September Book Haul Part 1

Kindle Books

Token Black Girl: A Memoir by Danielle Prescod
There There by Tommy Orange
Eve of the Fae by E. Menozzi
Her Vampire Prince by Ines Johnson
The Last Vampire: Complete Series, Books 1-6 by R.A. Steffan
A Murderous Macaron by Fiona Grace
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control by Stuart Russell
Love of the Witch by Deanna Chase
Beyond the Grave by R.W. Wallace

Physical Books

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom
Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong
Stinetinglers: All New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales by R.L. Stine

Audio Books

The Fire Next Time By James Baldwin
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark by Chronicle Books

Epubs

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Bi-weekly Wednesday Wrap Up Sept 14th, 2022

What I am currently reading

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – I’m making progress on the extras.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes – Making progress on this to.

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom – I’ve read one chapter so far. I need to continue it.

What I’ve recently finished

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – 4 stars

Thought provoking and interesting. Not sure what to say though, but glad I read it.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – DNF

I give up. I read Dracula (all of it) a few years ago. I didn’t like it. I thought maybe i’d appreciate it more now, but I don’t. I listened to 2 chapters. The narrators are great, if you love Dracula check it out (you can find it on audible.com – has Tim Curry and a whole cast). I’m bored. I hate that I don’t like it, I LOVE vampires … generally. But this just doesn’t work for me. I really thought i’d be able to get into it but I can’t, I just can’t. I’ve loved (years ago, I need to rewatch it) the Dracula movie with Gary Oldman. I should just rewatch it.

What do I think i’ll read next?

I don’t know.

Other Stuff

I’m still recovering, from the surgery and I have a cold. My stomach is in all sorts of pain. My normal medical issues, fluid build up, still recovering from the surgery .. I have started making YouTube videos again, being more relaxed about it. The link below links to my linktree which has links to all my social media.

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My weed pieces so far

I like using the bowls and the bong, they are easy for me. I had to get the “Dankenstein” as it was called, bong when I saw it because I love Frankenstein (the novel, 1818 original version) and must collect Frankenstein stuff because reasons. I got “Dankenstein” via Inhalco (online). I got the earthy colored bowl at my local dispo. I got the elephant bowl on Etsy from ElephasDesign. I also got the glass blunt on Etsy, only tried it once so far. Don’t like it but was also sick (still am) and didn’t pack it well so I might try again when i’m not sick. But if I don’t like it it’s a me thing not an it thing. Got it from CindyCraftyCo on Etsy.

I got the Vessel grinder from Vessel (online) and went to get a second one because reasons and … didn’t exist anymore, so I ended up getting the other one from https://theapothecarrycase.myshopify.com/ and I haven’t used it yet. Just got it. I got the rolling tray, Ariel, from TraySupplyOC on Etsy. And last, but not least, I got the alien ashtray, also from Etsy, from SGN4YOU on Etsy.

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August Wrap Up

What I Read

BBC Wildlife Magazine – May 2022 by Immediate Media Company London Ltd – 4 stars

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haban Girma – 5 stars

This is a wonderful autobiography! I loved how stories from her life was told in the pretense tense, it felt so much more personal. It’s also infused with humor. You can learn so much from this, in an accessible way and having a nice time while doing it. Please read the discussion questions at the end, they give food for thought.

I have also been disabled my entire life but for entirely different reasons. I am neither deaf nor blind. I do have auditory processing disorder though so when she mentions there was too much noise to make anything out, I relate to that. I can’t make anything out in those situations either.

She’s the first deafblind student to graduate Harvard, and she’s barely 6 months older than me. We still have so far to go, but that’s not meant to take away from how far we’ve come.

BBC Science Focus Magazine by Immediate Media Company London Ltd – 4 stars

Me and My Dysphoria Monster: An Empowering Story to Help Children Cope with Gender Dysphoria by Laura Kate Dale and Hui Qing Ang – 5 stars

I wish i’d had this as a child. I would’ve had the words and known I wasn’t alone so much sooner.

