May. 20th, 2014 04:20 pm
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14. Fairest vol. 2: The Hidden Kingdom by Bill Willingham, et al: This volume centers around Rapunzel. She goes on a journey to find her lost children but ends up finding something far more sinister. In the time before she ended up in the Woodland with the Fables, she had 100 different lives. This was the story of one of them. Plus there's a fox demon!

15. Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: Ouch, right in the feels. Marko's parents join them on the adventure. Gwendolyn joins forces with The Will.

16. Saga vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I don't want to give anything away, but this volume was good.

17.Fables vol. 19: Snow White by Willingham, Leialoha, and Ha: Buffkins adventures in Oz. Snow's first husband comes back and tragedy ensues. We learn more about the fate of the cubs.

18. Michael Allen's Guide to e-Learning by Michael Allen: I had to read this for school. It was so outdated and not that good.


May. 7th, 2014 07:18 pm
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10. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman: I love the blog and the book was great. Beautiful pictures! There are little stories before each recipe that were nice and didn't distract from the cooking.

11. Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang: Best book I've read this year. I don't usually read a lot of memoirs but this one really hit home. I've eat at baohaus (yum) and was intrigued by the Huang's story. He's an American born Taiwanese child of immigrants that just didn't fit into the typical Asian stereotypes. I felt a connection because I also grew up feeling disconnected to Asians and Americans. You can never fit into either world, so you make your own world with other misfit Asians. Very crass, full of bad words and slang, and I loved it.

12. Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows: I had to read it for class. Interesting way to look at how everything is interconnected in systems.

13. Takedown Twenty: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 20 by Janet Evanovich: Stephanie is trying to bring in Joe's godfather, thinking of becoming a butcher, and there's a murderer and giraffe on the loose.

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1. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews: The Lifetime movie was coming out so I had to reread it. What can I say? It's something that practically every teenage girl I knew was secretly reading behind their parents back because it was so trashy and gross. Basically it's about 4 children being hidden in an attic for years by their mother and grandmother. The older girl is the narrator. It's cheesy, crazy, and trashy. Did I mention trashy?

2. Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews: Book 2 of the series. They escape from the attic and Cathy begins her life long path of making bad choices and revenge. It gets exponentially worse from there.

3. So Pretty It Hurts by Kate White: Latest adventure of Baily Weggins. She goes to a cabin upstate with a girl friend for a weekend with models and musicians. Murder ensues. Relationship problems. Job problems. It was pretty good!

4. Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit by Lee G Bolman and Terrence E. Deal: I had to read this for class. Kinda corny.

I checked out a load of cookbooks from the library!

5. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond: Recipes seemed okay. You can tell the photography was not done by a professional. (she has improved a lot) But it seemed overly hokey to me. She talks about how she was from the city and went to school in LA, and settled in the country. But her idea of hometown being a "big city" is a skewed. Corny at times, but I think that's what she's going for.

6. World of Geekcraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects by Susan Beal: Great book with super cute craft ideas! I loved the pow zap magnets. Oregon Trail cross stitch, Star Wars terrariums, Harry Potter baby costumes. The geek speak interviews were cool.

7. Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord: Fun, yummy looking real recipes for kids. None of that hiding what's in the food to trick kids into eating it, but showing them fresh healthy flavors.

8. 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life by Cindi Leive: Recipes actually seemed super good. It's a fluffy book but some might not appreciate it's "man trapping" leanings. Food sounds good though!

9. The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila: Lots of everyday store bought food recipes.
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35. Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn: I've been wanting to read this forever. Mr. [ profile] jangrl gave it to me. Really good! Wonderful space opera with star crossed lovers in the midst of war. Best graphic novel I read this year.

36. Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman: A man visits his childhood home and neighbors trigger old memories that make him question his past and reality. A nice fairy tale about the battle between good and evil through a child's eyes.

37. Divergent by Veronica Roth: Dystopian future Chicago where upon their 16th birthday, the youth must choose which of the 5 factions they wish to belong. They represent 5 different virtues: selflessness, bravery, truth, knowledge, peace, and honesty. In the midst of Tris's test things start to go wrong and she finds out she's can't fit into one slot. She makes a choice and finally starts to live. Hi-jinx ensue.

