It’s been over a month since my last links round up, so there’s a lot happening here. Let’s dive in, shall we?
“Congresswoman Maxine Waters isn’t even reading these fools anymore. She has completely leveled up. She is like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, that movie where she was using like 100% of her brain and she can control televisions and tell the future. That’s Maxine Waters. Except with reading. We don’t even have a word for what she’s doing yet.” — You Will Never, in Your Entire Life, Get the Best of Maxine Waters
1. April was all about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge around these here parts wherein I posted every day in April (except Sundays but on the last Sunday) about something that corresponds to a letter of the alphabet. My theme was gratitude, and you can find all of my posts here. I’ll be doing a full reflection post, as requested by the challenge admins, on May 8.
2. April was also all about the end of the semester, which means I AM DONE. This is the first time I have *ever* not taught during the summer, ever. EVER. Even in grad school, I taught every summer. That’s twelve years with no actual summer break. However, that all changes this year. SUMMER VACATION.
Big Little Lies has given me a lot of feelings, so it is featured heavily in this post. Also, goddess and life goals queen Rep. Maxine Waters has breathed life back into my soul, so I may or may not have featured her, too.
Maybe three? I dunno; I missed posting this for a while. I have Martin Luther King, Jr. stuff in here, which I think was more than two weeks ago. Whatever, I should be grading.
I am still trying to figure out a good way to title these posts. Also! I made a nifty little graphic for my link roundups, and I have been patting myself on the back rather hard about it.
I have switched my hosting, which means that (a) my site looks different and (b) a bunch of other stuff is wonky, so please bear with me as I try to facilitate the changes.
This especially affects the Diversity on the Shelf challenge posts. The current link up and the sign up page have been fixed, but I have to go back and do the other five months (January-May) some day when things are a little less hectic. All links are still in the link ups. I just have to fix them so that they actually show up when you go to the link up pages.
Also, is it just me or is the WordPress.com new “simpler” visual editor super confusing? It is less intuitive than it pretends to be and over-complicates things that are simple in the admin area. UGH. STOP THAT.
So, yes, I apologize for any broken links and exposed spoiler text. Some of that stuff I will be able to fix straight away–others, I may never discover until/unless someone points it out. So that’s that.
On the plus side, all of my stuff transferred over with minimal problems, so yay.
This past week, I finished:
I have never been a huge Mediator fan, but I love Meg Cabot and needed something fun to read, so here we are.
This was a fun read, and I liked Jesse way more than I probably ever have. It probably helps that he’s not dead.
My only real issue is that I was annoyed (view spoiler)
There was not enough CeeCee or Gina in this book, that’s for sure.
I liked this overall. It’s hard to rate a collection of short stories because each story is, you know, it’s own thing. Most of the ones in this collection provide backstory for the characters.
1. The Keeper (about Scarlet’s grandmother and how she came to house baby Cinder and become Scarlet’s guardian): This is an excellent start to the collection. Scarlet and her grandmother are both fantastic. (4 stars)
2. Glitches (how Cinder came to live with the Linh family) — this was fine, good backstory on Cinder (3 stars)
3. The Queen’s Army (how Ze’ev became Wolf, pack alpha) — Levana is the worst. Also, of course she finds kids from poor families for this. Of course. (3 stars)
4. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (teen Thorne, the charmer) — this was fine, good backstory on Thorne (3 stars)
5. After Sunshine Passes By (how Cress came to live in the satellite) — Cress is a badass. This was heartbreaking but also shows how deeply excellent Cress is. (3 stars)
6. The Princess and the Guard (Winter’s decision to stop using her gift) — This is probably my favorite of the whole book. This gives all the backstory of Winter and Jacin and how they got to be the characters we see in the books. They are both pretty amazing, basically. (5 stars)
7. The Little Android (another android with a personality chip defect) — I thought this was going to be about Iko at first, but it’s not. This was pretty heartbreaking as well. I liked it. The characters aren’t connected to the ones from the series, but this offers a slice of life look at what it’s like for characters who aren’t living in the scope of the rebellion to live in that world. (4 stars)
8. The Mechanic (Cinder and Kai’s first meeting from Kai’s POV) — Aw, Kai. This was adorable. (3 stars)
9. Something Old, Something New (epilogue, a wedding) — This is probably my second favorite because all of the main characters are together again for a wedding. This is a trope I dig. Also, I love Iko with my whole heart and fully support any story in which she gets a lot of page time. (4 stars)
So, no duds here, though some stories were clearly superior to others. It was nice to spend more time with these characters and get to know more about them and their world.
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As of today, I’m reading:
Yes, still. I’m not really a fan. The book is s l o w. Not only that but I am NOT buying one of the key character’s motivations. Book club is this Sunday, so I should be finished by then. We’ll see how it goes.
I haven’t decided on a second book for the week yet. I have a stack of library books to choose from.