April 2016: Month in Review

April 2016: Month in Review

Posted May 2, 2016 by Akilah in Reading Challenges / 1 Comment

This month, I finished seven books:   A Tangle of Gold (The Colours of Madeleine #3) by Jaclyn Moriarty The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Princeless, Vol. 3 by Jeremy Whitley Princeless, Vol. 4 by Jeremy Whitley Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud I did way better reading toward Diversity on the Shelf this month. I’m at 47% of books read so far counting towards the challenge, which means I’m much closer to my 50% goal than I have been. Also, 5 out of 7 of the books I read this month count. I’m not counting Tangle of Gold, though I probably should. There’s a great commentary on Ko and her dad’s race/ethnicity in the book, and since she is a POV character and owns my heart, I really really should count it. […]

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Z is for Zoobilee Zoo

Z is for Zoobilee Zoo

Posted April 30, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, TV / 1 Comment

I don’t really have strong opinions about Zoobilee Zoo. I just remember watching it all the time as a kid at my one babysitter’s house. Also? When I made my list for this challenge, the very first thing that popped into my head was the show’s theme song. So. Here we are with Zoobilee Zoo where magic and wonder are waiting for you.     Ben Vereen! I MEAN. That’s how you know this show was serious business.   For the A to Z challenge, I blogged about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Today completes the challenge. Watch this space for my wrap-up post, which should go up around May 9. Thanks, everyone, for reading along!

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Y is for You Can’t Do That on Television

Y is for You Can’t Do That on Television

Posted April 29, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, TV / 0 Comments

Literally, all I remember about this show is that I wanted water and slime to fall from the sky whenever people spoke the magic words. ALL I EVER WANTED.   For the A to Z challenge, I’m blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Tune in tomorrow to see what I picked for Z!

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X is for X-Men (cartoon)

X is for X-Men (cartoon)

Posted April 28, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, TV / 0 Comments

Everything I know about X-Men canon comes from the ’90s cartoon. Sorry, not sorry.   For the A to Z challenge, I’m blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Tune in tomorrow to see what I picked for Y!

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W is for Whitney Houston

W is for Whitney Houston

Posted April 27, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, Music / 3 Comments

Let’s have a chat about Whitney Houston. I was reminded of how much I used to love her when I was teaching a poetry unit, and one of the poems we discussed was “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe. In prepping for class, I ran across this:   When I showed it to my students, I was just so happy. I did the hand to the heart pose of remembering and love and everything. This was literally me in the middle of class:   GIF in #Whitney   Once when we were on a road trip, my mother found this cassette in her car and, since I was driving, I popped it in and was able to sing the whole thing backwards and forwards even though I hadn’t listen to it in years:     I knew it so well because I used to listen to it […]

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V is for V.I.P.

V is for V.I.P.

Posted April 26, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, TV / 2 Comments

So, I have watched all manner of television in my life. When I was a kid, I used to stay up insanely late watching Nick at Nite (old school: ask me about Dobie Gillis) and whatever else I ran across on television. One of these shows was V.I.P. starring Pamela Anderson.     I legit do not even know how me and my family found this show. I think it came on after Showtime at the Apollo. Maybe? I don’t know. All I do know is that it came on at some godawful hour in the middle of the night, and after watching it once, we totally kept tuning in. Anyway, it is absolutely as ridiculous as you think and it was 100% amazing and fun.     I mean, I would totally watch that right now if it were on the air. Because FUN.   For the A to […]

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It’s Monday! I finally finished Necessary Endings!

It’s Monday! I finally finished Necessary Endings!

Posted April 25, 2016 by Akilah in Adult Lit, Book Reviews, Memes, Young Adult Lit / 9 Comments

This past week, I finished: Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes by Rick Riordan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Even though I didn’t finish The Kane Chronicles, I really like Carter and Sadie, so it was nice to spend some time with them without all the extra that comes with their series. It’s always fun to see characters from different stories interacting with each other, and seeing the similarities of Percy to Sadie and Annabeth to Carter was extra fun. So yeah, I really liked this. View all my reviews   Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud My rating: 3 of 5 stars Me: I have been reading this book forever. I am going to finish it today because I am sick of saying I’m still reading it. Mom: […]

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U is for Usher

U is for Usher

Posted April 25, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, Music / 2 Comments

True story: I had no idea what I was going to write about for U until someone on Facebook suggested I write about Usher, and then I remembered I have very strong feelings about Usher. Let’s start with Confessions.   You may remember Confessions. It gave us the club banger “Yeah!” that was THE song of 2004. And I know it was a club banger because that was back when I still went to the club.     Okay, but “Yeah!” isn’t even my favorite song, though it is pretty great. (I mean, it’s super great.) I also like “Do It to Me,” which is Usher doing his best Prince impression/homage.     I could talk more about Confessions (I mean, it’s pretty solid from beginning to end), but let us also talk about 8701, which has two of my favorite Usher songs of all time.     “Can U […]

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T is for That’s So Raven

T is for That’s So Raven

Posted April 23, 2016 by Akilah in Blogging A to Z, TV / 0 Comments

Once upon a time, Disney Channel used to have quality, hilarious sitcoms. That’s So Raven was one of them. My daughter was sitting next to me while I was searching for clips and we seriously fell down a rabbit hole of awesome, but I still couldn’t find the one I wanted of Raven and Chelsea as Coffee and Cream, two foxy mamas you just don’t want to mess with. So that sucks. However, I find these two instead. I couldn’t figure out which one to post, but I figured I’d do both. One shows the awesome of the Eddie, Chelsea, and Raven trio. And the other one is just funny.   I mean, we watched both clips more than once and laughed every single time. I’m still pissed that there was no movie.   For the A to Z challenge, I’m blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan […]

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