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Athena's Reading List 2019

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18 hours ago, Hayley said:

Yay! :lol: I agree, 2018 does seem to have gone quickly. I hope you have a fantastic reading year! 

 

Thanks Hayley :)! You too!

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17 hours ago, bobblybear said:

Have a great reading year in 2019, Athena! :)

 

Thanks BB :)! I hope you have a great reading year in 2019 too :).

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I finished my first book of the year! I read Autism in Heels by Jennifer Cook O'Toole. This is part autism memoir and part guide/help-book written by a woman with autism (in the older classification, Asperger's). I found it an interesting read. There were some parts I didn't quite identify with, but for the most part I really recognised a lot of things. I couldn't quite relate to some aspects of Jennifer's life, as she is an extrovert and I'm very much an introvert. I really liked the check-list in the book and the executive functioning chapter. Trigger warnings are given in the beginning of two chapters, one chapter is about abuse and the other is about self-harm and eating disorders. The chapter about abuse was a bit harder to read and I felt for Jennifer and just wanted to slap the abuser in his face (not that I ever would).

 

Overall I quite enjoyed reading this book :). I think it's a book I'll be re-reading at some point.

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I'm glad you enjoyed your first book of the year! It sounds like quite an emotional read.

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Whoops, I've not been keeping my reading log up to date. Below are books read and some quick thoughts.

 

2. Yoskitoki Oima - A Silent Voice 1: Volume 1 (nice start to the series, most of this volume takes place in elementary school, the later volumes take place in high school I believe)
3. Disney - Donald Duck Pocket 217: Terug in de Tijd (nice nostalgic read)
4. Gigi D. G. - Cucumber Quest 1: The Doughnut Kingdom (I loved this, quite funny and great art style)
5. Paul van Loon (ill. Hugo van Look) - Lees!: Pak me dan! (this was okay, good for children who are just learning to read, but not that interesting to me, an adult who learnt to read many years ago)
6. Paul van Loon (ill. Saskia Halfmouw) - Foeksia de miniheks: Avonturen in het Heksenbos (had read half of these short stories before, the other, unread, half were more interesting. Maybe the series doesn't lent itself so well to re-reads).
7. Max Velthuijs - Dierenfabels: De Eend en de Vos; De Beer en het Varkentje; De Olifant en de Krokodil (this were nice animal fables)
8. Ellen Forney - Marbles (really liked this graphic memoir about a woman with bipolar disorder. Made me think back of the times in my life when I was really depressed.)
9. Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew - Caveboy Dave 1: More Scrawny Than Brawny (re-read) (nice re-read, I liked the art style and it's funny)
10. Bryan Lee O'Malley (Jason Fisher, Dustin Harbin, col. Nathan Fairbairn) - Seconds (I liked the art style, nice magical realism / paranormal story about a girl who works in a restaurant and wants to redo a mistake)
11. Ben Hatke (col. Alex Cambell and Hilary Sycamore) - Mighty Jack 1: Mighty Jack (nice fantasy story, nice art style, bit disappointed that the autism of the sister was not explored more, or even mentioned that it was autism, as the synopsis stated)
12. Ben Hatke (col. Alex Cambell and Hilary Sycamore) - Mighty Jack 2: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (nice conclusion to the story)
13. Ben Hatke - Nobody Likes a Goblin (this was an okay picture book)
14. Ben Hatke - Little Robot (this was okay)
15. Sara Varon - Bake Sale (I liked the art style but wish the story had gone on beyond the ending.)
16. Aron Nels Steinke - Mr. Wolf's Class 1: Mr. Wolf's Class (I quite liked this graphic novel. The art style was nice and I liked the characters)
17. Kristen Gudsnuk - Making Friends (nice story about a girl in middle school with a magic notepad. She draws an imaginary friend and the friend becomes real)
18. E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen - An Asperger's Mystery 4: The Question of the Absentee Father (nice mystery! It was great to learn more about Samuel and his family)
19. Do van Ranst (ill. Maarten Albrechts) - Samuel 2: Laat je niet hangen, Samuel (nice book, couldn't remember much of book 1 unfortunately)
20. Colette de Bruin - Geef me de 5 2: Auti-communicatie (learnt some things about myself, more targeted towards parents with children with autism or unequal relationship. Term 'black-and-white thinking' was an issue to me).
21. Do van Ranst (ill. Maarten Albrechts) - Samuel 3: Weer helemaal Samuel! (nice conclusion to the trilogy)
22. Colette de Bruin and dr. Fabiënne Naber - Geef me de 5 3: Dit is autisme (I really liked the nice illustrations and learnt a bit more about the brain. Some repetition with the previous book I read by the author)

