Posts Categorized: Links and Silliness

“Where Are You, Paige???”

November 2, 2017 Announcements, Links and Silliness 0

So, yeah. I haven’t been around for a bit, especially in October. What have I been doing to keep me from posting?

Not reading. Lately, I simply haven’t wanted to read. One of my current reads is one I started over a month ago. Hell, I’ve read so little lately that I genuinely have no reviews to write or publish at the moment other than one for a book that comes out in 2018. It’s waaaay too early to publish that review, so I’ve got no current content.

Looking for a job. Starting in June, I went through a mass hiring process for a company that was bringing a ton of jobs to my city. My drug test came back clear, I had all my documents in order, and they’ve been emailing me periodically since late July with updates as construction on their building was delayed by the seasonal rains and Hurricane Irma, among other things. In each form email, they assured me my job offer was still active and they would have a Hew Hire Orientation date for me soon.

I finally got a different email over a week ago saying they’d hired all the workers they planned to, but I was welcome to go through the mass hiring process again for a seasonal job at the warehouse. After months of being left hanging for a job I was assured I had, they cut me loose and I decided I would rather work somewhere else than go through that experience again.

Now I’m back to actively applying for jobs.

Gaming. Yeah, I haven’t been in a reading mood, but I’ve definitely been in a gaming mood in the lead-up Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. I’ve replayed the Gen 6 Pokemon games, gone legendary-hunting with excellent results, and been tracking Pokemon news in addition to wasting a lot of time on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s a really relaxing game and the daily shitstorm of politics courtesy of our illegitimately elected president/his spineless supporters in Congress mean I need to fucking relax.

Going to the doctor. October was my month of doctor visits. Saw my primary care physician, got blood draawn, saw the PCP again to get referrals to dermatology and psychiatry as well as some new meds to help with my sleep/OCD issues, and saw that dermatologist Monday. I got the official diagnosis of having cystic acne as well as a cyst on my earlobe, so now I’ve got more meds to treat those problems. If they don’t work, we’ve got other methods to try in 2018. I’ll be seeing the psychiatry people shortly to get stronger meds for my generalized anxiety disorder and hopefully work through some of my issues.


Screaming about the latest Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon news. I MEAN COME ON, A SUPER TEAM MADE UP OF THE VILLAINS OF POKEMON GAMES PAST. I am literally writing fanfic about how Giovanni brought them together and informed them he’d be leading as well as calling their group Team Rainbow Rocket. It’s a name so utterly silly and lacking in gravitas that I just had to explore how the hell that happened. See this Twitter thread for some of it.

Screaming about everything, both good and bad. The Last Jedi. Arrests being made and charges being brought in the Trussia collusion investigation (I AM NOT CALLING THAT SHIT RUSSIAGATE). My cats being assholes and constantly picking fights because Nala is just a tiny ball of furry fury. My senator Marco Rubio and representative Ted Yoho being SUCH ENORMOUS GODDAMN PENISES I DEEPLY DISLIKE HAVING THEM REPRESENT ME IN CONGRESS. Literally everything Trump does because he makes the worst possible choice in every situation.

There’s a lot to scream about.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to and will continue to be up to.


Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo Wrap-Up

August 31, 2017 Links and Silliness 0

I almost covered the board, you guys!!! I GOT SO CLOOOOOOSE. I’m pretty sure this is the best I’ve ever done in a round of Bekka’s Bookish Bingo, so I’m gonna find a way to treat myself. If some of y’all aren’t already participating it, the new round for fall (September to November) starts tomorrow when she posts the new card and you KNOW I’m in like usual.


Summer 17 Bingo 19 Mask of Shadows

Ace rep: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Over 5 years old: Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Thriller: The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Red cover: Without Annette by Jane B. Mason

Latinx MC: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

A book about fandom: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

LGBT+: (I accidentally made two cards with Without Annette without realizing, so I don’t actually have this square. Carry on!)

