5 Reasons to Bail on a Book

I rarely bail on books because I'm a crazy completionist and honestly I have no other excuse. This weekend I was reading It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and I honestly couldn't take it anymore. 47% in and I returned the ebook to the library and marked it as DNF (did not finish) on Goodreads and Litsy. So if you're looking for an excuse to not finish that book you're reading, here's a few options:

  1. It makes you uncomfortable, and not in a good way. If the book is racist, sexist, ableist, or triggering in some way that makes you uncomfortable then put it down and walk way. You don't owe a book anything that will disrupt your mental health.
  2. It's boooooring. You gave it 50 pages. Then 100. And you still don't see what everyone is raving about. If the plot doesn't catch you then throw it aside.
  3. Not the right time. I'm a big believer that certain books should be read at certain times. If you're not feeling the book right now feel free to jump ship and come back to it later.
  4. You have other things to read. If you're like me I read 5-6 books at a time. Sometimes it just becomes too much. Books aren't going anywhere, so don't feel bad putting it back on the shelf.
  5. It just sucks. Not all books are created equally, and some books just flat out suck. Return it to the library, sell it at a used bookstore, just get rid of it.

Now go forth and bail without guilt!

The night before the readathon...

Dewey's 24 hour Readathon starts tomorrow morning and I'm MUCH EXCITE. Unfortunately I have a hair cut scheduled and a work event in the evening, but I plan on trying to squeeze in reading whenever possible. I'm trying to not pressure myself too much like I have in the past. I just want to enjoy the challenges and make some good progress in my books.

I plan on listening to The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy. I've had so many people recommend it and I really can't pass up a good memoir read by the author. On my iPad I have It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover which I started yesterday. I haven't read a lot of contemporary new adult books but everyone on bookstagram has been having emotional breakdowns because of this book.

Readathons can sometimes be discouraging for slow readers like me, so I might end up downloading some comics or graphic novels from Hoopla so I can break up any regular reading.

I think I just need to keep my focus on quality not quantity.

So happy reading to everyone this weekend! Open a bottle of wine, kick back, and read something you love.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day has me feeling a lot of feels.

I've struggled with having close friendships with women my whole life. A lot of them have ended because of jealousy or just not wanting to support one another. I told myself for years that I'd rather be friends with men because women were "drama". This of course is a terrible outlook to have. Thankfully I do have some pretty fantastic women in my life that I'm pretty lucky to call my friends, but I still struggle to lift other women up at times. It's something I'm constantly working on because I know it's better to celebrate and support women. We're stronger together.

So if you're a woman who is working everyday, kicking ass, punching through glass ceilings, taking care of others, and trying to take care of yourself, please know that I'm proud of you. You inspire me to try harder, to push myself more, and to never give up. I hope you can take some time for yourself today to just relax, because you honestly deserve it more than you know.

We Were Feminists Once

The first book I read this year was We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler. It's a fascinating examination of how brands have figured out how to market using the feminist agenda, and how that has hurt and helped the movement.

I also appreciated how Zeisler talks very frankly about the importance of intersectional feminism. The Women's March on Washington has definitely started a lot of conversations about the privilege surrounding white feminism and why it's so important for our feminism to be intersectional. We need to feminism to focus on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc. We need to fight for everyone right now. So if you're confused about intersectionality, check out We Were Feminists Once. I think you'll enjoy it and hopefully expand your knowledge of this movement.

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November Wrap-Up: All the Audiobooks!

As I looked back on my Goodreads account today to see exactly what I read in November I couldn't believe that the only books I'm finished were audiobooks. I guess I shouldn't be too shocked since after the election I had some trouble getting the drive to actually pick up a book. Audiobooks are just much easier to get through when I'm running on the treadmill or taking my dog for a walk.

The first three audiobooks I finished were Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. This was an unintentional theme of strong women, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. Lab Girl was heartbreaking but fascinating. Hope Jaren worked so hard to put her mark in the science world, while at the same time fighting against her bipolar disorder. Year of Yes was inspiring and made me laugh out loud more times than is appropriate while walking alone outside. And Nora Ephron has owned my soul ever since I saw You've Got Mail. This is the first time I've read one of her books and I wasn't disappointed. It was light, funny, relatable, and exactly what I need to hear. Nora recounts some of the funniest stories from her life and talks frankly about what it's like to get older.