I had a pretty good year with 37 books! I've already started in on 2014.


Nov. 26th, 2013 01:11 pm
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30. Sew U by Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman: Great book on beginner construction. So helpful. Wonderful illustrations, easy to read, with lots of step by step instructions.

31. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: My teenage niece recommended it. Then I saw it on sale over the summer, so I bought it but had a million other things to read. I finally finished my other stuff and got a chance to pick it up. I actually liked it. It's gut wrenching, beautiful, sad, but not sappy.

32. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: One of my favorite fluffy books. I reread it once a year. A mousy fireball and an ex-football player meet, have a series of adventures, and fall in love.

33. Anasai Boys by Neil Gaiman: Fat Charlie's estranged father dies and hijinx ensue when he finds out his corny old dad was really Anansi, (Spider god) and he has a brother. It was good.

34. Stardust by Neil Gaiman: One of my favorite books! sigh, LOVE it.


Oct. 31st, 2013 12:28 pm
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25. Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: A boy's family is killed and he is raised by ghosts (and other supernatural beings) in a graveyard. It sounds depressing by wonderfully written and has a beautiful ending. I think this was the best book I've read so far this year.

26. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: Such a good book. One of my favorites from Neil Gaiman. Shadow gets released from prison and begins his adventures with a mysterious new boss Mr. Wednesday. There is more than meets the eye and it's so good.

27. The Princess by Jude Deveraux: Historical romantic fiction set during the height of WWII. Haughty Princess Aria is a victim of a kidnapping attempt and has to save to her country with help from a hot hunk, Lt. Montgomery.

28. Remembrance By Jude Deveraux: Romance writer Hayden Lane can't find love because of the actions of her past lives. She does a past life regression to try and fix it. I know it sounds a little crazy but it's funny and pretty good.

29. Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC: Not thinking of going paleo but the recipes looked really good. I have IBS, so I was interested a changing up my diet.


Sep. 6th, 2013 07:15 am
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19. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: I say this a lot, but this book was SO interesting. It combines two things that love medical science and race relations. Unfortunately, not combined in the good way. It brings up so many questions about medical ethics and research ethics. Cells were taken from a woman that have changed the face of medical science, but she didn't know or give her permission. These were the first "immortal" cells, known to the world has HeLa. The book explores her life, death, and family. Really recommended.

20. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to Youby Jessica Alba: Okay this was an impulse check out. It was at the front near the library checkout and I just grabbed it. I had read an excerpt in Women's Health. Fluffy guide to hippie living. It would be a nice intro for someone starting to look at living more green.

21. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: One of my favorite books of all time. I am a little obsessed. R finally has a break and is reading it for the first time, so I decided to read it again too. Still as good.

22. The Wiseman's Fear: by Patrick Rothfuss: Well I couldn't read book one and not reread book two!

23. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: yikes. This book was haunting to say the least. It literally does a 180 in the middle and makes everything you think turn on its head. The characters are crazy, intense, relatable, and despicable all at once. I read it in less than a day.

24.This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: This book made me sick. I could barely finish it. The crazy main character has had a crush on a man for years. She literally rapes him, gets pregnant, they have a sham marriage, has a miscarriage, and then goes nuts. But of course by the end their sham marriage into real love and they have a baby. WTF. I was beyond grossed out. SEP loves to use rape in her romances and I truly cannot fathom why she thinks that's a good idea. Who the hell green lit this book? My god.


Aug. 2nd, 2013 08:55 am
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14. Wildwood by Colin Meloy: My cousin told me about this while I was visiting Portland over Christmas. It's about a Portlander girl and her friend and their adventures in the Wildwood (a forest in the middle of the city, that no one crosses into) trying to recover her baby brother that's been kidnapped. It hit me with a visceral reaction, maybe because I am an older sister of a baby brother but I was WORKED up. I freaked out and had to stop reading it for a while, but then got back into it and finished pretty quickly. It's a good book, well written, smart, not dumbed down.

15. The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition by Anne Frank: I read this for the first time when I was around her age. I loved this book. It was interesting, sad, funny, and filled with hope. Now that I'm older I wanted to reread it. This time I read the unabridged version. It's haunting to say the least. It's like I remembered but only sadder because I'm older. She seemed so mature and grown up because of everything she was going through. If Anne frank can see beauty and love in this world, so can I.

16. Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec: So super cute! The patterns in this book are adorable!! They are teeny tiny!

17. Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan: Funny stories, gorgeous pictures, delicious food. It was really interesting to read about Chang's background and the history of his restaurants. The recipes looked delicious but were so labor intensive I probably would only try a few out.

18. Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik: very interesting. I was surprised that actually agreed with a lot of what she had to say EXCEPT for the vaccination/medication and EC (elimination communication). She presents everything very matter of fact and non-judgemental. She says these are the things that work for her and they might work for your family to a different scale.


Apr. 30th, 2013 11:18 am
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8. Fairest: Wild Awake vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, et all: wow another great Fables spinoff! This one follows Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty and her adventures with Ali Baba and Lumi after the Great War.

9. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich: Another fluffy fun Stephanie Plum adventure.

10. Sew What! Skirts : 16 Simple Styles You Can Make With Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca DenHartog: Nice book with loads of skirt patterns that build on each other. Great for a beginner.

11. Mend It Better by Kristin M. Roach: This book is SO cute. There is really no other way to describe it. There are practical tips on mending and cute little projects to do with your mending. They show off the sewing and not hide it.

12. Sew! by Cath Kidston: cute projects, very Cath Kidston (in a good way)

13. Stitch By Stitch : Learning To Sew, One Project At A Time by Deborah Moebes: A really great beginner sewing book. All the projects build in skill level. It's very through.


Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:33 am
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4. Your Baby in Pictures by Me Ra Koh: Cool book about baby photography. It gives you little mini chapters about must take photos and settings on how to recreate for yourself. A great book to give first time parents.

5. The Sock Knitter's Workshop by Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden: Cool book that breaks a lot of different cast ons, ribbing, heels, toes, and yarns. It has a bunch of patterns in the back too. Great for first time sock knitters.

6. Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham, et all: Bigby is looking for a new location for Fabletown and finds a den of werewolves and an old friend. Interesting and brings back his history from WWII.

7. Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus: Cindy meets up with her old adversary, Dorothy from Kansas.


Feb. 5th, 2013 10:31 am
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First books of 2013!

1. Lethally Blond by Kate White: One of Bailey's old booty calls looks her up, but for other reasons . . . one of his coworkers on his new hit show has gone missing. It was pretty good. I haven't read a Bailey Weggins in a long time but it reminds me why I like Kate White's writing style.

2. Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey: A great DSLR how to book. They make it easy to understand for the beginner and it's a great refresher for those that are already shooting manual mode. Pictures are nice and have all the settings underneath. I would totally recommend this to anyone getting their first DSLR.

3. Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham, et all: Wow. One of the best collections in a while. The prophesy regarding the fate of the cubs is coming true. It's compelling, intense, and sad. We also get to learn about how Bigby changed his fate.
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26. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin: A lot of new characters, but only half the old ones. (The other half are in the next book). As the title alludes, a LOT of people die. The kingdom is falling apart. King's Landing is a mess, and it's mostly Cersei's fault. Jamie is becoming a man of honor. The Wall is melting, and trying to find a new Lord Commander. The Iron Island is trying to find their new king (or Queen). Dorne is trying to find a king (or Queen). The Eyre has a new protector. Sam is making his way to the Citadel. Brienne is still questing. Arya is hanging in there. Tyrion kills his father!

27. A Dance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin: Returns to the other half of the characters. Dany is trying to figure out how to rule and tame dragons. Everyone's favorite Imp is bumming around. Jon is trying to figure out how to command. Theon is back. The other Greyjoys are having adventures. Bran is finding out more about his powers. Quentyn Martell is trying to man up. It was good, just long. And I don't mind reading long books, it just needed to bed edited down.

28. It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Hmm, much more fucked up then I remembered. A woman inherits a football team from her estranged father. If they win, she keeps the team, if not then her cousin inherits the team. All the while, she's dealing with a jacked up coach, PTSD, and a world that thinks she's a dumb bimbo.

29. The Heiress by Jude Devereux: A wealthy, cloistered heiress goes on a trip to meet her groom while trying to experience life and ends up falling in love. I love this book. It's cute and funny.

