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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 39 out of 312 pages.
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain

I haven't ever worked in a kitchen quite like these, the big Michelin star kinds with hundreds of covers a night. But I know this shit. And man, don't ever go rolling into some other dude's kitchen and act hot shit. Nope. This is MY house, bitch. Learn your place. My restaurant is small, but I bust my ass to keep learning and improving myself. Like today, I said I want to learn to clean the fryer. Because fryers are universal and knowing how to break one down is important. When my boss wants to teach me something or corrects me I'm grateful because I LEARNED. Anthony like... 21 and think he knows it all? I'm glad they put him in his place, the cheeky asshole. 

Review
3 Stars
Less
Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018 - Andrew Sean Greer

I have no idea how I feel about this. I wasn't super impressed. I liked it okay but not enough to say "here, you have to read this" to anyone. Less was borderline spineless, always getting cut off mid sentence and never standing up for himself. And then the ending was like How I Met Your Mother. Really? That's how this all ends? Bah.

Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018 - Andrew Sean Greer

I don't know if I love or hate Less. 

Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018 - Andrew Sean Greer

It's bad. I stress when work is so busy because I never have a chance to catch my breath. Well, right now it's the opposite. I'm stressing because we aren't  busy, and you need business to keep the doors open. Today, I worked alone from 6am to about 8:40. I filled 5 orders, all for 2 people or less. I did some prep, then i read for a while, then i did more prep, then back to reading. Then my anxiety spurred me to get up and DO something, so I cleaned and degreased a sink, set up the dish pit, and tinkered with organizing things on the prep table. Then back to reading until my boss came in to relieve me. Lord, it was dull. 

 

Anyway, the book. I can see why everyone liked this. It's witty and well written. I just question Less's decision making. People keep giving him random pills at clubs or recommending drugs that he promptly looks for and takes. Maybe because I'm not in the drug culture and I've had really bad experiences with addiction. Anything but pot upsets me. I lost a cousin to heroin. He was a mule, and a balloon popped in his stomach while he was transporting the stuff across from Tijuana. (No, I swear to God, that is true. I went to his funeral when I was 17.) So drugs being casually accepted and taken without question just....unsettle me.

 

Other than that, I can completely identify with this man. He's like a Male gay me.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018 - Andrew Sean Greer

I have this across 3 different media platforms, so I'm sorry if this keeps flipping from percent to minutes to pages. 

 

This whole trip to Mexico seems sketchy as Hell.

You're killin' me, BL

God, I was so damn scared this was it. The big one, Elizabeth!

 

But we're still alive!!!

 

No Thanks
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

I have been trying to love this and I just don't. At 17% I am still yawning and just plain bored. Nothing much has happened to catch my attention. Next please.

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I read mostly comics, graphic novels and nonfiction last year. I'm hoping to read more novels this year, hopefully some classics.

What's new, Chubbycat? 01/06/20

Long time, no chat right? Sorry I've been MIA. Things this holiday season were pretty shitty on a lot of levels and I just didn't feel like speaking to anybody much.

 

So what all happened?

 

1. My inlaws forgot my 35th birthday until we reminded them 2 weeks later.

 

2. My Christmas stockings were all ruined when I pulled them out to hang up. A candle had melted all over them.

 

3. Work has been really up and down so I'm either sitting on mill crates reading or working my ass off without a moment to breathe.

 

4. Joined the Reddit Secret Santa. I was paired up with someone who never answered any of my messages and had a blank profile until well after I ordered him something. (A gift box sampler of snack foods and candy which everyone agreed was neat). He called it unoriginal, lazy, low effort and generic. (Fuck you. I spent hours trying to figure out what to send someone who literally gave me NO help.) And then the person who sent to me literally gave zero fucks and sent me bookmarks that cost a whopping $4 on amazon. When the spending recommendations was $20.  That put me in a terrible mood. I'm probably not doing that shit again next year. The world is full of ungrateful people.

