meghan rose allen

October 2017

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I've lost my reading mojo. The Seventh Function of Language took forever to get through, so did the physics book. Now I'm reading a big, long book on the Marshall plan and it takes me half an hour to read ten pages and the book is five hundred pages long. Then I stupidly keep requesting books and going to the library (although I did exercise restraint and not take out Mason & Dixon, so yay for me I guess? Who knows. I'm in a slump.

Speed of Life by Carol Weston: Reviewed earlier.

The Best American Series by Various: Reviewed earlier.

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: So yes, it looks like a ridiculous romance novel cover, but it's good. Selkies!

Math For Couples by Adele Graf: Reviewed earlier.

Welcome to the Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott: Reviewed earlier.

Favourite book:



Most promising book on my wishlist:



I wrote:

So much of my horrible story of adults being horrible. It's being written not as anything other than my first attempt to actually see an adult novel all the way through to the end.

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September 2017

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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero: Reviewed earlier this month.

How To Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal): Review to come on publication date.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung: Review to come on publication date.

The Other by Thomas Tryon: My first evil child book of the month (make sure when you read evil child you do so in a crrrreeeeeeepy a voice as possible..

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira: Reviewed earlier this month.

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn: My second evil child book of the month.

Betty Boop by Roger Langridge: Reviewed earlier this month.

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen: Review to come on publication date.

My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson: Review to come on publication date.

Favourite book:

Yay! Books that are about me but written by other people so that I don't feel so weirdo.



Most promising book on my wishlist:



I watched:



I wrote:

My first grown-up novel attempt (the one where horrible people are being horrible!). Someone died this month (in the book) -- mwhahahahahahahahahahah.

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August 2017

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Lady Stuff by Loryn Brantz: Review to come on publication date.

Stitch Camp by Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman: Review to come on publication date.

All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler: Review to come on publication date.

150 Fascinating Facts about Canadian Women by Margie Wolfe: Reviewed!

How To Teach Relativity To Your Dog by Chad Orzel: Well, I can't really claim that it was a surprise that the author taught relativity to his dog, but yes, there was a talking dog that the other taught relativity to and I was surprised. I don't know why he couldn't just teach people, say me, without the dog, or why physics books lately have to have some sort of twee cuteness but I'm a mathematician and maybe we just don't do that sort of shit.

The Four Roads Hotel by France Théoret: Review to come on publication date.

Incest by Christine Angot: Review to come on publication date.

Coullian Cuill by Riti Bridie: Review to come soon, I promise.

Favourite book:

It made me happy, i.e.



Most promising book on my wishlist:



I watched:



I wrote:

My story of horrible people doing horrible things to each other.

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July 2017

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Thoughts:

Messages from a Lost World by Stefan Zweig: Reviewed earlier this month.

101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up by Ben Bertoli: Review to come closer to publication date.

The Daisy Rock by Eva Hanagan: Reviewed earlier this month.

The White Hare by Michael Fishwick: Reviewed earlier this month.

It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs: Review to come closer to publication date.

Favourite book:

I mean, I guess. Books have not been filling my soul with happiness lately.



Most promising book on my wishlist:



I watched:



I wrote:

A litany of please publish my faerie story letters, plus some work on my longer story about dysfunctional adults.

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June 2017

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Yes, we are over a week into July. Yes, I am slow.

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Thoughts:

The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack Mcgowan: Review to come closer to publication date.

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: Even with her incorrect spelling of Meghan, review to come closer to publication date.

Tokyo Decadence by Ryu Murakami: Reviewed earlier this month.

All The Birds In the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders: Why do I read books that are so much better in theory than in practice?

Why by Mario Livio: Review to come closer to publication date.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid: Fifteen, twenty years ago, I would have thought this book was clever. Now, I am less enamoured of literary tricks and think it dumb.

By Fire by Tahar Ben Jelloun: Reviewed earlier this month.

Favourite book:



Most promising book on my wishlist:



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I wrote:

Some new story. A few poems.

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May 2017

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His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay: Reviewed earlier this month.

Tremulous Hinge by Adam Gianelli: Reviewed earlier this month.

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith: Review to come.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo: Review to come.

Chemistry by Weike Wang: Review to come.

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight: Review to come.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel: Review to come.

The Song and the Silence by Yvette Johnson: Review to come.

Basically, I read a lot of ARC books off my kobo this month.

Favourite book:



Most promising book on my wishlist:



I watched:

I visited somewhere with cable.



I wrote:

A possible novella-length Canadian response to The Nest.

Faerie-story fiddling. Three rejections now!