I read twice as many books as last year! (2011 weak year for reading.) Very good especially considering 1/3 of them were almost 1000 pages each!


Oct. 9th, 2012 11:27 am
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22. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: book 2! Shit is getting real. There's 4 kings and a queen vying for the throne. I really liked this volume.

23. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: I first read this book in college but checked it out again to celebrate the new kindle version.

24. Fables vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham, et all: With the North Wind gone, they have to chose a replacement from among Snow and Bigby's cubs. Fables are returning from Haven. Buffkins adventures continue.

25. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin: book 3! I really liked this one as well. There was TONS of action, though at times it left me feeling like he was going a little overboard. Yes we get it. Still, it's probably my favorite volume so far.


Jun. 12th, 2012 09:07 am
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18. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R. R. Martin: WOW. Yeah, that's pretty much all I can about that. It lives up to the hype. GoT is a great mix of politics and fantasy.

19. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan: I've probably read this book at least 10 times, if not more. It's a woman's tale of her life during war and how it affects her and her daughter to this day. It's also the story about a Chinese mother and Chinese-American daughter's relationship.

20. Til' Death Do Us Part by Kate White: Oh Bailey, can you even leave the house without someone dropping dead? Another good one from Kate White. Bailey was in her friend Peyton's wedding and the bridemaids are dropping like flies. Who's out to get them and what's the connection?

21. Over Her Dead Body by Kate White: Bailey is let go from Gloss and gets a new job at a weekly gossip magazine. Her new editor Mona is a notorious bitch who ends up getting murdered. Guess who ends up finding the body?


Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:32 am
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12. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: WHOA. Really good, picking up a lot of action in far of lands and the land of the fae. Kvothe is kind of a Mary Sue, but not annoying about it. I actually like him. I just wish that there was more background info about the bad guys. Other than that, really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. I cannot wait for the final book.

13. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Probably one of my most favorite movies of all time. Only, it's even better as a book. I love how much Goldman commits to the whole S. Morganstern bit. Seriously, amazing dedication to a fake author/history. I love the story and it's interesting to hear a story that spotlights that bad things happe to good people and life isn't fair.

14. A Body to Die For by Kate White: Bailey goes on vacation at her family friend Danny's inn/spa. The bodies start dropping and it's up to her to solve the murder and save the inn.

15. Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Lady Emma comes to sew her oats with playboy golf pro Kenny Traveler. Only Kenny is trying to clean up his bad boy image.

16. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Meg encourages her friend to call off her wedding to the saintly Ted Beaudine only to find herself falling from him.

17. Sew Everything by Diana Rupp: Just got a sewing machine, so decided to reread this book. Super thorough, tons of illustrations/diagrams, and all in layman's terms. It's probably the best beginner sewing book I've found.


Mar. 10th, 2012 06:37 pm
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6. The Unwritten vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross: Super interesting graphic novel. A man models his famous teen wizard after his own son and then disappears. But is Tom Taylor turning into the Tommy Taylor of the books?

7. Kiss An Angel by Susanne Elizabeth Phillips: Daisy is a child to a wild crazy model and a Russian diplomat. Her mom dies and her life falls apart. Her father arranges a marriage to a circus manager. Hi-jinx ensue. I thought it was a little heavy handed with the morality but it went with the character. It was okay.

8. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Kvothe is the biggest fable in all of the kingdom. Think Superman/Einstein/Merlin all in one. He fakes his own death and retires into a boring life as in innkeeper. A Chronicler finds him and Kvothe begins to tell him the truth about his life (which is almost better than fiction). Will this be the thing that will awaken him into being a hero again?

9. Film is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer's Guide to Shooting Film by Jonathon Canlas: A super interesting book on film photography. Begins with why, goes into what camera, what film, how to load it and etc. Great pictures through out and helpful info. It's in bite sized pieces and casual voice. I really liked it.

10. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich: I'm pretty sure the writing quality has gone down if that tell you anything. Stephanie is still caught in a Ranger-Morelli love triangle. She's also caught in a weird tech scandal where she has hired killers after her coming out of her ears.

11. If Looks Could Kill by Kate White: Bailey Wiggins is roped into solving her editor's nanny's mysterious death. I read this a million years ago and had a random thought about it and decided to pick it up. It's actually pretty good and my replace my Stephanie Plum addiction.