Summer release: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

White cover: Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

Family drama: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway

Blue cover: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Revolution and rebellion: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

A sequel: Exile by Rebecca Lim

Name in title: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Author from another continent: Tides by Betsy Cornwell

Flowers on the cover: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Travel: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Outside your comfort zone: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Romance: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Spring 2017 Bingo Wrap-Up

June 2, 2017 Links and Silliness 0

And lo, another season of Pretty Deadly Reviews’s Bookish Bingo has come to an end. I was doing so well and was on my way to a bingo and theeeeeeeeeeeeeen life hit. Kai’s passing really eliminated my desire to read for a while and I started playing video games more instead. (Specifically the Yo Kai Watch games and various Pokemon games.)

So I was one away from bingo in three ways but couldn’t quite get there. I like to challenge myself and only count the books I reviewed. If I didn’t do that, I’d have at least one bingo thank to the “adapted to TV/movie” square.


Spring 2017 Bingo 13 If You're Lucky

Paranormal: The Devil and Winnie Flynn

Just Words on Cover: Gemina

Spring Release: Alex, Approximately

Nonfiction: Girl Code

Thriller: If You’re Lucky

Purple Cover: Follow Me Back

POC on Cover: You’re Welcome, Universe

Multi POV: A List of Cages

LGBT Main Character: Unbecoming

2017 Debut: The Hidden Memory of Objects

Historical: The Lost Girl of Astor Street

Scary: The Women in the Walls

Blue Cover: Letters to the Lost


Winter 2016-2017 Bingo Wrap-Up

February 28, 2017 Links and Silliness 0

Well, it’s February 28, meaning it’s the last day of Pretty Deadly Reviews’s seasonal Bookish Bingo reading challenge. I’m always sad for a season to end, but tomorrow means we get a new one. BRING ON MORE BINGO.

(Fact: whether you are 10, 20, or 60, bingo will bring out the competitiveness in you. I’ve been in a room full of high-strung college kids trying to win free groceries and assorted goodies at least five separate times. I know this.)

Here’s how I did:

Wintry Bingo 15 Enter Title Here

I got bingo three times over, so I feel pretty good! Remember, my TBR jars choose most of my reading, so it’s entirely random for me. I didn’t exactly make the jar system with the intent to do true-blue Bingo, but it looks like that’s the result.

Green cover: The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

Alternative format: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Set abroad: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Sequel: Invaded by Melissa Landers

Own voices: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Romance: One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman

GR Choice nominee: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Not YA: The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia

Science fiction: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

Crime: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Blue cover: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

LGBT: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Super hyped: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Unreliable narrator: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

Cover buy: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson


Bookish Bingo: Fall 2016 Wrap-Up

December 1, 2016 Links and Silliness 0

FUCK, I LOVE BOOKISH BINGO. I love Bingo in general for letting me indulge my inner old lady, but Bookish Bingo as hosted by Bekka of Pretty Deadly Reviews is obviously the best kind of Bingo.

Here’s how I did for the fall. I’m quite happy with two Bingos, especially since I play Bookish Bingo very literally due to my TBR Jar-controlled reading.


Standalone: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Backlist: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Multi POV: Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid

Killers: Vile by Benjamin S. Jeffries

Suspense: Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy

Revenge: Interference by Kay Honeyman

Horror/Paranormal: Demonosity by Amanda Ashby

Illustrated: The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford

American History: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Friendship: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington

Black Cover: Avenged by E.E. Cooper

Fall Release: A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres

Creepy Cover: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier


The Bookish Floridian’s Hurricane Preparedness Kit

September 1, 2016 Links and Silliness 0

As a resident of Northeast Florida for most of my life, I’ve lived through a hurricane or two. Actually ten (1994 Alberto, 1998 Earl, 1999 Floyd, 2004 Charley, 2004 Frances, 2004 Jeanne, 2005 Tammy, 2008 Fay, 2012 Debby, 2012 Isaac), but those are just the storms I can recall affecting my life in some manner. Flooding our house, chasing us out of the house, cancelling school, knocking down our trees, etc. The cruddy stuff!

