Tally Monday- April 22, 2019

Checked Out

  1. the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace
  2. Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
  3. The Art of Simple Living by Sunmyo Masuma
  4. Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill
  5. Kiss of Surrender by Sandra Hill
  6. Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson


  1. When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom
  2. The House by A. O’Connor
  3. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia
  4. An American Princess by Annejet von der Zijl
  5. All This I Will Give To You by Delores Redando
  6. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Patzsch
  7. About the Night by Anat Talshir
  8. The Dark Heart by Joakin Palikinkivist
  9. Go by Kczuki Kaneshiro
  10. The Passion According to Carmela by Marcus Aquinn
  11. This Life or the Next by Demian Vitanza


  1. Saga, vol 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. Saga, vol 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
  3. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
  4. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  5. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Reading Forbidden Secrets by R.L. Stine (book), Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr (ebook), The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (audio), Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Danikan (nonfiction), the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace (poetry), and A Calendar of Days by Leo Tolstoy

I read a lot last week and, as always happens when I read a lot, I am thus feeling over confident in my reading abilities.  So I checked out some books and I bought some books.

Every year Amazon gives about nine books in celebration of World Book Day and you can bet your ass that I download every one.

I am caught up on Saga which is apparently on hiatus which means that I pretty much want to stab someone in the face.

I finally finished Sleeping Giants which was GD delightful.  I cannot wait to read the next in the trilogy,

I was thinking this morning about being well read.  See, the internet is weird because you are in contact with so many different people and that means that I come across people who read way more than me and have made ti through more classics and have read the latest bestseller.  I tend to measure myself against this.  I waffle between “I haven’t read enough classics” to “I want to read what the cool kids are reading.”  But today I realized that I read more than one other person who I know in real life and I think I might read more broadly than anyone I know.  I’m kind of a superstar in my own world.

But books, man.  They are the glue that holds my world together.  I hope there’s a library in heaven.


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

There is nothing about this book that I should like.  I am not a fan of science fiction.  I downright hate to read interviews.  But here we are.  I chose this book as a Book of the Month Club pick in July of 2016.  It sat on my desk, unread.  However, when I rejoined this year I decided that I was going to read ALL of my Book of the Month Club books and this one was first.  I dove in and was delighted.

It didn’t take long for the interviews to feel not like interviews.  The characters are very well developed just through the dialogue.  It helps that these interviews are “files” and debriefings” where characters are describing what happened to a mysterious man, who I just naturally started calling The Smoking Man.  He has that kind of feel about him.

When Rose Franklin was a little girl, she fell into a hole in the ground and woke up in a glowing turquoise cavern.  She was sitting in the palm of a giant’s hand.  rose eventually becomes a scientist and she begins to work on the hand.  First they seek out more parts, eventually assembling the robot while they work on decoding the glowing panels found with the hand.  The Smoking Man assembles a team to work on the giant and we learn about them each individually.

Then things get out of hand, no pun intended but it was a pretty good one.

Where did the robot come from and what does it mean for the future of mankind?  I’m going to have to read the next two books and let you know.

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

I listened to You Are a Badass last year and I liked it but I didn’t really know what to say about it.  In the meantime, this book kept popping up: in blogs and on podcasts and randomly.  I kept ignoring it.  “I don’t need to make money,” I thought.  “I need to figure out what I want.”

Well, the answer to that is money.  Honestly, Sincero makes a really good point about how money is the thing that we all really want because it helps us to get all of those other things that we want.  I particularly like the argument that it’s not an “either/or” thing.  I don’t want either a new house or to pay off my debts, I want both.

Basically, I’ve been gushing about this book for a week.  Sincero operates under the law of attraction and listening to the audiobook got me super pumped up.  Each chapter ends with a money mantra, some action steps, and the fill-in-the-blank of, “I love money because.”  After a few months of feeling lost, this really helped me to pin down what I want and it got me back into the swing of pursuing my dreams.

A+, have suggested to about a million people already.

Tally Monday- April 15, 2019

Checked Out

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  2. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
  3. Revival by Tim Seeley
  4. I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
  5. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace


  1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  2. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  3. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  5. Pillar of the Sky by Cecelia Holland
  6. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  7. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
  8. Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade
  9. Devil with the Deal by Ron Schwab
  10. The Mouth of Hell by Ron Schwab
  11. The Last Hunt by Rob Schwab


  1. Saga, vol 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. Enchantments by Mya Spalter
  3. The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra
  4. Saga, vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

Reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (book), Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr (ebook), You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero (audio), Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Danikan (nonfiction), The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (poetry), and A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy

Lately my sentiment about books has been a lot of, “Oh, fuck it.”  But I mean that in the best way possible.  I have checked out books and I have bought books and I am super okay with that.  I want that abundance.  I want the books to cascade into reckless piles.  I want to devour them all.

I go through these things, you know.

I had a pretty good reading week, too.  I didn’t accomplish what I meant to but I did manage to finish three books in one day, which felt really damn good.  I wanted to finish Sleeping Giants because it is so good and I have been reading it for so long but it just didn’t happen.  There was something about last week that sent me careening. I can’t put my finger on it but I just wanted to go home and have a drink and go to bed pretty much every single day.  I had good days and bad days, good moods and bad moods, but the whole week had a very strange feel about it.  It was kind of like I couldn’t quite get it right even when I was getting it right.

