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 10%.
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han

Margot has been with one guy. Loved one guy. Had sex with one guy. She's all of 18. But she's suddenly the expert in relationships. "Fall in love with him, but be careful. Don't hit the point of no return."


Look, M, I'm someone who married her high school sweetheart when she was 19. I don't have a ton of experience either. I've only ever dated 2 boys. But, sweetie, just because things did not work for you doesn't mean every one else will end up heartbroken. I'm still married 14 years later, and apparently when I'm a little loopy on Ambien I start to sappy ramble about how much I still love my hubby and can't live without him. Don't go jading your sister.


Have I mentioned I really dislike these characters?



Here. Have a date day selfie. It helps I married a man just as nerdy as me.

Currently reading 33%
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton

This book is beautiful! It's like The Rules of Magic but so much better.

RIP Burt. You were amazing.
RIP Burt. You were amazing.
Currently reading
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton

Here's another ebook that refuses to show up on my sidebar as currently reading. I can't remember how to fix it because this happens so rarely. I checked the dates, the page numbers, everything. I even tried removing it from my shelf and re-adding it. Still not showing up. It only appears on my shelf on my actual blog. So strange. 


Anyway, I've been trying to get ebooks knocked off the virtual pile this month. 3 down. About 300 to go...

2 Stars
Hell's Grannies
Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone - Judith Rook, Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen, Alp Beck, Mark Cassell, April Grey, Dirk Strangely, Jonathan Broughton, Rayne Hall, Amy Grech, Patricia Cochrane, Phillip T. Stephens

I enjoy short story collections and essays. But this was just bizarre. Disjointed. Poorly edited. And the cover is effing terrifying. Thank God this is an old giveaway I won. Usually collections have some sort of flow, but these didn't. Except for the "old lady" theme, none were related. Some were in the far future, some were in the present. Just not well put together. 

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone - Judith Rook, Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen, Alp Beck, Mark Cassell, April Grey, Dirk Strangely, Jonathan Broughton, Rayne Hall, Amy Grech, Patricia Cochrane, Phillip T. Stephens

Wtf am I reading? This last story had grannies on hoverrounds that could float on the ocean. Like, they rolled into the water and big inflatables popped out to hold them up. This book is so weird. I thought this was a collection of nonfiction. I am clearly very wrong.

What's new, Chubbycat? 9/5/18

It's both eventful and not around here. My son turned 9, we refinanced our house, I had an esophageal motility study, and we repaired a water leak in our wall. So it is time once again for a photo dump update!



I made Jake some funfetti Mario cupcakes. I used applesauce instead of eggs and that was delicious. They were so moist. Jake got a fish tank, the Target exclusive Pikachu pop, a couple of video games, a Crash Bandicoot figure and some money to outfit his tank with fish and decor. We also took him to Cracker Barrel because that's what he asked for. Who am I to turn down cornbread.



While refinancing our house, we had to have a series of inspections. The appraisal went fine. The house is now worth considerably more than what we paid, which was very pleasing. But the termite guy found a water leak while checking under my jetted bathtub. Turns out the flood leak we had fixed wasn't fixed at all and has been squirting into the wall a little at a time for 5 months. Black. Mold. Everywhere. I went Chip Gaines with a hammer and jigsaw, cut the bad drywall out and had the plumber come fix his mess. He repaired the leak at no cost but we were left with a hole in our bedroom wall. Several applications of mold killer and a week later, we fixed the hole ourselves.





I covered it with an access panel door I painted to match the wall. This way if the pipe ever leaks again, we don't have to demo anything. And behind my cubes, you don't even notice it. I took the tape off after a couple of hours, once the glue dried.



I also jumped on the book cart wagon. Had to add my GG magnets!



This is the cross stitch I just finished. It is full of errors because i can't count, apparently. But it still looks like a horse. It's for my friend who does horse portraits. Took about 100 hours of work and has 20 different colors. Some of the shades are so close to one another it gave me a headache.



And here's Lakshmi! Almost 4 years old! We are getting him a new terrarium soon because he has gotten so big.