With Hurricane Hermine bearing down upon us, area schools have decided to close tomorrow and we residents are going through the motions of hurricane prep by filling up our cars with gas, filling up gas cans (generator owners only), and caring more about the Jaguars/Falcons football game than the actual storm. It’s really hard to make us care about a hurricane.

In case you’re wondering what I do to prepare as a bookish Floridian, here’s the basic list:


Duh! Though I often get frightened out of my reading experience by thunder and lighting, the rain itself creates a relaxing background noise to which I can read and wait out the storm. But what if the power goes out?

A clip-on reading light

Problem solved! Pop that light onto your book or even onto your head and you can read even if it’s the middle of the night and you’ve got no power. I’ve got a high-power headlamp that straps onto my head with an elastic headband. That way, my hands are free and I don’t have to crimp my book’s pages with the classic reading light! But what if it runs out of power?

Flashlight and batteries

Also duh! A basic hurricane necessity. I just put a new battery into my headlamp and use the flashlight when I need more light than my tiny strap-on friend can provide. My headlamp is ridiculously powerful and can even flash SOS if necessary, so who knows if it would be necessary for me. But what if you don’t have either?

Then I’m sorry you can’t afford those right now or I’m laughing at how unprepared you were. But I have an alternative!

Ebook reader(s), charged and full of books

YOU CAN’T STOP THE READING HURRICANE, ACTUAL HURRICANE. Obviously, make sure they’re fully charged beforehand. Then you can still read even if you have no light by which to read print books and you can use them to light up an area in a pinch. But what if you can’t subsist solely on words?

Drinks and snacks

Gather some nonperishable goods to keep yourself hydrated and fed. Water bottles, sweet tea for my particular family because we’ll drink it at any temperature, foods that don’t require a microwave or anything to prep, sweets,… If your fridge loses power and it won’t go bad, it’s game.


Because the namesake animals of The YA Kitten don’t like hurricanes either. Our four indoor cats chill with us and our one outdoor cat is safely barricaded in the garage with everything he needs. In a pinch, we can move him inside and keep him away from the other cats.


Tips for ALA Attendees with Exhibits-Only Passes

July 3, 2016 Links and Silliness 0

From June 24th–the day of my last post–to June 27th, I was at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, Florida with my best friend, who happens to be a teacher. I basically pushed her into going with me. We both had a blast, but I’ve needed almost the entire week since I got home to detox! My anxiety + a 20,000 attendee-strong conference = ded. I survived by the grace of being able to keep my professional persona intact and bottle up my anxiety. All that anxiety and exhaustion hit like a bullet train at the end of the day, but that’s how it goes in the working world too.

Anyway, I went into the conference with a lot of questions about how things worked. I heard it was much calmer than the chaos that was BEA, but all the ALA tips I saw were intended for the conference’s main attendees: the librarians. Anyone with an Exhibits Only pass like me was practically going in blind!

In hopes of helping out other people who will be attending ALA in the future, whether they’re going the annual or midwinter meeting, here are a few things I wish I’d known beforehand.

There are galley drops like at BEA, but they’re typically not scheduled or publicly announced. You’ll get most titles by simply asking someone working the booth for a copy.

You see most of the publicity surrounding what’s going on reserved for the in-booth signings. About 60% of my haul came from making requests rather than going to signings or checking the booths hourly for drops. You can figure out what they have by checking for which ARCs they have on their display shelves. You’ll see hardcovers and paperbacks alongside them, but those are there to be promoted to the librarians. Focus on the ARCs to figure out what the publisher has available.

Seriously, you won’t know what books are being put out in stacks on the floors or tables until you see because they simply don’t announce it the way they would at BEA. It’s rather exciting and motivates you to check back in the booth every hour or two.