23. Christian O'Donnell (ill. Rob Biddulph) - Radio Boy 1: Radio Boy (this was a nice story. Currently reading book 2).

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Below my most recent book review, it's on 'Dit is autisme' by Colette de Bruin and dr. Fabiënne Naber.

 

 

 

Note: you might understand this video a little bit better, if you watch my review of Auti-communicatie, the book the author wrote before she wrote DIt is autisme, first:

 

 

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Great reviews Gaia! The second book is definitely better visually, even the front cover looks a lot more appealing. I'm glad you enjoyed them :) 

 

Regarding your 'black and white thinking' question, I've never heard it used in terms of the mind before, but it's a common expression in the UK to say 'it's not black and white' when talking about a problem. Like you said, it's about extremes, so it's meant to mean essentially the same thing as 'it's not one extreme or the other.' I don't think this is in any way a comment on race as it's not referring to skin colour, but to the literal extremes of the colour spectrum, neither of which could be skin colours. I do understand why the phrase made you feel uncomfortable though, and I think maybe it's because it was being applied to people, or at least to people's thoughts, and when we think of black and white in terms of people we do associate it with skin colour, even if that's not what the author meant. And if we think of the term 'black and white thinking' in terms of race, it would become awful and definitely racist.

 

On a non-book related note, your dog is gorgeous and I love your 'chemistry is awesome' top :)

 

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21 hours ago, Hayley said:

Great reviews Gaia! The second book is definitely better visually, even the front cover looks a lot more appealing. I'm glad you enjoyed them :) 

 

Thanks, Hayley :)!

 

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Regarding your 'black and white thinking' question, I've never heard it used in terms of the mind before, but it's a common expression in the UK to say 'it's not black and white' when talking about a problem. Like you said, it's about extremes, so it's meant to mean essentially the same thing as 'it's not one extreme or the other.' I don't think this is in any way a comment on race as it's not referring to skin colour, but to the literal extremes of the colour spectrum, neither of which could be skin colours. I do understand why the phrase made you feel uncomfortable though, and I think maybe it's because it was being applied to people, or at least to people's thoughts, and when we think of black and white in terms of people we do associate it with skin colour, even if that's not what the author meant. And if we think of the term 'black and white thinking' in terms of race, it would become awful and definitely racist.

 

Thanks for writing down your thoughts on this :)!

 

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On a non-book related note, your dog is gorgeous and I love your 'chemistry is awesome' top :)

 

Thank you so much! My dog is named Pamuk :). My T-shirt was a birthday gift from my boyfriend :).

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I've done a review on Radio Boy (1) and Radio Boy and the Revenge of Granddad by Christian O'Connell (ill. Rob Biddulph).

 

 

 

 

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I love the read-a-thon vlog idea! There were some great illustrations in your read-a-thon books and it's nice to get to see that. It's a shame you felt so rubbish on the Sunday, I'm glad you're feeling better now!  

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23 hours ago, Hayley said:

I love the read-a-thon vlog idea! There were some great illustrations in your read-a-thon books and it's nice to get to see that. It's a shame you felt so rubbish on the Sunday, I'm glad you're feeling better now!  

 

Thank you Hayley :)!

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My review of another two library loans, two books about Luna by Nanda Roep. I didn't like them so much!

 

 

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