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Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Author of the Gods of Myth series. 
"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 358 pages.
The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan

rolled a 5

 

15. Mountain cabin: read a book with a tree (trees) or mountains on the cover OR a book based in a place known for mountains or forests.

 

The Hundred Secret Senses is based on San Francisco and China, both known for beautiful mountains. Also my copy has both mountains and trees on the cover.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 384 pages.
Summer Bird Blue - Akemi Dawn Bowman

I'm not feeling this. I get that the girl just lost her sister, but she just picked a fight with a total stranger that was on his lawn, watering his flowers. Wtf? And nobody thinks she needs therapy after such a horrible accident? No. Just send her off to the middle of the ocean. The cover and title of this book is beautiful but I am taking so many issues with the plot. Moving on. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 384 pages.
Summer Bird Blue - Akemi Dawn Bowman

Rolled a 5.

 

10. Read a book on a beach reads list or a book whose author name begins with B,E,A,C or H. 

 

I chose Summer Bird Blue. Which is good since it's my other library book. 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 372 pages.
Dumplin' - Julie Murphy

Okay, I lied. I went to the library. This will be my stay-cation read. 

Reblogged
The Monopoly Board - in plain text

Peregrinations asked for a version of the board spaces in plain text. I posted it in the Bingo group in the Rules thread, but thought I'd do it here as well, in case it would be helpful to anyone.

 

GO SQUARE

 

1. There is quite literally nothing quite like the feeling of closing the empty locker for the last time with 90 days of freedom stretching into the future.

Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or Middle Grade.

 

2. Who?

Read a mystery or detective story or a book with the word "who" in the title.

 

3. However, by the end of the summer, I was usually bored out of my mind, and ready to go back to school (and I'm sure my mom was ready to send me back to school, too).

Read a book set in a school or college, or that is considered a "classic," (using any criteria that you want) or that is frequently banned.

 

4. One of the highlights of starting a new school year was going shopping for school clothes or supplies

Read a book that was published during the months of May, June or July, or that contains an item that would be used as a school supply or an article of clothing or an accessory pictured on the cover.

 

5. The Silk Road:

Read a book set in any of the 40 countries* along with the Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.

*UNESCO list

 

6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.

Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.

 

7. Most places have a lot of different opportunities for summer fun!

Read a book that has a house on the cover, or that is related to something unique about your community (for example, if your community has a strawberry festival, read a book with strawberries on the cover).

 

8. Race car: Roll again & hold card to play later; race around the game board to the space of your choosing.

 

9. And, let's be honest, just not being at work is a vacation in and of itself, and is an opportunity to see some of local amenities, or read & relax!

Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library, or a park, or that the authors name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.

 

JAIL SQUARE

 

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!

Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

 

11. There are gorgeous beaches all over the world. My personal favorite beach is in Pacific City, Oregon.

Read a book set in a coastal/beach region that you love, or would love to visit, or a book that has a beach or ocean on the cover.

 

12. Robot: Roll again & hold card to play later; create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you.

 

13. It's important to get all of your proper accoutrements together for a day at the beach.

Read a book with sunglasses, swimsuit or other beachy items on the cover, or that has a cover that is more than 50% yellow.

 

14. The Patagonia Star: Read a book set in Central or South America, or by an author from any country in Central or South America.

 

15. My husband, Mr. MR, is a big fan of the mountain vacation.

Read a book with a tree (or trees) on the cover, or that is set in a mountain community.

 

16. For some reason, I associate mountain/forest locations with mystery/suspense books. I think it's all of that deep shade!

Read a book that is a mystery or suspense, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.

 

17. Why?

Read a book that is non-fiction or a book with the word "why" in the title.

 

18. I grew up hiking in the Rocky mountains of Colorado and skiing in the mountains of Idaho and Utah, so mountains are inextricably linked to the Western US in my mind (although many places have even bigger and more impressive mountain ranges).

Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.

 

FREE PARKING

 

19. Spending some lazy days at the lake house sounds like a wonderful summer vacation!

Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% blue, or by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.

 

20.My dog, Jack, is a golden retriever, and he loves the water, which means he loves spending time at lakes.

Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.