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April 2017

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Thoughts:

The Flintstones Volume 1 by Mark Russell: Reviewed earlier this month.

The March of the Crabs by Arthur de Pins: Reviewed earlier this month.

Meet Me In The In-Between by Bella Pollen: Review to come closer to publication date.

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker: Strange that this one won the Booker when its the weakest in the series.

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico: Beware the sentient bunny rabbits.

Favourite book:

Ha! Bucking the previous months' Pat Barker trend.



Most promising book on my wishlist:

I put zero books on my wishlist for me this month. Reading and I are at an impasse.



I watched:

brooklyn 99



I wrote:

Nonsense. Reading and I are at an impasse. Writing and I are at an impasse. Today it is dark and rainy in metaphor and real life. Blah.

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March 2017

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All the Places I've Ever Lived by David Gaffney: Review posted earlier.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: Review posted earlier.

Are You There Krishna? It's Me, Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever. by Rachel Khona: Review posted earlier.

The Universe is a Machine by James Michel Hughes: Review posted earlier.

I feel I'm slowing down on reading. I don't know why. So little makes me want to read, but then I crave reading constantly, so I think it's just standard meghan brain nonsense.

Favourite book:

We've all heard the hard sudoku comment (if not, in a creative writing class, another student said reading what I wrote was like doing a hard sudoku puzzle, and no one wants to do a hard sudoku puzzle because it's too hard. Of course, I only do hard sudoku puzzles if I'm going to be doing a sudoku puzzle, so the comment was demonstrably wrong, but I kept my trap shut). Pat Barker is hard sudoku. I'm not even sure I know what she's talking about half the time, but I love it anyway.



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I wrote:

Faerie story is done. Just writing random scenes since then. Trying to get my new-writing groove back.

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February 2017

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Regeneration by Pat Barker: I read this book in high school I think. Not for high school. Maybe the first year of university, but I think high school. I read it then and realized that people still wrote literature. Like it hadn't occurred to me at eighteen that there were books other than mystery novels and Stephen King coming out now that could be affecting.

So I read it again. I don't think I could have told you one thing that happened from memory. My whole memory of that book was a feeling.

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui: Review to come closer to the publication date.

Manga Classics: Jane Eyre: Reviewed earlier this month.

Wonder Woman Volume 1: The Lies (Rebirth) by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp: PAMSCAF reviewed earlier this month.

Bullies by Alex Abramovich: Not the story I thought it would be; not that this is bad, but it wasn't what I thought I'd be reading.

The Red Ripper by Peter Conradi: Reviewed earlier this month.

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I wrote: The only thing left for me to polish up in my faerie story is the Epilogue! Yay me!

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January 2017

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: I know I read this not so long ago to Tesfa, but this time in reading it, I was really surprised by how pedantic some of the explanations are. I guess they're supposed to be punny but they seem so smug that I am repulsed.

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris: Book with a twist. Guessed said-twist early on. Read to end to be vindicated in my sleuthing it out and dot dot dot my intuition was correct!

Dead Girls by Nancy Lee: I didn't realize that I'd read one of the stories in this collection before and it is my most hated story -- not because, of course, it is a bad story but because I didn't write it first and now it's out there and I can't really claim it as my own. *Sulk*

How To Survive a Plague by David France: Reviewed earlier this month.

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden: I got this out of the library right before the whole frouforah went down. I read the book anyway but I can't help but feel now that it's a white dude is profiting off the struggles of POC (although, really, in that case I should have massive problems with my entire existence since I'm a white non-dude whose got to my place in life through benign and not-so-benign whiteness helping me along. Plus my Ukrainian ancestors, some of them owned serfs, and that's really bad and I can't untangle my life from all the suffering it has profited from. But then to write about it like this makes it seem like I'm the victim here and I'm not and now I'm even more tangled and that sounds even more self-pitying and I'm going to stop.)

In any case, The Orenda was better.

Asylum by Moriz Scheyer: One: I love the z in Moriz. Not relevant at all considering this is a fleeing from the Holocaust memoir. But I do love that z. Two: Reviewed earlier this month.

A Fortunate Universe by Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes: Reviewed earlier this month.

Everything Reminds You of Something Else by Elana Wolff: Review to come closer to the publication date.



Favourite book:

Feels like a cheat, but I wasn't enamored with much I read this month. Besides, my faerie story takes some lessons from The End so I owe The End that at least.



Most promising book on my wishlist:

New Laurent Binet (of HHhH fame)! Requested it on Netgalley but when they likely reject me because I don't live in the UK, I will buy it.



I watched:

It's almost embarrassing how happy ASoUE makes me. Like giddily embarrassing.



I wrote:

Faeries.

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