 

5. My son is 10 going on 17 and has learned to roll his eyes at me. You can imagine how well I handle that.

 

6. We are going to Disney in March and all my anxiety is going into overdrive. We have to have money for that trip and I'm freaking out.

 

7. Today i was supposed to see a neurologist because I'm out of migraine shots. They never called to confirm my appointment. So before I drive 45 minutes into downtown I called them. After calling 2 different numbers I find the right one only to learn my doctor LEFT THE PRACTICE back in November. And they "show" i was called, informed and noted the changes. Uh, no. I even double checked my call log. They said Nov 27th was the day they called. Honey, that's the day before Thanksgiving. Y'all ain't in the office. So now I'm pissed. I have proof on my phone I never got the call and now I have no fucking neurologist to see. If they had actually called me when they claim they did I could have made arrangements. They give me the doctor's new number. Nobody answers so I leave a message. I end up calling my PCM and set up a time to come in and start a whole new referral. Then the neurologist office calls back, says yeah they really "screwed the pooch" by overlooking me but they don't even take my insurance now. So I'm still back to square one, with nothing between me and my crippling migraines but cannabis. Here's to praying I don't trigger one before I find a doctor.

 

8. Also, not as huge but still: I worked 8 months on a cross stitch, was only 1/4 of the way thru. And a cat pissed on it and the pattern so I had to throw it away. I was livid. 

 

It's just been a really hectic time. But I'm working to turn it all around. Here's to hoping 2020 is better? Maybe? sees a Tweet from President Bone Spurs Ah, fuck we are all gonna die.

Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 370 pages.
The Dolphins of Pern - Anne McCaffrey

In every Pern story, there is at least one hide-bound idiot who hates new things with an irrational rage. Aramina has no reason to hate dolphins except that they exist. Poor, ignorant bitch.

Review
3 Stars
Well,....uh....yay for sharks?
Primal Waters - Steve Alten

Yay for the Megs. Boo for most of the people in this book. I was super annoyed with every single person in this massive book. But...damn if Jonas didn't have the baddest moment at the end. Like, total badass for a 65 year old. Ugh. It gives me mixed feelings.

 

The writing itself was shotty. Not terrible but just poor. The informative sections were so factual they felt out of place. He knows his science, no doubt. But it just takes you out of the moment when you're going along with the plot then you're being given an overview of an island chain and its history.

 

Anyway, I read this because it's a paperback and I take it to work with me. It's been really slow so I sit on my throne of milk crates and read when I have no prep work or orders. It makes time go by better. I can't decide if I want to move on the 4th book or just end this misery.

Reading progress update: I've read 311 out of 463 pages.
Primal Waters - Steve Alten

Nobody in this book seems to have their priorities straight. We are talking about huge killer sharks eating people. And Terry is busy getting way too chummy with a younger man, giving half ass excuses not to cheat on her husband. And her husband is being chased by a younger woman, giving speeches to the horny young lady about morals. All while his teenage daughter fucks a grown ass man on the same boat they're on. Like, c'mon, Jonas. Step one: beat her ungrateful, disrespectful ass. Step two: lock her up and call the police on the idiot she's having sex with. Step three: be a better father and husband. Holy fuck, this entire book is a cast of awful people.

Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 463 pages.
Primal Waters - Steve Alten

Terry is awfully nonchalant about waking up half naked in a strange bed after a night of drinking. A bed that doesn't feature her husband. And then some guy she just met informing her that was his bed. Wtf woman?

 

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 480 pages.
Primal Waters - Steve Alten

Jonas in the movie was a lot more likeable. I get this guy has some serious PTSD and all that, but he just isn't a very supportive, kind man. 

 

I also think his daughter is a stereotypical teenage trope.

 

But megs. So.....

 

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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Progress: 39/312pages
Transformers: the IDW Collection, Volume 2 - Klaus Scherwinski, Nick Roche, E.J. Su, Don Figueroa, Simon Furman