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05 July, 2017

Book Review: The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot

Title: The Tale of One Bad Rat
Author: Bryan Talbot
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
 Publication date: 1995

Helen Potter is a runaway following the steps of Beatrix Potter whom she holds an affinity  to because of sharing both first and surnames.  Her troubles with being touched by males and her sexuality combined with the mental stigma and shame she feels as a survivor of incest has her constantly on the move and leery of trusting anyone.

Her traveling companion starts off as a pet rat saved from a school biology lab.  As she travels north her reliance on the rat as a companion becomes more prevalent after a tragedy drives her to continue North.  Helen finds her way to the Lake Land District, home of Beatrix Potters house Hill Top. Helen finds friends in the owners of the Herdwick Arms pub who help her after she collapses in the rear of the building, and who offer her safety in a job, a place to sleep, and eventually in support in facing her parents.

This is a tough story to read. The subject material is uncomfortable, and you can see the research and the pain and suffering that the author conveys in the subject. He quotes Miriam Saphira from The Sexual Abuse of Children "The first step towards prevention and to provision of supportive services for the girls who've been abused is bringing abuse into the open... Incest is not taboo. It seems that talking about incest is the real taboo."

 This was such a moving little story about finding the strength to stand up to the person abusing you and finding your strength as a person despite the mental stigmas  that plague your thoughts and opinions of who you are. The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning. I don't know that I would have picked this up on my own, though it is the story driven type of graphic novel I adore.  This was shared with me by bookcrosser HI77 I'm sad I wasn't able to fit it into my manga and graphic novel book box. I'll have to think on a place to share this book with the world.

14 May, 2017

Bout of books 19 Days 6 & 7

       Bout of Books

Books Finished:

Angel & Faith: Where the River Meets the Sea by Victor Geschler
Blak: The Birth of Evil (the Circle trilogy graphic novels book 1) by Ted Dekker

Books in Progress:

Tall Dark and Dead by Tate Halloway

10 May, 2017

Bout of Books 19 day 3

       Bout of Books

Much more reading today. I had some time before parent-teacher conferences and during my break as well as this evening to read.  

Books finished:

Ceres Celestial Legend volume 7: Maya
Ceres Celestial Legend volume 8: Miori

09 May, 2017

Bout of books 19 Days 1 & 2

       Bout of Books

So due to a power outage yesterday evening I did not get much reading done. But I made up for it today on my commute :)

Books Finished:

Marvel Runaways volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn
My Cat Loki by Bettina M. Kuroski
Ceres Celestial Legend volume 6: Shuro

Currently reading: Ceres Celestial Legend volume 7: Maya

07 May, 2017

Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books

I almost forgot to sign up for this round! I plan on taking part in the Bout of Books readathon this week! Not sure how much reading I will get done as it's parent conferences and monthly staff meetings after work. But I'll try and get some books read.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

Because it is the last month of school I will be concentrating on graphic novels and manga this week. I have 5 books left to read in the Ceres manga (of the 10 I have in my possession.) as well as a bunch of manga/graphic novels in my TBR mountain.

Book I may be reading this week depending on time:


07 January, 2017

Bout of Books Day 6

Bout of Books 18

Today I finished reading:

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

Today I listened to/ read but didn't finish:

Babylon's Ashes by James S.A.Corey

06 January, 2017

Bout of Books day 5

Bout of Books 18

Today I finished reading:

The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callen

Elengil and I listened to more of  Babylon's Ashes by James S.A. Corey

05 January, 2017

Bout of Books day 4

Bout of Books 18

Today for my commute reading I picked up a copy of The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callan.

I picked this historical romance up in the recent past few months from the friends of the library's book sale nook. 

While it doesn't help me with my goal of reducing books traded with other bookcrossers in the past, it does take a book off of the massive mt. TBR. 

I got about halfway through the book today.

Bout of Books Day 3

Bout of Books 18

Today was all about the romances.

I finished reading:

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallory 
My Second Chance by Shelley Munroe

03 January, 2017

Bout of Books day 2

Bout of Books 18

Today has been a day for returning to school after break and getting the preschoolers back to the normal daily routine. It was damp and foggy here a good portion of the morning and I was dragging.

Books read today:

I forgot my headphones to listen to a commute audio. Instead I picked up Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery. 

Bout of Books 18 day 1

Bout of Books 18

I finished my print book in progress last night during the end of the book obsessed winter read a thon so will be picking a new book to read later today.

I am on the middle of 2 different audiobooks at the moment. 

Which I am listening on my own during computer gaming and my morning commute. 

Which I am listening to with Elengil. 

Progress for today:

Today is the last day of my winter break. So it was all about sleeping in, running errands, and getting ready to go back to work tomorrow. I didn't get much reading done at all today. We listened to about an hour of  Babylon's Ashes by James S. A. Corey while driving around doing errands.