• Books

    I Read a Book This Year

    This time a few years ago, I would’ve been into the double-digits of my reading. I’d be zipping through books left and right. So far, in the first 27 days of 2020 I’ve read one book (all the way through), and I might even start it over again. Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life, by Caleb Wilde, could not be more firmly in my wheelhouse. I’ve always been fascinated with books about death…from cadavers to crematories and death practices around the world, from wondering if the cat will eat my eyeballs to good ole fashioned horror stories. I’m not super focused on death,…

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    I Buy Books Every Day

    I’ve never felt as “bad” about buying ebooks as I do about buying print books. That is, I don’t usually freak out when I accumulate a ton of ebooks, but when the physical books start pouring off the shelves because there’s just no more room, I cannot handle it. Let there be culling! Lately, I find that I buy almost a book a day. Sometimes two. Those Book Riot Deals of the Day get me every. single. time. And if I’m proactive and go straight to the Kindle Daily Deals (I usually don’t), I’m toast. As long as my wallet isn’t screaming, I don’t find this book-a-day ebook buying habit…

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    Two Quick Reads (Nope, Three) to Start 2019

    Amulet: The Stonekeeper (#1) by Kazu Kibuishi is a book I picked up for Greyson on Monika’s recommendation. While G. hasn’t picked it up yet, I dove in on New Year’s Day and ate it right up. It packs a sad, sad punch with two children and their mother losing the kids’ father to a car crash in the opening pages. Cut to two years later, and they move into the mother’s mysterious family home, and the story is off and running with plenty of fantasy, sci-fi, and action. I know Greyson will love this when he finally picks it up, and I can’t wait to read the second installment.…

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    Favorite Books of 2018! #amonthoffaves

    Welcome to the final day of 2018’s #amonthoffaves! Today we’re looking over our favorite books of the year. While I only read 60 books in 2018, there were some big winners that will stick with me for a long, long time. Super Favoritest Books of the Year Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is the feminist badassery I’ve been looking for all year long. Three young girls discover they have primordial powers to destroy evil and they will do it their way. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is a book I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, so let’s make it a gazillion and one. If you’re a progressive Christian or interested in…

  • Books,  Miscellany

    Sunday Books and Stuff #3

    Happy 4am Sunday! Yep, I’m awake early…again. This is becoming a normal thing, which I suppose is fine since my schedule shifts soon and I’ll be busier, earlier on most days. Reading |I have two books up my sleeve right now. I’ve made a return to Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. I started it months ago on audio, and the audiobook was WONDERFUL, but I was still wrestling with a slump. I decided to start over completely, and I’m reading it on my Kindle this time. I’m loving it as much as I did the first time. I’m also reading through Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins. It’s been ages since I finished a short story collection, but I think this collection is just the…

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    This is How I Blogged and Read #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read and Blogged This Year – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least). Plus tell us how you blogged – most popular blog posts, you faves, did you try anything new on your blog this year, did you make blogging goals – how did you do, essential programs, apps, plugins, websites and / or your…

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    Best Covers of the Year! #amonthoffaves

    Favorite Book Covers From Our Reads This Year #AMonthofFaves – what did you like about each one?  Thank you, Kim, Tanya, and Tamara for co-hosting #AMonthofFaves with me! Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is everything I love in a cover. I adore the black/white contrast, the illustrative style, and the fantastic typography. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons is another cover that wins big in the typography department. Doesn’t this look like something fabulous you’d print for your wall? Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol is one of my favorite comics of the year, and in large part I owe that to the art style. It’s so…

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    Winter Reading! #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves Winter Reading – Your fave reads from last Winter, and /or seasonal reads you love, and 5 books on this year’s winter reading list. Be sure to check out Tamara, Tanya Patrice, and Kim, my fearless co-hosts, as well as the other folks taking part in #AMonthofFaves.  Honestly, I wasn’t totally sure which direction to take today’s prompt. My reading is SO free range lately, it’s hard to think about reading in terms of plans, so what better way than a mish-mash?  Fun Seasonal Books I’ve Read (or Used) and Can Recommend:  I recently picked up Johanna Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book for myself because I was feeling those Christmas…

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    (Book) Wishlist Time! #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves On Our Holiday Wishlist – There’s nothing wrong with putting what you want out in the universe. So share! What’s on your list – whether you’re hoping for it now, or saving to get it later.  Don’t forget to pop over and visit Tamara, Kim, and Tanya Patrice as well as the folks who link up with us! There are always SOOOO many books to read or that I’m drooling over. In going through my wishlist, these are on the tippy top.  Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly urges women to harness their anger as a tool for social and personal change.   Call Them…

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    Join the EstellasRevenge Mailing List!

    Sooo, I’m doing a new thing in 2019. I’ll be offering weekly exclusive content through my mailing list! These won’t be weekly round-ups of posts on the blog, but mailing-list-only posts like wishlists, recommendations, secret giveaways, videos, and all that good stuff.  I haven’t figured out a fun name for this book lover’s back alley yet, but we’re getting down and dirty with books, y’all.  There’s a one-time sign-up pop-up (so many hyphens) on the blog now, or you can sign up in right-hand sidebar. I’m not about that SPAM life, so come on. Let’s chat.