 

21. The cat: Be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want.

 

22. My mom grew up going to Minnesota, Land of a Thousand Lakes, for her summer vacations.

Read a book with a word that refers to women's roles, such as wife, daughter, mother, mistress or title, such as "Mrs., Miss or Duchess, in the title, or a book that has a strong female lead character.

 

23. The Cape-to-Cairo Railway

Read a book set on the continent of Africa, or by an author from any African country.

 

24. BL square.

 

25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!

Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

26. How?

Read a book that is science fiction or a book with the word "how" in the title.

 

27. In the summer of 1977, my brother and I went to the summer blockbuster that launched four decades of sequels - Star Wars - on a summer road trip.

Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a bildungsroman (coming of age tale) or that has a word related to space in the title, such as star, planet, rocket)

 

GO TO JAIL

 

28. From Grease to The Summer I Turned Pretty, the summer romance is a staple of screen and page (and the dreams of teenagers everywhere)

Read a book that is identified as romance or chick-lit, or that has a cover that is more than 50% pink.

 

29. Scottie dog: Post a list or poll of 4 books, and ask your fellow players/followers to "fetch" you a book.

 

30. Romance novels have the prettiest covers, featuring beautiful people, and places, and, often delicious food.

Read a book with fruit or pastries on the cover, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in L-O-V-E.

 

31. BL square

 

32. The Nordic Express

Read a book set in one of the Nordic* countries, or by an author from any of those countries.

*Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

 

33. The summer after I graduated from high school, A group of my friends and I took a European Tour, and London was one of our favorite stops.

Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.

 

34. When?

Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.

 

35. We took the Ferry to France, crossing the English Channel.

Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in a Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.

 

36. While we were in Europe, we visited Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona

Read a book that involves travel to Europe, or that has an image of any European city or monument on the cover, or that the letters of the title can spell the name of any European country that I visited on my trip.

 

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader
Booklikes Opoly Master List

 

Total : $24

 

5/19:

rolled 6

 

Stay-cation: a book set in my home town, state or country OR a book from my library OR a book on my physical shelf since last summer

 

Beyond a Darkened Shore which I received in the May 2018 Fairyloot.

Changed to Dumplin'. Finished in 1 day.

 

5/21:

Rolled 5

 

Beach read: read a book on a beach read list OR a book whose author name begins with B, E,A,C or H.

 

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Bowman

 

5/23:

Rolled 5

 

 

Read a book with mountains/trees on the cover OR a book based in place known for its mountains 

 

The Hundred Secret Senses Because it has both a mountain and trees in the cover AND it's based on China and San Francisco 

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 372 pages.
The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo

Guess who is now employed. 

 

This gal.

 

I'm going to be a cook at the diner a 5 minute walk from my house. I'm stoked. I will train in prep and work my way to the whole line. Eventually I will be full time and run the line alone. It's been ages since i worked in a kitchen but i always enjoyed it. This isn't corporate. Corporate kitchens are awful. 

 

Plus I will get to talk to other adults. And contribute to our household.

Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 372 pages.
The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo

Anyone else having trouble with the add widget? It just kept taking me to the BL front page. Sigh.

 

Anyway, this is my second BOM book on my TBR this month. So far, it reminds me of Lisa See, which means yay!

Reading progress update: I've read 157 out of 270 pages.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

Let's talk about govt assistance for a minute.

 

I know that Topic is a major sore spot, especially with older conservatives. But here's how I feel. I was on WIC for over 2 years after we moved to Oklahoma. When my son was born, nobody told us about that program. We freaked out every paycheck trying to figure out how we could afford the special soy formula my son needed to survive. But when he was 10 months old we were sent to OK as our station. And a supervisor of my husband's suggested we check WIC. We hardly made enough to survive. Military pay isn't all that great, and base housing is limited. So we were spending most of our money just keeping a roof over our heads.

 

Enter the WIC program. It was a life saver. My son was off formula by then, but damn, it saved our skins. We got milk, peanut butter, our choice from 3 kinds of beans, plus cereal and juice. I'm not sure how we would have made it without that. I had to go to an office every 3 months where they weighed my son and talked to us about healthy eating. He was always tall and skinny so I constantly had to sit thru "underweight child" classes. The nurse knew me by name. And I would look around the waiting room and see people with iPhones when I still had an old slider. I would be resentful. But then I would remember they probably felt the same about me since I drove what looked like a nice newer Land Rover Freelander. In actuality it was 10 years old and a fucking heap with a decent paint job. Looks can be radically deceiving. I didn't have a dime to my name.

