The Swallow

The Swallow was an awesome ghost story and I admit that I didn’t see that ending coming. Not at all. I knew something had to happen but I couldn’t figure out what because obviously the ghost girl wasn’t a ghost… that would have been too, well, obvious.

Side note: When I went to amazon to grab the url for the book, only the kindle edition is available. I wonder why. I got my copy at the library… print, not ebook. Oh, maybe because it’s a Canadian press? Still… very unusual.

The Luck Uglies

The Luck Uglies is on the Cybils short list and we listened to it on audio. It started a little slowly but picked up quickly and I really enjoyed it. I particularly loved the ‘gloaming beast’ there at the end. Heh. That was awesome. Surely there’s a sequel? There must be… I hope. Oh, there is! Yippee!

The Lure of the Moonflower

I was worried. The last book in a fabulous series… I was going to love it or hate it, there would be no in between. I loved The Lure of the Moonflower. Which makes it even harder to deal with the fact that this is the end of the series.

I’m tempted to read them all over again… seriously.

Two from the Cybils

Death Sworn was… not bad. Not my favorite, but not bad. I liked Ileni and I am kind of looking forward to the next book (which is on my library cart now.)

I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved Death By Toilet Paper and didn’t expect to. That darn kid broke my heart over and over again. You don’t realize just how good your toilet paper was until your family can’t afford to buy it any more. *sniff* Also, professional sweepstakes folks, haha. I love those people.

Now, Voyager

Oh dear, I’m way behind on tracking my books here. I’d be even further behind if I’d actually been reading as much as I normally do. Silver linings?

The library cart was mostly empty so I turned to my shelves … and had trouble figuring out what to read because when we Kondoed our books, my little shelf of mixed TBR was integrated into the full library. Oops. Blue was easy to get to so I started there and decided a little pulp fiction was in order.

Now, Voyager was awesome, as most old pulp fiction is. I’m glad I read it. I also kind of want to watch the movie again. It’s been a zillion years since I’ve seen it.

Things That Keep Me Up At Night

We’re moving next year. In May or June. We don’t really know where, exactly. We have to buy a house and then we have to get ourselves, our stuff, TW’s mom and sister and their stuff, three dogs and three prairie dogs to the house that we buy.

The thing that keeps me up at night as the actual MOVING of the ANIMALS to wherever it is we end up buying a house.

I can’t figure it out. It’s just… how the heck are we going to do this.

In comes Dogtripping and I still don’t know how we’re going to manage this but I’m pretty sure it will be easier for us than it was for these folks who had to move themselves and 25 old rescue dogs from southern California to Maine.

Getting Rid of Bradley

Jennifer Crusie is one of my go to writers when I need something light and fluffy and quick. And, that’s how I found myself impulse checking out Getting Rid of Bradley.

And, yep — totally amusing and fun and quick to read. She does women who love dogs really well, lol.

Arabella

Sassymonkey mentioned some guy who I can’t remember was the reader of some of the Georgette Heyer books and I was interested in this. So, when we needed a new audiobook, I pulled up Heyer’s books in Hoopla and realized I couldn’t remember which titles she’d mentioned or even the dude’s name who read them so I shrugged and just borrowed the first one I saw that I didn’t think I’d read before… and that’s how I got Arabella.

TW says she had read it before but she still seemed to enjoy it on audio. It was amusing, as most Georgette Heyer novels are. I think we should just listen to them all on audio because it was so amusing to listen to this one.

Nuts To You

We listened to Nuts To You on audio this week. It’s a very cute and very short middle grade fiction book from the Cybils shortlist. We enjoyed it. It was cute. The squirrels are very adorable. It also made me want a peanut butter sandwich.

Three Non-Fiction Books

I didn’t feel like starting anything long last night, so I grabbed the three non-fiction art books on my library cart and that was the perfect choice for the last couple of hours before I turned out the light.

Beginners Guide to Chalk Painting was pretty boring. Probably pretty helpful if you’re going to be using any of these paints, though. But overall, ho hum.

Rock Art: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble was an impulse pick up from the new non-fiction shelf at the library. Rock painting isn’t all that intense and you don’t really need to know a lot of techniques to do it but it was really fun to flip through all of the painted rocks. And, I was reminded of an idea I had for a rock garden for JMP… I am definitely going to work on that once we move next year.

I love The Sketchbook Project so you shouldn’t be surprised that I loved the book The Sketchbook Project World Tour. I’m kind of sad that I didn’t find a way to get to the museum in Brooklyn last month to see the sketchbooks in person. Sigh.