#CurrentlyReading#CurrentlyListening to @ahoffmanwriter ‘s The Ice Queen 👑 So last night I dug through the crypts of my Kindle library and found this gem that I bought years ago and never picked up. I also got lucky in that the audio was ready to download on Libby! So the last day or so I’ve been going back and forth between my #kindle and the #libbyapp 🎧Anywho— this magical tale is the story of a woman who is struck by lighting and the love she finds with a fellow survivor. So far I’m loving the brisk pacing with elements of magical realism. Can’t wait to see where this goes ✨🔮
In the middle of my next book for my #popsugarreadingchallenge2019 and it started out so great! It was essentially a mix of a love letter to the library and a true crime story. Now it's getting kind of rambling and I need it to get to a point or just end. I really don't want to add two books in a row to #dnfjail#rockingchairsandbookcases
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Just finished Brain on Fire from @suscahalan. A first person medical mystery? Sign me up. What struck me the most was, as she mentions near the end of the book, how lucky she was to not only get the care she needed, but also had the support system (including $$$) that made it easier (but still not easy!) to recover. As someone going into the medical field ( #occupationaltherapy ), I’m more aware of “social determinants of health” and just generally how some people (generally white) get better care than other people. From diagnosis through recovery, the system can screw you over. I’m thankful that this author was so frank and open about her experience, as it was painful and strange to re-love. #bookstagram#audiobook#audiobookstagram#brainonfire#autoimmunedisease#aacpl#aacplreads#libbyapp#overdrive
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What can you say about Tiffany Haddish? She’s brash, smart and funny as hell. The Last Black Unicorn starts with some very funny stories about her high school life, though you also find out that she was in foster care for a number of years. And a bit of trivia - she went to the same high school (though at different times) as Paul Beatty, the first American writer to win the Booker Prize.
The story then takes very dark turns from her mother’s life altering car accident that may or may not have been a murder attempt by her stepfather to the abuse she suffered from her ex-husband.
There are some very crude stories but you never got the sense that she has malicious intent. She’s very blunt and honest about her life experiences and by the end of the story, I felt happy for the successes she has had and hoped that she will continue to flourish.
I've been v absent from this app & from my #Bookstagram community, & I'm gonna do some catching up on posting bc I have still been reading/listening to books. Recently I've been gravitating toward memoirs. For the first time in my life I'm taking my creative work seriously, so I've been seeking stories of how others managed to overcome barriers to make their passions their professions. Tiffany Haddish's memoir The Last Black Unicorn didn't disappoint in that arena.
This book is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. It's also hilarious! Throughout the book, Haddish recounts her childhood and early 20s in southern California where she spent time bouncing around from different caretakers, all the while developing her comedy craft and booking gigs at her school and bar mitzvahs. There are brief detours w abusive exes, interesting encounters industry insiders, old jobs, and so much more. Its written in very plain prose, and that probably has to do w Haddish being illiterate until she was in high school--a part of her life she shamelessly explains early in the book. Yes, yes, her generosity in this book is really special.
One section that I could really relate to was her experience w an unsolvable medical anomaly that plagued her early 20s. She was bleeding uncontrollably & inexplicably for months before she found the cure. & what cured her? Going back to performing and doing comedy. (She had been forced to take a break when she became homeless at 18.) I could relate to this bc in my early 20s I began experiencing debilitating chronic pain. & while I still have flare ups, I can say with no doubt that writing has provided an almost medicinal level of help to me in reconnecting to and healing my body.
I definitely recommend listening to this one in audio book form so you can heard it read in the comic's voice. I recently started using Libby, an app that synchs to your library account, but there are tons of apps out there to try! I also recommend that you go into this book expecting raunchiness, cursing, and maybe some crying. Overall, I give this 🦄🦄🦄 (3/4 unicorns).
Any memoirs I should add to my list? Lmk!
I know audiobooks aren't a new thing, but I recently rediscovered how convenient they are. Typically, trying to finish an audiobook - just like its paper counterpart - involves much distraction, trying to figure out where I left off, re-reading to remember what was going on, shirking duties and a pinch of miracle to finish the thing.
Well, the other night my eyes were tired and I didn't want to watch a screen or read pages, so I thought - an audiobook! Some of the titles I searched for weren't available in audiobook form or simply weren't in the library system with my Libby reading app.
💘BOOKS THAT I’VE ACQUIRED IN FEBRUARY💘
Instead of reading books, I’ve been acquiring way too many books 🤷♀️. Although about half of these books are from the library, I still consider them being acquired since I chose to pick them up.
Today is February 16th. I haven’t finished a single book this month, but I’ve started 2. I think this issue started in January. At the very end of January, I discovered NetGalley and Libby. I was so excited to find these reading related websites that I “took advantage” of both of them. I requested over 35 books on Net Galley (and got about 16 of them accepted) and I also borrowed/put on hold many audiobooks and e-books on Libby. But PSA: I don’t even like e-books!! I put so many ebooks, netgalley ARCs, audiobooks, and library books on my TBR and I over scheduled myself.. it happens sometimes 🤷♀️. Can y’all relate to what I’m saying? How many books have you read in February so far?
Why I let so much time pass before reading this book?? I have no idea 🤷🏻♀️
I started listening to The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and I haven’t been able to shut it off. It’s so incredibly good... oh myyyy gosh 😍
If you haven’t yet... you need to listen! (Or read 🤓)
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Happy weekend! 🎉🎊 If only it wasn’t 4 degrees outside... brrr 🥶 ⠀
My library hold for Becoming finally came in! It came just in time for my IRL book club meeting next week (hopefully I can finish by then!) I also put my name in for the audiobook via the Libby app but the wait list there is sooo long that I didn’t get it in time. It’s kind of unfortunate because I’ve heard the audiobook is great. .⠀
Anyone else use the Libby app for audiobooks and ebooks? If you aren’t using it, check to see if your library uses it. Supporting your local library AND getting free access to audiobooks and ebooks? You can’t beat that! ⠀
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