In case you’re nervous about asking someone, the worst you’ll get is a “no.” They may not be polite about it–my best friend said she got a rather rude “no” once at a booth I can’t recall–but they can’t have you kicked out for asking. Just try to take it in stride and move on. As someone with anxiety who hates hearing “no,” I do understand how difficult that can be. Still, do your best!

You do have to purchase a copy of a book for some signings.

Not the ARC signings, obviously. For finished copies of books (paperbacks and hardcovers). Even then, I went to four signings at four different publisher booths where finished copies were being signed, but only one of them required I purchase the book. I happily paid because it was Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid, published by Lee & Low Books. I’d planned to purchase the book at some point anyway because I want to support diverse books (Lee & Low in particular is a publisher that specializes in diverse books) and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages.

Anyway, bring your credit or debit card or some cash. Even if it turns out none of the books you pick up over the course of the conference require a purchase, it’s better to be prepared than miss out on something you’re excited for.

In addition, the books are typically sold at special convention prices: $5 for a paperback, $10 for a hardcover. Off the top of my head, I can recall Lee & Low Books, Candlewick Press, Hachette, and possibly Abrams selling books, but there were TONS more that I either didn’t notice or flat-out forgot about.

Lines for signings are still a bit ridiculous, but they’re not BEA-ridiculous.

Some lines will come with special conditions (i.e. Stephanie Garber was signing ARCs of Caraval, but it was a librarian and educator-exclusive signing). Other lines start 30-45 minutes prior to the signing proper, as I saw was the case for Morgan Matson’s signing of The Unexpected Everything. Compared to how lines would start hours in advance for certain BEA titles (*coughcough HEIR OF FIRE cough*), this is nothing. For the most part, lines for signings are calm affairs and really do start just before the signing.

This does not apply to the last exhibit hall day, however. That is when the lines are scary as publishers try to clear out their booths of display copies and host giveaways at certain times. Though we’d been told the line for the Penguin Random House giveaway didn’t start until 12:00–JUST THE LINE–my best friend and I wandered by to check at 11:45 and found the line had already started. It was about 50 people deep?

We gave up and went to the Scholastic booth instead, where things were much more manageable and we were more likely to see our efforts rewarded.

Related: the exhibit hall’s last day comes with giveaways of booth display copies. Ask about their rules and when they start!

Each booth will have its own rules as well, which they’ll explain before the giveaway. Scholastic’s: 1 title per person, though they could get back in line as many times as they wanted if they wanted more. Penguin Random House’s: maximum of 3 titles from the Penguin side and 3 from the RH side, so you could leave with up to 6 books from the booth.

If you’ve only been to BEA before, ALA is much, much calmer.

Between the conference’s focus on librarians over general publishing professionals, the laid back manner in which books are distributed, and the lack of an autographing area, you’re likely to be much more comfortable at ALA than BEA. You’ll see some overlaps in behavior, but it’s not a whole lot.

No matter what, your body is going to despise you by the end.

I don’t know if this is the case for all ALA conferences, but there was no BEA-esque baggage check here where I could take a small bag for a fee and fill it with books over the course of the day. Nope, gotta carry all those books yourself. You’ll get plenty of tote bags to carry books in if you go looking for them, but I still recommend bringing two reliable, comfortable totes with you. Any bags with wheels require special approval and I saw most used for medical reasons.

Between all the walking and the weight of the books, our arms and legs were screaming at the end of each day. Was the pain worth it?


Just remember: this is a professional conference intended solely for librarians. If you’re there as a blogger or educator or anyone else with an Exhibits Only pass, your presence is a privilege, not a right. Don’t abuse your privilege and screw things up for everyone else.

Got any other questions you want to ask? I’m open to adding more to this post as well as answering questions in the comments!

If I do a haul post, you’ll likely see it later this week.