#NonFicNov ~ New to My TBR

Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review,
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library,
and Julz at Julz Reads

Lory: It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR.

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

A list with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Books with a * are available at Tempe Digital Library.

What Am I Reading This Week? Hopefully, Lots!

This Saturday is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! It is one of my favorite blogging/bookernet events because, well, reading!


What I’m Reading Pre-Readathon

The Accidental Alchemist (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery) The Pit and the Pendulum Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

I should be able to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Saturday. I also have “The Pit and the Pendulum” to read for Season of the Witch and the last story in Joyce Carol Oates’ Wild Nights! for Deal Me In. Ideally, I’d like to blog about the last two before Saturday, but we’ll see. My blogging schedule and I are only passingly familiar lately.

My Readathon Stack

I took books back to the library last week, which means, despite my #readMyOwnDamnBooks efforts, I also checked out books from the library…

Revenge The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Holmes on the Range

Julianne at Outlandish Lit reminded me that Revenge has been a book on my TBR list for ages. Between it and Holmes on the Range, I should be set for fiction. For graphic novel breaks, I checked out The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 and Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA. And lastly, I checked out an audio book, Bill Nye’s Undeniable, just in case my eyes need a break.

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What Am I Reading this Week? Same thing as last week, Pinky…

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American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest From the Dust Returned

Still working on From the Dust Returned. I was sick last week and Bradbury’s fanciful style was too much of an additional head-spin. So I started American Ghost. If I were wise, I’d finish American Ghost this week and return it to the library instead of re-renewing it. We’ll see if that happens. Have a good reading week!

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August Reading Wrap-Up


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I’ll have a 15 Books of Summer wrap-up on Friday, but it look like I’ll finish with 12 books read. Which is great! I’m pretty happy with that progress.

In the land of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, I felt like I had a better month than I did. I only read 2-ish books from my own shelves and DNFed one. (As a public domain book, I think I’ve acquired The Great God Pan a couple of times.) But! No additions! (Well, aside from Heaven’s Ditch which I won from the fabulous Doing Dewey, but haven’t received yet.)

Finished in August

Additions to my Library

None! …yet.


I am *so* looking forward to autumn books and autumn book challenges.

#24in48 ~ Update 3


18 stories
9:31 hours

Quick update on the past six stories:

13 – “Monkey King, Faerie Queen” by Zen Cho
Genre: mythological mash-up
Quote: You don’t know who Sun Wukong is? You’re kidding! You haven’t heard of the Great Sage Equal to Heaven, the one who is Mindful of Emptiness, the Exquisite and Most Satisfactory Prince of Monkeys, defier of gods and Buddhas alike, scorner of other people’s dignity and personal inspiration to little monkeys everywhere?
Comment: The most fun I’ve had all weekend.

14 – “Ghoulbird” by Claude Seignolle
Genre: horror
Quote: ‘What a pity that this fabled Ghoulbird of yours is only a legend; otherwise, I would have listened to its song and applauded with enthusiasm!’
Comment: But, of course, the ghoulbird isn’t just a legend. Best not confuse a harbinger with the doom it announces.

15 – “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon
Genre: fantasy
Quote: …obviously if you had unholy powers, you’d want to use them on your tomatoes.
Comment: Considering how much I’ve always liked Ursula Vernon’s art, I’m surprised I haven’t read that much of her fiction. This is a Southwester fairy tale with tendrils into other stories. I dig it.

17 – “Lich-House” by Warren Ellis
Genre: science fiction
Quote: The house watched, and managed, the smallest parts of its anthropic usage. It made the occupant feel like her house liked her: that her house could feel and think.
Comment: Eh, wasn’t feeling this story of a smart house and its “aggressively non-networked intruder.”

16 – “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong
Genre: horror
Quote: They’re never as strong as they think they are.

18 – “Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder
Genre: horror
Quote: The truth is, unless you’ve been living in some isolated Tibetan monastery, you’ve already been exposed to Polymorphic Viral Gastroencephalitis.

Comment: I haven’t cared too much for the last three stories in this group and two of the last three (#16 & #18) suffer the same problem. The news has been filled with lots of ugliness lately; I find no catharsis in serial killers and zombies.

What Else in April


Writing Work

Didn’t get much further on David P. Abbott’s Open Court articles because…


…classes have been kicking my butt.

RangeOfRepSkullsI had an annoying cold during the first week of my Bioinformatics class, which probably didn’t help. I haven’t had a genetics course in twenty years(!), but the real problem was getting my brain back to thinking in that more programmer-like problem-solving mode.  Week 2 was much, much easier.

The Imagemaking class has also been more involved than the previous graphics design classes I’ve taken. I generally feel behind the ball since I’ve had little experience with design tools and haven’t done much art in the past ten years. To the right is Assignment 2, a range of representations of the human skull from (somewhat) realistic to more abstract.


Started the month running the Kilt Chaser 5K, a run hosted by Four Peaks Brewery. One of their signature beers is the Kiltlifter Scottish ale and the race is in the style of the defunct Skirt Chaser series (the ladies start 3 minutes before the guys); hence the Kilt Chaser. It was not a great run for me. Aside from ultimate, I hadn’t been running much. I’d also had very little sleep the night before due to my (now gone) neighbor. It was slowest I’d run an official 5K and I just didn’t feel very good during it. But it was fun hanging out with Casey and Jeff afterward.

I ended the month with my spring ultimate frisbee team making it to finals on Saturday. The Force Abreakens* was a really fun team and we played pretty well together too. We were the third seed in the Tuesday night bracket. After a pretty easy game against Thursday’s #6, FrisBB-8, we had to go through Princess Layout, the #2 in from Thursday night, and Dark Lords of the Disc, the #1 from Tuesday (and Eric’s team), to get to finals…where we were pretty soundly beaten by Thursday’s top seed, Throbi-Wan Kengodeep. The weather was a bit unsettled on Saturday. During our second game, the wind was crazy** and cold with a little bit of spitting rain. I played pretty well during the first three games, but I was in a lot of pain by the fourth. Thankfully, I don’t feel half bad today.

*Our league was Star Wars themed this season. These team names are fairly clever if you know anything about ultimate.

**Things like this happen in the wind. That’s not from our game, and that’s…not what the thrower intended.

Mini Reviews, Vol. 1 ~ Bright Squirrels, Dark Brews, and Crimson Peaks

Because sometimes I don’t have a lot to say about a lot of things!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It's True Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: “Squirrel, You Know It’s True” by Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson (artist)

Maybe not as much magic as the first volume, but still a lot of fun. Plus, extra credit for involving Ratatoskr, the squirrel of Norse myth. One of the things I like best about Doreen/Squirrel Girl is her indefatigable optimism, not only in her own abilities, but in the abilities of those around her. It’s a nice thing to see in the world.

Mystic Brew cover “Mystic Brew” by Caren Rich

I really enjoyed Caren Rich’s “Tales of Christmas in the South,” so I was pretty keen to check out her new tale (when I finally could after the Triple Dog Dare TBR Challenge). I do like my short stories like I like my coffee: dark, and this story is definitely that!

Crimson Peak Crimson Peak (2015) – Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston

Beautiful imagery and cinematography (by Dan Laustsen). Crimson Peak is the sort of ghost story I enjoy, but it was also sort of a mish-mash of Gothic tropes. Spirit photography & Victrola records. A mysteriously bouncing ball & a wheel chair. A decaying house with vats in the basement. In a way, it sort of reminded me of American Horror Story with its nods and reworkings from all over the horror genre.