Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition

Christ on a cracker, I can’t believe June is almost over.

That’s half of 2018…gone! Poof! January seemed to take fifty-leven years to get through, but the rest of the year has flown by in the blink of an eye. It’s kind of depressing, honestly. What even is time? What am I doing with my life?

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Do you have any idea how many times I’ve started and stopped a diet? How much intention I had to read X-amount of books or get done X-amount of things done in my house? Time just keeps on rolling no matter if we’re paying attention or not. Before you know it you’ll be on your deathbed, old and wrinkled and wondering why you never did all the things you thought about doing.

Still, I think this is the first time in a while where I’ve started to feel a little bit content in my life’s current status. And with summer just around the corner, I’m feeling pretty optimistic. There’s going to be peace and quiet and reading. Let’s manifest that shit. I also have a few events to look forward to. First up: Foo Fighters in July. Then Dinosaur Jr and the Just For Laughs festival in September. For August I’m thinking of redoing my basement family room. New furniture, new flooring, new paint. Just in time for a comfy Christmas.

We’ll see how productive I’m really feeling at the time though. Because there’s also the option to simply relax and read, taking a break from errands and responsibilities.

With that in mind, let’s get into a little bit of WWW Wednesday. What’s current, what’s coming up and what’s just finished?

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Booknerd Wednesday: The House That Jack Built & Bookish Choices

Here’s a little-known secret about me – and by “little known”, I mean literally no one knows it, not even my husband:

I love Matt Dillon.

I keep it a secret because my love for him is complicated to explain. I actually I find him really gross. There’s something about Matt Dillon that is so incredibly off-putting to me; something smarmy, something that tells me he probably has sexual proclivities that I wouldn’t be into. I can totally see myself saying, “Um, no Matt Dillon, I will not have sex with you covered in mayo!”

Maybe it’s the roles I’ve seen him in that have coloured my opinion – Wild Things, There’s Something About Mary. But I find him to be very unattractive. So much so that I also want him.

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I know, it’s weird. Maybe I’ll talk about it in therapy.

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Booknerd Wednesday: The NetGalley Monthly for May 2018

Honestly, NetGalley might be my undoing, mentally. I can see a breakdown on the horizon. Maybe I start writing on the walls about how many unread ARCs I have while I talk to an invisible librarian, and my husband has to feed me ice chips.

I try to stop myself from going logging onto Netgalley and requesting new titles, but it’s so hard. I need a 12-step program.

We’ll call this post Step 1.

If you want to play along, feel free. Basically, what I intend to do is round up all the new ARCs I receive at the beginning of every month. Easy!

Because I’ve been such a good girl about requesting books (up until a couple of days ago), this first post might be a little short, but books are books!

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Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition

I know everyone else is saying this, but I can’t believe it’s May already! What the fuck?

April flew right passed me… and I didn’t even get all that much reading done, to be totally honest, which totally sucks. But, I’ve been up to my eyes in house reno stuff. I swear time is like a downhill snowball the older you get, and I’m not even old!

My husband and I are still trying to get this foyer/mini-mudroom finished. And I’m such an inpatient asshole that I also started painting my upstairs hallway. I’m not good at doing one step at a time, clearly. Also, I’ve spent a lot of money on paintings and lights and carpets and please someone STOP ME BEFORE I DESTROY MY BUDGET!

*deep breath*

Anyway…

I took a vacation day from work on Monday and my sincerest hope is that we get something completely done this weekend so I can go back to reading.

Speaking of reading, it’s WWW time!

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Booknerd Wednesday: “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”, Michelle McNamara & The Golden State Killer

It’s officially that time of year again!

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CLASSIC.

Moving on.

Full disclosure, I have not read Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark….yet. Rest assured I am on the very long waiting list for the audiobook.

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Library copies: 1.

PSHHHHHH.

So, while I haven’t read the book, I have been following the story of her life, and those she left behind, since her untimely death at the age of 46. I knew a little bit about her because of my true crime interests, but I learned the most because of Patton Oswalt. I love him; love his comedy, love his political activism and his opinions. Just love him.

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Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition…Plus the “YOU” trailer!

We are halfway through the work week, so it’s time to celebrate!

And in fact, I do have a treat for you! Hands up if you read 2014’s You by Caroline Kepnes…

I read the sequel, too. And I’m going to be all over the third instalment if there ever is one. The series has its ups and downs for me in terms of the pop culture diatribe, canon characterization and plot points, but Joe is a character that has left an indelible mark on my bookworm soul and I just can’t not be involved with him. Yay for double negatives!

