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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 59%.
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

 

 

Oh Em Gee

Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

I haven't gotten to read the last couple of days because of life. We tried to switch our phone carriers and the sales person told us something completely different than we were told the first time we went in. The switch went from $100 to $500, so we said fuck that and left. Bought a bunch of stuff for the house, like clear containers for the fridge and a cube shelf for my son's room. I volunteered to help out my son's taekwondo master since she was health problems and a lot to deal with, and I spent Friday afternoon and Saturday sewing hems into shin and arm guards. Some with my machine, some by hand. Went to Hot Topic and spent my Hot Cash. Tried to start crocheting a blanket but hating the results and undoing it twice. Set up a new terrarium for Lakshmi Love. Got a recipe journal and transferred all my index cards onto pages for easier access. Got a pain injection in my SI joints. Cleaned the house and played with Danny Bird. Dealt with my son's growing attitude and feeling of independence. 

 

It's been a busy week. Here's a happy Lakshmi. 

 

 

He is very pleased with his new home, which is almost twice the size of his old one. He loves to bury himself.

Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 336 pages.
Bug Damn Hero - James Lovegrove

This is so Serenity/Firefly I can't contain myself. The writing is as cowboy as can be, and that just makes things perfect. Plus, since this is before Serenity, we have the whole team.

Reading Line-up Jan 16

This year I'm not doing monthly lists like I usually do. I found they put undue pressure on me. So I'm just going to have general idea of what I will read from month to month. 

 

My next few reads will be:

 

The Red Tent- book based on legend, mythology or folklore

Running with Lions- book that should be a movie

Grave of Hummingbirds- a ghost story

 

Currently, I am reading the first Firefly book, which counts as "a book based in space". 

 

This year I am hoping to just enjoy reading rather than trying to constantly complete TBR lists. I do plan to knock out some of these books I have had for 2+ years. I have also been on a buying binge, which is making this even more pressing. Out with the old, in with the new.

 

2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

This is where I will keep track on my Pop Sugar list. I'm learning how to make these master posts, so bear with me.

 

A book becoming a movie in 2019: The Hate U Give

A book that makes you nostalgic: Paperback Crush

A book written by a musician:

A book you think should be turned into a movie:

A book with at least 1 million reviews on Goodreads: Wuthering Heights

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover:

A reread of a favorite:

A book about a hobby:

A book you meant to read in 2018:

A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title:

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover:

A book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore:

A book published posthumously:

A book you see someone reading on TV/in a movie: Wuthering Heights

A retelling of a classic:

A book with a question in the title:

A book set at college or on a campus:

A book about someone with a superpower:

A book told multiple characters' POV:

A book set in space:

A book by 2 female authors: Wuthering Heights

A book with "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy" in the title:

A book set in Scandinavia:

A book that takes place in a single day:

A debut novel:

A book published in 2019:

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature:

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire:

A book with "love" in the title:

A book featuring amateur sleuths:

A book about a family: Crazy Rich Asians

A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America: Crazy Rich Asians

A book with a Zodiac symbol or astrological sign in the title: Pisces

A book that includes a wedding: Crazy Rich Asians

A book by an author whose first and last name begin with the same letter: Crazy Rich Asians

A ghost story:

A book with a 2 word title: Paperback Crush

A novel based on a true story:

A book revolving a puzzle or game:

Your favorite Pop Sugar Challenge prompt from the past:

 

Bonus Advanced Prompts:

 

 

A "cli-lit" book

An "own voices" book

Two books with the same title 1:

Two books with the same title 2:

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom:

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicorage or convent:

Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 336 pages.
Bug Damn Hero - James Lovegrove

Omg....

 

 

The gang is all here.

Review
1 Stars
Pisces
Pisces - Rachel Medhurst

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book with a Zodiac or astrological word in the title

 

Holy shit, this is bad. No world-building. No depth of time (characters just drive and park, or walk, places in seconds without details). Just a whole lot of white, hetero drama, sudden plot changes and lack of details. The story just starts, which is fine, except a lot happens with no explanation or fleshing out. Events keep happening with little reason. It's like this was written by a high schooler who only ever read Middle Grade books. Everyone is white and gorgeous. And very, very straight. How are there 12 people in a house and not a LGBTQ.

 

Man, I'm just striking out today. DNF at 16%

Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Pisces - Rachel Medhurst

"When we were young, our parents had explained that we were to complete an important mission. There wasn't enough love on the planet. People had lost faith in happily ever after and stopped believing in romance. All twelve of us had agreed to be born on Earth to show the world that true love exists."

 

 So many thing wrong with this. 

1. If you agreed to be born for this, why did your parents have to explain it to you?

 

2. If your mission is to prove true love exists, why are you having to hunt for your other half? Why wouldn't they be placed with you?

 

3. How exactly would these twelve people pairing off help bring love back into the world? Especially since they are all clustered in London.

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Pisces - Rachel Medhurst

"He had one foot in the road and the other on the pavement."

 

What? Those are the same thing.

 

No world building either. Actually, no idea of anything. We've just been tossed into a story, but badly.

Review
1 Stars
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights - Lucasta Miller, Pauline Nestor, Emily Brontë

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book by 2 female authors

 

Call me unsophisticated. Because I hate this. I find the writing disjointed and pretentious. The characters unlikable. And the events all over the place. I enjoy classics, but this one is a big NO from me. I will stick to Jane Austen.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
Wuthering Heights - Lucasta Miller, Pauline Nestor, Emily Brontë

Real talk: people actually read and enjoy this?

 

 

I'm taking one for the team here. But I dunno if I can finish.

Review
5 Stars
Paperback Crush
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History Of 80’s and 90’s Teen Fiction - Gabrielle Moss

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book that makes you nostalgic 

Book without chapters or unusual chapters (advanced prompt)

 

What an amazing romp through nostalgia! This book was incredibly well researched and full of details. It mentioned series I didn't even know existed, as well as the huge hits. Full color. Dozens of book covers. Interviews with some of the authors. Even a piece on the person that painted all the Baby-sitters Club covers. If you want to remember your youth, check this out.

Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book about a family

Book by an author from Asia 

Book by an author whose first and last name begin with the same letter

Book involving a wedding

 

I had high hopes for this book, but I just couldn't get into it. There were far too many names and titles thrown at me with every turn. I can't keep the people straight. And if I can't keep them straight, it's not possible to connect and feel anything for them.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 527 pages.
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

I'm sad to say I'm having a hard time getting into this. There are so many characters to keep straight that I haven't connected with any yet.

Review
3 Stars
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I don't know how to feel about this book. It had a good message and the topic is super important. But there was something off-putting about Starr and her attitude. I have an attitude, too, but I don't go around bottling and exploding on others. If she would have just told her classmates what happened, a lot of drama could have been avoided. But she just bottled and overflowed. Not cool. I also feel like she had a touch of PTSD. 

 

Also, stop talking about Tumbler. Omg. 

 

A good book but I don't think it's as amazing as so many say it is. 

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Wow, this is powerful. In recent years I have become a lot more informed about these matters, and I have always gotten teary over every single death. This book is painful to process. Yes, I am white, but i would be breaking down doors for justice for this poor kid.

 

In other news, I think we have determined my problems are all due to my body rejecting my lap band. I'm hoping to have it removed so I can go back to normal. 

currently reading

Progress: 59%
Running with Lions - Julian Winters