 

WIC was a very specific thing. If I went to the commissary instead of a WIC store, I had to get everything in specific sizes or brands. It could be so embarrassing to get thru the line and be told your bread isn't approved because it's the smaller loaf. Once I had the wrong orange juice and I almost burst into tears. But a kind man behind me paid for it and smiled at me. I was overcome.

 

Now I say all this because there are so many people that think either public assistance should be done away with or that anyone on food stamps should be drug tested/receive mail order boxes or a whole host of other rhings. Here's the deal. The vast majority DO NOT abuse SNAP and WIC. The minority get all the attention and become what everyone thinks of. We ALL must be lazy leeches right? No. I was a stay-at-home mom because it would have COST me money to work outside the house while my husband also worked. Daycare would have been more than my wages. My husband worked his ass off for very little money as an Airman. We never went out. We lived on ramen and cheap boxes of mac'n cheese. 

 

I cannot stand the stigma of people on assistance must be trash. It's just not true. Most of us were just in a bad spot. I used to work 2 jobs, as did my husband. There was nothing lazy about us. Yet that's what people thought. I even got told by someone I went to high school with who had been homeless for a while that "everyone just buys steaks" with their EBT. Um....no? They only have about $200 to feed them a month. Do the math on that. It's fucking HARD to survive on that much. Let alone eat healthy. 

 

I'm not totally opposed to the drug testing but it also seems to perpetuate the idea we are all low lifes. It's fucking depressing to know you can't afford a damn gallon of milk for your child. Stop shaming us. We shame ourselves enough. 

 

FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE. And you never know that truly until you have gone hungry just for your baby. 

 

Okay, anyway, loving the book. Continue your days. Flame my comments if you disagree. IDGAF.

Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 270 pages.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

Only thru the first chapter, and this girl's mother and stepfather are like the whole Entitled Parents subreddit. Omg. 

Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 270 pages.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

Time to knock a couple of Book of the Month selections off my pile. I've been interested in this for a while since I had my own cleaning business for about 3 years. I never saw anything crazy, but I had one nutty client that I only saw once. She was awful and never did her laundry. Her closet was literally empty. I also had one person who clogged her sink at the beginning of her husband's deployment and told me she was just going to leave it until he got back. I pulled on rubber gloves and unclogged it.

 

Always appreciate your housekeeper.

Reading progress update: I've listened 1830 out of 3660 minutes.
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Finished with audiobook 3/7 and I'm halfway thru 4. There are so many rants and monologues in this. Plus pages and pages of superfluous descriptions. Sometimes it's like this guy was needing a word count for an assignment and did what we all do, just filling the page with a thesaurus. 

 

I was almost upset because we left Cozette behind and went on to a new cast of characters. But now we seem to have circled back to her and Jean.

Reading progress update: I've listened 1255 out of 3660 minutes. Read-n-stitch update
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

As promised, here is the finished alligator scarf. My husband approved. Said it was "actually really cool".

 

 

This book is both linear and meandering. I have learned minute detailed about Waterloo, Parisian road from 1750-1870, and now a cloister of Benedictine nuns. Sigh. But at least Cozette is doing better.

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 336 pages.
Wings of Fire Book Four: The Dark Secret - Tui T. Sutherland

My least favorite dragon, Starflight. Was a chicken shit.

 

Also, 2 of the 3 younger outside dragons seem to be clones of Sunny.

Reading progress update: I've listened 1065 out of 3660 minutes. Read-n-stitch update
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Part 2 of 7 done!

 

Not sure why we needed an entire book dedicated to Waterloo. So much of this novel is superfluous flowery wording. 

 

Current project: an alligator scarf. Crocheted in a shell stitch to simulate scales. Will have a head, legs and a tail.

 

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My latest, and favorite, creation. A 7 inch plaster cast of a megalodon tooth, hand painted by me. For sale on Etsy.

currently reading

Progress: 130/372pages
Progress: 1920/3660minutes
Beyond a Darkened Shore - Jessica Leake
The Hundred Secret Senses - Amy Tan