I finished the month by listening to The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, which is a sequel to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. This book was a last minute addition from my book club because we read the first book last December. It was the perfect little book to get me in the holiday spirit! The last book I finished in November was Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which is another book club pick. It's about a British girl in the 1960's who wants to be a comedic actor like Lucille Ball. It's the first Nick Hornby book I've read and it was just as funny as his movies.

There were plenty of other books I started in November (or earlier) but just haven't finished yet. (Slow reader, ya know?) I'll have a post soon about my December TBR and my plan to finish the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge before 12/31.

Let me know what you read during November in the comments!

Hello December. Goodbye 2016.

It's finally December and the end of 2016 is near. I can hear the cheers ringing through the internet as people proclaim the worst year EVER to be over. Now to be honest, I've only felt an overwhelming hate towards this year starting November 9th. The election of He Who Must Not Be Named and his cabinet full of Death Eaters is still making me feel a bit queasy, and I'm not really looking forward to the next four years.

But when I'm not drowning my sorrows in a pint of Halo Top or watching too much Once Upon A Time on Netflix, I'm trying to fill my days with books about science, feminism, and diversity. 

I started listening to Hidden Figures on audiobook this morning and it's giving me all sorts of feelings. I saw the movie trailer a few months ago and immediately got on the wait list for the audiobook at my local library. It was well worth the wait because I'm only about an hour in and I'm already loving it. The only thing I'm sad about is not hearing about these women sooner. There are parts of our history that are completely kept out of history books, so it's important that we go out and seek truthful writing and educate ourselves... especially over the next 4 years.

I plan on seeing the movie when it's released in a few weeks. It will definitely be a nice way to send off 2016.

As December 31st looms nearer I also need to make sure I finish my Book Riot Reader Harder Challenge. I'm only 4 challenges behind, but I'll need to start at least 2 new books in order to finish it. Thankfully I have Winter Break from school and work coming up very soon. 4 weeks of no homework and 2 weeks of no work work! I can't wait.

So what are you reading to finish out the year? Do you have any historical book recommendations for me? Leave me a comment below!

Trying to say goodbye to a good series.

It's been months since I finished Fairest, one of the companion novels in The Lunar Chronicles series, which means I've had plenty of time to finish this series. But I've delayed, delayed, and delayed some more. Not because I got bored or tired of reading about these characters. Actually, it's the opposite. I DON'T WANT THE SERIES TO END!

It's always sad to say goodbye to old characters that you know so well; like saying goodbye to friends at the end of a great vacation. And even though I know I can go back and re-read these books over and over again, it's never the same as the first time. The laughs, the twists and turns, and the gut wrenching moments are always a little dimmer the second time around.

I'm sure I'm not alone here wishing that some of my favorite series could go on and on forever. But all good things must eventually come to an end, whether we like it or not. So I'm going to spend my time reading Winter this month, all 800+ pages! Ideally I'd like to be done by the beginning of next month because Marissa Meyer's next novel Heartless releases on November 8th.

So tell me I'm not alone! Is there a series you don't want to see end?

Reading and Running

Why would someone who is not a runner decide to sign up for a runDisney 10k in a different state, and only give themselves 9 weeks to train? I'm not sure, but it's something I just did. Maybe it's because I'm a huge Disney/Marvel fan, or maybe it's just because I want to prove that I can do it. (It's actually probably because I love shiny medals.)

I'm mostly a walker (with a little running when I feel like it), so my training sessions can be pretty long. Rather than just listening to the Hamilton soundtrack over and over again, I've decided to fill my 2 months of training with as many audiobooks as possible.

I started out listening to Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. This book clocks in at just under 12 hours, and since I usually listen to audiobooks on double speed I finished it just about 6 hours. The story is fun and fast paced. Marcus takes you through his whole life, from growing up in Ethiopia, to being adopted and moving to Sweden, all the way through starting at cooking school when we was 16, and all the way through becoming a celebrity chef. He talks about food and traveling, which really helps to take my mind off having to walk another mile.

