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33% complete! realjame has read 4 of 12 books.

Isabel Waidner: Corey Fah Does Social Mobility (2024, Graywolf Press) 4 stars

Fantastic and unique in every way

5 stars

I loved it. There's a lot to love about it. Of course, the theme about social mobility as the title says. The plot was really off-the-walls in a lot of ways and everything the book was building up came together beautifully in the final 20 or so pages. Loved it!!!! I thought the prose, as well as how the story and character interactions is explained and told was done really uniquely here. It bends traditional writing styles, sentences tend to be more blunt and streamlined, but still rich with meaning. Will I write like Corey Fah's style? Maybe not, but I have learned that I have a craving for books with unique writing styles. This book is also queer, and it's written by a queer author, and I had no idea about that going in but it was pretty swag to discover :^) and it definitely gave the book extra …

J. Lyndon Shanley, John Updike, Henry David Thoreau: Walden (2016, Princeton University Press) 4 stars

Walden (; first published in 1854 as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is a …

I returned it to the library after 2 months of renewing it. I was listening to it through an audiobook for my family's car to listen to while driving by myself. But motivating myself to listen to it was difficult, and the book was honestly kind of boring in a lot of places. Maybe I will have to read it visually sometime. But I ended up only finishing 4 of the 10 CDs my audiobook copy came with.

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness (EBook, 2014, Standard Ebooks) 4 stars

Originally published serially as a three-part story, Heart of Darkness is a short but thematically …

Read it for English class, but it's good!

4 stars

Finished reading it for my English class a few weeks ago. I always like the books we've read in high school, but this book was nearly a different story. It was honestly a very difficult and confusing read. But reading summaries alongside the book, as well as making notes for assignments helped me understand the book, and combined with the way the book resolves, I kinda really like it? I don't think I'll reread it again, but I can see why it's such a classic.

. Nagabe: Monotone Blue (EBook, 2022, Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC) 4 stars


Hachi the cat finds most things monotonous, especially high school. But …

I wish gay snakes were real

5 stars

If you ever feel down about being excited but not having a tail to wag, you'll love this. Monotone Blue was indulgent (not just because of the tails). Also I loved the art and the composition of the panels, I don't really read manga so this was pretty swag. Good stuff, now I don't know what to do with my life having finished it. 👍

Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone: This Is How You Lose the Time War (Paperback, 2020, Gallery / Saga Press) 4 stars

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange …

I saw a post on my Twitter feed yesterday practically begging people to read this book: "just go in blind and read it, it's only 200 pages, 4 hour long audiobook" they pretty much said.

And this is one of the books I got from my library last week, but I haven't touched it. So I'll accept this sign from the universe to finally start reading it.

J. Lyndon Shanley, John Updike, Henry David Thoreau: Walden (2016, Princeton University Press) 4 stars

Walden (; first published in 1854 as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is a …

I'm reading this from an audiobook I found at the library, gives me something to listen to in the car lol. I've never really listened to books through audio before, so I wonder if I'll absorb the information differently or finish it at a different pace or something like that. Also the last CD comes with an pdf ebook, wowee