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I keep saying I miss it here, although it's not the here as the use of this place the history that I miss.  I know that when I want to look up what books I was reading in 2006 and what I thought about them.  I miss that kind of journally business that I got out of when I fell into fandomy spaces.  Even my written journals are pretty sparse the last few years and it's not for lack of thoughts, just... time, I guess?  I've been trying to keep up with my written journals more (which are really less journalling and more to do & to done lists, book lists and writing notes) and I bought myself a mess of Keri Smith books for my birthday this year to get me more in the habit and interest of written notes.  (Books by Keri Smith I gifted myself with: Mess, Wreck this Journal, Finish this Book, the Non-Planner Datebook, How to Be an Explorer of the World... and one more I can't remember the name of at the moment.)

I also noticed about a month ago that my reading habits have gone WAY downhill.  It was September, and I'd finished one book, ONE BOOK for the whole previous nine months.  And that book SUCKED.  (Women in Love by DH Lawrence, if you care to know.)  I've since remedied that, diving into a couple of recommendations from a friend and activating my Audible account.  I've finished 8? books in the past month as a result.  I feel really good about that, not just the number, but I guess I've really sort of needed that escape of diving in to a few good books (and a few bad ones).

On Basilisk Station by David Weber, the first in the Honor Harrington series: good, if long and subject to unnecessary tangents of frustrating length.  I listened to this book and the narrator was quite good.  I think had I tried to read this, I would've stopped 3/4 of the way through from disinterest though.

Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth, books 1 & 2 in the Divergent series: better YA than I've read in a long while, both made me cry at least once and they have a fantastic narrator (if you go the audiobook route).  I'm very much looking forward to the third book and the upcoming movie.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I cannot say enough good things about this book.  It's fandom in fiction, it's learning to adult and keep your hobbies, it's a love story, and it's adorable.  I started and finished this in a day it was so good.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: good, perhaps not as great as the hype might suggest.  It's a YA romance told beautifully, and Eleanor is a heartbreaking character.  I definitely wish there'd been more of this.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris: short, occasionally funny stories sort of tagentially about Christmas.  I can't say there was really a laugh-out-loud moment for me with these stories, but they were dark and mostly amusing.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris: not worth the time I spent to read it, glad it was borrowed and nothing I spent money on.  Dark and often gross short stories told anthropomorphically, I didn't laugh and I was repulsed more than once.  (My boss loaned me all her David Sedaris books but based on these two, I'm beginning to suspect that his sister got the bulk of the comedic talent.)

Feed by Mira Grant: zomg amazing.  I wish I'd read this years ago, it's such a great zombie book, and nothing like I suspected it would be. Highly recommend though I suspect I'm far behind on this.

Currently I'm listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, reading Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig and about to start Barrel Fever, another David Sedaris book.  I've heard a lot of mixed thoughts about Outlander, but my SIL gave me a strong recommendation for it, so I thought I'd try it and so far I'm liking it.  I might not talk about all the stuff I'm trying out here, but if you're on Goodreads, look me up.


In other news, it's the 7th of October, more than 2 months since the baby was born, and we have still not met him.  The kid has mentioned a few times she'd like to get together, but hasn't talked to me in about two weeks, and has ignored texts about meeting.  They have gotten together with Matt's parents a few times, so we've heard that the baby seems to be good.  I try not to think about it too much.  It's clear their intent is to hurt us with this, so I'm not letting it.  Two months in and it's getting easier to make that a true statement.

We are working towards renewing our Foster Care license, and maybe by next year we'll start taking in respite kids again.  Don't know that either are up for long-term care, or adoption again (at least not in the near future) but we've not given up on it completely.


This past weekend was a whirlwind.  We drove out to St. Louis Friday night.  I could not sleep at the hotel for some reason, ended up getting up at like 5:30am on 3 hours of sleep and finishing up Feed before getting breakfast.  Had second breakfast around 11am with Matt's family, and then met seimaisin for lunch and general hanging out times at 1:30pm.  Matt was a trooper, and drove all the way both times.  I should've taken the first shift Saturday night, but I had such a migraine, tried to take the second shift but didn't make it more than like 20 minutes because the road strobing was just making it hard to drive.  Spent a lazy Sunday catching up on TV, YouTube videos and video games.


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Oct. 8th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
God, David Weber and his infodumps! They turned me off the series so much. I only read a few books; that and how "perfect" and "amazing" Honor is considered by everyone around her. I think I read the first 2? maybe 3. And that was enough for me. Lou's read them all.

I started Feed, but I haven't finished it yet. I really need to get back to it.