After Yes, Chef I started When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir is about neurosurgeon resident, Paul Kalanithi, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 36. This book is utterly heartbreaking, but Paul's inspiring fight  with cancer really kept me from complaining about having to train when my muscles were sore or that it's raining outside. I welled up with tears several times while listening to this short book (5.5 hours), and the epilogue written by his wife was especially lovely.

Now I'm reading The Argonauts, and I'll be following that up with The Opposite of Loneliness and Siracusa (not a memoir, but I've heard great things about the readers of this book).

If you have any recommendations of good memoirs (or any genre of book) to listen to while working out, let me know.

xx

Candice

Readathon Wrap-Up

Last Saturday was the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and it was my first time participating in this awesome event. I joined the Facebook group a few days early which was the best idea ever. Everyone was getting hyped, showing off their TBR piles, and posting photos of their yummy snacks. It was very inspiring!

I decided to approach this Readathon very casually and actually let myself sleep in a few hours on Saturday morning. When I got up I loaded an audiobook on my phone and took Robin for a walk.

How I'm starting my #readathon. Thank goodness for audiobooks! • #bookstagram #booksandfood #booksanddogs #booksandbreakfast #goldfamecitrus

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I didn't want to start any brand new books except short stories that I could finish that day, so I spent some time continuing The Lunar Chronicles (currently on Cress).

Cress time! #readathon @deweysreadathon #bookishselfie • #bookstagram #bibliophile #cress #thelunarchronicles #bingereading

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Snack time included a little bubbly rosé and A Little Life.

Pink bubbles and A Little Life. #readathon • #bookstagram #bibliophile #alittlelife #brutrosé #cava #bubbly #champagne

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The best thing I read all day of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. Boy does that lady know how to write a sentence! This story totally threw me for a loop, had great twists and turns, and the characters made me laugh out loud the whole time. It's well worth the $2.99 I paid to Amazon for the ebook.

The last thing I read before calling it quits for the night was Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. She's an all time favorite of mine, and this short story was just so cute.

Very fitting for #worldbooknight & #readathon! • #bookstagram #bibliophile #kindredspirits #rainbowrowell #rosè

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The challenges that happen through out the Readathon are a lot of fun and a nice way to take a break. I even won the hour 3 challenge with my 5 word story.

The next Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon will be in October and I can't wait. I think next time I'll be a bit more prepared by taking the next day off from everything. I had a serious book hangover on Sunday and it was rough.

Now I'm back to my regularly scheduled slow reading life. I'm still working through Cress, Red Queen (re-read), A Little Life, & Gold Fame Citrus (audio). As always, you can track my reading progress on Goodreads.

Happy reading!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

This Saturday is the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! I remember first hearing about this readathon last year, but since it wasn't until the actual day of the event I didn't get to fully enjoy a whole day reading. Thankfully since I'm much for involved in the bookish internet world it showed up on my radar a few days ago.

While I don't plan on spending the whole 24 hours reading (because I'd like to sleep in past 5am), I do plan on spending the majority of the day with my nose in a book. I'm excited for an excuse to catch up on some reading since homework and a sick dog have made the past few weeks pretty crazy.

So what do I plan on reading?

I'm currently in the middle of A Little Life, Cress, and my re-read of Red Queen. I'd like to finish Red Queen if possible, and hopefully put a nice dent in A Little Life & Cress. I also have Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and The Grownup by Gillian Flynn which are both short stories. I figure these will be nice since finishing something will be good motivation to keep going. Not pictured: I also plan on reading some Marvel comics from their Civil War event. I'm trying to finish all 90ish books before the movie comes out in a few weeks. I also downloaded an audiobook (George by Alex Gino) for breaks when I'm walking my pup.

If you're participating let me know in the comments! And if you'd like to follow my progress I'll be posting all over social media:

Instagram: @booksbaconglitter

Twitter: @booksbaconglttr

Goodreads: booksbaconglitter

Litsy: booksbaconglitter

After I finish I'll be sure to update this space with what I accomplished and any tips I have for future readathons.

