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You’ve reached bookycnidaria, a cranky little book blog staffed by an opinionated talking dictionary.

Way More Than You Need to Know

I’m Karo, First of My Name, Queen of the Layout and the Paragraph Styles, Hugger of Pikachus, Breaker of Typos, and Mother of Mad Characters. I’m a novel-writing graphic designer and book blogger with way too much time on my hands. Special skills include technical editing, drawing, and spontaneously reciting Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I’ve been book blogging (read: spewing book opinions on the internet) on and off since about 2016, but all my blogs sank into the swamp until I founded WyrdGurls with two friends in 2019. Earlier this year I started a bookgram named bookycnidaria because I take too many damn photos of my books to connect with the reading community on Instagram, and, though I wasn’t originally planning to create a separate book blog, clearly I’ve changed my mind. This blog is the aftermath of my TBR, a unique palimpsest of memes, book-hurling, and spicy ramen. I’ll probably also be ranting about The Handmaid’s Tale whenever that comes back.

General Warning: Posts will contain profanity and spoilers.
And, no, I’m not interested in taking them out.

Reading Habits

I usually read contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy, though I occasionally venture into mystery and YA, albeit with mixed results. Lately I’ve started getting into nonfiction, most recently A River in Darkness (Masaji Ishikawa), which for the record was super fucking depressing. I’m trying to read 100+ pages a day, but don’t always succeed.

Rating Scale

Wish I could give it zero.

Really bad.

Not bad, but not amazing. I also use this for books that are well done, but aren’t really my cup of tea.

Really good, but there’s a few things I would change.

I will try to force my friends to read this.

Current Goals

I hit my 2020 challenge of 60 books in the middle of July, and am now aiming for a stretch goal of 86 to balance out the 26 mangas I counted in the first 60 books. 2020 was also the year I realized my lifelong reading list has been whiter than marshmallow fluff, mostly owing to lack of effort on my part. I have since set about correcting that and have diversified my reading considerably this year, though it’s still not up to my standards. If you’re looking to diversify your own reading, I keep a running list of works by BIPOC writers here (currently 227 strong and counting). I vet every entry very carefully, so if I were you I’d take my word for it.

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