There are some draft errors (like on one page it says missing words and later some sentences just stop in the middle) but I got this from Netgalley and it is an e-arc draft so i’m not holding that against it.

Nisha is a trans girl. She has a dysphoria monster that keeps getting bigger as she’s misgendered but then she comes out and has support and her monster gets smaller. At first she wanted her monster to just go away but with the help of an adult trans man learns what her monster was trying to tell her, and living as who she is makes her so much happier and confident. It’s a beautiful story and has information for adults wanting to support trans kids after the story. I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the e-arc.

Stinetinglers: All New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales by R.L. Stine – 3.65 stars

I really enjoyed this collection over-all! It has 10 stories. I didn’t care for 2 of them personally (but I didn’t hate them or anything) and I really enjoyed the other 8! 3.65 average rounded up to 4
Welcome to the in-between 3.5
Our Little Monsters 2
Skin 3
The Ghost in the car 4
The boy who heard screams 5
Bugs 3.5
How to change your life 4
The bad side 4.5
The hole in the ground 5
The monster maker 2
These are obviously just my opinions, nothing more.
These stories are perfect for kids I think and they are certainly fun to read as an adult to. If you enjoy Goosebumps (or Goosebumps like books) definitely check this collection out. A few of them gave my spine a tingle!

Philosophy Now – Issue 150 by Anja Publications – 3 stars

Other Stuff

I think i’m on the way to healing but not there yet. My body has been through a lot with the surgery and the sickness.

I did update my “about me” page a bit since I plan to talk about cannabis as well now. The books aren’t going anywhere though, still love to read!

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The Weed Strains I’ve had thus far: Reviews

First off, no, I don’t know what strains I had in high school/shortly after high school, when it was illegal. Until the middle of this summer, after my surgery on July 18th, I hadn’t smoked weed in many years. Finally it’s legal and not a hassle to get a med card, so I have a cannabis medical card now (NJ). So these strains are what i’ve had so far and my reviews of them. I’ve only finished one of these so far by the way. As i’m just starting out I know these won’t be the best reviews but I can review them again later if I want to. Also the THCA % is what happened to be in the cannabis I got, results will differ from batch to batch. In no particular order …

Strain name: Platinum Gorilla #3

THCA: 23.03%

Review: Didn’t really get me high much and only helped slightly with pain. Also made me a little paranoid I think. 6.5/10

Strain name: Sherbface #8

THCA: 22.81%

Review: Gave me a nice high, kinda felt like it was causing me more pain oddly enough though. Because pain is a main reason for me to smoke 5/10.

Strain name: Birthday Cake #3

THCA: 20.41%

Review: Nice body high, helps good with pain. I really love this strain. 9/10

Strain name: Runtz Muffin #2

THCA: 21.62%

Review: Potent, really good high. Really helps pain. Made me nice and happy, helped with anxiety. Favorite so far. 10/10.

No Picture (sorry)

Strain name: Runtz Muffin #1

THCA: 29.19%

Review: I finished this before I thought about taking pictures recently, sorry. Helps pain, especially my stomach (main reason I smoke). Made me relaxed, sleepy. I’d have to get it again to figure out exactly what my rating would be, i’ve only just started to write down my thoughts on the strains I get to keep track of what strains work for me and what doesn’t, but my guess would be 8-9/10.

Strain name: Watermelon Sorbet #2

THCA: 26.11%

Review: Doesn’t get me too high but still not bad. Made me kinda relaxed and happy. Helps pain a little, also the strain I used when I couldn’t stop hiccupping and I shit you not, it stopped them IMMEDIENTLY after taking 1 toke. I was hiccupping for over half an hour before I tried it. Nothing anyone has ever said will stop hiccups has worked for me, not a damn thing. Now I know something that works, cannabis. Was consistently a harsh hit. 7/10

