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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 34 out of 308 pages.
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them - Junauda Petrus

It's my annual Book of the Month purge. This one was a total cover buy. It's gorgeous. And so far I'm enjoying the unique writing style. Plus, yay for two gay POCs!

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 400 pages.
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness - Susannah Cahalan

Not only is the title making sense, it's got a ton of layers. As someone with more than one mental illness, this is really hitting home with me. If I had been born in 1900, I would have been committed to an asylum for a series of electroshock therapy and orgasms. Or I would have killed myself. 

 

Thank god things aren't THAT bad anymore. But they are far from okay. Invisible illnesses are shitty to deal with. Nobody believes you are sick.

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Sarah Dessen has a meltdown and sends her minions after a 19yo student who dared disagree

The student dared think Dessen's YA weren't college worthy reads, and this grown woman gets butthurt. The student had to abandon all social media because of Dessen's followers harassing her. I hate BBAs.

Review
4 Stars
Get Wasted Medicinally
Woman's Guide to Cannabis, A - Nikki Furrer

This book would have been perfect to read before I ever went to a dispensary. 

 

It was filled with recipes, science and an explanation of everything you need to know about what's in weed. And it was all written in a way I could understand. Now I get why a lot of people claim CBD doesn't work. Most CBD you see is actually Hemp oil, which is different and not effective. 

 

I skipped the section on edibles because I can't eat them. I learned from a budtender that my stomach won't digest and absorb the THC since I have no gallbladder and have had a lot of stomach surgeries. Trust me, I tried edibles several times with little to no effect, and only after wasting money was I informed WHY I wasn't feeling anything. Now I know better.

 

I vape. Although given our financial situation, I may do both vaping and flower. Flower is cheaper. I just have to adjust to the burn in my throat. I cough a lot and my hubby, who cannot smoke legally due to his job) keeps asking me if I'm dying. Lol This read really helped me understand all the components that give a high or a relief from aches and pains. Now I know what I need to function at work and also what I need to get myself wasted safely. Or just to help me sleep. 

 

If you are considering doing weed for the first time, I really think this will help.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 289 pages.
Captive Prince - C.S. Pacat

I have been trying desperately to like this, but it's just not engaging. We aren't told enough about Damen and Laurent to actually care about either of them. We are just thrown into the mix, which would usually be okay. But we aren't given enough background to feel sorry for Damen. And Laurent is so unlikable at this point that I'm over it. Too much rape and random sex scenes. I get that this is a lot like ancient civilizations, but there's something gross about this to me. Sorry if any if you really liked this, but I'm not. Pass.

Review
3 Stars
Aaaaaand....done!
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

 

Never. Again. 9 months of audiobooking on and off, and it's finally done. Another book off my bucket list.

Reading progress update: I've listened 2948 out of 3660 minutes.
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Omg, we're going on half an hour with this explanation of how they designed and built the Paris sewers. WHY?!

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 248 pages.
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo

So....what have I been up to this week?

 

1. Vaped a ton of weed to keep from getting sick

2. Got sick anyway

3. Couldn't keep anything down, not even liquids. So now I'm on pedialyte.

4. Ended up having to leave work early Saturday and go to the ER. Had an IV run, and was given in injection of zofran. Also had a CT scan to make sure I didn't have a blockage. Everything came back normal. Of course it did. I'm dying but my labs are always fine.

5. Didn't go to work at all Sunday.

6. Threw up all Saturday night.

7. My side of our Sleep Number mattress has a massive leak so I fill it up at night and by morning I'm on the bed slats again.

8. Started a puzzle only to discover it is too large for my puzzle board...and also that I have 2 identical edge pieces. I mean completely identical. That doesn't bode well for this puzzle being complete.

9. Didn't sleep at all Friday night and only a little Saturday night.

10. My son ended up with dual ear infections and called me crying from school Wednesday so off to the doctor I went. I already had an appointment, fortunately so they first him in with me. 

 

At this point I have to survive until the 31st when I'm being scoped. And pray they find something. Because I cannot keep living like this. God, what have I done to myself? I really wish Altered Carbon was real. Sign me up for a new body.

Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 248 pages.
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo

This is just like The Radium Girls. Just swap radium with molasses, and girls with every-freaking-body near this tank.

 

Also, holy shit was America not exactly "freedom of speech" during WWI. Like, damn.

Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 248 pages.
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo

My son went to the Scholastic Book Fair at school (I'm grown and still want to go to those.) and came home with a book, "I Survived The Great Molasses Flood of 1919". And I decided if he's going to read about it, I will too. So far, this is like one of those movies where you know something bad happens and you're just waiting on the horror. 

 

In other news, my doctors want to do another upper scope. Everything I eat is making me sick and food feels stuck in my throat. The surgeon said that's not normal so they're gonna take a look and see what happened. Maybe scar tissue or could be the hernia I had. Who knows?

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 288 pages.
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man - David Fisher, William Shatner

Have you ever come across a book that you just don't feel like reading and you can't explain why? This book is witty, and Shatner puts a ton of feeling into this. But, even though I am interested, I just don't feel like reading it. I walk by it and see it and sigh, like I have a terrible chore to do. This is the second time I have checked this out of the library, and I just think I give up. I have zero motivation for this.

Reading progress update: I've listened 2730 out of 3660 minutes.
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

There are so many monologues and tangents it's hard to remember the actual story.

Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 272 pages.
Flames of the Dark Crystal #4 (Jim Henson's the Dark Crystal) - M.,  J. Lee

So here's how I've been these last couple weeks. 

 

Went to urgent care for a migraine cocktail. It only helped for about a day. Well, after watching me get sick shortly after I ate, my husband figured out I was having food-related migraine attacks. Now I'm on a restricted diet. Even more restricted than before. No wheat, dairy, chocolate, nuts, tomatoes or onions. Since then I was able to work my entire shift both Saturday and Sunday!

 

I got sick Sunday night randomly. And I mostly rested yesterday. So today I'm not too bad off. I never realized certain foods (other than caffeine) could make my head worse. What a time. 

Rereading my work, pt 2
The Naga Queen's Heart - Mallory Kellogg

I really enjoyed writing about Basilla. She's so fun to create. Bold, loud and bossy, yet very loving and kind. I have to get the kinks worked out for the final book. I have the climax down, but there's a lot that needs to lead up. I tend to do my best writing when I get over some sort of illness.

Rereading my work
The Dragon God's Son: 1 (The Gods of Myth) - Mallory Kellogg

I've been really sick with a migraine since my surgery. Wither I'm nauseous or I'm in so much pain I wanna die. Sorry I haven't been around much. I'm getting better, thank God.

 

Anyway, I have been rereading my works because I can't remember a lot of the details. I really want to finish this trilogy so I need to get as much correct as I can. And of course I found a few type-o's. Man, i never can get them all.

Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

Made it thru just fine. I've been up walking. Sleeping over night at a hospital is not fun. They poke and prod you every hour or two for blood pressure or blood sugar or whatever. Luckily I brought ear plugs and a sleep mask so I could block out a lot of the outside noise. They think I can go home today since I'm doing really well. 

 

So me and Felicia the bun bun are just going to read for a while. A blue girl topples from the sky and dies? You have my attention .

currently reading

Progress: 12%
Transformers: the IDW Collection, Volume 2 - Klaus Scherwinski, Nick Roche, E.J. Su, Don Figueroa, Simon Furman