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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 90 out of 491 pages.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology) - Christopher Guetig, Rick Riordan

Oh course Davy Crockett made it to Valhalla. He does seem more on the Norse spectrum than the others, with the rustic living and the fur. 

 

FYI he's one of my all time heroes. I'm from Tennessee and Davy Crockett is sort of a legend to us.

My Swap from Debbie! Amazeballs!

I got my part of the Fall Magic Swap today! From Debbie's Spurts. It's so cute!

 

 

Presentation, people!

 

Here's what I got:

 

So many unicorns! *heart eyes* And all the tea smells amazing. In the winter hot drinks always help sooth my sore throats so I will put all that to use. I will even use the basket this all came in. I'm an organization freak. 

 

 

This is such a spectacular box. (Well, they all are. But I digress.) I said I love unicorns, and Debbie delivered. I had a hard time deciding between dragons and unicorns, but I went with the more fabulous creature. I have a tone of dragons. I don't have too many unicorns. This has made my day. Thank you so much, Debbie! I hope your swap is just as great!

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 491 pages.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology) - Christopher Guetig, Rick Riordan

Why, Rick, why?! He dedicated this book to Cassandra Clare. 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 565 out of 720 minutes.
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan

Her dad is my mom. "Stop this art crap and find a real career. Artists are only famous after they die." Fuck you.

Reading progress update: I've listened 240 out of 720 minutes.
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan

This book is the first time I will ever call anything haunting. It's also striking close to my heart with the suicide issue. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 0 out of 720 minutes.
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan

Today is board game day in this house, so I checked this out of the library. I got the hardcopy from Book of the Month. I think the cover is so pretty. I plan on cross stitching and listening to the audiobook while I work. Double duty. That way the boy nerds can play Catan or whatever and I can do my own thing. I've had a virus of some sort this week and haven't felt well at all. I'm still weak. I just wanna relax this weekend. 

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My latest creation, Judge Judy.
My latest creation, Judge Judy.
Reading progress update: I've read 95 out of 355 pages.
The Rogue Crew - Brian Jacques

When has "let's go conquer Redwall Abbey" ever worked out for the good of vermin?

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 355 pages.
The Rogue Crew - Brian Jacques

I'm almost done with the entire Redwall series. Just need to finish this and Doomwyte. This series is really what made my love for reading explode. And though I have outgrown most of its childish predictable plots, I still keep this series close to my heart. RIP Brian. 

 

Review
2 Stars
Truly Madly Stupidly
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

This book made me want to stab something. 

 

Nobody in it was likeable except Tiffany the former stripper and her husband Vid, who spoke like Gru. Everyone else acted like elementary schoolers. The passive aggressiveness, the snide comments, the two-faced behavior. Nothing spoke of adults. And the children were monsters, with the exception of Dakota who didn't have much of a personality at all.

 

The plot was so transparent I could see my hand through it. I had it figured out within about 50 pages. Nothing makes me angrier than a short story that was stuffed to make a novel. This was a prime example. Too much cliche plot filler, too much fluff, too much everything. And none of it was even good. This should have been a novella of max 40 pages. Not 400. Your eyes just glaze after a while. And with the audiobook, it JUST. KEPT. GOING. Every time I thought it was done, it pulled a Return of the King, and popped back up. God. 

 

Yes, this was a overhyped popular book with little substance, one-dimensional characters and a plot any middle grade could see.

Reading progress update: I've listened 679 out of 1020 minutes.
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

Of course, the only character I like is Tiffany, the former stripper. 

 

But i can sort of sympathize with Erika.

Reading progress update: I've listened 400 out of 1020 minutes.
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

With this speed up to 1.75x, Vid sounds like Gru from Despicable Me. It's sort of ruining the moment. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 430 pages.
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

Erika and Oliver want Clementine to be their egg donor. Fun story: I donated eggs twice when I was in my early 20s at the most successful fertility clinic in West Tennessee. It's not a complicated process, but it involved a lot of shots. I got asked by people about how I could possibly just give away my eggs and not feel anything about it, and i just shrugged and told them the process was anonymous and I was paid well. Plus I was helping people make families. Logically I have way more eggs than I could ever turn into babies. Why waste them? The most they ever retrieved was 24. My ovaries were screaming.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 430 pages.
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

How many more books am I going to start this week? I have no damn idea. But I have had this on my pile for ages. And since HBO seems to like this author, I figured I might as well give it a shot. So far it's your typical popular fiction with a missing memory thing going on. It's too early to tell if this is any good or yet another overhyped book.

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Does anyone else have a harder time reading ebooks that actual hardcopies? There's something about seeing my progress through the pages that helps keep me going, and you just don't get that with a Kindle. I'm feeling a slump coming on so I may grab a Book of the Month I have been wanting to read for a while. Or something off my massive TBR cart. Just something to keep me going. 

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Okay, this is actually not all that bad. I'm suspending credit in creativity, though, because this is a lot like Uglies or Matched. Or any other number of YA novels where society deems love/creativity/uniqueness a problem to corrected.

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Progress: 18%
Progress: 90/491pages