Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A -Very- Late 2015 Year in Review

At the beginning of 2015, I made a post about my reading goals. On this page I am going to be updating my progress, and it is going to be looking very blank until I start reading a bunch for the year.
Update February 18: I have decided that each book can only go towards Challenge 1, and one other challenge, so when I read A Storm of Swords it only went towards Challenge 1 and Challenge 6 even though it was applicable to Challenge 5. Basically I am making this as hard for myself as possible. :)

Challenge 1: Read 100 Books

Currently at 101 out of the 100 books: FUCKING KILLED IT

Challenge 2: Read 12 Classics (by my own volition) 

  1.  The Purgatorio by Dante
  2.  Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  3.  Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  4.  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  5.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  6.  Hamlet by Shakespeare
  7.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8.  Rubaiyat of the Omar Khayyam

Challenge 3: A to Z Reading Challenge (Only YA)

A: Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
B: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
C: Carousel by Brendan Ritchie
D: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
E: East of West, Volume 1 by Johnathan Hickman
F: Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
G: Glassford Girl, Book 1 by Jay J. Falconer
H: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
I:  Invaded by Melissa Landers
L: The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman
M: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
N: Nimonia by Noelle Stevenson
O: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Q: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre (I'm really proud that I got Q)
R: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
S: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
W: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Challenge 4: Finish 7 More Series (doesn't matter when I started the series, only that I finish it)
  1.  The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  2.  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  3.  Alienated by Melissa Landers (possible third book, but its TBD; as of right now, it's done)
  4.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Challenge 5: Diversify My Reading (by my own volition) YEEEEET

3 Nonfiction:
  1. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen 
  2.  In a Dark Wood by Joseph Luzzi
  3.  101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo DONNNNEEEE
4 Adult Novels:
  1.  Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
  2.  The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison
  3.  Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  4.  The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera DOOONNNEEEE

Challenge 6: Get Up to Date on A Song of Ice and Fire

A Storm of Swords AND A Feast for Crows are finished. 4 books down, 1 to go.
Started A Dance With Dragons: 26 Pages in. LOL NO CHANGE (11/18)

Completion Dates:

Challenge 5: Part 2, completed on June 30th
Challenge 5: Part 1, completed on September 2nd
Challenge 1: completed on December 27th


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

An Unreliable Review

An Unreliable History of  Tattoos 
by Paul Thomas
96 Pages
Publisher: Nobrow Press

The tattoo is an art form, a practice . . . for some, a ritual. Its history is long and colorful, dating back to the Neolithic, when our ancestors marked their bodies with symbolic lines derived from a carbon paste. Today, those same markings can be made on entering the neon parlors that line our cities.Maybe it's time to stop taking them so seriously.

To be short and blunt about this book, I was entertained. I can't say it was an impeccable or eyeopening read, but it was nothing if not fun. At times this was more than a bit over the top, but regardless of that fact, it was enjoyable.

I found parts of this book to be over sexual and as funny as that could be at times, it was too much. That being said, if you're a youngster thinking about reading this: don't. The intended audience for this is a MATURE reader. If your grade level is still in the single digits, STOP. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN AND READ SOMETHING ELSE I'VE RECOMMENDED. 

With that out of the way, I overall liked reading this. It was a quick read, and the pictures were amusing. I really liked the satirical look on some of history, and it was fascinating seeing what he chose to highlight. 

I love tattoos, and this book just did it for me with the drawings. 


Sorry, Mom. I'm gonna get tattoos,