I’m still behind at work but I am caught up at home and that’s nice.

I read The Ultimate Happiness Prescription a chapter at a time in the afternoons.  It flew by because there are only seven chapters, an into, and a conclusion.  It made me think that I should do that with more books.  So I chose one and got started on it only to realize that I hate the author and I realized that it would probably be a better use of my time to read a chapter of my book book every afternoon instead of picking up one more thing.

There is a world of stories that I want to plunge into but if you sit on the edge of the pool and soak your feet instead of diving in, you’re liable to keep doing it.  I guess it’s time to break some of my bad habits again.

But reading?  That’s the best habit.

Just a side note:  Reading Sleeping Giants and Chariots of the Gods at the same time is proving to be pretty great.  They tie together really well.

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra

I have a bit of a thing for books about happiness and personal growth but this was my first Chopra.  It was on display at the library and it was so short that I couldn’t help myself.  It was a pretty quick read but it probably should be read slower, with some space in between the seven keys so that you can just work on them.

However, this was not my favorite book on the subject.  Sometimes it feels like wise men have to talk in circles until you’re confused and think they’re wise because of it.  I found with many of the chapters that I would start off completely on board and about half way through I would find myself going, “Wait.  What?”  I knew most of this already but as Chopra went more into each principle they somehow managed to become more convoluted.

My final opinion on the book was based on the last chapter and is kind of a personal thing.  Chopra implies that what we are all looking for is not necessarily happiness but enlightenment, a sense of being.  Okay…  Maybe?  I guess that for the most part I am just looking for a higher quality of life.  Like, I’m pretty cool with not being one with everything.  It also kind of seems like a cop out to promise that it’s the only happiness solution that you’ll ever need and then end it with enlightenment.  Like, enlightenment takes people years to obtain.

I’m also no saying that I didn’t get anything from this.  It was a nice reassertion that I need to observe and let things go and I have felt a bit better since reading it.  Still, not my cup of tea but it may be yours.

Enchantments by Mya Spalter

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I loved it.

Spalter does a great job with her introduction to witchcraft.  She covers a lot of material very well and in a few pages.  If you’re out of practice and looking to refresh or you’ve gotten a basic handle on a lot of stuff and want a little step up, this is a great book.  I have been studying for 22 years now and after a couple of years away this felt like a great refresher.  It reminded me of some things that I had forgotten about, got me excited about some new things, and made me laugh.

Spalter covers a wide variety of topics in her text.  Candles, sigils, oils, astrology, tarot, crystals.  She touches on a lot of things.  This is not a spell book but Spalter does give you the tools to develop your own magic.  Many of the chapters conclude with a short list of resources which also are pretty good.

Also, I just really liked her tone.  She’s very conversational, tells bad jokes and admits it, makes pop culture references, and basically manages to sound like someone you’d like to actually talk to.  She even includes some stories about working at Enchantments, the shop, that are pretty great for anyone who has worked in retail.

Excellent read.  Totally worth it.

Tally Monday- April 8, 2019

Checked Out

  1. Castle of Deception by Mercedes Lackey
  2. Everyday Blessings by Myla and Jon Kabat Zinn
  3. Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race
  4. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel


  1. First Women  by Kate Anderson Brower
  2. Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot
  3. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  4. Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
  5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


  1. Saga, vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. The Reckoning by Edith Wharton

Reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvan Neuvel (book), Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr (ebook), The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (audiobook), The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra (because why the hell not), Enchantments by Mya Spalter, Best Loved Poems of the American People (poetry), and Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy

One of the most gratifying reading experiences for me is a quiet night, a little drinky, and a good book.  It was in this spirit that I sat down on Monday night with a bottle of my favorite wine (Apothic) and my Little Black Classic from Edith Wharton.  I sipped my wine and read my book while Hubby played a video game next to me on the couch.  It was quiet and I had turned off most of the lights so that we were a singular island of couch and light and it was wonderful.  Wharton, by the way, is a son of a bitch who will pull a fast one on you and leave you feeling devastated.  It’s like I always have hope until the very last page and then she laughs coldy and she punches you in the heart.  I love her.

It was a great reading experience and, to be honest, just about my only one last week.  Stomach flu took me out of the game for two whole days and, yeah, I should have spent those days reading.  Instead I spent them in bed, sleeping and playing Stardew Valley for hours at a time.  I don’t feel bad about this.  I was sick and I did what felt best and I really enjoyed my game.  My week looked like this: Monday was great reading, Tuesday and Wednesday were a wreck of sickness, Thursday and Friday were mad dashes to get everything done with half as much energy as usual.

There is good news for my reading life, though:  Hubby is currently addicted to a game on the Switch so I have been marooned from Stardew Valley for the time being.  I just have a time sensitive project to complete and then I am home free for some reading!

On the other hand, I may have overdone my intake last week.  I mean, like, I bought five books and checked out four and I have requests out for even more.  I guess I just started feeling like it wasn’t hurting anybody if I gave into those impulses.  Who cares?  So what if I increase someone’s income and increase some circulation statistics?  You should be thanking me.

This week I am feeling unstoppable and I hope that translates to some reading, too!