Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Plaidsticks

Plaidsticks

Joined January 2019

New life motto “more books less bullshit”. Mostly a digital record to help keep track of what I‘ve read.
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

For a “non-zombie” person, my last finished book of the year was an other zombie book that I enjoyed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

After reading our two repeat Christmas books with time to spare (first time!), we were able to try a new one. Cute read for kids. They all liked it and asked that we add it to the “tradition” list. We‘ll definitely at least read the sequel next year too. #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

Itchyfeetreader I totally meant to read the sequel this past Christmas 3y
3 likes1 comment
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

Christmas tradition number two. #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
post image
Pickpick

One of my few Christmas traditions. Complaints from the kids at first, but now the eldest has requested “more books by that guy with the ghosts” 🙌🏻 (“that I can do!” says the same mom who wrote her senior paper on Dickens). #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

A bit of a sophomore slump. I loved Blood and Bone, but the passing wasn‘t quite as good this time around. A little too much waffling and “we‘re going to make it! ...no we‘re not” and trust, lie, trust, lie, etc. Will definitely still recommend and read the next, but a tad disappointed. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
post image
Pickpick

The HBO series is sooo good and motivated me to finally read the series. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

#MordecaiReads His biggest complaint was the the color of the crab didn‘t match the color of the crab in the book. 🤔 He‘s also pretty miffed he has to wait so long for the next book. #morebookslessbulkshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Book of Dust | Philip Pullman
post image
Pickpick

Re-reading this before the reading the sequel (which I started then decided to wait until I read the Dark Materials series, which I somehow never read despite then sitting on my shelves for years and being a fantasy reader for always). #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
post image
Mehso-so

Another “not my normal thing”. Good, but not as good I remember it being waved about a few years back. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
post image
Pickpick

On paper I should not have liked this book. I was describing it to my partner and he was a bit shocked by it—alternative history AND zombies?! (I really don‘t like zombies) but I loved this book— the zombies were very incidental in a mostly character driven book. Bahni Turpin‘s narration only adds to it. Super excited for the sequel this year. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I like dirt. Was it the most scientific and informative book out there, no. But it was a good interesting listen. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
post image
Pickpick

Dual perceptive books are always a little tricky for me to get into, but I always enjoy Leigh Bardugo‘s books, so it‘s no surprise that I did this one too. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Mehso-so

The now 6-year-old, missed some of the “humor” and pop culture references (better for 8+ maybe), and I‘m sure I‘m butchering most of the names, but it‘s a fun read that gives a peek into Indian mythology. #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

This was a lovely listen. Kate Mulgrew does a fantastic job reading, and though (fortunately) my parents are quite to the age of sickness and dying, I was old enough to go through similar emotions with my beloved grandparents. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Souls of Black Folk | W. E. B. Du Bois
post image
Pickpick
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

An interesting, easy retelling of fairytales—the Little Mermaid one stuck with me the most. I really enjoyed the illustrations in the margins that gradually developed as the story progressed. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Game | Laurie R. King
post image
Pickpick

Good book in a good series. This aren‘t earth shattering, by any means, but are enjoyable read/listen. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

Good interesting read about how one species can have a great impact on their ecosystem. #audiobook #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I only wish that it had been longer. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The October Country | Ray Bradbury
post image
Mehso-so

I honestly can‘t remember anything about this right now, other than I read it in October after reading The Halloween Tree and enjoying Bradbury‘s lyrical quality. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
Dust Tracks on a Road | Zora Neale Hurston
post image
Pickpick

Catching up at the end of the year, so my sparse reviews are bound to be even sparser (more sparse?). #audiobook #morebooklessbullshit2029

review
Plaidsticks
Strange Weather | Joe Hill
post image
Mehso-so

I‘m honestly not sure how I feel about this... I both liked the characters but hated the...tone? voice? of the author. Definitely had a pulp fiction-y feel to it and maybe that‘s what I‘m disliking? But almost 2 weeks later and I‘m still thinking about some of characters. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
post image
Pickpick

Tried this in audio first and did not like it—was both confused and bored. But I loved Underground Railroad and had heard good things about this book, so tried the e-book version instead. Good read. Only took about a day to read and couldn‘t put it down. #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

This was a cute, fun read, with a small plot twist that actually got me. Picked this up cause the cover art caught my eye. (Not going to lie, I will totally judge a book by its cover, especially a kids book—I love good illustrations!) #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I‘m trying to learn more about who‘s land I‘m on (both for my sake and to share with the kids) and honestly finding good information from the library has been kinda hard. I‘m trying to be discerning with it and finding my pickings slim. Though the narrative story made it challenging to get into the book, I found lots of tales to share.

review
Plaidsticks
The Penderwicks in Spring | Jeanne Birdsall
post image
Pickpick

I‘m a sap but this book made me cry multiple times. My second favorite so far in the series (I‘ve liked the first best) and the storyline/conflicts were a lot easier for Mor to understand, though still led to good conversations about death, relationships, etc. #MordecaiReads #audiobook

review
Plaidsticks
The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
post image
Pickpick

