-Care Cookbook: Easy Healing Plant-Based Recipes by Gemma Ogston

Fiction books:

  • Magical Boy: Volume 1 by The Kao (graphic novel)
  • Misrule by Heather Walter

My favourite was Magical Boy.  I thought the premise was really fun (a trans man who comes from a long line of magical girls, and has to navigate that heritage while also coming out as trans), and the book is adorable!  I really enjoyed it, and very much recommend it. 🙂

Also, if you’re interested, I interviewed The Kao on TBPL Off the Shelf – you can check it out here!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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What’s Been Happening…

last picture of my car
My car before it was towed away for scrap 😦

I’ve been fairly quiet on this blog over the last several months. In truth, things haven’t been great: I had a hard time when war broke out in Ukraine (not only because I have friends there, but I also had a really hard time with the disconnect between what was happening there, how WWIII might have started, and how life was just continuing on as normal here). I hurt my back, and later aggravated the injury. And more recently, I unexpectedly had to scrap my car 😥 (which ended up all its own saga – though I am still incredibly sad about it, thankfully the saga is over now!)

So now that things are starting to feel better (my back is doing okay, I’m in a better head space, and the aforementioned car saga is over), I thought that this would be a good time to regroup, take a look at my goals for the year, and see how things are going. I know that things haven’t been great: I haven’t really accomplished much of anything that I set out to do. But I have made some progress on some goals (and have recently stepped up working on other goals). So here’s what’s happening:

  1. Read 25 novel-length books that I already own: so far this year, I have managed to read nine books that I own, but only 5 of them were books I already owned. I’ve once again started bought a few books and read those (for my mom’s birthday, she wanted to go book shopping, so I bought myself something, too!) I also had a really hard time wanting to read things when the war in Ukraine first broke out – a lot of books, both historical fiction and fantasy, seemed to revolve around wars, and I just couldn’t deal with them. So hopefully I’ll be able to read more in the coming months without problems!
  2. Continue working on my story from Script Frenzy: so far, no work has been done on this. But again, hopefully in the coming months I’ll be able to get back to it!
  3. Work on a new story, too: this actually happened, rather by accident. Over the weekend I spent almost an entire day worldbuilding and writing for something totally new. I haven’t been that inspired to work on anything in a really long time; it felt really good! I don’t plan on sharing any of that work here though. I’m treating that as fun writing to help me get back into the swing of things. 🙂 (This wasn’t the story I was thinking of back in January, but that’s okay! I am honestly just so happy to be writing again after such a long hiatus!)
  4. Language Learning Goals:
    1. Duolingo French tree – turning to gold what I had unlocked so far: I’m making slow but steady progress on this. Unfortunately I don’t think I wrote down exactly how many lesson bubbles I had to go back in January (I said I was almost at Unit 5, and wrote down the ones I’m trying to get to in Unit 7). But as of right now, I have 64 to go. I’ve turned 9 from Unit 5 to gold so far – I just finished Junk and Education, and I’m currently on Bad Day in Unit 5.
    2. Reading 101 Conversations in Intermediate French: I haven’t gotten very far in this book at all. I was on conversation 5, restarted the book, got to conversation 5 again, and stopped reading. About a week ago I decided to just continue on from conversation 5 without restarting, and am now on conversation 8. Unfortunately so far the story isn’t grabbing me, but I’ll give it a few more conversations before deciding if I need to give up on it.
    3. Reading First Ukrainian Reader for Beginners: This is another one that’s had slow but steady progress. I just finished Unit 9: Christian listens to German songs. It took a few read throughs, and I didn’t feel that I understood it quite as well as Unit 8: Liuba wants to buy a newer DVD. But I’m moving onto Unit 10 this week. And I’m getting close to the elementary course units (Unit 13 and beyond). It’s really neat reading this book though – I’m able to read and understand bigger and bigger chunks of Ukrainian!
    4. Read another book in French: have not looked at another book yet.
    5. Read another book in Ukrainian: need to get through First Ukrainian Reader for Beginners.
    6. Finish season 2 of Ukrainian Lessons Podcast: I stopped listening to Ukrainian Lessons Podcast a few months ago. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it was in part because the episodes have been getting longer and longer – I’m not able to listen to one (or most of one) on my way to work anymore. So last week I made a point of listening to a couple of episodes in the evenings (I’m currently about to start episode 69). I feel like I should almost restart season 2 as a review because it’s been so long. But I made the decision to continue from where I left off – if I need the review, I’ll go back once I finish season 2.
    7. Finish season 3 of Ukrainian Lessons Podcast: I haven’t started it yet.
Duolingo 700 day streak

But in other language learning news, I am now on a 700+ day streak in Duolingo! I hit day 700 three days ago. 😀

I will also be working on videos of me speaking both Ukrainian and French over the next month. This June marks my second year of learning both languages! I’m going to move my video editing software to a different, faster computer – hopefully that will speed up the process of adding subtitles to the videos!