Happy reading!

xx

Yes, Mindy Kaling, I'd like to be your friend.

This year I discovered the wonderful power of audiobooks, and how they can help an exceptionally slow reader like myself plow through many books in a short amount of time. Some of my favorite audiobooks this year have been celebrity memoirs, mostly because they are usually the readers and that makes listening to the book extra fun.

Today I finished listening to Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and it did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about her book was how she talked about the ups and downs of female friendships. How we can get jealous when our best friend lives far away and they start hanging out with other people, but at the same time you can get wrapped up in new and exciting friendships. These are all very real feelings and experiences I know I've been dealing with since I moved 1000 miles away from all my friends 3.5 years ago.

I also really enjoyed how Mindy talks about her confidence in her body. The media usually portrays her as being brave and bold for being what Hollywood considers plus size. And while I do think she's brave and bold, it has nothing to do with her size. All women in the spotlight have a microscope over them at all times, which must be extremely difficult. I love that Mindy is honest about this and doesn't try to act like it doesn't bother her. Instead she's learned how to roll with it, which sometimes means eating a few McMuffins in the McDonalds parking lot. (Hey, we've all been there.)

Overall I think Why Not Me? is a great book for girls that also feel a kindred connection to Mindy Kaling. Whether you admire her style, her confidence, or her humor, you'll find something to love about this book.

Varying degrees of racism, and how that's still not an excuse.

Last night I received an email from Goodreads announcing their Goodreads Choice Awards 2015.  To my surprise Go Set a Watchman won the top fiction award with 31,093 votes. Second place was given to Jojo Moyes's After You, which received 19,838 votes. Part of me is wondering exactly how many people that voted for GSAW actually read the book. And part of me is wondering if I've overreacted to the blatant racism that's experienced throughout the book.

I decided to read some reviews of the book and see if someone else could provide me with a different perspective. While several people had similar opinions as me: the racism was uncomfortable and didn't do anything to benefit these beloved characters. (Even after Atticus defends a black man accused for raping a white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird, I'm supposed to believe he turned into this horrible, KKK attending, man. Like all his morals and empathy towards other races just went right out the window. It feels like things are going backwards.)

Universal International Pictures

Universal International Pictures

I kept on reading until I found a lengthy post from a woman defending every problematic theme within the book. Then I stumbled across her defending Atticus's sudden turn to racism. She said there are varying degrees of racism, and on a scale from "makes a racist joke at a party" to "full on KKK cross burner", Atticus falls on the lighter side of racism.

But are there actually varying degrees of racism? Or once you start making one racist remark should you be labeled that forever?

I'm not going to pretend that I have the answer, but I believe this can be the start of a very interesting conversation.

I personally feel that some people's racism runs deep in their blood and it's something that might be very difficult to overcome. Especially if that racism has been passed down from generation to generation like a family tradition of bigots. But are these people hopeless to change? No! Despite some people wanting to give passes to old people, saying they're from another generation, I can't believe that you hit an age and are suddenly unable to adapt or change with the world. Plus I'm pretty sure hate will kill you faster, so learning to be more tolerant might add some years to your life.

As for the opposite end, when people occasionally stereotype a person or make a cruel joke, these people need to ask themselves why they're doing it in the first place. Is it just slang that you've picked up over the years? Or do you actually feel that minorities are less than you? Once you start thinking before you speak, you might realize there are better ways to describe a person that doesn't specifically target their race.

Either way, there is no excuse for racism. So please stop trying to defend Atticus's words. Like in life, we need to acknowledge when something or someone is being racist, because only then can we review how things need to change in order for us to progress as a society.

The guilt of too many books

I read a lot. Like 76 books so far this year, a lot. So this morning when I looked around at the stack of books I have checked out from the library, on top of all the library e-books on my iPad, I knew the guilt of having too many books and too little time was real. While I should feel pretty proud of myself for having read so many books already this year, I start to feel guilty that I still have so much left to read.

