What I’m Reading: “The Bird Eater" by Ania Ahlborn
I should have waited for All Hallows Read for this one. CREEPY.
Mysterious and violent deaths + haunted house + handsome widower with a dark past + malevolent demon = this book.
It was part of my new favorite deal, Kindle First. YAY CHEAP E-BOOKS THAT DON’T SUCK! I’m a member of the Kindle Daily Deal and BookBub mailing lists, which can occasionally yield good books… but most of them seem like rubbish. So there’s that. Gold star for finding a winner!
My kiddo LOVES his plastic pterodactyl. Like… carries it around and puts it inside a cardboard box for safekeeping… loves it. Thanks T&Y for the present! I guess this means you’re his godparents now?
What I’m Reading: “My Planet" by Mary Roach
I had no idea that my dearest Ms. Roach wrote essays! This is a terrific collection, filled with a humorous look at more mundane aspects of daily life:
- re: sports: “I watch sports the way a dog will watch TV: I’m attracted by the motion and color, but no actual comprehension is taking place.”
- re: cleaning: “I have always wanted and not wanted a cleaning person. On the one hand, I want very much for someone else to clean our house, as neither I nor my husband, Ed, has shown any aptitude for it. On the other hand, I’d feel guilty inflicting such distasteful drudgery on another human being.”
- re: organization: “We are in the grip of a nationwide container mania. We have Tupperware and Rubbermaid. There’s Hold Everything and a chain called The Container Store. Soon the earth will need a special caddy to organize its container franchises.”
These were like popcorn for me. Quick, easy, satisfying enough… in that I laughed when I was supposed to laugh, but there was no real heavy-lifting here.
What I’m Reading: “NOS4A2" by Joe Hill
"She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness."
This book creeped me out a fair bit, considering I only ever get squicky with gore. I’ve read other Joe Hill works, and really enjoyed them. I dug this one too, though it got under my skin a bit. When bad things happen to kids, I react more viscerally. My boss and I are both like that. We have no problem doing projects about murder and overdoses, but the minute a script with child brides, statutory rape, and child abuse crosses our desk, and we’re like NOPE! Pass. My husband thinks that’s weird, ranking murder as “less bad” than messing with kids. I don’t think that’s the case at all. Both are bad, but kids are defenseless and should be protected. There’s a special place in hell for people who hurt children.
There is some remarkable imagery in this book. Trees surrounding a house, every branch filled with shining ornaments. A magic covered bridge that will transport you wherever you need to go. A sleek and beautiful 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith.
Joe Hill is a remarkable story-crafter, and I really like his books, the ones I’ve read anyway.
"It sounded like delusion until you remembered that people made the imaginary real all the time: taking the music they heard in their head and recording it, seeing a house in their imagination and building it. Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on."
What I’m Reading: “The Circular Staircase" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Ms. Rinehart was known as the American Agatha Christie. A pulpy period piece filled with melodrama, mystery and ghoooOOOOooooosts….
A little Scooby-Doo-y at the end, but hey, it was super cheap for my kindle. Not sorry I read it, but probably won’t re-read.
Dat face! Dat grey hickey! Made of 100% cute.
My kiddo and I, spending a little quality time with two of my favorite fellas, Raul Esparza and Eddie Izzard. Reason #57 why I love Hannibal.
Can we just talk about some actors I love? I mean… LOVE love… not just, ooh he’s such a good actor… but … oh my… my pink bits are a-tingle…
It’s all about the charisma. Each one of these men OWNS the room when they walk in. When they talk, people listen.
Villains, anti-heroes, or leading men. It doesn’t matter.
Charisma will get you EVERYWHERE.
Pepperdine University Dorms…wtf
These are the residence suites at Pepperdine’s Washington DC program. 28 Students, 2 students to a room. What the crap? Our Florence rooms were the size of the closet of this suite… harrumph. But then again… FLORENCE! Ha. Suckers. We win.
Also, I’m pretty sure this suite is bigger than my apartment.
What I’m Reading: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was written for YA, but I still dug it. A teen wants to pull himself up by his bootstraps. That’s something we can all relate to. People don’t take it very well. Also, something we can relate to.
Well done. Glad I read it.
“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,” I said. “By black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn’t true. The world is only broken into two tribes: The people who are assholes and the people who are not.”
I hear ya, dude. I hear ya.