Reading Recap: January & February 2017

There’s a two-month sprint of reads in this first recap because this post idea literally came to me last night while I was in the shower. “Well, we’ll have to double up for the first one ‘cos I think it will be kinda silly to leave out January!”

So without further ado, here’s what I read in January and February!

JANUARY

The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – 5/5 stars

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – 5/5 stars

Mostly Void, Partially Stars [Welcome to Nightvale Episodes vol. 1] and The Great Glowing Coils of The Universe [ WTNV Episodes vol. 2] by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor – 5/5 stars

FEBRUARY

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – 3/5 stars

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – 4/5 stars

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley – 1/5 stars

The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology by Annabelle Hayse (Editor), Sheila Black (Editor), Michael Northen (Editor) – 5/5 stars

Review: The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology

The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology
The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology by Annabelle Hayse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m going to be totally honest and say this: Reviewing anthologies are hard because it’s not one story by one author, it’s multiple stories by multiple authors and I feel that will just DRAG. ON. FOREVER. thus boring you, the reader of this review and myself, the writer.

This anthology though? Amazing. Why? Because you don’t see many stories from writers that are disabled, be it mentally, physically or emotionally. Disabled writers have a tendency to fall through the cracks, much like disabled people in general.

Some of the stories even feature disabled characters in which their disabilities are made clear and others where there disabilities are more invisible, or not even mentioned at all. There even was a story featuring characters that struggled with addiction and it made me so sad.

These stories are hard-hitting, and they will give you a glimpse of what people like me struggle with day in and out in a world that isn’t none too kind to us.

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First Look: The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology

 

Almost halfway through this one and loving all the different stories! #disabledwriters #bookblogger #bookstagram

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Okay, huge WHOOPS! on my part to not photograph / give first thoughts this one until I was almost halfway through it but I AM LOVING IT. All the stories are written by disabled people and some of the characters in the stories have some form of a disability, too. There’s not just one type of disability written about either, there’s physical, mental and emotional. Nearly something for everyone with a disability to relate to.

Who Am I? Tag

I was indirectly tagged by Molly over at Molly’s Book Nook! I’m pretty sure everyone on the great wide Internets has done a lot of these quizzes and as much as a timesuck they are, they’re really fun and sometimes even have some interesting results!

LET’S GET STARTED!

1. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF YOUR NAME? (LINK)

The name “Kitty” is of English origin, and it means “Pure”.

2. WHAT IS YOUR MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPE? (LINK)

Personality type: “The Mediator” (INFP-T)

Individual traits: Introverted – 92%, Intuitive – 77%, Feeling – 91%, Prospecting – 65%, Turbulent – 84%.
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Constant Improvement

3. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? (LINK)

 

Taurus

Dates: April 20 – May 20
Day: Monday, Friday
Color: Green
Element: Earth
Most Compatible with: Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio and Capricorn

Strengths – Taurus is known for their attachment and reliability. Kind, dependable and caring, they will always give a helping hand, always prepared to push others forward when they get stuck. They understand ways of the material world which makes them good financial advisors and bank employees. Determined and strong, always prepared to endure in the long run, they will do anything to please their loved one.

Weaknesses – This is a sign of physical love and hedonism connected to our material reality. The element of Earth can make them lazy, static, stubborn and overly attached to material possessions. A tad possessive, if they fear losing someone, they tend to become real control-freaks that can’t relax. Between these two extremes, and when a Taurus learns to accept change, all of these characteristics turn to sweet flaws that you won’t be able to resist.

4. WHAT HOGWARTS HOUSE WOULD YOU BE IN? (LINK)


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

5. WHAT ARE YOUR LEARNING STYLES? (LINK)

  • Visual 11
  • Aural 11
  • Read/Write 10
  • Kinesthetic 10

6. ARE YOU MORE OF A LEFT-BRAIN OR A RIGHT-BRAIN PERSON? (LINK)

7. WHAT IS YOUR BLOOD TYPE?

No clue. Seriously.

8. WHAT CAREER ARE YOU MEANT TO BE IN? (LINK)

Writer – You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories

9. WHAT DIVERGENT FACTION DO YOU BELONG IN? (LINK)

Candor – You belong with the honest. You believe that honesty really is the best policy. You stay honest to yourself, your friends, and family. While you may tell some white lies here and there, you’re blunt and truthful. You’re trusted by all those around you, and your friends come to you all the time for some honest advice. You probably have a hit blog, and you love sharing your thoughts. Your direct way of speaking may scare away some people, but the friends you make stay by you for life.

10. WHAT DOES YOUR BIRTH ORDER SAY ABOUT YOU? (LINK)

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”