Jan. 28th, 2012 03:41 pm
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1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I read this over a year ago, but with the new movie coming out soon I wanted to re-read it. Just as good as the first time.

2. Fables vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham, etc: It had been a while since I last read this and I needed a refresher before reading the new volume.

3. Fables vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham, etc: The fables team up as superheros in a last ditch effort to beat the Dark one.

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: What can I say about one of my most favorite books of all time? Don't panic and bring a towel. Actually, there was one thing to say ... OMG, Arthur Dent is THIRTY. I am now THIRTY. I read this when I was in middle school and he seemed so old, and now I am the same age. crazy.

5. Natural Born Charmer by Susanne Elizabeth Phillips: Cute story about an footballer and an artist that end up taking a road trip together. Hi-jinx ensue at his new farm vacation home.
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I am super embarrassed about the amount of books I have read this year. I am well on the way to doing better in 2012.

14. Daytripper by Fabiola Moon & Gabriel Ba: The life of BrĂ¡s de Oliva Domingos. I can't really say much without ruining it, but my mind was blown. It was the best thing I read all year, hands down.

15. Ain't She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Small town Queen Bee bitch comes back to face the music. It's actually pretty good. I read it in one night.

16. DMZ: On The Ground vol. 1 by Brian Wood and Ricardo Burchielli: Another American civil war has broken out and a rookie photojournalist has been dumped into the middle of it. Really good.

17. Wild Cards vol. 1 edited by George R. R. Martin: I read this for the first time when I was 11. I realize now upon re-reading it, that probably wasn't such a good thing, hahaha. What can I say, I was precocious. It's an alternate universe where an alien virus is dropped on earth in the 1940s. Like a poker game you draw a card; ace = super hero, deuce = weaksauce power, joker = hideously deformed, nat = natural/normal, black queen = dead. I love this series. It was the first to really pull me in to SF. It's engrossing, but since there's many different authors some of the stories are better than others.


Sep. 15th, 2011 09:34 am
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10. Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku: great book and SUPER interesting. I love Michio Kaku. He's funny and explains physics without dumbing it down too much.

11. The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain: It's a collection essays and articles. Very Anthony Bourdain, if you know what I mean and that's a good thing.

12. Not Without My Sister by Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones, and Juliana Buhring: Carolyn brought this book to read on the plane when she was visiting. After she was done she wanted to toss it in the trash, but I wanted to read it. Now I know why she wanted to chuck it, yikes. It's the true story of 3 sisters raised in the Children of God cult. I was interested because I remember hearing about it in the news when the leader's son killed himself. It's so sad, so sad.

13. Something Blue by Emily Giffin: oy, I thought that I would like it better than Something Borrowed but it only served to piss me off. I hate it when someone is so thoughtless and stupid yet everything works out for them. God, that pisses me off. So, to read a book about a twit that is borderline evil get everything she ever wanted annoys the hell out of me.


Jun. 14th, 2011 09:19 am
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6. Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham and Steve Leialoha: I heard about this novel and got really excited. I love the way Willingham writes. It's a tale of brother against brother fighting over a birthright. It switches between past and present very nicely. It's a fast read, and I really liked it.

7. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin: The movie had just came out and my sister was raving about it. She's read a bunch of Emily Griffin books and was insisting that I read this. It was pretty good for "chic lit". (I fucking hate that term). I liked it even though I thought the main character was a spineless wimp. It centers around a good girl that's lived by the book who ends up having an affair with her best friend's fiancee. (who was actually more of a frenemy). The second book in the series is from the best friend's point of view and I really want to read that one because she seemed more interesting.

8. Hand Jive: American Sign Language for Real Life by Janna M. Sweenie and David W. Boles: I'm trying to brush up on my ASL, so I decided to give this another read. I liked it just as much as the first time, but understood it way more this time.

9. Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: Yeah, don't try to read this during your lunch break. What was I thinking? Actually, I'm squeamish as hell, so I have no idea why the hell I even decided to read this book. But, that being said, it's a very good book. Who knew cadavers led such an interesting life? The author has a great voice and I love the witty footnotes.


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