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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 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 .

Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 104 pages. (Spoilers)
Transformers: Windblade - Casey W. Coller, Mairghread Scott, Sarah Stone

Loved the character designs and Windblade in general. And of course, my boo Ironhide.

 

But are we seriously going to just sweep under the rug that Chromia killed innocent people? And tried to turn everyone against Wind just so they could return home? I can't get over that. 

Post-surgery TBR
Binti - Nnedi Okorafor Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way - Bruce Campbell Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

So this is what I have settled on to read while I heal. Two are y'alls suggestions, and two are my own. I will be in the hospital Tuesday to probably Thursday. There is a chance I could be sent home Wednesday but I'm not holding my breath on that. I'm taking my Kindle so that I have a ton of options if I don't like what I'm trying to read. Here's to my journey!

Post-surgery TBR Suggestions

I am scheduled for my gastric bypass on the 20th. I am so excited to have this done and over with. I'm going to treat myself to some new pajamas for the hospital stay and everything. But what I need from all of you is suggestions on what books I should read while in the hospital and for the 2 weeks I know I will be in bed. So comment below and tell me some good, attention-holding books. Nonfiction, fiction. It doesn't matter. I don't care for romances or mysteries. But anything else would be appreciated. :)

 

Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 224 pages.
Stormy, Misty's Foal - Marguerite Henry

Sigh. These books are great for small children, but I have definitely outgrown them. Since they're so old, they have a lot of old school beliefs written into them. Girls don't get to do anything fun. These books helped be discover my love of reading, and I adore them for that. So to keep myself from ruining them in my memory, I'm going to just stop right here. Preserve the love and nostalgia. 

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 208 pages.
Mustang Wild Spirit of the West - Marguerite Henry

I'm going to try to read these Henry books I've had for a few years. I always loved her books when I was in middle school, and I want to relive my childhood for a bit.

 

Not sure how much i can get read this weekend since i work both days. Boss was happy to put me back on the schedule, even if it's only a few hours to get us thru the lunch rush. And I was happy to go back. I really do love those guys and I'm feeling so much better now. I had my meds reevaluated yesterday, and I'm now on 2 different pills to help manage my anxiety and depression. Hopefully that will get me the rest of the way to being well.

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 416 pages.
Where Children Run - Karen J. Emilson

This isn't written like a true crime novel. More like fiction. It's not hard to describe, but it's missing sources and hard facts, but is filled with thoughts, emotions and things that most true crime novels cannot possibly know. 

 

It's also very dense. It opens with throwing you directly into the bad stuff these kids are enduring, and it's so word dense. Stories like this can be super hard to get thru when they are so damn heavy. Likely returning to Amazon because I cannot keep reading this without falling asleep.

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Breakwater - Catherine Jones Payne

Such a pretty cover, but the inside is lacking. Very little world building beyond the immediate location. Hardly any description of the characters. And when you're dealing in mermaids and naiads you should really use details. Probably going to return this.

currently reading

Progress: 12%
Progress: 2730/3660minutes
Transformers: the IDW Collection, Volume 2 - Klaus Scherwinski, Nick Roche, E.J. Su, Don Figueroa, Simon Furman