They are still working on my stomach issues. I had an esophageal motility study, which is where I snort lidocaine gel then have a strand of sensors run down my nose and into my throat. It's as fun as it sounds. I gagged and heaved and choked until we got the thing in place. Then I had to hold still, not speak or burp, and slowly swallow 10 tablespoons of water. One every 30 seconds until all 10 were down. And if I burped or spoke I had to reset the 30 seconds. Half a minute seems like an hour when there's something shoved up your sinus. It's to see how my throat muscles are working, if they even are. Because I can hardly eat. Everything just sits in my throat. Now I just wait. If you have ever or do ever have one of these studies, you have my sympathy. 


That's about all. Don't forget about the book swap! I haven't checked the answers yet, but I'm pleased with how many people are saying they signed up. Keep them coming!



5 Stars
Power of the Dark Crystal v3
Jim Henson's The Power of the Dark Crystal Volume 3 - Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Nichole Matthews, Kelly Matthews, Simon Spurrier

What a great way to finish the series! I hate that it's over. The art was fantastic, and the plot was so perfect. I am so happy this script was finally put out into the world in some form.

Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
This Too Is Love - Anya Monroe

It always hurts my soul when I see young girls becoming convinced they need a man to love them. They have to have a man or else their world is just not worth a dime. All because their parents didn't love them enough, so now they need love from some external source. And then they get sex and love confused. It's so damn depressing. 

Fall Magic Book Swap OPEN


The Fall Magic Book Swap is open!

Who doesn't love a little bit of hocus pocus? A bit of myth and magic? Let's all gather round the bubbling cauldron, grab our brooms and dust off our wands! It's time for another amazing book swap! Here's the timeline:

Sign ups are from September 1st to the 14th.
Partner info will be sent out on the 15th.
Mailing will be due by the 30th.

Extensions are always fine as long as you check with me first. We all have busy times or get distracted.We get it. :)

Here's the requirements:

1. A grimoire. (a book, of course)

2. A witchy brew (a tea, drink mix or something similar)

3. A focus (a cool object that you think your partner may like. Focuses are often used by witches or other spell casters to help them concentrate their magic without exhausting themselves. Stereotypical items are crystal balls, but they can be anything, even a boot. lol)

4. Something to help prep your partner for winter. (they're so busy with their magic that they may have missed something vital in their getting ready for the cold weather. help them out! get creative!)

5. A spell (a note from you)


I hope you all have fun with this! Magic can mean anything. You can lean toward the magic of mind reading, to the magic of time travel, to the magic of friendship ala My Little Pony. I don't care! Just enjoy yourselves! You know I'm laid back and just want us all to have some laughs. All questions can be sent to me, Mallory. Like I've already said, if you need an extension, just ask. 

I love you guys! You never stop amazing me with your creativity!

Amok! Amok!


3 Stars
To All The Boys
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

Yep. I totally called it. I was exactly right on who sent the letters.


I'm also torn on how I feel about this book. I enjoyed this book but I found a couple of minor editing errors. And the plot was pretty basic. It was a fun, simple read but nothing super deep. I don't think it was worth all the hype. The ending didn't seem to really wrap up anything. So I will read the next book but I hope some stuff gets cleared up. 


I also hardly liked any of the sisters. Just sayin.

Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 353 pages.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I'm pretty sure I know who mailed the letters.


Also, why is it so hard for teens to just tell the truth? Nooooo, let's concoct a massive house of cards instead.

Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 353 pages.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I guess I should see what all the fuss is about since they made this into a Netflix Thing? I haven't watched it so I dunno. But I have the sequel too. Might as well get to it.

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Where the Wind Blows - Caroline Fyffe

This just isn't for me. It isn't bad or anything. But it's boring. Not my thing.

Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
Where the Wind Blows - Caroline Fyffe

Only 20% in and there's a lot that's happened. A death, an adoption, a deception, and an attempted murder. Who knew the middle of nowhere could be so dramatic?


Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Where the Wind Blows - Caroline Fyffe

Every western must star Tom Selleck. 




Especially Quigley Down Under era Tom. 


Sam Elliot is a distant second.

currently reading

Progress: 18%
Progress: 90/491pages