Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
catatonic1242

catatonic1242

Joined April 2016

Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

So, the book itself was "meh," but the audiobook, as read by Elwes, was awesome. I didn't realize he was such a talented voice actor.

blurb
catatonic1242
post image

Could we, I don't know, *not* mention this female doctor's size and shape *twice* in one paragraph when it has absolutely nothing to do with her actual, you know, WORK? #everythingmakesmeangryrightnow

review
catatonic1242
post image
Mehso-so

Half a story of survival and half a story about titanium. Half fascinating, half deadly dull.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Mehso-so

The structure of this needed some work - it was neither chronological nor organized by topic, so I sometimes got a little lost. The audiobook reader was a tad annoying, too - she didn't need to give all of the women Valley Girl inflections. I might have dropped out if I didn't love Jon Stewart so.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this, but the last 1/4 was like Return of the King - it had about a million endings, each one slightly less engaging than the one before it. With 50+ chapters, this definitely could have used a heavier editing hand.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I have a confession: this is the first book I have read in almost two months. Moving across the country has been hectic and it significantly cut into my reading time. But I finally found my new local library! I haven't seen this show at all, and this was not what I expected, but I enjoyed this read.

Megabooks I hope your move went well! I'm glad you're back to reading. 😃📖 6y
catatonic1242 @Ebooksandcooks Thanks!! I'm glad to be back to it, too. Feels like my life is finally getting "normal" again after a couple of months of (good!) upheaval. 6y
angrylilasian Moving is so stressful! I'm glad things are settling and that you found your local library. 😄 6y
12 likes3 comments
review
catatonic1242
Do Not Find Me | Kathleen Novak
post image
Mehso-so

Conflicted about this one. The writing was lovely, but the main focus is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, so there are many cliches and things that only happen because they're dramatic, not because of any real motivation. I wanted to like this more than I did, but I guess I'd say it let me down.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

My non-spoilery reaction: What even...? How in the...? That can't be... Huh!?! When does the movie come out???

catatonic1242 My spoilery reaction: Holy crap, I really did not see Tom's guilt coming. At alternate point, I thought Rachel, Anna and Scott had all done it, and I really didn't expect Rachel and Anna in collusion about Tom's death. But not in a bad way - it all made sense, but was so surprising! 6y
18 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

So sad, yet also so very brave. Wrenching, stomach-churning, but worth it.

Read_Abundantly I read this one a couple months ago and I still think about it daily. I feel weird saying it's one of my "favorites" but it has just stuck with me so deeply. 6y
catatonic1242 @Read_Abundantly I get you. "Favorite" isn't really the right word, but... Memorable. Thought-provoking. It'll be stuck in my head for a very long time. 6y
16 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Panpan

Mindless. Bratty. Trashy. Revealed nothing of any consequence.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I was quite bored during the first section ("Some Things I Believe"), as I found it a tad repetitive; however, the sections afterward were glorious. There are so many things I haven't seen, read or heard that I must see, read and hear now because of Gaiman's words.

14 likes1 stack add
review
catatonic1242
Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
post image
Pickpick

I didn't have a lot of hope for this after the first twenty pages or so, but it really surprised me! Instead of a generic thriller, it really did turn into an interesting, frustrating adventure, with unexpected twists up to the very end. A lot of fun!

jessberk13 Just put in a request for this at my library. Can't wait! 6y
Simona @catatonic1242 Seeing this one everywhere and I didn't want to put it in my uncontrollable TBR, but now I give up 😳 6y
catatonic1242 @jessica I honestly just stumbled upon it on display at my library and picked it up based on the jacket summary. It was a great surprise! @Simona I'm not usually a mystery/thriller kind of person, but it really did hit the spot! Sorry! 😂 6y
17 likes3 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Mehso-so

I struggled. The first 100 and the last 100 pages were great. The middle section, which was almost entirely a biography of George Wallace, was out of place and slow. Felt like a book purporting to be about a lynching and a fight to bring down the KKK should have focused more on those things.

16 likes1 stack add
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I loved this. I cried, I rejoiced, and I got my happy ending. ❤️💛💚💙💜

18 likes1 stack add
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

You ever have one of those "WTF did I just read?" moments?

Yeaaaaaaaah.

Matilda I love that book so much! 6y
anrobe This book is full of those moments! 6y
MrBook That's a double-take just to make sure you're paying attention 😉😎👍🏻. 6y
Lizpixie Loved this book, but yeah. Lots of those "hang on, did I read that right?" moments. ? 6y
26 likes4 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Panpan

This one took me forever to read because, with apologies to all involved, it was just really, really boring. I should have bailed on the first hundred or so pages, but I stuck it out and it never got any more interesting.

review
catatonic1242
post image
Panpan

My father fought in Vietnam. I support our troops 150%. I admire them and I thank them for what they do.

