It’s Monday! What are you reading? (5/9/16)

This past week, I read:

Alex + Ada, Vol. 2Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 by Jonathan Luna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alex’s grandmother proves, once again, why grandmothers are better than almost everyone else.

Lots of good forward motion here with the plot. I’m interested to see how it all turns out.

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Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate CrewPrinceless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, yes, this was much much better than Raven’s introduction in Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess since Raven kind of didn’t fit the tone there.

This book/series is definitely YA whereas Princeless could be classified as children’s, middle grade, or lower YA.

Anyway, I am a fan of groups of ladies being generally badass and am an ultrafan of POC women doing the same. Lots of good jokes in here (“not all men” and men’s rights makes an appearance) and a lot of fun. Also violence. And queer girls/women. And girls/women having varied interests (chemistry! cartography! dance! RPG! beating people up!).

Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun.

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Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeScrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this on the recommendation of a friend who said it transformed the way she thinks about running training. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I would use it in my classes. Lots to think about here but really good stuff about the ownership of learning.

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As of today, I’m reading:

I don’t know what I’m reading. Wait, that’s a lie.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

I’m still making my way through Furiously Happy–very slowly. Lawson’s writing style is a bit, shall I say, relentless. So I’m finding it difficult to sit down and read large chunks at a time. However, if it were a blog I could drop in on from time to time…well. You see where I’m going with this, right? Anyway, I told my daughter I would finish it, so I shall. It may take me until the end of summer, but I’ll do it. That’s just how much I love her.


The Hidden Oracle by Rick RIordan

Also, I just this minute decided to start reading The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan even though I have a ton of other books in my stack ahead of it because I know it’ll make me happy. So, that’s I am: eschewing all of the should-reads and going with my want to read. Just the way the book and summer gods intended.


Happy reading, everyone!



  1. Heather Fineisen

    I loved Furiously Happy but I listened to it and it’s narrated by Lawson so I thought it was great. I hope you enjoy it. My daughter just started the Riordan book and loves it. Happy Reading!


    • Akilah

      It is making me laugh, but it’s also making me tired, that Furiously Happy is. So I don’t dislike it, which it seems like I might! Thanks!


  2. Cheriee Weichel

    Rick Riordan is a take it or leave author for me. Furiously Happy is on my list of books I hope to get to – Maybe this summer… I see that Heather listened to it. Maybe that is what I will do too.


  3. Elisabeth

    The reviews of Furiously Happy made me think I would probably find it very exhausting too. Not one I will probably pick up, though at some point I might try on audio. Scrum sounds really interesting. Adding to my list…


  4. Lindsay

    I actually loved “Furiously Happy” and blew through it. I hope you end up enjoying it overall! I haven’t read a Rick Riordan book since the final Heroes of Olympus novel (which I found to be a little tedious) but I’m intrigued by his new series.


    • Akilah

      The voice is great and since a lot of the world is already established, everything moves pretty quickly. I’m enjoying it more than I have the past few.


  5. Greg

    I read Alex and Ada recently and enjoyed them- I hope you like the conclusion if you keep reading them. I thought they were fun.


  6. Beth S.

    I actually enjoyed Lawson’s writing more in Let’s Pretend This Never Happened than in Furiously Happy. Though it’s pretty relentless in both books, for some reason I thought it worked better in her first book.


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