Life Lately

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When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones | Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | I See You by Clare Mackintosh | The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer | Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard | Open Season by Linda Howard | Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Dark Possession by Christine Feehan | Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett | Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan | Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson | The Sword by The Luna Brothers | The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat


Hello.

Sorry for the Harry Houdini act again. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind after the election results so I could neither read nor write much about anything. Yesterday’s post took two weeks to write but I felt like it was necessary for me to do so I can get my ass back to doing what I used to love (reading and blogging).

I have been in and out of blogging lately but have tried my best to visit. Some days, I’m able to sit and read your posts, but most days, I just didn’t have it in me. You have no idea how much I appreciate you all for being one of the constant things that I can rely on. Anyway, thank you, and I hope to move on from all the ugly things that’s been going on in the world in and outside of this community.

San Diego

Last week was our annual pilgrimage to San Diego. We watched a game, enjoyed the food and sunshine and bought some books (naturally). I was a little worried about the kind of environment we will experience so soon after the election but I’d forgotten that California is a blue state, so it was relatively anti-Von Clownstick.

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Book Tube.

Gasps! I know, right? Basically, ever since that hullabaloo that happened a couple of weeks back (it seemed like years ago, really), I ended up checking out what it’s all about. And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve found some pretty entertaining, informative book tubers out in the wild.

Steve Donoghue: He is the most knowledgeable booktuber I’ve found so far. He’s a book critic who publishes written reviews on several e-zines. He’s prolific and he hauls books like it’s nobody’s business. His videos are raw and unadorned by distracting graphics but if it’s content you’re after, then he’s your man. He’s not a fan boy who gets over excited about the “feels”, or “characters he’d totally ship”. His giddy enthusiasm for books are genuine. It’s a pure joy to watch him get really excited in his subtle, gentlemanly way.

Climb the Stacks: She hasn’t updated in a while, but her book reviews are pretty prolific. I spent a good amount of time watching her vids and soaking up her recommendations in the literary fiction genre. If that’s something you’re interested in, you should check out her channel.

Unboxing Book Hauls. So addictive! One night, I spent a lot of time watching book tubers unbox their Book Outlet orders. At the end of the night, I ended up ordering 23 books in total! Good grief. I need to stop watching these videos for two reasons: 1 – I don’t need any more books! 2 – it’s giving me a sense of false confidence that I can actually film myself and do this book tubing thing. Not that I want to, really. I’m just saying that I could. Maybe.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on in my life since my absence. I’d like to thank Penguin Random House Canada and Hachette Book Group for the review copies I’d gotten this week! Also, thank you all again. I’m going to do my absolute best to catch up on what’s been going on in your lives as well.

Happy reading, y’all!