I work full time, go to school part time, and have several commitments outside of that; so to say I have a full load might be a bit of an understatement at times. Reading is the hobby that makes me happy and should help me unwind from all my other activities, not add extra stress to my already overflowing plate. So how do I deal when reading stops being fun?

1. Return all the books! Return everything that isn't vital for you to read. If you're only half way through a book that's due in 48 hours, you're probably not going to finish it. That's okay. Just return the book and put it back on your TBR. I even clear out of my holds list at the library because sometimes even that feels overwhelming.

2. Take a break. Watch some TV, go for a run, do something else you enjoy. I'm sure there's a few episodes of How to Get Away With Murder that you still need to watch. This break will allow your brain to relax in a different way.

3. When you're ready, start small. Concentrate on one book, and only when you have the time. If you force yourself to jump back in to reading several books at once you'll probably resist. I highly suggest even re-reading an old favorite.

The guilt won't last forever, and soon you'll be back to enjoying books like before. Just know that you don't have to read everything, especially all at once. It's okay to take a few steps back and prioritize what you have going on in your life at that moment. And don't worry, the books will always be there, waiting to be read when you're ready.

If this book was a dessert - As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew

In one of the many career paths I've experienced in my (almost) 30 years of life, one of the most fun and challenging was being a professional baker. Sure, I worked in restaurants and did some work as a pastry cook, but the place I excelled the most was as a baker. My last baking job had me churning out around 80-100 cakes a day. That's what happens when you work for one of the busiest wedding & specialty cake shops in all of Orange County.

While my career focus has now taken a new turn in my pursuit of becoming a librarian, I still love baking. So rather than write a "normal" book review, I thought I would start a fun feature called "If this book was a dessert" where I compare a book I read recently and the dessert it most closely matches. (I'll also try to include yummy recipes whenever I can!)

A few weeks ago I finished listening to the audio book, As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney. It was a fantastic book to listen to, and had me both laughing out loud and mentally stashing away cool facts to share with friends.

Amy Heckerling wanted to make a happy movie, and if you've ever seen Clueless you know that's true. But this book does a great job at showing fans that the happiness and fun going on in front of the camera was also happening behind the camera. The cast and crew became so close in the few months it took to shoot the film, and it's still something they all look back on fondly.

If you grew up in the 90's, watching Clueless at countless sleepovers, then you will love taking a trip down memory lane as they discuss everything from the cast auditions to the fabulous costumes. Jen Chaney does a great job with interviewing a wide variety of people that made Clueless possible. You can really see the hard work and love that went into making this movie happen.

So now you're wondering, if As If! was a dessert, what dessert would it be?

A Pink Lemonade Chiffon Cake of course!

What could be more Cher and happy than a yummy pink cake? And as Cher says, "Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good." I believe eating a big slice of cake is definitely a good way to draw attention to your mouth. ;)

Btw, if I could still eat gluten I would totally be making this cake tonight. I need to adapt a gluten free version so I can enjoy this while watching Clueless!

 

#NationalBookLoversDay

It's National Book Lovers Day! I'm spending some time reading Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes and A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson.

Broken Monsters is great for people itching to read something similar to True Detective, Season 1. It's creepy and magical! I'm about 50% done and hopefully I'll get through a nice chunk today.

Part of me does want to savor it though, because the writing is good and the story really sucks you in. Since the story is told from about 5 or 6 different people's points of view, it's always fresh and always keeping you on your toes.

A Vision of Fire is fun so far. It definitely gives off that X-Files vibe that I'm very into right now.

I've been working my way through The X-Files for the first time after being too scared to watch it as a kid. So it's fun to read a book Gillian Anderson wrote while watching the series.

Hope you're all enjoying National Book Lovers Day! What books are you reading?


Rose City Comic Con

I'm getting pretty excited about Rose City Comic Con coming up next month here in Portland. I plan on cosplaying at a con for the first time, and I'm super excited. While cosplaying intimidates me because some people are so talented at making costumes, I'm going to try and make this fun. I'm a huge fan of Disneybounding and Everyday Cosplay, so I'm going to use that inspiration to do a more casual cosplay as one of my favorite characters from Star Trek: TNG. Now I just need to decide which one I'm going to choose!