So that’s where I’m at thus far for 2022. I’m going to continue to plug along on my goals for the summer, and will check in with them again in the fall. At that time, I’ll reevaluate if necessary.

But how are things going for you? Have you been able to work on/accomplish any of your goals for 2022? 🙂

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May 2022: What Are You Reading?

Wow, where did the month go???  I managed to only read one book during all of May!  Thankfully, it was really good!  At the beginning of the month, I went book shopping with my mom.  I stumbled on Heather Walter’s Malice, which sounded really good (it’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling – I love fairy tales and retellings).  I managed to tear through the book in about three days.  It was so nice to be that into a book again; I’ve been really struggling with reading over the last while, and I’ve specifically had a hard time getting interested in books (though I have still managed to read a few books every month).  While the second one, Misrule, was released a few days after I finished Malice, I haven’t started reading it yet (I’m hoping to start it on the weekend).

I’m hoping next month will be a bit better, reading-wise.  I’ve got a week of vacation for my birthday, and I’m hoping to read one or two books then for sure. 😉

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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April 2022: What Are You Reading?

April was another month that wasn’t really great, reading-wise.  I started off reading The Deep by Rivers Solomon on my Kindle (I’d been wanting to read it for awhile but just never got around to it).  Then….nothing for a couple of weeks.  Or I’d start something, and just never really go back to it.

But then in the middle of the month I decided to treat myself and buy a couple of graphic novels I’d been wanting for awhile, Living with Mochi and One of Those Days.  I’d come across both comics as curated lists online and really enjoyed them, so I was really excited to read them when they arrived!  They came at the perfect time too: the end of a particularly busy week (I had some training at work, and was really tired by the end of the week), where I wanted to just veg out.

Nonfiction books:

  • Own Your Morning: Reset Your A.M. Routine to Unlock Your Potential by Liz Baker Plosser

Fiction books:

  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, & Jonathan Snipes
  • Living with Mochi by Gemma Gene (graphic novel)
  • One of Those Days by Yehuda and Maya Devir (graphic novel)

I think my favourite was Living with Mochi.  Mochi is a pug who reminds me of Garfield and Pusheen.  Living with Mochi was a super cute read that had me laughing out loud – I definitely recommend it!

I also really enjoyed reading Own Your Morning. I am not (and have never been) a morning person, so this was a bit of a weird read for me.  But I liked Plosser’s writing style, and I found some tips that might help me make my morning a bit smoother.  It’s also a really easy and fast read because Plosser structured it a lot like a magazine (which makes sense since she is the Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health).

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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March 2022: What Are You Reading?

March didn’t have a great start to it, reading-wise.  I started reading a couple of books that, while interesting enough, honestly didn’t really grab me, so I haven’t finished them.  I also took out a whole bunch of library books that I then felt pressure to read, even though I wanted to focus more on books I already own (as per my reading goal for the year). While I did end up reading a few of the graphic novels I took out,  I otherwise sent all the library books back, unread.  From there I picked out a book from my shelf to read, got a chapter in, then just stopped.  But then in the middle of the month, I was talking to my brother, who recommended Karen Connelly’s book of poetry, which I happened to have from when she was here for the International Festival of Authors five years ago (here’s the link to the interview I did with her at that time, if you’re interested).  I ended up reading that in a night, and hope to go back and reread it another time. 🙂

Nonfiction books:

Fiction books:

  • Creepy Cat by Cotton Valent (graphic novel)
  • Iyanu: Child of Wonder Volume 1 by Roye Okupe (graphic novel)
  • Come Cold River by Karen Connelly (poetry)

I really enjoyed Come Cold River.  Connelly’s writing is really visceral and hits you in the gut.  I feel like this is a collection that will give you even more if you reread it (hence why I’m hoping to give it another read one day)!

Iyanu was also a really interesting read. It is inspired by Yoruba culture and myths, which I’m not at all familiar with.  I really liked the little extras included in the book, like the explanations of how the council worked and what the corrupted were, which were included between most chapters.  There was also a timeline of world events in the end pages, which was also really interesting.  I admit that it took me a little bit to get into the book, but by the end I was sad it was over already; I can’t wait for volume 2, which is due out this fall!

I also actually finished a Maclean’s magazine (January 2021 🤦)!  With how many of them I have to get through, and with a provincial election coming in a few months, I’m thinking I might start reading the newest ones I have and work my way backwards, at least for now. We’ll see how that goes!

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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