Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reader Harder List: 2018 Reading Challenge

Last year, Etudesque posted a book challenge list from PopSugar that I meant to update throughout the year and then managed to update all of twice. Whoops.
This year she's posted a list courtesy of Book Riot called Read Harder that I will attempt to remember this year. Or I'll do what I did before and forget about it until the last week in December.
  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e., mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It was a reread but STILL COUNTS
  1. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  2. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
  3. A book about nature
  4. A western
  5. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  6. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  7. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  8. A children's classic published before 1980
  9. A celebrity memoir
  10. An Oprah Book Club selection
  11. A book of social science
  12. A one-sitting book
  13. A first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  14. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  15. A comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC or Image
  16. A book of genre fiction in translation
  17. A book with a cover you hate
  18. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  19. An essay anthology
  20. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  21. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
OK so, when I saw how short the list was I was thinking "Yeah, I got this." And then as I looked at it closer I realized "Shit, yeah, this IS gonna be hard." Hence the name, I suppose. 
Well, one down at least. Let's see how the rest of the year goes

I swear, I'll get around to writing another real review soon. Scout's honor and all that. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reading Through the Years: 2013-2017

Alright, we've seen how things look this last month, last quarter, last year and now it's time for some totals over the last 4 years. Don't you just love an infographic? (Cos clearly I do).


Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Reading Stats

2017 is over and let's take a look at how the year overall stacked up.


Friday, January 5, 2018

Q4 Reading Stats

OK it took me some time to get the actual infographic set because 2018 is the year of procrastination (so basically the same as every other year, hooray for no growth!) But it's here now, so enjoy!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December Reading Wrap-Up

I know it's been a while. I blame the holidays. Not that I really have a good excuse (I didn't travel, nor did we have people staying with us) but still. Holidays throw schedules off and take up lots of otherwise productive time where you are sitting around eating junk food. But I am still around and I am still reading so hey. There's that.

I hope everyone had relaxing and 9more) productive holidays and lots of plans for 2018.

I'll be doing a few different wrap up posts so let's start with the first one, December reading stats!

Total books read
5
Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Neurocomic by Dr. Hana Ros & Dr. Matteo Farinella
Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
You Don't Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent

Total pages read
1,172

Fiction
40%

POC Authors
40%

Female authors
80%
US authors
80%

Book formats
ebook: 20%
hardback: 40%
paperback: 40%

Where'd I get the book
Gift: 40%
Indie: 40%
Kindle/Audible: 20%

Readalong/book club
20%

Book by decade
2010s: 100%
Books by genre
Graphic novel (also science!): 20%
Memoir: 40%
Sci fi: 20%
YA: 20%

Resolution
60%
Reset and You Don't Have to Like Me are by POC authors (Asian and Latina, respectively)
Neurocomic is by a non-US author (UK).

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Regional Office is Under Attack!: Don't be a stranger

Superpowered female assassins

Defending the Regional Office is Sarah (who may or may not have a mechanical arm)

Weaving in brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes
I'd seen the book The Regional Office is Under Attack! (don't forget the exclamation mark) a few times around the interwebs and when I finally picked up a copy and looked at the back cover summary, well, those lines jumped out at me. So naturally I had to take the book home with me.

This book probably comes the closet to the book I WANT to exist though it never really gets there*. BUT this is better than any of the other books I thought would fit that mold. There are multiple narrators and POVs (a fav style) as the book opens with the titular attack on the regional office, an underground headquarters for a cadre of assassins under the shell company of a travel agency for billionaires (excellent cover story). The story shifts back and forth mainly between two characters, Rose, a mercenary leading part of the attack, and Sarah, an executive assistant to one of the heads of the organization and one of the few people still at the office. We get what they're doing in the present and how they got to this point.

There are also chapters from a history book The Regional Office is Under Attack: Tracking the Rise and Fall of an American Institution explaining how the office came to be, including some history on the precogs who help identify future employees. There are also a few other POVs though the three above are the main ones.

What exactly do these super powered female assassins do, when their office isn't being attacked? Oh just save the world from total devastation. Alien invasions, inter-dimensional travel, that sort of thing. But the focus isn't on those stories. They're mentioned in passing. Right now the attack on the office is what's important. Why is this happening? Who ordered it? Can the regional office be saved (...well I mean, the title of the history chapters sort of tells you, no) and should it?

Overall the story was entertaining and kept me turning the pages, although the set up was more interesting than the execution by the end. I was still entertained but I was less invested in the characters. Even now I remember wanting to know read on and see all the twists and turns, but at this point, 6 months after I finished it, I can't actually remember exactly what happened.

Good, if ultimately not-that-memorable of a story.

Gif rating:
*The Office but instead of a paper company, it's something ridiculous, like a company of superpowered assassins or a company that deals with zombie removal or some other exciting and action-y professions juxtaposed against the mundane every day office life. Is that too much to ask?

Title quote from page 106

Gonzales, Manuel. The Regional Office is Under Attack!. Riverhead Books, 2016.