Quick good read. Took me a bit to get used to the dialect, but my biggest disappointment was it was too short. I wanna know more! I got this on a whim on a kindle sale, so wasn‘t too sure of the target audience, but I‘m thinking I‘ll read it to the kids before too long.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Mehso-so

I finished this about a month ago and read quite a few books in between (had a run of 3 books in 2 days while getting over a bug) and for the life of me I can‘t remember what it was about.... I do remember being bummed that I have to wait for the sequel and bumping her juvenile series Aru Shah up on my list, but had to google to refresh my memory. So, good reread, but obviously not remarkable.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

Sometimes I tear through short story anthologies, sometimes they take forever. I think part of the problem with this was shear exhaustion took over whenever I attempted to read and I‘d only make it a few pages in before falling asleep. But, as always, Jemisin is awesome.

review
Plaidsticks
Her Right Foot | Dave Eggers
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t normally share the hundreds of picture books we go through on here, but this was such a good book with a great simple message.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

Been waiting to share HP for so long! I think he was confused a bit by so many characters, but still definitely enjoyed it. Waiting a bit for book 2, then might add another book every year? I think that‘s my plan. I wanna share them all with him now, but they get so dark as they progress. #mordecaireads

review
Plaidsticks
Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
post image
Pickpick

I love it when middle school books make me cry...

review
Plaidsticks
O Jerusalem | Laurie R. King
post image
Pickpick

I think this was my favorite so far and I‘m super impatient now to start the next (need to finish the kids car audiobook first). I don‘t know how much is historically accurate, but enjoyed the new setting of early 20th century Palestine. #cottoncandyreads (also, finished all those on the same day!)

review
Plaidsticks
Becoming | Michelle Obama
post image
Pickpick

I bought this audiobook when it first came out then promptly forgot for some reason. An awesome listen. And makes me so sad at what we have now. #audiobook

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Mehso-so

Mor‘s least favorite. Focused on the middle girls (11-13) growing up and less on the youngest, so a lot of it went over Mor‘s head, nothing inappropriate, he just doesn‘t get crushes and takingnon extra responsibility. But he still loves the Penderwicks (which always baffles me a bit since it‘s not at all like his usual science/fantasy type pics). #mordecaireads

review
Plaidsticks
Forest World | Margarita Engle
Mehso-so

Another #mordecaireads that I forgot to snap a pic of. We read this one for homeschool book club (and then no one showed up 🤦🏻‍♀️) and...I understand why they picked it but it was not at all up Mor‘s alley. Also written in poem form with switching narrators so it was really hard for him to follow what was happening. Led to good discussions about immigration and conservation, but in his words, “We read that boring book for nothing!?”

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I think I preferred this one to the other two, but Mor is bummed that the series is over. But is excited that I‘ve let him start recording “book reviews for his own YouTube show” (videos have yet to be shared but I am always impressed with how much his 5-year-old brain actually pulls in from our chapter book readings. #mordecaireads

review
Plaidsticks
Mehso-so

Must have forgotten to snap a pic of this one before I returned to the library. No complaints from the kids, but this was my least favorite of the three. #mordecaireads

review
Plaidsticks
The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
post image
Pickpick

Such a great, captivating listen. #audiobook

review
Plaidsticks
No Citizen Left Behind | Meira Levinson
post image
Panpan

I almost bailed on this so many times (and in fact did skip most of the final chapter). It was just so unnecessarily dense. I was interested in the subject so plowed through, and genuinely enjoyed the anecdotes about Levinson‘s experiences in the classroom. The book needed more of those and less unnecessary highbrow rambling.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Mehso-so

My biggest complaint was the lack of black voices in all of this. It might be due to the historical record, but the whole book was from a European perspective instead of Congolese who were tortured and exterminated. #audiobook

review
Plaidsticks
Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
post image
Pickpick

Hurricane Katrina was a huge cluster fuck. You think you know the extent of the shit our government tries to pull, and then you find out more and it fucks with a brain spoon feed that “we‘re the best” since birth. It‘s hard to square that away with “we our not our government” but we kinda are...

BarbaraBB This was such a powerful book! 3y
3 likes1 comment
quote
Plaidsticks
Zeitoun | Dave Eggers

“This country country was not unique. This country was fallible.”

Something that I‘m unfortunately still struggling to come to grips with.

review
Plaidsticks
Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
post image
Pickpick

This has been on my list FOREVER. Excellent read.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Mehso-so

#audiobook interesting enough listen.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

#mordecaireads Mor has to break off and listen solo a few times cause he liked it so much.

review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

Again with the time thing (finished in July). An easy to listen memoir. #audiobook

review
Plaidsticks
Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
post image
Pickpick

The story reminded me a lot of Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, but soooooo much better.

13 likes1 stack add
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve listened to the first few of this series, but the library doesn‘t have them all in audio, so instead I read with the narrators voice in my head. #cottoncandyreads