I hated this book. What an egomaniacal, xenophobic asshat. I cringed every time I heard the word "savages," and that story about punching the mentally handicapped kid? Reprehensible and gross.

blurb
catatonic1242
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
post image

So, this may be lame, but these are the kinds of things I use as bookmarks: airplane boarding passes, the receipts my library gives me and this one weird coupon for free hugs that I found in a library book I checked out once.

SusanInTiburon I think boarding passes are superb bookmarks. 6y
catatonic1242 @Susanintiburon Me too! And, unlike real bookmarks, it feels like I never lose boarding passes (note the one from today's picture is from a flight a month ago)! 6y
moranadatter That free hug coupon is great! 6y
catatonic1242 @kmdartist Right? It was in The Sellout, of all places. 6y
16 likes4 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

This was a speedy little read - it took me maybe two hours to get through. No new territory for anyone who has read up on the death penalty, but I liked Kurtis' approach - to-the-point, illustrative and factual.

14 likes1 stack add
review
catatonic1242
Lagoon | Nnedi Okorafor
post image
Mehso-so

I... Didn't much care for this. It took me forever to get through the first 100 pages, because it felt like Okorafor was trying too hard. It revealed both too much and not enough at all of the wrong times. There was an interesting story somewhere here, but the style just muddled it.

review
catatonic1242
A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore
post image
Pickpick

So... I liked the book, but I didn't like the audiobook. Fisher Stevens was... Off. Sometimes cringe-worthy. But that aside, I was a fan of the story, the writing and the humor, which is always classic Moore. I just may stick to reading instead of listening...

QuoteQueen Idk if I could do an audio book. I just don't comprehend things when they're spoken to me...so tempting but I think I'd just have to read whatever I heard again or follow along in the book...which would defeat the purpose. Also, kids. Haha. I can tune them out when I read, not when I listen. 6y
catatonic1242 @VeteransWife512 This is only the second audiobook I've ever done. I don't think they're for me - I could have read this book in two days, but the audiobook took me three weeks. 6y
14 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I love Jon Krakauer. This work is equally as compelling as anything else I've read by him. The murder and violence here make Battle Royale look like some kids just having high tea. I do need a diagram, though, to figure out who married who (Stepfathers! Uncles!).

18 likes2 stack adds
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

This was clearly my fault for putting the book down for 30 seconds. I put the book down to dig my phone out from under the same cat.

brendanmleonard Love this book! What a cute cat! 6y
catatonic1242 @brendanmleonard Thanks! I have loved everything I've read of Krakauer's, so I don't know why I haven't read this until now. 6y
BookMusings And there are many fascinating books about the FLDS! 6y
See All 6 Comments
catatonic1242 @BookMusings I know! I could read non-fiction books about culty religions all day long... I just find them so fascinating! 6y
BookMusings @catatonic1242 yes, so fascinating! 👍 6y
MrBook That's what my feline does 😸. 6y
23 likes5 stack adds6 comments
review
catatonic1242
The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
post image
Pickpick

Uncomfortable. Thoughtful. Reckless.

Damn funny.

quote
catatonic1242
The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
post image

Worst Idea Ever: Reading this book on a plane. Uncomfortable closeness + uncontrollable laugher = Many strange looks.

Readaholics Ha! I have this on my "to read" list. It sounds hilarious! 6y
13 likes1 comment
review
catatonic1242
post image
Mehso-so

It could have benefitted from more stories of real cons (the enjoyable parts) and less summarizing the research of others (the boring bits).

review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

Christmas in July!

Even though some of the ideas here are a direct rip from the (waaaaaay superior) American Gods, I still thought this was fun. It's never gonna be a classic, but it was satisfying.

LukkiAnn What a view!!! 6y
19 likes1 comment
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

I am so hungover. You'd think I'd be wise enough by my age to know not to do birthday Fireball shots, but you'd be wrong.

At least I can recover in the shade with a book that I'm enjoying way more than I anticipated.

TheApesOfWrath It takes longer to recover every year... 6y
catatonic1242 @TheApesOfWrath Right? In my twenties it took me a couple of hours. In my mid-thirties, it apparently takes me a day and a half. 6y
14 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

Finished this quick little read on the flight to Mexico. I love everything Krakauer has ever written - even though I hate camping and reading about camping, I could read about mountaineering all day every day.

10 likes1 stack add
review
catatonic1242
Yes Please | Amy Poehler
post image
Pickpick

It surprised me that I enjoyed this audiobook, as I don't normally care for Parks and Rec, SNL or audiobooks. But it was just the right amount of funny and insightful.

angrylilasian Have you listened to Tina Fey's Bossypants? Even funnier! 6y
BookMusings Loved this one too! 6y
17 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
post image

Um, HELP! All my holds came in at once again.