So, you can imagine my utter joy and elation – and yes, some trepidation (what if they fuck it up!?) – when I woke up this morning to the official trailer for the new series You based on the books.

Honestly, this book is perfect for an adaptation.

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Booknerd Wednesday: My Real Life Creepy Story & A Mystery Writing Exercise

I grabbed this off of Goodreads and I think we have to do it for obvious reasons that are so very obvious I’m not even going to list them.

But, this would be a kind of short post if it was all we did, so I figure let’s turn it into a bit of a creative writing exercise! And why not? We’re all either in love with novels or secretly wishing to write one, or both!

This is Booknerd Wednesday – we can do whatever the hell we want around here, like we’re guests on the Maury show.

So, Step One: Find the title of your mystery bestseller…

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My bestselling mystery novel is…… *unenthusiastic drum roll*

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Booknerd Wednesday: April TBR, WWW & Other Thoughts

It’s hump day, lovers!

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Halfway through the week, I’m starting to look forward to the weekend. I try not to wish my life away, to enjoy each moment even if I’m at work or rushing to appointments. It can be hard to appreciate that I’m alive, I’m healthy, and able and fortunate to be where I am in life – but I make an effort to try if I feel myself slipping into ungrateful thoughts.

But at the same time, I fucking can’t wait for Saturday, where there’s just books and TV and lounging with my pets and my husband. Where I get to enjoy the things that hard work through the week affords me.

I’ve been listening to the podcast Someone Knows Something, and while I do find the actual true crime case interesting, there have been a few moments where the host, David Ridgen has touched on a couple of emotionally poignant things about why we like mysteries even though they are dark and heartbreaking. I find those sentiments have been rattling around in my head since I heard them.

Ridgen says we love mysteries because in the end, the truth prevails.

I was 100% sure I knew why I loved mysteries and crime, but this has added another piece to that understanding. It’s like an epiphany to me and it’s caused some introspection.

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Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition

Hey guys, me again, your resident…I don’t know? Your resident book bitch? That’s probably the most accurate. I’m going to trademark it, but like, not professionally. I don’t care that much.

Long time no post and by that I mean, it’s been four days. But it’s March Break here and my stepkids are out of my house, so Husband and I have to take advantage of our conditional freedom.

I am a childless stepmother. I’m eight years younger than my husband. And I have to say, it really is a huge shock to the system to go from living alone to living with a man and his children, and to no longer be able to walk to the bathroom without pants on, or have sex as loud as you like, or take a shower with the door open (my cat particularly hates this one.) So, when the house is empty, we live it up. No pants, like, ever. I was in the kitchen without pants on last night. The kitchen! Do you know the last time I did that? It’s been literal centuries.

It’s the little pants-less things that can mean so much.

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Booknerd Wednesday: Netgalley – March #TBR

Let me be real with you for a minute: I’m so far behind in my Netgalley reviews.

Just so, so far.

I’m feeling pretty guilty about it.

Not to make excuses for myself, but I’m going to make excuses for myself: The last quarter of 2017 just got away from me.

It’s as if everyone in my family has birthdays and anniversaries in the same three months of the year, except for maybe four people – and that is not an exaggeration at all. I didn’t help matters by getting married in October. Stupid wedding. Then there’s Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas…

I had almost no time to read, and when I did, I was so stressed out I couldn’t do much more than drool as I watched Live PD back to back. Goddamn that Dan Abrams and those tight cashmere sweaters!

Anyhooters, here we are now… It’s March! WHAT!? January took eleventy years to get through and now it’s suddenly March? I was going to go on a diet and everything. LOL yeah, right.

I’m starting to feel the pressure of all those unread ARCs. My trigger finger keeps requesting more, bringing my stats down and it’s not a bookish good look for me. I need to buckle down and get ‘er done, so I’m going to be overly ambitious and announce I’m going to get 5 books off my list this month!

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..Also, I really need to stop requesting things from the library. What is wrong with me?

To light a fire under my own ass, I thought I’d share this month’s book goals from Netgalley. Maybe if I put it out there into the blogosphere, the book gods will see fit to give me the time and space, and all the “yeah, uh-huh’s” I’ll need for ignoring my husband, in order to get through these works of art..


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