Strain name: Tropicanna Cookies

THCA: 13.30%

Review: Proving more than just THC matters. Yes, THC matters but so do other cannabinoids, terpenes .. Gave me a good happy, relaxed, giggly AF high. Doesn’t do much of anything in regards to pain sadly, maybe a little. Not sleepy at all. I really do like this strain but since it’s just a mood high it takes a hit for not really helping pain, the main reason I smoke. 8.5/10

Strain name: Grease Monkey

THCA: 16.78%

Review: Nice high, relaxed, happy, helps my pain and stomach problems. Doesn’t make me sleepy. 8.5/10

Strain name: Hot Rod #7

THCA: 23.08%

Review: Nice body high, relaxed. Helps my pain, does make me sleepy. 8.5/10

Strain name: Super Lavender Butter #1

THCA: 18.58%

Review: A decent high, helps my stomach and pain. Nice and relaxed. Smooth hit. 8/10

No pic (sorry) because it’s just a pre-roll

Strain name: Banana Puddintain #11

THCA: 25.78%

Review: I’ve probably smoked 2/3 of this pre-roll. Decent high. Was absent-minded and thinking about random shit. Helped my pain. Was relaxed. 7.5/10

The ones I would get again: Birthday Cake #3, Runtz Muffin #1 and #2, Tropicanna Cookies, Grease Monkey, Hot Rod #7, Super Lavender Butter #1. I’d probably get Watermelon Sorbet #2 and Banana Puddintain #11 again to depending.

Going forward I will continue to get a mix of strains I know work (so I always, hopefully, have something on hand that’ll help with pain when need be) and new strains to continue finding more good for me strains.

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August Book Haul Part 2

Physical Books

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories! by Norman Bridwell
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Bunnicula by Deborah Howe
The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Kindle Books

Into the Dread Void: A Cosmic Horror Thriller by Abe Moss
The Ghost’s Call by K.C. Adams
Simply Connected: A Lesbian/Nonbinary Sports Romance by Alex Washoe
The Blood Covenant by Emily Bex
The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak
Death on Paradise Island by B.M. Allsopp
The Sweet Baked Mystery Series – Books 1-6 by Katherine Hayton
Last Words by Marie Reyes
Castle of Shadow by Pierre Manchot
Love Charade by Allie McDermid
Beauty and the Goblin King by Lidiya Foxglove
Sleeping Beauty No More by Aisha Urooj
Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult by Skylar Kergil
Sorcery and Spells by Ciara Graves
You’re Family Now by Jack Stainton
Savage Grace by Emily Kimelman
Different, Not Less: A neurodivergent’s guide to embracing your true self and finding your happily ever after by Chloé Hayden
Energy Vampires: An Empaths Guide on How to Deal With Negative People by Jennifer O’Neill
The Witch’s Awakening by Leigh Ann Edwards
Love Where You Work: An Office Romance by Anna Pulley
A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

Epubs

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Brontide

Audio Books

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America by Leslie Rule

September POP (Pile of Possibilities)

Netgalley

To Be A Trans Man by Ezra Woodger

A Little Pinprick by Paige Dearth

Group Reads

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom – The group pick for Creatures, Creatures Everywhere!

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – My pick for The eclecticist of eclectic book club

Dracula by Bram Stoker – Georga’s pick for The eclecticist of eclectic book club

Magazines

BBC Wildlife Magazine – June 2022

BBC Science Focus Magazine – June 2022

Archaeology – July/August 2022

Discover – July/August 2022

BBC Wildlife Magazine – July 2022

BBC Science Focus Magazine – July 2022

BBC Science Focus Magazine Summer 2022

BBC Wildlife Magazine August 2022

Of course I still wouldn’t be caught up but i’ve been struggling lately so it is what it is.

Comics and Manga

Saga, Volume 7 and 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Still working on my reread!

Monster Musume, Vol. 10 and 11 by Okayado – Still working on catching up!

Currently Reading

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – I’m in the extras after the story.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes – Recently got my medical card so I want to make sure I learn as much as I can.

Of course there is more I want to read (and might, it is a POP after all) but even this is a lot!

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