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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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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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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Stinetinglers: All New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales by R.L. Stine Book Review

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

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!

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

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

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.

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Wednesday Wrap Up August 17th, 2022

I know it’s been 2 weeks again since the last one but I had nothing to post last week really. Hell, I don’t have much now.

What I am currently reading

Nothing at the moment.

What i’ve recently finished

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 present 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.

What do I think i’ll read next?

Something for netgalley? A magazine? Who knows. Maybe something else.

Other Stuff

Me and my mom are sick. It’s not covid but it still sucks and I can’t get a break because it’s one thing after another trying to recover from intense surgery still and now i’m sick on top of it and my body has a lot of trouble healing in the best of circumstances :(. But the drain sites look better so hopefully in time i’ll get better. If this cold doesn’t turn into pneumonia which they love to do with me. Please, send good vibes or whatever.

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August Book Haul Part 1

Kindle Books

Moretti Blood Brothers: Volume One – Books 1-4: Steamy vampire romance (Moretti Blood Brothers Romance) by Juliette N. Banks
No One Crosses the Wolf by Lisa Nikolidakis
The Reyes Incident by Briana Morgan
Elliot, Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday
Nightshade by Michelle Rowen
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Coffin Road by Peter May
Infernal Justice by N.P. Martin
The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
Born Free: The Full Story by Joy Adamson
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
When I Find You by Emma Curtis
Discover – September/October 2022 by Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Archaeology – September/October 2022 by Archaeological Institute Of America

Physical Books

John M. Templeton Jr.: Physician, Philanthropist, Seeker by John M. Templeton Jr.

I was born with VACteRL Association and a part of that was imperforate anus aka no butthole. Dr. Templeton, who passed away in 2015, made my anus. I was born in 1989. That’s why I got his autobiography. My mom wants to read it since he helped save my life. It is a bit weird though … wiki says he donated $1 million to parties opposing same-sex marriage. I wonder what he’d say now if he knew he saved a queer baby? I can’t help but wonder.

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas by Shea Ernshaw
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Small Angels by Lauren Owen
When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff
How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High by David Bienenstock
Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask by Michelle Lhooq
Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America by Bruce Barcott
Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties by Lizzie Post
Fifty Shades as Told by Christian Trilogy: Grey, Darker, Freed Box Set by E.L. James
A Short History of South-East Asia by Peter Church
Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson

Epubs

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Audio Books

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough

July 2022 Wrap Up

What I Read

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt – I absolutely loved this!  This book means so much to me now! I felt so much of what Tova was going through for my own reasons. And felt for Cameron. And Marcellus the Octopus is amazing, all three of these characters are amazing. I loved so many lines. It made me cry. I found so much depth in these pages personally. And I had to hug the book! I wanna give it more than 5 stars!!

More than a month after finishing it I still wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

Monster Musume, Vol. 7 by Okayado – Funny manga and I enjoy the characters. Not much to say. 5 stars

Monster Musume, Vol. 8 by Okayado – 4 stars

Saga, Volume 5 and 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 5 stars each. Rereads since volume 10 is finally coming out in October (last I checked)!

Why I’m Afraid of Bees by R.L. Stine – 4 creepy fun stars.

Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition by Maia Kobabe – ALL THE STARS! ALL OF THEM! I had read the original years ago so it was a reread but in this new edition! Words fail to express the love I have for this book but I did my best in my original review Here and my “review” of the new deluxe edition Here.

Monster Musume, Vol. 9 by Okayado – 4 stars

The Gender Friend: A 102 Guide to Gender Identity by Oakley Phoenix by Oakley Phoenix – I absolutely loved this book! Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for letting me have an advanced copy. This book is so accessible in the language and is also kind. Kind not just to transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary folks (TGNCNB for short) but also to loved ones wanting to support their TGNCNB loved ones. I can’t stress enough I can see someone really trying but it’s not always easy. If someone is truly trying and caring I don’t want them to feel like it doesn’t matter or that they are awful if they mess up. Mistakes happen. Trying is what matters and you’ll get there. I am a nonbinary trans person and it’s generally easy to tell who cares and is trying versus the ones that aren’t. This book is like a hug from a kind friend. It explains gender related thing, answer questions, etc. I am going to have to buy this book when it comes out so I can give it to loved ones. 5 stars

Paradise Club by Tim Meyer – 5 stars I cared for the characters and this has a lot of gorey fun! Horror, slasher, splatterpunk …

Discover – May/June 2022 by Kalmbach Publishing Co. – 3 stars. Magazine.

Other stuff

I have a long way to go still in terms of recovering from surgery. I came home with 2 drains, a left and a right, and initially the left was very active and the right wasn’t doing much of anything. Well … the night before (as I was going to lay down to sleep) I was going to get the right drain out the left one, that was still VERY active, fell out!! Scaring the shit outta me!

Long story short (actually still long, sorry) I still have the right drain in. I was also leaking (and still might be to a degree) via part of my incision down my stomach. Well i’ve had (and still have, as of typing this on Monday August 8th) a lot of gauze and tape over my stomach (and a large hernia belt for compression) because the hole that was left behind from the left drain leaked for awhile but it appears to be closed now. While the hole was leaking the right drain continued doing it’s almost nothing crap, which was scary because they said “in theory the right one should pick up the slack” and i’ve been dealing with low grade fever and swelling (feet, legs …) from retaining fluid, even before the left drain fell out!

Also some heat and pain in my lower stomach from the fluid build up. So i’ve been doing as much as I can of walking and keeping my legs up, which is thankfully helping! And now that the left hole is actually closed it looks like the right drain might be picking up finally? Let’s hope so! And let’s hope it stays in long enough! I’m so afraid of needing to go back to the hospital over this shit. But I have been keeping an eye on myself and I know if I start vomiting or get a high fever to call the Dr or go to the ER.

I haven’t felt like reading much, and that’s ok, but I am reading Haben at least this month and I am enjoying it so far! I’ve been playing Sims 2 and watching Youtube videos

Edit (On August 10th, Wednesday): The right drain stopped holding suction and was not salvageable. Had to come out despite it not being ready yet so they said i’ll probably be ok but ya know, if I start feeling like shit etc. to keep them posted. Right now the hole is leaking but if it’s like the left one within 2 days it’ll be closed and my body wasn’t ready yet. So here’s hoping I leak enough + my body is able to absorb the fluid it needs to.

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July Book Haul Part 2

Kindle Books

The One by John Marrs
After Life by Shelbi Wescott
Taming Tristan by Leighton Greene
The Sisters of Kestrel Cay by Kelly Utt
Lockstep by Robert P. French
The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Ink Witch by Lindsey Sparks
Bare Ass in Love by Sasha Burke
The Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mysteries: The Complete Collection by Rosie A. Point
Littered with Trouble by Eryn Scott
Only for the Night by Ella Sheridan
Grounded by Sarah Hualde
His Other Wife by Ava Strong
His Other Lie by Ava Strong
The Last Storm by Sam Sisavath
The Librarian and the Orc by Finley Fenn
Philosophy Now by Anja Publications

Physical Books

Horrors of the Black Ring by R.L. Stine
Ghost in the Mirror by R.L. Stine
Halloween Rain by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
Return to Ghost Camp by R.L. Stine
The Werewolf in the Living Room by R.L. Stine

Netgalley

Me and My Dysphoria Monster: An Empowering Story to Help Children Cope with Gender Dysphoria by Laura Kate Dale

Epubs

The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall

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