So, I'm going to Mexico tomorrow - how many books is reasonable to take for 4-1/2 days of doing nothing but reading and drinking on the beach? And which ones should I take??

Well-ReadNeck Mount Char is a vacation-y read! 6y
Lizpixie Second Mount Char, and definitely Hex too 6y
Demanda Definitely take hex so you can tell me how it is! 6y
See All 7 Comments
moranadatter Lagoon! 6y
catatonic1242 @Well-ReadNeck @Lizpixie @Demanda @kmdartist Awesome, I will take Mount Char, Hex and Lagoon (and maybe another one or two, because I can't help myself). Thanks! 6y
JackieSmith Take them all, duh. 😜 6y
catatonic1242 @jaclynsmith345 There are weight limits on checked luggage... 😛 And I already have 6 books in my carry-on. 6y
22 likes7 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Panpan

350 pages and all I'm left with is intense sympathy for White's long-suffering wife and the sneaking suspicion that I will scream the next time anyone describes anything as "nut-brown."

OSChamberlain Exactly how I felt about T. A. Barron describing everything as Azure. The azure ocean or her azure eyes 😤😤 6y
catatonic1242 @OSChamberlain Ooof. That would be worse. 6y
9 likes2 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

Why did I check this out and why am I still struggling to get through it? I don't even LIKE camping!

BookMusings Boo for camping!!👍👍 6y
catatonic1242 @BookMusings I consider staying at any hotel of lower quality than a Hampton Inn to be camping. Why did I think I would enjoy reading about it? 6y
BookMusings @catatonic1242 I guess sometimes living vicariously doesn't make it any more fun. Also, maybe a misleading title because it might be fun to look at the stars for a few minutes 😉 6y
11 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
post image

I'm not at home until Monday, so I can't post a picture of my bookshelves, so instead for FPF, I am posting this accurate description of me. As to the topic, I like true crime (especially since jury duty), general non-fiction (but not biographies) and long, modern, fantasy-esque novels.

kaitlyn Love this :) 6y
LukkiAnn So do I, so do I... 6y
20 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
Battle Royale | Koushun Takami
post image
Pickpick

I very much enjoyed this. That said, these kids are supposed to be, what, 15 years old? Yet almost all of them are seriously psychologically damaged: prostitutes, orphans, psychopaths... Doesn't anyone grow up "normal" in dystopian Japan? Makes me grateful my class was just full of "mean girls."

15 likes1 stack add
blurb
catatonic1242
A Dirty Job: A Novel | Christopher Moore
post image

I don't usually listen to audiobooks; however, I had a 6-hour drive tonight, so I figured, "What the hell?" So far, it's mostly about Fisher Stevens making me uncomfortable with his Mickey Rooney-esque Chinese woman's accent. The book is pretty funny despite that, though. I'll soldier on!

Lizpixie I love Christopher Moore! You'all need to listen to the audiobook of his story, The Stupidest Angel. Had me snorting with laughter and giggling to myself on the train. Lots of strange looks that day! It's narrated by a newsreader, his voice with the ridiculous text is hilarious. 6y
catatonic1242 @Lizpixie I have enjoyed the Christopher Moore that I have read in the past; for some reason, though, I have started this one in physical book form several times and never finished. Maybe this time I'll get to the end! 6y
13 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
Battle Royale | Koushun Takami
post image

And then my library copy fell apart...

catatonic1242 @Simona Right? 😱 6y
Megabooks 😳😱😰 6y
7 likes4 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I completely agree with whoever wrote this in the back of my library copy - a strange little book, indeed! Still, it was a fast and intriguing read. Even if it wasn't as "deep" as I longed for it to be, I still enjoyed it.

autumnprivett How cool that your library does that! 6y
catatonic1242 @autumnprivett Actually, I've never seen this before, but I had to intralibrary loan this one! 6y
18 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I'm giving this a "like," even though I think I've decided this genre is not for me. The writing was great, the plot was riveting... The ending left me cold, but it was well done (this is no Maestra). I think I'm just not a mystery/thriller girl.

TheApesOfWrath This has been in my Baker & Taylor shopping cart for over a year! 6y
catatonic1242 @TheApesOfWrath Even though it was long, it was truly a quick read. I think I ripped through it in just a couple of days. If you like mystery/thriller/detective stories, I think you'll enjoy it! 6y
15 likes2 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

Fun Photo Friday: The sleeping cat was initially alarmed when I placed the book on him, but he immediately went back to sleep.

SusanInTiburon Cuz he trusts you. Such a sweetheart. 6y
Liberty 😻😻😻 6y
catatonic1242 @Susanintiburon Yes, he is a lover. And also a drooler. I usually don't let him near the books for that very reason. 6y
17 likes3 comments
review
catatonic1242
Assholes: A Theory | Aaron James
post image
Pickpick

I really loved the first half of this. I wish I'd skipped the chapter on "Asshole Capitalism," as it was a bit dry, but overall I thought this was both funny and thoughtful.