Outlander is fun, for the first 3 books. I don't recall if I actually finished the 4th one or not. There's been more; a friend gave me a signed hardcopy of the 4th or 5th because I got her into them and she won some sort of contest. I just really didn't have much interest beyond the 3rd book. Still, really enjoyed Outlander!
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
In audiobook format the infodumps were a little less annoying, but I know I probably can't sit through another one of the books. I liked Honor, but I got really annoyed about how amazing she was to everyone, and how good she was at just figuring everything out without help. :/

Feed is super good. I realized that book two was in the 2012 Hugo Voter packet so I dug mine out. There's also a novella that takes place between books one and two.

Awesome! Really the only thing I know about anything Diana Gabaldon is that she took a strong stance against fanfiction of her characters which caused a lot of "why fanfic is awesome" posts several years back.
Oct. 8th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
I read Double Dead by Chuck Wendig last year and loved it. Hilarious stuff. One of the better zombie apocalypse novels I've read lately.

This has been my year of obsessive reading. I've read so many books. It still doesn't feel like enough even though I've cracked two hundred.
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
I haven't read Double Dead, but I'll check it out. I've read Blackbirds and Mockingbird and they're SO GOOD. I really like his style, although Blue Blazes is going a little slow for me at the moment.
Oct. 8th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Daniel's cousin Mike recommended Mira Grant/Feed to us, although we haven't taken the plunge yet... Neither of us are really into zombie stuff. I was amused to discover that the author was a friend-of-a-friend, though.

I've enjoyed David Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day", although I suppose it might be telling that I haven't really tried to keep up with his other works.

I've been dimly interested in Outlander, but mostly from the point of view of "Wait, is this basically veiled Doctor Who fanfiction???"
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Feed is really good and not so much zombie novel as interesting brother & sister journalists story with zombies in it. The zombie threat in the novel is far more on par with terrorism than zombies. Plus, there's plenty of comedy in it as well.

mm. Not so much Doctor Who, or at least what I've read so far, not so much. There's time-travelling, but it's only happened once so far and by accident. *shrugs*
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't mean it was thematically or stylistically Doctor Who-ish. I was referring to the fact that James Fraser is inspired by one of the Doctor's companions, and is named after both the character (Jamie McCrimmon) and the actor who played him (Frazer Hines). I thought it was a weird coincidence when I first heard about the series, and then I did a bit more digging and discovered that the author has confirmed that her character is inspired by the Doctor Who one. Since I'm quite fond of the original character, I'm not sure that I could read the Outlander series without feeling strange.

Edited at 2013-10-08 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
Aha! you know, now that you say that, I think I remember reading something about that long before I knew much about Diana Gabaldon. I don't know if it helps or not, but the main character/POV for the novel is a woman, Jamie isn't in the book for several chapters and even then, not /everything/ is about him. However, there are a lot of more shall we say... intimate moments? between them. So that might not help. :)
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
We haven't talked in a while but I'm sorry to hear how things are going. If you ever need to vent or anything, please let me know. <3
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hey butt. We should talk, I miss you. Tell me all your lifestory since I saw you last.
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
I really love the first three books in the Outlander series. It went somewhat downhill after that, and I've been wishing that Gabaldon would just wrap things up already, but I definitely recommend the initial trilogy.

I know so many people who just love David Sedaris, but he does almost nothing for me. I read his first book and laughed maybe once.

Based on your recommendation, I've put Fangirl high on my to-read list! I'm heading for the bookstore today anyway; maybe I'll be able to pick it up there. :)
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
omg, tell me how much you love Fangirl when you're done! <3
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Alas, neither bookstore that I went to had Fangirl in stock! Soon, I hope, or I may break down and get it from Amazon. (But Republic of Thieves is first. I even set aside the third book in a trilogy I was reading to start reading it.)
Oct. 11th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
oh man! Hopefully you can find it somewhere. I got mine as an ebook, so I don't have many helpful ideas for anything in person. Is that the Scott Lynch series you're reading? I haven't read any of his stuff, but I take it you like them?
Oct. 11th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the new book in the Scott Lynch series. I loved the first two books a whole lot, and the third was much delayed, so I am excited that it's finally here. I actually can't remember the last time I was looking so forward to a book. I'm about halfway through and so far, I am pleased.

I have been avoiding ebooks for a long time, due in part to my personal feelings about DRM, and preferring the print format in many ways. The easy availability of new books is a tempting upside, although it's also a way too keep me from buying too many new things. :) (The same reason I never really embraced buying all my books from Amazon -- if my purchases are limited to what's actually in the store, I can't add *too* many new titles to the to-read pile all at once.)

Edited at 2013-10-11 06:31 am (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I far prefer print books, but I've embraced ebooks as a form of convenience -- being able to read on my phone or the web went I can't have a book with me. I pretty much have books on Kobo, Google & Barnes & Noble accounts, and I'll admit, that part of it is SUPER frustrating. I really want an app that lets me see all of my ebooks, even if I can't read them all in the same app. However, sites like Kobo let you take the book with you, so you're less tied to a format, and programs like Calibre let you strip the DRM from most books you might get digitally. So there's some maneuverability in that regard. XD
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