Category Archives: Reviewettes

Linkity wonders if frazzled is my new pandemic state of mind

Reading Update
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-LoveThe Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. I definitely need to reread this and journal about the prompts and questions.
The Time of the DarkThe Time of the Dark (Darwath #1) by Barbara Hambly. I enjoyed it as I read it, but I’m not sure I’ll read the rest of the series.

Lights on, nobody home in Chaos land.

Linkity is no more caught up or less frazzled than last week

Reading Update
The Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. It was good, but I kept getting tripped up by her insistence on faith being nonnegotiable. I adore her podcast, tho!

*side-eyeing* -Chaos

*drowsing* -Mayhem

Falling back with linkity

Reading Update
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated AmericaThe Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. Be prepared to be horrified and enraged.
The Library of the Unwritten (Hell's Library #1)The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by AJ Hackwith. Good enough to suck me in, even though I never shook the comparisons to another series or two.

Flashback photo of Mayhem from 2015!


Linkity’s hopeful next week will be less crazy

Keep your fingers crossed on that! 😀

Reading Update
19191919 by Eve L Ewing. An exploration of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (part of the “Red Summer” in the US) via haunting poetry.
Electric ArchesElectric Arches by Eve L Ewing. Some more haunting poetry from Ewing.
Other Worlds Than TheseOther Worlds Than These edited by John Joseph Adams. Pretty good collection of parallel world and portal stories that started out a lot stronger than it finished.

“Neener, neener, neener!” -Chaos

And another round of whirlwind linkity!

New releases: Smart Bitches (romance), (horror/genre-benders)

Linkity from Smart Bitches. And from the Pen Addict.

Notes from Isolation: A Soundtrack for Now“.

Scientists, 90s and today.


…simultaneously adorable and dystopian.

A wonderful last contact story.

Variations of Fawkes the Phoenix.

Neanderthals were plying.

Lord of the Rings game, but you play as the ring (not a real game, alas).

“2020 summed up in book titles”.

Well, it’s the reason I have black cats, so!

“Theory: Nobody who writes a physics textbook gives any fucks”.



Pumpkin tres leches cake.

The xkcd dialect quiz. Hover cursor/long-press for caption.

And xkcd’s ultimate all-in-one printer. Again with the hovering and such.

“Thanksgiving-flavored” candy cornAnd $49 pink pineapples. And desk tents. Least usable keyboard ever? Disturbing blazer is disturbing.

Reading Update
Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic WomenCamouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela & Sophie Standing. Cute short comic that combines some stats and some personal stories.
So You Want to Talk About RaceSo You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This was very good – I liked how she split topics into chapters (for easy reference later), and she covered some things I hadn’t seen covered in my previous reading.
Ballistic KissBallistic Kiss (Sandman Slim #11) by Richard Kadrey. A solid addition to the series. Was Stark more socially awkward in this than usual?!

“Shake my paw?” -Chaos

Whirlwind linkity of whirlwindiness

Reading Update
The Unkindest Tide (October Daye, #13)The Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13) by Seanan McGuire. At last we find out what the Luidaeg has been darkly hinting at regarding the Selkies!
Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1)Witches of Lychford, The Lost Child of Lychford (Lychford, #2)The Lost Child of Lychford, A Long Day in Lychford (Lychford, #3)A Long Day in Lychford, The Lights Go Out in Lychford (Lychford, #4)The Lights Go Out in Lychford (Witches of Lychford 1-4) by Paul Cornell. I was kinda sucked into this series of novellas until the fourth book ended with a cliffhanger. HULKSMASH.

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Mayhem and Chaos

Actual linkity before my next class starts on October 8


Think, Do, Make, Learn

Life in These Pandemic Times


Artsy Crafty


Cool or Wha…?



Teh Cute

Reading Update
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (10th Anniversary Edition) by Michelle Alexander. Very powerful. Very tragic. Completely enraging.
Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid, #9)Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid #9) by Seanan McGuire. Well, there IS a bonus novella at the end, but the main story ends in a cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out until late February 2021. Grr.
Temporally Out of OrderTemporally Out of Order edited by Joshua Palmatier. I checked it out for the Seanan McGuire short story, but I ended up enjoying nearly all of the stories in this collection.
MiddlegameMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire. Totally sucked me in!
The Starless SeaThe Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. WOW. I liked this a lot more than The Night Circus. Still won’t swear that I understood all of it!


A little light’n’fluffy linkity to tide you over

Reading Update
The Phoenix Illusion (SPI Files #6)The Phoenix Files (SPI Files #6) by Lisa Shearin. I’m not exactly sure why I read this, other than the ebook was checked in at my library…
In Truth and Claw (A Mick Oberon Job #4)In Truth and Claw (Mick Oberon #4) by Ari Marmell. I tried, but I only got a few pages in and realized I wasn’t interested in continuing this series.
To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1)To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1) by Harper Kincaid. Sometimes a cozy mystery hits the spot.
In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)In an Absent Dream, Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)Come Tumbling Down, Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children 4-5, 1) by Seanan McGuire. Tore right through In an Absent Dream and then had to go back and reread the first book because I didn’t remember who Lundy was. D’oh. Then zoomed through Come Tumbling Down, too. Whew!
Just Us: An American ConversationJust Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine. Powerful. Moving. Insightful. Painful. Definitely rereading it. I watched her interview with Kerri Miller of Talking Volumes (Virtual) (MN Public Radio) and took a couple pages of notes during it.

“Please put the camera away, Mom. I’m serious.” -Mayhem

Whirlwind linkity!

Reading Update
Citizen: An American LyricCitizen: A American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. I am not sure I understood it all, but what I did understand packed a wallop.
Dead Things (Eric Carter #1)Dead Things, Broken Souls (Eric Carter, #2)Broken Souls, Hungry GhostsHungry Ghosts, Fire Season (Eric Carter, #4)Fire Season, and Ghost Money (Eric Carter, #5)Ghost Money (Eric Carter 1-5) by Stephen Blackmoore. Entertaining series set in LA about a necromancer who’s been away for 15 years but returns after his sister is murdered. Warning that the 4th and 5th books end on cliffhangers. GRRRRRR. Also, Fire Season hits pretty hard with the fires in California right now.
City of the LostCity of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore. Sort of a prequel for the Eric Carter series, but set before Eric Carter returned to LA.

Chaos is SO over being photographed, apparently!

Linkity will become particularly unpredictable over the next two months

I’m taking several virtual  book arts classes in September and October that are on Thursday evenings, so do not be surprised if there’s no linkity or only the most minimal of linkity. On the plus side, by the end of October, I will only need 3.5 more “graduate” credits to completed my Advanced Book Arts Certificate through the Minnesota Center for Book Arts! 🙂


Think, Learn, Make, Do, VOTE

Life in These Pandemic Times


Artsy Crafty




Reading Update
FinnaFinna by Nino Cipri. What if you worked at IKEA and a wormhole opened up during your shift? A fun and thoughtful short novel based on that premise (and more).

“Yes, I AM still exceptionally beautiful, thank you!” -Mayhem