QuoteQueen Idk how many times I have almost bought this book. Lol 6y
catatonic1242 @VeteransWife512 I gave it to my dad for Father's Day, with the caveat that, "I'm not saying this is *about* you, I'm just saying you might enjoy it." ? 6y
QuoteQueen Haha. I've thought about getting it for my hubs for the same reason 😂 6y
11 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
catatonic1242
post image

#libraryproblems When all your holds come in at the same time, what do you read next??!?

Megabooks The Diver's Clothes is a quick read and will knock one off fast. I'd do that! 6y
catatonic1242 @Ebooksandcooks Awesome! I think you might have been the reason I put that one on hold! 6y
Megabooks Yay! 6y
catatonic1242 @Ebooksandcooks BTW, it *was* a quick read. I got it done between naps on my plane rides today! 6y
Megabooks Fantastic! It really gets you off to a good start to finish one. Cheers to more reading! 6y
21 likes5 comments
quote
catatonic1242
Assholes: A Theory | Aaron James
post image

"We first seek neither the 'royal asshole,' who is distinguished even among assholes, nor the 'borderline asshole," whose status as an asshole is not entirely clear. We want to identify the mean asshole between these extremes: your normal, everyday asshole."

9 likes1 stack add
review
catatonic1242
post image
Bailedbailed

I really, really wanted to like this, given all of the rave reviews, but Sacks' writing style just isn't for me. I made it through the first 100 pages before I gave up.

Liberty This is one of the only books I've ever stopped reading. 😞 6y
catatonic1242 @Liberty Oh, so glad I'm not alone! 6y
8 likes2 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

It's as disturbing as it is thorough, as heartbreaking as it is meticulous.

BookMusings I'm just about to start this! Glad to hear it's good! 6y
catatonic1242 @BookMusings It really is. There are a lot of players, though, so don't be afraid to use the reference section in the back to help keep them straight (I know I needed to). 6y
21 likes7 stack adds2 comments
review
catatonic1242
Maestra | L S Hilton
post image
Panpan

Nope.

Nope. Nope.

Nopenopenopenopenope.

Yossarian But tell us how you really feel ... 6y
catatonic1242 @Yossarian There honestly isn't enough "NOPE" in the world for this garbagefire of a "novel." The only thing "novel" about it is how objectionable it is. 6y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Yeah, I am so glad I did not read this. And then so many people were posting excerpts, @Yossarian included, and I just laughed at most of them thinking it had to be a joke, surely... 6y
See All 7 Comments
catatonic1242 @BooksTeasAndBookishThings I went into it completely blind, no idea what it was even about. I'm only glad I read it because now I'm in on the joke. Otherwise, not worth it. 6y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Yeah, I am thinking that if all else fails, it can be a weapon. If someone just makes you mad or ruins a book... Recommend this and simply wait. ;) 6y
catatonic1242 @BooksTeasAndBookishThings I don't think I could bear to do that. I wouldn't want anyone to even remotely suspect that I legitimately liked it. 6y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Haha yeah, I get that. 6y
21 likes7 comments
review
catatonic1242
post image
Pickpick

I just finished reading this on the plane ride home. This book was dense, dry and not unbiased, but it was also fascinating, disheartening, and alarming. I loved it, but it may not be for everyone.

catatonic1242 I was recently a juror on a capital double-murder trial. DNA played a role in the case and it piqued my interest. Our justice system is broken, and I have seen it first-hand. Now I'm trying to figure out WHY and what can be done. 6y
NatalieR @catatonic1242 That's an incredible experience you had. I work in the justice system and you are so right, it is broken. I'm hopeful more of us can help change it. 6y
catatonic1242 @NatalieR The frustrating part is - where do I start? Victim's rights? Juror education/counseling/advocacy? I know I want to help, I want to be a small part of making things "better," but how does a layperson like me even begin? 6y
NatalieR @catatonic1242 I started by volunteering. Check out your area and see what opportunities are available. Helps get your foot in the door and you can try more things. 6y
9 likes1 stack add4 comments
quote
catatonic1242
post image

I am *loving* this book. It raises so many interesting questions about individual agency, legal principles and scientific issues.

blurb
catatonic1242
post image

Hypothetical question, gang: What would you do if you spilled a small amount of, oh, say, Crystal Light on the closed pages of a library book? 😳

ReadingOver50 Return it and hope they don't notice 6y
Megabooks I'm with @ReadingOver50 🙈 6y
12 likes3 comments
review
catatonic1242
Progeny | Tosca Lee
post image
Panpan

I can't even with this. An interesting concept poorly executed makes for a hard-to-swallow (and follow!) plot line with characters I cared nothing about.