Title: Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5); The Little Android (The Lunar Chornicles #0.6); The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Felwel andFriends 2012
Genre: YA Scifi
Pages: 31; 35; 47
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Popsugar – Romance set in the future; Fairytale Retelling; 52 Books – W49
The enchantment continues. . . .
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With six stories – two of which have never before been published – and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
After reading Cinder, I decided to pick up Stars Above so I could read the short stories that take place before the first book or right after. “Glitches” was a fun little introduction to Cinder and her life before the events of the first book. We get to find out how she arrived in New Beijing and met her new family. It also drops some great hints are to who she really is. “The Queen’s Army” gave us a glimpse into the creation of Levana’s Lunar army. Very interested to see more of the Lunar side. And finally, “The Little Android” was a great retelling of The Little Mermaid. Now I can move on to reading Scarlet.
Likes: Snuggles; chewing on his blankets; any attention from Arthur; being outside
Dislikes: Gas; loud noises
Rocking the Star Trek onesie before it’s too small
Sleeping: Last night, Quentin slept 6 hours straight for the first time. It was glorious! Here’s hoping we get more longer stretches at night from now on.
Loving that expression
Eating: Q’s turned into a snacker during the day. He eats 1-2 ounces and then hangs out for awhile. About 30 minutes later, he’ll drink another 1-2 ounces. A bit annoying, but I’d rather he do this during the day than at night.
Playing: I’ve been putting Q onto his playmat more often. He loves staring at the hanging animals. He’s even grabbed them a few times. Now if I could get him to enjoy tummy time…
I think he can get a few weeks’ wear out of this while in Indiana
Milestones: Smiling, talking, grabbing objects…
Riding the train with daddy and Arthur
Schedule: Not really any schedule during the day except for us trying to put him in his crib by 10pm.
Train selfie with momma
Out and About: Wednesday we traveled over to Niles for the Train of Lights. Q loved all the lights. Thursday was went on an epic road trip up to Martinez to pick up his birth certificate. While out, we made sure to take care of the rest of our errands including stops at Michael’s and Target. Plus, we popped into Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Arthur played and Q watched the kids for awhile before falling asleep. We ended the week with our big Secret Snowflake party. Q slept through almost the entire thing.
Reading Challenges: Popsugar – Recommended by a family member; 52 Books – W48
A guy walks into a bar car and…
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
Hmmm… So I really enjoyed Sedaris’s other books, but this one fell a bit flat for me. The essays felt a bit tired of overdone. I couldn’t really connect with his stories. I was very distracted while reading this one. I couldn’t seem to focus.
As I look outside my window: I see some birds walking along the the top of our fence. They really like our yard. We must have some good bugs back there. Right now I am: Prepping to go to the Secret Snowflake. Arthur’s super excited! On my bedside table: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (need to get back to this one); A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander On my tv this week: J and I started Legends of Tomorrow. We also enjoyed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Drunk History episode. So much joy! Listening to: The Hamilton Mixtapes. So much joy! On the menu for this week:
Saturday – Shoebox swap and crop day; Oakland Zoo Lights
Sunday – Home day
What I am creating: I’m in the middle of 30 Days of Lists, 12 Days of Coloring, and The Happy Planner Instagram Challenge. Very exciting, but I need to stay on top of my challenges. My simple pleasures: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee Looking around the house: There is crap everywhere. I need to do a systematic sweep through the house before leaving for Indiana. From the camera: My brain dump…
Title: Revival Volume 1: You’re Among Friends, Volume 2: Live Like You Mean It
Author: Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
Publisher: Image 2012; 2013
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 128; 128
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel
For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.
For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now, the living and the recently-returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts.
Another random pick from the library shelves. And this one was fantastic. A murder mystery, a small town with secrets, a interesting cast of characters, and a big supernatural twist. I was hooked from page one and sped through Volumes 1 and 2 over the course of the afternoon and evening. I was riveted. I’m intrigued by the larger questions about life and death, morality, and the meaning of life. More than just a comic book, but aren’t they all. Definitely need to continue reading this series.
In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.
Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.
Been meaning to pick this one up for months and I finally got around to it. What an amazingly thought-provoking book. Definitely a 5 star read. Fink’s research into reconstructing what actually happened at Memorial during and after Hurricane Katrina is detailed and thorough. We journey with the employees and patients through the harrowing experience of a breakdown in communication and survival. It took me two weeks to get through, not because he’s a bad book, but because there is so much information to process. Very fascinating. I warn potential readers that the topic is very heavy. This is not a good beach read.